Traveling to Gilroy with your dog is easier than ever! With plenty of outdoor activities, outdoor dining, and dog-friendly attractions, Gilroy is the perfect place to visit with your favorite canine companion.
If you recently adopted a dog or have gotten used to working from home with your best friend, you may want to take a vacation but feel worried about leaving your dog at home. We get it—separation anxiety for dogs (and their humans) is real. But don’t worry! Your dog can join you while you visit Gilroy and enjoy the wonderful amenities we have to offer.
Dog-Friendly Dining in Gilroy
Gilroy is fortunate to have many dog-friendly restaurants. You do not have to leave your dog behind to enjoy a tasty meal away from home—you can just dine al fresco. Thanks to COVID-19, many of Gilroy’s restaurants now have outdoor seating available all year round.
If you are feeling carnivorous, follow your nose (and your dog’s) to some tasty barbecue at BBQ 152, named for the local highway that runs through town.
There are plenty of dog-friendly places to eat in Gilroy on First Street (Highway 152 West), with easy access to some amazing wineries and parks nearby. You can enjoy a fantastic drink, appetizer, or entrée at a local favorite, Westside Grill, while you and your dog listen to the babbling fountain in the courtyard. For a more casual meal, stop by Brew City Burgers and sample the tasty garlic fries and a fresh brew on tap or their signature boysenberry shake.
For flavorful Mexican fare along First Street, follow the Gilroy Taco Trail to Los Junior’s Mariscos or Victoria’s Mexican Restaurant. For an Italian meal, try Mama Mia’s (small dogs only, please). Sample some Thai cuisine at Pineapple Village or seafood one of Gilroy’s newest restaurants, Jellyfish Seafood Bar. For another new local restaurant with an upscale menu, dine at Relish. Dogs are welcome to join you outdoors at all these locations.
If you prefer to walk around downtown Gilroy with your dog while enjoying the historical buildings and colorful murals, you can sidewalk-dine at The Milias Restaurant, a historical hotel-turned-restaurant. You are in the Garlic Capital of the World, so you might want to check out the garlicky food at another local favorite downtown, Garlic City Café.
For wonderful Mexican food where your dog can join you, visit Station 55 (in the old firehouse) or Los Pericos, both located on Fifth Street. If you are winding down your evening, relax with your dog and grab a craft beer at Promised Land Brewing Company or enjoy a glass of wine at Bella Viva Enoteca E Caffe. Whatever your taste, Gilroy offers fantastic dog-friendly dining where you and your four-legged friends will be welcomed.
To view a list of all the great restaurants Gilroy has to offer, visit our Dining & Restaurant Directory – Visit Gilroy.
Wine Tasting with Your Dog in Gilroy
Gilroy is part of the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail, which has about 30 wineries all within a modest driving distance—and many of them are dog-friendly. Just minutes from the center of town are several of Gilroy’s own local, award-winning wineries that welcome you and your dog.
If bringing your dog along for your wine tasting is how you roll, then our wineries are the perfect place for you! Spend an afternoon outdoors enjoying beautiful views, delectable wines, and the company of your dog.
Dog-friendly wineries include:
- Calerrain Wine
- Church Creek Cellars
- Dorcich Family Vineyards
- Fortino Winery
- Hecker Pass Winery
- Kirigin Cellars
- La Vie Dansante
- Sarah’s Vineyard
- Satori Cellars
- Solis Winery
- Verde Vineyard
Here are even more dog-friendly wineries along the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail:
- Cinnabar Winery
- Clos La Chance Winery
- Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards
- Creekview Vineyards
- Guglielmo Winery
- Heller Winery
- J Winston Winery
- Lightpost Winery
- Lion Ranch Vineyards & Winery
- Miramar Vineyards
- MO|HI Winery
- Morgan Hill Cellars
- P & V Winery
- Tank House Winery
For a full list of all the wonderful wineries along the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail, visit Wineries and Tasting Rooms – Visit Gilroy
You’ll find lots more to do with your dog in Gilroy! Check out our blogs on Stay Happy: A Guide to Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails and Parks in Gilroy – Visit Gilroy and Stay Happy: A Guide to Dog-Friendly Places to Stay in Gilroy – Visit Gilroy so you can enjoy fabulous fun with your favorite four-legged friend.
Be sure to stop by the California Welcome Center Gilroy in the Gilroy Premium Outlets to find maps, brochures, and everything you need to plan your great Gilroy getaway—plus fun souvenirs of your trip to Gilroy and the Golden State. Learn more at VisitGilroy.com.