Dog-Friendly Restaurants In Cape Town

Don’t leave your best friend at home, these popular Cape Town restaurants welcome the four-legged members of the family and even provide water bowls.

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IYO Burgers

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That’s Luna on the left and Darth Vader on the right. The owners of IYO describe themselves as two city dudes on a farmish mission to make ethical foods more accessible and super tasty. They’ll make sure your hounds are taken care of while you tuck into the tastiest burgers around- vegetarian options available.

The Bootlegger Coffee Company, Sea Point, Bakoven

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The Bootlegger chain is super popular with coffee-lovers mid-dog walk. Take it easy with a luscious brunch, pooch in tow. Dogs are most welcome inside.

Jarryd’s, Sea Point

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Super stylish Jarryd’s in Sea Point welcomes well-behaved dogs on leashes. Meet the latest and most adorable addition to the team- Biggie the Bulldog.

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Maria’s Greek Cafe & restaurant, Dunkley Square

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Maria’s is a neighbourhood charmer with tables under leafy trees and an ambient interior. Pooches may even be given a lamb bone to chew on!

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Clarke’s bar and dining room

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Popular for tasty burgers, late-night cocktails and brunches, Bree-street buzzing Clarke’s welcomes well-behaved dogs on leashes.

Massimo’s Hout Bay

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Massimo’s not only has the best pizza in Cape Town but is famously dog-friendly. The owner’s beautiful border collie Luna even has a pizza named after her. Order the Luna and R10 will be donated to animal rescue group DARG. Dogs welcome in the seating area outside.

Olympia Café, Kalk Bay

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This cheeky institution in Kalk Bay offers decadent pastries and languorous sea-food lunches with a view. Well-behaved dogs are welcome inside. Request a water bowl.

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SMAK is wonderfully dog-friendly and you might even get to meet the owner’s Frenchie Bella if she pops in for a visit. SMAK offers a variety of fabulous light meals. Find them at the debut of Bree Street.


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Slick and stylish with great coffee, Superette is the ideal spot to meet friends for breakfast or lunch, pooch in tow.

Lisa’s Restaurant, Stoldels Lifestyle Centre, Milnerton

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Perfect for the whole family, Lisa’s restaurant in the Stodels Lifestyle Centre in Milnerton has a wonderful outdoor play area for kids plus expansive views of Table Mountain. Dogs welcome.

Ons Huisie, Blaauwbergstrand

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This relaxed spot by the sea serves delicious pub-fare. Dogs are very welcome in the outside seating area, this is also a great spot for a dip in the sea before drying in a sun spot on the grass. Thirsty dogs can make use of their exclusive canine drinking-fountain.

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Yours Truly, Kloof Street

Hip and happening, Yours Truly on Kloof Street has music sets, affordable and tasty pizzas, great coffee and welcomes well-behaved dogs on leashes.

Starlings’s Cafe

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The charming café tucked behind a hedge offers a lush garden perfect to chase sun spots. Water bowls are brought for your four-legged best friend on arrival.

Simon’s at Groot Constantia

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Who says the whole family can’t go wine tasting? Simon’s at Groot Constantia welcomes well-behaved dogs in the deli and in the outside area. Imbibe the bonhomie of provençal hospitality in a beautiful setting.
We’d love to hear your dog-friendly recommendations- let us know in the comments below.

Our Readers Comments

  1. Duchess of Wisbeach in Sea Point prefers dogs to humans

  2. I liked the facility of allowing four legged member to the restaurant. Four legged pets are also a part of a family and they must give equal rights as that of human. Really appreciate for this great decision.

  3. You have left out probably the best of the lot……..The Clubhouse in Constantia, where Claremont Cricket Club play their matches. Two huge fields for the dog to walk, ice cold beer, good food and place for the kids to run around as well

    • AND they can be inside. This is great for winter. Dogs are also allowed inside at Cafe Verde in Wynberg. And as mentioned 12 Apostles (they even let our beagle chill on the leather couch instead of the floor).

  4. The Little Stream Klein Constantia is wonderful to take your babas with!!!!!!Awesome food and setting!

  5. Brick Lane and Bootleggers in Century City as well as Forrester’s Arms in Newlands also welcome furry kids

  6. Our Jack Russell, Spot loves it at dog friendly New Port Deli, in Mouille Point and at Salisbury’s, in Woodstock and he has been to many restaurants in his 11 adventurous years. He is always welcome into establishments and has better manners than many junior human patrons. He has even been to restaurants as far afield as Montague, Still Bay, Mossel Bay and the KFC in Riversdal to name but a few.

  7. Camel Rock in Scarborough also welcomes four legged customers.

  8. And lime tree cafe in bergvliet are also really dog friendly and a dog loving restaurant. One of my favourites

  9. Van Hunks on Kloof street is very dog friendly, day and night!

  10. Gaslight cafe on Muizies beachfront welcomes dogs, also Joons in Palmer Road and Empire Cafe in York Road

  11. Another great one is Reload espresso bar at leadville in sunigdale. It’s at the dog park. Great place for dogs and a family day out

  12. Dinkel Bakery in Gardens is also dog friendly! Also freshly baked organic dog cookies available for test eaters! Woof woof

  13. Dizzys in Camps Bay is not just dog friendly, but they have a specific dog menu as well!! From burger patties to chicken breast or mince. And to wash it down a puppachino…. Besides that they serve some of the best craft beer for aficionados and great pizzas. Took our dogs down to the beach and stayed way longer than anticipated.

  14. Thank you! This is very helpful.
    I own UnLeashed doggy parlour at Stodels, in Milnerton, and it is so nice to see the increased for legged traffic coming through. Thank you Stodels for opening your centre to dogs.

  15. Ferdinandos obs! Amazing

  16. Alforno Pizzeria in Cape Quarter, De Waterkant also welcomes dogs and make their own home made biscuits for our pooches! 🙂

  17. The 12 Apostles even has a doggie menu!

    • Hi Deb,

      Love it! Thanks for this, really made my day.

  18. 12 Apostles are dog friendly and have a dog menu!

  19. Pastis at High Constantia dog-friendly. Our canine Best friends are offered fresh water and biscotti ?

    • Mmmmm….my Odi never gets biscotti but she loves wandering around the courtyard greeting everybody.

  20. Bamboo Restaurant at Cape Garden Centre in Kraaifontein is another dog friendly spot. A little out of the city but one of very few dog friendly spots in the northern suburbs. Water bowls offered on arrival.

  21. We recently had a lovely relaxed evening at Ricki’s in Melkbos with our not so small pup Jack. Amazing sushi and beer on tap. They even made him a burger patti as a small snack.

  22. Lime Tree Cafe in Bergvliet love dogs!

    • I know isn’t Graham the best!!!!

  23. Next time, include Will’s Café & Deli in Oranjezicht. Apart from the great food, dogs are always welcomed warmly.

  24. Rhodes Memorial Restaurant is also very pet friendly. Tx for sharing.

  25. The Damhuis in Melkbosstrand also very dogfriendly.Super food,fantastic view and great service

  26. Also Eagles Nest, Constantia is dog friendly

  27. This is great! Also Tea in the Park in Green Point Urban Park welcome our beautiful pooches.

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    • Hi there,

      Thanks for the awesome feedback.

  29. That is amazing many places are not dog friendly and I like to take my dog with me on outings

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