Do you fancy a latte or lunch with your four-legged friend? Here’s our list of the best local dog friendly cafes and restaurants that will welcome you and your furry companion.
With so much time spent at home lately, we’ve all become more attached to our pets. So why not take it along with you next time you head out? This list of dog friendly cafes and restaurants on the North Shore is all you’ll need when planning your next puppy play date.
We’ve done all the hard work for you to research those places you both will enjoy.
The Greens, North Sydney
With a stunning view of the harbour bridge, your furry friends, big or small, are welcome in the courtyard dining area here. St Leonard’s Park is right beside it where you can chat with other dog owners as your pups have a good run.
The seasonal menu offers everything from the healthy salads to the indulgent meat dishes. There are share platters too which is great for groups or a light refreshment.
Open for lunch and dinner from 11:30am
Greenwood Hotel, North Sydney
Dog friendly? Tick. Doggy snacks on the menu? Tick. Water bowls for pooch? Tick.
Take your dog with you to the Greenwood Hotel which has made its northern courtyard a specially dedicated area for patrons and their four-legged friends. Bookings can be made online where you can select the dog friendly area, or just walk in with your pet.
The hotel is a North Sydney institution, where you can have a casual drink with friends, or sit down and have a meal from their quality pub food menu.
Open Monday – Friday from 12pm
Puppy Tail Café, Blackman Park Lane Cove
What’s not to love about this pint sized café serving hot coffees to sports parents on the soccer/cricket sidelines at the western end of the park. There are hooks to tie up your pup while you order inside, where they even have a dedicated dog menu that includes a puppycino (goat’s milk) and waffles.
You can enjoy your coffee at the outdoor seating area before you head to the fenced off-leash dog park alongside it which has water, shade, seating and equipment for dogs of all sizes.
Open every day 7am-5pm
Salmon & Bear and MsChief, Crows Nest
Above: Salmon and Bear’s outdoor courtyard (left) and happy customers at MsChief (right)
Hidden on top of the Crows Nest Coles supermarket are two pet friendly options.
Salmon & Bear and MsChief are two separate venues that share a dog (and child!) friendly courtyard.
It’s a great alfresco option for breakfast, lunch or dinner. There are plenty of outdoor tables available for small and medium sized groups, and there’s a car park below with two hours free parking!
Address: 105 Willoughby Road Crows Nest (on top of the Coles supermarket)
Salmon and Bear Website: www.salmonandbear.com.au/
Open for lunch Wednesday – Sunday 12-3pm, dinner Tuesday -Sunday from 5.30pm
MsChief Instagram: www.instagram.com/mschief.bbb/
Open every day from 8am-2pm
Annata, Crows Nest
If you’d like your pup to accompany you to a more high end establishment, then look no further than Annata, where the wine bar and a five-course Chef’s Tasting Menu are just the start of the fine dining experience for lunch or dinner.
They’ve upgraded their outdoor setting for alfresco dining, where your dog will be able to relax with heaters and water bowls while you quaff a few glasses of red.
Open Wednesday – Saturday from 12pm, Tuesday from 5pm
El Gringos, Crows Nest
Crows Nest’s newest Mexican restaurant has had some famous customers recently (*ahem, Russell Crowe!) so why not treat yourself and your best friend to a night at El Gringo’s?
Dogs are welcome at the enclosed courtyard at the rear, as well as the front – water bowls are available on request. For the human companion, a variety of snacks and slow cooked meat tacos are on the menu alongside a range of cocktails.
Open every day for dinner from 4:30pm
Flat Rock Brew Café, Naremburn
When you want to have a family outing that even Dad will love, pay a visit to the Flat Rock Brew Café where everyone is welcomed – even your dog!
Karl and Jenny are local residents now have a loyal following of people who come to sample the craft beers brewed onsite and share a food platter. And, you can arrange a tour of the brewery for Dad while you sit and enjoy a drink with your pup by your side – what’s not to like?
Open Tuesday/Wednesday from 5pm, Thursday/Friday from 3pm, Saturday/Sunday from 12pm
The Sailor Bar, Northbridge
This is the local port of call for you and your pooch after an early evening walk. You can relax on the outdoor lounges at the front of this Northbridge venue, popular with locals for its impressive gin and cocktails list accompanied by a sharing menu.
On Sundays you can enjoy a roast lunch with an authentic Yorkshire pudding, and most Friday nights you can kick up your heels with live music.
Open from 4pm Tuesday – Saturday
The Incinerator Café, Willoughby
You pup will love the outdoor seating area at The Incinerator, a local architectural gem designed by Walter Burley Griffin in the 1930s. The ground floor houses a café that offers a breakfast and lunch menu, and is popular with locals seeking a caffeine fix on their morning dog walks around Bicentennial Reserve.
Sit outside and enjoy the seasonal menu while you sip a glass of wine and your dog is served its own bowl of water.
Open every day from 7:30am – 3:00pm
Address: 2 Small St, Willoughby (next to the Willoughby Leisure Centre)