Dog-Friendly Spots in the City

While we cringe at the Paris Hilton-style toting of rat-faced pygmy dogs in Hermes handbags, we do agree that most experiences are better (from sun bathing at Dolores Park to having a beer at 540 Club) with man's best friend. For the most dog-friendly neighborhoods, head to Castro, Bernal Heights, Mission or Cole Valley, and for a list of places to eat, drink, walk and overnight with your pup, try these Fido-friendly spots.

Updated: March 04, 2010

Dog Restaurants


941 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117

This Cole Valley resto is most famously known for its brunch, but the Cal-French dinner options are equally impressive. Monday is "Bring Your Doggy to Dinner" night, so pet owners can enjoy a prix fixe on the back patio with their pooches and get $10 off a bottle of Mutt Lynch's "Portrait of a Mutt" zinfandel.

Park Chow's Restaurant

1240 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, this Inner Sunset spot with plenty of (heated) sidewalk patio seats is a comfortable place to dine with your doggie after a jaunt through Golden Gate Park.

Grove Fillmore

2016 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Pacific Heights is a another notoriously dog-friendly neighborhood--stop by for comfort foods like poached eggs and fresh-squeezed OJ or mac 'n' cheese and an Arnold Palmer on the covered patio out front of this Fillmore Street cafe. Seating outside is fairly limited, so avoid busy hours if you've got Fido in tow.

Polly Ann Ice Cream INC

3138 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA 94122

This Outer Sunset ice cream parlor rivals the likes of Bi-Rite and Mitchell's with their home-made creations, and they sweetly offer free treats (mini cones filled with vanilla soft-serve) for canine friends waiting patiently on the sidewalk.

Park Chalet Garden Restaurant

1000 Great Hwy, San Francisco, CA 94121

While upstairs neighbor Beach Chalet is strictly off-limits to four-legged friends, this lovely open-air resto at the beach edge of Golden Gate Park is extremely dog-friendly. In fact, it's not uncommon to see more pups and kids than adults at the grassy patio tables on a sunny day.

Flippers Gourmet Burgers

482 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Sure, you could sit inside this Hayes Valley hamburger joint (with nearly 20 gourmet variations), but why would you bother when the outdoor seating is generally sunny, unbelievably spacious and perfect for dining with your dog?

Dog Bars


3200 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

While you may want to leave your furry pal at home after dark (when this place can get more than a little crowded), this Mission bar makes an ideal destination for quality afternoon or happy hour drinks in a very neighborly--and dog-friendly--environment.

Ottimista Enoteca'cafe

1838 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Perch yourself on the heated patio of this Cow Hollow wine bar for primo people watching and a comfy spot to relax with your pup. Bonus: they serve Italian-inspired small plates, weekend brunch and desserts as well, so plan on staying awhile.

540 Club

540 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

This Inner Richmond dive has some killer late-night happy hour specials--like $1 well drinks on Mondays 10pm-midnight--that regulars enjoy with friends and pets alike. There's a patio out front, but dogs are welcome inside as well.


200 Capp St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Dogs big and small regularly roam from couch to couch at this dark Mission bar, looking for stray hands that could be used for petting. If that's not your thing, you may want to steer clear.


582 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Punk rock and pitbulls go hand-in-hand, so it's no surprise that this Lower Haight dive welcomes your furry friends to sit on the floor while you enjoy your PBR and pinball.

Dog Parks

Fort Funston

500 Skyline Blvd at John Muir Dr, San Francisco, CA 94101

Bird watchers, hang gliders, hikers, picnickers and dog walkers all share this cliffy beach area--one of the best (yet lesser known) places to enjoy the fresh air with your off-leash pooch.

Duboce Park

Duboce Ave, San Francisco, CA 94103

One of San Francisco's most popular dog runs, this park is to pooches as Dolores Park is to hipsters--their favorite place on earth. Show between 5pm and 7pm if you want to socialize your pup--it's the equivalent of happy hour for dogs--and you find plenty of passionate dog owners to talk shop with, too, if that's your thing.

Dog Hotels

W San Francisco

181 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Not only does this SoMa luxury hotel welcome your pets, but they go out of the way to ensure you and your pup both have a fabulous stay. But for star treatment, you'll have to pay $25 above the room rate, plus a non-refundable $100 cleaning charge.

Powell Hotel

28 Cyril Magnin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

If you're traveling with a small dog, rest your head at this Union Square hotel. Doggies under 25 lbs stay free, but a $150 deposit is required to cover any potential damages made while you're out.

Westin St Francis Hotel

335 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

For a prestigious hotel, this one is known for its dog-friendly policy: pets 40 lbs and under stay free and well-pampered (blankets, water bowls, treats, etc. are provided), just don't think of bringing Sparky when you head downstairs to Michael Mina for dinner.