Dogs Banned from Outdoor Patio Dining Area at Lazy Dog Restaurant in Concord

June 29, 2014 23:00 pm · 297 comments


Starting Monday, dogs will be banned from the Lazy Dog Restaurant on Diamond Blvd. in Concord, according to employees.

The notice shown above, which was posted by the restaurant, says dogs are no longer allowed in the outdoor patio dining area.

Although it hasn’t been confirmed why dogs are all of a sudden no longer allowed, we’re hearing the health department received multiple complaints from customers about dogs in the patio dining area.

An anonymous employee at the restaurant says they are urging people to contact Contra Costa County Supervisor Karen Mitchoff if you disagree with the county’s decision to ban the dogs.

ale June 29, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Good! Dogs dont belong in restaraunts or stores. This trend of taking Fido everywhere is obnoxious for all the rest of us that leave our pets where they belong…at home.

Anonymous June 29, 2014 at 8:19 AM

Dogs belong at home and not at a restaurant while you are eating. If you don’t like it, get your food to go or leave your dog at home.

Hooray for the Health Department! June 29, 2014 at 8:23 AM

I always wondered why the health department hadn’t stepped in. Good, now maybe we can eat out on the patio. Great restaurant, bad dog policy.

Krystle June 29, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Good. I’ve seen them put the dogs on the table. Gross be different if they laid on the floor.

Abbie R. June 29, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Well…. Dog Gone!

truthbetold June 29, 2014 at 8:37 AM

To tell you the truth, I’m tired of people bringing their dogs everywhere! Look people, I love dogs as much as the next person but they do not belong with you in stores and restaurants. Too many times I’ve seen oblivious owners walking their dogs in an establishment and letting them lift up their legs and pee. Stop saying your little rat chihuahua is a service dog. The only thing it can service is the squirrel in the backyard.

Anon June 29, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Sort of takes the dog out if lazy.

Cat lady June 29, 2014 at 8:45 AM

I work there. There was only 3 complaints I’m the amount of time we were open since October. We’re trying to fight it as much as possible, so since dogs won’t be allowed on patio you can still bring them but they have to be on the opposite of the fence outside. Service animals are still allowed no matter what. We’re trying to annoy the health department as much as we can so they can leave us alone so we can have this privilege again.
-employee from lazy dog

it's simply the law... June 29, 2014 at 8:51 AM

sorry folks. don’t blame the messenger. this is california law. contact your senator and assemblyperson.

East Bay Babe June 29, 2014 at 8:58 AM

I guess many of you don’t visit nor should you visit Carmel =)

Fred June 29, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Seems like there are a lot of cat lovers here.

FurryFriend June 29, 2014 at 9:01 AM

This sucks. This olace was about dogs and I thought it was cool they allowed them. I like how restaurants allow them and have good on menu for them. If u don’t like dogs then mind your own business and look the other way or go home and be a grouchy uptight pet hater alone

Claycord bro June 29, 2014 at 9:02 AM

I don’t understand why well behaved dogs can’t sit outside with their owners?

Lots of other cities allow it.

Crystyl Meth June 29, 2014 at 9:03 AM

It will be much easier to get the restaurant to conform than to get health codes rewritten.

Animals and places that prepare food don’t belong together. If it wasn’t a violation of health codes, the restaurant wouldn’t have to ban dogs. And

Karen Mitchoff didn’t write the health codes, so you’re going to have to complain to a higher power.

Instead, petition to the restaurant to close their patio to food service and turn it into a dog park with entrances you don’t need to go through the restaurant to get to.

mutts June 29, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Fantastic. Now if people would carry a small card to verify their dog it would help more. Met an ignorant lady who took her dog into the market and says she lies about it. No way that tiny thing was a service dog. Yappy little thing would serve to drive me nuts!!

Ewww June 29, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Shame. They’ll probably want to ban rats and cockroaches next. Now where am I supposed to get some good food with dog sh*t on my shoes?

94598 June 29, 2014 at 9:11 AM

I have three Chihuahuas- I never bring my dogs into stores and don’t understand how others think its okay to do that- especially into stores that serve food-
—– come on pet owners, get a clue, its disrespectful to others and kinda disgusting.

anon June 29, 2014 at 9:17 AM

well, there is a lot of space in that area maybe they can build another patio. One for dogs and one not for dogs.

BagsFlyFree June 29, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Perhaps the anti pooch police should frequent a different dining establishment if they must enjoy an outdoor patio dining experience? The restaurant theme is DOGS people, go inside to eat, or enjoy your own backyard firepit if the dogs arent as entertaining as your bearded dragon or legion of cats.

If the patio needs a pet “manager,”so be it. Keep them on the floor amd off laps..

BFF Out.. howwwllll!!!

Horse n around June 29, 2014 at 9:22 AM

My husband and I were at our Bank a few months ago, when I guy walks in with his Yorkie, not on a leash, and proceeds to just wait in line. Well a man walks in with his little boy, and the father say’s to his son, “you have to ask the man first, if you can pet his dog”. So the guy turns around and say’s ” Oh my dog doesn’t like other people. ” So why the f*ck do you bring him in of all places a bank without a leash! I wish the tellers would of kicked him out.

really? June 29, 2014 at 9:25 AM

as I understand, a restaurant is not really allowed to ask for paperwork for service dogs, they just have to take the service dog-owners word for it.
I say;
lets all just say; it’s my service dog!

jk June 29, 2014 at 9:34 AM

I agree with Horse around…a person with a doggie off lease should not be allowed in a bank or anyplace..where a child or people are around..does not people…sounds like the man that owns him trained him well..leave your pooch in the car…or at home if he does like people….better than biting a child or person and lose the doggie…may have rabies….what is with people….
As far as the Lazy restaurant is concerned…place to eat…not take pets…leave at home…cannot take pets everywhere…

PO'd June 29, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Dogs aren’t allowed to enter a restaurant in any county in California. It’s a health and liability issue. Makes sense to me.I think a patio might slide by in some jurisdictions-just depends on the county.
For those who insist on taking their dogs everywhere, you might want to see if your insurance covers you in case of a dog bite. Payouts start at $10,000.

Anon June 29, 2014 at 9:37 AM

This is a shame – it’s a dog themed restaurant. For those of you happy about this, you better make sure you get over there and eat a lot, because they are going to lose business from folks who knew they had a nice place to have a meal with family and friends – human and canine. Then where will you be when your nice restaurant closes down?

If you are okay eating food prepared in a home with dogs – then you are being hypocritical in saying LD is unsanitary. The food there is prepared in a kitchen the farthest away from the patio possible!

Incognito June 29, 2014 at 9:37 AM

There’s a time and a place for everything….
Get it? Leave your dogs at home where they belong.
This issue is getting old, and it’s also getting old that people no longer have any etiquette, manners.

Dogs belong at pet stores only. Thank you.

I can’t tell you how many wine functions, grocery stores, and every other store where fido has to be there every step of the way.

Rumplestiltskin June 29, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Wow, the the minority is NOT getting it’s way? What a concept!
Eat with your dog at HOME.

BreakingJen June 29, 2014 at 9:52 AM

There are plenty of restaurants in the area that do no encourage or allow dog friendly dining. This is literally the only place that has a doggie menu, is dog themed and is even called Lazy Dog. If you don’t like seeing dogs around while eating, DON’T EAT THERE!! It’s so simple, yet as usual, people love to complain about things they aren’t required to experience. I’d love to see how these whiny people handle Carmel, like another commenter stated. My goodness people, our area seems to really enjoy being huge buzzkills.

I'm Your Huckleberry June 29, 2014 at 9:53 AM

I have a saying and it goes like this:

“When you start treating your animal like a human, you start living like an animal”.

Dog lover June 29, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Dogs have their place, they don’t belong in restaurants,
or crowded stores.bottom line.

Sid June 29, 2014 at 10:18 AM

I don’t see anything wrong with allowing dogs on the patio. If you don’t want to eat near a dog, sit inside. Why is that so difficult?

ANNONeeemoose June 29, 2014 at 10:18 AM

SOlution: develop an area outside the main patio so people can take their food “to go” and then can eat “off-site.” I have no problem with dogs being there, HOWEVER, when I was there one the most inconsiderate dog owners were next to us. Super long leash, kept getting tangled up around our feet, around the table and chairs. Honestly, maybe they wouldn’t have had complaints if there were some common sense rules enforced. Like keep your dog AT YOUR OWN table. No leash that extends to allow contact with other patrons. I love dogs. I hope they can stay. But the few irresponsible people ruin it for everyone – as usual.

PH Dad June 29, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Wow. As one of the other readers has commented, this is a specifically a dog friendly restaurant which had designated it’s patio as a place for people to sit with their dogs. Dogs are not allow in the dining room. If you wish to eat there without being “bothered” by well behaved dogs, then eat in the dining room and not out on the patio. The real problem is the preponderance of poorly trained dogs being brought out in public by owners who should really only own a “magic leash”, not a dog.
My dogs have always been well trained and behave better than most small children when out in public.
This BS about “service dogs” not being required to have some sort of registration or being required to wear a harness identifying them as actual service dogs needs to end. A little yappy dog may help you deal with your crappy life, but if it hasn’t be certified as a “service animal”, then it’s just a yappy dog that doesn’t rate going inside of a business. You’re just ruining it for the responsible pet owners.

Ctown June 29, 2014 at 10:25 AM

What a Joke! This is why i hate people. While we are at it why don’t we banned children from “THE JUNGLE”. It makes about as much sense.

No Fido June 29, 2014 at 10:30 AM

I don’t want your dog near me when I’m eating on the patio. Don’t want fur flying in my food or slobber all over me. As another previously said (something similar to) “who wants to be eating while your dog’s lickin’ it’s butt” or other parts. Let YOUR dog eat at YOUR kitchen table, not in a public restaurant.

Do write to Karen to push for a strict law for those who “claim” their dog is a service pet. They should have to show proof at all times BEFORE entering establishments where animals otherwise are not allowed.

94598 June 29, 2014 at 10:36 AM


Think of this- perhaps if the LazyDog employees would tell the ignorant people not to put their dogs on tables, lick silverware, etc. this would not have been a problem escalating to the point of complaints with the Health Department.

The establishment appears to fear upsetting 1 or 2 ignorant dog owners by correcting their misbehaviors- this is the result- have a bureaucracy handle it instead and that affects everybody. Shame on you LAzyDog for not handling it when you had a chance

Dog lover but responsible June 29, 2014 at 10:43 AM

What is wrong with taking the dog in the patio area? Owners need to be responsible for the behavior of the dog (and NOT put the dog on the table) and if the dog misbehaves then they should be asked to leave. If you don’t like this then there are THOUSANDS of other restaurants to go to.
I had a dog that didn’t really like other dogs so I would not put her in this situation. Come on dog owners – have some common sense. If you want to change the law and peoples acceptance of allow dogs in some places then be responsible. I work for a hospice organization and my former boss fought very hard to get a dog permission to go into a facility so his owner could say good-bye before he died. I really admired her for that. From reading some of the comments on this website, those folks would have had a cow if they saw that. So sad for you.

SIRIUS MATTER June 29, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Oh good grief!

First they ban elephants from the Elephant bar and now this. Oh the humanity!

TeamUSA June 29, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Good. Leave your shedding pets at home. I don’t want that stuff flying into my food, thank you.

OverWhelmed June 29, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Seems to me, if you can have dogs in a restruant, even on the patio you should be able to smoke. Same difference to me. Dog smell or smoke. Still offensive to me!

Anon June 29, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Dear Karen-

Thank you for supporting the laws here in California. When so many are ignoring them, illegal aliens, police refusing to impound vehicles of illegal aliens due to a lack of drivers license, etc. If only Starbucks would have to be compelled to stop serving that guy from the Star Academy who brings his poodle in. It is shame that Starbucks doesn’t have the same respect for the law.

Actual, Natural Born American Citizen

Pet People June 29, 2014 at 10:51 AM

“Pet People”, you know the ones, that say little fido is a person with fur, scare the living hell out of me. They have their pets stuffed when they die, go to great lengths to obtain “service animal” status so they can bring them everywhere, and basically just treat them like humans. Most countries eat them.

