PET FRIENDLY Stanford University

PET FRIENDLY Stanford University

450 Serra Mall
Stanford, CA 94305

Stanford University was founded in 1885 by Leland and Jane Stanford in memory of their only child, who died of typhoid fever at age 15. A private research university noted for its entrepreneurship, Stanford numbers 81 Nobel laureates, 30 living billionaires, and 17 astronauts among its alumni and faculty. Its campus is one of the largest in the United States, more than 8,000 acres on the San Francisco Peninsula.

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Featured Pet-Friendly Hotels near Stanford University

Pet Policy: All domestic pets welcome. No fee. Up to 50 lbs. Max. 2 pets per room.

Policy Confirmed: 05/13/2023 | Update this Pet Policy

Policy Confirmed: 05/13/2023

Pet Policy: We allow cats and dogs under 25 lb. at the Crowne Plaza Palo Alto. There is a nonrefundable pet occupancy fee, per pet. Pets are only allowed in certain hotel room types. Please contact us in advance when planning to bring your furry friend.

Policy Confirmed: 07/31/2018 | Update this Pet Policy

Policy Confirmed: 07/31/2018

Featured Pet-Friendly Restaurants & Cafes near Stanford University


Left Bank Brasserie

635 Santa Cruz Avenue,
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Pet Friendly Left Bank Brasserie in Menlo Park, California

A fantastic place to enjoy a glass of wine and watch the world walk by with your best friend from a table on their pet-friendly sidewalk patio. Or try one of their deliciously refreshing signature cocktails, like the Ahh Oui, made with Hendrick’s Gin, basil and lime, or the Carte Blanche, with Woodford Bourbon, lemon, Angostura bitters, and ginger beer. And maybe a bite to eat as well—raw oysters or Steak Tartare? Or make a meal out of little bites with a selection of charcuterie and cheeses. There are also brasserie-style sandwiches and more filling fare, like Chicken Paillard and Steak Frites.


Coupe Café

538 Ramona Street,
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Pet Friendly Coupe Café in Palo Alto, California

Coupa Café has multiple locations in Palo Alto and Stanford but this one on Ramona Street has a nice-sized pet-friendly outdoor area where you can enjoy their fantastic food with your pooch. The cooking is Venezuelan influenced but also fusion eclectic. In the morning, you can get a Breakfast Arepa, as well as a Breakfast Bowl with yogurt, granola, and fruit, or a buckwheat Breakfast Crepe filled with mushrooms, avocado, and gouda. For lunch and dinner, the mash-up of Venezuelan and world cooking continues with an array of arepas and empanadas, as well as salads, paninis, wraps, and pastas.

Featured Pet-Friendly Dog Parks near Stanford University


Mitchell Park

600 East Meadow Drive,
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Pet Friendly Mitchell Park in Palo Alto, California

Has a fenced-in area where dogs can go off leash. Located one block west of Middlefield, at the south side of the park, behind Spangler School.


Greer Park

1098 Amarillo Avenue,
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Pet Friendly Greer Park  in Palo Alto, California

Has a fenced-in area where dogs can go off leash. Located at Amarillo and West Bayshore, at the west side of the park.

What most people may not know about Stanford is that there was once a "colony" of narcoleptic dogs there—mostly Dobermans but also poodles, labs, and a schipperke named Bear—established to study the pathology of the disease. Now how does a narcoleptic dog differ from my dog, who seems to sleep 18 hours out of 24...?

And on the scientifically esoteric side of felininity (yes, we just made up that word), in 2016 researchers at Stanford's PULSE Institute in collaboration with the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, working off the thought experiment called Schr?dinger's Cat, were able to use X-rays to record atomic motion in more detail than has every been possible. How? Ask us no questions, but this Wikipedia entry does a nice job of explaining the original paradox.

If you're looking for a pet friendly place to eat, you'll have to go to nearby Palo Alto or Menlo Park. In Menlo Park, check out the Dutch Goose, a local institution that's been serving up burgers, pizza, and more for over 50 years. You and Fido can relax at their outdoor bar, The Duck Blind.

Saint Michael's Alley in Palo Alto has a lovely hidden patio where you can enjoy small plates like Ahi Tuna Poke and Pork Belly with Pickled Onions and Balsamic Syrup.

For off leash dog parks, again, look to Menlo Park (Nealon Park and Willow Oaks Park) and Palo Alto (Hoover Park, Greer Park, and Mitchell Park).