Best Dog-Friendly Dining

November 4, 2011 12:00 AM

Scott's on the River

Photo Credit: Juliet Farmer

By Juliet Farmer

The next time you head out to eat–whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner–consider taking your
pooch along with you. There are plenty of dog-friendly restaurants in Sacramento that offer
patio dining to accommodate you both, from a Midtown restaurant (and next-door bar), to not
one but two East Sacramento spots, as well as a bistro in Curtis Park and a seafood place on the
Sacramento River. You can head to these places when you and your four-legged friend want
to enjoy dining al fresco. To ensure your pooch is comfortable while you dine, be sure to bring
a towel or blanket for him to relax on, as well as a travel dog bowl that can be filled with fresh
water upon request.

Tip: While these spots will all accommodate your dog, we’ve found that service is generally
better morning through mid afternoon, and your dog can expect less attention during the dinner

Cafe Bernardo

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Cafe Bernardo Midtown
2726 Capitol Avenue
Sacramento, CA
(916) 443-1180
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri – 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.;
Sat – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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Cafe Bernardo Midtown (and its next-door neighbor, the Monkey Bar) goes out of its way to make patrons and their canine companions feel welcome. The Café Bernardo Midtown chef,

Shannan Berg, is a fellow animal lover and regularly whips up complimentary organic dog treats for four-legged friends who stop by. Plus, Café Bernardo’s patio is roomy and shady, which means your dog is going to be happy chilling out while you chow down.
Insider tip: Dogs are also welcome at Café Bernardo R15, 1431 R Street, and Café Bernardo
Davis, 234 D Street in Davis, on the patio.


Photo Credit: Juliet Farmer

Crepeville Curtis Park
2700 24th Street
Sacramento, CA
(916) 451-2200
Hours: Daily 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
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Off the beaten path (but really close to both Curtis Park and William Land Park), Crepeville Curtis
Park is a great place to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner with your dog in tow. Crepeville’s bistro-
like outdoor seating allows for dogs to relax in the shade while their human companions fill up
on tasty crepes and more.

Insider tip: Crepeville Curtis Park’s patio seating is in full sun in the morning, but by afternoon, is
pleasantly shady.

Scott's on the River

Photo Credit: Juliet Farmer

Scott’s on the River
4350 Riverside Blvd.
Sacramento, CA
(916) 379-5959
Hours: Daily 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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Sweeping Sacramento River views are not the only thing you’ll find at Scott’s on the River— there’s also a huge covered patio that makes for some of the best dog-friendly dining in the city. At Scott’s, dog are welcome to relax on the patio while their human companions enjoy fresh seafood and spectacular sights. Scott’s on the river also happens to be located adjacent to the bike trail, so before or after your meal, you can take your dog for a walk on the levee.

Insider tip: Valet parking is available, so even elderly dogs can join you!


Photo Credit: Juliet Farmer

3440 C Street
Sacramento, CA
(916) 442-7370
Hours: Daily 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
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Orphan’s location, mere blocks from McKinley Park, makes for quite the quandary—eat breakfast or lunch before you take your dog for a stroll at the park, or after? Either way, you and your dog will enjoy Orphan’s shaded patio while you fuel up. Seating is limited, so you and your dog may have to wait for a patio table, but the food is worth the wait!

Good Eats

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Good Eats
3145 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA
(916) 737-5272
Hours: Mon to Sat – 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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Good Eats has brought a lot to East Sacramento—it’s not only a market, but also a place to dine, be it breakfast, lunch or dinner. Even better, Good Eats boasts a comfortable patio with retractable shade covering, so your dog can join you while you eat. While the Good Eats patio faces busy Folsom Blvd., it’s set back off the street far enough to (almost) make you forget where you are.

Juliet Farmer was born and raised in Sacramento, where she resides with her husband, two cats,
and rescued greyhound. She is a freelance writer who regularly writes about food, pets, health
and wellness, entertainment, and more.