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Pup-Friendly Eateries around La Jolla

The one thing that holds true for all dog owners is that their four-legged pets are part of the family. So when it comes to going out to eat if you’re a pet owner, you probably feel guilty from time to time about leaving your furry family member behind. With near-perfect weather throughout the year and plenty of wide-open spaces, San Diego is a pet paradise. From the fun off-leash parks and dog parks to gorgeous dog-friendly beaches, you really don’t have to ever leave your pup alone at home. That even goes for when you want to go out to a restaurant or café.

Most communities in San Diego including La Jolla definitely take their dog-friendliness to a new level with establishments that welcome leashed dogs on their patios, liberal treat policies and in some instances menus that specifically cater to dogs. Here’s a roundup of a few favorite spots in La Jolla that you can enjoy on your next outing with your canine in tow. 

1. Public House La Jolla

Public House La Jolla is a cozy little pub with an array of beers on taps and in bottles well as a great food menu. Now take that and the pleasant outdoor seating they offer up for you and your pups, and you’ve got yourself a fun summer day or evening enjoying an adult beverage and some tasty food with man’s best friend. 

830 Kline St., La Jolla, California, 858.551.9210, 

2. Pannikin La Jolla

This eclectic and inviting café is a notable piece of the downtown La Jolla community. With its laid-back and unpretentious atmosphere, you and your pooch can enjoy yourselves out on the patio and bask in the sunshine. Enjoy some micro-roasted coffee or loose-leaf tea and feast on delicious breakfast/lunch fare while doing some people-watching or getting lost in your favorite book. 

 7467 Girard Ave., La Jolla, California, 858.454.5453,

3. Barbarella Restaurant & Bar

Located just a few minutes from the picturesque La Jolla Shores Beach, Barbarella is the perfect spot to enjoy dinner after an evening stroll at sunset. Your furry friend can enjoy items like a Puppy Delight prime beef or the Rover Easy scrambled eggs from the doggie menu while you enjoy a delicious entree for humans like seared salmon or classic Bolognese.

2171 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla California, 858.454.7373, 

4. The Shack Bar and Grill

The Shack Bar & Grill has been serving up warm smiles and great food and drinks to surfers, tourists and locals alike since 1996. The patio is a great place to kick back and relax with your pooch while they feast on items from the canine menu and you enjoy $3 tacos and margaritas on Taco Tuesday. 

6941 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla, California, 858.454.5280,