Dog Friendly S.F. Restaurants With Great Food?
My girlfriend and I will be spending President's Day and a couple of days after that in the city. We just found out that some friends will be joining us, and they will bring their extremely well-behaved, though extremely large, Weimaraner dog with them.
Part of the reason for our trip is the great food in San Francisco, including seafood and italian. So, though I am aware of great restaurants in this city, I don't know of any great restaurants that are also dog friendly.
With any luck, some of you will have recommendations for restaurants that are both dog friendly and have good food.
A lot will have to do with the weather. It's been fairly dry this season, but we're in the midst of a week-long rain spell right now. There have also been a number of cold spells, too. Either situation would pretty much kill outdoor seating. If it's nice, you'll have a number of outdoor options. Though, honestly, I think you'll have a problem with most restaurants that have outdoor patios that require walking through the restaurant, given that it is illegal for pets to be inside restaurants (aside from service/guide dogs). A small dog in a porter can probably be sneaked through - a Weimaraner, well, kinda sticks out. haha
I'm sure you've thought of this ahead of time, but a dog of that size very well may be an issue for your hotel, too (unless you're staying with friends/family). We're about as "dog-friendly" as a city can be; however, laws are laws/policies are policies.
I've always been a dog lover, and my mother ran a doggy daycare/pet sitting business for a number of years; however, sometimes traveling with pets really ISN'T the best of ideas. Regardless of how well behaved, and how much they are a part of your family, they're still pets... and they'll certainly make enjoying our city to the fullest a bit, well, difficult. I'd be one to advocate the use of a kennel in this situation - certainly if coming here is a treat vs. a regular occurance.
Just my two cents... :)
The worry is the weather. Even if it doesn't rain, it is cold this time of year for eating outdoor.
A few places you might call to see if you can make arrangements.
I haven't been here since it opened, but it continues to get great reviews. They have a large outdoor area, some of it covered and maybe they would allow the dog to be kept outside.
A good solid restaurant if not exciting. The benefit here is that there are large windows, a bit of a covering, and easy access to a door. I've seen people leave their dogs tied outside while eating inside. Depending on the table, you can see the dog, the dog can see you. There's not a lot of foot traffic in that neighborhood to make the dog nervous. I see dogs tied outside restaurants in North Beach and it ticks me off. It is too busy and I don't want to be taking chances trying to get in the door with a strange dog as an obsticle to get around.
Hoc - if the current weather keeps up there may not be many outdoor dining venues from which to choose (blowing rain and a bit on the chilly side). Best bet is to leave the dog at home this visit. However, if you do bring it and the weather cooperates, a good breakfast place where dogs are welcomed (sidewalk seating) is Rose's Cafe in Cow Hollow neighborhood. If I recall, they even have a communal water bowl near the front door. While I find the city a fairly dog-friendly city, be aware that a dog of that size may be intimidating to some diners and may not be as welcomed as, say, a labrador or retriever. Unfortunate, but true.
if it's a nice day, take the ferry to sausalito and stroll a mile or so down Bridgeway to Fish - it's very dog friendly. pick a table overlooking the water and enjoy the day. cash only but there's an atm hanging on the outside wall. the food is very good.
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