Sacramento-Area Restaurants with Dog-Friendly Outdoor Patios
April 5, 2023

Sacramento-Area Restaurants with Dog-Friendly Outdoor Patios

There’s no bones about it — Sacramento locals love their dogs! There are dozens of dog parks in the Sacramento area as well as dog-friendly trails, swimming holes, and beaches. But why should your pooch have all the fun? Sometimes you need to rest and recharge too, and there’s no reason your four-legged friend shouldn’t be able to join in. Luckily, many restaurants around town allow dogs on their outdoor patios.

Enjoying the spring sunshine while dining al fresco is one of the many perks of living in the Sacramento area. Whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner, outdoor dining is a Sacramento tradition. Most restaurants in the greater Sacramento area have charming outdoor spaces where you can enjoy a meal (and an adult beverage!) while taking in the mild weather. Following are some of our favorite dog-friendly patios in the greater Sacramento area.


Cervecería at the Shack| East Sacramento

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Occupying the same spot as The Shack, a long-standing burger & beer join in East Sacramento, Cervecería continues its dog-friendly tradition with water and treats available for their furry guests. The menu has a Mexican focus, with tacos, nachos and burritos. Owned by the folks behind Urban Roots Brewery & Smokehouse, plenty of Urban Roots brews are available at any given time, plus a handful of agave-based cocktails.


Bella Bru Café | Various Locations

Bella Bru Cafe Sacramento

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With locations in Carmichael, El Dorado Hills & Natomas, Bella Bru is THE spot for dining with doggos. Their inviting outdoor patios are spacious and relaxed, with heaters in the winter and plenty of shade in the summer. The menu features café-style fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including salads, pizza and sandwiches.


High-Hand Café | Loomis

High Hand Cafe Loomis, CA

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With a focus on farm-fresh, locally-grown ingredients, High-Hand Café in Loomis is a great spot to enjoy a delicious meal. Adjacent to a nursery, it also has lovely landscaping on its pleasant outdoor patio. The menu focuses on salads, sandwiches and pizzas, and they have a large selection of local beer and wine as well.


Savory Café | Woodland

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This farm-to-table eatery in Woodland is all about locally-grown, seasonal ingredients. Their breakfast and lunch menus feature a wide variety of dishes, from waffles and sandwiches to pasta and salads. The quaint outdoor patio welcomes dogs.


Pangaea Bier Café | Curtis Park

Pangaea Bier Cafe Sacramento

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This popular neighborhood spot in Curtis Park is known for its dog-friendliness, and its outdoor patio is large enough to accommodate even the biggest pooch. They have an extensive beer list and specialize in gourmet comfort food, like their famous house burger, which has won the top prize in the Sacramento Burger Battle.


Sweetie Pie’s | Placerville

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Located in a historic home in downtown Placerville, Sweetie Pie’s is a good bet for those looking for a hearty breakfast or lunch. They specialize in omelets and scrambles, and have an on-site bakery that turns out decadent cinnamon rolls, pies, cakes and other baked goods. Plus, their charming patio welcomes dogs!


Monkey Cat | Auburn

Monkey Cat Restaurant

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Another spot that offers treats for dogs, Monkey Cat in Auburn has a quaint patio with tropical décor. The upscale menu is casual but elevated, with dishes like soy ginger ribs, steak tacos, scallop risotto and chicken cordon bleu. They also offer cocktails and wine.


Burgers & Brew | Various Locations

Burgers and Brews Sacremento

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With locations in Davis, West Sacramento and Downtown, Burgers & Brew caters to the dog-loving crowd with their welcoming outdoor patios and casual vibe. Unsurprising, the menu focuses on burgers, with beef, buffalo, lamb and turkey available, plus a variety of creative toppings. They also pour a wide selection of craft brews.


Cafeteria 15L | Downtown

Cafeteria 15L Sacramento

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This sleek downtown eatery not only has sharp interior design, but its outdoor design is modern and upscale as well! Comfy seating, fire pits and lush greenery make it an inviting oasis — one that welcomes your four-legged friend. Menu options run the gamut and feature upscale comfort food like truffle tots, braised short ribs and grilled ham and cheese, plus artisan cocktails.


Poor Red’s BBQ | El Dorado

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Poor Red’s has been a staple in El Dorado since the 1940s, when the previous owner won it in a dice game. It’s been dog-friendly ever since, and the rumor has it the owner’s dog once ran for office, but lost. Since then, it became renowned for its famous barbecue, as well as its signature cocktail, the Golden Cadillac.


Piatti | Sacramento

Piatti Restaurant and Bar Sacramento, CA

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Not only does Piatti in the Arden Arcade area welcome dogs, they also provide water bowls and house-made treats! The Italian-inspired menu features pizza and pasta (all of it made from scratch in-house), as well as entrees like salmon and filet mignon. They also have a selection of mostly-Californian wines, and have live music on weekend evenings.


Category Auburn, Davis, Neighborhood Guides, Placerville, Sacramento

Elizabeth Penney

Elizabeth Penney is a content writer for Lyon Real Estate and the Lyon Local blog. A Sacramento native with a marketing background, she shares her insider knowledge on restaurants, attractions and outdoor activities throughout the greater Sacramento area and beyond.