Dog-friendly businesses in Santa Cruz County
Dog Friendly Beaches
Spring Dog Festival Sunday May 19, 9AM to 2PM
Soquel High School www.coastaldogs.com Advance tickets
The Spring Dog Festival is a community celebration of dogs in our lives. Filled with contests, interactive sports, demos, booths and our surf dog photo booth, the festival is fun-filled. Proceeds go to dog-oriented charities involved with projects like literacy, low cost spay and neuter, blankets for rescue dogs, humane education, shelter dog enrichment and more.
Note: Dogs are currently allowed in Downtown Santa Cruz if they are licensed and leashed within 3 feet of their handler, not in the presence of more than one other dog. They are not allowed at night and their waste must be cleaned up.
(dog-friendly shops are listed by category in alphabetical order)
Aldo’s Harbor Restaurant
Well-behaved dogs are allowed outside on the deck while wearing a leash. It is preferred that they stay underneath the table. Please do not feed dogs at the restaurant.
INFO: Special summer hours ‘til Labor Day: 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.- 8 p.m. Saturday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. 616 Atlantic Ave., Santa Cruz. 426-3736. www.aldos-cruz.com.
Betty Burgers (Capitola)
Dogs allowed outside on the patio, but must be on a leash. BYOB: Bring your own doggy bowl, however plastic cups are available upon request.
INFO: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 1000 41st Ave., Capitola. 475-5901. www.bettyburgers.com.
Betty Burgers (Seabright)
Identical patio policy and bowl/cup guidelines as the Capitola location.
INFO: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday
and Saturday. 505 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz. 423-8190. Refer to website listed above.
Dogs welcome to dine on the patio and order from a menu prepared to their palates; both the chicken breast and steak are very popular amongst pooches, in addition to dry or wet dog food.
INFO: 3 p.m. bar opens, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. dining room in service Sunday-Thursday, 3 p.m. bar, 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. dining Friday and Saturday. 787 Rio Del Mar Blvd., Aptos. 662-9799. www.bittersweetbistro.com.
Dogs are allowed outside on the patio and don’t have to be on leashes! Bowls are available as well.
INFO: 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Sunday. 8017 Soquel Dr., Aptos. 688-1233. britanniaarmsaptos.com.
Any and all dogs welcome on the patio only, however service dogs can dine indoors. Please limit your dog reservation to ten pooches. A well-liked dish on the doggy-menu is the fresh-roasted turkey.
INFO: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 12 p.m.-3 p.m. and 6 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Saturday. 1016 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. 425-7873. cafelimelight.com.
Re-opened in June and still dog-friendly! Pets must be well-behaved and on leashes while on outside on the patio.
INFO: 3 p.m.-closing Monday-Friday, 12 p.m.-closing Saturday-Sunday (closing around 9 p.m.-10 p.m.). 131 Esplanade, Aptos. 688-8917. caferioaptos.com.
Capitola Book Café
Dogs and their owners are welcome to sit at tables located in an area towards the front of the café, but not inside of the restaurant. Free biscuits!
INFO: 9a.m.-9 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. on Sunday. 1475 41st Ave., Capitola. 462-4415. www.capitolabookcafe.com.
Center Street Grill
Located in the prime downtown area, yet secluded just enough, Center Street Grill offers a large patio for doggie hangouts, although pets are preferred to wear leashes. Water is absolutely available.
INFO: 9:00am - 2:30pm for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, 11:30am -2:30pm for lunch Monday-Saturday, 5:30 p.m.-close for dinner Tuesday-Saturday. 1001 Center St., Santa Cruz. 423-4745. thecenterstreetgrill.com.
Friendly dogs welcome on patio during all hours. Doggy Drive-In, brought to you by Woofers and Walkers, usually airs the second Sunday of every month for the enjoyment of pet owners and pooches alike.
INFO: 11 a.m.-12 a.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-12 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. 1134 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. 429-6994. thecrepeplace.com.
Firefly Coffee House
Dogs are allowed on patios with leash. Very dog friendly atmosphere and depending on whose working they will let dogs inside.
131 Front St Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (831)713-5799 Mon-Sat: 5:30am-6:00pm Sun: 5:30am-4:00pm
Gayle’s Bakery and Rosticceria
Well-behaved dogs are allowed on the patio and must be wearing leashes. Please have them enter from the outside of the store through the gate.