I have a dog and cat, but they are pets, no where near “people”, and they don’t come to the store or restaurant with me, ever. Good move Lazy Dog, I never visited because of this very reason. I’ll give you some business now.

anon June 29, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Good. Pets do not need to be in restaurants unless you are going to eat them.

Former LD June 29, 2014 at 10:54 AM

As a former employee there are strict policies that we were not allowed to touch the dogs and to enforce the rules on the dog menu that are supplied the people who bring their dogs. Our policies go hand in hand with the health departments codes to ensure a clean eating environment. The restaurant is named lazy DOG, we have a DOG menu, the culture and ambiance of the restaurant is DOGS, so if you have a problem with eating around DOGS then ask to be seated AWAY from the patio or order takeout or better yet stay out of the restaurant since you probably don’t tip well.

Servers face a challenge in telling their tables to remove their dog from a chair or keep the leash tighter… Offend a dog owner by telling them to control their dog- risk lowering their tip.

This has happened in a Southern California lazy dog before and I believe due to the overwhelming success of the restaurant: dogs will be allowed again just in due time.

Lazy dog has been inspected three times by health inspectors while I was working and passed with flying colors every time. The company is amazing and holds it’s employees; both kitchen and service to a very high standard.

It’s very simple: if you don’t like dogs – DONT GO TO LAZY DOG.

dinkydau June 29, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Maybe some dog pooped while the owners were eating and the owners left with their dog without cleaning it up.

Anon June 29, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Lastly, there are so many issues in the world which deserve our attention, from homelessness to education, to the future of this country. If you feel that your time is best spent trying to reverse this law, please for the love of God hold your and count to Heaven. Good riddance.

Daryl Harden June 29, 2014 at 11:04 AM

if you don’t like the dogs at the restaurant then don’t go to the restaurant

Smh June 29, 2014 at 11:06 AM

I have 2 dogs, neither trained for restaurant dining at the moment. However, I go to Lazy Dog to see the dogs on the patio. I’m happy to live like my animals #28, loved and cared for and not dying in a hot car like #22 suggests.

Reality Slap June 29, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Sanity once more takes back a bit of reality. Pets are animals and do not belong in restaurants or stores. The only exception is Service Animals who should be required to have a license on their collar or harness that shows they are registered Service Animals.

cb June 29, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Sad thing is that these dogs are probably cleaner than half the people not wanting them there..who cries about a dog being outside while they eat?? Lol ..people have made it this far,I don’t think a dog being near you while u eat is going to kill u..what a bunch of pathetic cry babies..

J June 29, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Next I would hope Lazy Dog would stop allowing minors to be seated at the bar.

The last time I was there, two different families had their kids seated at the bar. I had understood that minors were permitted at places serving alcohol in California as long as they did not sit or stand at the bar.

Terri June 29, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Dog haters eat inside. Dog lovers eat outside. Perhaps a disinfecting mat between the patio and interior doors. They used this system in Ireland when they had a foot and mouth disease scare several years ago.

Mom of the Horde June 29, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Unfortunately all it takes is a handful of badly behaved pet owners to ruin it for everyone else.

JLew June 29, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Wow, so many dog haters! I don’t see any difference between ill behaved dogs or ill behaved children – it comes down to the ill behaved owners & if the staff actually enforced their “dogs shall remain on the ground & not in your lap” rule perhaps it wouldn’t have come to this….this is disappointing to say the least.

So Lame June 29, 2014 at 11:21 AM

There are plenty of restaurants with patios to eat at if you happen to be allergic to dogs or uncomfortable around them.

I see this as a major bummer, those happy pets on the patio never harmed anyone and they don’t present any health risk.

Safety Scond June 29, 2014 at 11:23 AM

I don’t care for dogs at restaurants just as I don’t care to be dining next to a smoker. That said, I don’t own the establishment therefore the proprietor should make the rules and not the nanny governemt. Consumers will vote with their feet as to whether or not to patronize a business. That is the beauty of a free market with VERY limited governemt intervention. Freedom first …Safety Second.

Poodle June 29, 2014 at 11:27 AM

There are 14 other Lazy Dog Restaurants (all in Southern California). This is the first one in Northern California. I assume the other 14 cities / counties allow dogs in their patio areas?

Why doesn’t Contra Costa County lighten up a little?

Claycordian June 29, 2014 at 11:28 AM

I haven’t been to Lazy Dog BECAUSE they allowed dogs. I might find my way there now….

Stupid June 29, 2014 at 11:28 AM

This was my ONLY reason to go to lazy dog. If you don’t like dogs you should choose a somewhere else so you don’t ruin the sole purpose of the restaurant. The health dpt states dogs are not allowed inside any restaurant in the state of California, the PATIO area is not considered INSIDE the building. Someone is always going to be unhappy though…and ruin things for everyone. Misery loves company.

gonzo June 29, 2014 at 11:29 AM

As a dog owner i can see both sides tough issue

Glad to see it June 29, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Public places, especially restaurants, are not the place for any animals. If you want to take your dog out, go to the park or on a walk. It’s only a matter of time until a couple of dogs on that tiny patio decide they want to play or fight and someone is going to get hurt. It only takes one incident like that to happen to the wrong person and Lazy Dog will close because of expensive litigation. Sad but true. I think it’s disgusting to eat where your animals eat and I, for one, will look forward to many more patio dinners now that animals aren’t out there with us.

Shopper mom June 29, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Many restaurants have a policy where dogs can dine outside with their owners. All of the Lazy Dog restaurants in Southern California allow dogs. I’d rather sit at a table next to a well-behaved dog, than a table of loud, obnoxious people! If people don’t want to dine next to a dog, they can dine inside, or go elsewhere. This is BS.

ale June 29, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Dogs are allowed on patios by health codes, even here. However they are not allowed on tables or chairs or allowed to eat off the plates/utensils. So if the dog dining was shut down its because of the latter.

Registering a Service Dog June 29, 2014 at 11:47 AM

PERFECT!! Now LD will have more of my business, and the wait should be shorter. LD should have researched the law before opening a “dog” restaurant.

How does one go about certifying their dog as a service dog in California? Does proof of a “legitimate” disability need to be provided? I’d sure like to know the laws because there are too many entitled people who bring their entitled dogs everywhere they go, and this way I will know the facts when I ask someone if their dog is, indeed, a registered service dog.

Anon June 29, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Regardless of the name of the place, this story is biased against the law. There has been no change to the law, the business finally recognized it’s mistake and now is complying with the law. Pretty sad to see such naked mis-truth from this community blog.

Anon June 29, 2014 at 11:51 AM

It is pretty sad when censorship shows the true nature of the individual.

Krystle June 29, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Some people are allergic to hair if they wanna pay hospital bills. And I’ve seen them put little dogs on the tables that’s just discusting u don’t put your dog on the table at home. Ewww

Eve June 29, 2014 at 11:54 AM

I’m glad I think that was disgusting anyway. I hate it when my family dog wants to sit near the table at our dinner time. No place for a dog

Road King Terry June 29, 2014 at 11:58 AM

They should stay home, hell, they lick their own butts for goodness sake!

Dorothy June 29, 2014 at 11:59 AM

It sort of reads like dogs can’t be outside on the patio but doesn’t say dogs can’t be inside. So if I have a dog it can come inside but not outside. I may have misread something somehow.

I’ve seen more and more dogs, large and small, with those coats that says “service dog” which people can buy over the internet.

Was on a bus trip that was just over 2 hours each way. Poor little dog, with a service dog coat, who had been given water before getting on the bus, was very unhappy trying not go potty on the bus.

Real service dogs have coat that say what kind they are, guide/companion/etc, not spoiled pets of spoiled people.

Anon June 29, 2014 at 12:00 PM

I personally would never bring my dogs our to dinner, it would be way too crazy. It was funny watching people with their out of control dogs while trying to eat.

Reality Slap June 29, 2014 at 12:03 PM

June 29, 2014 at 11:09 AM
Sad thing is that these dogs are probably cleaner than half the people not wanting them there..who cries about a dog being outside while they eat?? Lol ..people have made it this far,I don’t think a dog being near you while u eat is going to kill u..what a bunch of pathetic cry babies..”

While some people aren’t exactly clean, if I viewed someone licking their genital area while I was eating, trust me, I’d complain. While you try and make a valid point about anyone complaining about a dog being near while eating, you failed. You didn’t take into consideration that it’s pathetic that someone needs to have a dog with them while they eat….that in itself isn’t just pathetic, it may indicate an emotional problem.

Confused June 29, 2014 at 12:03 PM

It’s a dog themed restaurant with a doggie menu.
I don’t understand why all of these commenters are so happy that dogs are no longer allowed.
If you don’t appreciate dogs where you eat, then why did you all go there?

Good Call! June 29, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Dogs need to stay home in the yard, go to parks, etc, not eatout with the family.

Chow Restaurant in Lafayette is the worst offender with piles of poop at our feet as you eat your burger covered in fleas. with heavily tattooed servers tripping over them.
It’s know as Dog Chow

RD June 29, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Glad to hear it! A big thanks to the Health Department. Hopefully the ban will stay in place!

han solo June 29, 2014 at 12:10 PM

I take Chewbaca with me to all the outdoor sidewalk cafes because he smells pretty bad.

tired June 29, 2014 at 12:11 PM

I read former ID note…seems they were only interested in tips…not having to deal with animals…glad this person is no longer there….yes its nice to have your pet with you at a special place like lazy dog…but have them trained so they do not offend people going there to have a good meal…and not to deal with problems with animals….kids are bad enough to have to deal with these days…

Cowellian June 29, 2014 at 12:15 PM

I don’t get all the outrage. It’s not like an Olive Garden, or other nationwide chain It’s a local place serving a local need. A lot of California beach communities have dog-friendly restaurants, and people who are bothered by dogs go elsewhere.

Cat Wrangler June 29, 2014 at 12:23 PM

In Paris, one may bring a dog into a Michelin starred restaurant where the dog will be served at the table along with the owner and any human guests. Paris is home to over 70 Michelin starred restaurants comparable to French Laundry and Quince. The Michelin stars are highly coveted and only the most superior restaurants garner the prize with criteria of cuisine, ambiance, courtesy and professionalism of staff and sanitary food preparation-serving, etc.

Agree!!!!! June 29, 2014 at 12:23 PM

DOGS DO NOT BE LONG AT THE DINNER TABLE WHERE YOU EAT PERIOD!!!!!! My dogs know better to even be SEEN while we are eating at our dinner table!

Susan Jenkins June 29, 2014 at 12:28 PM

I enjoyed taking my dogs there. I will be writing to my representatives. I enjoy seeing well behaved dogs with owners enjoying a meal together. I haven’t seen dogs on tables, misbehaving or spreading more germs than any adult or toddler.

SIRIUS MATTER June 29, 2014 at 12:28 PM

#53 said: ” I don’t see any difference between ill behaved dogs or ill behaved children”

I’ve seen a lot of wild children but I can honestly say I’ve never seen one lick his a$$ and then stick his nose in someone’s face at a restaurant.

Walnut Creek Resident June 29, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Good. I am not allowed to take my parrot even if she is on a harness to Starbucks! Rules are the rules for a reason. Too many furry dogs around in the city now. Big dogs too!! In Walnut Creek they bring them around like Great Danes. Even when the temperature is way too hot. I think people think they can do anything they want to lately!! Take your dogs to the dog parks!! Poor dogs.

For all the whiners June 29, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Everyone knew this was a dog friendly restaurant before it was being built. If you didn’t and still don’t like dogs then DONT go to The Lazy Dog restaurant! Simple as that! If your hungry, there’s plenty of other food establishments that do not allow animals. So shut the f¥*k up and keep moving!!
This crap just pisses me off!

Kevin Burney June 29, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Businesses may only ask if the animal is a service animal. They cannot ask what your disability is nor how the animal assists you.

