101 dog-friendly restaurants

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Feel like heading out for lunch but don’t have the heart to leave your furry friend at home? There happen to be some great dog-friendly places around the country that are dedicated to pampering your pooch while you tuck into your meal. Whether you and your canine companion are taking a stroll along the promenade, trotting along the city streets or looking for a bite to eat while exploring the countryside, we’ve got the list of where you’ll be looked after equally. (PS. If you thought you were dog-crazy, check out this list of top local chefs with pampered pets.)



Anderson’s (Norwood)

Adjoining the well-established nursery’s garden is a coffee bar, a charming restaurant and a children’s craft centre. Whether you are interested in a scrumptious breakfast, lunch or simply just want a slice of cake with tea, bring your dog and enjoy in the gardens.

Arbour Café & Courtyard (Illovo)

This French-inspired cafe and crêperie is often populated by breakfast- and coffee enthusiasts on the perfect summer day. The team prides itself on delicious and wholesome food made from fresh ingredients. The gluten-free buckwheat galettes (savoury French pancakes) attract those looking for the healthy alternative. They do welcome dogs but are situated in the quaint Birdhaven shopping centre, so do keep your furry friend on a leash.

2B Cuisine (Bryanston)

Having made a name serving great breakfast and brunch, Norman and Simon Beggs are still treating avid eaters – and their pooches – these days. Enjoy milkshakes, smoothies and fresh juices with a variety of food options such as sandwiches, salads, pastas, pizzas and other lunch dishes. Make sure the weather is good when you visit as dogs are allowed in the outside seating only.

The Brazen Head (Fourways)

Serving pub grub and traditional fare with customary Irish hospitality and music, The Brazen Head also welcomes canines.

Café Hemingways (Kyalami)

Dogs are seen to first with a bowl of water and a treat, then the artisanal on-trend bistro offers the eclectic menu to the human folk. (Dogs are allowed on the veranda area only.)

Crafters & Cravings (Linden)

This is the spot for a light meal in peace, with gifts and crafts to tempt while you taste the wares. Indulge in home-cooked meals off the harvest table whilst sitting outside with your dog. Dogs are treated to water bowls on request.

The exterior at Crafters & Cravings. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The exterior at Crafters & Cravings. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Doppio Zero (Greenside)

This is the first of the Doppio Zeros: buzzy and busy, offering coffee and croissants from the beginning of the day through to the night. Dogs settle on the wide patio with their owners.

Eat Your Heart Out (Maboneng)

As soon as you walk in to this restaurant with your dog, the first priority is to make sure your dog has a water bowl while you relax and eat.  The sunny, easy-to-love food is all Jewish-inspired.

Hell’s Kitchen (Melville)

Despite the tough rocker image, dogs rock up too. The food is seared and successful, with drinks on the speakeasy side.

Hudson’s (Parkhurst)

This pretty marvellous burger joint has a great reputation for good ingredients, atmosphere and spirits. Dogs and owners get it all on the patio.

The interior at Hudson's Parkhurst. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

The interior at Hudson’s Parkhurst. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

Jo Bean (Northcliff)

Take your best buddy to Jo Bean for a lovely day outside. Water is provided for your pet as you enjoy a waffle.

Juno & Co (North Riding)

A deli, a harvest table and lovely sandwiches and coffees are on offer here. It’s peaceful and dog friendly – dogs are the VIPs. Your pup will be given a bowl of water on arrival. It is recommended that you bring a blanket for them as the floor is tiled and can get cold.

Mrs Sippi Blues (Bedfordview)

Out in the gardens, the restaurant and pub are almost on the water, offering all the scampering a child or dog could want. Dogs are also offered ‘licky bowls’ should they (or you) request one.

Picobella Trattoria (Melville)

An outer elevated veranda area, honest and good-value Med-influenced Italian food, and a beautifully calm vibe pull in the locals. All recipes originate from the heart of Italy.

The Pizza Place and Garden Café (Northcliff)

This spot has indoor and outdoor seating on a sunny day with a great selection of pizzas. The spacious garden is perfect for your dogs to run around in while you enjoy your meal.

Possum’s on Burnside (Craighall)

Possum’s new larger location also features a pub area and an exciting longer food menu. Dogs are free to explore and wander in the garden. (Please only bring your pooch if it is well trained.)