INFO: 6:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday-Sunday. 504 Bay Avenue, Capitola. 462-1200. gaylesbakery.com.
Dogs allowed outside on the patio and on leashes. Doggy bowls are provided, in addition to a doggy-friendly menu. The 12-Inch Bully Stick and Pig’s Ear keep tails wagging and mouths watering.
INFO: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Sunday, 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thurday. 535 7th Ave., Santa Cruz. 475-4948. www.harborcafesantacruz.com.
Java Junction on Seabright
On leashes and preferably outdoors. Lots of bowls available for pooches. Employees even give out turkey once in a while.
INFO: 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Sunday. 519 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz. 423-5282. javajunctioncoffee.com.
Kelly's French Bakery
Pooches must remain outside on the patio and tethered to owners, but that is nothing to be bummed about; Kelly’s outside garden and patio
is quite spacious, numbering about 3,000 square feet. Water is always available, and even guess what else? All of the businesses in the
Swift Street Courtyard are dog-friendly too!
INFO: Open daily 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; open ‘til 8 p.m. on Fridays! 402 Ingalls St., Santa Cruz. 423-9059. kellysfrenchbakery.com.
Polar Bear Ice Cream
We LOVE DOGS here! We have outdoor seating so you can enjoy a scoop with your pup at your side. We provide fresh water and shade.
INFO: 389 Coral Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (831) 425-1108 santacruzpolarbear.com.
Ma Maison Restaurant
This authentic french restaurant has a pet friendly patio serving water and treats. Ask the chef about a doggie menu too!!! No need to worry about uncomfortable weather conditions, patio heaters and umbrellas are available on the patio.
INFO: 9051 Soquel Dr, Aptos, CA, 95003 (831) 688-5566 mamaisonrestaurant.com
Dogs must be on a leash. They enter through a separate gate, not the restaurant, in order to find the “Cocktail Rail” which overlooks the lagoon.
INFO: 11 a.m.-9/9:30p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10/10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 231 Esplanade #101, Capitola. 476-2263. margaritavillecapitola.com.
Marianne's Ice Cream
Welcomes well-behaved dogs and will give them a free "doggie scoop" of their favorite ice cream.
INFO: 10 a.m.-11 p.m Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m-midnight Friday-Saturday. 11 a.m-10 p.m. Sunday. 1020 Ocean St. Santa Cruz. 458-1447
Michael’s on Main
Voted “Best Lunch Restaurant” by Woofers & Walkers! Dogs are preferred outside on the courtside patio. They must be on leashes and with owners. Sometimes they’re allowed in the bar, but never in the dining rooms. House Smoked Turkey with Beef Gravy, Bully Sticks, and Pig’s Ears are quite popular treats on the doggy menu.
INFO: 11:30 a.m.-late Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-late Saturday-Sunday. 2591 Main St., Soquel. 479-9777. michaelsonmain.net.
Ma Maison Restaurant
Has a pet friendly patio serving water and treats. Ask the chef about a doggie menu. There are Patio Heaters with Patio Umbrellas for lunch or dinner. Authentic French cuisine.
INFO: 9051 Soquel Drive Aptos, CA 95003 (831) 688-5566
Palapas restaurant and Cantina
Small dogs are allowed in restaurant patios, big dogs are allowed in outdoor patios and service dogs are allowed inside. Dogs must be on a leash.
21 Seascape Vig, Aptos, CA 95003 palapasrestaurant.com (831) 662-9000
Pono Hawaiian Grill In the Cypress Lounge
Dogs welcome to dine on the largest tropical outdoor patio in downtown Santa Cruz and order from a menu prepared to their palates; both the chicken breast and ground grilled grass fed beef are very popular amongst the ‘Ilio (Dog in Hawaiian) , in addition to dry or wet dog food. Fresh bowl of wai (water) is included. Dog and owners come thru our back gate and bring your doggy in and tie them up. Come to front counter to order and your done!
INFO: Open 11 am daily, 120 Union Street, Santa Cruz 831.426.PONO www.ponohawaiiangrill.com
Red Apple Café
Dogs able to hang out on the patio with a leash. No doggy menu, however the bacon is a popular item that dog owners order for their pets. Water is provided in bowls as well.
INFO: 7 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday-Sunday. 783 Rio Del Mar Blvd. #15, Aptos. 685-1224. redappleaptos.com.
