Updated: Feb 3
UPDATED 3 February, 2020 with even MORE venues!
So, you want to go for a yummy breakfast, lunch or just a coffee. Where should you go and is there anywhere that your family dog is welcome? Each entry has a clickable link to the cafe's details on zomato so you can get even more information.
Yes, there is. Here in Bayside, we are lucky enough to have many places where everyone is welcome. This list is compiled with the help of our Facebook Group members. Want to add another? Send a message via the Contact form. We'd love to hear from you!
Check out our new, updated list further down, but first, some footpath dining dog etiquette rules:
Make sure your dog is a non-reactive dog. You must be confident in your dog's behaviour when other dogs come by. Nothing worse than a lunge from a dog (either yours or the passer by) when there are other diners about. Do not let your dog sit AT the table. Under is fine, beside you (on the ground) is also fine Keep your dog out of the way of staff. Don't let them jump up at them when they are trying to serve customers Make sure your dog stays close by you. Not everyone thinks your dog is cute and harmless so don't let it encroach on others space Take dog treats with you so they are not begging for your food or food from other tables. Also, if you are walking your dog past a dog in these eating areas, please don't let you dog come up and say 'hello' - just keep walking saying 'leave it'
Alphabetical order by Suburb
NO 84, 84 Bridport Street, Albert Park
Has a lovely rear courtyard
Priscilla Jones Cafe, 21 Graham St, Albert Park
Covered courtyard, puppacino and dog biscuits and water bowls and an off lead park.
Two Farm Girls Cafe, 133 Nepean Hwy, Aspendale
Has undercover seating outside and welcome dogs
Las Chicas, 203 Carlisle St, Balaclava
Enter around the back from the carpark. Has an excellent outdoor seating area. Covered and heaters. Great food/coffee/staff and in winter there is a boxed wood fire.
Saska Cafe, 359 Balcombe Rd, Beaumaris
Lots of seating outside and good cocktails!
Chino & Co., 457 Balcombe Road, Beaumaris
There is an unfenced dog park across the road. Plenty of seating out the front with umbrellas for shade. Staff all love dogs and tell stories about their own dogs and the food and service is great
EST Espresso & Kitchen, 38 East Concourse, Beaumaris
Has a wonderful dog friendly courtyard at the back of the cafe. Free schmackos too!
Ricketts Point Teahouse, Beach Rd, Beaumaris
Right on the beach; dogs not allowed on the deck but can be tethered next to it.
The Ginger Fox Cafe, 23-25 South Concourse, Beaumaris
Large seating area out the front where dogs are welcome. Has umbrellas and large dog cushions for when the ground is either too hot or too cold. Staff are very friendly.
BENT Espresso, 2/385 Centre Rd, Bentleigh
Great food and coffee, good outside seating area. Water bowls for dogs.
Black Salt, 947 Centre Road, Bentleigh
Lovely outside area, grassed - perfect to sit with your dog. Food is great too
Merchants Guild, 680 Centre Rd, Bentleigh
Great coffee and healthy menu. Small seating area for dogs out the front.
Time + Place, 929 Centre Rd, Benthleigh
Oh my goodness. Great outside seating, divine food and coffee and lovely staff.
Cafe Odo, 1A Bluff Rd, Black Rock
Seating outside, dogs are always welcomed and they get free biscuits!
Cafeteria, 36 Bluff Rd, Black Rock
Has considerable outdoor seating, both in the sun and shade. There’s always a fresh water bowl for the dogs, who have always been welcome there. It’s not unusual for dogs, at times, to equal or outnumber patrons.
Flavours French Patisserie, 31 Bluff Road, Black Rock
Tables and chairs on the footpath with shade and water for the dogs. Croissants are awesome!
The Colonel's Son, 299 Beach Rd, Black Rock
Seating out the front but a fantastic enclosed courtyard out the back. Enter via back carpark. Covered and shade. Nice and cosy and great food and coffee.
The Little French Deli, 524 Nepean Hwy, Bonbeach
Has a courtyard at the back with lane way access and a sign saying dogs are welcome.
Açai Brothers Superfood Bar, 21 Carpenter St, Brighton
are also pro with treats and water (and occasionally $2 off for people who bring dogs down)
Arlo, 2 Railway Walk, Brighton
Vegan Cafe - absolutely delicious food - small menu. Bake their own bread there too. Undercover area to sit out the front with dogs.
Brighton Schoolhouse, Corner Church Street & St. Andrew Street, Brighton
Nice area out the front. Shaded. Good to take the dogs. Great food and they also have bowls of water for your dogs.
