The Dogs’ Dish: Your Guide to Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Santa Cruz County

dog friendly restaurants in santa cruz, ca

There was a long period of time when dogs weren’t allowed in downtown Santa Cruz.

Those dog days are over.

Not only are dogs now welcome downtown, but many restaurants invite them too. The dog friendliness doesn’t stop there.

We’ve compiled the Dogs’ Dish, a guide to over 100 dog-friendly restaurants where you can bring your dog as your +1 in Santa Cruz County.

This list is compiled by neighborhood, town and city.

We’ve also included a map so you can easily find each dog-friendly establishment.

If you know of any dog-friendly restaurants in Santa Cruz County that aren’t listed, please feel free to let us know in the comments. Tell us where you like to go! Include a pic of your pup if you like!


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Map of Dog-Friendly Establishments

Use the map below to find dog-friendly restaurants in your favorite neighborhood. You can see a full screen version of the map by clicking on the button below the map.

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Santa Cruz


99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall

We can think of 99 reasons you should go here and being dog-friendly is one. Sidewalk seating, a great food menu and, as the name suggests, a wide selection of brews in addition to other beverages.

110 Walnut Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060


Assembly is all about communal eating and as community is all-inclusive, this means dogs are included too. Water bowls are provided for pups on the sidewalk patio. Enjoy your meal sitting on the permanent benches – no moving chairs to squash tails.

1108 Pacific Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060


Around since the seventies, the Bagelry has mastered the art of the traditional bagel. With a large selection of freshly baked bagels, toppings to choose from, lox and bagel sandwiches, you’ll be happy munching in their garden patio with your pup.

320-A Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Betty Burgers

Who can resist one of Betty’s delicious array of burgers? Ask for a small patty to be made for your dog. Sidewalk patio seating might be a little cramped, but worth it.

1222 Pacific Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Cafe Campesino

Outside of the Del Mar Theatre, this little kiosk manifests a tantalizing array of Mexican meals from enchiladas, tacos, the mole plate and more. Open sidewalk seating is available on either side of the kiosk welcoming dogs.

1130 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Cafe Delmarette

Next door to the Del Mar Theatre, this European style cafe makes a great stopping point before or after a movie. They serve toasted sandwiches, paninis and baked goods along with coffees and other beverages. Fenced off sidewalk seating is available for you and your pooch.

1126 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Café Limelight

Cafe Limelight offers a special five-item doggie menu, and outside seating. They are open for lunch and dinner and serve paninis galore.

1016 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Cafe Mare

This Italian restaurant offers a handful of tables on the outdoor patio where pooches, and people, can dine. Enjoy authentic Italian food and a vast wine menu. Water dishes are offered. Some shading and shelter is provided from the overhung second floor.

740 Front St #100
Santa Cruz, CA 95060


Open for lunch and dinner, this restaurant has a dozen hot chocolates to choose from, as well as truffles. They even have a few entrées with chocolate as a sauce ingredient. They offer a front garden patio with fountain complete with heat warmers for you and your pooch.

1522 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Firefly Coffee House

Come here to experience the yummy baked goods along with a coffee or a chai tea. A large outdoor area surrounded by plants makes for a nice refuge to relax and read the paper with your best friend by your side. Free wi-fi available.

131 Front St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Gabriella Cafe

This quaint, romantic restaurant will have you feeling like you’re in Tuscany. Due to the small outdoor area, there’s a restriction on dogs – 2 large or 4 small max. Gabriella’s has Literary Salon the first Tuesday of each month, hosted by authors, poets and scholars. Other Tuesdays, come for the live music. Thursdays are free corkcage.

910 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Hoffman’s Downtown

Bring your pup along to enjoy the sidewalk patio seating. The doors and windows are often open here so you can hear the frequent jazz bands playing.

1102 Pacific Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Jamba Juice

Sidewalk seating is open for you and your pup to hang out. Enjoy a smoothie or savor a breakfast wrap, sandwich, artisan flatbread or any of their baked goods.

1550 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Joe’s Pizza & Subs

In this case, the name doesn’t say it all. In addition to pizza and subs, they also serve salads, cheesesteaks and falafels. Sidewalk picnic tables have umbrellas for reprieve from the sun where you and Fido are welcome to dine.

