Happy Father’s Day: 44 restaurants to celebrate Dad in San Diego


Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18. Gifts, backyard barbecues and breakfast in bed are the traditional celebratory fanfare. This year, treat the man of the house with a brunch buffet or an elegant dinner at one of San Diego’s restaurants on his special day. Reservations are highly recommended. (All menus will be served on Sunday, unless otherwise noted.)

83 Degrees Gastropub & Restaurant is dishing up ribs and beer all day long on Father’s Day. The meal features beer braised baby back ribs, coleslaw, fries and choice of house beer for $20. 660 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad. (760) 729-7904 or

Backyard Kitchen & Tap’s Father’s Day menu will highlight 16-ounce bone-in ribeye served with garlic mash and grilled asparagus and the chili cheese burger, made with a brisket ribeye-blend burger patty, short rib chili, cheddar cheese and fried onion ring served with a choice of sea salt fries, sweet potato fries or chips. Match your meal with four 5-ounce tasters from the IPA Tasting Flight Board. Tastings include Latitude 33 Blood Orange IPA, Societe’s The Apprentice IPA, Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA and Alpine Duet IPA. Dad’s will receive $2 off flight boards all day. 832 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach. (858) 859-2593 or

Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant will offer a burger and draft beer combination, priced at $19.95. The Father’s Day special features the BH Burger, made with a half-pound ground chuck patty and topped with aged white cheddar cheese, fresh tomato and house-pickled red onions served on a brioche bun. The burger is served with a side of French fries, or you can upgrade to Bankers Hill’s parmesan truffle fries for an additional charge. Brunch: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; dinner: 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. 2202 Fourth Ave., San Diego. (619) 231-0222 or

Barefoot Bar & Grill will offer dads the classic burger topped with American cheese, caramelized onion, tomato, iceberg lettuce, Boar’s Head pickles and aioli on a brioche bun paired with any draft beer for $20. Paradise Point Resort, 1404 Vacation Road, San Diego. (858) 581-5960 or

Bleu Boheme executive chef/owner Ken Irvine has crafted a three-course meal for Father’s Day highlighting foie gras in each course. The menu includes foie gras and bacon jam served with a Belgium waffle; filet mignon served with foie gras ravioli in a black truffle Madeira sauce; and a warm gingerbread with foie gras terrine, caramelized pears and port reduction. $75 per person. An optional wine pairing is available for $30. Seating is limited. 4090 Adams Ave., San Diego. (619) 255-4167 or

Bo-beau Kitchen + Garden will host a four-course spirits dinner. Highlights include a rhubarb fennel Seagram’s Gin Cocktail paired with bay scallops, fava beans and charred cipollini onions; and a Chivas Old Fashioned served as a sipper alongside a grilled hanger steak topped with Peruvian potatoes, whiskey cream sauce and porcini truffle butter. 6 p.m. 8384 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa. $54.95 per person. (619) 337-3445 or

The Commons is offering its Sunday Funday Brunch for Father’s Day. Brunch items include a custom omelet, breakfast sandwich, southern bowl, and breakfast burrito. Bottomless mimosas are $19 with the purchase of one brunch entrée and a signature Bloody Mary, made with Scorpion Pepper Vodka. 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 901 Fourth Ave., San Diego. (619) 696-8888 or

Decoy Dockside Dining is serving a Father’s Day brunch buffet with choices like whiskey bacon chili and prime rib. Specialty cocktails and select beers will also offered. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 1035 La Bonita Drive, San Marcos. $40 per person; $18 children 12 and under. (760) 621-0909 or

Duck Dive is grilling up New York Steak Strips on Father’s Day. The hearty steak, priced at $25, is topped with a delicate red wine demi-glaze served with house horseradish mashed potatoes and fresh grilled asparagus. Complement the dish with Duck Dive’s House Old Fashioned at $5 a pour. 4650 Mission Blvd., San Diego. (858) 273-3825 or