READ the notice, folks. It refers to Contra Costa County June 29, 2014 at 12:36 PM

This issue is a county issue, and those who are complaining about “other locations where animals are welcome” should recognize that Contra Costa county is just one of California’s 58 counties.

joe June 29, 2014 at 12:58 PM

So if we should allow dogs in because it is a “dog themed” restaurant should we allow an elephant in the elephant bar, monkeys in the rain forest cafe, pet birds at red robin? I guess no one can complain about a rat in chuck e cheese.

dogowner June 29, 2014 at 1:06 PM

All of the people that are bothered by the dog-friendly part of the restaurant and don’t go there is exactly why Lazy Dog has such a wonderful ambiance. The people that stay home and pout leave their negative energy out of the restaurant while the many dog lovers that dine with their dogs are full of delight as their dog even gets it’s own menu. The dog friendly part is so important to Lazy Dog and if anyone has a problem with the dogs why don’t they just stay home and let everyone be happy??
Lazy Dog doesn’t need the business of all of these dog haters. They do just fine without it.

Michelle June 29, 2014 at 1:09 PM

I keep my dogs home.

It's the law June 29, 2014 at 1:09 PM

@94598 #35 and others

Read the notice that was posted. If people complained about the dogs outside, LD has to comply with the law that is listed on the notice or face fines and possible worse.
When CPK was closed down in Walnut Creek a few years ago due to a contagious virus, how many of you complained about the Health Code and it’s enforcement?
The waiters and waitresses have to handle all the things that the dog owners handled, such as plates, silverware, napkins, etc. when the owners touch their dogs while eating. How do you expect them to sanitize themselves and still provide prompt service to all of the patrons of LD?
Don’t blame LD for complying with a law.

Luke Ahtme June 29, 2014 at 1:09 PM

But if I don’t take my adorable pet along when I’m out in public, nobody will notice me or talk to me.

The Realist June 29, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Time to buy the cat a harness and leave the pooch at home in protest.
He likes to spit at people he doesn’t like.
Nobody would tell a cute cat to get out? qq

Captain Bebops June 29, 2014 at 1:11 PM

The dog craze seems to be getting out of hand and I think that some of dogs being walked are actually smarter than their owners. When I see someone walking three big dogs you often wonder if they are capable of controlling them if they decide to go after somebody. I see people taking their dogs into a lot of place they don’t belong and employees and managers too timid to tell them to leave their dog outside.

One of the biggest violations is in people walking their dogs in the game preserve section of the Waterfront Park in Martinez which is clearly marked “no dogs.” As the Regional Parks cop told me the more you tell people they can’t do something the more they want to do it. This in spite of a $300 fine for having a dog in that preserve.

Anonymous June 29, 2014 at 1:11 PM

My I bring my goat? Would that be okay? It’s a law for a reason people. Take a serv safe class and you will see how simple contaminates and exposure to simple things can really make a person sick. Your dog doesn’t want to be in a restaurant anyway. Their hearing is so sensitive, between the clanking plates and loud music, I’m sure they would be more happy in their home. Stop selfishly imposing your emotions on your animal.

Zulu's Mom June 29, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Well, that’s it for me with Lazy Dog now. Horrible!

Jett June 29, 2014 at 1:17 PM

I don’t know why all these people are complaining about the dogs. Out of all the restaurant in the world there is one that allows you to bring you dog. They aren’t eating inside, it’s outside on the patio. If you don’t like it eat inside or go somewhere else to eat! The people who complain are the ones who have no dang life and nothing better to do!

warbirds45 June 29, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Can you bring a dog into a Vietnamese restaurant? I’ll have my dog well done please!

Clayton Squirrel June 29, 2014 at 1:19 PM

One of my walking group friends brings her good dog on our walks. We often stop at bakeries or coffe places at the middle or at the end of the walk. We dine at the outside patio areas with the dog resting under the table. This is perfectly legal as we don’t bring her inside. Lazy Dog was allowed to also have dogs in the patio area, just not anymore because of a few people letting their pets behave inappropriately. I would hope that Lazy Dog canine diners are given a second chance. I have heard good things about their food. It would have been fun to order a snack for a good dog.

2BITS June 29, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Wow. I was just getting ready to take my elephant to the Elephant Bar. Glad I read the comments so I know it is banned. (thank you Sirius, I laughed out loud). Leave your dogs home or stay home with them. Or better yet take them on a picnic. I do not want to pay to eat at a restaurant with your dog. Then again. I don’t have to go there. Problem solved. Except what to do with my elephant.

Dog lover June 29, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Everyone bashing people bringing their dogs to this restaurant are idiots. This was a dog focused restaurant hence the name. They had a menu for dogs and the draw was that you could bring your dog here with you. If you don’t like it go to one of the thousands of restaurants that don’t allow dogs. And actually there are many cities and counties that allow dogs in restaurants so the health code laws can be changed. Why should you get to bring your rude, screaming, nose picking, food throwing kid to a restaurant and then just sit there while they cry for 20 minutes ruining everyone elses dinner when my well behaved dog who just lays down next to me is such an inconvenience to you? It’s not like I bring him in the kitchen. Get a life.

Boriginal June 29, 2014 at 1:34 PM

If u don’t like dogs don’t go to LAZY DOGS ie: I don’t like kids so I stay away from Chuck E Cheeses. I understand that you are entitled to your opinion, and you might not want a dog near you when you eat NEWSFLASH- don’t eat there. Why is that concept so hard? I say- if u let the snot nosed brats INSIDE the restaurant with all their hollering/throwing their crap on the floor it should not even be an issue that people bring their dogs into the patio (I can say for certain my dog is more sanitary than half of the snot nosed kids I’ve encountered). Also- if you anti dog people hate eating near dogs so much, better stay away from Lucille’s BBQ at the mall, because dogs are allowed on their patio too.

Hypocrisy at best June 29, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Look at all the people who love to re-state laws against dogs, but are the same who let their cats roam free in the neighborhoods. Now something should be enforced towards these cats without leashes.

2BITS June 29, 2014 at 1:41 PM

warbirds95 funny. I needed a couple of good laughs today.
If people want a restaurant with dogs let them have it. The rest of us can go elsewhere. It is not the only restaurant in town.

Service me June 29, 2014 at 1:45 PM

This debate isn’t about service dogs, but I have noticed a lot of folks lately weighing in on whether they believe a dog is a service dog or not. Service dogs perform many more functions than most folks are aware of. The size and breed of the dog is not an issue for many ADA Compliant service dogs.
Diabetes, cardiovascular, epilepsy, and PTSD are among the disabilities which service dogs assist. Public awareness helps to prevent ignorant comments and attitudes towards people with these diseases who have found a service dog to help treat them.

anon June 29, 2014 at 1:50 PM

I heard a Lazy Dog in Southern California posted similar sign this week too.

Howard June 29, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Off the corporate website, actually doesn’t have much to do with dogs.
Our Story
Growing up, Chris and his family would vacation in the breathtaking mountains of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Whether it was skiing in the winter or fishing in the summer, Chris will tell you that even today it is the place he goes when he wants to get away and relax. When you are in any one of the Lazy Dog Café restaurants, you will see how Chris has tried to capture and recreate the feeling he gets when in Jackson Hole. He wants you to feel like you are walking into a place that is the perfect balance of warm and comfortable, yet full of excitement and positive energy. For Chris, the lodge represents vacations with family and friends. Jackson Hole is a small town with a true sense of hospitality. Get your car stuck in the snow, and the next person who passes by will stop to help. Most likely, they’ll even know your name.

Where did the Lazy Dog Café name come from? One snowy afternoon, walking back into the lodge after a long morning on the slopes, Chris noticed a dog lying by the toasty fireplace. Commenting to his buddies on how much he loved his time hanging out there, he told them he wished everyone could enjoy life as much as that “lazy dog’ by the fire.

On their last run down the ski slopes in Jackson Hole, everyone has one thing on their mind: get these skis off and head to the lodge. Whether you’re sitting by the fire or bellying up to the bar, the servers and bartenders know what you like and treat you like you’re one of the family. The lodge has cold beer, hot chocolate, incredible food and great music, making it the place to be in town. Just like the lodge in Jackson Hole, the Lazy Dog offers the perfect environment for all ages, making the entire restaurant the place to be for a quick dinner with the family, a meandering meal with friends or a night out on the town!

@94598 June 29, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Chiwawa’s are evil dogs and shouldn’t be in public.

lawabidingcitizen June 29, 2014 at 2:21 PM

This use to be America, now its full of whinny snobby F’s complaining about every little thing like they are royalty. Eww this Eww that, I shouldnt have to deal with this. Life is too hard whaaaa!!! Things must change for you instead of you adapt to how things are. I am sad to have served for our country so you can B17ch about things like this. I am saddened AMERICAN LIVES were lost for you pukes to complain about stupid stuff like this.

The whole point of this restaurant was being able to bring your dog thats what the name is about.

You should be ashamed of your selves complainers.

AllenR June 29, 2014 at 2:28 PM

I love dogs. LOVE them.
But they do not belong in restaurants or grocery stores or retail shops.
Service dogs? No problem. Your ‘adorable’ pomeranian that you talk to like it can understand you…NO.

To all of you insane dog people who think of them as children: GET ON MEDICATION

JustMe June 29, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Had no idea people were bringing their dogs, but I have to agree, dogs or pets of any kind do not belong at restaurants. Just because “dog” is in the name, doesn’t mean you can bring them. I’d hate to think people bring bears to Black Bear or Elephants to the Elephant Bar.

That being said, I love dogs and would highly recommend having them as a pet.

keith June 29, 2014 at 3:13 PM

That’s stupid. It sounds like another liberal. If u don’t like it don’t eat there.. those people need to get a life and eat some where else

dogowner June 29, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Well said!

dogowner June 29, 2014 at 3:17 PM

you just outright spoke of your ignorance pertaining to the restaurant. keep your ignorant opinions to yourself.
if you don’t like dogs outside of a restaurant, go to elephant bar. surely lazy dog does not want or need your business.

Cash June 29, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Southern California counties expressly allow dogs, and have behavior rules. That’s what we should be doing. Why would anyone go to a dog-themed restaurant and then complain because there are dogs present? Rules, courtesy, yes. Outright bans? No.

Sassy June 29, 2014 at 3:22 PM

I went to Lazy Dog a couple of times but the last time I went we walked out without finishing our food. There was a family that came and sat down after we had been eating for a short while and the husband decided to playfully pet his Alaskan Huskie. It was windy and hair went all over our food. I told the waiter and he didn’t do anything. I should have asked for the manager but was so disgusted we left vowing never to go there. The waiter obviously saw the dog hair in our food and said “sorry” but I still had to pay the bill. I should have sent the bill to the owner of the hairy dog. He heard me complain but didn’t give a sh*t!! I told friends because we used to meet there on Fridays. None of us our customers anymore!!!!!

Incognito June 29, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Now that I’ve read 109 comments posted, I know why I chose to eat a home.

Richard Harp June 29, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Unfortunately this sounds like another case of a few bad dog owners ruining something nice for the good owners. Its really pretty simple. If you don’t want to be in the company of dogs, eat inside. I am far from a dog hater but I don’t really care for their company when I eat in a restaurant. Service animals are trained to be well behaved. Not so much with Pookie or Bandit. Again, its the irresponsible owners who have caused this. A bad apple spoils a whole barrel! That’s not to say that there’s not a few self centered megalomaniacal folks that think because they don’t like dogs, none should be allowed. Both ends are wrong. I’ve had more dining experiences messed up by screaming brats in a restaurant whose parents are either oblivious or don’t care their snot apes are screaming as loud as a jet on takeoff! Now THERE’S some folks who need their own section in an outbuilding!!

Anonymous June 29, 2014 at 3:41 PM

50 years ago or more… this would not be a topic of conversation nor a controversy. People used to have manners, knew right from wrong, had common sense, dressed well and acted appropriately in public. Didn’t need signs to spell it out to people what is right from wrong and what not to do. It’s amazing how the human race has gone downhill, and to only imagine there is actually a percentage of you people who actually think eating in public or in your own homes with an animal “at the dinner table” is acceptable.

