Pet-Friendly San Francisco: Hotels, Restaurants, and Hikes

April 22, 2022

Spellbinding natural scenery, an abundance of green space, and a friendly attitude towards furry friends make the Golden Gate City a welcome reprieve for owners traveling with pets in tow.

Follow along as we take you through the best pet-friendly spots in San Francisco, CA.

From the vivid hues of the Painted Ladies to thrilling cable car rides, there is no reason Fido shouldn’t partake in all the glory of the Bay Area. Discover the locale known as ‘Doggy Disneyland,’ hike among the towering Redwoods, or play fetch in grassy dog parks.

Whether you have your eye on luxurious Union Square lodgings or want to raise a glass of Californian Red on a pup-friendly patio, we've got you covered.

Read on to uncover the best pet-friendly hotels, hikes, and restaurants in San Francisco!

Pet-Friendly Hotels

Hotel Nikko San Francisco

Ride a classic cable car, stroll through Fisherman’s Wharf, or stuff yourself silly with dim sum in Chinatown. Revel in every ounce of Golden City charm when you treat yourself to a stay at Hotel Nikko San Francisco. Amp up the self-care with some serious R&R in a Forbes Four-Star rated room complete with elegant Japanese-inspired decor, plush amenities, and a Subarashi Yume,(pillow-top bed).

Heed your desire for the freshest nigiri and sashimi with a splashy sushi night at Anzu, or swim laps in their 15-meter swimming pool. Widely regarded as one of the most pet-friendly hotels in San Francisco, Hotel Nikko has dedicated an entire floor to furry friends.

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Buster can work out his zoomies on their pet terrace with a dog walk and receive a doggie bed, food and water bowls, and mat with the purchase of a Pet Pride Package.

Hotel Spero

Palatial suites peppered with modern art, fine linens, and glass-enclosed showers come together at Hotel Spero. Delight in stylish geometric accents and Spanish tiling at this top-ranked hotel. Lauded by Conde Nast Traveler, Hotel Spero marries a unique design sensibility with the vivid history of the Golden Gate City.

Keep up with your inbox as you work at the Jarvis’ Corner space, or explore nearby Union Square. Dine on innovative American cuisine, handcrafted cocktails, and over 18 locally brewed beers at Jasper’s Corner Tap and Kitchen. Stroll through the verdant Yerba Buena Gardens just a few blocks away to relive Spot.

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Curious cats and dogs can spend the night at Spero for a $75 fee that includes treats, use of dog beds, and pet waste disposal bags.

The hotel kindly asks that pets be kept leashed or in a carrier at all times while outside of your room.  

The Marker 

Heading to San Fran with a number of dogs or cats? Cue up some high-end elegance and vivid bohemian style with a respite at one of Conde Nast Traveler’s top hotels. The Marker effortlessly mixes cultural history, modern comforts, and eye-catching accents with their over 200 impeccably renovated guest rooms.

Sleep like an angel in a corner one-bedroom suite with a soaking tub, or stop by their modern Italian Trattoria for a pizza and bottle of Chianti. Your fluffy BFFs will feel like true VIPs as they are welcomed upon check-in with special amenities, including treats, bowls, and more.

Each pet will require a $75 fee and a signed pet agreement. 

photo credit: The Marker San Francisco

Hotel Abri

Boutique amenities, personalized service, and a cozy lobby make the Hotel Abri a welcome respite for weary travellers. Indulge your inner child as you wander over to the nearby Museum of Ice Cream, or perhaps sneak in a spellbinding show at the San Francisco Playhouse, or the Marrakech Magic Theater.

Take advantage of free Union Square parking or unlimited in and out valet services. Planning a picnic in Pioneer Park, or just feeling a bit peckish before lunch? Stock up on snacks, fruit, and even wine at Abri’s convenient Grab & Go shop. Work comfortably from your room utilizing the generous work desk, or simply lounge about in a plush robe. 

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Check-in with your furry friend at your side, as pooches up to 60 lb can be accommodated for a $75 fee.

Club Quarters, San Francisco, Embarcadero

Comfort, convenience, and plenty of class make this Club Quarters Hotel an A+ pick for picky vacationers. Club Quarters, San Francisco, Embarcadero combines business acumen and bly style with winning results. Put the finishing touches on your presentation in the cozy Club Living Room as you enjoy lightning-fast wifi, complimentary coffee, and Mac/PC workstations.

Fulfill your every foodie desire as you meander through nearby Union Square, Chinatown, and Little Italy. Or treat yourself to some mouthwatering local seafood at the on-site farm-to-table restaurant, Fish & Farm. Catch up on your Netflix queue with the Smart TVs stationed in each room, or sneak in a quick workout at the 24-hour fitness center.

