While many local restaurateurs have long allowed pooches on their patios, now they can do so without fear of being cited. As of January 1, 2015, it’s perfectly legal to dine with your dog–providing your well-mannered Fido is appropriately leashed with you in an outdoor-seating area.

Just because a restaurant can legally allow dogs, however, doesn’t mean that every outdoor venue welcomes your four-legged friend. Here are five Oakland dining destinations that encourage you and your canine companion to sit and stay awhile.

Homeroom’s sidewalk seating. Photo by Adrienne DeAngelo.

400 40th Street, (510) 597-0400
Open Sunday through Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Closed Monday.
Neighborhood: Temescal

“Lots of pet owners sit outside with their dogs here,” says Erin Wade, co-owner of Temescal’s mac and cheese mecca, Homeroom. That may be in part because the staff dole out water and treats to canine diners and passersby alike, although Wade points out that the treats disappear “crazy fast” with so many dog owners stopping by the busy neighborhood corner. To illustrate the point, Wade shares the story of a neighbor who walks by with his dogs every day. “When one of [his dogs] passed away,” she says, “he sent us a postcard saying how much he appreciated that we gave his dog a treat every day and how much his pet loved coming to our restaurant.” Although there’s no dog-friendly mac and cheese on the menu, customers have been known to order bacon on the side for their pooches. Restaurant co-owner Allison Arevalo has a cute Jack Russell mix named Ema.

Haven’s patio overlooks the waterfront. Photo by Adrienne DeAngelo.

Haven Oakland
44 Webster Street, (510) 663-4440
Open Sunday through Thursday 5 – 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5 – 10:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Closed Monday.
Neighborhood: Jack London

“We love dogs around here,” says Haven’s General Manager Bobi Adle, himself the owner of a Pomeranian. It’s not uncommon to find dogs sprawled on the patio of this sleekly designed modern American restaurant in Jack London Square, ideally situated next to a large lawn. Several Haven employees are dog owners, and before the restaurant opens, you’re sure to see some very happy pets trailing their owners in the office and on the patio. Expect to find water bowls and plenty of affection for dogs who find their way to Haven.

The spacious patio at Toast in Rockridge

Outdoor dining at Toast. Photo by Adrienne DeAngelo.

Toast Kitchen + Bar
5900 College Avenue, (510) 658-5900
Open Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Tuesday 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m., and Wednesday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Closed Monday.
Neighborhood: Rockridge

This casual yet stylish neighborhood restaurant has a large patio with ample room for your dog to stretch out while you sip a glass of wine and nosh on fresh, seasonal small plates. For chilly days, Toast has patio heaters and woolly throws to make your time outside with Fido and friends more comfortable. Expect to find water bowls, the occasional dog treat, and friendly service.

Rudy’s Can’t Fail Café
1805 Telegraph Avenue, (510) 251-9400
Open every day 7 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Neighborhood: Uptown

Rudy's sidewalk seating on Telegraph

Rudy’s sidewalk seating on Telegraph. Photo by Adrienne DeAngelo.

Rudy’s is one of a handful of Uptown locations with sidewalk seating, making it an ideal people-watching spot for you and your dog. Consistent with Rudy’s philosophy of being “everyone’s place,” you can expect dog-friendly service and a wide range of classic American diner offerings. This lively eatery is open from morning ‘til night and serves breakfast all day.

550 Grand Avenue, (510) 836-2424
Open Tuesday through Friday 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Neighborhood: Adams Point

Recently opened Barlago overlooks Lake Merritt

Recently opened Barlago overlooks Lake Merritt. Photo by Adrienne DeAngelo.

With winsome views of Lake Merritt and heated outdoor seating, Barlago is molto bene for dog owners who like fancy rustic Italian fare. Barlago offers locally-sourced Italian comfort food, house-made pasta, happy hour appetizers, and wine and craft cocktails in a comfortable exposed brick and reclaimed wood setting featuring vintage photos of the lake. Proprietor Philip Raskin is dad to a newly-adopted rescue dog and a longtime dog owner, so expect to find water bowls and biscuits for your pooch. Raskin also owns the tiny neighborhood restaurant Filippos in Rockridge, which is likewise dog friendly.

This is of course not an exhaustive list. What’s your favorite dog-friendly restaurant? Leave us a comment below!

20 Responses

  1. OaklandNative

    This is nice to know for people who love dogs. But keep in mind, not everywhere is “dog-friendly.” There are people who don’t like dogs–especially around their food.