Redwood Craft Bed and Breakfast
Dogs are allowed, very dog friendly.
INFO: 275 Northwest Dr. Bonny Doon, CA 95060 redcraft.com (831) 458-1939
Welcomes leashed dogs on their big sunny front porch.
INFO: 7:30 a.m- 2:30 p.m Monday-Sunday. 6560 Hwy 9, Felton, CA, 95018. (831) 335-4637
Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery
Dogs can be indoors and outdoors. However, they must be on a leash.
INFO: 402 Ingalls St #27 Santa Cruz CA 95060 (831)425- 49004 santacruzmountainbrewing.com
Seabright Brewery Pub and Restaurant
Dogs must wear leashes and be friendly with other dogs. Allowed on the patio only. It is recommended that pooches come in through the side gate, rather than through the main restaurant.
INFO: 11:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Monday-Sunday. 519 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz. 426-2739. seabrightbrewery.com.
Allowed on the patio while owners enjoy terrific thai food.
INFO: 210 Monterey Ave. #3 Capitola, CA 95010 (831) 479-8985
The Walnut Avenue Cafe
Located in downtown Santa Cruz welcomes all dogs with well behaved owners on our outdoor patio. Special doggie menu too!
INFO: 106 Walnut Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3913 (831) 457-2307
Mon-Fri: 7:00am-3:00pm Sat-Sun: 8:00am-4:00pm Breakfast all day, lunch after 11:00am
Westside Hardware (Ace)
Dogs are allowed to shop with owners and leashes are not obligatory!
INFO: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday. 849 Almar Ave. # D, Santa Cruz. 426-7650. acehardware.com.
On a leash with owners. Dogs must be as respectful as the other art viewers.
INFO: 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. 1368 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. 423-8183. artisanssantacruz.com.
Dogs are allowed on leash, well behaved and must be supervised at all times.
INFO: 6996 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 (831)706-2101
Dogs allowed throughout the entire store, as long as they are on leashes.
INFO: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. 1527 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz. 426-1351. chefworks-santacruz.com.
A puppy play place! Owner Lydia always has her dog at the store, in addition to other employees once in a while. They sell eco-friendly dog treats and compostable doggie bags, toys made from natural materials and non-toxic materials such as fire hoses. Locally and organically made doggie treats from Luckydogs Bakery are available in four flavors.
INFO: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 1122 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. 423-7200.
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Rule says there is no dogs allowed, but is rule is not enforced:-)
INFO: 2600 41st Avenue Soquel, CA 95073 (831) 462-5650
Judi Wyant Antiques
Dogs are allowed only if well behaved and on a leash because there is a lot of glass and fragile antiques.
INFO: 1532 Pacific Ave. Santa Cruz CA 95060 Mon-Sun: 11:00am-6:00pm (831) 426-3215
La Sirena antiques and gifts
Allows dog in store if well behaved. Very fragile antiques and welcomes any kind of dogs as store also has an outdoor patio where dogs can wait if they are not as well trained.
500 Highway One, Davenport, CA 95017 (831)427-2766 Open Mon-Sun: 10:00am-5:00pm
Dogs are allowed as long as they are on a leash.
INFO: 1117 Pacific Ave Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (831)427-5100 Mon-Thur, Sun: 10:00am-10:00pm Frid-Sat: 10:00am-11:00pm
Dogs of any size are welcome to peruse the store with their owners, as long as they’re not rowdy and running into merchandise. Water is always available for pooches upon request!
INFO: 12 p.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 12 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. 204 Church St., Santa Cruz. 466-9870 purepleasureshop.com.
Riverside Lighting and Electric
Always welcomes dogs, cats, birds,rats and even well behaved people.
INFO: 300 Soquel Ave Santa Cruz, CA 95062 (831) 423-7411 open 7 days a week.
Saffron and Genevieve
Scarlett’s pooch policy is as simple as this: “I trust my customers to know their dogs.” Dogs are not required to wear leashes, but friendly and respectful of the store’s gorgeous goods are a must.
INFO: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. 910B Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. 462-4506. saffronandgenevieve.com.
Woodworm Party Store
Both stores are very dog friendly. The Bay Ave location even lets a "puppy class" come through when they need the practice!
