Dog owners who also have an appreciation for food will no doubt want to take their furry companion with them to the perfect place that serves their favorite food. Luckily, Los Angeles is known for being a dog-friendly city, where local restaurants offer a food menu for both humans and their loyal canines. From options that offer a special dog menu to local craft beers, here’s your guide to the best dog-friendly restaurants and bars in Los Angeles.
1. Tail o’ the Pup
If you and your pup are fans of hot dogs, visit this hot dog stand that’s been in business since 1946 and is now located in the same area where The Doors recorded “L.A. Woman” in West Hollywood. Apart from their classic footlongs, other menu options include the following:
- Plant-based dogs
- Gluten-free corn dogs
- Vegan cheese
- Ice cream
- And more
Offering plenty of outdoor seating as well as a built-in watering trough for your pooch, this roadside icon is a dream come true for dog parents and their pack.
This restaurant offers a fusion of Italian and contemporary American cuisine that’s not just a hit with human guests but also their four-legged friends. Thanks to the huge outdoor patio, your pup will enjoy being served a bowl of water by their friendly servers, while their excellent pastas, pizzas, and “picnic” sets can be enjoyed by the whole family. Finally, their decadent pastries for brunch complete this hotspot in Culver City — a place that dog lovers must visit.
3. Lady Byrd Cafe
When you and your canine companion want to spend your time in a more private area, the Lady Byrd Cafe offers tables inside small greenhouses on their large patio. With moderately priced food, you’ll enjoy their delectable menu items such as:
- Lemon poppy seed pancakes
- Pressed sandwiches
- Fresh pastries
- Cold-pressed juices
If you and your best friend are looking to continue your adventure at a dog park, you’ll be happy to know that Elysian Park is close by, so you can fully enjoy a nice weekend brunch.
This dog-friendly eatery in Pasadena serves the best Tex-Mex breakfasts from its outdoor dining area, where well-trained dogs can spend time under bright umbrellas with fresh water bowls. At night, pet parents can enjoy the frozen-cocktail machine that pumps out spicy palomas and swirling margaritas. Daily specials include signature tacos, Frito pies, as well as freshly-made corn and flour tortillas that are a definite crown favorite.
With its Mediterranean roots reflected in every corner of the restaurant, Momed provides a vibrant atmosphere that allows our favorite pooches to feel like a part of the family. Located in Atwell Village, you’ll enjoy eating a wide range of food at this great spot, including:
- Moorish prawns
- And more
You can also enjoy a wide range of drinks and cocktails at their dog-friendly bars where pet parents can socialize along with their furbabies.
6. The Fat Dog
True to its name, The Fat Dog welcomes dogs inside its gastropub which offers a spacious patio lined by trees, upscale pub food, and a bulldog mascot that your canine friend is sure to love. Located in the Fairfax District, this local favorite offers grilled street corn, cheese boards, hot wings, craft beers, and desserts. They also have an extensive menu of drinks for those who wish to have a glass of wine, where you can choose from reds, whites, and champagnes.
7. Playa Provisions
Just steps away from Playa del Rey Beach, this restaurant owned by Top Chef’s Brooke Williamson is in the ideal location with a beautiful view of the ocean. During the warmer months, this upscale eatery attracts plenty of beach-goers that want a great place to eat Californian meals with a focus on fresh seafood. Their dog-friendly patio is inviting to humans, dogs, and service animals, where they can enjoy meals on afternoons and weekend mornings.
8. The Rose Venice
Is a sprawling restaurant that offers a huge outdoor dining area with plenty of outdoor tables, making it an excellent choice for dog lovers during the summer months. Serving classic American fare with a touch of creativity, you’ll find the following items on their menu:
- Breakfast burritos
- Pumpkin pancakes
- Lamb shwarma pizza
- Patty melts
- Ricotta gnocchi
- Juice shots
This Venice Beach hotspot offers plenty of outdoor space for busier nights and happy hour where you can treat your pooch to gourmet sandwiches, fresh pastries, and other staples of Southern California cuisine.
9. Lazy Dog Café
The next time you’re around Thousand Oaks, be sure to visit this coffee house that boasts 10 locations throughout Orange County and Los Angeles. Every location provides a nice patio where your pup can feast on chicken and beef rice bowls, hamburgers, and brown rice. Inspired by the man’s best friend, you’ll also find relaxing and playful touches such as paintings and photos around the restaurant, making it one of the best places for devoted dog fans.
10. The Morrison
This popular establishment at Atwater is well-known for the great meal that they serve for both humans and their pets — and not just the leftover scraps found at the table. Their dog treats include shredded chicken, ground beef, hot dogs, and gulp, which all come with a side of rice and a bowl of water. Of course, they also offer people food with a wide variety of pub grub, cold beer, spirits, and more in this Scottish-themed bar.
Located in Santa Monica, Tallula’s is arguably the best pet-friendly restaurant around; its employees frequently make visits to dog owners and their pups to provide plenty of love and treats. Its outdoor beer garden is also a popular destination for beach-goers once happy hour starts, where patrons can enjoy tropical cocktails throughout the night. Dogs will also love eating by the shaded patio where they can enjoy menu items such as chicken tacos, watermelon bites, and a hanger steak and steamed veggie combo known as the “wolf’s feast.”
12. The Terrace at the Maybourne
If you’re looking for an option for fancy dining where your dog will be well cared for, then The Terrace at the Maybourne is a great option. After you finish dining, you’ll find that it also hosts pet-friendly hotels right next door, where you can call ahead of time to let them know of your specific needs to give your pooch a great stay. Apart from a cozy stay, you’ll find that they also offer an all-day menu full of canine cuisine with a fresh California twist, including salmon with apple and cucumber, as well as blueberry oatmeal.
13. Etta Culver City
Every dog that visits their restaurant patios will get a 5-star experience from the staff that immediately provides them with a bandana embellished with the name of Etta along with a bowl of water. While they’re famous for their warm focaccia and wood-fired pizza, this restaurant also makes its own food, such as its housemade pasta, dry-aged branzino, seasonal salads, and lobster and pig picnics shared family-style. Offering superior service, generous servings, attention to detail, and compassion for both people and their pets, it’s always a good idea to visit Etta.
14. Bike Shed Moto Co.
One of the more flexible options in this list, Bike Shed Moto Co. offers indoor-outdoor space rental for all kinds of special events such as live music, weddings, live entertainment, and all kinds of gatherings. Its doors open up to the main street, giving it an open and airy feel, and is highly dog-friendly, especially inside its lounge area, where well-behaved pups can hang out with their owners all day. When the main venue isn’t being used, it opens daily as a 300-seat cafe, restaurant, lounge, and fully-licensed bar that you and your pub dog can enjoy.
Visit these Dog-Friendly Restaurants Today!
The good news is that Los Angeles is naturally dog-friendly, so you’ll always find a place where you can hang out with your favorite buddy. If you want to learn more about these places, most of them can be found on social media where you can see reviews, menus, and more detail about each establishment. Some of them are also close to other activities such as dog parks and beaches, so you and your furbaby can get the most out of your day.
Just be sure to plan your day ahead of time — some areas are close enough to each other that you can visit one after another. With plenty of outdoor dining options, be sure to get a dog biscuit for your pal and wait for the great prices included in every restaurant’s yappy hour.