This weekend the dogs forced me to leave the house. I have been out with a cold and then lingering cough for a while, and everyone agreed that someone needed to get out and about now that “being contagious” is definitely no longer an issue. Plus the dogs felt that I was getting a bit too pale and recluse-y for anyone’s liking.
We like dog friendly establishments, because we like going out together. So we all headed out on a very low-key “adventure” to Los Gatos, California (yeah, only about 20 minutes away). Here is an overview of our dog friendly spots on our day out. I am definitely no food reviewer, so take those comments with a hefty grain of salt.
These locations were reviewed on October 26th, 2014.
First stop: Testarossa Winery, Los Gatos
Testarossa Winery is a favorite spot in Los Gatos. It’s a historic winery located in a former seminary in the hills right above downtown Los Gatos. Plus you get to drive through a neighborhood of 2-5 million dollar homes on the way there, bonus!
The best thing about the winery, apart from the lovely wine (I’m a fan and a wine club member), is that the patio is dog friendly and serves their delicious Pinot Noir’s and Chardonnay’s along with plates of meat and/or cheese. A bunch of people were under the old oak trees, lounging with their dogs. There must have been half a dozen dogs there, which is not unusual.
The atmosphere is fantastic: the old stone building, oak trees, and ample space on the patio makes for a lovely spot to stop with your dog.
Water is provided for your dogs, and our servers have always been very friendly. There are plenty of spots where you can tuck a nervous dog into a corner or out-of-the-way if this is a concern.
Food is limited to small plates – mostly meat and cheese options. The quality has always been great though, and the options pair well with the wine.
The only con is that the prices are a tad expensive for what you get, including the wine… despite being at the winery itself. Overall I feel it is worth the location and opportunity to dine with your dogs in such a nice atmosphere.
Tip: If you are a wine club member, you can enjoy 20% off your food and beverages on the patio.
Location: 300 College Avenue Los Gatos, CA 95030 [Map]
Second stop: Three Degrees Los Gatos for Happy Hour
Our next stop was the Three Degrees restaurant (now Verge restaurant) inside the Toll House Hotel, just down the hill in downtown Los Gatos, CA.
The courtyard is a lovely spot to lounge with your dogs, including comfy couches and heat lamps available if you’re there later at night. There is a covered part of the patio if you’re concerned about the rain.
Water was provided for our dogs, and we noticed some neighboring Chow’s up on the couch so we let our dogs do so too:
Our server was very friendly with our dogs, and incredibly attentive. We stopped in for their “Social” (Happy) hour, a small and inexpensive (for Los Gatos) menu offered early evening (4-7pm), 7 days per week.
The small plates were of varying quality. The wings were great (highly recommended), the flatbread was almost nasty (not recommended), the guacamole with pita was quite good (thumbs up).
Location: 140 South Santa Cruz Avenue Los Gatos, CA 95030 [Map]
Tip: Head right in the front door with your dogs. Walk past the restrooms to the patio doors, which will be on your right and lead to the courtyard. The restaurant is up the stairs to your left – find a spot at one of the outdoor couches/tables.
Dog Friendly Los Gatos Adventure: Verdict
Overall, we’ll definitely go back to Los Gatos and visit these dog friendly spots. The two are close together, and it makes a lovely afternoon. Between the two locations we had “dinner” and enjoyed half of our day out with the dogs. It’s always work for both of them to be on good dog behavior, and take in all the action, so they get home exhausted even though we didn’t hit a beach or forest.
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