1207 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Lulu Carpenter’s

Situated in a historic old hat and dress shop, Lulu Carpenter’s on Pacific Ave. has an old-timey feel with exposed brick walls, high ceilings and brass features. It’s open for brunch on weekends, lunch on weekdays and coffee 13 hours a day. Dogs are perfectly fine to take up the sidewalk seating.

1545 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Lulu’s at the Octagon

This Lulu’s location is also in a historic building. For over 85 years, it served as the Hall of Records for all of Santa Cruz County before becoming a museum, a gift shop and finally a café. Grab your coffee and pastry and head out to the outside seating with your dog.

118 Cooper St
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Mobo Sushi

Enjoy what the owner’s tout as “mind altering sushi” with your pup on the large side patio. It’s fenced off in the walkway area of the San Lorenzo Park Plaza Shopping Center. Bring your own water for your dog. Weekdays they close after lunch and reopen for dinner.

105 River St S
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

New Leaf Community Markets

The New Leaf downtown location offers patio seating for you and your pup to take a break in your day. With a whole market of yummy things to choose from, we’re guessing you guys won’t have a problem catering to both your appetites.

1134 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Penny Ice Creamery

The Penny Ice Creamery is a great place to go after a meal or to indulge on its own. All ice cream is made from scratch in-house.  Some of the choices are pretty wild. For an added kick, try the toasted marshmallow fluff. Fido will be hoping some melts off for him. Limited outside seating. Tie your pooch up and order inside.

913 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Pizza My Heart

Seating out front is welcome to pups on leash. Staff are happy to put out water for your pup…just ask.

1116 Pacific Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Pono Hawaiian Grill at The Reef Bar

Pono says aloha to dogs! There is a large dog-friendly back patio with water bowls. Pups can enter through back (or through the front door if they accompany their owners straight out to the patio). There’s no official pup menu but just ask…meals are prepared for dogs upon request.

A bit tucked away in the downtown area, you’ll feel like you’re right at the beach. This place is decorated Hawaiian surf style, and offers live music 7 nights a week, including a weekly Aloha Friday Showcase. We found it to be very relaxing.

120 Union St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Saturn Cafe

The Saturn Cafe has plenty of  traditional diner meals but also offers up lots of vegetarian and gluten free options. They have front outdoor seating for you and your pup. Water dishes are provided. It’s open really late daily so come by for a late night treat or enjoy a midday meal.

145 Laurel St
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Surfrider Cafe

Surfrider serves lunch and dinner with delicious options of burgers, sliders, sandwiches, salads and more. We recommend you not pass up the avocado fries. Yum!  They also have a great selection of locally brewed beers. Sidewalk seating is available for pooches and their parents.

429 Front St
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Verve Coffee Roasters

The downtown Verve location has sidewalk seating where you can sip your coffee and nibble on one of their pastries. 

1540 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Walnut Avenue Café

A popular spot for brunch and more. The Walnut Avenue Café says they welcome dogs and their well-behaved owners on the sidewalk patio. Check out the dog menu.

106 Walnut Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Woodstock’s Pizza

A large, heated when you need it, patio sits alongside the restaurant facing Front Street. Walking your dog through the restaurant is fine, or just slip through the side gate. For ambiance, there is a raised fire pit.

710 Front St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Zoccoli’s Delicatessen

A favorite with locals on their lunch breaks, Zoccoli’s offers over 30 specialty sandwiches or you can create your own, in addition to soups, salads and pastas. Family owned since 1948, this deli welcomes patrons and their pets on their sidewalk seating. Umbrellas provide sun protection and a water bowl is provided for thirsty pups.

1534 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95060


Bocci’s Cellar

Off the beaten tracks, this funky historical Italian cellar has live music many nights and bocci ball courts. Dogs are welcome in the patio portion of the restaurant.

140 Encinal St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060


A community table outside in the front and several tables at the side allow dogs. Burger. sits at a busy Mission Street corner. Walls and screens have been erected to help with noise and shade. You’ll find 28 different burgers, inspired by celebs like Elvis, Kim Kardashian and Hank Williams Sr. There are also a plethora of beers and wood fired pizzas to choose from. Your table I.D. consists of a mug shot of a celebrity. A water bowl is out for dogs and wait staff bring treats to dogs.

1520 Mission St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Café Iveta

Come here to get away from the bustle. Grab a bite and read the paper then stroll with your pup to walk along Westcliff. There is an outdoor patio with umbrellas for you and your pup. European style serving breakfast and lunch, coffee and baked goods 9-4 weekdays. Free wi-fi.

