10 Best Pet-Friendly Restaurants And Bars In San Francisco

Want some food or a drink? Take your dog or cat at any of these California eateries. These are the best bars and restaurants in San Francisco.

Aly Walansky

Updated November 06, 2022 • Published February 18, 2020

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10 Best Pet-Friendly Restaurants And Bars In San Francisco

San Francisco is known for its mild weather and beautiful scenery. With so much classic architecture and famous landmarks, it’s a great spot to order a coffee or a cocktail and people watch at one of the many outdoor cafes and restaurants. But what if your pup is with you?

Whether you're traveling to San Francisco on vacation or are a local just going out for a scenic Sunday brunch, there’s no reason to leave your furry best friend cooped up at home on a beautiful day. They should enjoy the sunshine and some scenery, too! Luckily, San Francisco is a very dog-friendly city and there are many cafes, bars, and restaurants that have plenty of patio or outdoor seating perfect for enjoying brunch or dinner or just a morning coffee with your pup by your side. Check out the best pet-friendly restaurants in San Francisco — with some bars too!

At some spots, they’ll even score a treat of their very own to enjoy with you!

1. The Black Horse London Pub

1514 Union Street San Francisco, CA 94123

This super cute intimate bar is a great pick for anyone craving a British-style pub with all the bells and whistles (er, brews and chips!). This is a small pub with limited seating, with a rotating beer selection but there’s always room for dogs to take a seat at the bar! While there’s a fairly limited bar menu available, there’s no limit to the fascinating people and equally fascinating stories that will surround you.

2. Toronado Pub

547 Haight Street San Francisco, CA 94117

This divey but comfortable bar has 40 rotating craft beers on tap from around the world and leashed dogs are not only allowed, but welcome. Great for happy hour but also for listening to live music or a fun date night. Perfect for the pet parent who also appreciates a great portfolio of craft beers. When you tire staring at the huge range of beers on tap, take in the ambiance and the great mix of fun people around you.

3. Chloe’s Cafe

1399 Church Street San Francisco, CA, US, 94114

This cute cafe has been popular for decades, and is open for breakfast, lunch, or brunch. It’s dog-friendly with lots of outdoor seating and it’s a great spot for brunch favorites, like BLTs with California avocados, all kinds of pancakes, French toast, egg dishes, as well as more classic lunch sandwiches and salads. Cozy and family-friendly, it's perfect for a brunch with a best friend (furry or human!)

4. Universal Cafe

2814 19th Street San Francisco, CA 94110

This spot has been a popular restaurant in the Mission District since the 1990s, and offers dog-friendly outdoor seating along with classic American fare, like pasta dishes and roasted chicken for dinner, plus all sorts of brunch favorites, like beignets or buffalo-fried chicken sandwiches.

5. Park Chalet

1000 Great Highway San Francisco, CA 94121

Fun family-friendly restaurant with a huge lawn and tables out back. It's known to be one of the best dog-friendly restaurants in the San Francisco area. It offers both a full menu and a brunch menu, with menu favorites like pacific clam chowder and seafood deviled eggs.

6. North Beach Restaurant

This swanky northern Italian restaurant boasts delicious food as well as dog-friendly outdoor seating. Opened in 1970, this restaurant serves traditional Tuscan fare in an upscale setting. Now you can take your dog on a fancy date! They also have an expansive dessert menu, so don't leave without trying one or several.

1512 Stockton Street San Francisco, CA 94133

7. Philz Coffee

201 Berry Street San Francisco, CA 94158

This coffee chain is a popular pick in the San Francisco scene with various locations around the city, all with dog-friendly outdoor seating. The Embarcadero location is right across from a park and the water, which will be perfect to take your pup for a walk after your coffee break. This spot is known for its friendly staff that not only allows pets, but will often welcome them with a special pet-friendly treat.

8. Absinthe

398 Hayes Street San Francisco, CA 94102

This restaurant is known for its great food and even better service, with ample outdoor seating where pups are welcome. A reservation is recommended here, and when making that reservation, be sure to request one of the four outside tables, perfect for pets. Check out tried-and-true menu favorites, like the steak tartare with violet mustard, green apple, red onion, cornichons, quail egg yolk, crostini, or Belgian-style mussels prepared with Henhouse Red Rye Saison, celery, and leeks on a grilled baguette.

9. Zazie

941 Cole Street San Francisco, CA 94117

This French bistro is in the Cole Valley area of San Francisco with plenty of sidewalk seating perfect for your pup date. This spot has been open for decades and is known for menu favorites, like fresh porcini, black truffle ravioli, and roasted white trout with butternut squash, melted leeks, chevre, and wild rice with pecans.

10. Rose’s Cafe

2298 Union Street San Francisco, CA 94123

Known for their classic Italian food, from breakfast pizza to indulgent pastas, this is a great place for an outdoor bite with your pup. Your dog will be so welcome, the staff will even bring them a water bowl to sip from and homemade dog bones to enjoy as you indulge in your perfect glass of Chianti!

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