The outside at Possum's on Burnside. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The outside at Possum’s on Burnside. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

River Café (Sandton)

This is the place for relaxed open-air meals and snacks with your best friend and family. On Fridays it’s popular for sundowners and early suppers and, as long as your pup is on a leash, they are welcome to enjoy lunch with you.

The garden seating area at the River Cafe. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The garden seating area at the River Cafe. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Soul Souvlaki (Maboneng)

Soul Souvlaki is one of the hippest places to get all the delicious and fresh homemade tastes of Greek cuisine in the trendy area of Maboneng. Dogs are welcome.

Tea Under the Trees (Lyndhurst)

Within Schaffler’s Nursery is a welcoming shady area, where the goodness on your plate is often harvested before your eyes. Breakfasts are homely, freshly baked goods and salads are well loved, and dogs are treated to their own titbits as long as they are on their leash.

The Usual on Grant (Norwood)

Have a cup of coffee as your pet is provided with water at this friendly café. Just make sure to grab a table outside during breakfast or lunchtime.

Voodoo Lily Cafe (Birdhaven)

At this friendly, caring eatery, the food is organic and sustainable, and breakfasts are particularly good. The airy and beautiful space is welcoming to dogs, even offering them their own menu with organic chicken-breast slices, organic chicken livers and puppy biscuits.

Outside tables at Voodoo Lily Café. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Outside tables at Voodoo Lily Café. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.



Afro-boer interior

The interior at Afro-boer. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

Afro-boer (Die Wilgers)

The gardens here are filled with such beautiful rose bushes that you might want to spend all your time sniffing the flowers. All types of dogs are welcome, from handbag accessories who sit on laps to guide dogs, fitness accompanists and security-oriented observers. Leashes are a prerequisite, however. Dogs are made so welcome that staff love sneaking the odd rusk or meatball under the table – if the owners allow.

As Greek as it Gets (Cullinan)

Take a trip to Cullinan with the dog on the back seat or in the back of the bakkie. Owner Stavros Vladislavic is happy to welcome pets outside, where there is ample seating on benches under umbrellas for shade, provided they’re on a leash and well behaved.

BICCCS (Waterkloof and Moreleta Park)

In addition to the main branch in Waterkloof, where you can visit with your pet in tow, there are also smaller branches at fuelling stations, where you can stock up on fresh breads or home-made ice cream in magnificent flavours. All dogs on leashes are welcome.

Café Riche (CBD)

After a walk in the city’s parks, head for the newly renovated Church Square, where you and your pet can settle on Café Riche’s stoep to enjoy the splendour of period architecture. Animals with polite manners are welcome.

Carlton Café Delicious (Menlo Park)

The stoep, which is rapidly being screened off from the street by ever-growing herb and passion-fruit plants, makes this the ideal spot to take four-legged friend for a treat.

Inside Carlton café Delicious. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Inside Carlton café Delicious. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Forkies Real Food Parlour (Lynnwood)

Wide doors open up to bring the outside in, and the high tables and chairs provide ample space for your dog to find a safe spot out of the way. We’ve heard the pizzas here are worth the visit – for those of human nature, of course.

The interior at Forkies. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The interior at Forkies. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Ginger and Fig (Brooklyn)

This trendy Pretoria eatery offers delicious bistro-style fare and a sunny sidewalk where your pooches are more than welcome to sit with you. (Unfortunately they’re not allowed inside). Order your furry buddy a complimentary bowl of water and tuck into one of the mouth-watering menu offerings. Dishes include apple-and-ricotta ravioli, sous-vide chicken, gourmet burgers and hearty salads.

L’èpis Doré  (Menlo Park)

Situated in a large fenced in area, L’èpis Doré welcomes all dogs as long as they’re on a leash and their owners clean up after them. This is a good spot for old-fashioned French café-style food, great croissants with a piece of soft French cheese or salty cured meat, and superb coffee.

La Madeleine (Lynnwood)

Father-and-daughter team Daniel and Anne Leusch run this very popular bistro on a large property with many large trees where parents, children and dogs can co-exist. The security guard, who keeps watch over the cars in the street, is happy to take dogs for a small walk so you can enjoy your meal in peace. Treat yourself to tasty churros served with home-made rum-and-raisin ice cream and a little jar of bitter chocolate sauce with raspberries – everyone will want to come back for more. Dogs are also given a complimentary bowl of water.

