Dog-Friendly San Francisco
The pedestrian walkway on the Golden Gate Bridge and the historic streetcars are a few of the Bay Area’s iconic attractions that allow dogs. So, too, do a stellar pizza joint run by an F&W Best New Chef and a boutique hotel that supports a local dog rescue program.
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F&W Best New Chef 2001 Craig Stoll sources local ingredients like broccoli raab for his superbly charred thin-crust pizza. The sidewalk tables at both the Mission District and Pacific Heights locations allow dogs.
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Brothers Joel and Duncan Gott’s original diner on Highway 29 in Napa Valley gained fame for its outrageously good burgers made with Niman Ranch beef, hand-scooped milkshakes and cool retro-styling. Their Ferry Building outpost offers all of the above, plus a dog-friendly patio facing west for superb sunset views off the Bay.
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Dogs are a common sight at the 20-seat sidewalk dining area—in part because Tartine Bakery is so close to Dolores Park, where dogs can go off-leash. Husband-and-wife team Chad Robertson and Elisabeth Prueitt prepare buttery scones and luxe pressed sandwiches like the melty Gruyère with ham.
All guests bringing dogs to this vibrantly-designed Kimpton property near Union Square receive a copy of The Dog Lover’s Companion to the Bay Area; their pets are set up with a dog bed, toy and bowls for water and food.
This Pacific Heights boutique hotel—with 49 rooms each designed in the style of a studio apartment, some with a kitchen and couch—is four short blocks from dog-friendly Presidio National Park. A percentage of room rates benefits Rocket Dog Rescue, a local program that places dogs from overcrowded shelters into homes.