Pup's the word in Huntington Beach, a dog-friendly mecca that extends a warm welcome to travelers and their furry friends. With a 1.5-mile award-winning dog beach, pet-friendly hotels and year-round events, Surf City USA is a must-visit destination on any animal lover's travel list. And when it comes to dining, there's no shortage of restaurants ready to greet the VIP of your party with special menus and treats. Grab a seat on one of these dog-friendly patios that promise drool-worthy eats and plenty of love for your favorite travel companion.
The Park Bench CafeBack to Top of List
An institution in Huntington Beach for over 30 years, this outdoor cafe on the eastern edge of Huntington Central Park is big on charm and hospitality. Dogs receive the royal treatment here with a canine cuisine menu that features fun options like the "hot diggity dog" and eggs "Rover easy." Open for breakfast and lunch, it serves up traditional favorites for humans like omelets, pancakes, egg burritos, sandwiches and burgers.
Pacific HideawayBack to Top of List
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It's no surprise that the restaurant inside the animal-friendly Kimpton Shorebreak Resort at 5th & PCH invites visitors to dine with their doggie companions. Sip on craft cocktails or California wines while savoring coastal surf-inspired cuisine with views of the iconic pier. Don't miss happy hour Sunday through Thursday after enjoying a long afternoon at the nearby dog beach.
Sandy's Beach ShackBack to Top of List
Located right next to the pier, this laid-back beachfront eatery has a patio that gives dogs and up-close view of the shore. Seafood specials, burgers, soups and salads are available daily for lunch and dinner, along with the "famous" Sandy's mai tai, draft beers and wines. A dog menu with grilled chicken or ground beef entrees includes a $1 donation to the HB dog beach with each meal purchased.
Fred's Mexican CaféBack to Top of List
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This downtown dining landmark at Pacific Coast Highway and Main Street has one of the best views in town. Perch on the second-floor patio to catch a sunset with a 20-ounce margarita or cerveza goblet in hand. The dog menu is curated for big or little paws, with a choice of chicken or beef with kibbles — either way, $1 from your meal supports the upkeep of the HB dog beach.
Mama's on 39Back to Top of List
Roll out of bed and over to Mama’s on 39, where locals love the bottomless mimosas and Sunday “PJs” brunch that offers guests wearing pajamas 20 percent off before 10 a.m. The Beach Boulevard restaurant is known for its breakfast feasts like chicken and waffles, but also serves homestyle dishes for lunch and dinner out on its pet-friendly patio.
Kathy May's Lakeview CaféBack to Top of List
Nestled inside Huntington Central Park, the cafe draws hungry visitors with a menu of sweet and savory family favorites such as cinnamon rolls, eggs benedict and a country skillet smothered in gravy. Take a seat under a red umbrella on the patio, where your pup will have plenty to look at from a prime location on the shore of Huntington Lake.
SlapfishBack to Top of List
Located just 5 minutes from the shore up Beach Boulevard, this restaurant from celebrity chef Andrew Gruel is known for its modern take on seafood. The full-service flagship location in Huntington Beach has a dog-friendly patio with ample space for your companion to stretch their legs while you enjoy lobster rolls, chowder fries or the ultimate fish taco.
CruisersBack to Top of List
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This downtown pizza bar and grill is all about sports, with more than two dozen big screens showing everything from March Madness to title fights. Enjoy thin crust and stuffed Chicago pizza with a cold beer out on the patio, where you and your dog can play a round of giant Jenga while catching highlights from the latest game.
Eureka!Back to Top of List
Eureka is a must-try sit-down restaurant at Bella Terra offering craft beer, small-batch spirits and innovative burgers — order the Fresno Fig or jalapeño egg. The rustic vibes extend from the inside out to the covered patio, which offers traditional tables and lounge seating. Your pup will enjoy the cozy outdoor fireplace and views of the pedestrian plaza, including a soothing water fountain that might keep them engaged for your whole meal.
Lot 579Back to Top of List
This modern food hall is a cornerstone of Pacific City’s dining scene, with a dozen restaurants, dessert bars and artisanal shops. If you’re visiting with your dog, check out two popular spots with outdoor dining space and an ocean view. The American Dream has a huge covered patio for enjoying elevated burgers, fries and more than 60 craft beer options. Next door, Bear Flag Fish Co. offers freshly prepared seafood of all varieties, from sushi and poke to burritos, soups and salads.