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After a morning of frolicking in the waves and chasing pigeons on the promenade, your favourite “Good Boy” deserves to be treated at one of these five pet-friendly restaurant options.

Surf Riders

Poochini Snack Biscuits at Surf Riders

End off summer outings at Surf Riders, with a refreshing cocktail for yourself and a meal your dog will drool over. Samantha Small-Shaw, General Manager at Surf Riders, said, “We are a dog-friendly restaurant and treat them just as well as our customers.” 

Their menu boasts a variety of delicious choices for both you and your furry friend to enjoy. Option one on their WOOF! Menu is the Poochini Snack Biscuit, made with ice cream topped with peanut butter sauce, layered sponge and biscuit crumbs, it is sure to cool down flushed pups. Option two is the Bag of Bones, which comes topped with honeyed bacon chips and nutter butter. 

The Oyster Box Hotel

         The Oyster Box's resident cat, Skabenga 

Gone are the days where travellers had to leave their furry friends at home to enjoy that perfect holiday. The Oyster Box in Umhlanga Rocks offers pet-loving guests luxurious accommodation – for them and their precious animal companions. From check-in, The Oyster Box’s welcomes pets with goodies ranging from a stylish collar to a water bowl gift set. Pet-friendly services also include dog-walkers and collection and delivery to the parlour, on request. 

Cats and dogs can dine like royalty from a pet menu offering a variety of specialised meals that are sure to entice tail wagging and appreciative purrs. The menu ranges from Woof Waffles, served with boerewors and gravy, to The Purring Feline, consisting of strips of steamed chicken breast or fresh salmon, with a side-bowl of cream. The pet menu is available outside on the verandah of The Ocean Terrace, where pets can dine with their owners.

Beach Bums

Picture by: Tracy Lyle

Beach Bums is a dog-friendly restaurant literally on the beach in Westbrook Beach, 20 minutes north of Umhlanga. Tracy Lyle, a Durban local, animal lover and a regular customer at Beach Bums, said, “The beach is dog-friendly, so dogs can swim, run and play before you enjoy a meal and spectacular view.” Kindly note that dogs need to be on a lead in the restaurant area and servers will bring a bowl of water to quench your dog’s thirst.

Circus Circus Beach Cafe

Springer Spaniel is called Chloe with owners lapping up Durban sun.

Adjacent to the slender palm trees, crashing waves and golden sand of North Beach, Circus Circus Beach Cafe is the perfect stop after taking your dog for a walk. 

The restaurant offers thirsty dogs bowls of water upon their arrival and allows dogs to be accompanied by their owners when seated outside. Kay Economou, the owner, said: “We just love dogs.We were the first dog-friendly place along the beachfront. Your fur babies are always welcome.” 

The Galley Beach Bar & Grill Seafood Restaurant


The Galley in Ballito has an entire menu of Canine Cuisine. Restaurant owner Mark van Staden, said: “We are huge animal lovers. We started being pet-friendly after a friend of ours asked if she could invite human and doggy friends to the Galley for her dog Aalanta’s birthday party.

It went down so well – with humans and nine dogs in total – that we decided to bring out our Canine Cuisine menu for our furry friends.” The Galley has regular four-legged patrons who frequent the restaurant with their humans, who come from far and wide. 

Over weekends, van Staden claims to serve more “doggie meals” than kiddies’ meals. “We have been pet friendly for seven years now and, despite having received three complaints about dogs being allowed into The Galley, we have taken the decision that pets and their humans will always be welcome here,” said van Staden. 

The Hound Dog Haven, consisting of grilled and cubed rump, and the Chicken à la Pooch, with grilled and sliced chicken, are popular options for hungry hounds.