Firehouse American Eatery + Lounge and Spa Kingston have teamed up to offer the perfect gift for Father’s Day. The package ($70) includes a one-hour massage, a signature Firehouse Burger and Bloody Mary. The burger is made with maple-peppercorn bacon, aged Manchego cheese, tomato confit and topped with arugula and truffle aioli on a spicy pickle brioche bun. 722 Grand Ave., San Diego. (858) 274-3100 or

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar is serving a three-course Father’s Day Sunday brunch. Entree choices include Fleming’s signature eggs Benedict, cinnamon apple brioche French toast, California-style steak and egg scramble, New Zealand salmon cobb salad and a porcini-crusted 6-ounce filet mignon. Full menu selections are also available. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $47.95 per person; $18.95 children’s menu. 380 K St., San Diego, (619) 237-1155 and 8970 University Center Lane, San Diego, (858) 535-0078.

Grant Grill at The US GRANT will celebrate Father’s Day all week long with chef Mark Kropczynski’s Wagyu tasting dinner. The four-course menu includes a Wagyu slider amuse bouche; Wagyu beef consommé, made with cepes (brown-capped boletus mushroom) and a delicate foie gras mousse; a pan-seared Japanese Wagyu A5 New York steak; and summer stone fruit and Wagyu Yorkshire pudding with stone fruit compote. 5:30 to 10 p .m. Monday, June 19 through Sunday, June 25. 326 Broadway, San Diego. $180 per person, with optional wine pairings at an additional charge. (619) 744-2077 or

The Grass Skirt is celebrating dad’s day by offering a tasting of its June “Rum of the Month.” The specialty rum is $5 for a tasting pour. 910 Grand Ave., San Diego. (858) 412-5237 or

The Hake is serving brunch by the water on Father’s Day. The locally sourced, chef-driven buffet includes dishes such as opah chorizo and eggs, tuna carnitas and Mexican shrimp cocktail. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 1250 Prospect St., La Jolla. (858) 454-1637 or

The Haven Pizzeria in Kensington will please any barbecue and pizza-loving dad with a pitcher of beer ($5) and parmesan garlic bread sticks ($4) served with a choice of two dipping sauces. Dad can build his own pizza with toppings like pepperoni, sausage and candied bacon. 4051 Adams Ave, San Diego. (619) 281-1904 or

Herringbone La Jolla will offer a Father’s Day three-course prix fixe brunch menu. Diners can enjoy baked French toast, two-hand burger or chilaquiles. Chef Jessie Glessner has also crafted a menu for the kids with dishes like French toast and The #1, a plate of bacon, eggs, toast and potatoes. 7837 Herschel Ave., La Jolla. $40 per person; $12 children. (858) 459-0221 or

Jsix in the East Village is serving flavor-infused dishes such as stir-fried vegetable rice noodles and 24-hour short rib with crispy sweetbreads, pea tendrils and a turnip demi-glace. 616 J St., San Diego. (619) 531-8744 or

Le Parfait Paris will serve a sweet and savory French brunch on the patio, along with a selection of wine and signature Champagne cocktails. The sweet shop will also offer a complimentary draft beer with every purchase. No reservations are required. 555 G St., San Diego.

Leroy’s Kitchen & Lounge is offering a $20 burger and beer special. Dads can choose a beer from one of the restaurant’s 16 taps or rotating selection of craft beer, while biting into the Leroy’s Burger, a juicy beef patty topped with Holey Cow cheese, bacon jam, house pickles served with a side of truffle fries. 1015 Orange Ave., Coronado. (619) 437-6087 or

Along with Mr. A’s sweeping city views, dads will enjoy a delectable brunch or dinner at this elegant restaurant created by chef Stephanie Voitzwinkler. Banker’s Hill, 2550 Fifth Ave., 12th floor, San Diego. (619) 239-1377 or