Brighton Soul Espresso, 129 Church St, Brighton
Wonderful outdoor seating in their courtyard - perfect for dogs and yourself to relax. Enter via the laneway. Food is divine as is the coffee - staff are lovely
Ladygreen, 424 New St, Brighton
Staff make dogs welcome and sometimes offer treats. There is some shade and a narrow sheltered outside area. The food is also yummy and reasonably priced.
Middle Brighton Baths Cafe, 251 The Esplanade, Brighton
The baths: nice dog friendly deck out the front, dog bowls provided and very close to Brighton Dog Beach
Martin St Cafe & Providore, 147 Martin St, Brighton
Dog friendly courtyard
North Point Cafe, 2B North Rd, Brighton
Great food, lots of area to sit with the dogs.
The Deck, 212 Bay St, Brighton
Out the front is very dog friendly. Lovely food too
The Little Ox, 452 New St, Brighton
There is a large forecourt out the front with about 8 tables and they have dog bowls with water outside.
The Pantry, 1 Church St, Brighton
They have a window which means it’s easy to pay for items without tying your dog up!! They also have a big area for dogs to lay down and have a treat jar (all the local dogs know where it’s hidden)
Mr. Brightside, 189a Booran Road, Caulfield South
Lots of outdoor seating. Dogs very welcome. The wait staff will bring them water and a large yummy dog treat. Very close to off lead dog park and nice walking tracks also.
Cafe Opera, 419 Nepean Hwy, Chelsea
Dog friendly courtyard out the back
Two Feet First, 451 Nepean Hwy, Chelsea
They have seating out the front of the cafe and dog friendly staff (one waiter in particular loves to have a cuddle with every dog there and any other passing by!) Dog bowl of water always available. There is also a pet shop a few doors down so we have been and bought our boy a chew before so we are all eating at the same time!
Where's your Aunty?, 384A Nepean Hwy, Chelsea
Dog friendly courtyard out the back and you can close the gate
Bad Shepherd Brewing Co., 386 Reserve Rd, Cheltenham
Not a cafe but is dog friendly on the deck. Great food, beer and other drinks. Umbrellas for shade and very friendly staff.
DRIP Cafe, 88 Chesterville Rd, Cheltenham Delicious food. Great outdoor area at the back - not shaded though.
Frank's, 97 Cavanagh St, Cheltenham
Excellent food and staff are so friendly. There are a few tables out the front where you can sit with the dogs. Undercover'
Rose & Clive, 16 Charlton Ave Cheltenham
There is a small patch of grassed nature strip out the front with a tree where you can tie your dog. Deck chairs and umbrellas out the front and great coffee. It's very quirky.
Seabreeze Cafe, Sailing Club Building, The Esplanade, Edithvale
Right on the beach. The righthand side (sunny side) is for people and their dogs.
Goat House Roastery 3–6 Elsternwick Pl, Elsternwick Has a smallish covered entrance with seating that is dog friendly
Hummingbird, 86-88 Ormond Rd, Elwood
Friendly and welcoming of dogs and always bring out a fresh bowl of water. The food and coffee is sublime
Jimmi Jamz, 132 Ormond Rd, Elwood
You can walk through the restaurant with your dogs to the large dog friendly courtyard out back (partially under cover). Little playground for kids as well and walking distance to Elsternwick off lead park.
Johnny's Coffee Roasters, 159 Ormond Rd, Elwood
In the Elwood Village on Ormond Rd, outdoor bench seating, on the shady side of the street, dogs are allowed inside to sit under tables and bar stools. Coffee and basic food served, toasted sandwiches etc, mainly people go for the amazing coffee and atmosphere.
Plain Sailing, 144 Ormond Road, Elwood
Get there early as gets super busy with heaps of dogs. There are some shaded tables and it seems that dogs appear to be allowed on seats (small ones) next to humans. It is just 5minutes from Elsternwick Park and has a very social communal area where dogs and humans all talk.
Who is Bunker Spreckles, 4/122 Ormond Road, Elwood
Has umbrellas, staff are very dog friendly and they often have treats on hand. All dogs love it there and it is 5 minutes from Elsternwick Park. Great coffee.
Two Boys One Beagle and a Coffee Shop, 59 Kareela Rd, Frankston
Food and service is great. Small area to sit out the front.
Arugula, 400 Hampton St, Hampton - near the railway line - previously SIPP cafe
Good sized area out the front, great food. Can get a bit breezy. Has a courtyard out the back which is accessible from the back laneway - great for the dogs. Food and coffee is terrific.
