The best places to take your dog to eat when you’re out.

You’ll have more to celebrate than a new year starting next week. Thanks to a new state rule that went into effect on Jan. 1 allowing leashed, well-behaved dogs to accompany their humans to pubs and restaurants, you may now dine with Fido at your feet. But, before you go, keep in mind that the law only applies to outside dining and does not allow dogs in the same area as food preparation. Also, restaurant owners have the choice whether or not to welcome mutts, and the legislation allows towns and counties to establish local limits, so double-check ahead of time.

So, what are some of your favorite dog-friendly restaurants? Readers chimed in with their thoughts.

East Bay is a neighborhood in Oakland, California.

Jasper, their 3-year-old Brittany, is taken to Speisekammer Restaurant by Terry and Ed Sommerauer (2424 Lincoln Ave., Alameda). Ed Sommerauer described the restaurant as having “great German food, a substantial beer selection, and a large outdoor patio.” “Jasper is snoozing beneath the table. We’d rather have him with us than in the car, where he’ll be nervous.”

Dragon Rouge is also in Alameda (2337 Blanding Ave.). The Vietnamese restaurant on the water is a local favorite.

Nicole Kohleriter-Perelman, who is accompanied by Molly and Samson, her two rescued bull mastiffs. She described the outdoor seats as “great outdoor seating on the water.” “We enjoy watching the boats, and the cuisine is fresh and nutritious.”

Several readers noted the American “grub pub” Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar (1961 Diamond Blvd., Concord and 4805 Hacienda Drive, Dublin). Nancy Quan of San Ramon said, “Great spot for lunch.” She is accompanied by her Shiba Inu and a little Pomeranian. “Because Piper is just 5 pounds and Kato looks like a fox, they get a lot of attention.”

Tom Trimbur of Berkeley brings his “East Oakland street mutt” Coco to Grease Box (942 Stanford Ave., Oakland). “It’s a nice terrace with gluten-free Southern comfort cuisine. On a sunny day, it’s a terrific spot, but not so much when it’s raining.” Trimbur enjoys Paisan as well (2514 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley). “Friendly staff, excellent Italian cuisine, and weekend breakfast. “It’s a laid-back, welcoming atmosphere.”


Claudette Bergman of Woodside dines at Alice’s Restaurant (17288 Skyline Blvd., Woodside) with Zoe, her 12-year-old standard poodle, and Harry, her 3-year-old terrier mix, which she describes as “a tiny slice of joy among the redwoods.” On chilly days, dogs are welcome on the outside deck and enclosed veranda with space heaters. Bergman recommends the Winston burger, which is designed specifically for canine visitors.

North Bay is a city in Northern California.

Susan Baily says Casa Maana (711 D St., San Rafael) is difficult to find in its office complex, but it’s worth the effort to dine with her German shepherd mix, Lassen. “Delicious, home-cooked Mexican food at a reasonable price.”

Rayne Wolfe of Sonoma County is a fan of Mutt Lynch Winery (9050 Windsor Road, Windsor), not just because they allow dogs to attend wine tastings, but also because they sponsor animal rescue events. She has a favorite dog bar as well. Carmen, an English bull terrier, used to accompany her to Ray’s Delicatessen and Tavern (900 Western Ave., Petaluma) until she was eighty-sixed for unwelcoming behavior toward other dogs.

Ray’s is a dog lover’s paradise, according to Wolfe. “I don’t blame them for keeping things tight. There’s also live music, and only well-behaved dogs are permitted.”

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