Mille Fleurs will serve chef Martin Woesle’s special a la carte brunch that features items such as smoked eel and potato frittata, grilled red snapper, grilled leg of lamb and beef or lamb cheeseburger. 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 6009 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. (858) 756-3085 or

Oceanaire Seafood Room will offer a surf and turf combo on Father’s Day. The pairing includes a USDA prime 6-ounce filet with your choice of whole steamed lobster, jumbo shrimp scampi or signature crab cakes. Gaslamp District, 400 J St., San Diego. $69. (619) 858-2277 or

Oggi’s Sports/Brewhouse/Pizza, a family-friendly sports-loving establishment, will serve appetizers, pizza and craft beer on Father’s Day. Purchase any Oggi’s beer and take home a special Father’s Day pint glass. Several locations.

Pacific Beach AleHouse is serving brunch and craft brews on Father’s Day. Choose from dishes such as steak and eggs or the short rib hash and eggs. Order dad a take-home growler of a specialty brew like the 858 Blonde Ale or Law Street Lager. 721 Grand Ave., San Diego. (858) 581-2337 or

Pala Casino Spa & Resort’s Choices, the Buffet will serve an expanded Father’s Day buffet menu. Highlights include steamed Canadian lobster tails, coconut shrimp, chilled snow crab, oysters on the half shell, a seafood saute station, carved prime rib, New York steaks and more than 80 desserts. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. A limited brunch menu will be served from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 11154 Highway 76, Pala. $46 per person. (760) 510-2299 or

Parc Bistro-Brasserie’s French-inspired fare features favorites like whole Maine lobster, steak frites and duck confit. Bottomless mimosas, handcrafted cocktails and a variety of wines will also be on the menu. 2760 Fifth Ave., San Diego. (619) 319-9472 or

Pillbox Tavern will serve a Southern family-style dinner, complete with fried chicken, home-style mashed potatoes, creamed corn, Southern greens and corn bread. Complement your dish with a House Hard Lemonade, made with vodka, fresh lemonade and Triple Sec or John Daly’s, a mixture of fresh lemon juice, iced tea and vodka. 117 W Plaza St., Solana Beach. (858) 436-7016 or

Ponsaty’s is hosting Father’s Day brunch and dinner. Brunch entrees include herb-crusted prime rib and slow roasted whole pig. Bottomless mimosas ($15) and house-made Bloody Marys are also on the menu. Dinner features herb-crusted prime rib with a decadent lobster tail. Pair your meal with wine from the restaurant’s extensive list of exotic varietals. Brunch: 10:30 a.m. to to 2:30 p.m.; dinner: 5 to 10 p.m. 6106 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. (858) 771-1871 or

Red O La Jolla has curated an exclusive Father’s Day menu featuring a selection of its top breakfast items. Standout dishes include steak and eggs, breakfast torta, lobster Benedict and braised short rib enchiladas. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 4340 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego. $49 per person; $15 per child; children under 6 are complimentary; Bloody Marys, bottomless mimosas, sangrias and Tequila Sunrise are an additional $20 per person. (858) 291-8360 or

Rustic Root is serving a rooftop brunch on Father’s Day. Menu items include the meat lover’s skillet, made with artisan ham, applewood smoked bacon, pork sausage and red onion served with rustic home fries; and the smoked salmon eggs Benedict, topped with smoked salmon, red onion, caper, poached egg and uni hollandaise. Pair your dish with a Bloody Mary or a coffee cocktail. 535 Fifth Ave., San Diego. (619) 232-1747 or

Searsucker Del Mar will serve a three-course prix fixe brunch menu on Father’s Day. Entree choices include half-pound double burger, eggs and meat your way or chicken chilaquiles. 12995 El Camino Real, Suite 121, Del Mar. $35. (858) 369-5700 or

Searsucker San Diego will serve a Father’s Day brunch menu with an option to order a complimentary Scotch on the house for dad. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 611 Fifth Ave., San Diego. (619) 233-7327 or

