Having a dog is a little bit like having a child in the sense that whenever you decide to leave the house you have to account for man’s best friend.
Of course, if you can bring your buddy along when you venture out, well then all the better.
With that in mind, the eateries mentioned below all offer up tasty cuisine and each happily welcomes four-legged customers (some even providing them with treats!).
This list includes (in no particular order) a variety of restaurants serving everything from pub food to café fare with the common thread being that it’s all good eats.
So if you’re having a ‘ruff’ day or just want to hang and share some ‘woofles’ with your best friend, this list is for you.
And remember, while they’re all dog friendly locales, it’s always good to call ahead if you have a large dog and see what the wait is and how crowded it is that day.
If there are any other dog friendly restaurants with a scrumptious menu, let us know in the comments.
OK, now to the good stuff…
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1. The Fat Dog (North Hollywood & West Hollywood)
If the name didn’t tip you off the décor will. The American Bulldog art is a colorful ode to man’s best friend and the menu is a pub foods delight with tasty concoctions including braised short-rib French dip.
2. Grub (Hollywood)
This tiny spot is home to big flavors and comfort foods that can easily be shared with your pup. Nosh on their signature “crack bacon” because there’s no better way to enjoy an afternoon with your pet than with bacon while Instagramming taking in the view of the Hollywood sign. Other notable dishes include their ode to bacon- both the meat and celebrity version with the “Kevin Bacon” breakfast dish and their tuna melt, appropriately named “Hooked!”
Bodley the #bulldog was the hit on the patio!! Love 2 his parents @reahnorman & @ChueyMartinez! #crackbacon pic.twitter.com/AEufrA3jOd
— Grub Restaurant (@GrubRestaurant) April 5, 2015
3. Home Restaurant (Los Feliz & Silver Lake)
With the mantra “there’s no place like home” looming over the patio area it should be no surprise how pet-friendly the eatery is. The patio is large and shaded and the pet-friendly staff will bring out free treats and a water bowl for your dog. The comfort food selection stays true to the homey vibe with items like spicy mac ‘n’ cheese bites, waffle fries, and red velvet pancakes made using their red velvet cake recipe and topped with whiskey cream cheese sauce… OK so it’s homey with a kick.
4. Alcove Café & Bakery (Los Feliz)
The outdoor seating area is situated in a lush garden surrounded by trees that makes it a perfect brunch area for two-legged and four-legged visitors. They offer an extensive breakfast and lunch menu with standouts including crab cake benedict, sweet potato fries and fresh guacamole with house made tortilla chips. They offer plenty of chocolate goodness in their bakery but if you want to share with your furry companion go with the pumpkin pie.
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5. The Sycamore Kitchen (Fairfax District)
Their outdoor dining area is large and perfect for a sunny L.A. day for both human and pet. Their menu includes savory (pork belly hash), sweet (salted caramel sticky bun), and some unique items (watermelon gazpacho). This place is among one of the most frequented dog-friendly rendezvous spots so you might find yourself surrounded by fellow dog lovers.
6. Blue Dog Beer Tavern (Sherman Oaks)
Though the hue is off, the name says it all. This dog-friendly spot serves up some of the best burgers around with the added bonus of dog-friendly patties as well. The patio area offers plenty of shade where you and Rocco can enjoy perfectly prepared burgers- we suggest the Black ‘n’ Bleu burger- while you down a cold beer.
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7. Square One Dining (Silver Lake, Echo Park & East Hollywood)
The patio is spacious and somewhat secluded so you don’t have to worry about large crowds or passers-by that might irritate your pooch. Their most famous item is the brioche French toast but other decadent options are the baked egg with chorizo and the freshly baked muffins with hot chocolate.
8. Gayle’s Perks (Northridge)
This hidden gem is a hole in the wall café that has a spacious enclosed patio area and offers free Wi-Fi. It’s known among locals for its peaceful ambiance, which is especially nice considering it’s tucked away in a strip mall. Grab a book, a coffee and order the Chai crepe with homemade whipped cream and maybe a pumpkin cookie for Fido and enjoy a laid back afternoon.
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9. Jumpin’ Java (Studio City)
This café offers your standard fare including their famous Cinnamon Kiss (French toast dipped in brandy egg batter) but there’s also Middle Eastern-inspired dishes including the falafel sandwich and the lavash (a type of flatbread) press panini. There’s a small patio area and canine companions get a bowl of water.
10. Pita Kitchen (Sherman Oaks)
It’s known for serving up some of the best Middle Eastern cuisine the Valley has to offer. The outdoor eating area is on the sidewalk but it’s a nice little nook for you and your pet. The chicken shawarma is always a good bet as is their falafel pita.
11. Messhall Kitchen (Los Feliz)
Mess Los Feliz location combined with a perfect dog-friendly patio (that’s also covered) and delicious faire (chicken and waffle definitely recommended) makes this a perfect lunch/brunch spot for a meal with fido after you’ve gone hiking in Griffith Park.
12. Beer Belly (Korea Town)
We also mentioned Beer Belly as one of our ‘cheat day spots‘ and with good reason. Duck fries, a duck French dip, and something called ‘death by duck’ (that’s duck fat fries served with duck skin cracklins and duck confit) are just a few of the ultra savory pub-grub food items you can order and enjoy with your pooch in a dog friendly patio area in the heart of K-Town. Seating fills up fast, so definitely make reservations if you plan to stop by.
Bonus: In ‘N’ Out
When in doubt, head on over to an In ‘N’ Out with patio seating and order their “Pup Patty” (it doesn’t contain any salt) and a Double Double because you’re an Angeleno after all and it doesn’t get any more L.A. than that.
Editor’s Update: Los Angeles has even more dog friendly restaurants hooking our four legged friends up with their own menu. We added two more options below for where to treat Fido to a special meal.
La Bohéme (West Hollywood)
The West Hollywood restaurant launched a special Yappy Hour this year for dogs on their patio every Sunday from 5 p.m. to close. Items are $5 and include Penne with smoked ham and parmigiano; steamed rice and veggies; meatballs and carrots; chicken and mashed potatoes – served without salt, onions, garlic and at room temperature. The food menu is dedicated to your four legged friend but you can enjoy a human happy hour also from 5 p.m. to close on Sundays too.
The Morrison (Los Feliz)
For fellow dog owners, The Morrison is one of the best spots to take your four legged friend, they have a menu entirely devoted to dogs. Priced at $6 a dish dogs can choose from hamburger meat with rice, chicken with rice and chopped hots with rice.
What are you favorite dog friendly restaurants in Los Angeles? Let us know in the comments below.