If you love nothing more than sitting and relaxing over your meal with all your favourite people, then you might assume you have to leave your pooch at home. However, if you’re visiting Santa Barbara, this isn’t necessarily the case! The gorgeous coastal community has a great collection of pet-friendly hotels, attractions, shops, and restaurants too. Drop into one of these dog-friendly restaurants, and you can enjoy a meal with your furry best pal…
The Brewhouse Santa Barbara
The Brewhouse in Santa Barbara is a fun and dog-friendly American bistro, brewery. Situated a few blocks from the channel, they promise no customer shall leave hungry, thirsty or disappointed and this goes for your fur-babies too! On arrival, you will be seated in the dog-friendly patio where a member of staff will bring your pup their very own bowl of water. And, you will get the doggy menu so you can all enjoy a meal uninterrupted. The Brewhouse has an impressive menu, offering an array of dishes and in-house hand-crafted brews. This restaurant is open every day at 11 am and provides live entertainment every Friday and Saturday.
This restaurant could be a great choice for you and your canine. Situated on the Santa Barbara harbour, with a very spacious patio and plenty of seats to choose from, Breakwater has a variety of dishes on offer. From Belgian waffles and 3-egg omelettes for breakfast, a variety of club sandwiches and melts for lunch and a choice of steak, fish or plenty more choices for dinner – you’re sure to find something you like. A very spacious outdoor patio welcomes all dogs, letting you relax and enjoy a meal with your best friend.
Renaud’s Patisserie & Bistro
Renaud’s is a very well-known restaurant where the outdoor patio is larger than the indoor area! The terrace has a covered section for you and your pooch on the not-so-sunny days, which is useful when you need the shelter. Renaud’s have a chef-inspired French-style menu and lots of people rave about the almond croissants, they are a must-try when visiting Santa Barbara! Renaud’s offer French cuisine, European and classic Bistro food; perfect for whatever mood you are in.
There are lots of choices when it comes to restaurants in Santa Barbara, but you might assume that not all types of food are available. If you’re looking for a Sushi restaurant that is as friendly and welcoming for you as it is for your canine friend, you won’t find one better than Arigato Sushi. You can have a great time with your dog – the ambience is out of this world and the food even better! The staff make you both feel very welcome and will meet all your needs to ensure you and your pup are comfortable throughout your visit. Make sure you arrive early though, as the hours are limited between 5:30 pm and 10 pm. If you don’t get there early, you could be waiting in a line that snakes out of the door.
State & Fig
If you are looking for a simple and rustic dining experience where your pooch can tag along, the State & Fig restaurant may be the one for you. With a rotating seasonal brunch, starting at 10:30 am and running to 3:30 pm, it even offers the option of “bottomless” mimosas. Or, if its dinner you’re looking for, a big juicy burger with a generous side of fries is very popular. From Thursday to Saturday, dinner is available from 4:30 pm through to 9 pm. All the while, your doggy friend can join your dinner date out on the patio.
This is another restaurant up there with the best dog-friendly choices. They offer a very thoughtful menu, as it is changed weekly, giving you different options upon every visit. At Scarlett Begonia, they have breakfast, lunch and dinner every day using local, sustainable, organic and high-quality ingredients. There is a very canine-accommodating outdoor area welcoming all dogs, which should meet all of your needs.
Louie’s Californian bistro
Louie’s is a very picturesque restaurant housed in a Victorian hotel making you feel special as you are wined and dined with your best pal! Dogs are openly welcomed on the outdoor patio, Louie’s offer a very sophisticated menu with a fabulous wine selection. With a choice of filet mignon tips, crabmeat dumplings, Cajun chicken pizza and many more, this is up there to try while in Santa Barbara. Louie’s is open every day from 5:30 pm. It is believed to be known as Santa Barbara’s most dog-friendly restaurant, and the Banana Louie is a very popular choice if you’re wondering what to order!
Crushcakes & Cafe
Crush Café is the perfect spot for you and your furry friend. It is situated a block off the main drag, and is the ideal spot to grab some breakfast or lunch. This is a very pet-friendly café with friendly staff, and plenty of space for your dog to sit and relax while you enjoy your meal. Not too far from the central waterfront, it could be a great place to stop on a long walk on a sunny day! There is an array of choice on the menu from cupcakes, macarons, pies, a nutritious selection of café breakfast and lunch option. And, let’s not forget the coffee – if you are a fan of bulletproof coffee, this place is definitely for you.
Wherever you choose to eat in Santa Barbara, and whatever type of food you’re looking for, you’re sure to find the perfect place to eat where you can take your pooch in too! Which one will you try?