San Francisco has some of the best restaurants in the world, including quite a few that allow you to bring your canine companion with you on your foodie adventures. Here are some of the best spots for al fresco dining with your favorite furry friend.
If you’re looking to enjoy brunch with Fido at your feet, the patio at Kitchen Story is practiaclly calling your name. It’s hopping on Sunday mornings, but dishes such as mascarpone-stuffed, deep-fried French toast, and Mom’s Benedict with pork wine sausage and Meyer lemon hollandaise make the wait worthwhile.
Slider Bar offers sliders, of course. But the sheer variety will make your head spin—breakfast, beef, chicken, pork and veggie options aplenty. Don’t forget to order a side of Belgian or sweet potato fries with one of the many special dipping sauces. Ample sidewalk seating practically assures a great people-watching experience for you and your pet.
Bask in the gorgeous view of the Bay Bridge from The Slanted Door patio as you devour cellophane noodles with Dungeness crab and fresh spring rolls. The craft cocktail list features lively tipples like piña coladas, mai tais and Moscow mules that pair perfectly with the food. Make a quick stop at the neighboring Golden Gate Meat Company for a dog-friendly treat when you leave.
B44 offers upscale Catalonian cuisine and an extensive list of Spanish wines. Whether you’re in the mood for creatively-prepared tapas or a hearty paella, you’ll feed your cravings here. Have a seat in the heated outdoor terrace and enjoy the wonderful ceviche and baby squid stuffed with fennel sausage and Iberico ham. And, don’t forget to save a little something for the doggie bag!
Hops & Hominy complements its to-die-for California-influenced Southern food with a beer list that reflects a who’s who of the microbrew world. Hobnob with other people and their pets on the cute patio as you wait for a kale and quinoa salad. Then, warm up with fried oysters, black-eyed pea fritters and chicken and dumplings.
Three words: Bacon Gravy Fries. Chomp N’ Swig serves up decadent sandwiches and an impressive craft beer list you can ponder as you chill on the patio with your dog. The casual, neighborhood-bar atmosphere will keep you coming back.
Park Chow is the perfect place to stop before (or after) taking your dog for a walk in Golden Gate Park. Fuel up with hearty dishes like huevos rancheros and pot roast. If it’s a light meal you crave, choose from the salad selection. The beet and grapefruit salad with fennel and goat cheese is a delight.
Get your carnitas fix on Nopalito’s lush, enclosed patio. This Mexican kitchen has elevated simple chips and salsa into an art form. You and your pet can spend some quality time together while you sip a spicy bloody Maria or some refreshing horchata.Image courtesy of Jared Frazer
Lower Pacific Heights
Sit in the sun with your BFF (best furry friend) and enjoy Elite Cafe‘s Southern specialties. Order some beignets at brunch, seafood gumbo at lunch, or shrimp and grits at dinner for a truly transcendent Cajun meal.
Bring your pooch to Grubstake‘s front patio for an unpretentious dining experience and warm and friendly service. Open from 5 p.m until 4 a.m, you can even stop here to refuel after a late night on the town. Whether you go for the traditional diner food or the Portuguese cuisine, you’ll leave full and happy.
In addition to delicious foods that two-legged San Franciscans enjoy (pizza, focaccia and sandwiches), Rose’s Cafe has dog bones for your four-legged companion. So, while you’re relaxing outside with a broccoli rabe and soppresata calzone with fresh ricotta, Spot can ‘dig’ a treat of his own.Image courtesy of Rose’s Cafe
Whether you’re unwinding on the patio with your pup for brunch or dinner, Universal Cafe will wow you with organic specialties like fava bean croquettes and poached eggs with heirloom corn grits. Save room for a seasonal panna cotta topped with fresh fruit.
Skool specializes in out-of-this-world seafood. From filets and mussels to more adventurous fare like sea urchin flan and squid ink spaghettini, get your taste of the ocean here. This eatery also offers a wide variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. There’s plenty of patio seating, with umbrellas or heat lamps when you need them. It’s a hotspot for dog lovers, so don’t be surprised if Fido makes a friend or two.Image courtesy of Okam O.
Source is a vegetarian and vegan paradise. Its pizzas, buffalo wings and burgers are all made with organic veggies, and its selection of drinks makes sipping healthy an absolute treat. The covered, heated patio will keep you and your pooch cozy on a chilly day.