Outside at La Madeleine. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Outside at La Madeleine. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Prosopa (Waterkloof Heights)

Owner Dino Fagas is happy to allow any dogs in the beautiful outside area and small dogs inside the restaurant, as long as they are supervised. Tuck into any of the delicious Mediterranean Greek-inspired mezze with your puppy-love right next to you.

Red Tomato Supper Club and Guest House (Waterkloof)

Owner Renette Vosloo is an unashamed animal lover, and her restaurants have always featured dogs and cats happily sharing their space with patrons, so naturally her latest venture is no different. Only bring your own pets if they can get along with the Red Tomato natives and let the team know when making your booking so they can make arrangements.

tashas (Brooklyn)

There’s often a queue of patrons waiting to get a table here. Dogs and other friendly pets are allowed to join their owners at the outside seating area provided they abide by the centre rules and are on a leash. (Management prefers them not to be seated on the chairs, however.) Don’t be shy to ask for a water bowl, which may even be garnished with mint.

Durban and beyond

Afro’s Chicken (OR Tambo Parade)

Situated on the sunny Durban promenade, Afro’s welcomes dog walkers to perch near the yellow container and tuck into one of the famous chicken burgers and tjips. The promenade is full of pooches, runners and children, and is a great outdoor spot for a speedy Sunday brunch with the family in tow.


Bike and Bean (Snell Parade)

Patrons are welcome to enjoy their daily coffee, a tasty snack and the beautiful views of the ocean here after a refreshing swim or walk on the beach. The owner says she loves dogs and is very happy to have them in her restaurant. Your pup will be welcomed with a water bowl and can even be served a doggy cappuccino. The owner admitted that she sometimes likes to treat those that are well behaved with a little piece of bacon or something tasty.

Bistro 30 Degrees (Mooi River)

Situated on the R103, this light and friendly restaurant offers a range of light lunches and creamy teas to be enjoyed in the outside area with your dog. If you have a very friendly and well-behaved dog they will be allowed inside.

Boiler Room Café (Morningside)

Head to this stylish canteen-style bistro for a gourmet milkshake and some quality time with your pooch. The restaurant happily allows furry friends indoors and offers them some water to quench their thirst.

Circus Circus Beach Café (Snell Parade)

The buzzing beach-side restaurant offers beautiful ocean views and a casual spot for a weekend breakfast or lunch with your pup. Grab a table outside and the staff will bring a bowl of refreshing water for your dog.

Outside at Circus Circus. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Outside at Circus Circus. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Cafe Jiran (North Beach)

This bistro on the beautiful beachfront offers a fine-dining menu as well as snacks to accompany its exceptional tea-and-coffee selection. Based on the beachfront, the eatery is very open to dogs and their owners enjoying a lunch together as long as they are seated outside. A refreshing bowl of water is available for dogs after their promenade stroll.

Freedom Café (Greyville)

Bring along your fluffy friends to this funky breakfast-and-lunch eatery. Guests can dine alfresco under the trees next to the big red container and tuck into inventive bistro-style grub while their doggies chill out in the shade and enjoy bowls of water and delicious home-made doggy treats.

The Galley Beach Bar and Grill (Ballito)

This easy-going seafront restaurant serves casual seafood dishes with relaxing views. Find a spot on the deck to enjoy good old-fashioned fish ’n chips while your pooch dines off the Canine Cuisine menu, which features Paw-Some Snacks (a sliced-up pork banger), Hound Dog Haven (100g grilled and cubed rump), Pooch breakfast (grilled bacon and sliced pork sausage), Chicken à la Pooch (150g grilled chicken breast), Hungry Pup Quarter Pounder (150g grilled beef patty), and a Milk Draught (bowl of milk). Bowls of water are on the house.

La Spiaggia (Umhlanga)

Umhlanga promenade walkers are often found seated with their pups here, watching the surfers ride the waves while sipping on coffees, milkshakes or smoothies. Canine friends will receive refreshments with a bowl of fresh water.

