Between farmer’s markets brimming with fresh ingredients and anticipated new restaurants opening almost every week, Los Angeles is a true foodie city. And thankfully, L.A. dog parents don’t need to leave their pups hungry at home! There are dog-friendly eateries throughout the city that will not only tolerate your well-behaved pup—they’ll welcome him with open arms and probably even bring him his own water bowl. Here are a few of our favorites. The change of scenery will be good for your dog, and if he catches a crumb or two, you’ll have made his day!
This much-lauded Silver Lake outpost has been hailed by outlets from Bon Appétit to The New York Times for its fresh staples and daily specials that are simple yet complicated. Among the offerings: pesto rice bowls that use sorrel instead of basil, slabs of pillowy toasted brioche slathered with housemade ricotta and homemade jams, and a range of delectable cakes, pies, croissants, galettes, and more. The extensive patio seating has also made this doggy-dining central: Sqirl has an entire Instagram account, @dogsofsqirl, devoted to capturing its pooch patrons.
A nondescript but cozy interior means that most diners choose to sit inside, leaving plenty of sidewalk seating for you and your pup. Situated on Beverly Boulevard among design boutiques and other shops, bld offers no shortage of people-watching. The passersby will keep your dog stimulated while you focus on classic dishes reimagined by acclaimed chef Neal Fraser (of “Top Chef” and “Iron Chef America”), including blueberry ricotta pancakes, lobster rolls, cobb salad, duck confit, and braised short rib.
Fashion bloggers, stylish entrepreneurs, neighborhood families, and the occasional starlet can be found gathering with their pooches at Gjusta, where pricey gourmet foods meet slapdash, picnic-style patio seating. Knowledgeable staff will guide you through deli cases and menus offering a bounty of sandwiches, veggie dishes, foccacia pizzas, baked goods, and gourmet coffees. An added benefit of Gjusta’s relaxed, unfussy atmosphere is that even if your dog is not the most well-behaved, he’ll still fit in.
A refined sushi dinner isn’t the first thing that pops into mind when deciding where to dine with your pup. But you can have your fill of uni, yellowtail, and spicy tuna on crispy rice with your dog by your side at this eatery in downtown Culver City, which is generally a dog-friendly area. Rated “Excellent to Perfection,” by Zagat, K-ZO takes its moniker from chef Keizo Ishiba, who’s classically trained in Japanese and French cuisine. Order up small plates of Kobe Beef Tataki (thinly sliced kobe beef with garlic ponzu) and Nasu Miso (eggplant with sweet miso), plus a bowl of H2O for your furry companion.
Horse Thief BBQ
Cited by Eater as having played an integral role in reviving Grand Central Market, a recently revamped historical landmark, Horse Thief is just the thing place to satiate your craving for Texas-style barbeque. Though dogs are not allowed in the market proper, this immediately adjacent space has outdoor counter service and a spacious, shady outdoor patio. If a morsel of tender brisket falls to the ground, your pup will lap it right up.
Even pizza-aficionado New Yorkers hail these pies as being, yes, delicious. The neighborhood “hip-hop pizza shop” was founded by Mike Ross of the iconic Los Angeles record label Delicious Vinyl, along with his brother rapper Rick Ross. Inside, funk, hip hop, and soul tunes help the slice go down smoothly. Make sure to snag a sidewalk table or the picnic benches out back for you and your pooch. Round out your meal by ordering an espresso and dessert—their mini cheesecakes and olive oil cakes are not to be missed. On your way out, grab a housemade scone or cinnamon roll for breakfast the next day.
Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold once called the Boyle Heights location of Guisados “the essential restaurant in the neighborhood.” Since, it’s become the essential restaurant in several neighborhoods, including downtown L.A., West Hollywood, and, the most dog-friendly option, Echo Park. A brightly painted, adobe-tiled patio welcomes you and your pup to take a seat as you enjoy your tacos. Stewed meats chock full of flavor and spice are center stage upon a fluffy corn tortilla (you can watch them being made on cast iron presses right on the premises). Vegetarians will be very happy with the quesadillas: thick slices of smooth queso panela are tucked between the folds of that same fluffy, moist corn tortilla, then grilled to perfection. After a belly-busting meal, take your dog for a calorie-burning loop around neighboring Echo Park Lake.