Zagat’s Top 8 Dog-Friendly Los Angeles Restaurants
This week Zagat, the world’s original provider of customer-generated restaurant reviews, posted a list of eight dog-friendly restaurants in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles County became much more welcoming to wet noses last December when it revised health codes to allow dogs on restaurants’ outdoor patios.
But before you and your pooch head out, be sure to read 5 Tips for Dining Out with Your Dog to ensure the restaurant doesn’t change its mind about its dog-friendly policy.
Despite the name, dogs are welcome during daytime hours on the patio of this pub, located in a landmark building where scenes from “Casablanca” were filmed. “If you’re in the mood for a pint and a shepherd’s pie, you don’t have to leave your pup at home,” writes Jennifer Evans Gardner on Zagat.com. Among the entrees on the Doggie Menu For Your Best Friend are “Roll Over Rover” (homemade pork sausage) and “My Little Chickadee” (a grilled chicken breast served with rice).
This gourmet restaurant with a caviar boutique provides water bowls for thirsty four-legged diners on its outdoor patio. According to Gardner, some dogs “have been seen eating salmon roe and trout roe. Can you blame them?”
“Pat’s is the perfect spot for Sunday brunch or any breakfast or lunch, for that matter, and your pet will have plenty of pals to lounge with while you dine in the peaceful, woodsy atmosphere,” Gardner writes. This laid-back restaurant has welcomed dogs on its patio for the entire 18 years it’s been in business.
Your dog is welcome “on the magical covered patio just steps from the sand,” Gardner writes of the casual restaurant at this beachfront hotel. “So while you’re enjoying your oysters and Sancerre or the perfect bowl of cioppino, Spot can doze at your feet in bliss.”
This quaint eatery in a historic cottage offers designer coffees and teas, organic salads and sandwiches, and a huge variety of baked goodies including amarena cherry almond cakes, caramel nut tarts and even homemade chocolate bars. “There is almost always a line out the door at both places, and there is outdoor seating all over multiple patios, where canines are very welcome,” Gardner writes.
This “purveyor of exotic grilled sausages” in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District welcomes der hunds at its outdoor tables, “where even the best-behaved pup will lick his lips, anticipating a bite of fallen bratwurst,” Gardner notes.
Located close to UCLA, the upscale W Hotel’s poolside restaurant’s “Fido’s Kitchen Menu” offers “Stella’s Mutt’za’ Balls,” made with organic chicken, free-range eggs and brown rice; and “Pepper’s Seafood Goulash” with ground salmon, oats, spinach and kale. “Oh, and the human food is excellent, too,” Gardner notes.
For more than 50 years, this rustic cafe in Malibu’s wine country – near a lake and surrounded by rolling, expansive lawns – encourages your pooch to join you. “Sip mimosas on a lazy afternoon as your pooch dozes at your feet on the sunny deck,” Gardner advises.
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