(Updated 8/15/23) Compilation of dog friendly restaurants in Sacramento, restaurants where both you and your canine companion are welcome.
Sacramentan’s love their canine companions, and many of us seek out dining establishments that welcome our (well-behaved) friends.
Luckily, Sacramento’s weather allows us to dine outdoors virtually twelve months a year. Additionally, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the venues offering outdoor dining dramatically increased thanks to business-friendly policies adopted by the city.
See related blog post: Al Fresco Dining in Sacramento
Depending on the season, many Sacramento restaurants offer patio dining featuring fans/misters and/or portable heaters/fire pits. Only certain patio’s are covered or partially covered, however, a drawback during inclement weather.
Most-Dog Friendly Cities in America – 2022 Edition
Smart Asset, a financial technology company, recently released “Most Dog-Friendly Cities in America – 2022 Edition”. Sacramento was ranked #11.
Sacramento Statistics (per Smart Asset):
- Dog Parks – 3.1 per 100,000 residents
- Dog Friendly Restaurants – 133
- Dog-Friendly Shopping Centers – 4
- Pet Stores & Vet Offices – 52 per 10,000 establishments
Dog Friendly Restaurants in Sacramento
Not every restaurant listed necessarily has an outdoor “patio” area. In some cases, the outdoor seating may be a few tables on the sidewalk outside the establishment.
While a number of restaurants have more than one patio, the dog friendly patio is the patio that does not require entry into the restaurant itself. For example, to access the dog friendly patio at Streets of London Pub you must enter the back patio area via the alley. Similarly, the patio at Scott’s Seafood on the River in entered at the back of the building on the river side.
Dining with your friend also becomes problematic if the restaurant is counter service only and it is just the two of you. I personally do not think it a good idea to leave your buddy alone outside while you place and pay for your order.
Lastly, the size of your canine companion can sometimes be an issue. Do you have a large dog and the restaurant patio is miniscule and/or narrow? It may be a much better choice to opt for a restaurant with a comfortably large patio.
The following list of Sacramento dog friendly restaurants is “a work in progress”.
You can help flesh out this list by adding a comment on this blog post (below) with the name of restaurants not listed that you personally know are dog friendly. Please also include any additional pertinent information, like the neighborhood in which it is located.
Has the dog friendliness of a listed restaurant changed? If so, please share that information as well!
19 Handles Pub & Grill (Arden)
See related blog post: 19 Handles Pub & Grill
Alamar Marina Restaurant & Bar (Garden Highway)
Alaro Craft Brewery (Midtown)
See related blog post: Alaro Craft Brewery
Bella Bru Café (Natomas)
Bike Dog Brewing Company (West Sac)
Brickland Bistro (East Sac)
Buckhorn BBQ & Grill (Land Park)
See related blog post: Brickland Bistro
Café Bernardo (Midtown)
Cafeteria 15L (Downtown)
Cantina Alley (Midtown)
Capitol Garage (Downtown)
Centro Cocina Mexicana (Midtown)
Cerveceria at The Shack (East Sac)
Der Biergarten (Midtown)
Drake’s Barn (West Sac)
East Patio Mexicano (East Sac)
See related blog post: East Patio Mexicano
Federalist Public House & Beer Garden (New name: Federalist Pizza)
Fox & Goose (R Street Corridor)
Franquette (West Sac)
Frog & Slim (Midtown)
See related blog post: Federalist Public House & Beer Garden
(The) Golden Bear (Midtown)
See related blog post: The Golden Bear
Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Company (Midtown)
Hop Gardens Taproom (Curtis Park)
High Hand Nursery Café (Loomis)
High Water Brewing (East Sac)
Husick’s Taphouse (Clarksburg)
Ink Eats & Drinks (Midtown)
Iron Horse Tavern (R Street Corridor)
Jayna Gyro (East Sac)
Juno’s Kitchen & Delicatessen (East Sac)
King Kong Brewing (Del Paso)
Kupros Craft House (Midtown)
La Cosecha by Mayahuel (Downtown)
Lefty’s Eatery & Taproom (East Sac)
Limelight (East Sacramento)
LowBrau Bierhalle (Midtown)
Magpie Café (Midtown)
Mas Taco Bar (R Street Corridor)
Masullo (Land Park)
Mendocino Farms (R Street Corridor)
Mesa Mercado (at Milagro Centre) (Carmichael)
Midtown Spirits (Midtown)
Mimosa House (East Sac)
MoJos Local Tap & Kitchen (Downtown)
Oak Park Brewing Company (Oak Park)
OBO Italian Table & Bar (East Sac)
One Speed (East Sac)
Origami Asian Grill (East Sac)
Orphan Breakfast House (East Sac)
Pangaea Bier Café (Curtis Park)
Piatti Restaurant & Bar (Pavillions)
Pizzasaurus Rex (Midtown)
Polanco Cantina (DOCO)
Public House (Downtown)
Railroad Fish & Chips (Old Sac Waterfront)
Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar (Midtown)
Revolution Wines (Midtown)
Rooster’s Breakfast & Mimosas (River Park)
Roxie Deli & BBQ (East Sac)
Sac City Brews (Tahoe Park)
Saigon Alley Kitchen & Bar (Midtown)
Sauced BBQ & Spirts (DOCO)
Scott’s Seafood on the River (Pocket)
Selland’s Market-Café (Broadway, East Sac)
Shady Lady Saloon (R Street Corridor)
Shangri-la (Fair Oaks)
Streets of London Pub (Midtown)
Swabbies (Garden Highway)
Tapa the World (Midtown)
The Green Room (East Sac)
The House of Authentic Ingredients (T.H.A.I.)
The Jazzy Bird (East Sac)
The Porch (Midtown)
The Rind (Midtown, Handle District)
The Waffle Experience
The Waterboy (Midtown)
Tree House Café (West Sac)
University of Beer (Midtown)
Urban Roots Brewing & Smokehouse (Downtown)
See related blog post: Urban Roots Brewing & Smokehouse
See related blog post: Zocalo
(8/15/2023) Links to blog posts on restaurants that have closed deleted.
What are your favorite dog friendly restaurants? Do you have any “tips” to share?
Sources: bringfido.com, Sacramento Yelp, personal experience
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