Dr. Dick June 29, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Who cares about this tempest in a teapot? I have a dog but never would bring him to Lazy Dog, there is too much stimulation going on there. Let’s hope that they soon open an adjunct restaurant called Lazy Parents. Then let us all pray very hard that they ban children. How nice would it be to eat in a restaurant where oblivious parents cannot bring their screaming, diaper loaded brats. I would like to see waiters easily serve the tables, not distracted by wandering rugrats who are a serious danger to us all. Dogs carry way less bacteria that can sicken humans than snot nosed babies. My favorite example was watching a kid eat from the salad bar with bare hands at the Hometown Buffet. ugh.

Constant Reader June 29, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Gosh, all this time I thought it was a hot dog restaurant!

PetOwner June 29, 2014 at 3:58 PM

This restaurant is dog themed, and the patio area is there for people people to bring their dogs. They even have menu items for dog. I’ve been there several times with my dog and it’s a nice setup. The staff are not allowed to tough the animals, so that’s not a concern. The inside of the restaurant is good size, and if you don’t want to see dogs (although strange dining choice if you don’t) inside would be the place. Hopefully the health department will reconsider.

anon June 29, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Put sign on the door , don’t come in if you don’t like dogs.

jackson hole resident June 29, 2014 at 4:04 PM

@ Howard
There are no Lazy Dog restaurants in Jackson Hole and they hate
Californians !

John June 29, 2014 at 4:05 PM

It’s a dog themed restaurant…and people complain about dogs being there? I’ll remember this next time I see a screaming child in a restaurant.

Justin June 29, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Lame. Most dogs at restaurants are quiet and well-behaved.

What’s wrong with having them outside on the patio? All the losers here who are so grossed out can eat inside.

Ronald Cole June 29, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Way to go “Horse n Around” and “94598”! You said it all!

I’m not sure why Lazy Dog is opening new stores in CA, when they know what state law is. As for Jackson Hole, that’s WY, NOT CA! Been there… BIG DIFFERNCE!

If you don’t like it, MOVE YOUR HOLE TO JACKSON!

What’s next, allowing dogs driver’s licenses TOO??!!

Former LD June 29, 2014 at 4:25 PM

@ tired

Why do you think people work at restaurants? Because of how extremely fun it is to serve all the wonderful people like the ones that comment on this blog?! Lol no!!!! For the tips! Absolutely it was about the tips *rolls eyes at your stupidity*

emotional support dogs June 29, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Are not considered a service animal under the ADA compliance act (except PTSD dogs) and a business owner can refuse the dog entry to their establishment. Of course there are places where one would expect to find a dog. A pet store, a pet wash , The lazy dog restaurant, but I wonder if all these places that allow everyone to bring in their service dog aka pet realize they may be held liable if a pet attacks a TRUE service dog.

.... June 29, 2014 at 4:45 PM

@doglover #99….

So “everyone bashing people bring their dogs are idiots?”

The issue isn’t about the dogs as it is about the inconsiderate a$$wipes that think they can put their darling little puppy on the table, lick the table,scoot along on the chairs,then fly off the handle when someone complains

Your general statement of “everyone” being idiots because they’re complaining tells me plenty about YOU. And I’m a dog lover (have several) and I treat them right. They are NOT people!

And until lazy dog cleans up its act,I won’t go back. Read he flippin’. Health and safety code and see how it applies. Or are you another of those peons that claim it doesn’t apply to you ???

Angry Grouch June 29, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Keep your kids home too!

Dr. Jellyfinger® June 29, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Sounds like a slip & fall lawsuit would be likely (poop happens).

Animal Lover June 29, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Dogs were not allowed inside the restaurant, only in the patio area. People had a choice to sit inside or outside….didn’t want to be around dogs, sit inside. I know of other restaurants that allow dogs outside if there are tables set up there.

commoncents June 29, 2014 at 5:10 PM

If you don’t like dog’s – don’t eat at the “Lazy Dog” duh…….

Sounds like some kind of Tea Party thing…..

East Bay Babe June 29, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Well everyone complaining about fur flying into their food but have no problem finding Human Hair in their food. =)

Odin337 June 29, 2014 at 5:38 PM

If you people don’t like dogs go to a restaurant that isn’t dog friendly. The lazy dog is/was a fun thing for owners and their dogs yes people should pay more attention to their dogs but that doesn’t give you the right to take away stuff that’s meant to be fun for other people.

SMH June 29, 2014 at 5:51 PM

I’m glad they’re banned! I’ve been there multiple times and have had to sit indoors because it’s a rat, I mean dog, fest outside. It’s so disgusting to have them around food pooping, peeing, barking, scratching their ears.

I saw a woman carry her two dogs there once in a baby carriage… how sad, but maybe she’s barren or something? In any case, all you people trying to equate dogs to or above people have sociopathic issues.

Anonymous June 29, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Why would anyone have a “dog themed” restaurant when it’s pretty clear it is against the Health Codes to have dogs in establishments where there is food? Stupid ass. And, those who thought it was cute to bring fido into a restaurant to dine with them whether it be patio/outdoor seating or otherwise are just a stupid. Get a life.

It's a Dog Restaurant June 29, 2014 at 6:13 PM

This isn’t just a dog “themed” restaurant. It is a restaurant for dogs that also serves humans. There is a menu specifically for dogs. They serve the dogs in special dog dishes and there are specific rules made known to the owners so that dogs can be there. That being said, people who are stating that Black Bear Diner and Elephant Bar don’t have those specific animals just have no comprehension of what an example is. You have to speak about something that is similar to the topic at hand. If course there aren’t Elephants or Bears present in the restaurant, just like I wouldn’t expect to see a giant steer in Black Angus or an olive tree garden at The Olive Garden. It’s just a name.

This is an example of an example.
It’s like going to a public pool that has a little kid pool (the 1 foot deep kind). Then going to that one specific spot that has the little kid pool and complaining that there are kids there. Of course there are. That is why it is called a kid pool. If you don’t like it, then go to the other gigantic section that doesn’t have the little kids. There are rules for parents to follow regarding their children in a public pool. Have you ever seen a child running or jumping in a pool that doesn’t allow it? Of course you do. That’s because it is the parent’s responsibility to keep their child in line. Just like a dog owner.

Have you ever confronted a dog owner that is in the wrong that treats their dog like a child? They are horrible. They get all defensive and verbal. I have dealt with this many times.

Ultimately it is the dog owner’s responsibility to not place their dogs on the table or their lap, allow their dog to lick the table, or allow the dog to urinate on inanimate objects. Also, people who go to restaurants that have a menu specifically for serving dogs outside only, should just go elsewhere. The yellowpages can give you a listing of thousands of other restaurants in the county that don’t allow dogs.

huey9k June 29, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Another victory for California law. Keep your pets at home where they belong.

The rest of you whining, entitled, children can go get stuffed. The sound of your crying is sweet sweet music.

Drluddite June 29, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Shoot! The dog tacos were my favorite thing on the menu.

anon June 29, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Thought. about going to Lazy Dog before I saw this on it. Didn’t know before about it being a place for dogs and their owners.

lights and sirens June 29, 2014 at 6:41 PM

I have seen a whole lot of people that are way more disgusting to eat with then my dog and no one kicks them out of restaurants!

Poodle June 29, 2014 at 7:09 PM

@commoncents #132. You say “it sounds like some kind of Tea Party thing …”

But, isn’t it the busy body left wingers who want to impose stupid rules on everyone? Remember the one thing most people who belong to the Tea Party have in common is that they want LESS government not more.

In fact, WHY is a law like “banning dogs from outside patios” being made at the county level? Why not the city level? Then, maybe if Concord objects, Lazy Dog could move their restaurant in Walnut Creek instead. And Walnut Creek would get the tax revenue.

I would like to see the City of Concord step in and back Lazy Dog. It’s a nice restaurant and it seems to be doing well. Successful businesses are good for Concord. Let the cry babies take their cats and move to Berkeley.

a June 29, 2014 at 7:20 PM

What the hell is wrong with you people? If you don’t like the dog themed restaurant don’t go. Anybody applauding this overreach should be ashamed of themselves for supporting the “I’m uncomfortable, government please help me” mentality. That state of mind will eventually destroy society.

Southern girl June 29, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Ok so it’s outside! There are birds and bugs and all kinds of other disgusting creatures outside! Maybe these people should be eating inside and never outside!

RunDogRun June 29, 2014 at 7:30 PM

I’m offended!

chalkboy8 June 29, 2014 at 7:33 PM

They need to stop this. Someone might bring a pet jackal.

Local Guy June 29, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Its a dog, leave it at home. You don’t need your dog to come watch you eat.

chalkboy8 June 29, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Does this mean they are going to change the name to the Lazy Eye?

.... June 29, 2014 at 7:55 PM

@commoncents #132….

Take it to the politics thread,

Retired LEO June 29, 2014 at 7:58 PM

If it violates the H&S code, then shut it down. Period.

What’s so difficult to understand? This is not a county ordinance, it’s a state law.

Howard June 29, 2014 at 8:03 PM

What EVERYONE, including the owner appears to be missing is, this was not franchised as a dog friendly restaurant unless it has nothing to do with , IMHO.

I think the issue rests squarely with the Contra Costa Health Dept, if they allowed this they should be ashamed of themselves. as the training and certification in the county and state both teach us that NO ANIMALS may be in a restaurant , except service animal, which is still allowed.

Good June 29, 2014 at 8:07 PM

I think I’ll patronize that restaurant MORE now. They might actually see a boost in business after all this 🙂

furian June 29, 2014 at 8:15 PM

I might actually try that place now.


Old Guy June 29, 2014 at 8:41 PM

My my . . . such animosity. Il live in Concord and never heard of this restaurant. If I had I would have gone and taken my dog. Oh well . . . I guess it was not meant to be.
I think the more important issue here is why is the county the one banning dogs . . . where is the city of Concord on this issue?

Concord1963 June 29, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Wow I guess I don’t get out enough. I never would have guessed that a restaurant allowed non-service dogs in their eating areas. I wonder how many veterinarians take their dogs to dinner.

Me and a dog named Boo June 29, 2014 at 8:48 PM

I’ve had to put up with screaming, unruly, noisy children everywhere I go. Grocery stores, Home improvement stores, gas stations, restaurants, malls, parks, coffee stores, airplanes,hotels, campsites and need I go on. My dogs are 1000X better behaved & cleaner than most children. What about adults after they’ve had a couple of drinks in them? For those of you who have had a bad experience with that one irresponsible dog owner, I’ve had more encounters with rude adults and unruly children. So, when are we going to ban kids & rude adults? Don’t even get me started on people smoking which I think is a more annoying than someone having their pet sitting quietly under the table in a restaurant

City Girl June 29, 2014 at 9:12 PM

#156 Boo – Sounds like all that is pay back!!

Rex Ruther June 29, 2014 at 10:10 PM

The probrem is that too many people complain too much. #complainypants

eyewhen June 29, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Well I won’t be going to this restaurant anymore. And I hate dogs.

Wishin Dog Hair Not in my Food June 29, 2014 at 10:32 PM

I have dogs and love them to death but what are you fools thinking where you feel the need to bring your dog to a nice restaurant? If you think I want to spend $100 on dinner and smell your dog fart and yapp constantly you are mistaken. Go to Santa Cruz or Berkeley to enjoy that. I am sure that everyone will be pleased with your choice.

Antler June 29, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Dear Manager of Concord Lazy Dog,

Please contact City of Concord regarding their allowing you to have a food truck parked at Baldwin Park as near as possible to the dog park area.

I think you would get a lot of business from dog owners, people at the Senior Center, hospital employees, and others of us who would prefer not to drive all the way down to Willows Shopping Center to enjoy your food.

Most sincerely,

Anon June 29, 2014 at 10:56 PM

The business was approved as a dog friendly business with outdoor seating with dogs. If they didn’t want it they should have never approved it to start welcome to California.

John H. June 29, 2014 at 11:15 PM

The whole point of this place was to have an outdoor area for your pet dogs. People that are angry that dogs were in there need to go somewhere else. The lazy DOG was made for DOGs and DOG OWNERS. If you dont like DOGS, you should come HERE. People are and their political correctness are going to kill themselves before the end of their run. How dumb can you be? freaking idiots… all of them…. Lazy Dog was great the way it started. freaking move to San Francisco if you going to act like your from there.

anon June 29, 2014 at 11:47 PM

The jerks who think they need to force their will onto everyone else should just stay at home. If a restaurant wants to allow or deny dogs, that should be up to them. The same goes for children. I’m not a dog fan, and if I don’t want to be in a place that has dogs, I won’t go there.

