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Oct 23, 2011 10:58 AM

Santa Barbara: Dog friendly restaurants

This is a topic that has come up often for visitors to Santa Barbara brining their canine family members.

Today's paper featured the following restaurants who welcome canines to their patios in the greater Santa Barbara area to Santa Ynez Valley: Arch Rock Fish; Brewhouse; Fresco Valley Cafe; Savoy Cafe and Deli; Summerland Beach Cafe; Pascucci; Aldo's Ristorante; Pizza Mizza; Petro's at Fess Parkers; Dos Carlitos; Cafe Quackenbush; Vineyard House.

Santa Barbara County health officials declared this was legal in outdoor patios as long as there was a separate entrance from the outside and dogs are prohibited from walking through the indoor areas. There may be more dog-welcoming places than featured in this article - no comments about the food at any of these spots, but some of these restaurants even have dining options on the menu for the dog too.

729 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Vineyard House Restaurant
3631 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez, CA 93460

Cafe Quackenbush
458 Bell Ave, Lompoc, CA 93436

Pizza Mizza
104 S Hope Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Summerland Beach Cafe
2294 Lillie Ave, Summerland, CA 93067

3544 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez, CA 93460

Arch Rock Fish
608 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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  1. Thank you for this! Does anyone have any other spots to add to the list?

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    1. re: The Oracle

      This is very helpful, thanks, and I'll add:

      Renaud's Patisserie
      Scarlett Begonia
      Santa Barbara Shellfish
      Corktree Cellars (but they have to be on the other side of the patio)

      1. re: The Oracle

        Hollister Brewing Company (Goleta)
        Mesa Cafe
        The Good Cup ( coffee and...)
        Shoreline Beach Cafe
        Le Cafe Stella
        Marmalade Cafe
        Pierre LaFond
        Oreana Winery (OK, not food, but they are very, very canine welcoming)
        Also not restaurants, but Nordstrom will welcome you shopping with your dog, as will The Territory Ahead, Coach, Bryant and Sons, Juicy Couture, the lovely jewelry store across from Bryant & Sons; not downtown (La Cumbre Plaza) Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, JJill and Athleta are very dog friendly.

        1. re: sbgirl

          That reminds me, we tasted at Municipal Winemakers and East Beach Wine and they were both dog friendly.

      2. 'brining' their canine family members.' LOL
        The Chase on State is dog friendly to go with the best calamari picatta on the planet..

        1. We're driving up with our dog tomorrow for the weekend...thank you for this list!!! Any of these better than others, food-wise?

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          1. re: Fikismom

            I personally don't go to any of the restaurants on that list posted in 2011. And since that time, it appears the dog-friendly world of Santa Barbara has exploded seeing dogs now everywhere. So at this time I would suggest looking first for what you find as the more interesting restaurants you wan to try and then see if they are now also informally part of this relatively newly permissive attitude towards dogs. It appears all/most of the cafes with outdoor tables now accommodate dogs.

            Recently in a fairly nice motel chain that now has a new policy on dogs, but limits it however to FOUR dogs per room. Oy.

            1. re: glbtrtr

              Quick report...had an awesome visit with our four legged friend! Drove into the Canary hotel and the valet greeted our dog by name, then ushered us right to the front desk where they had a greeting for him on a bone-shaped blackboard. After a walk down state st. to get some air, we went to Lucky's in Montecito. We sat out on the patio, the waiter was incredibly gracious and professional, and the meal was excellent. The hash browns with gruyere cheese - decadent. plus the people watching was top notch. This morning we grabbed surprisingly good donuts from spud nuts to go with our Starbucks , and headed out to the dog beach at arroyo burro. Gorgeous!!! Dolphin sighting, super sandy pooch, all good. North to Pismo for lunch, hoping to try some of the recommended places from these boards, but parking was not to be had anywhere in town. Just as we were about to give up, spotted the oft-mentioned Ventana Grill. Found a shady spot for the dog to sleep in the car, and we walked in to a stunning view, pelicans flying right by the windows, and a pod of whales off in the distance. My burger with chorizo and roasted poblanos was great, hubby had the albacore sandwich and loved it. Prices seemed very reasonable for the quality lunch we had, and the view really put it over the top. To Morro Bay next, for a second beach stop, off the highway just above Yerba Buena St., another doggie paradise. Drove through the incredibly beautiful Montana de Oro state park, found the entrance to Sandspit trail and followed it to one of the longest stretches of deserted sand we'd ever seen. No dogs on that trail, but schooner beach, a mile or so down the road, is a spectacular cove that allows dogs on leash. Back to SB tonight, where we avoided the Fiesta mayhem and enjoyed a terrific meal at Arch Rock Fish. The rainbow trout with warm tomato salad was so so good, and the salmon with balsamic mustard glaze also got high marks...not as innovative as Hungry Cat, but the fish was fresh and cooked perfectly, the staff was friendly, helpful, and attentive, and we agreed it was the perfect way to end a great day. We'll all be sad to go home tomorrow. Scouring the boards for brunch ideas for our drive out of town. Thanks!