Canoe Canoe, 502 Hampton St, Hampton
Has a couple of outside front tables but if you enter through the back laneway, there is a lovely courtyard where dogs are welcome. Strip heaters and some awnings that can pull out. They are looking at making something more permanent apparently. Great food and great coffee. Not open typical hours - see website for details
Cornerstone & Co, 75 Ludstone St, Hampton
Fantastic, enclosed and shaded courtyard at the back with a gate. Good for winter also as has heaters. Has a largish seating area at the front as well undercover and with umbrellas. Food is great as is coffee.
Glasshouse, 305 Hampton St, Hampton
Right next to the trainline, this cafe is mainly for coffee/tea/drinks and toasties. Terrific outdoor seating area at the front and side - perfect for you and your dog. No umbrellas.
Larsen and Co, 315 Hampton St, Hampton - temporarily closed to due fire at Bakers Delight
Great undercover seating down the laneway. Can still get a bit breezy. Really good food and nice coffee.
Merrymen, 2 Small Street, Hampton
Great outdoor area where dogs are welcome. Lovely staff, food and coffee. Bit of a squeeze with the bigger dogs.
Paperboy Coffee Bar, 370 Hampton St, Hampton - open from 6.30am to 5.30pm
Fantastic food and coffee. Can sit out the front on the footpath with the dogs. Not really undercover but shaded in the afternoon.Staff are lovely.
Sebastian's Food & Wine, 301 - 303 Hampton St, Hampton (on the railway line)
Great area out the front and to the side which is dog friendly. Gorgeous outdoor courtyard but dogs not allowed. Undercover at the front and side. Food and coffee are great. Can be noisy with trains and train gates.
The Hamptons Bakery, 427 Hampton St, Hampton
Excellent covered area at the front. Dog friendly and the bonus is lovely food and friendly staff.
Town House, 545 Hampton St, Hampton
Food is fabulous. Can sit out the front with dogs but also has enclosed courtyard out the back. Allowed to walk the dogs through the cafe to the back which has shade, fake turf and lots of seating. Can get quite arm out there on a hot day. Great staff too.
Monkey Can Fly, 519 Highett Rd, Highett
Smallish area out the front but undercover, heated and has cafe blinds. Footpath isn't very wide so need to keep your dogs very close as there is lots of foot traffic going by.
Sons of Mischief, 326 Highett Rd, Highett
Great food and coffee. Wonderful courtyard out the back where dogs are most welcome. Seating to the side as well as the front.
The Diplomat, 4 Railway Parade, Highett
Terrific food. Excellent outdoor seating at the front.
The Little Elephant, 23 Spring Rd, Highett.
Has a large seating area out the front and to the side. Mostly undercover, a few cafe blinds down one side so can be used in all weather. Shady areas for summer, sheltered for winter but still rug up. Really nice food and lovely staff.
Mr Burch, 1129 McKinnon Road, McKinnon,
Has several outdoor tables at the front with plenty of area to tie your dog up. Plus water bowls. Great food and friendly staff
Happy As Larry, 106 Charman Road, Mentone
Seating out the front and an undercover decking out the back which dogs are welcome on, back area access is down a laneway. They also have outdoor heaters & blankets on cold days.
The Corner Store, 1 Swanston St, Mentone
Outside seating and dog friendly staff
Sandbar Beach Cafe, 175B Beaconsfield Pde, Middle Park
Tables outside overlooking the beach on the deck. Dogs welcome. Nice food and nice coffee. Water bowls for dogs and blankets for humans provided.
Chameleon Junction, 4 Station St, Moorabbin
Amazing food and is opposite Moorabbin station. Its outdoor seating isn’t covered though, so not great for hot or cold/wet days. They have a doggy menu too.
Custodian Kitchen, 472 South Rd, Moorabbin
Seating out the front, shaded. Great food and coffee - a favourite!
Rubia Cafe, 144 Keys Rd, Moorabbin
Fabulous outdoor, sheltered area great for dogs. Food is nice. Coffee is great. Very large inside - has a little play area for children as well.
The Tradesman, Shop 1, 260 Wickham Rd, Moorabbin
Fantastic food, some tables outside so you can dine with your dog (and friends!)
Hansa's Chopping Block and Smokehouse Cafe, 24, Percy St, Mordialloc
Great food, can sit outside with your dog. Across the road is a dog park and nearby is a dog friendly art gallery, Le Studio Art Space
Hendriks Cafe, 105-107 White St, Mordialloc
Front courtyard is dog friendly with areas to clip their leads into. Also great coffee and food. Not great on hot days though as the area isn’t shaded.