1118 Ocean Street Santa Cruz (831) 471-2212
827 Bay Avenue Capitola (831) 462-0455
The Bay Front Inn
Although leashes are highly recommended on site, The Bay Front Inn is merely minutes away from the off-leash dog beach on Westcliff! There is a $25 pet fee for the first night (it is a flat rate for however many pets you have), with an additional $5 each day afterwards. There is also a small pet area on the property equipped with a doggie bag dispenser; ideal for exercising and lounging with your pooch!
INFO: 325 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. 423-8564. santacruzbayfrontinn.com.
Chaminade Resort and Spa
This high-end resort mostly accepts small dogs and there is a $75.00 daily fee per pooch. They must stay on leashes throughout the property, but there is a lovely lawn for owners to walk their dogs, in addition to a separate building for guests with pets. Guests receive a welcome-gift of dog treats for their pets during check-in, and are able to dine out on the terrace and patio with their dog. Water bowls are provided, in addition to treats!
INFO: Linwood’s Bar and Grill hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Sunday, Sunset Restaurant hours are 7 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m. most days. 1 Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz. 475-5600. chaminade.com.
Motel Santa Cruz
Dogs are allowed with an extra fee, usually only on first or second floor.
370 Ocean Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060 motelsantacruz.net (831) 458-9220
Sunny Cove Motel
Dogs are allowed with an extra charge
21610 E. Cliff drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 (831) 475-1741
Hilton (Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley)
Finally, a place for doggie slumber parties! Pets must be on leashes in all areas and cannot be left alone in rooms. There is a $50 charge added if a pet joins you during your stay, and up to two dogs are allowed per room. Beds and bowls are available upon request.
INFO: 6001 La Madrona Dr., Santa Cruz. 440-1000. santacruzscottsvalley.hilton.com.
Santa Cruz cage-free Mini Dog Daycare and grooming center. webisite.
115 Surfside Avenue Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (831) 818-3300
Scotts Valley Dog Park
361 Kings Village Rd., Scotts Valley, CA 95066
Something to woof home about: SVDP’s doggie pools (made out of plastic) and its very busy, friendly atmosphere. Also, your pooch can pick on someone its own size, since there are two play areas: one for smaller dogs and one for larger ones.
In the doghouse: watch out for dirty paws before the car ride home—lots of dirt here.
more information > Video: Pugs at Scotts Valley Dog Park >
Frederick Street Park
168 Frederick St, Santa Cruz, CA 95067
Something to woof home about: shade and greenery galore! Choose between lounging on a grassy knoll with your pet or taking a gander into the yacht harbor—or both! There is a designated off-leash area marked by signs and a split rail fence. Self-serve doggie bag station is available.
In the doghouse: slim pickings in the parking department.
Aptos Dog Park The Polo Grounds
2255 Huntington Ave, Aptos, CA 95003
Something to woof home about: this place is always busy! Tons of future friends are awaiting your pup! Worried about nearby water sources? Don’t be—they’re as plentiful as waterfalls.
In the doghouse: dirty paws and not enough sitting opportunities and shade.
more information > Video: Pug play date >
Watsonville Dog Park
757 Green Valley Road Watsonville, CA more information >
Something to woof home about: tons of areas to sit in the shade, on the side for small dogs. Pinto Lake Park is on-site as well—truly a sight for sore eyes!
In the doghouse: the big-dog side is not as verdant, there are not too many opportunities for man’s best friend to make friends—not a very busy park, and there are a lack of signs.
Franich Dog Park
795 Vista Montana Dr., Watsonville, CA 95076
Something to woof home about: safe and sound for your hound—located near Ann Soldo Elementary, with two sides according to dog size and water sources.
In the doghouse: if you and/or your pet suffer from claustrophobia, you may not be a fan of the fences.
850 Branciforte Dr., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Something to woof home about: Designated off-leash times are sunrise to sunset located from the service road gate to the end of the sand pit service trail into Lower DeLaveaga Park. Self serve doggie bag station can be found available. Come and enjoy a fun hike through this beautiful park.
In the doghouse: There are designated off-leash areas, the rest of the park requrests that dogs stay on a leash. This park is also more of a hiking trail with trees than an actual park.
Grant Street Park
180 Grant Street, CA 95060
Something to woof about: Designated off leash times are sunrise to sunset. Self serve doggie bag station available.
In the doghouse: This park has nice features such as a nice playground for kids but unfortunately has a reputation for being a little less nice than the other parks.