Mo Noodles (Umhlanga)

This Asian fusion restaurant in the busy area of Umhlanga serves delicious noodle dishes and Thai-inspired curries. Dogs are welcome to sit with their owners but only outside.

Parc (Glenwood)

This sidewalk café in the middle of a suburb has a love for dogs, so it’s filled with pet owners dropping by for their morning cuppa or a leisurely weekend brunch. Their poached eggs are somewhat legendary and the hounds will be looked after with a bowl of water and plenty of attention. Due to health and safety regulations, the furry friends are only allowed to be seated outdoors.

Outside at the Parc Cafe. Photo courtesy of Fathima Kathrada.

Outside at the Parc Cafe. Photo courtesy of Fathima Kathrada.

The Oyster Box Hotel (Umhlanga)

Pets are most welcome at this stunning sea-facing hotel. The five-star garden villas offer a range of beds and menus to pamper the special pets of hotel guests. The Dogs’ Delights menu includes Woof Waffles with boerewors sausage and gravy, toasted bread with cheese or scrambled egg, chunks of steak in gravy served with rice, and a full doggy breakfast complete with hash browns. Scabenga’s Savouries include kitty treats such as flaked tuna, steamed chicken and a bowl of warm milk as well as a selection of feline foods. If you are staying at the hotel, contact room service in order to find out what the dog and cat dish selections are.

A dog on the hotel porter's baggage carrier at The Oyster Box Hotel. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

A dog on the hotel porter’s baggage carrier at The Oyster Box Hotel. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Surf Riders Food Shack (Addington Beach)

This beachfront restaurant on Durban’s Golden Mile serves unfussy fare such as great breakfasts (try the avo Benedict for a perfect poached-egg brekkie), burgers, pizzas and gourmet shakes. The popular spot is also dog friendly, with a menu just for your pet that includes a Poochini Snack with peanut-butter sauce, ice cream, layered sponge and biscuit crumbs.

Cape Town

Bamboo Garden Restaurant (Joostenbergvlakte)

The Bamboo Garden takes care of every member of the family. There’s a small play area for young children and an outside section that accommodates dogs on a leash and offers them a bowl of water.

Blonde & Beard (Muizenberg)

Customers at this restaurant on Muizenberg beach are more than welcome to bring their pooches along for an after-walk brunch. It is preferred that they sit in the downstairs section of the restaurant and refreshing bowls of water can be given to them upon request to quench their thirst.

The interior at Blonde&Beard. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The interior at Blonde&Beard. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Bootlegger Coffee Company  (Bantry Bay, Kenilworth, Sea Point)

This popular coffee spot serves up delicious breakfasts and lunches in an ultra-cool setting. Dog-walkers frequent the buzzing restaurants on weekends, where they welcome your four-legged friends indoors. The pups are also given a bowl of fresh water.

Café Caprice (Camps Bay)

Go for a burger and cocktail in the outside seating area so your pet can join you.

Café Neo (Mouille Point)

Promenade walkers flock to this easy-going Mediterranean café for breakfasts and lunches. Dogs are allowed indoors to cool off after a run on the grass across the road, and water bowls are happily provided. It’s a popular spot on weekends so be sure to grab your table early to enjoy a hearty breakfast or one of their signature salads and sandwiches.

Café Paradiso (Gardens)

This popular Kloof Street restaurant has a charming garden and a courtyard where four-legged friends are welcomed and given water bowls to keep them refreshed. The garden area does close when there are high winds or rain, however, so be sure to keep your eye on the weather.

Outside seating at Café Paradiso. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Outside seating at Café Paradiso. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Café Roux (Noordhoek)

Let your dog join you for the no-frills but delicious fare at Café Roux. Sit outside with your well-behaved pup roaming freely or, if they’re the chaos-creating type, make sure they’re on a leash. Bowls of water are available for them while you enjoy the signature all-day breakfasts.

Castella Amare (Melkbosstrand)

Dogs are allowed outside at this Portuguese-style restaurant, where they can enjoy a view of the beachfront in Melkbosstrand.

Chardonnay Deli (Constantia)

Take the family and the canine friends to this upmarket farm stall and deli. Pets are given bowls of water to lap up while their owners enjoy the likes of French toast with fried banana and bacon, grilled croissants with rosemary, ham, brie and hummus, as well as homemade lasagne, quiches and charcuterie.

