Dog Friendly Restaurants in Aptos, CA

There are 15 pet friendly restaurants in Aptos that welcome dogs at their outdoor tables. Need help deciding where to eat? Here's a detailed description of each restaurant, along with pictures and reviews from other dog owners. Coming from out of town? Get a discounted rate on pet friendly hotels in Aptos. Bone appetit!

Pet Friendly Red Apple Cafe
Red Apple Cafe Red Apple Cafe will tempt you with their yummy breakfast and brunch menu and outdoor seating for leashed dogs. See Details
Pet Friendly Bittersweet Bistro
Bittersweet Bistro Recognized by locals as one of the top restaurants in Aptos and Santa Cruz County, Bittersweet Bistro offers an American Bistro Cuisine style dinner menu with Mediterranean influences. Outstanding dessert menu and an award-winning wine list are served in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Well-behaved dogs welcomed on the outdoor patio from 8:00 am-2:30 pm. See Details
The Farm Bakery & Cafe The Farm Bakery & Cafe serves up a delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner eats in a relaxing atmosphere where dogs are welcome at outdoor tables. Popular menu choices include French toast, huevos rancheros, Florentine omelettes, turkey burgers, grilled tri-tip sandwiches, mac and cheese, and veggie lasagna. Open 7am to 6pm Monday thru Saturday and 7am to 5pm on Sunday. See Details
The Cafe Rio Stop by Cafe Rio for savory offerings such as grilled swordfish, beer battered fish n chips, filet of sole, and lamb bolognese. Outdoor dining area allows dogs. See Details
Sanderlings Restaurant Located at Seascape Beach Resort, Sanderlings features a contemporary menu prepared with local ingredients. There are lots of dog-friendly tables outside for you and Fido to enjoy while you indulge in something from the eclectic menu for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. If you're joining them for breakfast, you may want to try one of the specialties on the menu, such as the Seascape Benedict: poached eggs, Canadian bacon, hollandaise, muffin, and a choice of hash browns or fruit. Sanderlings is open Monday through Friday from 6am to 12am and Saturday to Sunday from 7am to 12am. See Details
Palapas Restaurant Palapas Restaurant and Cantina offers several dog-friendly seats around the outdoor bar so you can soak up the sun with Fido. The menu is composed of Mexican cuisine seafood, steak, pork, chicken, and vegetarian dishes. House specials include the Steak Ranchero and Chiles Rellenos among others. You'll also find burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, and a few American style dishes. The bar serves up a large list of beer, liquor, and specialty drinks like the ever popular margaritas. Palapas Restaurant and Cantina is open Sunday through Thursday from 11:30am to 9:30pm and Friday through Saturday from 11:30am to 10:00pm. See Details
Burger Food, fun, and beer is what you'll find at this casual burger bar. Order a juicy handmade burger with names like The Dude, Spicoli, and Bruce Lee, or dig into an all-beef frank or triple-decker grilled cheese. Then wash it down with a Coke float, milkshake, or pick a cold one from the extensive beer list. Both outdoor patios are dog friendly. See Details
The Hideout The Hideout is a dog-friendly restaurant serving fresh local ingredients in its dishes. Dog owners can head to one of The Hideout's eight outdoor tables to sip on a specialty cocktail alongside their pup. Along with gluten-free items, The Hideout serves starters, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pasta dishes, and dinner entrees such as Merlot-Braised Short Ribs, a BBQ Glazed Pork Chop, Pistachio-Crusted Chicken, and Perale Sole Piccata. The Hideout is open for a meal and a drink Tuesday from 5:00pm to 9:30pm and Wednesday through Monday from 11:30am to 9:30pm. See Details
Sno-White Drive In This fast food spot on State Park Drive has four dog-friendly outdoor tables, so you are welcome to bring your pup along. Sno-White Drive In has American classics like burgers, hot dogs, made-to-order sandwiches, fries and more. There are value items and snacks you can pick up, including corn dogs, grilled cheese, and tacos. Check the site for the new or special items, and you may find Garlic Bread Melts or Animal Fries. For the sweet stuff, Sno-White Drive In has soft serve cones, sundaes, and milkshakes. Please note that table service isn't available, so your dog will need to be tied up outside when you go in to order. See Details
Flats Bistro Flats Bistro has a few dog-friendly tables outside. The aim of the game at Flats Bistro is to provide pizza and pastries accompanied by coffee. One of the most popular pies is the breakfast pizza, served on a sourdough crust with jack cheese, baby spinach, bacon or Italian sausage, and two eggs cooked in the middle, what a way to start your day! To satisfy your sweet tooth, you can indulge in one of the fresh pastries baked daily, including croissants, cookies, muffins, pound cake, scones, buns, and banana bread. Flats Bistro is open every day of the week from 7am to 7pm. See Details
Rio Del Mar Rio Del Mar provides six dog-friendly tables outside. Continuing her parent's Mexican restaurant tradition at her own place, Blanca Moreno offers traditional Mexican dishes, margaritas, and sizzling fajitas on her extensive menu. The most well-liked favorites are the fajitas de carne, the tacos de carne, and the seafood sourced from the nearby ocean. Rio Del Mar is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11:00am to 9:00pm, Friday from 11:00am to 9:30pm, and Saturday to Sunday from 12:00am to 9:00pm. See Details
