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Best pet-friendly restaurants in San Francisco

Dogs are welcome in several eating establishments in San Francisco; whether you are looking to grab a bite at a café or hang out with friends at a diner, you and your dog are spoilt for choice. The city is known to be pet-friendly with the numerous pet-friendly events, restaurants and public spaces. If you are travelling to San Francisco and looking to have a meal with your pet pooch in tow, head to these restaurants.


Zazie is a beautiful French bistro in Cole Valley, San Francisco that welcomes doggies at its outdoor tables. The bistro hosts special dine with your dog nights when dogs are allowed on the heated back garden patio. The food at the bistro is exceptional, and a long line of people waiting in to get in is not unheard of.

Zazie has dog treats for the furry guests and cuddles too. Human guests can enjoy the pancakes, the mussels mariniers, the country pork chops and the French toast. Be warned that the restaurant can get very crowded at times owing to its popularity, and if your doggy is shy and doesn’t like crowds, you might want to steer clear of this restaurant.


Bloodhound is a laidback, no-frills watering hole in the South of Market district in San Francisco. It is a great place to relax with your canine companion after a long day of work. The interiors of the pub have a hunting lodge theme with wood panelling and filament bulbs. The staff here is friendly and always ready to give cuddles and chin rubs to the doggy guests.

Try Bloodhound’s original in-house concoctions - the New Fashioned and Recoil Churchill – or just enjoy a cold beer. Bloodhound is a popular hang-out for both pets and humans; the jukebox and the pool table add to the charm of the place.

Bender’s Bar and Grill

Bender’s Bar and Grill is a dog-friendly neighbourhood bar with great food and drinks. Bender’s uses the freshest, locally grown produce in the menu. The meat is sustainably raised, and the vegetables are local and organic. The bar has a great selection of beer and stiff drinks, and the food is typical bar fare of burgers, tacos, tot-chos and fried pickles.

Dogs are welcome in the outdoor and indoor seating areas. You can buy special house-made dog treats for your doggie while you savour the fare at Bender’s. The pool tables and the heavy metal jukebox are great crowd-pullers.

Atlas Café

One of the best cafés in the Mission District, Atlas Café is a casual and comfortable café that you can relax in with friends and family. The restaurant has delicious micro-brews and tasty handcrafted food and sweets.

The large outdoor patio is great for big groups to bond over a meal. Atlas Café hosts nightlife events on Thursdays and Fridays where local jazz bands take the stage. The café has pet-friendly seating and dogs of all breeds are welcome here.


If you are partial to seafood and craving for some excellent Japanese-inspired food, Skool is the place to be. There is something for everyone here; the menu has a large selection of vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan options as well. Skool serves lunch, dinner and brunch and you can enjoy the fantastic food with your furry friend.

The large patio is dog-friendly, and doggy parents can order off the special Yappy Day menu which has discounted dishes and drinks for dog owners. Order some great house made biscuits for your dog while you enjoy your amazing meal at Skool.

If you are looking to relocate or travel to San Francisco with your pet dog or cat, reach out to us at Petraveller for travel advice and more.