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10 Dog Friendly Restaurants & Bars in San Francisco

San Francisco’s renowned culinary and drinks scene is even more welcoming to dogs now that outdoor dining has become a mainstay. More than 1,000 restaurants opened in-street dining or “parklets” during the pandemic, and the boon in outdoor dining is here to stay. Here are a few of our favorites.

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Chef Tyler Florence’s Wayfare Tavern is a San Francisco hotspot featuring authentic American dishes inspired by local cuisine at the turn of the 20th century. Meals start with delicious hot popovers, and the menu features glammed comfort food such as buttermilk-brined fried chicken, southern deviled eggs and the Tavern burger. It welcomes pets to its parklet.

Palm House

Palm House in San Francisco, otherwise known as ‘Pawm House’, has a new pup-centric Bark Bar where four-leggeds can enjoy some quality time on the restaurant’s patio. The Bark Bar’s tasting menu for canines consists of a main course with the option of Loco Moco or Huli Huli chicken and desserts provided by Le Marcel Bakery San Francisco. Palm House’s new Bar Bark Leisure Hour can be enjoyed Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 7 pm.

Scoma’s (pictured above) on Pier 47 in Fisherman’s Wharf is a San Francisco classic. The pier-to-plate seafood restaurant added two outdoor dining areas that are dog friendly. One overlooks docked boats and the city, while the other is situated along the bay with views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

New Belgium Brewing Taproom and Restaurant San Francisco is 100% dog friendly and offers a cultural beer and dining experience with a world-class beer menu and globally inspired seasonal cuisine. The Colorado-based brewery’s San Francisco outpost in Mission Bay features a rotation of San Francisco-inspired, small-batch releases.

For panoramic views of the bay, Bay Bridge, Treasure Island, and the San Francisco skyline, Waterbar and Epic Steak’s outdoor seating on the Embarcadero can’t be beat. Waterbar presents a daily menu of fresh-caught, sustainably sourced fish and shellfish and the most expansive selection of oysters on the West Coast. Epic Steak features pasture-raised cattle with no hormones or antibiotics, organic local produce and sustainable seafood.

A dog-friendly community gathering space in the heart of Mission Bay, SPARK Social SF is a food truck park, beer/sangria garden and event space open seven days a week. Visit the website for the daily lineup and schedule.

Family-owned Fog Harbor Fish House and Pier Market at Pier 39 serve 100% sustainable seafood and offer the quintessential San Francisco waterfront dining experience. Dogs are welcome at outdoor tables.

Independent San Francisco brewery Fort Point Beer Company has a pet-friendly outpost at the landmark Ferry Building. Its recently launched Beer Garden concept (open Sunday to Friday) expands on its existing outdoor kiosk, where they serve classic beers like KSA Kolsch Style Ale and newer options like Lobos Hazy India Pale Ale daily.

Restaurant ANZU’s heated sidewalk patio serves pet-parents Japanese food and sushi from chefs of the ANZU food truck. ANZU’s menu is a fusion of contemporary California and Japanese cuisine made from the freshest local and seasonal ingredients.

Perched on the shores of Mission Bay, Mission Rock Resort offers scenic bay views and pet-friendly outdoor dining. It serves simply prepared, pristinely sourced seafood in a relaxed, fun-filled environment and is known for its oyster happy hours.

After their humans dine in style, canines can chew on their own treats from one of San Francisco’s dog bakeries. Pick up all-natural treats handmade using raw, human-grade ingredients at Le Marcel Dog Bakery or nearby Mishka Dog Boutique, both in the Marina, or freshly baked goodies from Bow Wow & Kitty Too at Pier 39. Mishka Dog Boutique will open a Ferry Building location this summer.

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Brandie Ahlgren is founder and editor of CityDog Magazine. She, and her team of dog-loving editors, dig up the best places for you to sit, stay and play with your four-legged friends. Brandie, 12-year-old boxer Thya and Mexican foster failure Pancho, reside in West Seattle and can often be found hanging out at Westcrest Dog Park.

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