The Ultimate List of Pet Friendly Restaurants in Cape Town.

Pet-friendly restaurants in Cape Town (and in Joburg and Pretoria) are the best kind of restaurants and ENTERTAINER have invited me to share their recently published post on the best pet-friendly restaurants in our city. Because we all know how difficult it is to leave our beloved besties at home with those puppy eyes and the soft whimper fueling the guilt. The way that he watches you leave from the front door, and then to top it off when you get home and the little guy is sleeping exactly where you left him. Waiting for your return. It’s enough to keep you at home forever.

Well, the good news is that gone are those days for pooch owners in Cape Town! We can now go out with our fur babies. Entertainer put together this list of dog-friendly restaurants in Cape Town – you can even use your ENTERTAINER app at some of them.

Southern Suburbs

1. LA PARADA | Constantia Nek

Every Capetonian knows this beautiful restaurant en route to Hout Bay. You know, the old building at the Constantia Nek circle that serves amazing food. Well, not only is this restaurant delicious, historical and beautiful, but it’s also a dog-friendly restaurant, which is way more important, right!? This restaurant does not offer a 2-for-1 discount on the ENTERTAINER App.

2. LIME TREE CAFE | Bergvliet

This little Begvliet cafe has raving reviews for a few reasons. The first, obviously, is that they welcome your furry friends with open arms. They also offer an array of delish treats, a warm, inviting ambience, and the friendliest staff in Cape Town. This restaurant offers a 2-for-1 discount on the ENTERTAINER App.

3. THE GARDENER’S COTTAGE | Newlands  

Who doesn’t love the sound of clinking plates and muted chatter whilst enjoying tea and scones under the trees overlooking a little nursery? Literally, no one. At The Gardener’s Cottage in Newlands, you’ll get all that, and your pooch will get to enjoy it too. Although it is a dog-friendly restaurant, keep his paws off the scones, please. This restaurant does not offer a 2-for-1 discount on the ENTERTAINER App.

4. JONKERSHUIS | Groot Constantia 

Jonkershuis is an outdoor eatery that offers spectacular vineyard views while your little barking bae soaks up the sun and gets some treats sneaked to her from your charcuterie board. The restaurant will provide a water bowl. Just remember, to follow their etiquette tips before bringing your pets to this dog-friendly restaurant – leashes are a must. This restaurant offers a 2-for-1 discount on the ENTERTAINER App.

5. RHODES MEMORIAL RESTAURANT & TEA GARDEN | Rondebosch 

If you’ve got a pup that loves a good walk, the forestry area around Rhodes Memorial is your best bet. The main reason to do the walk is actually for the halfway stop at The Rhodes Memorial Tea Garden. There’s enough shade for your hot doggo to squeeze in rest too. After a cuppa, pop down to the Rhodes Memorial for a quick history lesson and some more spectacular Cape Town views. This restaurant does not offer a 2-for-1 discount on the ENTERTAINER App.

6. A TOUCH OF MADNESS | Observatory 

A Touch of Madness is an unassuming little Obs house that you wouldn’t even know was a restaurant if it weren’t for the hordes of people sitting on the stoep and in the garden. It’s definitely dog-friendly and the garden is enclosed and offers plenty of shade. This restaurant offers a 2-for-1 discount on the ENTERTAINER App.

Atlantic Seaboard 

7. THE VINE | Hout Bay 

The Vine is a must for the sporty human-and-dog duo.  Set in the heart of the Atlantic Seaboard’s best running, cycling, and hiking routes; this dog-friendly restaurant and sports shop is open every day from 6.30 a.m. You know what that means, right!? Sunrise views, coffee, brekkie, and your daily exercise – done and dusted. All before your colleagues have even opened their eyes. This restaurant offers a 2-for-1 discount on the ENTERTAINER App.

8. MASSIMO’S | Hout Bay 

Puppacino sound good? How about some ostrich biltong, or a teeth-brushing chewy? At Massimo’s your pooch can order off their doggy menu. If he’s not sure what to order, we recommend the ‘Oh My Dog!’ for a decadent dish or the “Kim Jong Un” for adorable pics of your pup with a bone-shaped pizza. This restaurant does not offer a 2-for-1 discount on the ENTERTAINER App.