2125 Delaware Ave. Suite F
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Kelly’s French Bakery

A staple in the Swift Street Courtyard since 2003, Kelly’s has a charming patio area with shade where dogs are welcome. Kelly and Mark Sanchez perfected European artisan baking by studying in France and Italy. Lots of pastries and cakes to choose from and every day has a lunch/dinner special.

402 Ingalls Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Las Palmas Taco Bar

Las Palmas says ¡Hola! to pups on the patio. When you’re craving some Mexican food, hit this place up before or after you take Fido for a stroll along West Cliff.

55 Front Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Mission Street BBQ

Dogs allowed in outdoor side patio. A trellised fence tries to pretend busy Mission Street isn’t right there. Whether you have the pulled pork, tri tip sandwich or ribs, Fido will be licking his chops.  Craft beer and live music Wednesday and Friday nights.

1618 Mission St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

River Cafe

A simple breakfast and lunch menu, and deck seating for you and your pup. Enjoy a mimosa in the morning then walk along the river. Sounds like a good way to start the day!

415 River Street #K
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

West End Tap & Kitchen

A small outdoor seating area is available for you and you pup, with festive lights hanging above. You’re able to hear bands from here and enjoy the fresh outdoors. Try one of the beer samplers and we recommend choosing a delicious flat bread too.

334D Ingalls Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing

This place is 85% outdoors so ample room for pups. They’ve added a gapped wooden roof to provide some relief from sun and a section adjacent that is fully exposed. SCMB often has fun events like Movies on Monday Night or Alehouse Narratives, poem and story speaking nights. Order food, it comes from Kelly’s French Bakery next door.

402 Ingalls Street
Santa Cruz, CA 9506o



This may be the only waterfront place to dine with your dog. Situated alongside the harbor, it’s a great place to gander at all the boats, SUPs and kayaks going in and out.  It’s also a perfect spot to see an occasional seal or otter. We love their fugasa bread.

616 Atlantic Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Betty Burgers

This Betty’s has a little more room than the downtown location, and the burgers are equally as good. It sits along a busy intersection but it’s a great starting point before you and you pup hit Seabright Beach.

505 Seabright Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Engfer Pizza Works

A couple of outdoor tables are available on the sidewalk. It’s not huge on ambiance, but the pizzas and pastas are delicious. Vegan and gluten free options available.

537 Seabright Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Java Junction

While mostly a coffee house, Java Junction also offers pastries, bagels and sandwiches. You and your pup can sit on the front patio area. It’s an easy no-frills stop before or after the beach. Adjacent to Seabright Brewery.

519 Seabright Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Seabright Brewery

Across the street from Betty Burgers is Seabright Brewery. On any day you will find pooches of all sizes and breeds hanging out with their owners on the huge outdoor patio. It has a looming water fountain to drown out the street traffic. A decent selection of beers, burgers and much more will get you going. The vibe here is so relaxed, you may find yourself staying for another…and another.

519 Seabright Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Surf Bistro & Bakery

Fresh pastries, salads, burgers, pizza and more. This is a nice little eatery to stop off at before or after hitting the beach. Small sidewalk seating. Free wi-fi.

415 Seabright Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062


This Italian restaurant has a covered outdoor patio adjacent to the parking lot that is dog-friendly. They provide water dishes. Buon appetito!

528 Seabright Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Verve Coffee Roasters

A little tucked away, you may be able to follow your nose here. Situated next door to Pacific Edge Climbing Gym, this Verve location is where all the beans are roasted. It’s a small coffee bar with baked goods to choose from. Bench seating is available in the parking lot out front. Dogs are often found chilling out with their owners here.

104 Bronson Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95062


Aloha Island Grill

Aloha to pups here on the patio! A casual, relaxed vibe and the delicious array of Hawaiian food will have you and your pooch feeling like you’re in the islands.

1700 Portola Drive
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Charlie Hong Kong

A favorite with locals who appreciate organic, healthy meals served up quick, this Southeast Asian restaurant has communal seating in a covered patio that welcomes well-behaved pooches. Bring your own water and treats for your best friend.

1141 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Cole’s BBQ & Catering

If you’re a meat-lover (and we know your dog is), you’ll love Cole’s. Order the beef ribs and give the bone to your buddy. The patio is pooch-friendly.