Chardonnay Deli counter. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

Chardonnay Deli counter. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

Clarke’s Bar and Dining Room (City Bowl)

This lively diner on Bree Street is busy all day and becomes a local meeting spot for drinks and cocktails at night. The Clarke’s team loves dogs, but do ask that they be on a leash so as not to disturb other dining customers.

The Company’s Garden Restaurant (City Bowl)

Take the dogs to this beautiful alfresco eatery situated in the leafy Company’s Garden. Pets are allowed outside only (with the exception of guide dogs), but are offered bowls of water and will have plenty of space to explore. The menu is packed with tasty dishes and kiddies’ lunch boxes.

The Company's Garden Restaurant. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Inside The Company’s Garden Restaurant. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Con Brio Bistro (Vredehoek)

Dogs are welcomed with a bowl of water and don’t need to be on a leash as long as they aren’t too adventurous. Groups with pets are seated out on the terrace.

Duchess of Wisbeach (Sea Point)

At the Duchess of Wisbeach dogs are offered water bowls on arrival and staff give them all the love there is as to offer, as well as bones from their marrow delicacy and leftover fillet.

Dunes Restaurant & Bar (Hout Bay)

Keep your pet on a leash and they’re more than welcome here. Take in the awesome view with them as you sit outside in the terrace area. Buckets of water are provided for your pet as you indulge in the seafood offering.

Eat @ Altydgedacht (Durbanville)

Your pets are very welcome here (if they are small and very well behaved), where you can sit outside or inside. Leashes are only necessary for those hounds that tend to get themselves into trouble. Doggy bowls filled with water are provided.

Engruna (Sea Point)

Chow down on a gourmet pizza and burger and have your furry companion by your side at this popular neighbourhood gem.

The Foodbarn and The Foodbarn Deli and Tapas (Noordhoek)

The Foodbarn, which offers fine dining in a laid-back, country-style setting, as well as the deli and tapas restaurant welcome furry friends with bowls of water to keep the tails wagging. There is also a great patch of grass where your pet can roll around and socialise with other dogs.

Outdoor tables at The Foodbarn. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Outdoor tables at The Foodbarn. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Foresters Arms (Newlands)

All four-legged animals are welcomed here with bowls of water. Your pets can happily lounge in the tree-covered backyard area while you tuck in to the popular pizzas and ice-cold draughts. Please note that patrons with dogs will be seated in the smoking area only as per the restaurant’s rules.

Greens (Constantia)

Dogs are catered for in the outside section of Greens, under a canopy of leafy trees.

Jonkershuis (Constantia)

This family-friendly spot extends to include your much loved (and leashed) dogs. The dogs are served water outside.

Harvey’s Bar at Winchester Mansions (Sea Point)

After a walk on the promenade, perch on the verandah with your pooch and let them relax in the shade with a bowl of water.

Kleinsky’s Delicatessen (Seapoint)

This trendy delicatessen offers a taste of New York City in the heart of Seapoint with delicious breakfast and lunch menu. We’ve been told the hot pastrami on rye is the locals’ favourite. Dogs are welcome and water bowls are available on request.

La Belle Café (Mouille Point, Constantia, Camps Bay)

The newest branch of this popular bakery and café is conveniently located on the Mouille Point promenade stretch, next to the Green Point Urban Park. Dogs are allowed to rest in the outdoor area, where they will be given a bowl of water to drink while guests enjoy baked treats and coffee. The Camps Bay and Constantia Branch welcome dogs too.

Leopard Bar at 12 Apostles (Camps Bay)

This grand five-star hotel offers guests the chance to bring along their dogs (under knee-height) for a luxurious getaway filled with plenty of pampering. Unfortunately no pets are allowed at all in the Azure Restaurant during meal times, with the exception for guide dogs, but they are welcome in The Café Grill and Leopard Bar, where they are offered their own delectable menu.  The Bark-a-Licious offering for small dogs includes beef fillet steak with boiled potato wedges and gravy, and ostrich mince with cooked oats, flax seeds, fresh apple and dried cranberries; while The Purrfect Choice menu for cats features delicacies such as salmon trout with scrambled eggs, and poached chicken breast with flaxseeds, potato, garden peas and chicken comsommé.

