Santa Barbara Restaurants for the Whole (Furry) Family

When you take a family vacation, you want to include the whole family. That means you’re not going to leave your precious pets at home. Marina Beach Motel understands that your love for Li’l Nugget transcends all boundaries, which is why we welcome pets with open arms. And we’re fortunate most of Santa Barbara restaurants feel the same way! Your pooch shouldn’t have to miss out on any aspect of your getaway just because he’s got some extra legs and fur. There’s no shortage of dog-friendly restaurants throughout the city, thereby allowing you to keep your entire vacation a family affair. If you thought bringing your dog would limit your options, think again. How will you even make a decision? It all comes down to your pet’s personality.

For a dog who’s a go-getter and early riser, go to Sambo’s, one of Santa Barbara’s top breakfast and brunch joints. Yelp users rave about jumbo mimosas, fluffy pancakes, and chorizo omelets. Plus, the restaurant’s location right on the beach makes Sambo’s the perfect end to a scenic morning walk.

I’ll admit it, I spoil my dog… and if your pup is anything like my princess, he’ll fit right in at Louie’s California Bistro. Named for the original owner’s beloved golden retriever, Louie’s is a certified green pet-friendly restaurant that aims to use local, sustainable resources whenever possible. This is one of the pricier Santa Barbara restaurants, but customers can’t believe the quality of the service, food, and wine pairings.

Silvergreens is a wise choice for pets and owners who are constantly on the move. Patrons say ordering is easy and the food comes quickly. This restaurant prides itself on offering healthy options to keep you and your pet energized throughout your vacation. And if it turns out that you and Fido can sit for a drink, all wines and beers are California specialties, many within miles of Santa Barbara itself.

If your dog is always down to accompany you on an adventure, you’ll both enjoy Cielito, known for its pork belly quesadilla and “spicyrita” – the pet-friendly Santa Barbara restaurant’s signature margarita on the rocks made with habanero tequila. You might want to consider making a reservation for this one, though. Lots of customers request the outdoor seating for its picturesque view of the city of Santa Barbara.

Is your dog a people “person” who doesn’t believe she can have too many friends? She’ll love The Brewhouse. Special prices on craft beers (some favorites being a habanero pilsner and an apricot ale) draw a crowd that lasts from Happy Hour through close. Most evenings, this Santa Barbara staple offers live music to keep you and Lassie and your dance partners movin’ and groovin’ all night long.