2590 Portola Drive
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Chill Out Café

The back beer garden is a relaxing place for you and your dog. If you’re a fan of breakfast burritos, you won’t be disappointed by the selection of over 20 breakfast burritos to choose from. Blocks away from Pleasure Point.

860 41st Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Crêpe Place

An expansive garden oasis awaits doggie diners here. The staff will bring water for your pup while you partake in one of their amazing crêpes.

1134 Soquel Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Crow’s Nest Beach Market

Located on the dock next to the Crow’s Nest Restaurant, the Beach Market has a food order counter serving pizzas, sandwiches and ice cream and plenty of drinks in the back fridges to choose from. Seating is only available outside. We love the low-key vibe here and you and your dog will love the view out on the harbor. A word of caution – the gift shop is outstanding so you may leave with more than you planned.

2210 East Cliff Dr.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Betty Burgers

The eastside Betty’s location is also dog-friendly. There’s more patio real estate here than the downtown location. The burgers are just as yummy.

1000 41st Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

The Buttery

The picnic area is a fun place for dogs and owners to communalize over The Buttery’s yummy freshly baked goods, breakfast or lunch.

702 Soquel Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Discretion Brewing

Sit yourself at one of the picnic tables in the beer garden. Pups are welcome! Cool off with any of the 10+ beer selection and enjoy some tasty nibbles.

2703 41st Ave.
Soquel, CA 95073

Harbor Café

Especially packed for brunch on weekends and for good reason, Harbor Café has a large outdoor area that is dog friendly. They’re so friendly that they even have a separate menu just for dogs!

535 Seventh Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Linwood’s Pooch Patio at the Chaminade Resort & Spa

Pooches give the resort an A+ as they offer a doggie menu featuring yappetizers, entrees, dessert and drinks! Linwood’s Bar & Grill offers a Pooch Patio, a special place for pups and people to dine. Linwood’s serves lunch and dinner for humans and has a kids’ menu too. You’ll love the view!

1 Chaminade Ln
Santa Cruz, CA 95065

Pearl of the Ocean

Savory Sri Lankan food awaits in this Branciforte neighborhood location. Front picnic tables with umbrellas are there for you and your dog to dine.

736 Water Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Pleasure Pizza East Side Eatery

Great pizza. Large corner patio allows dogs. Three blocks from the beach. Need we say more?

800 41st Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Point Market and Café

Situated at Pleasure Point, this is a casual stopping point has a front corner patio to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner. Read the paper or people watch before heading over to the dog-friendly mecca of the 22nd to 26th Ave. beaches or strolling along the Pleasure Point promenade and checking out the surf. The Point Market and Café has water dishes for dogs. For you – choose from burgers, sandwiches, quesadillas and burritos. Yum!

23040 E Cliff Dr.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Star Bene

This Italian and Argentine restaurant has front patio seating welcoming our furry friends. Open for dinner, there are lots of tasty treats to choose from. Ask about their gluten free options. It sits next door to the Windmill Café.

2-1245 East Cliff Dr.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062


Suda loves dogs. The patio area is alongside busy Portola Avenue but you’ll forget about that once you’ve tasted the food. Local produce, fresh fish and vegan and gluten free options are just part of the palatable menu.

3910 Portola Dr.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Sweet Peas Café & Catering

Breakfast, burgers, crêpes and sandwiches make up the bulk of the menu at Sweet Peas. A small front patio area is dog-friendly. A simple stopping point before starting your errands with your pup in tow.

2121 41st Ave. Suite 107
Capitola, CA 95010

Verve Coffee Roasters

Verve’s eastside location has sidewalk tables and chairs where people and pups can hang out. Enjoy a great selection of coffee. Baked treats also available.

816 41st Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Windmill Café

This charming restaurant has back garden seating where dogs are permitted. Your dog will be jumping for joy at the special dog menu offering bacon, sausage, raw duck patties or brown rice mix.

21231 East Cliff Dr.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

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Britannia Arms

The side patio allows dogs and the ocean view is a great perk. On a nice day when the windows are open, you may be able to catch a view of the sports game score inside.

110 Monterey Ave.
Capitola, CA 95010

Gayle’s Bakery & Roticceria

A well-loved treasure, Gayle’s serves over 500 options of pastries, cakes, soups, salads, cookies, breads, sandwiches and entrées. Well-behaved dogs are welcome on the patio. You and your pup should enter through either of the two side entrances. Dog water dishes provided.

