With the workweek demanding so much of our time and attention, weekends become prime pet lovin’ time. And with Cape Town’s incredible number and diversity of restaurants, cafés, bakeries, and delis allowing well-behaved pups onto their premises, dog-owners don’t need to leave their furry family members behind every time they fancy a restaurant meal. Here are 10 dog-friendly restaurants in Cape Town that provide a welcome environment, water, treats, and even menus for our fuzzy family members.
The Foodbarn in Noordhoek is the perfect place for a little casual fine dining after taking your pooch for a run on the beach. This country-feel restaurant, which is literally a converted barn, is full of character and has an expansive grassy area where dogs can play. There’s water and treats for your pet and, for you, wine and a stunning menu of fine cuisine.
La Belle Café & Bakery
If the thought of warm cakes, delicious pastries, and sweet desserts warms the cockles of your heart, La Belle Café and Bakery is an absolute must-visit. This Parisian-style café is located in the verdant, up-market, and rather historic suburb of Constantia. Here, dogs are most welcome at the tables in the outside areas and are provided with water bowls.
Also on the menu (for you) are breakfasts and light meals and the deli is a food-lover’s paradise, offering a smorgasbord of cheeses, preserves, confectionaries, condiments, and more.
Where: The Alphen Boutique Hotel, Alphen Drive, Constantia
Contact: 021 795 6336
With its breath-taking views of Table Mountain and Robben Island across the bay, Ons Huisie is a stunning restaurant that backs up its aesthetics with a mouth-watering seafood menu. The outdoor seating area is very large and welcomes dog owners, making it a perfect place to indulge in a hearty lunch post-beach stroll. Prices are reasonable and the wind doesn’t seem to be a problem here, which is a fabulous benefit given the usually windy location. For the pets, there is a special water fountain for them to drink from.
Where: Stadler Road, Bloubergstrand
Contact: 021 554 1553
Pastis Brasserie is a French restaurant located alongside the vineyards of the world-renowned and picturesque Groot Constantia wine estate in Constantia. Here, there is always some special going on, for example: half-price breakfasts until 12:00 on weekdays and 10:30am on weekends during the off-peak season. Pastis Brasserie maintains a tradition of “hearty meals with French flair at affordable, local prices”, making this charming restaurant a firm local favourite. Even better, dogs are allowed in the outside area, while small dogs can be invited inside to sit on your lap during the colder months.
Where: Shop 12, High Constantia Centre, Constantia Main Road, Constantia
Contact: 021 794 8334
12 Apostles Hotel
The luxurious 12 Apostles Hotel and its eateries – The Café Grill, Leopard Bar, Conservatory, and Azure Restaurant – deliver food that is of an exceptional standard. But more than the world-class cuisine, opulent décor, and stunning ocean views, is the fact that this establishment has a special menu for dogs, which is the brainchild of Executive Chef Christo Pretorius and the Panorama Veterinary Clinic & Specialist Centre. Featuring beef fillet steak, lamb burger, poached chicken breast, ostrich mince, and salmon trout, your pampered pooch will eat like a king (or queen) for the day!
Where: Victoria Street, Camps Bay
Contact: 021 437 9029
The Red Herring
With a bar named after a legendary local Jack Russell (Skebangas pub), you can trust that The Red Herring will make your four-legged friends feel extra welcome. The restaurant itself, which is a veritable institution, has recently been renovated and refurbished and has a large courtyard and seating area where you can bring your dogs (water bowls provided).
The upper decks afford stunning views and you’ll find some of Cape Town’s very best pizza on its reasonably priced menu. The Red Herring’s new, sophisticated bar area is also the perfect spot to enjoy tapas, canapés, and cocktails with a partner!
Where: Beach Road, Chapman’s Peak, Noordhoek
Contact: 021 789 1783
Rhodes Memorial Restaurant & Tea Garden
The Rhodes Memorial Restaurant & Tea Garden has, for many years, provided people with the motivation they need to complete the hike up from Newlands forest. With the promise of a hearty breakfast or a delicious lunch at the end of all the strenuous activities, this venue has successfully persuaded many a hiker from turning back early. And with a large outdoor seating area (with spectacular views over the entirety of Cape Town) where dogs are welcome, it’s the perfect conclusion to a calf-busting dog walk. Treats are provided from a giant doggie-biscuit jar.
