Folks, please keep this thread on topic and recommend places where good food is served. General discussion about life with our four legged friends is beyond the scope of our mission here which is focused on where to find good food.
Thanks for keeping this focused on good eats, with dogs in tow, in the L.A. region.
Main St. in Seal Beach is pretty dog-friendly - you can leave your dog just outside of some of the cafes (several have people seating right at the sidewalk), and some stores have water bowls near the door (bring a water bottle along to fill them). We breakfasted last week at Crema Cafe and several people had small, well-behaved dogs with them in the patio area. Not sure about a big dog or dogs there though - you could call and ask. The "patio" is a narrow access way from Main St. back to set-back stores, so having a large dog sprawled across the walking path might not work with food servers, but perhaps way at the back or very close to the front. For those who don't want the pets or flying fur, there's a small inside cafe area as well.
In Huntington Beach just south of Slater there's a breakfast & lunch place in the park and any size of well-behaved dogs are welcome. Park Bench Cafe.
322 Main St, Seal Beach, CA 90740
Park Bench Cafe
17732 Goldenwest St, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
There are a number of places.
The Lazy Dog Cafe has locations in Orange, Irvine (Irvine Marketplace, near BJ's) , and Westminster. You can sit on the patio, even have cocktails, and they have (overpriced-but hey, you have the big guy with you) dog treats like chicken breasts and burger patties.
You can sit outside at Break of Dawn and eat really well for breakfast or lunch.
I frequently see people outside at Brussels Bistro with dogs, but they have to be well behaved because the crowd is right there.
I like the Sundried Tomato Cafe (there are others in the chain, but I have only been to Laguna). The have lots of outdoor seating and good food. Cocktails on the patio as well.
Cafe Zoolo gets a lot of dogs.
Fashion Island on the whole is dog friendly, but the restaurants won't let you bring the dogs on the patio. However, I often see tables with the dog next to them just on the other side of the railing. Daily Grill is the place that leaps to mind, but you may be able to do it at other places as well.
860 Glenneyre St, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Break of Dawn
24351 Avenida De La Carlota Ste N6, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
222 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Sundried Tomato Cafe - Laguna Beach
361 Forest Avenue Ste 103, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Lazy Dog Cafe
1623 W Katella Ave, Orange, CA 92867
Lazy Dog Cafe
16310 Beach Blvd, Westminster, CA 92683
Fashion Island is dog friendly as a mall, but most places I know with a secured patio (fenced, planters, etc, will only allow the dog on the outside of the fence while you sit on the rail. For a well behaved dog, that is not a problem. Mine will just work his way inside the gate all meal, or whine to get in.