Children are by far messier, louder, and more likely to spread germs than dogs, yet I imagine that the busybody anti-dog crowd would be horrified if their darling snowflakes weren’t allowed into a restaurant.

#161 – Lazy Dog restaurant is not a “nice” restaurant with $100 plates. It’s a reasonably price family restaurant. Maybe you should head to North Korea; apparently you like everyone to be forced to live according to your desires.

Duck June 29, 2014 at 11:49 PM

The Lazy Dogs food is equivalent to ALPO anyways…..who eats that crap to begin with ?
No wonder why Americans are so FAT !!!!!
Only use the freshest products available …………YEA RIGHT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The food there is only suited for dogs to begin with !

Mother trucker June 29, 2014 at 11:53 PM

Let me know I’m willing to protest with my dog by my side!

SMH June 29, 2014 at 11:57 PM

There are a few other restaurant in concord and Clayton that allow dogs so that’s where ill be going now. I see people saying a chihuhua can’t be a service dog well it can be a emotional support dog therefore it is allowed Jusy like a service dog. My thoughts are if you don’t like it eat somewhere else. There are way more places to eat that don’t allow dogs then their are that do.

SMH June 30, 2014 at 12:04 AM

And the dogs are not in the restaurant. They are outside. Just like Lucille BBQ in sun valley mall. They allow you to bring your well behaved dog on the patio to eat. And muddville grill in Clayton. They allow dogs outside on the deck to eat

nytemuvr June 30, 2014 at 12:05 AM

More than half the cooks and food preparers don’t wash their hands anyway in the restaurant industry, always heard that dogs have less germs than humans. Not one for going out to eat much. They got a fairly positive grade when inspected at the last day of May, no mention of dogs.

Live and Let Live June 30, 2014 at 1:05 AM

There are plenty of other establishments to go to if you do not like dogs… Or if you do like dogs, but don’t care to eat with them near you. As long as they are well behaved (and by that I mean the owners, too) why does everyone need to get their panties in a bunch? The dogs are not in the damn kitchen – they are outside, on the patio! Really, how many places can a person go to dinner with their dog?
I haven’t taken my dog there, but the times that I have eaten there, I really enjoyed seeing people bringing theirs, and I was looking forward to doing so someday in the near future. It saddens me to hear that may not be possible.
Nobody is forcing anyone to eat at Lazy Dog, so if you don’t like it, then its simple… Don’t eat there. But why ruin something for the people who would enjoy it?
live and let live.

RunnerDope June 30, 2014 at 1:25 AM

>> always heard that dogs have less germs than humans.


Less germs is still too many for me. Besides I don’t let humans lick me when I’m eating either. 🙂

Mar June 30, 2014 at 2:23 AM

So the county is making the rules now .I have been going to this restaurant for over 4 years now .in SoCal ( Orange County ) I was so happy it was here now .We always take the dog .My family was just there tonight and took the Dog .that was the joy of being able to have your Dog outside while you dined .I have Been to lot of restaurant in Northern Ca where you can have your Dog on a outside Patio’s .?

ms.v June 30, 2014 at 5:17 AM

I havent read all the posts so maybe someone already covered this.

Rules for service dogs

Anon June 30, 2014 at 5:34 AM

What a bunch of morons! It’s the law, idiots.

ms.v June 30, 2014 at 6:17 AM

I find humor in in the fact that the “dog lovers” are mad that a “small group” are enforcing their will on others. We are that “small group” that believes in following the law and don’t believe we are above it. It seems these days people have become “entitled” and screw the rights of others. It’s all me… me… me…
Even my preschoolers know that no one has special rules that allows them to break the rules. With some of you as role models for your children I can see where a lot of their behaviors come from.

Anon June 30, 2014 at 6:48 AM

I haven’t read all the comments & I am not a fan of dogs being EVERYWHERE I go nowadays, especially shopping carts. Anyway, has no one mentioned that some people are allergic to dogs? These people should also be allowed to enjoy a meal outside without fear of breaking into hives!

Retired LEO June 30, 2014 at 7:07 AM

Most folks here are letting their emotions run wild, but they are failing to understand the basic premise of the issue….that of H&S Code 114259.5. I’ve copied the applicable sections below.

114259.5. (a) Except as specified in subdivision (b), live animals may not be allowed in a food facility.

(b) Live animals may be allowed in any of the following situations if the contamination of food, clean equipment, utensils, linens, and unwrapped single-use articles cannot result:

(4) In areas that are not used for food preparation and that are usually open for consumers, such as dining and sales areas, service animals that are controlled by a disabled employee or person, if a health or safety hazard will not result from the presence or activities of the service animal.

(5) Pets in the common dining areas of restricted food service facilities at times other than during meals if ALL of the following conditions are satisfied:

(A) Effective partitioning and self-closing doors separate the common dining areas from food storage or food preparation areas.

(B) Condiments, equipment, and utensils are stored in enclosed cabinets or removed from the common dining areas when pets are present.

(C) Dining areas including tables, countertops, and similar surfaces are effectively cleaned before the next meal service.

Pretty straightforward, isn’t it? Read the law. If you as a dog owner don’t like it, then tough luck. Write your state legislators to get the law changed. Remember, you continue to re-elect them – so you’ve tacitly agreed with whatever laws they’ve passed.

I’m not even going to address the inconsiderate SOBs who allow their dogs on the table, etc…. Given what I’ve seen, the legislators ought to implement a law banning those people from owning dogs.

Reality Says... June 30, 2014 at 7:39 AM

Went there about 2 months ago to try it. Nice day out so we decided to sit outside and eat. About 15 minutes into the visit someone comes and sits next to us with two dogs. We didn’t see any dogs on the patio when we arrived and just assumed there were no animals allowed in the restaurant.

We have a dog and love our dog. He is spoiled to the bone but we DO NOT bring him to the grocery store, home deport or lowes, bring him to a restaurant nor do we bring him with us for quick runs and leave him in the car. Our dog also is not allowed in the kitchen.

When I am eating, I do not want dogs around me (not even my dog). I really don’t want to hear your dog licking his balls, scratching his fleas or crying for food while I am trying to eat.

I liked the restaurant, but outside seating is not for us at this particular restaurant. To be honest, the whole dogs at the restaurant grossed us out and we haven’t been back.

City Girl June 30, 2014 at 7:45 AM

Why the hell is this reposted? Do people REALLY LOVE to argue and disagree so much that this boring story needs reposting? I was hoping for NEW news.

This story has gotten more attention than the tragic deaths of the baby and her mother.

@ SMH # 168 June 30, 2014 at 7:50 AM

The ADA does not recognize emotional support or companion dogs as service dogs. The law does not apply to them. They only recongnize dogs that have gone thru official training and have been certified.

KenInConcord June 30, 2014 at 7:55 AM

So I walked into the Dodge dealership the other day and there is Dodge’s everywhere! What the hell I hate Dodges, I hate their trucks, I hate their cars I hate their vans. I complained to the manager and he was no help!!!!

I was so upset I stormed out and went to have lunch to cool off. I went the Lazy Dog Resturant….. And there was a dog there!!!!!

Tomorrow I’m going to the city to complain about both businesses!!


The Mamba June 30, 2014 at 7:57 AM

This is a restaurant that is called the Lazy Dog and prides itself on being dog friendly, and people went there and complained about dogs being there? So Claycord.

Why don't they designate a separate "Dogs Only" patio area June 30, 2014 at 8:01 AM

which conforms to the Health Department requirements.

Freeman June 30, 2014 at 8:05 AM

To all the idiots complaining about dogs in restaurants…

Dogs are a part of this restaurant’s design. The premise is that they let dogs sit out in the patio. If you don’t like it, GO F’ING EAT SOMEWHERE ELSE. YOU HAVE A MILLION OTHER OPTIONS. YOU DON’T HAVE A MORAL GOD-GIVEN RIGHT TO EAT AT LAZY DOG!

If you don’t think restaurants should allow dogs at all, GO MOVE TO A COMMUNIST COUNTRY.

Stop ruining things for the rest of us.

Rollo Tomasi June 30, 2014 at 8:11 AM

To all those who are in favor of this ban because “it’s the law, idiots”, one can only assume you adhere strictly to all laws, including speed limits and those laws prohibiting marijuana use without a prescription. You also never park your vehicle illegally, and properly respond to every summons for jury duty and never lie to get excused from your civic duty.

Domestic CEO June 30, 2014 at 8:13 AM

I had to laugh… apparently ADA allows miniature horses as a Service Animal–let’s see how people feel when I bring in my mini-horse to the restuarant! 😀 There are actually several types of dogs that help humans and they are:

SERVICE DOGS: Under the newest ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) regulations enacted March 15th 2011, a service animal is a dog (or miniature horse) trained to perform beneficial tasks directly related to an individual’s disability. The ADA defines a service animal as any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability.

SUPPORT DOGS: Unlike service animals, support animals do not require training to perform specific tasks. Instead, a support animal provides comfort and companionship. The human-animal bond that results from a support animal provides assistance in many ways for example: reducing the effects disabling psychiatric ailments, providing a positive immune boost or decreasing healing time. Though these animals are not considered service animals, they are protected under both federal and state housing laws as reasonable accommodations.

THERAPY DOGS: Therapy Dogs International, a nonprofit organization that regulates, tests and evaluates therapy dogs and their owners. They look for well-trained dogs with good temperament to visit hospitals, schools, mental health facilities, universities and any other place where people need comfort.

In order to prove that a dog is a service, support, or therapy animal, you may be asked to have documentation from a licensed professional (doctor, nurse practitioner, psychiatrist, other mental-health professional or social worker) stating that the animal is an essential part of treatment for a disability. A doctor’s letter must have two essential components.
1. It must state that you have a disability. The disability does not need to be identified.
2. It must state that it is the professional opinion of the provider that is it essential for you to have a service/support animal.

The Lazy Dog restaurant was specifically for dogs. It only takes one rotten apple to ruin the rest in the barrel!! My sister-in-law takes her long-haired Aussie everywhere and claims she is a Service Dog. No certification, not even a bib that says so… AND the dog is not trained in any way. She wanders where she wants and sticks her nose in places she shouldn’t, she jumps up on all people (to say hi), digs where there is dirt, and will sit and stare at you while you are eating if she isn’t sticking her nose into your lap for food. My sister-in-law also does NOT clean up after her pooch, she just walks away from the pile with a shrug. The one and only time the dog did (maybe) a therapy visit was when the owner was in the hospital and her boyfriend brought the dog to see her (and only her). Now — all of a sudden — this dog is a service dog because she visits people in the hospital.

I think restaurants and grocery stores should require documentation to be there with a dog or any animal. Not a problem with a blind person, or someone in a wheelchair or it is obvious the dog is helping the person. But bringing in little toy dogs that the owner holds IS against the law (they must be on a leash-always), letting dogs onto a table is also not acceptable for health code reasons. It is also illegal to bring dogs to a public place when they are known to be unfriendly to humans. If you bring a dog somewhere, expect to have someone try to touch your animal — if they don’t like that, then leave them at home!

So confused? June 30, 2014 at 8:16 AM

To me law is law they knew that before they started so I don’t see the uproar. However, I am confused as to why a dog owner would enjoy a dog themed eatery? Like, oooh I’m going out to eat with my dog I am so fancy? I love you so much Rover order anything on the menu!? I’m a dog lover, I own dogs now and in the past and am soon getting another dog. But, never have I thought to take my dog to the store or out to eat. Heck, I don’t even want to bring my kids and my dogs behave better than them. So, what is the appeal?

Mr. John June 30, 2014 at 8:18 AM

They’ll figure out the loophole soon enough. To-go orders and a picnic area nearby rather than a patio.

This is something that should be allowed. If you’re allowing service animals, you should allow all others as long as there is notice to patrons that this is a pet friendly spot.

The Mamba June 30, 2014 at 8:30 AM

LOL, exactly Ken in Concord. “I bought a house by the airport and now I’m suing because of the noise.” Idiots.