Main Street, 503-505 Main St, Mordialloc
Good priced food, covered outdoor seating
Oscar's Hangout, Shop 2, 11 Hall Mark Rd, Mordialloc
Outdoor area and adjacent park - very dog friendly
Beans Republique, 220 Como Parade W, Parkdale
Has undercover seating outside and welcome dogs
Burgerlab, 194 Como Parade West, Parkdale
Has a shaded outdoor eating area which is located at the front. There are about 12 tables in this courtyard that can comfortably seat 6 people to a table. Dogs are served their own bowls of water and are sometimes snapped and posted on BurgerLab’s FB page. Along with a range of burgers and chips, other foods are available such as seafood, chicken ribs and pork ribs. It is licensed, but if you don’t feel like grog, there’s always an old favourite - ‘spider’ or good old coffee!
Parkdale Beach Cafe & Kiosk, 151 Beach Rd, Parkdale
The cafe is right on the beach. They have seats near the grass overlooking the ocean. You can take your dog there but there is no shade as the seating is outside. You can sit with your dogs at the front or out the back on the grass.
Parkers Cafe, 79 Parkers Rd, Parkdale,
It’s got a lot of seating out front, they have water bowls for the dogs and anchors on the walls to tie leashes to. Short walk up from the beach with decent parking nearby as well.
The Tipsy Cow - Malt & Vine, 1359 Bay Street, Port Melbourne
It’s a whiskey and cocktail bar where dogs are welcome inside!
Bay Road Nursery Cafe, 112-114 Bay Rd, Sandringham
Cafe with lovely shaded outdoor area. Dogs welcome Black Squirrel, 20 Bay Road, Sandringham,
The seating out the front is very dog friendly.. water bowl/buckets and friendly staff.
Full Turn Kitchen Bar, 222 Bay Rd, Sandringham
Friendly staff, nice food. Great, undercover outdoor balcony eating area where dogs are welcome. Heating in winter, sheltered from the elements. A favourite
Limoncello, 54 Station St, Sandringham
Good outdoor seating. Plenty of room for people and dogs. Mostly undercover.
Our Little Ray of Sunshine, 50 Station St, Sandringham
Great outside area at the front - undercover, heaters and cafe blinds makes it great for all seasons. Food is nice, Coffee is great. Staff are dog lovers!
Port of Call, 7 Bay Road, Sandringham
Lots of seating out the front on the path with large umbrellas. Great food. Can now walk your dog through to the small courtyard.
Sandy Beach Kiosk (also known as SHQ Kiosk) - Jetty Rd, Sandringham
Large seating area out the front with umbrellas and you can go inside with your dog/s. (Must be on lead) I love this. If it is too hot, go inside. If it is cold and/or raining, go inside. Can't take the dogs upstairs but who cares? Really good food, great coffee and even better, Chai Latte. Yum.
Sparrows Bar, 44 Bay Road, Sandringham
Open from 3pm to 11pm. Dogs welcome out the front and well behaved dogs can sit inside under your chair while you have a drink. They don’t sell food so they are allowed. Great drinks, great atmosphere.
Stevie, 18-34 Station St, Sandringham Outside seating at the front and side. Great food and coffee.
Syndicate Room, 254 Bay Rd, Sandringham
Food here is fantastic. Great coffee. Can sit out the front with the dogs. Not really undercover though.
38 South, 1/131 Nepean Hwy, Seaford
Staff loves dogs, makes you feel welcome , pats and acknowledge your furry friend. Dogs allowed on the decking , undercover outside Crackerjack Waterfront Cafe, Shop 4, 1N Nepean Highway, Seaford Dog friendly on the deck, lovely and shady and sheltered. Friendly staff, great food, awesome views. They give you free dog biscuits, & blankets when its cold. Only 1 dog per person but very dog friendly. They also feature your dog on their page.
Sit outside. They love dogs! Undercover and heating in winter. Usually ok when it rains. You can walk to Peanut Farm Reserve after or dog beach or both
Neighbours Cafe, 42 Chapel Street, St Kilda East
Dog friendly courtyard, water bowls and the staff love dogs!
West Beach Bathers Pavilion, 330A Beaconsfield Pde, St Kilda
Dog beach to the left, dogs are welcome on the deck. Great food. Gets very busy in summer
The Nest, 35/36 Waterside Drive, Waterways
Dog friendly deck with great views
There are many more but this is just a taster for you. If you know of any great ones, comment below and I will add them in!