Finally Legalized: Californian Dogs Welcome at Outdoor Restaurants

Bone Appetit! Doggie dining has tails wagging.

By | Posted: August 25, 2014, 8 a.m. PST

Last week Calif. Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that allows restaurants with patios to welcome dogs for outdoor dining, as long as they stay on the ground and are on leash at all times. Walking down a typical restaurant-lined street in San Francisco or Venice Beach, you would never know that this was illegal up until now. Even though you often see people breaking these rules, with many restaurants claiming to be "dog-friendly" dogs were allowed to be just outside of the patio space, within reach of their owners.  

Dog at a table


There are limitations to this law. Local jurisdictions are still allowed to ban dogs from restaurants if they choose. It also does not permit owners to bring their dogs to any outdoor eatery: it is the individual restaurant’s choice if they wish to welcome dogs. Dog owners are also required by law to clean up after their pet if they make a mess at their table. There also must be a separate entrance into the outdoor eating area, meaning dogs cannot enter through the main entrance.

dogs dining in california


If dogs are now legally welcome at restaurants, they are technically customers as well. How long until Californians look past the Kid’s Menu to find the Dog’s Menu? And before you think we are joking, we should mention that a few Calif. dining spots already offer dog-friendly snacks. The new law will go into effect next year.

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