swiss hotel dog-friendly restaurant on sonoma plaza

Swiss Hotel

18 West Spain St.
Sonoma, California 95476
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Local Phone: (707) 938-2884

Jasper at Swiss Hotel
Jasper at Swiss Hotel
The 19th-century home of Don Salvador Vallejo, brother of Gen. Mariano Vallejo (for whom the Bay Area city is named), is one of the oldest operating hotels and restaurants in the state. You can't take Fido into the 100-year-old bar area, but do stick your head in if you're with someone who can do dog-sitting duty for a few minutes.

Casual Italian fare and scrumptious pizzas from a wood-burning oven are the specialties here. You and your pup can sit together at one of a half-dozen or so dog-friendly tables on the front sidewalk.

Open for lunch and dinner.

Dog Access:

  • Dogs OK at outside seating

dog-friendly restaurant, historic, italian, sidewalk tables

Layla at the Annex Wine Bar, Sonoma. Photo Credit: Linda Peters
Layla at the Annex Wine Bar, Sonoma. Photo Credit: Linda Peters
Sonoma County is one of California’s largest and most diverse regions—and one that can seem very close or very far away, depending on your time, destination and inclinations. For a day trip or quick weekend escape from Sacramento or San Francisco, the town of Sonoma charms with its historic square (no dogs on the grass, please), intriguing shops, dog-friendly sidewalk cafes and close-in opportunities for wine tasting. more »
Stylin Dog in Downtown Sonoma
Stylin Dog in Downtown Sonoma
Sonoma State Historic Park, which are clustered along Spain Street on the north side of the plaza. You and Spot are free to walk the square’s perimeter, so long as you stay off the grass and away from the historic buildings.   more »
Dog sniffing treats at Three Dog Bakery in SonomaThe town of Sonoma gets a bad rap because of “no dogs on the plaza” rule, but the restriction, which applies only to the central square and the mission and buildings associated with Sonoma State Historic Park on one side, isn’t really as bad as it seems. You and Fido are free to walk the square’s perimeter, just so you stay on the other side of the street.

The checkered sidewalk tables at the Swiss Hotel, on the plaza’s northwest corner, are a great place for the two of your to linger and watch the world go by. Casual Italian fare and pizza from a wood-burning oven are the specialties, and you’ll likely exchange pleasantries with passers-by admiring your four-legged companion. Around the corner, on First Street, the very sunny-feeling Sunflower Caffe allows dogs at its sidewalk tables and in the more private garden patio area out back.

Basque Boulangerie Cafe, also on First and facing the plaza, is a bakery/deli that feels lifted straight from the streets of Paris. Just as in the City of Light, your dog is welcome to join you at a teeny outdoor table as you sip your espresso or enjoy your pastry, soup or sandwich. 

So what does Max get out of this? A visit to Three Dog Bakery, just off the square, will enthrall you both—in fact, it’s hard to say who will enjoy it more. Three Dog’s bakery cases are filled with wholesome, oven-baked treats that look so good you’ll be tempted to taste them, too. In back is the “Bulk N Bite Buffet,” where your pooch can sniff out his favorites and you can fill a bag to take home. 
Photo courtesy Three Dog Bakery

Story posted 4/2/12
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