12 Apostles Dog food. Photo by Janie van der Spuy, Fivestar PR.

12 Apostles Dog food. Photo by Janie van der Spuy, Fivestar PR.

Lighthouse Cafe (Simonstown)

This lovely business is run by husband and wife Brett and Heleene Rathbone in the quaint town of Simonstown. It’s usually filled with locals coming to eat delicious pastas, pizzas and burgers. The owners love dogs and are more then happy for them to be in their restaurant. Should you request a water bowl, they will happily bring one for your pup.

Lime Tree Café (Bergvliet)

This spot for fresh deli items and free-range produce allows dogs outside, where furry friends are greeted with bowls of water.

Lisa’s Restaurant (Milnerton)

Located in the Stodels Lifestyle Centre with a stunning view of Table Mountain, this family-oriented restaurant is pet friendly and will gladly accommodate your well-behaved pooch while you enjoy the laid-back atmosphere. There is also a lovely sunny outdoor playground for children to enjoy.

Maria’s (Gardens)

Dogs roam freely at this sunny Dunkley Square eatery. Bring along well-behaved furry friends and sit outside under the trees while you tuck in to the hearty Greek cuisine (we highly recommend the veg platter for two). Dogs are given bowls of water to drink and sometimes even a meaty lamb bone to keep them occupied. Sociable dogs are also welcome to sit inside.

Massimo’s (Hout Bay)

Massimo is known for being a lover of dogs with his beautiful border collie, Luna, often making an appearance at the restaurant. Diners are welcome to bring their own friendly pooches to sit outside while enjoying the legendary pizzas. Smaller, well-behaved dogs are allowed inside on certain occasions and all pups will be given a bowl of water. For every Luna pizza (topped with tomato, mozzarella, feta, bacon and avo) ordered, R10 will be donated to animal rescue group DARG, and for every margherita ordered, R4 will be donated to the Border Collie Rescue Group.

Massimo's pizza

Massimo’s pizza. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Mykonos Taverna (Sea Point)

This greek inspired restaurant is happy to accommodate dogs on their patio. While you enjoy the moussaka your dog can gaze at the litte church on the oppoite road.

Olympia Cafe and Deli (Kalk Bay)

This quirky, popular cafe is located in the heart of Kalk Bay, where crowds walk up and down the street, enjoying the interesting shops and restaurants on offer. Check out the bakery section to find something to enjoy with your coffee if you’re not staying for a meal. Dogs are welcome, as long as they are well behaved and controlled. Bowls of water are served on request.

Ons Huisie (Bloubergstrand)

A popular sunny spot known for relaxed South African pub fare, Ons Huisie is welcoming to all kinds of dogs in the outdoor seating area. Grassy patches, a beach and a doggie-only drinking fountain will make them feel right at home.


Tanner’s Doggie Bar at Ons Huisie. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Pastis (Constantia)

This french-style restaurant in Groot Constantia is a great place to bring your dogs, who will be welcomed on the terrace as long as they have a leash.

Peddlars & Co. (Constantia)

The staff at this popular spot love giving your dogs extra special treatment with fresh water as soon as they arrive. The sunny terrace is a lovely outdoor spot for guests with dogs, as they are not allowed inside.

The Red Herring Restaurant (Noordhoek)

Dogs are welcomed with bowls of fresh water while their humans relax in the calm courtyard or on the deck, enjoying fantastic views and pizzas, burgers and seafood.

Reverie Social Table (Observatory)

This restaurant, built on the idea of socialising, doesn’t exclude pets. Your furry friends are welcome inside or outside during lunchtime and will be provided with a water bowl and doggie biscuits.

Rhodes Memorial Restaurant (Newlands)

With sweeping views, this tranquil, family-friendly restaurant is the ideal weekend spot. Take your dog for a stroll on a mountain trail before settling down to a wrap, sandwich, salad, or tempting teatime treat. Pets are offered a bowl of water to quench their thirst.

Simon’s at Groot Constantia (Constantia)

You and your pet are spoiled for choice here at Simon’s, where there are several areas available for you to sit outside – close to the vineyeards and fields – with your pet or, in the case of the deli section, inside. There are many doggy bowls on the property for the drinking pleasure of your well-behaved pets. Simon’s is looking into starting a menu for dogs.

