Dog Friendly Restaurants in Santa Cruz, CA

There are 63 restaurants in Santa Cruz, CA that welcome dogs at their outdoor tables. Need help deciding where to eat? Check out the listings below for a detailed description of each restaurant, along with pictures and reviews from other dog owners who've eaten there. Bone appetit!

Seabright Brewery

Seabright Brewery is a family friendly restaurant in Santa Cruz. The outside seating area is spacious, heated, and dog friendly.


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.

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.

Gabriella Cafe

Gabriella Cafe's sensational menu changes with the seasons, but there's always a spot for your pup at its outdoor tables.

Betty's Burgers

Betty's Burgers serves up delicious Burgers, Malts, Sweet Potato Fries, and a friendly place for Fido at their outdoor dining tables.

Cafe Limelight

Located in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz, the dog-friendly Cafe Limelight offers an array of panini sandwiches in a casual setting with dog-friendly patio tables. Dine on soup and salads, or try a specialty panini packed with a wide choice of meats, cheeses, and veggies. Then finish the meal with a warm brownie sundae or old fashioned root beer float. Fido will be licking his/her chops at the doggie menu that features roasted pig ears and chicken feet. Opens daily at 11:30am.

Aloha Island Grille

Great lunch spot for Hawaiian style plate lunches. The Kahlua Pork and the burgers are favorites. Bring your dog and sit on the deck. Treats and water bowls are available.

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.

River Cafe

River Cafe offers breakfast and lunch menus using 100% organic and locally sourced ingredients with a variety of coffee and tea options. Expansive outdoor deck welcomes dogs.

Engfer Pizza Works

Engfer Pizza Works serves up wood-fired pies and specialty beers and wine in a friendly atmosphere that welcomes dogs.

Mariannes Ice Cream

Mariannes Ice Cream is a local favorite with both humans and pups, who will gladly shake for a scoop of vanilla bean.

Walnut Ave Cafe

Try their award-winning breakfast or a hearty sandwich or burger for lunch. Fido can order from the special doggie menu on the outdoor patio.

West End Tap & Kitchen

Gourmet pub food and craft beer in a fun, lively atmosphere. Outdoor seating welcomes dogs.

Santa Cruz Mtn Brewing

Choose from a variety of microbrewed organic ales. Leashed dogs are welcome in both the Taproom and Beer Garden.

The Jerk House

Santa Cruz's first Jamaican Jerk Restaurant is opening September 4, 2015! Locally owned, they use organic local produce and proteins and feature local craft beer on tap.

The Buttery

The Buttery is a local bakery and café with the best of both worlds! Half of the building is cakes and pastries made fresh twice daily and the other half is organic soups, salads, and sandwiches made to order! They also have coffee and espresso beverages as well as house made chai :) The best part of The Buttery is the patio right outside the door complete with leash holders studded to the beautiful picnic benches, a large lush grass field for roaming and fresh water bowls on either side of the picnic area! There is always a handful of furry friends hanging out around here. Be sure to order a plain burger patty for your pet, they will love you forever!

Thai Orchid Restaurant

Thai restaurant on the west side of Santa Cruz serving seafood, meat, and vegetarian dishes. Umbrella patio tables are dog friendly.


Extensive selection of craft beer and nearly two dozen kind of burgers like the Dolly Parton and the Bruce Lee. Outside seating is dog friendly.

99 Bottles of Beer

99 Bottles has a dog-friendly space out front with eight or nine tables. Mostly pub fare, such as steaks, seafood, salads, and an impressive beer menu. Fido is welcome at outdoor tables.

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.

La Fondue

La Fondue has a pet-friendly patio and serves up bowls of bubbly fondue that will please any picky eater.

Los Gatos Cafe

Los Gatos Cafe serves breakfast, brunch and sandwiches and yummy fries. They have outdoor seating and are dog friendly.

Southern Kitchen

Southern Kitchen serves up amazing comfort food in a friendly atmosphere where dogs are welcome.

Plumed Horse

A water bowl awaits at Plumed Horse, where outstanding service and a unique California fare are the order of the day.

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.


Carpo's has been serving high quality American comfort food in Santa Cruz County since 1981, offering tried and true house specials and signature sandwiches. Menu features skewered prawns, skirt steak, shrimp and crab sandwiches, homemade chili, shakes and ice cream, and plenty of beer and wine. Dogs are welcome in the outdoor seating area.

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.

Tyrolean Inn Restaurant

Nestled in the redwoods of the San Lorenzo Valley, Tyrolean features authentic Bavarian cuisine and a dog-friendly beer garden.

Michael's On Main

Michael's On Main serves American fare in a relaxed setting where dogs are welcome in the brick courtyard seating area. Choose delicious lunch and dinner options such as kobe beef burgers, blackened chicken wraps, Yankee style pot roast, crispy buttermilk fried chicken, artichoke spinach ravioli, and grilled ribeye. Opens Tuesday thru Friday at 11am, 9am on weekends, and is closed on Mondays.

Red Apple Cafe

Red Apple Cafe will tempt you with their yummy breakfast and brunch menu and outdoor seating for leashed dogs.

Dio Deka

Greek dishes so authentic you'll think you're in Greece, not CA. The lounge is always dog friendly, and the front patio welcomes pest during dinner hours, weather permitting.

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.

Discretion Brewery

Great craft beers & organic farm fresh food. Dogs are welcome on the patio.

Willow Street Wood Fired Pizza

Willow Street Wood Fired Pizza serves tasty slices and has terrific patio dining for you and your pooch to enjoy.

