These pet-friendly restaurants in SA have gone the extra mile, creating delicious menu items not only for their human clientele, but introducing top-notch dog and cat menus, too. From feline-style fine dining to a ‘bag of bones’ at the beach, these eateries have you and your furry friends covered come lunch time.
Situated in the beautiful seaside town of Melkbosstrand on the Cape West Coast, this restaurant offers world-class cuisine in a stunning setting. While your pooch tucks into a starter of mini doggy meat balls, followed by a succulent sirloin (with or without the bone), why not treat yourself to one of their signature seafood dishes, including mussels in white wine or a hearty fisherman’s casserole? If there’s room for dessert, let Fido tuck into biltong-flavoured ice cream – yes, really! – while you enjoy a slice of traditional melktert. This truly is food fit for a queen – and her Corgi! Visit their website here.
Voodoo Lily Café
There’s a wonderfully casual atmosphere at this Joburg-based eatery and, of course, pets are welcome. The menu is simple, offering healthy treats like organic chicken breast, chicken livers and doggy biscuits for your four-legged companion, but don’t feel the need to stick to the diet yourself – the flapjacks with berry compote and whipped cream are sublime! Visit their website here.
Surf Riders Café
Another delightful seaside spot – this time in sunny South Beach, Durban. At Surf Riders cafe, you and your pet can relax on the promenade and watch the waves rolling in to your hearts’ content. After your meal, you might even want to work off a few calories with a leisurely walk on the beach. On the menu – the indulgent Poochini snack-biscuit or a simple ‘bag of bones’ for your pup, and a burger and shake for you – why not? Visit their Facebook page here.
The Twelve Apostles Hotel
One of Cape Town’s super-swanky spots, this hotel is world renowned for its prime location – nestled in Camps Bay – and excellent service. If you and your pet try one fine-dining meal together, make it here. Book a table at the onsite eatery called The Leopard Bar and indulge in a pink mojito and prawns, while your dog or cat are delightfully catered for. The dog-friendly Bark-A-Licious menu includes morsels like beef fillet steak and a lamb burger, while cats are welcome to try something from The Purrfect Choice – salmon trout and scrambled eggs sound good? This is too remarkable to miss. Visit their website here.
Compiled by features editor Stephanie van der Plank