Where: Rhodes Avenue, Mowbray
Contact: 021 687 0000
The Gardener’s Cottage, Montebello Estate
Since 1993, The Gardener’s Cottage has been serving up delectable breakfasts, light meals, and lunches in a beautiful, green outdoor setting. This venue is actually the original living quarters of the gatekeeper to the old Montebello Estate so there’s a palpable air of history here that’s impossible to recreate. Pets on leashes are welcome to accompany guests at the outside tables or on the veranda.
Where: 31 Newlands Avenue, Newlands
Contact: 021 689 3158
Café Paradiso is another jewel in Madame Zingara’s extravagant tiara of eateries in Cape Town. This restaurant is perfect for families, which, of course, means both children and dogs. The large garden, small courtyard, and balconies offer plenty of space for kids to play and dogs to hang out, although the courtyard can get pretty full so make sure you book in advance. The food is, in the tradition of Madame Zingara’s, always spectacular so this one is well worth a visit for those who love taking their dogs along with them.
Where: 110 Kloof Street, Gardens
Contact: 021 423 8653
The Bootlegger Coffee Company
With branches in Bakoven, Seapoint, Kalk Bay, Muizenberg, and many more around the Mother City, The Bootlegger Coffee Company is the perfect spot to stop for a coffee whilst out walking your dog. Their menu, which only uses fresh farm produce, offers all the usual comforts we expect from a great breakfast or lunch and dogs are welcome to accompany you at your table, both inside and out.
Where: Several branches all over Cape Town and more coming soon!
Fun car travel for your pooch
Spoiling your dog with an excursion and perhaps a meaty meal at one of these dog-friendly restaurants in Cape Town is something we do because we love our fur children and consider them family. It’s the getting to and from these venues that can be a little tricky, especially if your pet is a bit of a nervous passenger. The Woof Seat from Ora Pets is the solution to travelling with your dog in the car. This seat is designed for small to medium-sized dogs up to 20kgs in weight. Handcrafted and produced with locally sourced materials, each Woof Seat comes with a highly durable foam inner which provides extra comfort, a raised view point for watching traffic, also perfect for sitting, lying down and napping.
Walks, day trips and adventures out mean lots of happy and dirty paws in the car and for that reason Woof Seats premium Bull Denim covers are removable and washable. Each Woof Seat can be secured in your car by using the seatbelt. Woof Seat Clips are sold separately and designed to help comfortably restrain your dog while in their seat. Ora Pets are changing the way you travel with your dog. Woof Seats are available via www.woofseat.com or Takealot.com. Go ahead and make your dog’s day!
More dog-friendly restaurants in Cape Town:
Blonde & Beard: 25 Balmoral Building, Beach Road, Muizenberg
Massimo’s: Oakhurst Farm Park, Main Road, Hout Bay
Lighthouse Café: 90 St Georges Street, Simon’s Town
Olympia Café Deli: 134 Windsor Road and Main Road, Kalk Bay
Maria’s Greek Café and Restaurant: 31 Barnet Street, Dunkley Square, Gardens
The Company Garden Restaurant: 15 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town CBD
Lazari Café: Corner of Upper Maynard and Vredehoek Avenue, Vredehoek
Forester’s Arms Pub: 52 Newlands Avenue, Newlands
Villa 47: 47 Bree Street, Cape Town City Centre
The Backyard Restaurant: 72 Regent Road, Sea Point
Café Neo: 129 Beach Road, Mouille Point (dogs allowed indoors)
Suikerbossie: 1 Victoria Drive, Hout Bay
Deerpark Café: 2 Deerpark Drive, Vredehoek
Peddlars & Co: 32 Spaanschemat River Road & Brounger Road, Deurdrif
Sotano: 121 Beach Road, Mouille Point
Chardonnay Deli: 87 Constantia Main Road, Constantia
Root 44 Market: Audacia Wine Estate, Stellenbosch
Just Sushi: Simons Town Road, Street. George’s Street
Societi Bistro: 50 Orange Street, Gardens
Duchess of Wisbeach: 3 Wisbeach Road, Sea Point
Maggie’s Café: 49 Main Road, Green Point