504 Bay Ave.
Capitola, CA 95010

Sea Side Coffee

Located at the entrance of the Mercantile, this coffee shop has front patio seating where dogs are allowed. In addition to coffees and teas and other beverages, the Sea Side Coffee shop also has a great selection of pastries, scones and muffins as well as ice cream. It’s a great spot to people watch and fuel up before getting your shop on. Oh, dogs are also welcome to walk through the Mercantile. 

115 San Jose Av
Capitola, Ca 95010

Thai Basil

Dogs are allowed on the front patio. There are typically three tables there, seating four apiece. No water dishes or treats provided so make sure to pack along some of your own.

210 Monterey Ave.
Capitola, CA 95010

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The bagels are just as good at the Soquel location as they are in the downtown location. There are a couple of tables on the sidewalk patio along busy Soquel Ave. where you and your dog can hang out.

4763 Soquel Drive
Soquel, CA 95073

Beer Thirty Bottle Shop and Pour House

While technically not a restaurant, you can order food from Carpo’s next door and bring it over. Beer Thirty has a wide selection of brews and a casual open-air communal area with picnic tables. Ping-pong and corn hole games are available. The best part about this place is dogs are allowed everywhere and they even have a built-in enclosed dog run so your pup can socialize with other furry friends off-leash.

2504 South Main Street
Soquel, CA 95073

Michael’s On Main

There’s a real relaxed feel here, whether on the front garden patio or the back deck overlooking the creek. Well-behaved leashed dogs are welcome in both areas.

2591 South Main Street
Soquel, CA 95073

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Bittersweet Bistro

Pooches on the patio are a-ok with Bittersweet Bistro. They offer a menu just for dogs. The atmosphere is pleasant, with music playing through speakers, a fountain, koi pond, outdoor fireplace and heat lamps when needed.

787 Rio Del Mar Boulevard
Aptos, CA 95003


This Burger. location has a large patio area where dogs are welcome. Travel down some steps to another outdoor area complete with ping-pong and corn hole games. Both spaces overlook lots of greenery, helping distract from busy Soquel Drive. Plenty of burgers, beers and more to choose from.

7941 Soquel Drive
Aptos, CA 95003

Café Rio

Facing Rio Del Mar beach, Café Rio has a dog-friendly patio. Check out the doggie fanfare on their pet gallery. They are open for dinner throughout the week. Relax with a cocktail and some oysters while taking in the sunset.

131 Esplanade
Aptos, CA 95003

Flats Bistro

Located next door to Café Rio, Flats Bistro offers coffee and pastries as well as pizzas, salads and a selection of yummy desserts. There are a couple of tables on the porch where you and your pup can hangout before or after hitting the beach.

113 Esplanade
Aptos, CA 95003

Palapas Restaurant y Cantina

Situated in Seascape Village, Palapas offers tropical Mexican food. Yum! Lots of fresh seafood here. Pups are welcome on the upstairs patio. There’s even an ocean view!

21 Seascape Boulevard
Aptos, CA 95003

Pixie Deli

Grab an ice cream or order a sandwich inside then meet your pup at the front patio. Dog water dishes available. This place is steps away from Rio Del Mar Beach. What could be better?

111 Venetian Road
Aptos, CA 95003

Red Apple Café

An Aptos staple since 1988, enjoy breakfast or lunch with your furry friend on the patio.

783 Rio Del Mar Boulevard # 15
Aptos, CA 95003


Located at the Seascape Beach Resort, you and your pup will have an ocean view on their patio. Sunday – Thursday, the restaurant offers Neighborhood Night dinner specials. Check out Wine Wednesdays or their music nights.

1 Seascape Resort Drive
Aptos, CA 95003

Surf City Coffee

In addition to coffees, this friendly café serves pastries, bagels, breakfast sandwiches and dog biscuits too! Added bonus – they have and enclosed dog run so Fido can socialize while you sip your latte.

9105 Soquel Drive
Aptos, CA 95003

The Farm Bakery, Café & Gifts

Located near Cabrillo College, this place has a large sunny front patio that welcomes dogs. Come here for the fresh, home-style cooking and to peruse their unique gift shop.

6790 Soquel Drive
Aptos, CA 95003

The Hideout

Aptly named as it’s a bit tucked away, the food will please your palate while the patio seating welcoming pups will have Fido’s tail wagging.

