by Chelsea Lin - 273 Reviews - 109 List
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.