9. SOTANO | Mouille Point

Sea view. Cappuccino. 2-for-1 meal. Almost seems too good to be true, right? Well, it’s not. This is literally what Sotano offers and it’s just across the road from the promenade, which means your fur-baby can squeeze in a bit of exercise before brekkie. This restaurant offers a 2-for-1 discount on the ENTERTAINER App.

10. LEOPARD BAR AT 12 APOSTLES | Camps Bay 

So, it’s your pup’s birthday and you’re not sure how to show him just how much you care? Well, Leopard Bar to the rescue! With a first-class pet menu, views to pine for, and the best cocktails to cheers with, your posh pooch will get spoilt like the queen she is. This restaurant does not offer a 2-for-1 discount on the ENTERTAINER App.

11. STROLLA | Sea Point 

Strolla is a beautifully decorated dog-friendly restaurant with an authentic Sea Point vibe. It’s sea-breezy, laid back, and is perfect for people-watching, enjoying salty sea smells, and sipping on a post-walkies cocktail. Doggos won’t be able to resist sprawling out at your feet whilst you unwind after a long day’s work. Sounds like a win-win to us. This restaurant offers a 2-for-1 discount on the ENTERTAINER App.

12. HARVEY’S BAR AT THE WINCHESTER MANSIONS | Sea Point  

Another winner for Sea Point’s canines is Harvey’s. Set in the almost-100-year-old building, Winchester Mansions Hotel is beautiful. Perch on the deck with your pooch, enjoy a latte and imagine the Sea Point life a century ago. This restaurant does not offer a 2-for-1 discount on the ENTERTAINER App.

13. THE STRANGERS CLUB | Green Point 

The Strangers Club, a 1900s Panama inspired space, is going to have your hound wishing he was wearing a bow tie and smoking a cigar whilst you tuck into a coffee and smoothie bowl (served in the dreamiest crockery). Once you’ve filled the tum, you’ve just got to pop into their retail store for a quick look – although the restaurant is dog-friendly, please go to the store without your four-legged friend. This restaurant offers a 2-for-1 discount on the ENTERTAINER App.

14. HARD ROCK CAFE | Camps Bay 

Hard Rock keep getting cooler and cooler. First, offering a great menu, 2-for-1 cocktails with the ENTERTAINER and now live music to the mix – plus you welcome dogs. This restaurant offers a 2-for-1 discount on the ENTERTAINER App.

Cape Town CBD

15. ROXY ALL DAY | Gardens

Roxy All Day is the perfect spot for the more eclectic doggo. Set in the heart of one of our favourite foodie neighbourhoods, Woodstock, this gorgeous coffee shop is dog-friendly, kid-friendlyand offers only good vibes. This restaurant offers a 2-for-1 discount on the ENTERTAINER App.

16. HQ | Cape Town CBD

Date night for 3, did you say? Yes, 2 at the table, 1 on the floor. Because you just can’t let ol’ Bruno miss out on a perfectly cooked medium-rare steak with his favourite couple. HQ makes for the perfect (pet) date. This restaurant offers a 2-for-1 discount on the ENTERTAINER App.

17. HUDSONS | Gardens

Enjoy a cheeky Friday cocktail at Hudsons with your normal friends, and your furry ones. This restaurant offers a 2-for-1 discount on the ENTERTAINER App.

18. JASON’S BAKERY | Cape Town CBD

This trendy restaurant in Cape Town’s CBD has been popular for years (try one of their pastries and you’ll understand why. Excuse us while we quickly wipe up our drool.). What’s more? They welcome dogs. But, please remember, pastries are not good for your pooches. This restaurant does not offer a 2-for-1 discount on the ENTERTAINER App.

19. JESSY’S WAFFLES | Gardens 

Not sure if you feel like a waffle this morning? Do yourself a favour and Google Jessy’s Waffles. Not only will you feel like a waffle every morning for the rest of the year, but you’ll also be able to finally become a vegan without the stress of having nothing delicious to eat. And, you can bring your woofer. This restaurant offers a 2-for-1 discount on the ENTERTAINER App.

