Pet-Friendly Carmel, California




These days, it seems travelers take their dogs everywhere. Whether they’re in the back seat with their heads hanging out the window or they’re tucked into a shoulder bag, man’s best friend is being welcomed into tourist spots all over the country.

Carmel is brimming with pet-friendly places to go. Inns, hotels, restaurants and shops around town welcome pets with water dishes and biscuits, and many Carmel restaurants offer a 'pet menu' and private areas to dine with family friends without encroaching on non-dog-loving patrons. Among these pet-friendly destinations in Carmel is the Cypress Inn (Doris Day's place), which provides great pet accommodations, treats and even a daily Doggie Cocktail Hour in the bar.

For daytime activities, the Carmel Plaza is a conveniently located shopping area right on Carmel's Ocean Avenue. The Plaza's "Fountain of Woof," which is ready for dogs to enjoy, provides a running stream of fresh water for the beautiful flowers and plants that landscape this wonderful center. There are also several pet-friendly beaches in Carmel where owners can relax while their dogs play in the sand and surf.

If traveling with a four-legged companion, just be sure to pick up one of the free village 'doggie bags' to help keep the streets of Carmel waste-free.

Pet owners seeking a unique way to remember their adventure in Carmel will find that there are also many Carmel artists and galleries that will paint or photograph their dog or cat. When booking reservations at one of Carmel’s pet-friendly hotels, inns or cottages, travelers should be sure to ask about these services and locations.

Pet Friendly Eating and Drinking Establishments


  • Allegro Gourmet Pizzeria
  • Anton & Michel
  • Bahama Billys
  • Bruno Market & Deli
  • Buon Giorno Bakery
  • Café Stravaganza
  • Caffe Cardinale
  • Carmel Bistro
  • CB Coffee Roasting co.
  • Casanova Restaurant
  • The Cheese Shop
  • Chianti China Gourmet
  • Club Jalapeno
  • Corkscrew Café
  • Cypress Inn
  • Da Giovannis
  • Forge in the Forest
  • From Scratch
  • Gallery Restaurant
  • Garden Bistro
  • Grasings
  • Hog's Breath Inn
  • Jack London's
  • La Dolce Vita
  • Le Coq D'Or
  • Lenny's Deli
  • Nico Ristorante
  • Oak Deli
  • Paolina's
  • Plaza Linda
  • PortaBella Restaurant
  • R. G. Burgers
  • Rio Grill
  • Robata
  • Rocky Point Restaurant
  • Sherlock Holmes Pub
  • Sole Mio Caffe
  • Sushi Heaven
  • Tita's Café
  • Tommy's Wok
  • Village Corner


Pet Friendly Accommodations in Carmel


  • Carmel Country Inn
  • Carmel Garden Court Inn
  • Carmel Mission Inn
  • Carmel River Inn
  • Casa de Carmel
  • Coachman's Inn
  • Country Garden Inn
  • Cypress Inn
  • Hofsas House
  • Lamp Lighter Inn
  • Lincoln Green Inn
  • The Lodge at Pebble Beach
  • Los Laureles Lodge
  • Sunset House
  • Svendsgaard’s Inn
  • Tradewinds Carmel
  • Vagabond's House Inn


Helpful Links for Pet Owners and Animal Lovers in Carmel

S.P.C.A of Monterey County
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is located on Highwy 68 near Ryan Ranch. They take any animal that is hurt and have an emergency clinic for all kinds of pets and wildlife. Please call them directly or find out on their website how to contact them.

A.A.R.P
Animal Friends Rescue – A local organization that helps to adopt out animals that need a good home. Please contact them on their website and they also have a location on Lighthouse Avenue in downtown Pacific Grove.

Emergency Services for pets are available in the Crossroads Shopping Center, and Ryan Ranch has an emergency provider as well. Both can be reached directly.

The Animal Hospital at the Crossroads
Tel. 1.831.624.0131

Monterey Peninsula-Salinas Emergency Vet Hospital
2 Harris Court Ryan Ranch
Tel. 1.831.373.7374


Pet-Friendly Carmel, California