Credit: Katie Oswald
Credit: Katie Oswald

From Breweries to BBQ Joints, Here Are 7 Dog-Friendly Restaurants in South OC

These Spots Get Two Paws Up!

If you’re a dog owner, you know the struggle of sadly saying goodbye each time you leave the house. So if we can help it, why would we leave our furry friends behind? At these seven spots in South OC, your fur babies are not only welcome, encouraged to join the fun. These restaurants are so dog-friendly that they cater to our pets just as much as they do their human patrons! It’s time to show our pups just as much love as they show us. Dog-Friendly Restaurants

The Dog Pawrk Brewing Company

Next time you want to grab a beer with a pal, take Fido with you! “Dog people want to take their dogs with them everywhere. We know this because we are dog people,” says Nathan Beckham, founder of The Dog Pawrk Brewing Company. “We wanted to give dog and beer lovers alike a place of community where they could come to check emails and spend time with their family, friends and most importantly their favorite fur baby!” he says. This beloved brewery is located right off the San Juan Capistrano bike trail, making it a great place for the family to stop by after an afternoon of biking. With an 85-pound American bulldog as their mascot, Beckham and the crew at The Dog Pawrk know how to treat your pup right. On select days, they have vendors offering organic dog treats, dog beer and even dog massages. Humans can expect board games, pinball, trivia night with live music and food trucks on the weekends. Both you and your pup will never want to leave!

Location: San Juan Capistrano

Dog-Friendly Restaurants

Heritage BBQ

Although they’ve only been open for two years, Heritage BBQ has quickly established itself as one of OC’s best restaurants and is leagues above any other BBQ joint in town. Dine outdoors at the picnic tables with your crew and furry friends. They’re famous for their Central Texas-style brisket and beef ribs, served with potato salad, baked beans and freshly made cornbread from FKN Bread (a locally owned bakery just across the street). Not only are the beef ribs tender and flavorful, but the bone also makes for a perfect treat for your canine. 

Location: San Juan Capistrano



Laguna Beach Beer Company

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For a laid-back spot with effortlessly fun vibes, Laguna Beach Beer Company is the place to be. They’re an established brewery in Laguna Beach known for their craft beers, flights and legendary soft pretzels.The brewery is almost completely outdoors, making it perfect for your pooches, and their expansive outdoor seating is suitable for larger pups too! You’ll find all the makings of a great afternoon here with live music, TVs to catch the game, shaded seating and great views.

Location: Laguna Beach

Dog-Friendly Restaurants

Craft House

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This Dana Point local favorite offers elevated American fare, fresh seafood and a huge selection of whiskeys so rare they only get one bottle each per year. You’ll be hard-pressed to find them elsewhere. Although your fur baby won’t be able to enjoy the whiskey, their dog-friendly outdoor seating is still sure to get your pet’s tail wagging. The portions are generous and great for sharing. The spicy fried chicken sandwich is massive, and the smoked mushroom risotto will have you reaching for seconds.

Location: Dana Point


Bueno Bueno Mexican Kitchen

For authentic Mexican fare in a progressive, modern atmosphere, stop by Bueno Bueno by the train station in SJC. Their dog-friendly patio is a great place for you and your pup to people-watch as crowds come in and out of the train depot. The elote is the most popular thing on the menu—take a bite to see why—and their queso fundido and pineapple margarita are guaranteed crowd-pleasers. Make sure you end your meal with a churro, which comes with decadent salted caramel.

Location: San Juan Capistrano

Dog-Friendly Restaurants


Credit: The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

This restaurant within The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel will really give your pup something to bark about. Their dog-friendly patio offers some of the best panoramic ocean views on PCH, overlooking Salt Creek Beach. Each dish is beautifully crafted and the drinks are innovative. Your furry friend won’t go hungry either—they have a doggy menu with dishes like dog bone meatloaf that are fully pup-approved. Go at dusk to catch purple skies and to give your pup a respite from the heat.

Location: Dana Point

Dog-Friendly Restaurants

Rancho Capistrano Winery

Credit: Rancho Capistrano Winery

Rancho Capistrano Winery is OC’s largest winery with more than 40 housemade wines from different California regions. The vibes here are casual and relaxed, making this winery a great option for your furry friends. They offer all-day happy hour on Mondays, making it a great time to visit, or opt for Sunday brunch with your best pals.

Location: San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Ladera Ranch

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