It’s fun being a dog in Los Angeles.
Warm year-round sunshine and tons of outdoor spaces to explore with your furry friend. From spacious parks to nature trails, beaches, and malls, you will never run out of adventure.
After all the fun and games, there is a wide selection of dog-friendly restaurants with relaxing patios where you can relax and grab a bite with your pup.
I’ve narrowed down the best joints where you can be sure your dog will feel welcome and comfortable and you will have an amazing alfresco dining experience. They all have quality food for people, and some even have an exclusive doggy menu.
Bonus: I’ll tell you how I opened the first-ever restaurant for homeless dogs.
1. The Morrison Pub
3179 Los Feliz Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90039
It’s Fido’s day out and you want to give him the royal treatment.
The Morrison has exactly what you and your furry friend need.
Your pup will feel the love right from when you enter as the friendly staff welcome you onto the patio with a bowl of water.
And when it comes to dog meals, this highly ranked dog-friendly restaurant doesn’t hold back.
Their dedicated doggy menu has three different dishes—complete with witty names—each served on a silver platter:
- Where’s the beef—chopped hamburger beef with rice
- Cock-a-doodle-doo—chicken with rice
- Frankenweinie—chopped hot dogs with rice
Since it’s doggo’s day out, he deserves tasty treats after his gourmet meal. The Morrison offers milk-bone treats to crown the feast.
Want to try making DIY dog treats at home? We had so much fun making these awesome cookies in our kitchen:
Try their juicy burgers and craft beers as you watch your pooch happily chow down on the paw-licking meal.
The restaurant is open on:
- Monday–Wednesday: noon to 8 p.m.
- Thursday: noon to 9 p.m.
- Friday–Saturday: noon to 11 p.m.
- Sunday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
2490 Fletcher Dr Los Angeles, CA 90039
An outdoor restaurant on a warm LA night in the company of your furry friend sounds like an exciting weekend plan.
The King of Tacos, chef Esdras Ochoas, will make your dreams come true at his restaurant, Salazar.
Located next to the LA River, this dog-friendly restaurant features a genius design that combines a casual industrial look with a Mexican theme. The kitchen and indoor bar areas are carved out of a former auto repair shop.
What really sets Salazar apart is its expansive desert-style patio. The scattered wooden tables set under a pergola and the prominent desert plants will transport you to the Sonoran desert.
You’ll love how the ample space between tables allows you to leash your dog comfortably. And if your pup is well-behaved, you can let him scamper around the sprawling grounds and make some new dog friends.
They are open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
3. The Fat Dog
11050 Magnolia Blvd North Hollywood, CA 91601
You know that Fat Dog is serious about dogs the moment you walk in.
Besides the unsubtle restaurant name, the place spots quirky dog-themed décor and signature cocktails with funky dog-related names, making it a gem for dog lovers in the NoHo Arts District.
Here are some of the cocktails on the menu:
|Italian greyhound||Aperol, Campari, lime, agave, and alfalfa sprouts|
|A walk in the park||Ford’s gin, lime, agave, and arugula|
|Well groomed||Pimm’s, ginger beer, lemonade, orange, cucumber, and mint|
|Off the leash||Old Forester bourbon, Aperol, lemon juice, and agave|
|Seeing rye dog||Bullet rye, ginger liqueur, blackberries, basil, lemon juice, and sugar in the raw|
The owners (who, unsurprisingly, are fur parents) have created a casual space for you to enjoy classic comfort food in the company of your canine.
The patio is spacious, so you won’t feel crowded and your dog can move around comfortably. Plus, if you’re planning to grab a late evening meal, you’ll love that the place is heated.
They are open daily from:
- Monday–Friday: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- Saturday–Sunday: noon to 10 p.m.
Dining Tip: The place tends to fill up quickly on weekends. If you’re planning a dog birthday party with more than six friends, call in advance to reserve a table.
4. Alcove Cafe & Bakery
1929 Hillhurst Ave Los Angeles, CA 90027
It’s the weekend and you plan to burn off Fido’s excess energy with a walk. Head over to Griffith Park and experience a thrilling nature walk at the fern-filled Fern Dell.
After that, pop into the nearby dog-friendly Alcove for a delicious post-hike brunch. They’ll welcome your furry friend with a smile and a bowl of water.
This historical cafe is housed in two of the oldest houses in Los Feliz; an 1897 Craftsman cottage and a 1916 Spanish duplex. Alcove took over the property in 2004 and restored it to its original glory.
Today, the cafe boasts a calm ambiance with its striking rustic interior and colorful garden patio. Your dog will enjoy running around the expansive outdoors.
They are open from:
- Sunday–Thursday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Friday–Saturday: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
5. The Anchor
235 Main St Venice, CA 90291
You’ve got yourself a Friday night date and you’re thrilled. Your date loves dogs and you can’t wait to show off your fur baby.
Now, you just need to find an impressive date spot that’s also dog-friendly.
How does a lovely little spot by the seaside serving delicious seafood under the stars sound?
The Anchor, located near Venice Beach, offers a casual dining experience. Although they have a small L-shaped indoor bar, the real action happens outside. The roomy patio is decorated with picnic tables and heaters to keep you warm.
The friendly staff will welcome your dog with a bowl of water and free treats.
Both your date and dog will approve!
They are open on:
- Weekdays from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- Weekends from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
6. The Terrace at The Maybourne Beverly Hills
225 N Canon Dr The Maybourne Beverly Hills Beverly Hills, CA 90210
If you’re looking for a dog-friendly restaurant that offers a memorable alfresco dining experience while soaking in the warm California sunshine, The Terrace is it.
The signature café is the gem of the Maybourne Beverly Hills. The outdoor setting spots an elegant yet simple décor, giving it a relaxing ambiance.
The well-spaced tables are dressed in crisp white linens and decorated with gorgeous salt and pepper shakers. The soothing sounds of the water fountain and the lush greenery provide a beautiful backdrop.
Your pup will love lazing around in the grass with a fresh water bowl while you enjoy a tasty meal prepared from local farm produce. Don’t forget to try their finger-licking branzino!
They are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Dogihana – Restaurant for Homeless Dogs
If you’ve been to my YouTube channel, you know how much I love highlighting the stories of rescued dogs to get them their forever homes.
When I finally got the chance to open Dogihana, I knew I had to go all out to get a clean 5-star rating (read: paw-fives, tail wags, and tongues out) from my VIPs.
Most importantly, I hoped to get two of my canine guests, Frank, a partially blind senior dog, and Betty, a Golden Retriever, adopted.
Frank and Betty were accompanied by Cora Rose, an adorable two-legged dog, and Jack-Jack, a Chihuahua.
Dogihana was open for a week—not anymore—as a special treat for rescue dogs.
We had an exciting menu, including:
- Bone broth miso
- Shrimp appetizer
- Chicken fried rice for the main dish
- Peanut butter matcha ice cream for dessert
The dogs loved it, and we even had more walk-in customers.
See how it all went down:
*Note: this restaurant was only open to for a short time for a select group of rescue dogs.