Julie P June 30, 2014 at 8:31 AM

We would rather eat at home with our dog anyway rather than next to a table with screaming kids. Now that’s obnoxious. So the ONE restaurant in Concord that allows dogs on the patio has to change this policy because people love to B****and complain. Too bad.

DD June 30, 2014 at 8:41 AM

I was in a restaurant and witnessed a woman changing a baby’s diaper in a booth.

I was in a local upscale restaurant and a patron walked in wearing a tank top, sagging shorts and flip flops.

The list goes on;
Screaming babies
Bratty kids
Foul language
My lab would curl up under a table while we eat and not make a sound.
Yeah, dogs should be banned.

RANDOM TASK June 30, 2014 at 9:03 AM

what is all the chatter this is demifornia and anyone who wants to complain can do so and affect everyone else. The dems have made this state and into a bunch of whining do gooders who think their way is the best and everyone else deserves to be told what to do ………..enjoy the fruits of your elected officials labor kickbacks ……the few telling everyone else what they should do…….ahhhhhhh

Mr. John June 30, 2014 at 9:08 AM

I just read through this thread – and I’ve got to say that I’m disappointed in this community. The rudeness in this thread, and the disrespect for others, is disgusting. This is a situation in which people should be putting their heads together to find solutions that meet the desires of all – not butting heads in unproductive anger.

Retired LEO June 30, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Again…regardless of your “feelings” or expectations that dogs “should” be allowed…….

If it violates the H&S Code, too bad.

And comparing that to the speed limits, parking violations, etc….. is quite a stretch.

@Freeman #185 – chill out.

Pyrrhus June 30, 2014 at 9:12 AM

To those complaining about dogs at restaurants, I would normally agree with you. However, the name of the restaurant is Lazy Dog and they are known for being dog friendly. If you don’t want to eat around dogs, why would you visit the establishment? Would you visit a Chuck E Cheeses and complain about children running around?

Dr. Jellyfinger® June 30, 2014 at 9:17 AM

I hear there’s a Korean restaurant in Antioch that serves dogs.

Animals really don’t belong in restaurants anyway. I was at Mary’s Pizza in Honolulu once sitting on the patio when a friggin dove fluttered down & landed on the edge of my table…. scared the crap out of me & I yelled
” BAT ! ” ….. realized it was only a dove a moment later but had already frightened the family at the next table so badly, the children were crying, the Mom was beating me over the head with a menu. I didn’t even wait to be asked to leave.

old guy. June 30, 2014 at 9:25 AM

what a hot topic. my understanding is that all an individual has to say in a restaurant is that their dog is a “service animal” and the restaurant must allow them in. However– the dog must also stay on the floor and be under control at all times. LD is a different case because of the outdoor seating.
Perhaps a similar policy might ease the problem with unruly dogs. And, management should enforce the policy and throw the offenders out.

Rollo Tomasi June 30, 2014 at 9:27 AM

@Retired LEO:

“And comparing that to the speed limits, parking violations, etc….. is quite a stretch.”

Did you spend a long time formulating such a compelling counterpoint?

nytemuvr June 30, 2014 at 9:28 AM

@RunnerDope #172
I’d be more worried that the food preparers aren’t washing their hands after who knows what, then handling your food. That was my point.

Dr. Jellyfinger® June 30, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Then again… think of all the time employees will save not having to clean up food that was dropped on the floor. Dogs are Mother Nature’s little Roombas

Retired LEO June 30, 2014 at 9:43 AM

@Rollo – no, I didn’t spend a lot of time on it. Given the tone of some of these posts, shorter posts are better. You know, short attention spans and inability to read the H&S code as posted?

Once again, read the H&S code. If someone violates the law, then what? If it affects you, I’m sure you’d be all over it, screaming for retribution.

Where do YOU draw the line? Are you telling me it’s ok to speed? If so, by how much? What is your rationale for that? If that’s ok, I’m assuming you’re ok with violating plenty of other laws…. and I’m sure you’re ok with others violating the laws.

Until it affects you.

Ricardo Shillyshally June 30, 2014 at 9:45 AM

KenInConcord #182 is spot on! I would also add that since KenInConcord hates Dodge, everyone else should hate Dodge too and be denied from buying Dodges. That is the analogy.

NRA Supporter June 30, 2014 at 9:48 AM

I’m sorry to say but PETS belong at home. Only Service Animals should be allowed as they are properly trained. People’s PETS are not properly trained. We have a health code for a reason. Trust me I have 3 dogs at home and 1 is a service dog in training. It’s all great that Lazy Dog had this policy and folks loved bringing thier dogs. It’s great if they are trained, but the last time we where there, my wife stepped right in a water bowl that someone just left there by the fire pit. In all my years of being around animals I’ve found most owners to be rude, selfish, and stupid. It’s actually sad that these types of people ruin it for the ones that do train their dogs to be good and well mannered like their owners. It’s just a health issue people and the law is there to protect us all.

Blink June 30, 2014 at 9:48 AM

This is the article that has most posts….really trivial in the big scheme of things….
Get take out and take your dog to a dog park…if they could talk could be their choice instead of another place to just sit….

EEK June 30, 2014 at 9:56 AM

I can not believe there are so many dog haters…. It is a Restaurant for dog lovers hence the name Lazy Dog!
Yo do not need to go indoors to go to the patio, as there is a gate on each end of the patio. If being around dogs offends you…. Do not go, and sit outside in the patio area.

What bunch of cry babies we have in the Community that have to ruin it for everyone else.

The Mamba June 30, 2014 at 10:08 AM

There’s one restaurant that wants to be warm and inviting to dogs and their owners, and there’s hundreds of restaurants in our area. If you don’t like it, you are free to go somewhere else. Also, NRA supporter, your wife should watch where she’s walking.

Jim Shoes June 30, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Good. I wish people would stop bringing their dogs everywhere. Not everyone is a dog lover and some of us are highly allergic. Sick and tired of people being so co-dependent on their pets!

skrab June 30, 2014 at 10:45 AM

I can’t believe there are so many people who think this is about dog haters v. dog lovers and that LD is a dog-themed restaurant. The Health and Safety Code section is pretty clear about what has to be done when dogs are in food service areas.

Antler June 30, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Want a Lazy Dog food truck parked at Baldwin Park’s DOG park?

if you really care that much about eating out with your dog, then go down and talk with management about the food truck idea. Or go to the City Council meeting and inquire about it.

The health laws must be observed in restaurants and/or out on the patios if infractions have been reported and found to be accurate during inspection.

None of us is above the law.

Now ask me whether I will ever again set foot in Hobby Lobby.

Vandy June 30, 2014 at 11:06 AM

The idea of Lazy Dog having a dog-friendly patio area is great. I have seen a lot of well-behaved doggies with their owners enjoying the patio. Its true that the health codes make this a very tenuous privilege, one that has been easily defeated by a few complaints. Whoever complained, shame on you! Go eat somewhere else.

Freeman June 30, 2014 at 11:08 AM

I don’t understand how a grown man, an adult who is responsible for his own choices, can go to a restaurant that is intentionally dog-friendly, be upset by the presence of dogs, feel entitled to eat there without them, then go ahead and complain to the government.

Freeman June 30, 2014 at 11:17 AM

And to everyone saying “it’s the law,” give me a break. Banning dogs from all restaurants doesn’t even make sense. That’s a very sheepish response. Deference to unelected authority, with no accountability, is tyranny.

gdfpedro June 30, 2014 at 11:36 AM

It’s a shame! That’s what the place is all about – go inside if you don’t like dogs.

Lori June 30, 2014 at 12:25 PM

A friend of mine posted a picture while eating there, someone had a pet pig out on the patio. Where do they draw the line?

lardo June 30, 2014 at 12:30 PM

how about a doggie daycare in all restaurants for all the entitled freaks and their stinky mutts!

ms.v June 30, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Rollo 186…Yes I do follow all those laws. If more of us did then maybe there would be a little less stress in the out side world. But you probably don’t get the connection so let it go.

The name of the restaurant is irrelevant. I am among those that didn’t assume this meant it was for dogs. Thought it was just a name. My bad.

I am not against a separate “dog only area” for diners.

To the people who comment on how a small group of people shouldn’t be able change things for everyone – Look in the mirror. Aren’t you a little group of people trying to change things. You make me laugh.

Maybe if LD staff had a set of conduct rules that were enforced we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

@FurryFriend June 30, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Sorry to bust your bubble, but dogs don’t belong anywhere near a restaurant. It is unhealthy to have a pet sniffing around other patron’s food when we all know where those animals have put their noses. I am not a dog-hater, but there is a place for dogs to eat…it is called YOUR HOME. When myself and a few coworkers went out to eat at lazy dog last month there were like 10 dogs all running around in the patio area and half of them were barking at fellow patrons. Get a clue.

Leilani June 30, 2014 at 1:08 PM

This is ridiculous!!! Because of a couple of jerks…and our Health Department, the Lazy Dog has just lost my business as well as many others. These people that say it is gross…my dog is far cleaner than many people I see out and about…including at restaurants. Dogs do not pick their nose or ears while eating at restaurants…yes…I have seen this occur!! Dogs do not wear dirty clothes to restaurants. Dogs that live a life that includes going to restaurants do not typically track in mud and dirt and are typically well groomed and well bathed animals. Dogs do not have filth underneath their nails that I see on MANY men at restaurants. What a load of BS!!

Unmarried Man June 30, 2014 at 1:10 PM

@Freeman –

Well, perhaps the law would make more sense to you once an untrained dog decided to bite a fellow patron, wouldn’t it now???

Mig June 30, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Quit hating people – Know the facts!! For all the ridiculous comments regarding dogs licking silverware or on top of tables, I submit that none of those are true based on the facts….the Contra Costa Health Dept reports online their violations and not one of the violations listed speaks of animals. Quit hating on dogs in public!! This place is entirely dog friendly and if you don’t like it go SOMEWHERE ELSE!! Or sit inside. Either way, your in the wrong place if you don’t like Dogs and you go to Lazy Dog to eat!!??

05/30/2014 ROUTINE – ONGOING

Minor Violation – Proper eating, tasting, drinking or tobacco use
(more details)

Minor Violation – Food contact surfaces: clean and sanitized
(more details)

Minor Violation – Food storage; food storage containers identified
(more details)

Minor Violation – Equipment/utensils-approved; installed; clean; good repair; capacity (prep sinks, refrigerators)
(more details)

Minor Violation – Toilet facilities: properly constructed, supplied, cleaned
(more details)

Minor Violation – Premises; personal/cleaning items; vermin proofing

Seriously? June 30, 2014 at 1:33 PM

I can’t believe this. When they finally tore down El Torito and I saw the new restaurant was a place called Lazy Dog that let you bring your dogs with you, I thought, “Hey, that sounds like a really cool place!” I’ve been there twice and the food and service is great. Both times I was outside on the patio, and I don’t even have a dog, but I love them, and it was fun to have them around.
The point is, this restaurant is designed for dog people. Banning dogs from a place specifically tailored for them and their people is just plain ludicrous. As others have said, if you don’t like the idea, go someplace else.

Unmarried Man June 30, 2014 at 1:38 PM

@cb –

Wake up dude. Untrained dogs are everywhere, including your precious LD establishment. I know for a fact that dogs have gotten into fights with each other at LD near the patio area. We saw this last time i was out to lunch there. And for some of less emotionally dependent people – we are not the biggest fans of dogs. Ever think that some of those “evil” patrons at LD might be allergic to dogs, but still like to sit out in the patio area for the fresh air???

@Leilani - angry post #219 June 30, 2014 at 1:51 PM

“Dogs do not pick their nose or ears while eating at restaurants…yes…I have seen this occur!!”
– Right, dogs just lick themselves in private parts that are primarily used for relieving themselves. And then show up at restaurants. I have seen this occur!!!
“Dogs do not wear dirty clothes to restaurants.”
– Well of course not. They just happen to have piles of sh#t imbedded in their fur coating they decided to roll around in for a few hours everyday at the local park.
“Dogs that live a life that includes going to restaurants do not typically track in mud and dirt and are typically well groomed and well bathed animals.”
-So you can account for all the other LD patrons who walk in with their dogs?
“Dogs do not have filth underneath their nails that I see on MANY men at restaurants”
– No, they just have crap in there. From walking around in other doggie’s crap.

