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San Fran - eating out with my dog?

nutella Jun 13, 2009 08:15 AM

Hi all. I'm very excited to visit San Fran in August. I will have my small dog with me and would love to know where I can eat well with his company...on South Beach (where I live) it's easy to eat out with a dog. Small dogs are permitted anywhere there's outdoor seating. Is this true in San Fran? Can you please recommend great breakfast/brunch and lunch places that allow dogs? I would especially love places with organic/local ingredient emphasis, although that's not a strict requirement. THANKS!!

  1. wolfe Jun 13, 2009 08:22 AM

    Get your dog declared a "assistance dog" and you can take it almost anywhere.

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    1. re: wolfe
      poulet_roti Jun 14, 2009 02:47 PM

      While you're at it, be sure to get one of those Handicapped placards and park right in front before hopping out of your car and into the restaurant.

      Zazie in Cole Valley has a nice outdoor patio which is good for breakfast/brunch and I believe allows dogs.

    2. Robert Lauriston Jun 13, 2009 08:48 AM

      Except for service dogs, it's illegal to take your dog into a restaurant in California (state health code).

      The law excludes certain outdoor seating areas. See this topic for some SF recommendations:


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      1. re: Robert Lauriston
        nutella Jun 13, 2009 09:11 AM

        Thanks! I found this on that thread: www.diningwithsophie.com

        Would still love to know which of these places has great food too. Thanks!

        1. re: nutella
          bbulkow Jun 13, 2009 04:47 PM

          Universal Cafe
          Slanted Door
          maaaaybe absinthe

      2. JasmineG Jun 13, 2009 09:58 AM

        Here's a blog post from Michael Bauer, SF Chronicle restaurant reviewer, about places that he brings his dog: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/m...

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          nutella Jun 14, 2009 01:53 PM


          1. re: nutella
            wolfe Jun 14, 2009 02:08 PM

            From the Bauer article "In the case described above, the restaurant is definitely violating state health codes, unless the dog is designated as an assistance dog." All you need is a note from your doctor and a permit from city hall.

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          waldrons Jun 14, 2009 03:51 PM

          Keep in mind that weather in San Francisco is not always conducive to eating outside. Our daytime high in the summer averages the mid-to-high 60s, with night temps (around dinner time) probably 5-10 degrees cooler.

          Many places that do outdoor dining do have heat lamps, however.

          Here are a couple of links to articles about outdoor dining (many of these are not in SF, so read carefully). http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/mbauer/detail?entry_id=40463


          PS - Driving 30-60 minutes north or east of the city proper will raise daytime temperatures 20 degrees or more!

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