San Diego, or as some call the ‘birthplace of California’, is a city that is just adjacent to the border of Mexico. As such, you can expect that a lot of aspects of the county is influenced by both American and Mexican cultures. Particularly, you will be able to find a wide range of cuisine in San Diego such as Mexican, Southeast Asian, Italian and an abundance of seafood restaurants. It’s safe to say that you probably won’t go hungry.
If you’re in the city and have brought along your lovable furry friend to keep you company during meals, we have come up with a list of the top dog-friendly restaurants in San Diego, California.
1. The Patio on Lamont
If you had a late Friday night out in town and want to get some brunch to get your weekend started, you should head down to The Patio on Lamont. This place has an excellent brunch menu that ranges from sandwiches, salads, and your usual classics such as eggs Benedict and pancakes. Got a hangover that needs curing? You can opt for their two-hour limit bottomless mimosa (per person) special! The place is dog-friendly too so bring along your furry friend and treat him or her to a good doggy snack.
The Patio on Lamont
Address: 4445 Lamont St, San Diego, CA 92109
Website: The Patio on Lamont
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11am - 11pm; Fri: 11am - 12am; Sat: 9am - 12am; Sun: 9am - 11pm
2. Knotty Barrel
The Knotty Barrel is the perfect place for you and your mates to gather before going into town. Not only do they have a hearty selection of classic American fare, but they also have an excellent selection of craft beers that range from IPAs, pilsners, and lagers. The establishment is small, so be sure to get here early to get seated. There is also a nice outdoor setting for your dogs to enjoy and make new furry friends!
Address: 844 Market Street , San Diego, CA 92101 and 13211 Black Mountain Road, San Diego, CA 92129
Website: Knotty Barrel
Opening hours: Sun - Thur: 11am - 12am; Fri - Sat: 11am - 2am
3. Lazy Dog
Be it brunch, lunch or dinner, the Lazy Dog has food for all occasions of the day for both you and Fido. If you’re one to try out a restaurant’s specialty, then we recommend going for the Bison burger or the BBQ Bison meatloaf. For drinks, they have a good selection of cocktails as well as their own range of locally crafted beers.
Address: 1202 Camino Del Rio N, San Diego, CA 92108
Website: Lazy Dog
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11am - 12am; Sat - Sun: 9am - 12am
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4. Baja Betty's
Got a craving for Mexican food and your favorite margarita? Stop by Baja Betty’s to get your fix. The establishment is pet-friendly so feel free to bring your dogs along! You would probably have a good selection headache choosing from enchiladas, tacos, or build-your-own burrito bowl. Once you’ve decided, you will be served a round of delicious salsa and chips while waiting for your meal. For the ladies, be spoilt for choice at their huge margarita and cocktail menus.
Address: 1421 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
Website: Baja Betty’s
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11am - 1am; Sat - Sun: 10am - 1am
5. The Prado at Balboa Park
Happen to be looking for a place to rest and to eat after walking around the beautiful grounds of Balboa Park? The Prado located in the House of Hospitality definitely fits the bill. The outdoor setting and views are lovely and the food is equally ravishing. Do consider ordering the Prado Paella or the Skuna Bay Salmon & Short Ribs as your main courses. The restaurant is pet-friendly too, so you can have the option of seating outdoors while keeping an eye on your dogs.
The Prado at Balboa Park
Address: 1549 El Prado, San Diego 92101
Website: The Prado at Balboa Park
Opening hours: Mon: 11am - 3pm; Tue - Thu: 11am - 8.30pm; Fri: 11.30am - 9pm; Sat: 11am - 9pm; Sun: 11am - 8pm
6. Indigo Grill
Located in the heart of San Diego’s Little Italy, Indigo Grill is a dog-friendly restaurant to go to have delicious modern Latin cuisine. Choose some bites to share, like the Kung Pao Calamari or the Crusted Brie for starters before indulging in the main courses. We recommend trying the Hickory Smoked Pork Ribs and the Salmon filet and then finishing off with a cheesecake for dessert.
Address: 1536 India St, San Diego, CA
Website: Indigo Grill
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 5pm - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 5pm - 10pm
7. Working Class
This dog-friendly restaurant may be called Working Class, but the service and food are said to be first-class for both human and pet. Whether it is breakfast, dinner, or a late-night grub, you can rest assured that you will be treating yourself to a great dining experience. We suggest ordering General Tso Cauliflower and Coconut Shrimps as starters and the Salisbury Steak as the main course.
Address: 4095 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104
Website: Working Class
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 9am - 12am; Fri - Sat: 9am - 2am
8. OB Noodle House & Sake Bar
Asian fusion cuisine doesn’t get any better than the ones served at OB Noodle House & Sake Bar. If the weather is cold outside, drop by this gem and order a piping hot bowl of Vietnamese pho to warm yourself. Alternatively, go for the classic comfort foods such as the House Special Fried Rice or the Spicy Garlic Wings. This casual restaurant welcomes dogs of all sorts so feel free to help yourself to an outdoor seat if you are bringing Fido along.
OB Noodle House & Sake Bar
Address: 2218 Cable St., San Diego, CA 92107
Website: OB Noodle House & Sake Bar
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 12pm - 11pm; Fri - Sun: 11am - 11pm
9. The Crack Shack
Do you enjoy the taste of good old crispy fried chicken in between two succulent buns? The dog-friendly Crack Shack restaurant is well known for their juicy fried chicken pieces and chicken burgers that are served in generous portions. If you like your chicken spicy, then you should go for the Firebird burger. But if you like something milder, the Coop Deville burger is equally delicious. Whatever your order is, your stomach will not be disappointed.
The Crack Shack
Address: 2266 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, California
Website: The Crack Shack
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 9am - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 9am - 11pm
Tired of the usual brunch dishes and hoping to eat something more alternative? As its name suggests, Werewolf does serve some dishes that you would never have seen in your wildest dream. It is also dog-friendly. In all seriousness, do give the Pork Belly Benedict, the Country Fried Steak, or the Argentinean sandwich a try. If you enjoyed the food, we think you might come back another time for seconds.
Address: 627 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Opening hours: 8am - 2am (daily)
Sumptuous food in San Diego
If the mouthwatering photos above aren’t enough to make you drool, then we don’t know what else to do! San Diego is thriving with gorgeous food for you and your friendly dog, and we are sure that both of you will enjoy your meals.
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