Eat & Drink

Your guide to pet-friendly cafes, pubs and accommodation across the Central Coast!

There's no need to leave the pooch at home when you're looking to head out for some eats or drinks, check out our list of pet-friendly cafes, pubs and accommodation across the Central Coast!


The Boathouse Hotel Patonga

You couldn’t be seen at a trendier venue with your pooch than The Boathouse Hotel Patonga. Choose either the Fish and Chip Shop or the Hotel’s outdoor seating to dine with your dog.With white nautical beach vibes overlooking the Hawkesbury River, this idyllic venue is a must-visit on the Central Coast, and an easy day trip by ferry from Palm Beach.

Open: Mon to Sun 7am - 8pm
Where: 6-8 Patonga Drive, Patonga

Sweet Caroline

The signature hot pink neon sign hanging in Sweet Caroline reads “good times never felt so good”, and we think your pets will agree as they are welcome in this quirky and creative cafe.
Sweet Caroline does it all; an all-day breakfast and epic lunch before turning to cocktails and dinner dining in the evenings, plus regular trivia and events. You and your pooches will love the covered atrium-style eating area teeming with plants and character. The menu has you spoilt for choice but we’re eyeing the Italian baked eggs for brekkie, fish tacos for lunch, and signature Caroline’s Chicken Burger for dinner. Keep an eye out for the owners pups Wesley and Oliver!

Open: Mon to Sun 8am - 2pm, also open Nights Fri and Sat 6pm - Late
Where: 12/36-40 Victoria St, East Gosford

Kindred Spirits Dog Cafe

At Kindred Spirits Dog Cafe the pooches get their very own menu! Your dog will be spoiled with their range of cookies, doggie bliss balls, ‘Woofles’ and smoothies alongside a puppuccino or even a doggy beer! This pet boutique and dog cafe is run by Central Coast chef, baker and entrepreneur Ely of Cute AF Pets, an online pet accessory store. You can be sure your dog is treated like a King/Queen as the dog menu is made from the same high quality human grade ingredients that go into all the human food!

Open: Tues to Sun 8.30am - 2pm
Where: 287 Davistown Rd, Yattalunga
Prices: From $6 - doggy bliss ball, to $17.50 - human nachos!

Cove Cafe

Located right beside one of the most popular off leash dog parks on the coast, Cove Cafe is an obvious (and yummy!) stop for a coffee and bite to eat after puppy playdates. Dine beachside with your fur-baby over an all-day breakfast, and as the cafe is licensed you might make it a champagne brekkie with a glass of bubbles!

Open: Mon to Sun from 6.30am (breakfast served from 7am, lunch from 11.30am)
Where: The Haven, Terrigal
Prices: $18 Cove Breakfast Burger to $28 Big Breakfast / Fish and Chips

Like Minds Avoca

An old corner store turned vibrant cafe, Like Minds Avoca has a true community feel, and that includes your pets. With a rustic vibe, a sustainable ethos, and fresh, delicious food, it’s a top stop if you’re after that relaxed holiday feeling. There’s a big garden to chill in with your pets, where all the homegrown herbs and vegies that feature in the menu are grown!

Open: Tue to Sat from 7.30am - 12.30pm, Sun 11.30am - 2pm
Where: 352 The Round Drive, Avoca Beach

Two Birds Gallery Cafe

Two Birds Gallery Cafe is a gem in Toowoon Bay, tucked down the street from the main drag serving good food alongside it’s eclectic range of homewares, art, and gifts. The friendly staff will be sure to come out and say a hello to your pooches as you order up their famous Blue Jay Corn Fritter Stack.

Open: Mon to Sun 8am - 2.30pm
Where: 104 Pacific Street, Toowoon Bay
Prices: From $11 - B&E roll to $18.50 Blue Jay Corn Fritter Stack

The Anchor Budgewoi

One for those on the northern end of the Central Coast, The Anchor is a relaxed pet-friendly cafe in the centre of Budgewoi. With an absolutely bursting breakfast and lunch menu, you can be sure to satisfy a hunger any time of the day with pooch in tow (it might even get snapped for their Facebook page!). While you’re there take a look inside at the beach-style homewares in the shop.

Open: Tues to Sun 8am - 1.30pm
Where: 10A Ocean St, Budgewoi
Prices: From $9 Toasties, $10 - B&E roll, $16 Breakfast Wraps, and $17-$20 salads/burgers


Kim’s Beachside Retreat

Yes, believe it or not, the famous luxury beachside stay of Kims Retreat is pet-friendly, so you can visit the Central Coast in style, pup in tow! This hideaway features 34 individual bungalows and villas dotted throughout 2.5 hectares. Some have jacuzzi’s or private swimming pools, while the retreat boasts fine dining and pampering services on site.

Where: 16 Charlton Street, Toowoon Bay

Two Shores Holiday Park

Sitting on the shoreline of Tuggerah Lake to one side, and a dog friendly beach the other, Two Shores is as good as it gets on location. This family friendly holiday village is close to the famous Entrance waterfront, pristine beaches, and bush walks in the Wyrrabalong National Park. Offering both cabins and caravan/camping spots, this is a great place to enjoy a break without leaving the pets at home.

Where: 25 Wilfred Barrett Drive, The Entrance North

Pacific Garden Hotel

The Pacific Garden Hotel has 3 ground floor rooms with their own fenced in grass backyard perfect for pets. The hotel is surrounded by native gardens and has an outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, basketball half-court, and is just 5 minutes drive from Forresters Beach. If you’re after a simple base for a weekend away exploring the Central Coast, this is it!

Where: 871 The Entrance Road, Wamberal

Terrigal Dog Resort

If all else fails and you can’t find pet-friendly accommodation, then your dog can have a retreat of its own at Terrigal Pet Resort. Pets that stay at Terrigal are spoilt for choice with a supervised lap pool, plenty of open spaces, Lagoon walks, an in-house groomer, shuttle services for pick up and drop off, and in some of the luxury suites even a human size bed!

Where: 171 Serpentine Road, Terrigal