Dining out shouldn’t mean always having to leave your furriest family member behind. So we’ve compiled a roundup of Bay Area dining locales that go the extra mile to welcome all of your family members, be they of the two- or four-legged variety. From Yappy Hours to doggie cigars for Fido to play structures and chalk boards for the kids, check out our list of eateries worthy of a full-family visit.
Ideally situated where Golden Gate Park meets the Pacific, the Park Chalet makes the entire family feel welcome—the furriest among us included. The restaurant’s glass greenhouse opens up to a patio that’s hosted birthday parties for pooches and humans alike and also borders the park, where the high energy-infused can run around after sampling the kids menu or lapping from the complimentary water bowls. Other nearby options for post-visit exploration include nearby Ocean Beach, Queen Wilhelmina’s Windmill and the Dutch Tulip Garden in the park.
1000 Great Highway, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA
Hours: Brunch: Sat. & Sun.: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Lunch: Mon.-Fri: noon-5 p.m.; Dinner: Sun.–Thurs. 5-9 p.m.; Fri. & Sat.: 5-10 p.m.
This chic, family-friendly locale in San Francisco’s Sunset District not only offers bar selections for the bigs but also some for the littles, too, including drinks like Monkey Time, a blend of pineapple, orange and lemon juices. We recommend heading to the front patio to sample the kids menu, the crowd-pleasing regular menu and a slice of one of the restaurant’s many pies for dessert. Your pup can join you as he chows down on treats and quenches his thirst at a water bowl and you can follow up your meal with a walk in nearby Golden Gate Park. The restaurant has other kid/dog friendly locations in Danville and Lafayette and will launch one soon in Oakland.
1240 9th Avenue between Lincoln & Irving, San Francisco, CA
Hours: Breakfast: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; Brunch: Sat.-Sun. 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; Lunch: Mon.-Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Dinner: Sun.-Thurs. 5-9:30 p.m. and Fri.-Sat. 5-10 p.m.
Lazy Dog Restaurant
Lazy Dog lives up to its name with its patio’s fur and family-friendly feel that’s perfect for a full-on chill sesh. Kids will go bananas over the restaurant’s build-your-own pizza option from its expansive kids menu, and can follow it up with some campfire-worthy s’mores for dessert. A dog menu wishes the pooches “bone appetit” as they devour their choice of grilled hamburger or chicken breast with brown rice along with a complimentary bowl of water. Visit Lazy Dog’s other Bay Area locations in Concord and Dublin.
19359 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-midnight; Sat. 10 a.m.-midnight; and Sun. 9 a.m.-midnight.
Half Moon Bay Brewing Co.
This comfy coastal brewery restaurant has a front patio with views of Princeton Harbor that’s the perfect hangout for your two-legged and four-legged littles. The eatery’s Maverick Bones—house-made dog treats created with the spent grains from its artisanal beers—coupled with its delightful doggie menu make it crystal clear why it’s won multiple awards for dog-friendliness. Children and parents will love the many great options on the kids menu, that’s received a Well Kiddos certification for its healthy food choices. Top off your perfect day with a visit to watch the surfers catch some waves at nearby Mavericks.
390 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay, CA
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m.-close; Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-close.
7 Mile House
Your furry friends can “pawty down” on the heated patio at this historic eaterie, which treats them like canine royalty with their very own dog menu, four-legged friendly cigars and beer! During the restaurant’s Yappy Hour, dogs can also score a free peanut butter biscuit. For the beansprouts, there’s a kids menu with home-style American and Filipino selections that’s half-off on Mondays for dine-in customers. They’ll also love checking out the restaurant’s old-school photos stemming from its unique history as a 1800s-era stagecoach stop. Bonus: It's situated close to a number of dog-friendly parks.
2800 Bayshore Blvd. Brisbane, CA
Hours: Sun. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Mon. & Tues. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Wed. & Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; and Fri. & Sat. 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m. Yappy Hour, Mon.-Fri., 3-6 p.m.