Staying with a furry friend? Club Quarters will pamper your BFF as well with luxury dog beds, leashes, treats, and more as part of their CQ Paws Program. Hotel guests are allowed up to two dogs per room, of 50 pounds or less at no extra charge.

Human-Friendly Activities

While your pooch is getting a five-star Rover walk or relishing a canine massage, make sure you make time to soak in the specialties of the Golden Gate City.

Dare to step foot inside the state’s most infamous prison when you set sail for ‘the Rock’ and explore Fishermen’s Wharf, Pier 39, and more on a San Francisco City Tour with Alcatraz.

Pose for selfies, and ham it up with your favorite A-list actors, athletes, and singers at Madame Tussauds. Waddling penguins, vibrant butterflies, a four-story rainforest, and over 40,000 creatures come together to make the California Academy of Sciences a must-see for any animal lover.

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Pick your jaw up from the ground as you absorb awe-inspiring aerial views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Crissy Field, Downtown San Francisco, and more on a 30-minute seaplane Golden Gate Tour.

Push the pedal to the metal when you strengthen those quads and savor the sights of Ghirardelli Square, Fort Mason, the Marina District, Crissy Fields, and Sausalito on a Golden Gate Bridge Bike Tour.

Pet-Friendly San Francisco Restaurants

Hook Fish Co.

Sustainably sourced seafood with plenty of space for Spot, yes, please! San Fran locals and visitors alike flock to Hook Fish Co. for a laid-back atmosphere and the lushest fish and chips. In addition, as per California state law, restaurants with outdoor seating (like Hook Fish Co.) can allow non-service dogs at the owner's discretion.

Luckily, Hook’s is all too happy to provide unbeatable fish burritos, tacos, ceviche, and comfort to your critter. With locations in both San Francisco and Mill Valley, Hook’s warm ambiance and locally bottled beers might make it your new weekday go-to.

Delarosa

Reward Rover and yourself after a sun-soaked day of hiking and beaching at Crissy Field with a mouthwatering Roman-style pie. Eat your fill of pizza, antipasti, and wine when you head to the Marina location of Delarosa.

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Renowned for its thinner, crispier style of pizza, this Italian eatery has been serving up burrata bruschetta, pappardelle, and more for over a decade.

All three of Delarosa’s San Francisco locations offer indoor and outdoor dining. So snuggle up on the patio for a spicy Oaxacan negroni and debate which pizza to try first. Keep it spicy with the hot salami, coppa, provolone, marinara sauce, and diavolicchio or opt for the classic margherita. 

The Mill

After you’ve snapped your obligatory selfie at the Painted Ladies, scoot on over to The Mill with your mutt. Bright and airy, this Golden Gate City mainstay is beloved for its fantastic coffee and freshly made bread. Grab an alfresco seat and dig into an avocado mash or egg in the hole on country bread.

Sip on a Four Barrel Coffee latte, and pick up some sweet treats. Sample their tahini chocolate chip and pistachio butter cookies and add on a hearty loaf of ‘adventure bread’ for later.

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Chock full of oats, almonds, sunflower, sesame, and flax seeds, it's the perfect healthy carb to sustain you through your Bay area hikes.

Zazie

Charming exposed brick, nouveau French fare, and a heated outdoor patio make dining at Zazie a decidedly elegant affair. Let your pooch share in this Parisian pleasure with their weekly ‘Bring Your Dog Dinners.’ Devour Moules Marinières, pate, and more under the heat lamps as you revel in the European bistro-like ambiance.

Opt for their tender Lamb Shank, or keep things veggie-friendly with the savory polenta cakes served with mascarpone over spicy tomato chevre sauce, wilted spinach, portobello mushroom, and gorgonzola drizzle.

photo credit: Zazie San Francisco via Facebook

Brass Tacks

Brass Tacks may not offer much in the way of sustenance, but every San Francisco visitor needs a watering hole where canine companions are welcome!

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Tie one on for an evening of laid-back libations and substantial pours when you savor the cocktails, on tap wines, and craft beer of Brass Tacks.

Let the master mixologist do their thing as you try inventive drinks such as the ‘Fist of the White Lotus’ featuring White Pepper Gin, Lychee, Maraschino, and Lemon or a warming ‘No-Look Pass’ with Bourbon, Montenegro, Sweet Vermouth, and Strawberry.

