20 Most Dog-Friendly Restaurants and Bars in Sacramento
Sacramento is a wonderful city for dog-owners and their four-legged family members alike. With ample parks, well-kept walkways, lots of homes with large yards, an abundance of sunshine throughout the year, and plenty of dog-friendly establishments, Sacramento is set up for success for all dog lovers.
Let’s focus on that last piece, because there’s nothing quite like enjoying the atmosphere of a local establishment with your furry friend right by your side. This also allows your dog to meet other dog friends in the area, which is important for proper socialization and behavior training.
Dog wellbeing talk aside, it’s also just downright enjoyable for an owner to be able to take their dog to a local restaurant or bar. While there are as many as 60 dog-friendly establishments in the area, let’s narrow our focus on a few of the best so you won’t have to suffer disappointment, or have to do further research to narrow down that overwhelming list.
You’ll thank us for this list — and your dog will, too!
Bella Bru Cafe
Location: 5038 Fair Oaks Boulevard, Carmichael, CA 95608
Visit one of Belle Bru Cafe’s three locations — in Carmichael, Natomas and El Dorado Hills. Their Carmichael location even has an adjacent lounge, serving specialty drinks and a select menu until midnight every night. But more importantly, you can bring your dog alongside you on the outdoor patio at each location as you enjoy their casual and inviting atmosphere complete with wonderful food. Each of the three Bella Bru Cafes (and the Luna Lounge) offer unique menus but the overall style is the same — a European style cafe offering coffee drinks, omelets, paninis, salads, pizzas, pastas, steaks and more!
Photos courtesy of Bella Bru Cafe
Location: 1431 R Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Enjoy a unique and casual representation of California-Southwest comfort food at Cafe Bernardo at one of their four locations in the Sacramento area — or the one in Davis! And the best part of it all? Your dog can experience the atmosphere at Cafe Bernardo on the outdoor patio. And he won’t go without a fresh bowl of water, too!
Location: 1500 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Bring your dog to the outdoor patio at Capitol Garage, where you will enjoy the gourmet food as much as your four-legged lunch date will enjoy basking in the sun. Capitol Garage is the perfect place for breakfast, lunch, dinner and of course, dessert. Don’t miss their happy hour featuring deals on both libations and a few food items. Capitol Garage will treat your dog — and you — like royalty!
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Location: 1730 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
Take your dog on a Saturday morning walk at Curtis Park or William Land Park and make your final destination Crepeville. Enjoy breakfast with your pup as you dig into one of their delicious specialty crepes, eggs, bagels, sandwiches, or other tantalizing breakfast or lunch options. Bringing your dog along for the ride will help you take advantage of Crepeville’s outdoor seating on a sunny Sacramento morning!
Esquire Bar and Grill
Location: 1213 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Sip a cocktail in the elegant bar of Esquire Bar and Grill, or outside on the open-air patio where your dog can join you! This restaurant is truly one of the best downtown Sacramento restaurants serving fresh, local ingredients and seasonal menus. You can expect to find fresh fish, poultry, entree salads, sandwiches, pasta, steaks, or chops on their fresh and ever-changing menu.
Fox & Goose Public House
Location: 1001 R Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
We’re so glad that Fox & Goose Public House, one of the best restaurants in Sacramento, offers dog-friendly outdoor seating. That way, you don’t have to sacrifice quality to enjoy a meal with your pup! The original Fox & Goose in West Yorkshire has been in operation for over 200 years, and the Sacramento installment captures its traditional English qualities while adding special characteristics unique to the area. You can find a wonderful selection of draught beers mostly from Great Britain and Ireland, fine wines and a full liquor section. Complement your drink with a traditional English meal, vegetarian dish or American food. Fox & Goose offers live music five nights a week, so you and your dog can jam to some wonderful tunes together while you enjoy the atmosphere, food and drinks!
Photos courtesy of Fox & Goose Public House
Juno’s Kitchen and Delicatessen
Location: 3675 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
Just take a look at Juno’s logo and you’ll know that they love and welcome dogs with open arms. In fact, the restaurant was named “Juno’s” after a dog named Juno! The staff will be so thrilled to see your dog companion — and may even offer a treat or a little bed for them to rest in on the outdoor patio. And for the humans, you’ll be happy to discover a simple yet superb menu featuring salads, sandwiches, pastas and more!
Location: 3440 C Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
With its proximity to McKinley Park, Orphan makes for the perfect pre- or post-park meal spot for you and your pup. Enjoy breakfast between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. any day of the week, or lunch Monday–Friday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Whatever you do, start the day off right with one of their four coffee varieties or tea options alongside your four-legged brunch buddy!
Roxy Restaurant and Bar
Location: 2381 Fair Oaks Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95825
Wherever there’s a patio, a water bowl and some treats, your dog will be content. So they are sure to love their lounging experience at Roxy Restaurant and Bar — and so will you! Their menus feature locally grown, organic, handmade and all-natural products, whether you’re stopping by for brunch, lunch, dinner or dessert! Bring your pup along for their daily happy hour from 3–6 p.m. featuring several inexpensive small plates and drink deals.
