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Dog-friendly restaurants in Cape Town

The Mother City is in no short supply of dog-friendly spots. From leisurely weekend dining to quick morning coffee runs, here’s where your furry friends are more than welcome.

Aegir (Noordhoek)

After a stroll on the beach with your pooch, what’s better than an ice-cold beer? Head to the Aegir Project Brewery for a frosty one and a gourmet boerie roll with your dog at your side. A heads up: Aegir, the brewery’s mascot, also roams around freely, so make sure your dog is happy with other dogs before you head here.

 

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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.

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.

Burger & Lobster (City Bowl) ?

You can still cure your burger or Maine lobster-roll cravings with the dogs in tow at this city bowl spot. Keep them on a lead and perch at one of the sidewalk tables to enjoy the sun.

Available for online bookings on the Eat Out app.

Café Neo (Mouille Point)

Promenade walkers flock to this easygoing 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 the 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.

Available for online bookings on the Eat Out app.

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 your canine friends to this upmarket farm stall and deli. Pets are allowed outside and 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; and 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 they do ask that all pups are kept on a leash so as not to disturb other dining customers.

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.

Company’s Garden (City Bowl)

This spot is popular with families and you can take your fur-child with you. Sit outside under the lush trees with your dog by your side and enjoy the modern South African fare that includes generous sharing platters, serious salads and hearty toasted sandwiches.

Deer Park Café (Vredehoek)

With a large enclosed playground, this Vredehoek local has long been the spot for kids to burn off energy while parents recoup with a frosty beer and something delicious to eat. They’re also known for their doggy hospitality, so bring your furry friend along, on a leash, and you can sit outside with them watching the kids run around.

 

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Die Damhuis (Melkbosstrand)

This beach restaurant is welcoming to all doggos. They even have a dog-friendly menu with meatballs, sirloin with or without a bone, and Cool Dogs ice cream.

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.

Eagle’s Nest (Constantia)

Make your Sunday session a fur-family affair by taking them along to Eagle’s Nest. Spread out on the grassy lawns with a glass of their tasty wine and snack on a large cheese and charcuterie platter, all while your pup has the time of their life running around.

 

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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 its deli and tapas restaurant, welcome furry friends with bowls of water to keep the tails wagging. There’s also a great patch of grass where your pet can roll around and socialise with other dogs.

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 into 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 (Plattekloof)

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

Jason Bakery (Green Point)

Bring along your pups when you score your Saturday-morning doughssant from this buzzing spot. Dogs are allowed inside and outside as long as they’re well behaved.

 

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Jonkershuis (Constantia)

This family-friendly spot extends to include your much-loved (and leashed) dogs in the outside area only, where they will be served water.

Harvey’s Bar at Winchester Mansions (Sea Point) ?

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

Available for online bookings on the Eat Out app.

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Kleinsky’s Delicatessen (Sea Point and City Bowl?

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

Available for online bookings on the Eat Out app.

La Belle Café (Constantia and Camps Bay?

Dogs are allowed to rest in the outdoor area, where they’ll be given a bowl of water to drink while guests enjoy baked treats and coffee. The Camps Bay branch welcomes dogs, too.

Available for online bookings on the Eat Out app.

La Parada (Constantia Nek) ?

Take advantage of sunny weather and pick a table on the large outside veranda, where your furry friends are allowed to rest on a leash. Bowls of fresh water are also replenished for thirsty pups.

Available for online bookings on the Eat Out app.

The sunny outdoor setting at La Parada Constantia Nek. Photo supplied.

Lazari (Vredehoek)

This long-standing neighbourhood gem welcomes the entire family, including the four-legged kind. Well-behaved hounds on leashes are welcome inside, but there’s also outside seating space on the pavement to watch the passing parade. While your dog hangs out, you can tuck into their delicious food, including a perfect eggs Benedict for breakfast, and their famous falafel pita for lunch.

Leopard Bar at 12 Apostles (Camps Bay) ?

This grand five-star hotel offers guests the chance to bring along their dogs (which should be under knee height) for a luxurious getaway filled with plenty of pampering. Unfortunately (with the exception of guide dogs), no pets are allowed in the Azure Restaurant during meal times, but small pooches are welcome in The Café Grill and Leopard Bar, where they’re 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. 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.

? Available for online bookings on the Eat Out app.

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

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

Lime Tree Café (Bergvliet)

This spot serving up 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 on a leash 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 into 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.

 

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Massimo’s (Hout Bay) ?

Massimo is known for being a lover of dogs, with his beautiful Border Collie named 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.

Available for online bookings on the Eat Out app.

Massimo's pizza

Massimo’s pizza. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Olympia Cafe and Deli (Kalk Bay)

This quirky popular café 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’re 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.

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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.

Power & The Glory (Tamboerskloof)

Bring your fur babies along for drinks with friends or a sneaky hotdog at this popular hangout. Your well-behaved dogs are allowed inside and outside.

 

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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.

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 tea-time 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 vineyards 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 also looking into starting a menu for dogs.

A picnic spread at Simon’s at Groot Constantia. Photo supplied.

SMAK Delicatessen (City Bowl) ?

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.

Available for online bookings on the Eat Out app.

 

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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 when you’re seated outside. You can look forward to lamb burgers, seafood pastas, tapas and sushi, as well as live music on Fridays and Sundays for leisurely sundowners.

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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.

Superette (Woodstock)

Deliciously breakfasts, gourmet lunches and 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.

 

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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.

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