Nelson Muntz HA HA June 30, 2014 at 1:58 PM

AB 1965 currently pending in the California Legislature has passed the full Assembly and a Senate health committee.

Now a law being proposed in the legislature would bring the state into line with counties and allow local governments to create laws regarding dogs and dining areas. Judie Mancuso is with the animal rights group Social Compassion in Legislation, which is advocating for the measure. She says people are surprised to find out it’s illegal to have a dog on a restaurant patio.

mutt lover June 30, 2014 at 2:53 PM

I ‘m going to play the dog card!
why you holding me down bro?

Rollo Tomasi June 30, 2014 at 3:07 PM

@Retired LEO:

Try re-reading my comment. One should assume that everyone who supports this ban because it violates a code adheres strictly to all other codes, including the criminal code, the vehicle code, insurance code, etc. Otherwise, they are hypocrites.

Freeman June 30, 2014 at 3:07 PM

@Unmarried Man/Adolf Hitler #220

It would make no difference. First, it’s illegal for owners to allow their pets to bite other people. You can be punished for that both in criminal and civil court. I’ll take a dogbite any day of the week for the lawsuit payday that awaits, it’s like winning the lottery. Second, what are the odds something like that might happen…0.1%? 0.0001%? Probably less than getting assaulted by another human in the restaurant.

Finally, you don’t have to be at Lazy Dog in the first place. If you’re living in fear of dog bites then just don’t go there to eat. It’s a very elegant solution to a problem not actually affecting anybody.

It must be exhausting being so concerned about the choices other people make for themselves.

EEK June 30, 2014 at 3:07 PM

@ unmarried man… So if 2 people get into a fight at a restaurant all people should be banned.. Your rationality is very flawed.

skrab June 30, 2014 at 3:17 PM

@ Freeman

“Deference to unelected authority, with no accountability, is tyranny.”

Well, Smartypants! Didn’t the California legislature enact the Health and Safety Code provisions that are at issue? Oh, and aren’t all members of the California legislature elected?

No tyranny going on here.

Lol June 30, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Is it funny that the same people who cite health complaints are the very same ones who stuff their faces with unhealthy food??? Fat american logic.

Larry June 30, 2014 at 3:57 PM

# 107 thank you! Sad but true, this current generation of americans are a bunch of Pu55y a55 crybaby whiners. Such a feeling of self entitlement. i hope this generation dies off quickly so we can right this ship.

dogluva June 30, 2014 at 4:07 PM

People are idiots! Its a restaurant for people with dogs! Don’t go if it offends you, go to another restaurant….god knows on every corner there is one. If in the case you can only eat at the lazy dog eat inside, for 2 reasons:
1. Not to scare the dogs because idiots who complain about dogs in a dog restaurant are plain stupid.
2. There are no dogs inside.
Geez people live a little.

Freeman June 30, 2014 at 4:20 PM


Go take a look at the Health and Safety Code and let me know if you think your elected official wrote any of it. To be an informed citizen that is never out of compliance with any city, county, or state law we should all have the following memorized.

My guess it was written by a couple hack staffers, interns, and lobbyists.

Freeman June 30, 2014 at 4:24 PM

And what’s with all these morons complaining about people treating dogs like their children? It’s weird but is that suddenly against the law? Hey Ayatollah Unmarried Man, can you make that illegal as well?

ginnybaci June 30, 2014 at 4:47 PM

this is wrong! There are many restaurants through out California and the rest of the country that allow dogs in the patio area. This allows families to travel with their pets and not leave them in cars or tied out in unsafe areas. The Lazy Dog was designed and is known for having a large patio area to accommodate pet owners. Maybe Concord should have taken that into consideration before granting them a permit. Is this going to be enforced through the rest of the state? (and we eat inside with our pets all the time and there is no health crisis) If the dogs bother you eat inside. There are plenty of other restaurants to eat at that have outside patios and most do not so you are not being inconvenienced.

ginnybaci June 30, 2014 at 4:49 PM

BTW People with dogs sit outside of Starbucks all day long – so what is the problem?

Unmarried Man June 30, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Get a life and stop referring to me as being a dictator. It is one thing to disagree with someone’s opinion, but completely uncalled for to make personal attacks. Comparing me to someone who persecuted millions of jews and iranians is insane. You need serious therapy, along with many of your “dog loving” friends here. But go right ahead and enjoy having a dog lick your f-ing face while you are eating your dinner. We all know what that pooch has been putting his mouth. LOSER….

BTW, anyone here been attacked by a dog in public?? Well for me, it happened yesterday while i was taking a stroll on iron horse trail. And the damn owner’s dog was leashed too!!! The sad truth is that most dogs are not trained well enough to be displayed in public settings. Sorry fools – I dont need some stupid mutt trying to jump me while I am eating. Although I could stab it with my fork…

Unmarried Man June 30, 2014 at 4:56 PM


Oh yeah, I think you should be getting ready for your evening appointment with Dr Phil. You need help, bro.

Unmarried Man June 30, 2014 at 5:03 PM


And I am guessing you are from that wonderful generation of drug addicts, hippies and violent protestors who hated the american flag.

Not to worry, man……your generation will die off first.

The Truth June 30, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Next topic up for discussion:

How it is perfectly acceptable to let your spolied little devil child drop a turd in the middle of the restaurant. And not clean it up!!

Unmarried Man June 30, 2014 at 5:22 PM

@Freeman –

If you think that my comments reflected the same sentiments of dictators who persecuted millions of jews and iranians then you need serious therapy.

Get a life.

Mr John June 30, 2014 at 5:24 PM

There is an ambiguity in the code in question. Who else can spot it?

The Boogeyman June 30, 2014 at 5:25 PM

@ post 239-

Good one. I am sure that Freeman is just insecure about not being with a real woman these days. Poor guy. Hope his dog keeps him company.

Atticus Thraxx June 30, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Seems like a strange thing to get jacked up about one way or the other. Want to be outraged, check out this story:

nancy June 30, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Lazy dog is great. Good food good service. Nuthin wrong with having dogs there. Just 2 many idiots in this world.

PH Neighbor June 30, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Reading so much hate…over one restaurant in our area that will allow dogs out in the patio. Go someplace else!!!
What in the world is going on!
Wake up!

Good June 30, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Guess people will have to leave their pets at home. Dogs are not people, contrary to what the vocal minority on this thread might shout.

Taking your dogs everywhere is like jerking off in public; you’re just stroking your, uh, ego. Best to do that in the privacy of your home, eh?

I know that Larry is stroking it June 30, 2014 at 7:14 PM


Freeman June 30, 2014 at 7:16 PM

@Khaled Sheikh Unmarried Man

Your opinion gets manifested into bull-s health and safety codes that limit my liberty. This is America, sweet land of liberty, the land of the free. We are sovereign people and don’t need the state and county telling us which animals we’re allowed to eat around.

Seriously, are you so lacking in self-respect and dignity that you need the state to make these decisions for you and others? For the love of Stalin, please just eat somewhere else and shut up.

@ Mr. John #194 June 30, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Claycord is not a community, so I don’t understand what you’re disappointing in. It’s an anonymous sounding board for angry, anti-social people. Real communities are not anonymous.

And dogs don’t belong in restaurants, regardless of its name. I could name my restaurant “human chow”; doesn’t mean you get to eat humans there.

Anon June 30, 2014 at 8:29 PM

So very sad, all you angry dog people. It is the law, not your opinions that count. Don’t like the law, then get it changed. Don’t use the court of public opinion to try and get your way. We are, or were, a country based on laws, not people’s opinions.

Unmarried Man June 30, 2014 at 9:05 PM


F-ck off, loser.

Yep, you sound like a typical fat and “lazy” american. Crying about the health and safety codes…i guess you don’t like the FDA telling you how americans need to cut down and limit their soda and red meat intake, am I correct???? Land of liberty, my rights are violated, blah, blah, blah…. grow up.

And if i am indeed Khalid Sheikh, then is it wise of you to provoke me????

Annoyed June 30, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Stop complaining about people who like to bring their dogs places. If you don’t like places that allow dogs on the patio OUTSIDE of the restaurant, then don’t eat there, instead of complaining about it. If people want to bring their dogs places, let them.

Atticus Thraxx June 30, 2014 at 9:21 PM

“doesn’t mean you get to eat humans there”. If by chance you do find a place that does, please let us know. Cannibalism is on my bucket list. 😉

Unmarried Man June 30, 2014 at 9:21 PM

I am also guessing that Freeman, after his unhealthy burger and fries dinner is going to cuddle up with his dog for some rather passionate love making.

I guess to each his own….

furian June 30, 2014 at 9:35 PM

This is almost as exciting as the politics thread.

Good job people.

....... June 30, 2014 at 9:58 PM

@freeman #250…

Get a grip on yourself.

You’re so full of your “sovereign people” crap and not needing the state and county to tell you what to do…..

Now go right ahead and violate every law that comes into your head so you can show us just how tough and “sovereign” you are. Then we’ll sit back and have a good laugh when your azz gets handed to you in jail.

Not going to? Then you’re nothing more than a blowhard hypocrite who likes to talk tough….. The tough talkers are the first ones to crumble.

Try it if you think you have the balls. Otherwise stfu.

Retired LEO June 30, 2014 at 10:01 PM

So “freeman” chooses to select which laws apply to him?

Like tiny dots said; just start violating every law you can think of in front of an officer. Show us your “sovereignty” – if you have cojones for it.

Jimstrixie July 1, 2014 at 12:03 AM

Finally!!! A dog is an animal, a pet. Not your dining companion. Nothing like a dog pooping next to your table while you are eating:-/

Ron July 1, 2014 at 12:32 AM

Just because this is a ” dog themed” establishment it doesn’t mean non service dogs should be welcomed! Does this mean elephants are welcomed at the Elephant Bar? … Such dumb logic.

Freeman July 1, 2014 at 6:47 AM

@ The Good Germans 258 & 259

What the hell are you two babbling about. I take it by you criticizing me for not “needing the states and county” to tell me what to do, that you do? The discussion here is whether or not you believe as men, you are capable of making the decision to eat at restaurants that allow dogs on their patio. The two of you claim you are not, and for that matter nobody is capable of that so bring on the State to make sure we all live according to your preference.

It’s quite intolerant. First Unmarried Man takes insulting shots at people who are overweight then at people who are born with zoophilia. I didn’t realize Claycord was so full of bigotry and hatred.

Hey Retired LEO… Instead of ignoring laws that I find trivial and morally insulting, of which my compliance has zero impact on your or anybody else by the way, what do you suggest? Should I go quit my job, spend months collecting signatures, and millions campaigning to get it on a special ballot? The system is way too cumbersome for people like the owners of Lazy Dog to just run a business the way they want to.

Let me ask a serious question: why can’t people who don’t like dogs just eat somewhere else? Do you feel entitled to not have to worry about this when you go out?

Freeman July 1, 2014 at 6:49 AM

“After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.”

-Alexis De Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1840

PH Phil July 1, 2014 at 6:54 AM

Wow – “freeman” is really full of “himself”…….

WTH is meant by “Your opinion gets manifested into bull-s health and safety codes that limit my liberty”????

Guess he doesn’t need the state to tell him what speed to drive…..or anything else, for that matter. You don’t want to deal with the laws here, then go move somewhere else – or CHANGE THE LAWS!

Get it, moron?

PH Phil July 1, 2014 at 6:59 AM

@Cat Lady #8….

“Annoying” the BOS sure isn’t going to get things changed, being as this is a state law.

@Former LD #43…

Doesn’t matter about the name – if the H&S codes ban it, then you have to deal with it. As far as your comment about “… so if you have a problem with eating around DOGS then ask to be seated AWAY from the patio or order takeout or better yet stay out of the restaurant since you probably don’t tip well….” – that’s a hell of a jump. Remind me to never eat where YOU’RE serving. You probably stick your thumb up your nose before mashing it in the food you’re about to serve.