102 Oceanview Avenue, CA 95067
Something to woof about: Designated off leash times are from sunrise to sunset located at both ends of the large turf area (clearly marked). Self serve doggie bag station available. This is a very family oriented park located in a nice neighborhood.
In the doghouse: Parking is limited to the street.
University Terrace Park:
369 Meder Street, CA 95060
Something to woof about: Designated off leash times are sunrise to sunset located at the second entrance at obel Drie and Meder Street. Self-serve dog bag station available. This is a clean park good for the whole family!
In the doghouse: This park is mostly fenced off. If you are not a fan of fences, this is not the park for you.
Pacheco Dog Park
Pacheco Avenue and Prospect Heights, CA
Something to woof about: Designated off leash times are sunrise ot sunset Located at Pacheco Avenue and Prospect Heights. Self-serve doggie bag station available.
In the doghouse: This is a small park that is completely fenced off.
38th Street near East Cliff
This is not an official dog park but is set up to entertain pooches with a fence separating the grass from the street and children's play area. As a bonus you can easily walk along the new Pleasure Point promenade before or after throwing the ball.
Dog Friendly Beaches
This beautiful beach is surrounded by high bluffs and cliff trails. Leashes are required. To get to the beach from Santa Cruz, head north on Hwy 1 for about 10 miles. INFO: Hwy 1 Davenport, CA
East Cliff Coast Access Points
There are many small dog-friendly beaches and coastal access points that stretch along East Cliff Drive between 12th Avenue to 41st Avenue. Open daily, sunrise to sunset. INFO: East Cliff Coast Access Points East Cliff Drive Santa Cruz, CA
Although this is a small beach, “Its beach” is a popular beach on west Cliff Drive west of Lighthouse Point. Dogs must be on leash at all times.
INFO: West Cliff Drive Santa Cruz, CA
Rio Del Mar Beach
Dogs on leash are allowed. Located just south of the Santa Cruz beach Boardwalk.
INFO: Rio Del Mar Aptos, CA
Manresa State Beach
Dogs are allowed on leashes. Features a beautiful expanse of sea and sand, great for fishing, surfing and recreation. INFO: San Andreas Road Manresa, CA
Mitchell’s Cove Beach
Dogs do not need to be on a leash between sunrise and 10 am and they also do not need to be on a leash from 4 pm to sunset. They must be on-leash during other hours.
INFO: West Cliff Drive at Almar, Santa Cruz, CA
Dogs are allowed on leash. Fire rings are available for beach bonfires. It is open from sunrise to sunset. INFO: Seabright Ave Santa Cruz, CA
Dogs are allowed anytime on leash. However rule is not enforced. INFO: 1 Seascape Resort Drive, Aptos, CA, 95003
Twin Lakes State Beach
Dogs are allowed on leash. This beach is most popular for swimming and picnicking, Due to its location at the entrance of Schwann Lake, this beach is one of the area's warmest beaches. Schwann Lake has been known to be a good place for bird watching. It is open from sunrise to sunset. INFO: East Cliff Drive Santa Cruz, CA
Welcomes all dogs and their owners when they have their car serviced. They are always welcome to have doggie biscuits and water in our waiting area, or enjoy a nice walk in the Seabright neighborhood, even head over to the off-leash Frederick Street park while waiting for your car to be done.
INFO: 1025 Water Street, (831) 466-3123. AdvancedAutoSantaCuz.com
Alfaro Family Vineyards
Come bring your dogs to taste the award-winning Estate grown and bottled Chardonay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Syrah. Well-behaved dogs are welcome in tasting rooms and outdoor picnic areas. Doggie treats available upon request too!
INFO: Tasting room open Saturdays 12-5pm, (831) 728 5172, www.alfarowine.com
Tiki Cab Company
Dogs love to ride in our open air bicycle taxis for the same reason they love sticking their noses out of car windows. Dogs must be accompanied by owners, and we don't accept Milk Bones as payment.
INFO: we serve the city of Capitola all summer long, all day Fri., Sat., Sun., and Wed. evenings. (831) 212-1718. www.tikicab.com.
Woofers and Walkers, created back in 2008 by Whitney Wilde has over 300 members. Every Sunday, these members and their dogs walk in packs and then dine somewhere dog-friendly. We have teamed up with The Crepe Place to air the monthly Doggie Drive-In: dog-themed movies and other events. See more at woofersandwalkers.com.
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