9051 Soquel Drive
Aptos, CA 95003

The Hole in the Wall Café

The Hole in the Wall Café is great stopping point for a meal before or after hitting Seacliff Beach with your pup. Enjoy the sunny front patio seating. A word of warning, it gets crowded on the weekends but it’s worth the wait.

257 Center Avenue
Aptos, CA 95003

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Scotts Valley

Chubby’s Diner

From milkshake to mac n’ cheese, Chubby’s has your typical diner food. Tipping the scale above “typical” is that their outdoor patio welcomes dogs!

266 Mount Hermon Rd. Suite T
Scotts Valley, CA 95066

Hophead Public House

You’ll find sandwiches, salads, pizzas and a vast array of beers here. Outdoor seating for the four- and two-legged.

18 Victor Square
Scotts Valley, CA 95066

Jia Tella’s

Sample delicious Cambodian food to your heart’s content on the large patio. It’s a-ok with dogs.

18 Victor Square
Scotts Valley, CA 95066

Mint Café & Wine Bar

Yummy pastas and salads and an expansive wine selection will have you and Fido singing the Mint’s praises. Outdoor seating is doggie approved.

4652 Scotts Valley Drive
Scotts Valley, CA 95066

Mollie’s Country Café

Mollie’s home-style meals won’t disappoint. They have all-you-can-eat soup and salad bar and brunch buffets. Check their website for details. The side patio has plenty of seating for pups and their companions.

219 Mount Hermon Rd.
Scotts Valley, CA 95066

Surf City Coffee

Sit outside and sip your latte with your pup. They serve pastries, bagels and breakfast sandwiches. And so that Fido doesn’t feel left out – they have dog cookies for sale too!

6006 La Madrona Drive Suite A
Scotts Valley, CA 95066

Sushi Blossom

Delicious sushi and other yummy creations can be ordered here. Enjoy your meal with your dog on the back patio.

11 Camp Evers Ln
Scotts Valley, CA 95066

Thai Heart

Savor some Pad Thai with Rover on the back patio. Staff are happy to fetch a water bowl for your best friend.

222 Mount Hermon Rd.
Scotts Valley, CA 95066

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Castelli’s Deli-Cafe

A bit of Italy in Felton, Castelli’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. You and your pooch can hang out on the patio.

6965 State Route 9
Felton, CA 95018


Craving Chinese food? This restaurant won’t say no to your pooch joining. The back patio is dog-friendly.

6249 State Route 9
Felton, CA 95018

Cowboy Bar & Grill

The front patio with picnic tables and umbrellas at Cowboy Bar & Grill is dog-friendly. Enjoy lunch or dinner with burgers, sandwiches and much more.

6155 State Route 9
Felton, CA 95018

Mountain Roastings

Coffees, bagels, muffins breakfast burritos and more at this local’s favorite. Outside seating is ok for pups.

6263 Graham Hill Road
Felton, CA 95018

Oak Tree Ristorante

The dog-friendly outdoor patio and adjacent lawn are surrounded by redwoods. Tables have umbrellas. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. You can’t beat the homemade pastas.

5447 State Route 9
Felton, CA 95018

Rocky’s Café

This house turned into a restaurant has a wrap around deck where you and your pup are welcome. Rocky’s serves breakfast and brunch daily.

6560 State Route 9
Felton, CA 95018

The Cremer House

Set in the oldest building in downtown Felton, this alehouse and restaurant says yep to pups on their outdoor patio. Be sure to check their website for varying lunch and dinner hours.

6256 State Route 9
Felton, CA 95018

Ben Lomond

Coffee Nine

The deck allows dogs so the two of you can hang out while you devour a sandwich or breakfast burrito or simply just enjoy a coffee.

9505 State Route 9
Ben Lomond, CA 95005

Henfling’s Tavern

Come for the dog-welcoming patio, the music and the food from the grill-order window. It’s got a dive atmosphere and a friendly feel. The patio can get crowded at times so make sure your dog is well-socialized if you come here.

9450 State Route 9
Ben Lomond, CA 95005

Spanky’s Café

Great prices and dozens of delicious breakfast and lunch choices in this kitch café. The patio is dog-friendly.

9520 State Route 9
Ben Lomond, CA 95005

Tyrolean Inn Restaurant

Come to experience a bit of Bavaria in the redwoods. Serving authentic German and Bavarian food and a selection of beer and wines. The beer garden says “Guten tag!” to dogs.

