Top 10 Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Half Moon Bay

If you are searching for a dog friendly destination in the Bay Area, Half Moon Bay is the location for you! There are numerous dog friendly beaches, accommodations, and things to do with your pup. After a day of adventure and working up an appetite, discover one of the many incredible dog friendly restaurants in Half Moon Bay.

Dog Friendly Restaurants Half Moon Bay

There is a long list of dog friendly restaurants in Half Moon Bay ranging from different cuisines, locations, views, and atmospheres. We love visiting Half Moon Bay with our two dogs! It’s one of our favorite places to take a day trip in the Bay Area with our pups.

In this post, you will find out the top dog friendly restaurants in Half Moon Bay and what there is to do in Half Moon with dogs to help you plan your day trip or weekend getaway.

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    1. Sam’s Chowder House

    lobster roll at sam's chowder house, a dog friendly restaurant in Half Moon bay

    Sam’s Chowder House is at the top of my list of dog friendly restaurants in Half Moon Bay. If this is your first time visiting, a meal at Sam’s Chowder is a must! They serve classic New England-style seafood, and their lobster rolls are out of this world. It’s a little bit of a splurge, but totally worth it, especially if you are sharing.

    You have the option of ordering your lobster roll either cold and “dressed” in a lemon aioli or “naked” with butter served warm. The lobster rolls are overflowing with chunks of tender and buttery lobster. We also split the New England Clam Chowder and Crab Cakes. Both are great choices and loaded with fresh seafood.

    views from sams chowder house half moon bay

    Besides serving delicious seafood, Sam’s Chowder House’s patio has a stunning view overlooking the pacific ocean. After your meal, you can stretch those legs on the Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail or the Pillar Point Harbor Beach outside of the restaurant.

    2. Half Moon Bay Brewery Company

    A local and tourist favorite is the Half Moon Bay Brewery Company. If you want a laid-back atmosphere, beautiful views, good food, and beer, this is the place for you. And the perfect option for a dog friendly restaurant in Half Moon Bay.

    They have a lovely outdoor patio with heaters, a fire pit, music, and gorgeous views overlooking the bay. And they are super dog friendly! They even have a dog friendly menu, with chicken or hamburger. You can’t get any more welcoming than that.

    Half Moon Bay Brewery serves an assortment of fresh seafood options, soups and sandwiches, and of lots of beer on tap from their craft brewery. Half Moon Bay Brewery is a great stop for some views, brews, and pub food along the Coastal Trail.

    3. Half Moon Bay Bakery

    delicious baked goods from half moon bay bakery

    If you have a sweet tooth like me, I am always searching for the best bakery in every town that we visit. The Half Moon Bay Bakery is the perfect spot to treat yourself to something sweet.

    When you walk into the small bakery, it has that old-school feel. It takes me back to my childhood and this bakery my family would visit every Sunday for their sprinkled butter cookies. Half Moon Bay Bakery has an assortment of pastries, cookies, pies, apple fritters, freshly baked bread, and many more.

    They only have one table outside. However, just about 30 feet away at the corner, there are a bunch of picnic tables where you can sit down and enjoy your baked goods. Half Moon Bay Bakery is along the main street downtown and is closed on Mondays.

    It it important to know before your visit to Half Moon Bay Bakery, it’s not the most dog friendly option of restaurants on this list. I don’t think they will not come out and serve you from the outdoor table. So you will need to either go with a friend or tie your dog up outside.

    4. Miramar Beach Restaurant

    Miramar Beach Restaurant's dog friendly outdoor patio in Half Moon Bay

    Another popular dog friendly restaurant in Half Moon Bay is the Miramar Beach Restaurant. It is a favorite restaurant because of its prime location and dog friendly patio. Miramar Beach Restaurant is oceanfront and boasts Pacific coastline views. 

    The views of the pacific from Miramar Beach Restaurants dog friendly patio in half moon bay

    The Miramar patio is the place to be, even if you don’t have a dog. The outdoor patio has fire pits and spot heaters to keep you warm from the ocean breeze. The restaurant also overlooks Mirada Beach, a dog friendly beach. 

    Our two dogs loved running along Mirada Beach after our dinner at Miramar. It was the perfect way to tire them out one last time before our trip home.

    mirada beach, a dog friendly beaches in half moon bay ca

    Miramar serves a variety of seafood options, sandwiches, salads, and steak. They do not take reservations at this time, so be prepared to put your name down for the patio.

    5. Pasta Moon

    Are you craving the comfort of hearty Italian food? Then Pasta Moon is a must-visit for you! Pasta Moon is a Michelin Guided restaurant and hands down one of Half Moon Bays’ most popular restaurants for dinner. They have perfected farm-to-table contemporary Italian cuisine.

    Try their famous lasagna, a house-made Sicilian Sausage, Ricotta, Parmesan, Chili Flake, Tomato Sauce, and Mozzarella. And don’t forget dessert. The Ghirardelli Butterscotch Pudding is also a favorite.

    dog friendly restaurant Half Moon bay

    You can find Pasta Moon at the southern end of the quaint downtown Half Moon Bay. Before or after dinner, plan to make time strolling along Half Moon Bay’s main street of local shops, art galleries, and bakeries.

    Before your visit, I suggest making a reservation and note that you will be bringing a dog because there are limited outdoor tables. Also, Pasta Moon is open Thursday to Monday for dinner service only.

    6. Moss Beach Distillery

    If you’re looking for a dog friendly restaurant in Half Moon Bay with the best view, then you must make your reservation at Moss Beach Distillery. Their Seal Cove Patio offers unobstructed views overlooking the Pacific ocean and the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. Cozy up next to one of their fire pits and catch a stunning California sunset on their dog friendly patio.

