Barks and bites: Dog-friendly restaurants in La Jolla

labradoodle dog sits on outdoor couch outside of a dog friendly restaurant in La Jolla

Looking to dine with your dog in La Jolla? We’ve got you covered for all our neighborhoods and cuisines.

From puppuccinos to welcoming patios, read on as we unleash our guide to local dog-friendly restaurants in La Jolla:

1. Barbarella

covered patio seating on the sidewalk outside of barbarella restaurant in La JollaBarbarella in La Jolla Shores has a prominent space on Avenida de la Playa, with an eclectic mix of decor to match its eclectic menu. Owned by a La Jolla family, Barbarella welcomes the whole family – from Pops to pups – with a wide variety of dishes for humans and a “Ruffarella Menu” only for those with four legs and a tail, featuring the “Rover Easy” (two scrambled eggs) and more. Among the dog-friendly restaurants in La Jolla, Barbarella stands out for its unique canine menu.

2. Blue Whale

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, snack? Blue Whale in The Village has you covered, with a build-your-own açai bowl menu, chicken & waffles, farro bowls and so much more. The endless beach cafe vibes focus on all members of the community, including the furry ones! Stop here for a to-go bite or treat yourself and the tail-wagger to a fun, creative meal.

3. Cody’s La Jolla

With a second-story view of La Jolla Cove and Scripps Park from every table, Cody’s La Jolla will delight all visitors with a brunch menu chock full of scrumptious dishes (crab cake Benedict! “Awesome” French toast!) and high-quality drinks with bubbles or caffeine. And dog-friendly is an understatement: Cody’s not only welcomes your pets with refreshments but often its own four-legged friends.

4. The Cottage

A longstanding breakfast and lunch spot in The Village, The Cottage offers a cozy patio for dog lovers and a menu to dine for, from creative comforts like cinnamon swirl pancakes to savory wild shrimp omelets and more. Indulge in The Cottage’s relaxed environment in between neighborhood errands with the pooch or on a lazy weekend morning enjoying the amazing La Jolla weather.

5. The Flower Pot Cafe and Bakery

large covered patio with umbrellas outside of dog friendly restaurant in La Jolla flower pot cafe With a full menu from coffee and pastries to breakfast through dinner, The Flower Pot Cafe in The Village is one of the most spacious dog-friendly restaurants in La Jolla, with a large covered patio and an open-air indoor cafe. The Flower Pot’s Puppy Menu solidifies their dog-friendly La Jolla status, offering a “Puppaccino with Bacon,” “Lox Cup” and more.

6. Harry’s Coffee Shop

leashed brown and white terrier dog looks up, standing in patio of a dog friendly restaurant in La JollaLa Jolla’s oldest diner, Harry’s Coffee Shop, has hung onto its Village location for more than 60 years for reasons like reliably delicious breakfast and lunch, hearty portions and a family feel. Belly up to the counter with the other locals or grab a booth. If the four-legged family member is with you, they’ll be given treats and water on the patio as you take in a milkshake, omelet or another of Harry’s classic diner items.

7. Lark & Owl 

exterior walk up window to dog friendly restaurant in La Jolla, lark & owl with picnic tables, umbrellas, and lush greenery aroundAny meal is dog-friendly at Lark & Owl in Bird Rock, where the full spread of pizzas, açaí bowls and more from the window-serving cafe comes complete with outdoor seating that gladly accepts four-legged companions. Stop on your neighborhood walk for a sandwich or smoothie while your furry friend takes a quick patio rest.

8. Pinpoint Cafe

small dog with purple harness stands up with paws on counter as a person is being served, at dog friendly restaurant in La Jolla With views of the Scripps Pier and tucked away on the Scripps Institution of Oceanography campus, Pinpoint Cafe is a delight for all senses with drinks like the Blue Ocean latte, specialty toasts and more, all while taking in ocean breezes. The woman-owned cafe (which has a second, smaller La Jolla cart in The Village) is also dog-friendly, hosting your hound on the spacious deck. 