Northern Suburbs 

20. TIGER’S MILK | Century City, Stellenbosch, Kloof St, Claremont, Village Square, Camps Bay

Tiger’s Milk has really become one of Cape Town’s, if not South Africa’s, best chains. Each branch offers a fantastic standard of food and drinks, a good vibe, and a personal touch. All of their branches with outdoor seating allow you to bring your pets. This restaurant does not offer a 2-for-1 discount on the ENTERTAINER App.

21. PEPPA JACKS | Durbanville 

Everybody loves a bit of Tex-Mex, and Peppa Jacks offers just that. Plus a family friendly vibe, pet-friendly outdoor seating, and weekly live entertainment. Spend a day wine-tasting in Durbanville, followed by a lazy lunch at this grill and bar. This restaurant offers a 2-for-1 discount on the ENTERTAINER App.

22. KOFFI TERAPI | Durbanville 

You can’t go to the Northern suburbs without a visit to this quirky cafe. Koffi Terapi has delicious coffee and excellent service. They also have a large outdoor seating area – pawfect for the pooch. This restaurant offers a 2-for-1 discount on the ENTERTAINER App.

23. ALTYDGEDACHT | Durbanville 

Altydgedacht is a wine estate where you just know your pet is more than welcome. The owners have some hounds of their own, and dogs are allowed to play off-leash (obviously only if they are well-behaved and socialised). This is the perfect dog-friendly restaurant for a wine-tasting, lazy lunch type of Sunday with your furry friend. This restaurant does not offer a 2-for-1 discount on the ENTERTAINER App.

The Winelands and Greater Western Cape 

24. BISTRO BONBON | Franschhoek

Bistro BonBon is a dreamy restaurant set in the fairytale-like garden at Le Petite Dauphine Guest Farm in Franschhoek. It’s one of those places that you can go to for a family lunch, or wine and dine with the girls. Whichever reason you choose to visit BonBon, don’t leave behind your furry best friend. This restaurant offers a 2-for-1 discount on the ENTERTAINER App.

25. THE VILLAGE TART | Franschhoek 

Love the name, love the place. The Village Tart is a quaint street side cafe that adds to the charm of Franschhoek itself. The menu is very well-priced and it’s dog-friendly. This restaurant offers a 2-for-1 discount on the ENTERTAINER App.

26. THE DOCK ON THE BAY | Gordon’s Bay

Cape Town’s pet-friendly restaurants don’t get cooler than The Dock in Gordon’s Bay. It’s the perfect salty sea dog’s hangout. Come and enjoy a colourful cocktail, grab some grub, and let your pooch mingle with the laid-back lads of Gordon’s Bay. This restaurant offers a 2-for-1 discount on the ENTERTAINER App.

27. DIE DAMHUIS | Melkbosstrand 

Die Damhuis in Melkbosstrand, one of Cape Town’s best dog-friendly beaches, fittingly offers your pets their very own menu. With meals such as doggy wors, meatballs, and even ice-cream, you’ve just got to bring your hungry hondjie with you. There is also an awesome beach play area, so bring your kids along too. This restaurant does not offer a 2-for-1 discount on the ENTERTAINER App.

28. OUDE WELLINGTON RESTAURANT | Wellington 

Oude Wellington is another one of Cape Town’s pet-friendly restaurants that just can’t be skipped. We know that Wellington is a bit of a haul, but it’s totally worth a memorable road trip with your doggo. Remember, you’ve only got about fifteen years with him, make every second count. This restaurant offers a 2-for-1 discount on the ENTERTAINER App.

Just remember that, although these restaurants are pet-friendly, you must bring along a leash, water bowls, food, and poop packets, not all the restaurants will provide these.

*** This is a guest post in partnership with the ENTERTAINER, shared with love (and not remuneration) in the hope of spreading the good word about where we can enjoy ourselves WITH our beloved pups. Pics sourced.

*** To find the full list of Cape Town’s pet-friendly restaurants on the ENTERTAINER, simply click on a category > View All > Filters > Amenities > Pet-Friendly > Woof. If you haven’t bought the ENTERTAINER, use the promo code HUB2019 and get 15% off.

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