Stake Chophouse & Bar features a choice of a 50-ounce tomahawk rib chop or a 35-day dry-aged bone-in New York Strip. Each dad will receive a complimentary pour of Michter’s Small Batch Bourbon. 1309 Orange Ave., Coronado. (619) 522-0077 or

Tidal restaurant will offer its grillin’ and chillin’ meat platter with braised short ribs, grilled steak and game sausage paired with mash potatoes, green beans and a pint of beer. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Paradise Point Resort, 1404 Vacation Road, San Diego. $45. (858) 581-5960 or

TRUST Restaurant will put a smile on dad’s face with hearty dishes like the prosciutto breakfast sandwich and smoked pork shoulder hash for brunch or wood-grilled lamb meatballs and Meyer Ranch chef’s late-night style flat iron steak for dinner. 3752 Park Blvd., San Diego. (619) 795-6901 or

Union Kitchen & Tap Gaslamp will be sporting drink specials on Father’s Day. With the purchase of any entree, dads can sip on $5 Bloody Marys while watching the final round of the U.S. Open on flat-screen TVs. Draft beer will be available for $5 until 5 p.m. 333 Fifth Ave., San Diego. (619) 795-9463 or

Upper East Bar, downtown’s high-style rooftop bar, is offering “A Crafty Pair” package that includes a mixology class for two at Jsix, a Chef’s Selection five-course dinner at Jsix, etched souvenir cocktail glasses, accommodations and other amenities. 616 J St., San Diego. (619) 531-8744 or

Veladora at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa is serving a sweet and savory brunch with offerings like house-made buttermilk pancakes, omelets and crafted eggs, a barbecue pit with slow roasted brisket, marinated tri-tip, baby back pork ribs, pulled pork, smoked chicken and traditional sides. The restaurant will also host family activities such as pony rides, horseshoes, crafts and more. 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe. $115 per person; $50 for children 11 and under. (858) 759-6216 or

Vessel Restaurant + Bar will offer a Father’s Day BBQ & Beer Garden with favorites like tri-tip, bratwurst, smoked pork shoulder, chipotle potato salad, barbecued beans, street corn and ceviche. Desserts include fruit pie, cake and cobbler. Noon to 4 p.m. Kona Kai Resort & Spa, 1551 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego. $55 per adult (includes beer garden); $15 children 12 and under. (619) 221-8000.

Viejas Casinos’ three restaurants are serving the following Father’s Day menu specials. 5000 Willows Road, Alpine. (619) 445-5400 or

  • The Cafe: Alpine IPA Brined Pork Chop, a pan-seared center-cut chop, topped with a orange blossom honey-ale glaze and served with oven-roasted herb potatoes and sugar snap peas. $18 per person.
  • The Grove Steakhouse: The Bacon Trio ($15), made with bacon-wrapped shrimp, glazed pork belly and bourbon candied bacon; Tomahawk Entree Special ($75) includes a 24-ounce tomahawk steak with bone marrow; and for dessert, the Hard Root Beer Float ($10), made with bourbon ice cream, hazelnut toffee and oatmeal tuile (a curved-shape cookie).
  • The Buffet: Along with its regular items, the menu will feature beer-braised clams with red pepper aioli; beer braised pork belly with steamed kale and apple cider dressing; beer burger sliders; beer braised bratwurst with spicy brown mustard; and seafood michelada shooters. Served Saturday and Sunday. $45.99 per person.

The Westgate Hotel’s Father’s Day celebration includes micro brews, brunch and live blues music. Each dad will receive a Westgate beer pint to commemorate the day. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 1055 Second Ave., San Diego. $75 per person; $35 children 6-12; complimentary for ages 5 and under. (619) 238-1818 or

Wood Ranch in Mission Valley is serving the flavors of the grill with dishes like Carolina pulled pork and the all-American baby back ribs. A complimentary bottle of the restaurant’s original barbecue sauce will be given to each dad. 7510 Hazard Center Drive, Unit 215, San Diego. (619) 764-4411 or