    Moss Beach Distillery will also welcome your pup with open arms. They were named one of the top dog friendly destinations in the West. Moss Beach Distillery really goes the extra mile to spoil your pup. They will provide a water bowl, doggie bed, and a separate dog menu.

    Their menu is described as California Coastal Cuisine, which includes wild-caught seafood, all-natural meats and poultry, and organic vegetables. Moss Beach Distillery is located about a 10 minute drive from Half Moon Bay.

    7. Sacrilege Brewing + Kitchen

    outdoor dog friendly seating at Sacrilege Brewing + Kitchen in Half Moon Bay

    The first time we visited here, we honestly found it by accident. But we are so glad we did! We stumbled upon Sacrilege Brewing + Kitchen on a Monday afternoon when celebrating my husband’s birthday. It’s the perfect spot to sit back and relax with a beer and some yummy food.

    Sacrilege Brewing + Kitchen, a dog friendly restaurant in Half Moon Bay

    Sacrilege Brewing is a home turned into a brewery in downtown Half Moon Bay. The front porch and patio have ample outdoor tables and benches under heat lamps.

    Sacrilege Brewery provides a wide selection of locally brewed beers from Half Moon Bay and includes a list of rotating guest taps. Their food menu consists of local and fresh ingredients and changes with each season. Right now, they have burrata poutine, and my mouth is watering.

    8. Seville Tapas

    Seville Tapas creates dishes inspired by the wonderful and delicious flavors of Spain. And who doesn’t love paella, sangria, and tapas? Sit back and relax on their charming outdoor dog friendly patio. The restaurant is in Princeton Harbor, about 10 minutes from Half Moon Bay.

    9. Moonside Bakery & Cafe

    A great dog friendly restaurant in Half Moon Bay for breakfast or lunch is Moonside Bakery & Cafe. Bonus, they have some pretty awesome pastries, artisan bread, and decadent dessert as well.

    Moonside Bakery is located in the heart of downtown Half Moon Bay. They have a gated outdoor patio on the front sidewalk that is dog friendly. Stop by Moonside for a hearty breakfast before a day of exploring, or caffeinate with a coffee and chocolate croissant.

    moonside bakery in downtown halfmoon bay

    PS. If you are wondering … the chocolate croissant tasted as good as it looks!

    10. It’s Italia

    It’s Italia has an adorable and cozy Tuscan-style quart yard. The outdoor seating area also offers spot heaters, firepits, and is dog friendly. The cuisine at It’s Italia is, you guessed it, Italian! On their menu, you can find all of the classic Italian dishes, but with a California twist.

    The restaurant is located in the Half Moon Bay Inn, a pet-friendly hotel in the heart of downtown Half Moon Bay.

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    What There is to Do in Half Moon Bay with Dogs

    There are plenty of fun and adventurous dog friendly things to do in Half Moon Bay. Some things to add to your itinerary include:

    Walking the Coastal Trail is a must when visiting Half Moon Bay. The paved trail runs along 11 miles of coastline, offering scenic views of the ocean and sandy white beaches.

    During your walk on the Coastal Trail, be sure to stop at one of the many dog friendly restaurants along the way. Such as Sam’s Chowder House, Miramar Beach Restaurant, and Half Moon Bay Brewing Co.

    best day trip to half moon bay

    Go for a Hike: An easy and dog friendly hike you can do is Devils Slide. It’s on the coast and a great pit stop to take on your way to Half Moon Bay. Devils Slide is a paved 1.3-mile path that runs along the rocky coastline.

    If your dog needs a little assistance with hiking or walking for a long period of time, check out my 14 Best Dog Strollers for Hiking: Large & Small Dog Guide

    Stroll Along Downtown Half Moon Bay: Even if you don’t decide to eat at one of the dog friendly restaurants in downtown Half Moon Bay, you should still take some time for a visit.

    Downtown has a lot of boutique shops, bakeries, and art galleries for you to explore. Also, it’s a great spot to stretch your pup’s legs and get out some energy.

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    Visit Pescadero, CA: Pescadero is another small town along the California Coast and definitely worth a visit if you have extra time. You can wine tasting at a goat farm, get a loaf of the famous Artichoke Bread, and much more. Find 18 Awesome Things to do in Pescadero here.

    Is There a Dog Friendly Beach in Half Moon Bay

    Yes, there are many dog friendly beaches in Half Moon Bay. A favorite of many dog owners is The Bluff Top Coastal Park, also known as Poplar Beach. Poplar Beach is a popular choice because you can walk along the bluff trails and admire the sweeping coastal views or hike down to the light brown sandy beach.

    poplar beach, a dog friendly beach in half moon bay ca

    Another great option is Miramar Beach, which allows dogs to run and play off leash. To discover more dog friendly beaches and pet-friendly accommodations for stay, you can visit my post 14 Dog Friendly Beaches in Half Moon Bay, CA.

    Other Dog Friendly Locations Near Half Moon Bay

    We love bringing our dogs along with us on vacation and road trips throughout California. Some of our favorite dog friendly locations you should check out are:

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    In Conclusion: Dog Friendly Restaurants Half Moon Bay

    As you can see, Half Moon Bay is absolutely worth visiting with your pup! There are many amazing dog friendly restaurants in Half Moon Bay for you to choose from! I hope this guide has helped you select one or more restaurants to add to your dog friendly trip to Half Moon Bay.

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