Fieldwork Brewing Co.

11 of the best spots in SF to enjoy food, drink, and the company of your dog

By Trevor Felch

The smell of barbecue and the sound of clinking dishes are enough to convince dogs to think many restaurants are the best in the Bay Area. But there are very few spots that have dog-friendly seating, where you can actually sit with them instead of leashing them up outside. And there are fewer restaurants that actually have treats and water bowls to satisfy our doggy friends while we enjoy tuna melts and burgers. So here are several spots around the Bay Area that dog and dog owner will love visiting together.

Palm House
Dogs aren’t very interested in the window-shopping along chic Union Street, but they love all of those exciting smells on Cow Hollow’s main corridor, and then getting a “Leisure Hour” treat at this popular tropical bar/restaurant right in the heart of it. Dogs get a “bark bar” Tuesdays through Fridays from 4 to 6:30 p.m., while their human friends can enjoy some spam fried rice musubi, coconut seafood ceviche ($4 each) and beverages ($7). Palm House often provides a host of other treats or balls or toys, too, because they’re just ultra Fido-friendly—minus the beach sand of their Caribbean theme.
Neighborhood: Cow Hollow MAP

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
Dogs love the beach, fog or shine. Luckily, they can hang out before or after at Half Moon Bay’s longtime brewpub staple. The expansive patio is a prime spot for enjoying views of Pillar Point Harbor with a Pumpkin Harvest Ale (or Calf-eine coffee milk stout if isn’t fall), stellar clam chowder (one of the best outside of New England according to the Food Network), and lots of space for dogs to hang out. And four-legged friends never complain when their owners decide to have a second round to go with a Mavericks tuna melt.
Neighborhood: Half Moon Bay MAP

Most Mondays feel like they’re for the dogs, but at Cole Valley’s French bistro charmer the first day of the week is literally for your four-legged pals. A rare treat for the start of the week, dogs get to hang out on the rear patio with their owners and enjoy treats, while humans can enjoy dinners like trout meunière or an on-point hearty cassoulet, plus 10 percent off wine bottles. Note that on the rest of the week, dogs can still enjoy the sidewalk patios (but not the rear) while their dining companions eat eggs Benedict and gingerbread pancakes in the day, or coq au vin at night.
Neighborhood: Cole Valley MAP

Due West at Olema House
The Sonoma Coast/Highway One drive is one of the classic getaways for dog owners. There’s wine and scenery for the two-legged, and beaches for the dogs (plus cheese from the humans’ picnic lunches). The gorgeous Olema House at Point Reyes’ restaurant, Due West, has an entire dog menu created by the chef, served at the two outdoor patios. Meanwhile, you can enjoy grilled oysters and brick-roasted chicken in a refurbished late 19th century building that perfectly ties together Sonoma Coast’s past with its bucolic present.
Neighborhood: Sonoma Coast MAP

Some of San Francisco’s best people—and dog—watching can be found on Chestnut Street. That’s why it's such a bonus that this casual Italian spot has very dog-friendly sidewalk seating. While their owners eat pancetta and crimini mushroom pizza, dogs get the treat during the 4 to 6 p.m. “yappy hour,” conveniently coinciding with happy hour. Unfortunately, the canine won’t find themselves an equivalent to Delarosa’s excellent Salty Dog cocktail, but there is always a nice bowl of water. It’s a spot for the many dogs that frequent the Crissy Field off-leash areas.
Neighborhood: Marina MAP

Off the Grid Presidio
The cold and rainy weather this time of year isn’t particularly doggy-friendly, but luckily spring is ahead, and that means Off the Grid’s mobile food vendor gatherings are convening again every Friday, starting in April. For this season, the always gourmet-friendly (many of the top food trucks rotate here) and dog-friendly event on the Presidio Main Post will hold a new concept of “Fido Fridays” every third Friday that includes Yappy Hour specials from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and plenty of water bowls and treats for the dog guests. During that time, humans can enjoy 10 percent off Rye on the Road cocktails if their dog is with them.
Neighborhood: Presidio MAP

The Village Bakery

The Village Bakery
There are lots of dog-friendly hikes in the Silicon Valley foothills just outside Woodside and Palo Alto. Before or after one of those journeys, or, hey, just in the mood for a great meal, Bacchus Management Group’s superb all-day bakery/restaurant is the place to go. Dogs love sitting on the patio that’s almost always in the sun because the Peninsula doesn’t deal with Karl. Plus, The Village Bakery bakes delightful dog bones from scratch with peanut butter, oats and eggs. Adult humans often are tempted by those treats but then realize that the croissants and cookies are really more tempting (and appropriate) for their snacking. The Village Bakery also has a strong wine and cocktail list, plus terrific pizza and a standout burger (they are related to Spruce, home of SF’s best burger after all).
Neighborhood: Peninsula MAP

4505 Burgers & BBQ
Dogs and their owners love frolicking around Alamo Square Park. And the best post-park excursion is to Divisadero’s BBQ stalwart, where dogs are welcome on the patio (there's even a #4505patiopups on Instagram) made of re-purposed shipping containers, which also accounts for almost all of the seating. There are lots of treats and bowls of water for the dogs, and many owners share their pork ribs with dogs after they're done, so there’s a feel-good factor, too, with little food waste. Then again, most human diners don’t want to share any of their frankaroni or the “best damn cheeseburger” that are a key part of the 4505 experience.
Neighborhood: Divisadero MAP

Fieldwork Brewing Co.
Breweries always seems like a good choice for bringing dogs, but, not all of them have decent food to go with the brews. Luckily, Fieldwork Brewing has partnered with acclaimed Berkeley Mexican restaurant, Comal, to tempt human diners at their Berkeley production brewery and taproom with rotisserie chicken tamales; grilled ham, cheese and jalapeño sandwiches; and fun snacks, so food is no second thought to the great stouts and hazy IPAs. The newly opened San Mateo taproom also has a similar food setup from Comal. Obviously, the beer is quite special on its own, and dogs will love the excitement and spacious environs.
Neighborhood: Berkeley MAP

Noon All Day
It just wouldn’t be right if the Dogpatch neighborhood didn’t have a perfect spot for dogs to hang out at. Besides the obvious name, there seems to be about one dog per every two residents here, and Esprit Park—right outside of this relaxed daytime offshoot of Piccino—is constantly filled with dogs. The always-chill café has one of the most sun-drenched, dog-friendly patios in San Francisco thanks to its fog-free eastern location, and dogs love the bacon fat-glazed biscuits that Piccino bakes and offers at Noon All Day. Meanwhile, the dog owners love the terrific coffee drinks; thoughtful wine and beer selection; togarashi-dusted avocado and citrus toast, pork belly adorned Moroccan-spiced socca (chickpea pancakes)—not to mention the excellent (not dog-friendly) cookies.
Neighborhood: Dogpatch MAP

Moss Beach Distillery
When dogs get to choose between burger patties or grilled hot dogs, well, you know the spot is a slam-dunk. Don’t get us wrong, Moss Beach Distillery isn’t just a dog restaurant, even though dogs of all sizes think so because they love the actual dog menu, which ranges from kibble to scrambled eggs to skirt steak, and literally has its own “bones” currency system. It’s also a fantastic destination for a bona fide brunch or dinner or relaxed happy hour for dog owners and non-dog owners alike. Adult humans will equally enjoy the gorgeous ocean-view patio in the Moss Beach coastal locale, plus NorCal classics like beer-battered artichoke hearts and fish tacos.
Neighborhood: Half Moon Bay MAP

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