Scott’s Seafood on the River
Location: 4800 Riverside Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95822
Dining at Scott’s Seafood on the River is the perfect outdoor experience, thanks to its proximity to the Sacramento River Bike Trail and, as you may have predicted, breathtaking views of the river from your table. Your dog will enjoy said activities and amenities as well, as this gourmet seafood restaurant is the perfect way to end a walk with your dog along the river by relaxing on the outdoor patio with a top-of-the-line meal and a glass of wine.
Photos courtesy of Scott’s Seafood on the River
Location: 5201 Folsom Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95819
The Shack is an East Sacramento staple due to its exciting history dating back to 1931. It has been said that the governor of California, James “Sunny Jim” Rolph had his first beer after the prohibition in their beer garden, which is now the kitchen. And today, The Shack is a great place to enjoy a few beers from their extensive drink list, a burger or sandwich off their packed menu, and enjoy live music on their patio with your pup every Saturday and Sunday during the spring and summer!
Tapa the World
Location: 2115 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
Travel to Spain with your dog with a visit to Tapa the World. This local restaurant offers tapas that are out of this world — or rather, from across the world. The Spanish experience will continue beyond your plate, as you can enjoy live Spanish music every Wednesday through Sunday night from 7:30–9:30 p.m. Your dog is welcome to join you on the outdoor patio, which will only maximize your wonderful experience at Tapa the World!
Location: 2000 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95811
This Midtown Sacramento gem has been serving the neighborhood with delicious food since 1996. The Waterboy’s seasonal menu is inspired by the cuisines found in northern Italy and southern France, while incorporating local ingredients to create the most fresh and unique dishes. Grab a glass of wine to accompany your meal and unwind on their outdoor patio with your dog resting at your feet. Then you’ll be living the Sacramento springtime dream!
Photo courtesy of The Waterboy
Burgers and Brew
Location: 1409 R Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
Burgers, brews and barks seem to go so well together. Burgers and Brew has three locations in Davis, Sacramento and Chico, each offering one of the best beer selections in the area, with an emphasis on local brews and some of the best options from all over the globe. So sip on your brew of choice, an exceptional meal, while you (and their dog-friendly staff!) pet your dog on their outdoor patio.
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Location: 2332 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
Bring your dog to Der Biergarten, Sacramento’s only German-style outdoor beer garden, for an unforgettable afternoon or evening enjoying a German or local beer from their 30 taps. This authentic German beer garden is extremely family- and dog-friendly, as long as your dog is well-behaved and on their leash at all times. Add in their traditional German fare and the setup is complete!
Hoppy Brewing Company
Location: 6300 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95819
Visit Hoppy Brewing Company for their tasty pub fare and their handcrafted beer and return for their dog-friendly outdoor patio. You and your four-legged bar-hopping buddy won’t want to miss their “Hoppy Hour” all day Monday, and every day between 3–6 p.m.!
Location: 1530 16th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
This quaint and classy bar in midtown welcomes dogs with open arms. Grab a brew or two, a panini, cheese platter or some tapas, or whatever else your heart desires — and enjoy the fun and inviting atmosphere with your pup on a sunny afternoon on Karma Brew’s outdoor patio!
Photos courtesy of Karma Brew
Shady Lady Saloon
Location: 1409 R Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
Shady Lady Saloon offers one of the more unique atmospheres in the area, which is made even more enticing with their dog-friendly outdoor patio. This 1920s era prohibition-style saloon provides a glimpse into the past with a modern twist. Everything they serve is exceptional — from brunch to lunch and dinner — and of course their seasonal cocktails. Enjoy live jazz, blues or country music five nights a week at Shady Lady Saloon. And most importantly, enjoy the company of your dog all the while!
Streets Pub and Grub
Location: 1804 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Bring your dog along for a drink and bite to eat at Streets Pub and Grub (formerly Streets of London). This family owned and operated sports pub offers your British favorites in addition to the well-loved American pub grub. Streets offers live music, karaoke, an open mic night, pub trivia, 18 beers on tap, a full bar, a jukebox, a fireplace, and for our purposes — two outdoor patios. Bring your pup to the back patio to mingle with other dog friends while you enjoy all that Streets Pub and Grub has to offer!
Photo courtesy of Streets Pub and Grub
Location: 2831 S Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
If you’re in pursuit of amazing wine, but also have your dog in tow, Revolution Wines is your solution. This is, in fact, the only winery/tasting room in the area that allows dogs in their outdoor space! Revolution Wines has even more to brag about, as it is Sacramento’s only fully operational urban winery. They offer exceptional farm-to-fork bistro food and farm-to-glass wines made with the best fruit available from local vineyards. This is a one-stop-shop for experiencing some of the best flavors in the area — with your furry friend right by your side!
What did we miss?
As mentioned, there are countless dog-friendly establishments in the greater Sacramento area. Let us know your favorite place to bring your dog so we might add it to our list!
Category Neighborhood Guides, Sacramento
Cathy Harrington is Lyon Real Estate’s director of marketing, overseeing the content on the Lyon Local blog, website and social media channels.