ARF, looking for dog-friendly restaurants in South Lake Tahoe? Keep on sniffing!
As a native Northern Californian, I’ve been hitting up the glassy blue, dog-friendly Lake Tahoe with my humans since adoption. At the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. While both the north and south shores boast beautiful ski resorts and beaches, the South Shore or simply South Lake Tahoe is my favorite region as it’s indisputably more buzzing with live music, casinos, bars, and lounges. Whether you are looking for a quick weekend getaway or a weeklong (or two) stay, South Lake Tahoe is a fun dog-friendly destination that’s only less than 2 hours away from Sacramento and 3.5 hours from San Francisco. Take a long sniff at my favorite dog-friendly restaurants in South Lake Tahoe:
Base Camp Pizza Co.
1001 Heavenly Village Way #25a
Located at the bustling Shops at Heavenly, Base Camp Pizza is one of the best dog-friendly restaurants in town. Dogs are welcome to dine with their humans on their outdoor patio where they can relax to live music from local artists alongside their humans. Base Camp offers fresh out of the oven specialty pizzas, craft beers, signature cocktails, and daily happy hours. As a former furry resident of Italy, I love licking my chops to their Classic Margherita and Mediterranean pizzas, both of which have crispy crusts and juicy chopped tomatoes that generate a perfect melt in my little mouth.
1041 Fremont Ave
Just a few blocks in from S. Lake Tahoe Boulevard, MacDuffs is one of the coolest spots for dogs to chill with their humans on the south shore. With a Scottish countryside ambiance, this authentic public house takes me back to my wet nose escapades in the U.K. They have a lovely outdoor deck and lawn in a warming fence area that welcomes dogs with communal water bowls. From Shepherd’s Pies to Fish and Chips, MacDuffs has a variety of mouthwatering pub goodies to fill up my Yorkie tummy!
California Burger Company
1001 Heavenly Village Way #2b
Another fantastic establishment for live music and great food at Heavenly Village, California Burger Co. has a pawsome dog-friendly lawn with heated lamps and warm blankets to combat chilly evenings. The staff here has always been dog-welcoming and even offered me water without request. From the “Pretender” black bean veggie burger with avocado slices to their signature Californian burger with California jack cheese and housemade garlic aioli, this popular burger joint has succulent options for any appetite.
South of North Brewing Co.
932 Stateline Ave Suite B
Nestled away on Stateline, South of North Brewing Co. (formerly Outpost) is one of the most FUN dog-friendly restaurants (or arguably the best dog-friendly brewery) in South Lake Tahoe. Their appeasing outdoor fire pits, yard games, and indoor barn create a rustic yet jovial environment for humans to grab a pint with their furry friends right by their side. Although dogs must be leashed on their cozy beer garden, they are welcome to sit on the benches next to their humans and snooze to soft live music. From pretzel bites to vegan meatballs to craft brews, this brewery offers an array of yummy edibles and refreshing beers with a little bit of quirkiness.
Lakeside Beach House
4081 Lakeshore Blvd
If you’re heading to Tahoe over the summer, you MUST have a beach day with your dog. While there are several dog-friendly beaches in South Lake Tahoe, I always get my paws sandy at Lakeside Beach, where their onsite paws-welcoming restaurant takes the gold. Offering savory sandwiches, fish and chips, fresh salads, local wines, and craft beers, Lakeside Beach House is a cool, sandy dog-friendly hangout overlooking the shores of Lake Tahoe. My humans and I love chilling the beachside with good music, delicious finger food, fun beach games, and of course, the gorgeous backdrop of the ever-so-blue lake and the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Azul Latin Kitchen
1001 Heavenly Village Way
Another fabulous dog-friendly joint at Heavenly, this festive Latin eatery gets extra furry points since the staff warmly let me dine indoors without any questions or nasty looks. I’m not sure if it was a relatively slow day or they couldn’t resist my teddy bear face. Even if your furry diner doesn’t get the same open-arms invitation, there’s a dog-friendly heated patio with fire pits where you can devour some tasty enchiladas and listen to live music with your dog. Besides its ultra dog-friendliness, I love how Azul serves up a “lighter, fresher, and healthier” version of Mexican and South and Central American cuisine using organic and local ingredients. As a veggie-lover, I licked my plate clean to their veggie chilli burrito which comes with green rice, black beans, and guacamole (don’t worry, my humans gave me treats in lieu of avocado).
Lake Tahoe AleWorX
2050 Lake Tahoe Blvd Suite #2050 (The Crossing at Tahoe Valley)
31 US-50 #105, Stateline, NV 89449 (near Montbleu on Stateline)
Lake Tahoe AleWorX is paws-down one of the best places in South Lake Tahoe to spend a perfect evening with your dog. With two popular locations, this posh dog-friendly restaurant boasts buoyant fire pit outings filled with paw-licking’, made-to-order wood-fired pizzas, a rotating specialty craft beer selection, board games, and nightly live music. While the Stateline location offers a more late-night experience, you’ll find that the mesmerizing patios at both AleWorXs are dog-welcoming, whether day or night. Grab a craft beer from their self-service taproom and relish enchanting music with the jaw-dropping pines of Tahoe in the backdrop.
Brook’s Bar and Deck
100 Lake Pkwy, Stateline, NV
Residing in the luxurious 5-star resort Edgewood Tahoe, Brook’s Bar and Deck is one classy place to wine and dine with your dog. From gourmet sandwiches to vegan street tacos to blueberry mojitos, Brook’s is SPOT ON for food and drinks. With a beautiful golf course view alongside the majestic Sierra Nevada, this laid back yet sophisticated restaurant sets off the utmost serene, elegant vibe with its stone-decorated deck, tall glass windows, and wood-beam ceilings. Although Edgewood has a no dog policy that’s reflected on Brook’s Yelp amenities, I’ve never had an issue dining on their lovely deck or been asked any questions. Since their written policy differs from my dog-friendly experience over the years, I can only recommend visiting this place with a bark of caution.
WOOF, hope you love my favorite dog-friendly restaurants in South Lake Tahoe!
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Markin’ it up,
Roger Wellington a.k.a. The Doob