Dog Friendly Cafés in Berkeley California
June 8, 2015 | Mary Corbin
We love our pets in Berkeley, California. They are part of the family and we love to have them with us wherever we go. When it comes to dining out, most sidewalk cafés are fine with Fido hanging out on-leash with their owners but just a handful welcome our well-behaved, furry four-legged friends onto patios and such with open arms. Here is a short list of dog friendly cafés – places that are not only accommodating but have great eats and/or atmosphere, rendering them worth a visit with your pet:
Café Leila at 1724 San Pablo Avenue at Francisco in West Berkeley has a tranquil, backyard garden-like patio that welcomes pets. Their menu is enticing to omnivores and vegetarians alike, the staff is friendly and it’s a great layover on a sunny morn after a dog-walk.
Rick and Ann’s at 2922 Domingo Avenue – above the Elmwood District and across from the Claremont Hotel – feels like going home to family for a warm and hearty meal so of course our dogs will be there, too. Ample pancake variations for breakfast; also open for lunch and dinner. Outdoor seating is limited but dog-friendly.
Tomate Café at 2265 5th Street at Bancroft in West Berkeley has a great dog-friendly back patio. Serving breakfast all day and lunch from 10:30 – 3 pm, the menu is Persian inspired, creative and mostly organic.
Le Bateau Ivre at 2629 Telegraph Ave near Parker on the south side of campus will transport you and le chien to Provence, France. Their lovely patio is pet-friendly and loaded with charming ambience.
For coffee and home baked pastries with cross-cultural patronage, Espresso Roma has several locations around town, most with ample and inviting street-side patio or garden seating for you and your pet. The ambience will make all of you want to “Sit” and “Stay”!
Outdoor seating on Fourth Street’s Market Plaza where Peet’s meets Tacubaya is a great hang-out for pets. Get some take-out from the Pasta Shop or any of the many other choices on Fourth, grab a table, pull up a random chair or sit on the wall for excellent binge people-watching. A water bowl for dogs was set up last time I was there for those warm afternoons with dog in tow.
When it’s the cocktail hour, not many places allow pets. For example, I was surprised that Jupiter doesn’t allow dogs on their spacious rear patio. No worries, Westbrae Biergarten in the Gilman Corridor, which I reviewed a few months back, is happy to accommodate! And here are a couple of other suggestions:
Missouri Lounge at 2600 San Pablo and Parker in West Berkeley, is a little “ruff” around the edges in more ways than one with its dog-friendly backyard patio, live and DJ music and cheap drinks in a classic dive-bar atmosphere. On June 14th, they will be hosting their Second Annual Rescued Dog Pageant, proceeds to support Berkeley Humane.
The Albatross Pub at 1822 San Pablo in West Berkeley is dog-friendly until 8 pm. Well, I guess Rover needs his beauty sleep! Come early with your pet or return later to enjoy a low-cover for live music, popcorn, pool and darts and a great list of brews and potent potables.
Let us know if you have any favorite pet-friendly hang outs in Berkeley for dining or cocktails that will get our tails wagging. Our loyal furry companions will thank you!
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