The Best Dog-Friendly Places in San Mateo

A senior woman goes for a run on the beach with her dog

San Mateo is a hidden gem filled with beauty and charm. It boasts a small-town feel with great shops, eateries and parks, plus access to the best the Bay Area has to offer. What could possibly make it better? It’s a city that LOVES dogs. Here’s what you’ll find when you live here with your pet.

Things to Do in San Mateo with Your Dog

From the gorgeous views at Seal Point Harbor Dog Park to plenty of dog-friendly restaurants, like The Swingin’Door British pub when you want to grab a pint or Central Park Bistro for a fine dining experience, there are many places to take your dog on an adventure in San Mateo. You could even take your pup along to a wine and painting class!


Dog Parks You’ll Both Love

According to a site dedicated to dogs, here’s a list of the best off-leash dog parks in San Mateo:

  • Seal Point Harbor Dog Park – popular for fabulous views of the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Beresford Park – offer plenty of off-leash areas 
  • Laurelwood Park – has serene walking trails to Sugarloaf Mountain
  • John Lee Dog Park – a great place for your dog to make friends
  • Laurie Meadows Park – a 7.5-acre neighborhood park


A Day at the Beach with Your Dog

There are over 60 miles of coastline in San Mateo County. Here are some dog-friendly ones near you:

  • Pelican Point Beach – a big beach area for a game of fetch in the surf
  • Mavericks Beach– known for a big wave surfing competition called “Mavericks Challenge”
  • Esplanade Beach – features a huge area for dogs to run free
  • Bean Hollow State Beach – dogs welcome but must be on a leash at all times

For some real fun, don’t miss out on the World Dog Surfing Championship in August at Linda Mar State Beach.

Dog-Friendly Restaurants

Here are some great places to dine with your pup:

  • Windy City Pizza & BBQ – Texas BBQ and Chicago-style pizza
  • Rise Woodfire – pizza, sandwiches and salad
  • The Refuge – burgers and sandwiches
  • Apple Fritter – burgers, breakfast and brunch
  • Central Park Bistro – upscale cuisine including crab and lobster cakes

Dog-Friendly Bars

Want to go out for a cocktail? Your furry pal is welcome in these establishments:

  • The Swingin’ Door – award-winning food and nightly entertainment
  • Bucky’s Cocktail Lounge – vintage bar with drinks that give it a modern twist
  • Half Moon Bay Brewing Company – stunning harbor views, craft brews and fresh coastal cuisine

Where to Live with Your Dog

The Peninsula Regent is more than pet-friendly, we’re pet fanatics. Our condo community for independent 60+ adults is perfect for you and your dog to live your best retirement lifestyle. With luxury amenities, a balcony in each condo, and big windows for nature and people-watching, your dog will love living with you here.

The Peninsula Regent is located in a gorgeous, easy-to-navigate neighborhood that is wonderful for going on walks. You can even take a stroll into downtown San Mateo and explore all the offerings for you and your dog. Find out about fun events, beaches, restaurants and parks you’ll both love.

If you’re considering moving with your furry companion, take a look at The Peninsula Regent, where you both can lead active, hassle-free lives in a casual and elegant community. All our condos are dog-friendly.