Pups are people, too. Right? Which is why they’re welcome at these pet-friendly eateries.
Tired of having to leave Rex at home every time you eat out? Don’t fret. We’ve rounded up some Rover-friendly restaurants where pooches are welcome. (As always, if we’ve left anything out, please add it in the comments below.)
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What The Foodbarn’s Fido-friendly country setting is just one of the reasons we love coming here (Franck’s food is another). As well as providing water and treats to keep your pooch happy and sated, the restaurant also has a grassy outdoor area where dogs can play while their owners enjoy some of the finest cuisine in Cape Town.
Contact 021 789 1390, email@example.com
Location Noordhoek Farm Village, Corner Village Lane and Noordhoek Main Road, Noordhoek
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Where Hout Bay
What Luna, the owners’ border collie, is a bit of a celebrity at this cosy pizzeria. She even has a pizza named after her, and for every Luna pizza ordered, the restaurant donates R10 to DARG (Domestic Animal Rescue Group). Visiting dogs are provided with a bowl of water while they wait for their owners outside, though they may be allowed inside if they’re well behaved.
Contact 021 790 5648, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location Oakhurst Farm Park, Main Rd, Hout Bay, Cape Town
3. Lighthouse Café
Where Simon’s Town
What There’s plenty for your canine companion to love about the peaceful seaside getaway of Simon’s Town – just ask Just Nuisance – and The Lighthouse Café is one of them. The presence of pets enhances the eatery’s warm hospitality.
Contact: 021 786 9000
Location: 90 St Georges Street, Simon’s Town, Cape Town
4. Olympia Cafe
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Where Kalk Bay
What The food is fresh, and so is the sea air, at this dog-friendly deli-restaurant-bakery on Kalk Bay’s main drag – which makes it the perfect place to take your pawed pal after a walk along the beach.
Contact: 021 788 6396
Location: 134 Windsor Road and Main Road, Kalk Bay
5. Maria’s Greek Café and Restaurant
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What This traditional Greek taverna spills onto a cobbled piazza, where dogs mingle freely with diners. Water is provided – and even the odd lamb bone – so your four-legged friend can appreciate the tasty Mediterranean cuisine and laid-back vibe while you do the same.
Contact: 021 461 3333, email@example.com
Location: 31 Barnet Street, Dunkley Square, Gardens
6. Café Paradiso
Where Kloof Street
What One of Madame Zingara’s charming restaurants, Café Paradiso entices diners with the aroma of baking bread and a charming garden and courtyard, where pooches can run around while you enjoy your meal.
Please note The garden is closed when the southeaster is blowing a gale, and the courtyard can not accommodate too many dogs, so call ahead to book if you want to bring your pet.
Contact 021 423 8653, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location Café Paradiso
7. Company’s Garden Restaurant
What Another of Madame Zingara’s restaurant, this unique eatery is a haven of tranquility amid the bustle of Cape Town central. It has a giant chessboard, large, hanging weaved-nest chairs for lounging in, as well as open green spaces where you and your canine friends can run free.
Contact 021 423 2919, email@example.com
Location The Company’s Garden Restaurant
8. Lazari Café
What Simple yet delicious food is what has made this cosy café one of Capetonians’ favourite eateries. It serves all-day breakfasts, specially created dishes to accommodate your dietary requirements, picnic baskets and all kinds of baked goodies. If your pooch is well behaved, he too can enjoy the serene atmosphere of Lazari Café.
Contact 021 461 9865, firstname.lastname@example.org
9. Forester’s Arms
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What One of the oldest bars in the country (founded in 1852), this is where rugger-buggers head to watch sport on the big screens while glugging down a brewski, while their pooches guzzle water – on the house, of course.
Contact 021 689 5949, email@example.com
Location 52 Newlands Ave, Newlands, Cape Town
These restaurants also welcome pooches:
- Loco Lounge, Claremont
- Villa 47, Bree Street
- The Backyard Restaurant, Sea Point
- Cascades on the Promenade, Sea Point
- Cafe Neo, Mouille Point (dogs allowed indoors)
- Bootlegger Coffee Company, Bantry Bay, Kenilworth and Sea Point (dogs allowed indoors)
- Leopard Bar at 12 Apostles, Camps Bay (small dogs only)
- Cafe Mozart, City Bowl
- La Belle Restaurant, Mouille Point, Constantia
- Lisa’s Restaurant, Milnerton
- On a Roll, Mowbray
- Red Herring Restaurant, Noordhoek
- Rhodes Memorial Restaurant and Tea Garden, Newlands
- Deerpark Café, Vredehoek
- Dune’s Beach Restaurant and Bar, Hout Bay
- Ons Huisie, Bloubergstrand
- Chardonnay Deli, Constantia
- Peddlars & Co, Constantia
- Sotano, Mouille Point
- Just Sushi, Simon’s Town
- Root 44 Market, Stellenbosch
- Tasha’s, Constantia
- Yo! Meatball, Cape Town Central (dogs get a free meatball)
- Societi Bistro, Gardens
- Duchess of Wisbeach, Sea Point
- Maggie’s Cafe, Greenpoint
- Suikerbossie, Hout Bay
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