As “parents” to three mischievous, yet too-cute-resist chihuahuas, we’re always on the hunt for dog friendly restaurants in San Diego. With gorgeous spring weather on the horizon, we headed to Hotel Del Coronado for a Friday afternoon lunch. Hotel Del Coronado is a dog friendly resort, so your pup can dine, stay and play at this classic California hotel by the beach. Pet walking, pet sitting and veterinary services are even available for your pup. Talk about 5-star treatment. It’s easy to see why this hotel is often considered one of the best places to visit in San Diego.
Built in 1988, Hotel Del Coronado is a National Historic Landmark that has served esteemed guests from Marilyn Monroe to Franklin D. Roosevelt, and modern-day celebs like Oprah Winfrey and Steve Spielberg. With gorgeous views like these, no wonder celebs would want to call this their home away from home. The Del, as it’s affectionately known, has also been rumored to be home to a ghost or two….but we’ll save the ghost stories for another time when we get to stay overnight. We always love a good ghost hunt.
Hotel Del Coronado’s Sun Deck Bar & Grill is a great spot to enjoy ocean views and soak up some California sunshine. We were able to snag a secluded table in a corner complete with a firepit, cushioned lounge chairs, and an incredible view of the ocean. It was just what we needed – it was so cozy, we were tempted to take a nap – and these two did.
The menu at Sun Deck Bar & Grill offers an array of tropical drinks and Mexican fare, along with the classic American burger. We decided to split a burger and tacos, and Todd also ordered a Coronado Orange Avenue Wit by the Coronado Island Brewing Company. This So-Cal take on a traditional witbier honors Coronado’s main street, which is home to the Coronado Island Brewing Company and was once lined with orange trees. The citrus zing was the perfect complement to a sun-toasted afternoon.
The burger was tasty – you can’t go wrong with classic American fare at a classic California coastal hotel. The tacos were decent, but we probably wouldn’t order them again. As you’ll see by the menu, the prices at Sun Deck Bar & Grill are a little steep. In terms of the view, however, this restaurant wins big among pet friendly restaurants. You’re paying for the atmosphere and incredible views when you dine here.
If you’re looking for places to take your dog in San Diego and don’t want to commit to a full meal, we suggest checking out the Sun Deck Bar & Grill’s “Yappy Hour” held every Sunday from 4-5pm. Dogs can lap up complimentary Evian and “yappatizers” (organic gourmet dog treats), while their parents sip on pet-inspired drinks such as a Hair of the Dog, tangy Greyhound or Salty Dog.
After lunch, we went for iced coffee at The Del’s cafe and then moseyed onto the beach, where we discovered this masterpiece by The Sand Castle Man. A former construction industry pro who was hit hard by the recession, Bill Pavlacka (aka The Sand Castle Man) turned to building sandcastles. You can even commission him to create a custom sculpture for your engagement, wedding, or just because. Amazing work of art!
There are many reasons to love San Diego, and The Hotel Del Coronado is one of them. Blue skies, swaying palm trees, toes in the sand…we can’t think of a better way to kick off the weekend.
There are so many great pet friendly restaurants in San Diego and we can’t wait to share them with you. More San Diego hotspots coming soon and, until then, you can find us napping on the beach. 😉
And if you’re already dreaming of a stay at Hotel Del Coronado….go ahead and check the room rates.