Pet-Friendly San Francisco Parks

Golden Gate Park Dog Area

Is your hyper hound crying out for some open space? Let your lovable pup burn off that extra energy with some high-spirited fetching at the Golden Gate Park Dog Area. Lucky residents and tourists will do well to take advantage of Golden Gate Park’s over 1,017 acres of greenery, gardens, lakes, playgrounds, trails, and dog parks.

Conveniently located within Golden Gate Park are four dog play areas, including an all-sand dog training area in the park's northwest corner. Work on Fido’s manners, experience off-leash running where permitted, and frolic on the grassy meadows. 

photo credit: Gunnar Sigurdur Zoëga via Facebook

Alta Plaza Dog Play Area

Stretch those paws in the picturesque Pacific Heights Neighborhood when bringing your pup to the Alta Plaza Dog Play Area. This verdant expanse features an off-leash park where dogs can roam free.

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Owners should have their cameras ready as this hilltop delivers majestic 360-degree views of both the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.

photo credit: Alta Plaza via Facebook

Redwood Regional Park

Hike among the timeless beauty of towering Redwoods, evergreens, chaparral, and grasslands when you spend a day at the Redwood Regional Park. This 1,833-acre park contains nearly 40 miles of trails and is the ideal sojourn for active dogs.

Keep your eyes peeled for plenty of wildlife, including Rainbow Trout, deer, raccoons, rabbits, golden eagles, and more. Enjoy the challenging 12-mile Alameda Creek Trail, or opt for the multi-use Contra Costa Canal Trail.

Please be aware that the park charges a $2 fee per dog and contains a mix of both off-leash and leashed trails. 

photo credit: Angelin Marie Barrios McGowan via Facebook

Pet-Friendly Hikes 

Lands End Trail

With breathtaking views of the bridge, the Pacific Ocean, and the historic Sutro Baths, the Lands End Trail is a must-do for any San Fran hiker. However, make sure both you and Fang are up to the challenge, as this 5.5 km loop is considered moderately challenging.

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Dogs must be on leash but can still participate in the rocky climb. First, seek out the lookout at Point Lobos. Then, stop by the USS San Francisco Memorial and grab a respite at the clifftop walk. Pack a picnic lunch, and you and your pup are guaranteed a near-perfect day. 

Fort Funston 

Once a former harbor defense installation, today, the rocky bluffs and cerulean blue ocean waters of Fort Funston intrigue hikers, horseback riders, and hang gliders alike. Thanks to a series of intricate networking trails, these 200 ft high bluffs are accessible for dog walking as well.

Soak in the dunes, try to spot the flying bank swallows, and let your pooch peruse leash-free. The 3.2 km loop should take about 47 minutes to complete and is considered an ideal beginner route. 

Pet-Friendly Beaches 

Ocean Beach

Is your furry BFF barking for quality time at a beach in San Francisco? Make your pet’s dreams come true when you head to Ocean Beach.

Crashing waves, coastal trails, and miles of white sand make Ocean Beach an oasis for those seeking solitude and sun. Watch the seabirds, stroll through 3.5 miles of beach, or watch the windsurfers do their thing.

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Proceed into the water with caution, as the ocean temperatures are frigid and the currents are notoriously strong.

photo credit: San Francisco Feelings via Facebook

Baker Beach

Your mellow mutt may need a bath after a full day of play at Baker Beach, but we promise this mile-long sandy public park is worth it. Baker Beach serves up serpentine cliffs and panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands, and Lands End.

Active adventurers can pick up the Coastal Trail here. Meanwhile, nature lovers might be lucky enough to spot friendly Harbor Porpoises. Although Baker Beach may be leash-free, park officials ask that your pup be responsive to voice commands. 

Crissy Field

Calling all water dogs! Let your pup off the leash for some splish-splashing fun at Crissy Field. A superior beach getaway featuring trails, tidal marsh overlooks, and a hard-packed promenade.

Amateur photographers will be in awe over the iconic Bay, Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz views. While feisty pooches will appreciate swimming in the protected waters of the Bay. Stop by nearby Fort Mason for some military history. Or, refuel with a creamy hot chocolate or coffee at the Warming Hut. 

photo credit: Michael Emono via Unsplashriss

Steaming sourdough bread, fog-strewn early morning hikes, and miles of rugged trails make the Golden City a coastal haven. Let your four-legged friend in on all the adventure and attractions of San Francisco.

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From the refreshing Pacific Ocean swims at Crissy Field to unparalleled opulence at the Palace Hotel. There’s no reason Fido can’t come. Hike up to the historic Sutro Baths, then munch on Roman-style pizza al fresco.

Or wander through the gardens of the Golden Gate Park. However you decide to explore the ‘Paris of the West,’ your pooch is welcome!

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Written By Isis Maya

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