    • DMack

      As a dog owner, i completely agree with you.
      I don’t like my own dog around my food 🙂

      • OaklandNative

        There’s a lot of food places in that area. Most people don’t want animals around their food.

  2. 1copaseticsoul

    Gross… I love the dogs but that’s just nasty. So here are five places in Oakland I will not be eating in…

    • Brook Vanderford

      You do realize that these are just places that let you sit outside with your dogs, right? What’s the problem with that? They aren’t near the kitchen. If it’s still gross somehow (don’t see how though), just eat inside.

  3. Shiba

    If you are Celiac, take yourself and your gluten free pup to The Grease Box. You can ask them to bring your food outside for you on the weekends.

  4. OaklandNative


    If you really want to hear something gross, I saw a guy pick his dog up off the ground to drink out the public drinking fountain at Lake Merritt. The park was full of people too. Then the guy walked off like nothing.

    • Brook Vanderford

      That makes no sense. They are not allowed inside. So they aren’t near the kitchen. How is that unsanitary? I take my dog with me, and she just sits there and waits for us to go.

      • OaklandNative

        What do you think about the customers who don’t like animals around their food? Do you rudely dismiss them?

  5. Edna Rojas

    This is great, but there’s a lot more than five. Most places with outdoor patios are dog friendly and have been for a long long time. I love these comments: my dog is cleaner and better behaved than most kids I see in restaurants.

  6. OaklandNative


    Dogs are not children. But those misbehaved children are no justification for dogs in places where people eat.

    Also, it is delusional to believe that a “clean dog” is cleaner than the typical child. A dog is just a dog, not matter how its owner chooses to see it.

    If you see a child that is dirtier than a dog, that is a problem with the parents.

    Why bring a dog to a restaurant anyway? It has to sit there and smell food that it cannot eat. That seems cruel.

    • Brook Vanderford

      It’s not cruel. Most dogs are not allowed to eat people food – it’s terrible for them. So they are used to being around their owners eating and not getting any. They get fed their own food when they are supposed to.

      The reason we bring them is twofold. First, they don’t like being left behind. Second, it’s beyond inconvenient to go out to eat and then go back home to get your dog before you take them out on a hike or to the dog park or just out on a walk exploring new places. We are all busy people, and it just doesn’t work sometimes to leave them behind.

      Anyway, if it bothers you, just eat inside. The dogs are not allowed in, so they are nowhere near the kitchen or dishes. There’s no reason to think eating inside would be unsanitary, unless you are just an incredibly paranoid person.

  7. Jonatton Yeah?

    Anyone who’s bothered to read OakLoc for any amount of time should know that Oakland “Native” doesn’t care about the dogs. The dogs are simply a proxy. Oakland “Native”, through a combination of xenophobia and racism, dislikes the people who have the dogs. Oakland “Native” is just itching for an excuse to dislike these establishments because they weren’t around during Oakland’s 1985 heyday; when everything was hunky dory and peachy keen. He dislikes these establishments because they serve people he dislikes. He dislikes these establishments and these people because they don’t fit into the daft, antiquated narrative that he himself has created in his own head about what Oakland is and what it’s supposed to be. Oakland is one giant “get off my lawn!” to Oakland “Native.” It’s a museum. But don’t get Oakland “Native” started on corner drug dealers, underage prostitution, and reckless driving – those are all fine to Oakland “Native” because they were here, in Oakland, before food, small dogs, and places that have the audacity to cater to both.

    • OaklandNative


      I see you’re back with your senseless ranting.

      A few corrections.

      The Oakland “in my head” was wonderful enough for you to move to. It was also wonderful enough for you to choose to stay.

      And the Oakland “in my head” had dogs. We respected people who didn’t want dogs in public places.

      Most people don’t want animals around their food. That’s why we have these essays to try to convince us otherwise. To bring a dog (or any other animal) into a grocery store or restaurant is inconsiderate and rude.

      Can you really argue that dogs are cleaner than children? It is a dogs’ nature to sniff around dirt, grass and other dogs. Dog fur collect fleas and other parasites. Dogs shed. There’s nothing bad about that; it just doesn’t belong around food. If someone keeps his or her dog “cleaner than children,” they are depriving their dog of following its nature.

      And for the record, I did not grow up with “drug dealers and underage prostitutes.” Perhaps that’s your limited experience with Oakland. That would explain why you make the silly arguments that you do.

      But as I’ve stated before, if Oakland is that bad to you, perhaps you should leave.


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