The Mamba July 1, 2014 at 7:25 AM

It’s ironic that you are pointing out dumb logic while comparing dogs and elephants, Ron.

Mtzgurl July 1, 2014 at 7:45 AM

So sad 🙁

Freeman July 1, 2014 at 9:46 AM

@PH Philnochet

I’m so full of myself that I support other peoples’ right to make decisions about their private dining choices. Says the guy who thinks every restaurant should conform to his arbitrary dining preferences by force of law.

The Boogeyman July 1, 2014 at 10:34 AM

@Former LD #43,
Just to second a previous post, you are a POS!!!!!!

How arrogant can you be to suggest that people who don’t like eating around dogs crapping all over the place in the patio area do not tip well? It is snooty waiters like you who don’t get my business. I try to be understanding of waiters/waiterness who work long hours and don’t get much in return. You can be sure that I will NOT eat at your f-ing restaurant, with your horrible attitude.

Oh yeah, and I do tip well. So f–ck off!!!!

..... July 1, 2014 at 11:34 AM

So “freeman” is going to pick and choose which laws apply to him? He states “The system is way too cumbersome for people like the owners of Lazy Dog to just run a business the way they want to.” He also states “Instead of ignoring laws that I find trivial and morally insulting, of which my compliance has zero impact on your or anybody else by the way, what do you suggest…. ”

So how do you KNOW it has “zero impact” on anyone?

Here we go – I want, I want, I want. It’s all about me, me, me.

Guess what, chuckles… don’t always get what you want. You don’t like the system, then move somewhere that is more to your liking. Happy hunting!

Anybody can quote anything to support their cause – so effing what?

Willow July 1, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Hmmmm, dogs r allowed in Bev Hills, Carmel. Sausalito and other higher end locations but CONCORD seems to have issues? Perhaps
Concordians should concentrate more on the crime in the area, but I guess they tolerate criminals more than dogs.

EEK July 1, 2014 at 11:42 AM

So who has a copy of the specific law that has been violated? I would like to see the exact wording where it says that dogs are not allowed in an open patio of a restaurant. I know State law says if you have to enter the restaurant to access the patio it is illegal but this is not the case with Lazy Dog.It is very strange that this is a restaurant that is a chain, and none of them have banned dogs except for this particular location.

Cat Wrangler July 1, 2014 at 11:52 AM

True Freedom and Equality will never exist until cats are served alongside dogs at outdoor seating areas. Cat Power!

anon July 1, 2014 at 12:07 PM

@Ron #261 –

There have been a few Pink Elephants at Elephant Bar over the years. 😉

Mr. John July 1, 2014 at 12:23 PM

@272: H&S Code 114259.5 is involved. It is horribly written. I am asking if there are any other violations right now. There are two holes in the code section that I’ve seen. One is questionable (dealing with the question of whether the patio is part of the food facility), and the other is a result of ridiculous bad code writing. The code technically says that live animals may be allowed if the contamination of food, clean equipment, utensils, linens, and unwrapped single-use articles cannot result and if kept at least 20 feet (6 meters) away from any mobile food facility, temporary food facility, or certified farmers’ market. Proper procedures dealing with the contamination issue, and the lack of a mobile, temporary or farmer’s market would technically suffice on a plain english reading of the code. However, this is apparently an unintended result.

Freeman July 1, 2014 at 1:05 PM


I’m shocked you didn’t see the irony in your sentiment. Apparently because I want others to have liberty, it’s “I want I want, me me me.” How would you describe your position on enforcing your dining habits onto others through law? You can’t let other people eat at a restaurant that allows dogs on their patio because that is not what YOU want. I suppose that’s okay because as self-appointed Patio Imam you know what’s best for others.

By the way, please find me a quote from a political philosopher that supports YOUR cause. I’m sure somewhere in your worn out copy of Mein Kampf you’ll find a passage discussing the importance of creating laws keeping dogs away from commercial restaurant patios.

PH Neighbor July 1, 2014 at 1:14 PM

We love it…@ Willow # 271 ‼️‼️
You hit the nail right on the head! Just what all of us at our house were saying! How very sad…right!?

Yes, I would luv to live in one of those cities! Maybe someday.

Also, many countries where we have traveled…Germany, France, Austria and Italy…dogs are welcome everywhere. A few times when we went out to eat, even at a white linen restaurant, dogs where seated right next to the owner. Often we would see this. One time we saw the owner of a nice restaurant come out just to pet the dogs & freshen their water.
Luved it.

skrab July 1, 2014 at 1:16 PM

@Mr. John

Have you read the sections preceding 114259.5 and coming after it? That is how one construes statutes.

Courtney July 1, 2014 at 2:42 PM

This is just ridiculous. As long as people are allowed to bring their disgusting children who pick their nose and sh*t their pants, dog owners should have every right to bring their four legged companions with them. My dog behaves much better and is much cleaner than any of the rug rats I see while dining.

furian July 1, 2014 at 5:39 PM

It’s like rain on your wedding day
It’s a free ride when you’ve already paid

It’s like no dogs allowed in a Lazy Dog Restaurant

Michelle July 1, 2014 at 6:19 PM

No, not me.

Julio July 1, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Been to Cheesecake Factory when dogs were allowed on the patio.

Actually I don’t like it but I would never say a word.

..... July 1, 2014 at 7:29 PM

@freeman #276….

My “worn-out copy of Mein Kampf”?????? And a “self-appointed patio imam”?

Just what I expected from the likes of you…… Gotta start slamming and insulting others when your arguments can’t stand the light of day…..

Maybe the law is wrong. Maybe it is poorly written. But does that give you license to violate it? I think a speed limit of 65 mph on I-80 is too low and it personally affects me. So I should be able to go 100 mph if I can do it without affecting anyone else negatively and not be worried about being arrested…..

So work to change it the right way.

@ Courtney #279 July 1, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Sorry, but children are humans and have infinitely more rights than any dog. Are you new to this planet or something? Dogs are not people. Dogs are not people. Dogs are not people. Got it, blondie?

Sean July 2, 2014 at 1:54 PM

So, for those of you that have children, but no pets, should you be forced to leave your child at home? I have seen some pretty out of control, wild ass kids in restaurants, I don’t blame the kids, I blame the bad parenting. Not bragging, b2 my dog is more behaved & obedient than most children I’ve seen nowadays. And yes, I have both, a grown, married son with a child of his own, and a dog who is considered a family member. And for an establishment that has it’s basis in serving dog people as well as their dogs, well, if you were stupid enough to go there & not think there was the slightest possibility of there being animals, shame on you for being part of the downfall of COMMON SENSE today.

jbelkin July 2, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Yea, as may people note – just tell people it’s a service dog – hey, I won a dog so whatever, right? Even lying or making it difficult for people who have vision problems and NEED an actual service dog. Typical reason why people think people who bring their dogs everywhere – what the **** do we care about the rest of society. I own an animal so I should just do as I please. WRONG. Keep your dog on your property. End of story Do NOT ILLEGALLY bring your dog to where food is being service – restaurants AND grocery stores.

Nacho July 3, 2014 at 9:55 AM

For those people who own pets or not, pets are part of the family so you don’t leave any member of your family home when the entire ‘family’ goes out to eat in this instance, at the PET-FRIENDLY Lazy Dog where DOGS ARE ALLOWED whether it’s illegal or not. For those people who are offended by this DON’T DO THERE and leave those who want to include their dogs when they dine alone! Stop being so UPTIGHT! Live and let live!

Stop Arguing, START NEGOTIATING July 3, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Most of you are making good, reasonable points! BUT..













Like, I just read ALL (yes, I mean it,) ALL the comments. As of now, there are almost 300 comments. And HALF of them say “If you don’t like dogs, don’t go there.” Which I agree with.

BUT I HAVE YET TO SEE AN ANTI-DOG PERSON REPLY TO THAT! In a LOGICAL way!! I have YET to see someone say something about that!!



Thank you.

Bleep July 3, 2014 at 1:32 PM

I would like to see small bratty children banned from restaurants, stores and public transportation. They run around misbehaving, screaming and yelling and touching everything with their grimy hands after wiping their snotty noses. When is someone going to ban bratty kids? Some dogs are cleaner and more well behaved, yet there is all this controversy over having them in an outside dining area. I feel like starting a petition to ban flies…what if a fly lands on your food while eating on the patio of a restaurant, and you get sick from the bacteria…who is controlling the damn flies? Where is our government when we need them? Why aren’t they controlling the flies and the bratty kids?

Just Went to LD Yesterday July 3, 2014 at 1:40 PM

I agree, with you @288, (amazing 288 posts)

Some people where turned away with their dogs. Imagine if you drove a long distance.
This is absolutely ridiculous!
Let the dogs back to the restaurants patio. Another try.
Yes, calling both numbers again each day…Karen M. & HD…along with many other people.

OLD YELLER July 3, 2014 at 4:12 PM


Tom July 4, 2014 at 11:30 AM

The ADA laws on service dogs are very favorable to the dog owners. Service dogs do NOT have to be specially trained or wear a service dog outfit; those outfits are intended to just make it more obvious to others. As long as you have a qualifying disability under the law, and your dog is well behaved and calm, then that dog can be your service dog. This is okay for medical conditions that go beyond mobility, such as respiratory illness or psychiatric illness. Where it becomes problematic is when people have spazzy little purse dogs and say they’re service dogs when they aren’t, and then those dogs pee, poop, and act obnoxious. A calm, well tempered dog on a patio is not a big deal to me, and keeping the dog on the other side of the railing is okay too.

Freeman July 4, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Hey Old Taliban,

Thanks for clarifying with your logical response. Dogs don’t belong in restaurants, period, because you say so. Or is it one of the pillars of Wahhabiism you practice and the direct word of God?

Again, explain why you have the right to go to any restaurant you want and everyone must adhere to your whims. You didn’t respond with that because you can’t, because you have no valid argument so you just scream louder in all-caps.

jrconcord July 4, 2014 at 5:15 PM

very quick survey
who here would go to a hookah lounge or smoke shop and complain about smoke and nicotine?
who here would go to a medical cannabis shop and complain about the smell of weed?
It is very simple: this is a novelty/ specialty bisiness. If this is not your cup of tea; don’t go.
A’s just won!

DUCK dog July 5, 2014 at 3:03 PM

There are so many valid comments for both sides that it’s hard to take a side. Their business model was to have a place that would allow you to being your dog. We have an ex-guide dog that loves going here..he lays under us, enjoys seeing other dogs and just chills. We don’t have to take him everywhere, but it’s nice to be able to take him somewhere. I have seen the lying owners that “pretend” their dogs are licensed service dogs, bad owners that allow their dogs on their lap and up to the table (they think they’re in Paris) and other perfectly well behaved dogs that just chill like ours.

It can go both ways, if you don’t like it, for dog owners or patrons don’t go. But for the people that don’t mind (dog owners or not)…this makes it bad for us too.

Employee July 5, 2014 at 11:31 PM

This will only last for about a month. It only takes one complaint to get the dogs banned, and since one man was mad everyone else had to suffer with him. Dogs will be allowed back in a few weeks. I don’t understand why it matters if a dog is laying on the floor while you enjoy a meal, let them have their relaxing time outside, they aren’t harming you. It’s a fun, enjoyable environment and it’s awesome to have a place to hangout with your dog. So to all the people hating on the dogs, sit inside. To everyone else, enjoy the beautiful weather on our patio with the cutest dogs!

Stop Arguing, START NEGOTIATING July 10, 2014 at 10:06 AM

For all the people who are SO AGAINST dogs, WHY CAN’T YOU GO SOMEWHERE ELSE TO EAT???????????????????????????

@OLDYELLER can you answer that question for me, please?

Really? July 11, 2014 at 7:34 AM


People…what happened to common sense??? Self-responsibility??? If YOU don’t like dogs on restaurant patios, YOU should stay away. Problem solved.

Now, I will add (warning: here comes some more common sense)…

Lazy Dog restaurant does have can responsibility to keep that patio under control. When they first greet a customer seated with a dog on the patio, they should briefly go over the rules for doggies being there – no putting them on the table, must be behaved and not disturb other patrons, etc.

And, we all lived happily ever after. The end. 🙂

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