There’s no shame in admitting we’re all far more comfortable socializing with dogs than we are with other humans. That said, life (unfortunately) doesn’t stop when you have a dog. Sometimes you need to take them with you to things - or more importantly, seek out opportunities to show them off.
LA is an extremely pet-friendly city, but when it comes to restaurants, not all are sitting there with open arms. So we’ve tracked down the 21 best places that go above and beyond for your best friend (and where you can get a solid meal for yourself).
Dinette isn’t more than a take-out window on Sunset in Echo Park, but with a great outdoor seating area off to the side, Mr. Pickles is more than welcome to come and hang as well. You’re ordering the breakfast pizza, a few pastries, and the best waffle on the Eastside (which comes with a slice of bacon on top for Mr. Pickles). Also, since the whole place is outside, you never have to take your eyes off your little angel, even when you’re ordering.
Sycamore Kitchen continues to be one of the best weekday lunch spots in the entire city, and with its big front patio, your four-legged soulmate gets to tag along as well. On sunny days, it can get hot out there, but the waitstaff does a great job of making sure both of your water bowls are full at all times. You’re eating the spicy Vietnamese salad or the Jerusalem bowl, while your dog gets to be the talk of La Brea.
Superba is a complete scene almost any day of the week, but you didn’t spend $2,000 on a pre-trained purebred to keep him locked in your apartment all day. Superba is large and bright with a side patio where all the action goes down. Pretty much the whole menu is solid, but the real move is ordering from the pastry counter - those morning buns and “everything” croissants are life-changing. Also life-changing? The pictures you’ll take of Georgie while he’s wearing his fedora.
The Hart and The Hunter is the Southern-inspired all-day cafe for the PaliHotel on Melrose, and while the menu itself has gone through some overhauls over the years, those glorious biscuits have remained. Just as glorious as that hidden side patio where all the dogs are allowed to be their best selves.
Who needs a Prada purse when you have Sir Barkingham to carry under your arm into Nate ’n Al? The classic Jewish deli in the heart of Beverly Hills is the kind of scene you want on a hazy Saturday morning - old ladies in yoga pants, hungover CAA junior agents, and our favorite matzo ball soup in the city. There’s a decent-sized patio out front and even the grouchy waitresses will make sure Sir Barkingtham has his water bowl full at all times.
You were staring into your dog’s eyes earlier today and it hit you - he deserves the world. What better way to show your appreciation for his unconditional love than taking him to the most dog-friendly restaurant in LA - The Morrison. The Atwater gastropub doesn’t just have a great front patio for your pooch, they have an entire “Doggy Menu” where the bone selections come out on a silver platter. That’s real. For you, the burger is the way to go, but unfortunately it just comes out on a regular plate.
You and Duke have had a total Eastside day, walking around Los Feliz, flirting with the locals, and building up a strong appetite. The obvious move is to head to Alcove. One of our favorite daytime spots in the city, Alcove’s outdoor patio is massive, meaning Duke has all the space in the world to spread out and have himself a Saturday. You’re ordering any of the salads and sandwiches, and getting a slice of cheesecake to-go.
There are very few things more naturally euphoric to humans than beer and dogs, and at Golden Road, you get them both at the same time. There’s a large outdoor space covered in fake grass for the dogs, a shaded “doggie deck,” complimentary dog beds, plenty of water bowls, and even biscuits for $5 a bag. And, of course, all the Golden Road brews for you.
Now’s as good of a time as any to remember that Fat Dog is very much a dog-themed restaurant. But aside from just the wallpaper and photos on the wall inside, that fantastic front patio means your four-legged BFF can get in on the action too. Fat Dog doesn’t sell any actual dog treats, but Tailwaggers next door does. So grab a bag of biscuits for him and the short rib French dip for yourself from the kitchen, and watch every unemployed writer in LA surf the internet on that patio.
Your dog’s a star. You know, she knows it, we all know it. And there’s no better place to give her the attention she deserves than at Joan’s on Third. The 3rd St. marketplace is a full-blown brunch apocalypse, but no one can deny that great sidewalk-facing patio. People will definitely stop and ask to take pictures, but that’s just what your little princess ordered. As for you, you’re already knee-deep in that Chinese Chicken Salad.
