Dog-Friendly Restaurants in San Miguel de Allende

By Lair Hamilton

For many dog owners in San Miguel de Allende, exploring this beautiful city without our beloved four-legged friend is not an option; Fido goes everywhere. However, many restaurants and cafes are off limits to dogs. Health and safety concerns are the primary reason.

Luckily, there are exceptions. Because of our lovely weather, many restaurants and cafes have outdoor seating. Some even have open-air patios that fit within the limits of health regulations. San Miguel is blessed to have dog-friendly eateries that actually happen to be excellent places to dine as well.

I have established the following criteria for excellence in dog-friendly restaurants:

1. The dining establishment must serve high-quality fare at a reasonable price.

2. The staff must be well trained and professional.

3. Management must be genuinely behind the policy of accommodating guests with dogs.

4. Seating for guests with dogs should not be intentionally segregated from other diners in the same open-air environment.

Finally, the last woof goes to Andre, my sophisticated Maltipoo that goes where I go and observes operations from the ground up. Each restaurant mentioned receives one to five wags from Andre, depending on how it meets the above criteria.

On the top of my list of excellent dog-friendly restaurants in the San Antonio area is Café Rama, located just off Ancha de San Antonio, at calle Nueva 7. This inviting café provides two outdoor sidewalk tables. Andre gives this place five wags! Open 11am to 11:30pm. Closed on Mondays.

Across the street from Café Rama is a simple covered patio called La Palapa. It has a lunch menu of tacos, sandwiches, and hamburgers. The portions are appropriate for lunch and the prices are reasonable. Andre wags three and a half times for La Palapa. Open noon to 5pm. Closed on Sunday.

Down Salida a Celaya is a delicatessen called Luna de Queso. They have gourmet items here that you cannot find anywhere else in San Miguel. Six tables are arranged on the patio. Andre likes the doggy bar by the front door that serves water and snacks. Cheerful servers will take your order inside, and bring your items to the table outside. Andre gives it four wags. Open noon to 5pm. Closed on Sunday.

Backtracking toward San Antonio, make a left turn at Hotel Real de Minas and look for Ten Ten Pie, a block down Stirling Dickinson. They have two locations in this city but this one features a barbecue. This airy café is covered with a canopy and offers plenty of deck space para su perro. Andre gives this place four wags. Open noon to 9pm every day.

Another block down Stirling Dickinson is the quiet Pueblito square that is home to Frontera Restaurant. This American-style café has outdoor seating facing a plaza. Andre always finds other four-legged friends there to romp with. Andre gives it three and a half wags. Open Monday through Saturday from noon until 8pm.

Andre and I will list five more favorites in the El Centro area in a future issue.


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