SMAK Delicatessen (Cape Town CBD)

This favourite lunch spot of Cape Town office workers also welcomes dogs to both their inside and outside areas. They also supply water bowls for thirsty pooches.

Society Bistro (Gardens)

This popular bistro is located inside a restored Georgian-style home in the City Bowl. The menu changes seasonally. Dogs are very welcome, but only in the outside seating area, so check the weather and availability of tables before heading on over. Water bowls are available on request.

Sotano (Mouille Point)

Situated directly in front of the dog-friendly grassy patch of the promenade, this easy-going Mediterranean eatery will gladly offer your canine a bowl of water and a shady spot to relax as long as you are seated outside. You can look forward to lamb burgers, seafood pastas, tapas and sushi, and live music on Fridays and Sundays for those leisurely sundowners.

Spiros (Hout Bay)

One of the locals’ favourites, this family-friendly restaurant serves authentic Greek cuisine. Enjoy delicious mezze or traditional dishes while the children play in the kiddies’ entertainment room or on the jungle gym. Note that dogs are allowed in the outside seating area only.


Deliciously breakfasts, gourmet lunches as well as snacks and drinks are available at this trendy restaurant run by the organisers of the award-winning Neighbourgoods Market. Dogs are welcome in the restaurant.

The Toad in the Village (Noordhoek)

This welcoming neighbourhood restaurant allows pets outside, provided they’re incredibly well behaved or on a leash. Water bowls are available so you can enjoy a beer with no worries.

Toad on the Road (Lakeside)

Here pets are welcome outside only and strictly when on a leash. With bowls of water set out all around, your best friend will remain hydrated. Feel free to order them a burger patty from the kitchen.

Winelands and greater WC

The Blue Shed Coffee Roastery (Mossel Bay)

Although situated on Bland Street, this coffee shop is anything but. Enjoy a micro-brewed coffee with your furry friend, who is welcome on a leash and can explore anywhere apart from near the machinery.

Gabriëlskloof Restaurant (Caledon)

As well as being family friendly, this stunning restaurant allows dogs on leashes in the outside seating area. The menu is focused on locally sourced ingredients.

Honingklip Brewery and Restaurant (Botrivier)

With expansive lawns and a friendly resident dog, this country-style spot is a happy place for your pet. The food is bistro-style and made to pair with their beers. Items include cheese boards, cold meats, pâtés, pork belly, fish of the day and a range of mussel dishes and sausages.

Kaai 4 (Mossel Bay)

Well-known South African dishes can be enjoyed with your tail-wagging companions so long as they are on a leash and you clean up after them.

Karoux (McGregor)

Take a trip to the small town of McGregor with your canine companion and visit 2016’s Best Country-Style Eatery in the Western Cape. Choose something from the seasonal menu to enjoy in the courtyard accompanied by your pooch, who can sit by your side and enjoy the calm country life. Dogs must be well-behaved and remain on a leash, with only one dog per table allowed.

Al fresco dining at Karoux. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Al fresco dining at Karoux. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Old Cape Café (Gordon’s Bay)

With the beach nearby, you won’t be the only proud pet owner sitting outside on the deck. Have a cocktail and relax with your pet, which should either be on a leash or behave exceptionally well.

Sea Gypsy (Mossel Bay)

While the dogs can’t eat your seafood or drink your wine they can certainly enjoy the treat of the sea view whilst on a leash.

Thirsty Scarecrow (Stellenbosch)

Bring your well-behaved pets here for a lovely seat outside with a view of the Mooiberge Strawberry Farm.

Warwick Gourmet Picnics (Stellenbosch)

Family members and furry friends are welcome at this picturesque wine farm for relaxing picnics under the trees. Dogs should be kept on a leash and be cleaned up after by their owners, and bowls of refreshing water will keep them from going thirsty.

Eastern Cape

Barnacles (Seaview, Port Elizabeth)

Small doggies on a lead are allowed in this rustic venue with its seemingly endless views of rock and sea. Be prepared for some dolphin and whale viewing.

Charlie’s Pizza and Pasta (Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth)

At Charlie’s, traditional wood-fired pizzas can be enjoyed with live entertainment. If the balcony is not too full, your dog can join in on the party.

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