Eat Local: Pet-Friendly Restaurants In Placer County And Beyond

Restaraunt_iStock_000060704466_LargeIt’s no secret that we love our pets here in Northern California! Couple that with our amazing weather and it makes sense that pet-friendly restaurants, breweries, and wineries (of course) abounds in our area. Our guide to local pet friendly establishments is sure to get you looking forward to a spring and summer of patio dining.

Rocklin proper is the proud home of two pet friendly establishments so far: Boneshaker Community Brewery allows dogs on their outdoor patios and Dragas Brewing allows leashed dogs to accompany their owners inside.

Most of the surrounding cities also boast a variety of pet friendly restaurants, from Loomis to Cameron Park. If you’re in the mood for a wine tasting, make sure to check out one of the many pet friendly wineries also located in Placer County.

And let’s not forget about the “big city” of Sacramento, where they love dogs just as much as the rest of us. With 59 dog friendly eateries available, you’re sure to find something that fits both your mood and your budget.

Proper Petiquette Is The Key To A Pleasant Dining Experience

Enjoying a relaxing meal on a sunny patio with your best four-legged pal may sound like a delightful way to pass an afternoon, but if you and your dog aren’t able to follow the fundamentals of good “petiquette” it can make for a negative experience for all involved.

We recommend that you and your pet observe the following standard courtesies while dining in public:

  • Your pet must be calm and well behaved around other animals and people, especially children.
  • Keep your dog leashed at all times. Make sure he or she stays out of the way of the wait staff and other restaurant patrons.
  • Prevent your pet from uninvited socializing with other diners or employees by keeping him or her close to your chair.
  • Most restaurants do not want pets drinking from their glasses or bowls, so bring your own doggie bowl, or ask your server for a paper or plastic cup for water if necessary.
  • If you must tie up your dog momentarily, be sure it’s to a chair and not a table, as a stronger dog can move the table and knock over drinks or food.
  • A tired dog is a well-behaved dog! Exercising your pet prior to visiting a restaurant will help expel any excess energy, making for a (hopefully) calm dining experience.
  • Bring along a chew toy that will keep your dog occupied while you’re eating, such as the Busy Buddy Squirrel Dude filled with frozen peanut butter.

Just A Reminder

While some people food is safe and for pets, many foods commonly eaten at restaurants because your pet gastrointestinal distress or may even be toxic to him or her. No matter how adorable those “puppy dog eyes” are, stay on the safe side and don’t offer any of your meal to your pet, and make sure other diners don’t either.

With a little planning and foresight, you and your pet can look forward to the fun and bonding that comes from enjoying public eating spaces together. Cheers!