The Palm Deli The Palm Deli is a dog-friendly, comfortable eatery serving a self-proclaimed "diverse clientele," ranging from students to professionals to beachgoers, sports fans, and parents grabbing a meal for their family. The Palm Deli offers a few outdoor tables to dog owners with Fido in tow wanting to dig into a Hawaiian Heaven sandwich on sourdough, piled high with thinly sliced ham, pineapple chutney, sweet hot mustard, Swiss cheese, and mayo. The Deli's menu includes cold sandwiches, panini-style favorites such as the Island Reuben, Palm Muffaletta, and Southwest Grilled Cheese, vegetarian dishes, soups, salads, breakfast items such as bagels and burritos, and dishes such as Meatloaf Lover's, BBQ Tri-Tip, and Primetime at the Palm. Former customers recommend ordering the Macaroni Salad to accompany your meal. The Palm Deli is open Monday through Friday from 7am to 6pm and Saturday and Sunday from 7am to 5pm. See Details
Baskin-Robbins The world's largest chain of ice cream shops, Baskin-Robbins is a dog-friendly sweet shop serving Aptos locals and tourists alike. Visitors to Baskin-Robbins can head to one of its four outdoor tables to indulge in a cone alongside their canine companion. Its menu is made up of cups, cones, sundaes, warm desserts, parfaits, mix-ins, cakes, and polar pizzas. Baskin-Robbins' ice cream flavors include Chocolate Almond, Cotton Candy, Gold Medal Ribbon, Peanut Butter 'n Chocolate, Rainbow Sherbet, and more. Please note that table service isn't available, so your dog will need to be tied up outside while you go in to order. See Details
Pizza 1 Pizza 1 is a dog-friendly establishment with two pet-friendly tables outside. This local pizzeria provides New York-style and gourmet style pizzas that utilize unusual flavor combinations. Amongst the large array of pies is the most popular pie, the Most Popular: rich tomato sauce, pepperoni, ham, green peppers, mushrooms, and Italian sausage. If you don't like the look of the pizzas the chefs have crafted for you, you can create your own pizza with a choice of cheese, meats, and vegetables. Pizza 1 is open Sunday through Thursday from 11am to 9pm and Friday to Saturday from 11am to 10pm. See Details
Erik's DeliCafe Erik's DeliCafe, located at Rancho Del Mar, Aptos, is a casual delicatessen-style eatery that serves up a variety of delectable fare. Choose from menu options including soups, salads, sandwiches, baked goods, and more. Fido is welcome to join you at one of their eight pet-friendly outdoor tables while you enjoy your meal. Try the Pilgrim's Progress Sandwich with slices of fresh turkey breast, fresh avocado, secret sauce, slivered red onion, fresh tomato, and locally-grown sprouts on 9-grain wheat bread. Or go for the Rio Grande Club with turkey breast, hickory-smoked bacon, pepper jack cheese, guacamole, secret sauce, tomato, and lettuce on a toasted ciabatta roll. A drive-thru window is also available if you don't want to tie your dog up outside while you go in to order. See Details
Aldo's Aldo's serves fresh seafood and pasta and is situated in the Santa Cruz Harbor. They have a roomy patio which is very dog friendly. See Details
Harbor Cafe The decor in Harbor Cafe gives the place a beach-like and welcoming feel. They even welcome your dog with a water bowl by the table. See Details
Gabriella Cafe Gabriella Cafe's sensational menu changes with the seasons. The small outdoor seating are welcomes well-behaved dogs. Gabriella Cafe opens at 11:30am during the week and 11am on weekends. See Details
Phil's Fish Market One of the best seafood restaurants on the Central Coast, Phil's serves shrimp, crab, charbroiled fish, and pasta. The outdoor tables near the water allow dogs. Call ahead to find out about any temporary restrictions due to COVID-19. See Details
Crow's Nest Beach Market Crow's Nest serves wood-fired pizza, gourmet sandwiches, appetizers, salads and house-made desserts, plus fresh coffee, beer and wine. a freestyle Coke machine, and soft-serve ice cream. Beautiful harbor and ocean views from the adjacent doggy dock across the parking lot, and a special doggy menu as well. Dogs are also welcome on the back patio. Crow's Nest opens daily at 9am. See Details
Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery Located in the Pruneyard Shopping Center, this classic brewery offers a full-service patio area and a menu that features gourmet salads, burgers, sandwiches, pizza, roasted pork tenderloin, and steaks. The beer -- pales, reds, browns, stouts, lagers and specialty ales -- are crafted on-site by the brewmaster. Dogs are welcome in the outdoor seating area. Opens daily at 11am. See Details
Betty Burgers Betty Burgers serves up delicious burgers, malts, sweet potato fries, and a friendly place for Fido at their outdoor dining tables. Hours of operation are 11am to 9pm Sunday through Thursday and 11am to 9:30pm Friday and Saturday. See Details
La Fondue La Fondue has a pet-friendly patio and serves up bowls of bubbly fondue that will please any picky eater. See Details
West End Tap & Kitchen Gourmet pub food and craft beer in a fun, lively atmosphere. Outdoor seating welcomes dogs. See Details