Sit & Stay Café
If there’s a spot where the littles and canines can live in perfect harmony, it’s at the Sit & Stay Café inside the Point Isabel Regional Shoreline dog park. This casual café offers patio seating with umbrella tables, a pint-sized-pleasing menu and stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay. Doggies will howl with excitement over the abundant water bowls, treats from the café’s vending machine and ample four-legged friends. After eating, everyone will love exploring the country’s largest off-leash dog park (23 acres!) complete with trails and water access. After exploring, head to Mudpuppy's Tub & Scrub next to the café, where your pooch can get a bath and flash you boo-boo eyes for a toy or other supplies.
1 Isabel Street, Richmond, CA
Hours: Café: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
It’s the outdoor beer garden that makes Drake’s such a fab spot for a family hangout. On any given weekend, you’ll see 10-15 dogs chilling in its industrial chic outdoor space, which is equipped with ample water bowls, seating, fire pits and heaters to add to the comfy environs. Crowd-pleasing menu selections like wood-fired cheese pizza, burgers and sausages will keep your sidekicks smiling. Afterwards, there’s lots of enclosed space for the stretching out of little legs and safe exploration. Don’t forget to snap a pic of your pooch with his pint-sized pal to add to the restaurant’s @dogsofdrakes Instagram gallery!
2325 Broadway Auto Row, Oakland, CA
Hours: Sun.: 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Mon.-Wed.: 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Thurs. & Fri.: 11:30 a.m. -1 a.m.; and Sat.: 10 a.m.-1 a.m.
Like the legendary Grateful Dead concert scenes, “TXR” is all about great food, music and community. So it’s no surprise that the restaurant is owned by band bassist, Phil Lesh, who occasionally appears on Sundays with fellow musicians as part of the Stories & Songs series for kids. A kidlicious menu served up with crayons, a chill-out room with couches and books, an outdoor children’s play structure and family-friendly offerings from the restaurant’s Social Club make this a fab find for the bigs and littles alike. Add in sunny patio spaces with water bowls, a Yappy Hour and Bark Park events—where pets receive free bandanas—and your fur-babies will be in heaven, too.
100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael, CA
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 4-9:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Panama Hotel Restaurant
Tucked away in an off-the-beaten track Marin neighborhood, the historic Panama Hotel Restaurant’s charm will only be exceeded by that of your adorable offspring and pooches. We recommend heading for the heated front porch where your littles can enjoy selections like the ever-popular Kids Quesadilla from the children’s menu—which arrives complete with a coloring book—and Fido can nosh on a variety of specialty dog treats. Don’t forget to check out the pet-friendly Yappy Hour!
4 Bayview Street, San Rafael, CA
Hours: Lunch: Mon.–Fri. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Dinner: Tues.–Sat. 5:30-9:30 p.m., Sun. 5-9 p.m.; Brunch: Sun. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; and "Yappy Hour": Tues.–Fri. 4-5:30 p.m. (pets optional).
Pass by this hip beer garden in Berkeley’s Westbrae neighborhood any weekend and it will be filled with families and their four-legged friends. And there’s good reason! Children delight in the small-fry-friendly menu items, provided by the always-onsite Pedro’s Brazilian Cafe food truck, as well as the ample supply of toys and chalk boards stocked with chalk. Free treats are available for your on-leash doggies, as well as numerous water bowls around the inviting, fenced-in space that features lots of umbrella tables (where adults can sample the incredible beer menu). Check the website for Westbrae’s occasional kid and dog-related events! Since it’s an all-outdoor space, call ahead during winter to confirm it’s open.
1280 Gilman Street, Berkeley, CA
Winter Hours: Mon. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Tues.-Sun. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Murray Circle Restaurant
With sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge and a kids menu featuring delectables like Midnight Moon Quinoa Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Murray Circle Restaurant is sure to leave your little peanuts awe-inspired. We recommend heading to the veranda where kiddos can get creative with crayons and a coloring sheet while dining and your furry friend can crunch on free doggie cookies and quench their thirst at plentiful water bowls. Afterwards, everyone can stretch their legs on the expansive adjacent lawn or walk across America’s most famous bridge.
602 Murray Circle, Sausalito, CA
Hours: Breakfast: Mon.–Sun. 7-11 a.m.; Lunch: Mon.–Fri. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Dinner: Sun.–Thurs. 5:30-9 p.m. and Fri. & Sat. 5:30-10 p.m.; and Lazy Weekend Brunch: Sat. & Sun. 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
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