9. The Promiscuous Fork

small brown dog sitting on bar stool outside of dog friendly restaurant in La Jolla A casual burger-and-more joint in Windansea, The Promiscuous Fork promises enticing dishes influenced by flavors from Hawaii and Mexico, with some BBQ thrown in. Heading home from work? Grabbing a bite on the way to the beach? This is the place to gather, and you don’t have to look beyond the locals-filled outdoor seating to see this place is also friendly to the resident pups. 

10. Puesto

Craving tacos and tequila? Grab the friends and a spot at Puesto in The Village, where the spacious streetside deck beckons you to indulge in creative taco creations and top-shelf margaritas. The Puesto patio is also completely dog-friendly, so let sleeping dogs lie while you work on that basket of chips during a very happy hour (or two)!

11. Queenstown Village

green and white striped awnings at the entrance of queenstown village restaurant in la jollaIn the heart of The Village is Queenstown Village, a nod to New Zealand eats where cocktails, burgers, king salmon and lamb combine in a chic and cozy spot that Instagram feeds dream of. Dog-friendly? You bet! Stay a while with your pooch; Queenstown Village warmly welcomes our best friends with refreshment and a spot to relax. 

12. Shorehouse Kitchen

Shorehouse Kitchen is a staple brunch spot for anyone in La Jolla Shores, drawing people in with their many outdoor tables and full menu of delicious bites from Benedicts to pancakes and flatbreads to salads. And the Doggie Menu leaves no puppy out, with dishes like “The Brunch Bark Bowl” with eggs and honey-cured bacon and “The California K-9,” chicken breast with egg whites and spinach.

13. Sugar and Scribe

For Irish-themed and other outstanding breakfast and lunch plates dreamed up by Food Network-winning chefs, find a table at Sugar and Scribe in The Village. The dog-friendly restaurant will welcome your pups with a treat at the host stand and will gladly set all of you up on the patio for a meal that all will enjoy, furry or not!

14. Trilogy Sanctuary

Rooftop, vegan and outdoor, Trilogy Sanctuary’s cafe is a treasure for those looking for plant-based pleasure in The Village. Dog-friendly in La Jolla? Absolutely, so soak in the views or watch an aerial yoga class in progress while catching up on your nourishment. Trilogy Sanctuary offers a unique experience among the dog-friendly restaurants in La Jolla, with rooftop views and ocean breezes your pup will love.

15. We Olive & Wine Bar

Wine and dogs? Say less! We Olive & Wine Bar in The Village is open for you and your dog, welcoming you both onto their view-drenched deck for sips and nibbles. The expansive wine list and menu of bites from charcuterie to flatbreads is sure to induce you into a relaxed state, and catching a sunset from here certainly doesn’t hurt.

16. Wheat & Water

Bird Rock staple Wheat & Water invites all people and pets to their dog-friendly patio for specialty wood-fired pizzas, shared plates, and more. Mingle with local mutts during a happy hour or take part in one of Wheat & Water’s weekly themed nights like Burger & Beer Tuesday or Wine Wednesday. You – and the furry one – won’t be disappointed. Wheat & Water is a popular choice for those looking for dog-friendly restaurants in La Jolla with a neighborhood feel.

This is just a sampling of the dozens of dog-friendly restaurants in La Jolla. Click here to explore more!

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Elisabeth Frausto

Elisabeth Frausto has been reporting on and writing about La Jolla since 2019. With dozens of local and state journalism awards to her name, Elisabeth knows the industry as well as she knows her community. When she’s not covering all things 92037, you’ll find her with coffee in hand staring at the sea.
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Elisabeth Frausto

Elisabeth Frausto has been reporting on and writing about La Jolla since 2019. With dozens of local and state journalism awards to her name, Elisabeth knows the industry as well as she knows her community. When she’s not covering all things 92037, you’ll find her with coffee in hand staring at the sea.

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