Taqueria Mi Tierra

Taqueria Mi Tierra serves up delicious Mexican dishes in a causal, dog-friendly atmosphere.

Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

American and Belgian inspired, barrel aged, and seasonal brews. Outdoor tables are dog friendly.

Sent Sovi

Sent Sovi's extensive wine list and French-influenced food can be enjoyed with your pup on their garden patio.

The Happy Hound

The Happy Hound serves up tasty hot dogs in a casual atmosphere and has seating outside for you and your pooch. Try the Cheese Hound, Polish Hound, and Kraut Hound, or a juicy burger or grilled chicken sandwich. Opens at 10:30am daily.

La Esquina Mexican Restaurant

A family owned Mexican restaurant has a Doggie menu! with beautiful outside sitting =) great food for pet owners

Cup N Saucer Family Restaurant

Cup N Saucer Family Restaurant has a pleasant neighborhood atmosphere, a menu of hearty favorites, and dog-friendly outdoor seating. Choose from pancakes, souffle omelettes, quesadillas, steak and eggs, pasta, club sandwiches, burgers, and yummy homemade desserts. Opens seven says a week at 7am.


Big wine selection, great salads, hearty entrees like shortrib stroganoff and shrimp scampi linguine. Outdoor patio welcomes dogs.

Armadillo Willy's BBQ

For over thirty years, Armadillo Willy's has prided itself in serving authentic Texas style wood-fired BBQ in a friendly, casual space that welcomes dogs at outdoor tables. Digs into an array of succulent, smoky meats such as beef brisket, pulled pork, tri-tip steak, baby back ribs, and jalapeno-cheese sausage, plus burgers, sandwiches, and traditional sides. Open 11am to 9am Sunday thru Thursday and 11am to 9:30pm on Friday and Saturday.

Wild Thyme

Wild Thyme Deli and Cafe's patio is dog friendly. All dogs that visit the patio are given a special homemade dog biscuit while their two-legged friends enjoy Wild Thymes East Coast “comfort foods” with West Coast organic and fresh cuisines. Wild Thyme offers a delicious menu of sandwiches, salads, and desserts; roasted meats and chickens and all items are made fresh on-site every day using only the finest ingredients.

Mr. Kebab and Falafel

Mediterranean eatery serves gyros, falafel wraps, and vegetarian options. Dog friendly outdoor seating with excellent views.

Haute Enchilada Cafe

Peruse local artwork while sampling from a varied menu of seafood and Mexican-inspired dishes. Dogs are welcome on the outdoor patio.

Peet's Coffee & Tea

Peet's Coffee & Tea is a popular coffee chain offering strong, quality brews in a friendly atmosphere with seating available for pups.

Bell Tower Cafe

Bell Tower offers breakfast burritos, omelets, Belgian waffles, sandwiches, burgers, and paninis, Enclosed patio is dog friendly.

Royal Taj India Cuisine

Royal Taj India Cuisine offers affordable, tasty dishes that can be enjoyed on the patio with your pooch in tow.

Layla's Bistro

Layla's features a menu consisting of Italian dishes created from old country recipes that have survived the test of time, such as New York stromboli, chicken Parmesan, and lobster ravioli. Outdoor tables welcome dogs.


Starbucks is a very popular coffee chain serving strong java and offering dog-friendly seating.

Jia Tella's

Yummy Cambodian food, and dogs are welcome on their large patio.

Crepe Place

Casual, crepe focused food, funky and fun. Friendly staff. Great vibe!

In-N-Out Burger

Want to really treat your pup? Order a "Protein Style" burger off the secret menu here and he'll get an all beef patty, minus the bun. Yum!

Baja Fresh Mexican Grill

At Baja Fresh Mexican Grill, the burritos are HUGE and very tasty. The Mahi Mahi Tacos are awesome too, plus they're dog friendly.


Heated outdoor eating area perfect for your pup. Right next to Whole Foods Market. Great food too....

Panera Bread

The dog-friendly Panera Bread's eclectic deli/bakery menu includes soups, salads, hot and cold sandwiches, and pastries and cookies for dessert. Great place for a light lunch or dinner. Outdoor seating area welcomes dogs.

Whale City Bar and Grill

Fresh breakfast and bakery also serves burgers and sandwiches. Stop in for ocean views and dog-friendly seating.

Appleton Grill & Event Lounge

Dine in or out on the beautiful patio with its waterfall and fireplace. Plenty of dog-friendly space at either tables or booths. Heaters for those cool evenings or mornings. Friendly, cheerful staff. Menu to accommodate all tastes, from homemade fresh pizza, to burgers with your choice of toppings, to fine dinners. Leashed dogs are welcome.

Claudine's Wine Experience

Sample from an extensive list of wine and craft beer and complement them with a meat and cheese plate or flatbread. Outdoor seating is dog friendly.

Surf City Sandwiches

Surf City offers crafted sandwiches with crafty names, such as the chicken cowabunga, Vulcan mind melt, and The Johnny Utah. Outdoor seating welcomes dogs.

Heavenly Cafe

This popular breakfast stop serves omelets, scrambles, bennies, buttermilk pancakes, and French toast, plus burgers and sandwiches for lunch. Patio seating is dog friendly.


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.

The Cremer House

Housed in downtown Felton's oldest building, The Cremer House is an award-winning American farm to table restaurant and ale house pub with outdoor, covered, and heated dog-friendly seating, and a traditional American menu that includes wings, burgers, smoked pork chops, fried chicken, warm chocolate brownies for dessert, and a variety of beer, wine, and soda.