Best Dog Friendly Places in South Orange County

Best Dog Friendly Places in South Orange County

If you’re lucky enough to have a furry best friend, you’ll know that dogs are too good for us on this Earth. That’s why one of the hardest things is leaving your dog at home when you go out. Nobody wants to resist those puppy dog eyes, but some places just don’t allow them. The solution to your problems is here! Check out this list of dog friendly places you can take your BFF (best furry friend, of course) and let your pup soak up the South OC fun!


If you ever find yourself in San Juan Capistrano and don’t want your dog to miss out, bring them to Cafe Mozart! This restaurant specializes in German and Austrian food with an old world European feel. Feel the breeze and enjoy their popular beef stroganoff while chillin’ with your pup as the Europeans do! They’ll even bring doggie treats if your dog is a very very good boy or girl.

Whenever you’re in the mood to wine and dine, head down to Rancho Capistrano Winery! This place is Orange County’s largest winery, so it makes sense that they have room for your furry pals too. Their 3000 square foot patio is dog friendly, and they just might feature your adorable dog on their Instagram page, #WineryDogsofOC. With delectable wines, delicious food, and a comfy-cozy atmosphere, this is the perfect place for you and your (two or four-legged) best friends.


There are two kinds of dogs in this world: the eaters and the players. While some dogs are motivated by food, others are driven by endless amounts of play time. For the players of the world, take them to the Laguna Canyon Dog Park. There are over two acres of beautiful grassy fields so your dog can run to its heart’s content!

If your dog likes to switch up its turf, take it to the Newport Beach Dog Park where there’s astro turf, dirt, and concrete. This dog park is part of the 16-acre Civic Center park, so there are a lot of things for your doggie to see and explore! The San Clemente Baron Von Willard Memorial Dog Park conveniently has two separated dog parks for big dogs and small dogs. The decomposed granite and grass will be easy on your dog’s paws, and you can always take them on the hiking trail located just behind the parks!

Whether you live in South Orange County or are making a trip here, let your dogs stretch their legs at one of these dog parks!


What is Orange County known for if not its beautiful beaches? It would be a shame if our doggies didn’t get to experience the sunshine and salty air. Luckily, there are a few dog friendly beaches for you and your dog to have fun in the sun and sand.

Head to Corona del Mar Main Beach, where your furry friends are welcome from 6-10 am and after 4:30 pm! For other beach options, cruise over to Laguna Beach, where leashed dogs are welcome from September 11th through June 14th. You can take a walk down to Inspiration Point and Little Corona, where you’ll undoubtedly run into other pups on a stroll as well. Newport Beach is another dog friendly beach, where leashed dogs are welcome before 10 am and after 4:30 pm.

Outside of these few hours, you can also catch a beautiful sunrise or sunset in these beachy cities where there’s so much to see! Whether you’re just dropping by or staying for a few days, you can explore tirelessly without having to leave your pooch behind!


You’ve seen those heiresses on TV and in movies carrying their pooches around with them while they shop. So why can’t you do the same? At these dog friendly shopping centers in South Orange County, you can.

A must-go shopping center in Newport Beach is Fashion Island, and the fact that they’re dog friendly is all the more reason to stop by! Say goodbye to leashing your dog to a bench outside because you can shop with your pup in almost every store! When you and your pet get tired or hungry, end your day at Café Beau Solei, Rustica California Wine Bistro, or Bloomingdale’s 59th And Lex Café, some of Fashion Island’s dog friendly restaurants.

Similarly, the Irvine Spectrum Center allows leashed dogs to roam around the many stores and restaurants. Some store owners will let your pup inside if you just ask, and many of the restaurants have outdoor patios where your doggie can hang out if they’re well behaved! The Spectrum is such a vast space, you can get your shopping done while your furry friend gets their exercise in!

Those of us who are dog owners know the feeling of wanting to be with our pets 24/7. If you’re considering moving to South Orange County and want to make sure your four-legged friend feels welcome, call us at The Reed Team. We’ll help you and your pups find the home and community that’s right for you!