You and Bingo killed it at Griffith Park today, but you both need some cold water and a snack fast. The Trails sits at the base of Griffith, and is the ideal spot to recharge in a low-key atmosphere when you just aren’t feeling the brunch chaos of Los Feliz. It’s essentially just a walk-up window in a little cabin, but the menu is surprisingly solid, and the avocado sandwich is a real must-order.
This is the year you finish your screenplay, we can feel it. So grab the dog and head to Daily Dose in the Arts District. The whole place essentially lives in a hidden alleyway between two industrial buildings, and the vibe is downright serene - ideal for cranking out Act Three and for the pup to get a quality nap in the sun. Daily Dose’s menu is definitely healthy, but not in the way that’ll leave you hungry and irritated. Get the Jive Turkey sandwich.
Is there a better street to be a dog than Larchmont? Definitely not. Having a leashed companion is an almost required accessory on this little strip, and at Larchmont Wine and Cheese, you’re in the heart of all the action. You’re ducking inside the wine shop to snag one of our favorite sandwiches in LA, while he waits outside soaking up all the free feels. The sidewalk patio might get crowded, but you never have to wait long for a seat.
There’s really no better feeling in the world than a day at the beach with your BFF/dog. And after a few hours of frolicking in the sand at one the most underrated beaches in LA (Playa Del Rey), you’re both looking for some quick R&R. Playa Provisions is technically four restaurant concepts in one, with different sections open at different times of the day. But if you’re there in the morning and afternoon, nothing can beat that casual little patio and one of their housemade pastries.
One of our favorite Valley bars, Blue Dog Tavern is a low-key neighborhood spot essentially under the 405 in Sherman Oaks, and among the most dog-friendly spots in town. We’ve never been there when there haven’t been other dogs on the front patio (a huge selling point, to be honest), so you’ll never feel like that one person who brought their dog to the bar. There’s plenty space on the patio, lots of water bowls, and even dog-safe burger patties for half-time.
No matter what, your four-legged amigo is up at 6:30am every morning and expects you to be too. You frankly can go to just about any coffee shop in LA with your dog, but if you’re in the market for the best coffee as well, head to LaMill. The Silver Lake coffee shop is one of our favorite early morning spots to grab coffee, a quick no-frills breakfast, and go about your day.
Ashland Hill is one of the places that didn’t make a big splash when it first opened, but has along the way become a Santa Monica go-to. Not only is the food solid, but the big back patio is dog heaven. Dogs are fully welcome here, so much so that the restaurant even hosts its very own “Yappy Hour” events, where organic food stores come and sell treats for you and your pup. We’ll say this once - it’s the social event of the season.
Your friends just called and they want to grab some oysters and beer tonight. But you know deep down if you leave the dog at home, all you’ll be doing is thinking about his sad, lonesome self all night. Luckily, the crew’s heading to MessHall and that means Cooper can come too. The casual, Loz Feliz spot has a fire pit-adorned back patio that’s one of the nicest on the Eastside and entirely dog-friendly. Nobody can beat $1 oysters on Tuesday either.
Your Tinder date just canceled, and now you have reservations at Cliff’s Edge and nobody to go with. Quick fix - the true love of your life is staring at you right now with your chewed up bank statement in his mouth, and he has zero plans tonight. For being one of the better date night spots around, the romantic patio at Cliff’s Age is totally open to your dog and frankly, he’s already a way better companion than that consultant was going to be.
You drank a little too much tequila last night with her old college friends and are now suffering the consequences. Ms. Butters on the other hand is already up and ready for fun-filled Saturday. Appease both parties and head to HomeState. The Los Feliz Tex-Mex spot can definitely get ransacked on the weekends, but their Lonestar Migas are always worth the wait. The front patio can get crowded, but if you’ve ever been around other hungover people, you know very well how much attention they’ll give your dog.
Most dogs do quite well for themselves walking down Venice’s Abbot Kinney, but your move needs to be a few blocks off at Gjusta. This all-day deli/bakery/Google bro chill zone has only gotten better with age, and it’s tough to find a sandwich you won’t like. It’s definitely a scene, and it gets very crowded at peak times, but the side patio is a perfect spot for your dog to spread out and people watch.