Five dog-friendly HOTSPOTS
11:44 PM, Friday, May 06
On the left, Simone Bittenbinder with Sydney and on the right, Ingrid Bittenbinder with Cooper enjoying a relaxing Saturday brunch at The La Jolla Brewhouse.<br>Photo by Casey Dean
On the left, Simone Bittenbinder with Sydney and on the right, Ingrid Bittenbinder with Cooper enjoying a relaxing Saturday brunch at The La Jolla Brewhouse.
Photo by Casey Dean
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There are many restrictions in San Diego when it comes to dog-friendly dining. Some establishments don’t allow dogs inside; some have a designated area for dogs, whether it be a deck, patio or porch. When there’s no food involved, there are fewer dog restrictions. When there are dog-designated areas (often outside), sometimes food or alcohol isn’t allowed. Or when drinks are allowed, sometimes the venue isn’t suitable for families with kids.
After a thorough search of San Diego’s finest dog-friendly establishments, we’ve chosen five go-to venues based on versatility and quality. We hope the food- or drink-seeking dog owner should have to look no further than this list for dog-friendly dining.

La Jolla Brewhouse
One of the most laid-back dining experiences for you and your dog in La Jolla, La Jolla Brewhouse offers a full menu not only for people but also for dogs. Where else can you order some sliced chicken, a bowl of kibble covered in warm beef gravy or a patty of beef for your special canine? On top of that, the Brewhouse’s large, heated patio is in a secluded area close to La Jolla Village’s entertainment district—and best of all, there’s parking (a rarity in La Jolla!). In addition to dog-friendly dining every day from 11 a.m. to midnight (2 a.m. on weekends), there are randomly planned “Yappy Hour” events that benefit organizations like Southern German Shepherd Rescue and offer raffle prizes, brewery tours and doggie treats. Not to mention the place crafts some great brews and has something on the menu for everyone.
La Jolla Brewhouse
7536 Fay Ave., La Jolla
858-456-6279

Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Karl Strauss makes the list not only because of its reliability in quality—with several locations, it’s got its recipes down-pat—but also because of its family-friendly nature (of course, Fido is part of the family too). A lot of San Diego hotspots can serve a great beer and cook a good burger, but for a night out with the kids—and dog—Karl Strauss is a best bet. It has a full kids menu and some grown-up foods, like macaroni and cheese with ham and bacon, that can make anyone feel like a kid again. Sub your fries for garlic fries, and you’ll be glad you did. This restaurant also has you covered with its ease in accommodation. The patio is heated and sizable, and the service is fast and on target. If you go from 4 to 6:30 p.m., you can enjoy $3.50 pints (try finding that price elsewhere in La Jolla), and your server will be pleased to let you taste all the brew-tastic choices. If you are shopping around La Jolla during the day or looking for an office lunch, you can be assured Karl Strauss can get you in and out.
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
1044 Wall St., Suite C, La Jolla
858-551-2739

Cafe Chloe
Downtown full-service restaurants that allow dogs are few and far between, mainly because of the lack of patio space. But Cafe Chloe is one little East Village gem that absolutely loves dogs and will seat you and your special canine on its side porch for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The menu is small but wonderful. Its entries are a little more pricey than the other venues on the list—not to say that the food is overpriced. Quality rings in every inch and every dish of this quaint eatery. If you are looking for a peaceful, delicious outdoor brunch or a wine-and-dinner date spot where you can bring the dog, Cafe Chloe might just exceed your expectations. And if your “dates” are your dog and your homework (or the morning news, or Facebook), bring your laptop. Wifi is free.
Cafe Chloe
721 9th Ave., East Village
619-232-3242

Hotel Indigo Level 9 Rooftop Bar
Level 9 may not be an all-the-time destination for you and your dog, but it makes the list simply because it throws the best doggie party in town. About once a month, the place holds a “Canine Cocktail” event geared toward the dogs, allowing them to socialize on the deck while their owners mingle and enjoy views of Petco Park and the bay. The event features a live DJ who plays lounge-style house music, and drink specials come with the package: $4 drafts, wells and house wines. The place has also introduced a new menu of small items like calamari and a ballpark pretzel (you may want to eat before this party). The last event, on April 21, had a good turnout, and organizers are expecting the event to grow as summer arrives. The next “Canine Cocktail” will be held on May 26 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. More information can be found through the dog wash City Dog’s website at citydogsd.com (the owner helps put together these events).
Hotel Indigo Level 9 Rooftop Bar
509 9th Ave., Gaslamp
619-727-4000

The Wine Pub
What a little hidden treasure The Wine Pub is! It’s not a family place (21 and up only), but it sure is dog-friendly. A little community of dogs hang out on the patio while their owners sip wine and grub on super-tasty appetizers. Sliders are half off on Sundays, and your pup will be begging you to sneak a couple under the table. This venue makes the list because it’s a friendly, intimate place where you can enjoy good wine without a bunch of kids running around. It serves a flourless cake called “The Beast” worth saving room for, and on Wednesdays, the restaurant’s owner, Sandy, donates 10 percent of sales to pet adoption organizations. She is also the server and the person who answers the phones, and you can tell she loves dogs as much as she loves her guests—she not only greets pups with treats and water, but she’s hung a portrait of her beloved former pet, the late Clarence, on the wall.
The Wine Pub
2907 Shelter Island Dr., #108, Point Loma
619-758-9325

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