Long summer nights are best spent enjoying a leisurely meal—and a frosty adult beverage—on an outdoor patio. Luckily for our pets, most restaurants welcome leashed dogs in their outdoor dining areas. Here are a few favorite spots for happy (yappy) hour and people-and-pet watching:
Dog Friendly Restaurants
1. Moto Deli in Leucadia
Modern hangout serving innovative sandwiches & craft beer in laid-back digs with a patio.
2. AleSmith Brewing Company
In the beer mecca that Mira Mesa has become, this mega-brewery stands out with a spacious, fun, family- and pet-friendly outdoor space, which includes a kids’ activity area and food truck fare.
3. The Crack Shack in Encinitas
Fun spot for chicken & egg dishes with stylish outdoor seating, a full bar & a bocce court.
Dog Friendly Activites
1. Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) has become a San Diego mainstay in recent years, thanks to the calm waters of our local bays. Even four-legged water lovers are getting in on the action.
2. Cardiff Dog Days of Summer
Coastal North County goes to the dogs at this community festival, featuring a parade, contests, live music, and a beer garden.
3. Doggie Stay-Cation Destinations
Splurge - Fairmont Grand Del Mar (5300 Grand Del Mar Court, San Diego)
Even if your future vacation plans include a trip to the Mediterranean, it’s highly unlikely your pet will get to tag along. Treat them to the next best thing with a staycation—including their own hotel-provided bed and bowls—at this spectacular five-star resort nestled in the hills of the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve.
Steal - La Quinta Resort & Club (49499 Eisenhower Drive, La Quinta)
When you think summer, you may not think desert, but the warmer months are a great time to get unbeatable deals on weekend getaways to pet-friendly destinations like this Old Hollywood retreat, where dogs are not only welcome, they are treated like royalty, with pet pampering packages that include in-room, hour-long dog relaxation massages.