9600 State Route 9
Ben Lomond, CA 95005

Boulder Creek

Scopazzi’s Restaurant & Lounge

A staple in the area for over a hundred years, a stroll around and the history is evident. The interior is really the gem of this restaurant but Fido will be ever so thankful if you bring him and dine in the outdoor patio.

13300 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek, CA 95006

Tae’s Edo Sushi Bar & Grill

A quaint back patio situated next to the Boulder Creek happily welcomes dogs. Umbrellas protect you from the sun. Enjoy bento boxes, sushi rolls, sashimi and more.

13271 State Route 9
Boulder Creek, CA 95006

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Whale City Bakery Bar & Grill

A great escape from the crowds, hit up this place before or after the beach or on a road trip along Highway 1. Pooches are allowed on the front patio. Choose from fresh baked goods, ice cream, dinner or lunch. Beer and wine also served. This place has it all!

490 Coast Rd
Davenport, CA 95017

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 Bagel Café & Bakery

The outdoor patio is available for pups and their parents. Enjoy pastries, desserts, bagel sandwiches, smoothies and the list goes on.

1830 Main Street
Watsonville, CA 95076

Freedom Meat Lockers

This is the place to go for meat lovers! Pick up something to cook at home or have a sandwich made at the deli. Plenty of tasty treats for pups here too. Smoked pigs’ ears are a popular item with our furry friends. They have benches outside if you want to eat there and dogs are welcome.

160 Hi Grade Lane 
Freedom, Ca. 95019

Jaliscos Restaurant

A mission-style building, this fun, festive Mexican restaurant welcomes you and your perro in the garden patio.

618 Main St, Watsonville
CA 95076

Red Apple Café

Come for breakfast or brunch with you pooch as your tag-a-long. The patio here welcomes the both of you.

589 Auto Center Drive
Watsonville, CA 95076

About Keri Robinson

Keri Robinson has grown up coming to Santa Cruz and is proud to have made it her permanent residence as of 2011. She is a writer and blogger, active within the community. When not adventuring with her dog, kayaking, climbing or running she can be found at a local coffee shop, chronicling her adventures. Check out Keri's personal site to see more of her work.

  • Claudia Llamas says:

    Unless things have changed recently, I would not count Jack’s Burger as dog friendly. A few months ago my partner and I were enjoying our meal in their outdoor patio with our well-behaved and super friendly English Bulldog, and we were asked to leave. The female staff pointed at a sign posted on the outdoor area that said “no dogs allowed”. We were not allowed to finish our meal and had to leave. Ever since this happened, I choose not to eat there, even though I love their burgers. I support dog friendly restaurants, and I eat out several times a week.

    Thank you,

    • Hi Claudia,
      Thanks for you feedback on Jack’s Burgers. I contacted the management and they stopped allowing dogs. We’ve removed Jack’s from the list. I’m sorry for your experience there with your dog. Good thing there are lots of other dog-friendly places to eat in Santa Cruz County and we hope this list helps. We’d love to see a pic of you and your English Bulldog dining around town to include with this post.
      Thanks again!

  • Claudia Llamas says:


    I want to add that Tramonti on Seabright Ave. in Santa Cruz is dog friendly. I bring my English Bulldog to this place quite often and staff is always friendly. They have a nice outdoor patio where you can enjoy a meal with your furry friend. They bring you a water bowl upon request.


    • Hi Claudia,
      Great add! Thank you! I contacted the management at Tramonti and confirmed they do allow dogs in their outside dining area. We’ve added Tramonti to the list.

  • Angelica says:

    Charlie Hong Kong allows dogs in their patio 🙂

    • Hi Angelica,
      Thanks for your comment about Charlie Hong Kong. I contacted the management there and confirmed they do allow dogs in their outside eating area. We’ve added it to the list. Thanks again!

  • Claudia says:

    Hi another restaurant to add to the list is Cafe Ella in Watsonville! They have a lot of outdoor seating and dogs are welcome.

    • Keri says:

      Thanks again Claudia. We’ll update our list.

  • Rebecca Adams says:

    The Abbey coffee shop cafe, on High St, has a large outdoor patio and they allow dogs. You can actually bring your dog inside to order and then go to the patio.

  • says:

    steamer lane supply! dog menu, water bowl, free treats!

  • suzanne gill says:

    Kianti’s downtown has a nice “pet patio”. We had lunch there with our dog a few weeks ago. They did not offer doggie water.

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