Holiday Guide: Where to Celebrate Father’s Day in San Diego

Treat dad to a center-cut filet mignon at Morton’s on his special day.

Celebrate Father’s Day in San Diego with decadent dinners, indulgent desserts, tasty libations and more.

Edited by Eva Scattergood.

Belmont Park
June 17. Head to Belmont Park for a day of fun with dad and the whole family. Dad can get his fix of classic cars at the 5th annual Car Show before heading over to the food court to enjoy a complimentary Stone Brewery beer tasting. Enjoy live music from the Sea Monks and stop by the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster for crafts for the kids. Car show 10 a.m.-3 p.m., beer tasting noon-3 p.m. Free. 3146 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach.


Dine from Bleu Bohéme’s special “Foie-ther’s Day” menu.

Bleu Bohème
June 17. Spend this fête with your father and enjoy Bleu Bohème’s special “Foie-ther’s Day” menu. This three-course meal features foie gras and bacon jam served with a Belgian waffle; filet mignon served with foie gras ravioli in a black truffle-Madeira sauce served with French beans; and warm gingerbread with foie gras terrine, caramelized pears and port reduction. 5-9 p.m. $70/pp, additional $30 for a wine pairing with each course. 4090 Adams Ave., Kensington, 619.255.4167.  


Cafe 222
June 17Honor dad with a “Pop-Belly” breakfast including chicken fried steak with peppery pork gravy served with two eggs, griddled potatoes and toast. Other breakfast selections that are sure to be a hit with dad include fried chicken and waffle topped with hollandaise; peanut butter and banana stuffed French toast; Joe’s Special, a frittata with spinach, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, jack cheese and sour cream; and more. 7 a.m.-2 p.m. 222 Island Ave., downtown.


Cafe Sevilla
June 17Treat dad to a nine-course brunch including favorites such as pan seared salmon, braised short ribs and a lemon tart for dessert. Chef Miguel will also be preparing meat paella rupestre, which comes with a complimentary lobster tail for all dads. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $29.50 adults, $20 children 12 and under. 353 Fifth Ave., downtown, 619.233.5979.  


Sip on a specialty Bloody Mary to start off the holiday at Chandler’s.

June 17Start dad’s day off with a specialty Bloody Mary, followed by brunch with an ocean view at Chandler’s. Featured favorites include carved New York strip loin with horseradish aioli and natural au jus; beer-braised andouille sausage sliders with sauerkraut, truffle pub sauce and a toasted brioche bun; made-to-order omelets with farm-fresh eggs and savory toppings; and more. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $59. 1 Ponto Road, Carlsbad, 760.683.5500. 


Greystone Prime Steakhouse and Seafood
June 17Choose between two prix-fixe menu options to treat fathers for their special day. Menu options include wild boar sausage, a variety of salads, buffalo tenderloin, lamb chops, New York strip, bone-in ribeye and fall-off-the-bone lamb shank. Add a pairing of award-winning Japanese whiskys for $29 or local draft beer for $16. 4-10:30 p.m. $59.99 or $69.99. 658 Fifth Ave., downtown, 619.232.0225.   


June 17. Bring dad to La Jolla for a three-course prix-fixe brunch at Herringbone. Menu selections range from savory chilaquiles and the Two-Hand burger to sweet banana bread and raspberry French toast. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $45. 7837 Herschel Ave., La Jolla, 858.459.0221.


Choose from a variety of steak and seafood options at Island Prime.

Island Prime
June 17. Take in bay views alongside an appetizing lineup of seafood and steak this Father’s Day. Choose from entrees such as crusted ahi tuna, Pacific shrimp scampi, 10-ounce chargrilled ribeye and a braised horseradish crusted short rib. Desserts like butterscotch pot de crème and brownie cheesecake bread pudding round out the offerings. 1-9 p.m. $49.95. 880 Harbor Island Dr., Harbor Island, 619.598.6802.


June 17Indulge in a three-course prix-fixe dinner at Morton’s for the holiday. Begin with a choice of three different salads, followed by entree options including an 8-ounce filet mignon, braised short rib and double-cut prime pork chop. Finish off the meal on a sweet note with double chocolate mousse, key lime pie or an individual soufflé. 5-10 p.m. $59. 285 J St., downtown, 619.696.3369.


Osetra Seafood and Steaks
June 17Savor entrees like a New York steak, Italian sausage rigatoni, rosemary chicken or pan seared Northern Atlantic salmon at this prix-fixe dinner. For dessert, take your pick between hazelnut chocolate mousse cake or tiramisu. All dads will receive a complimentary signature cocktail with their meal. 4-11 p.m. $49+. 904 Fifth Ave., downtown, 619.239.1800.


The Shores Restaurant

June 17Named “Best Sunday Brunch” by La Jolla Village News, The Shores’ weekly Sunday à la carte brunch will be up-sized for Father’s Day with a buffet featuring appetizers including seared ahi tuna salad and citrus glazed smoked salmon; main courses like fennel dusted Pacific seabass, black pepper fried chicken and St. Louis-style pork ribs; side dishes of grilled summer vegetables, loaded mashed potatoes and hickory smoked bacon; with desserts to finish off the meal including Amaretto tiramisu, coconut caramel cheesecake, sea salt butterscotch brownies and more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $64 adults; $38 children ages 6-10; $5 per year for children 5 and under. 8110 Camino Del Oro, La Jolla, 866.644.2630.


Stake Chophouse
June 17. Father’s Day just happens to coincide with Stake’s Wagyu Month special menu featuring the best marbled, flavorful beef, including an Australian AACo purebred wagyu ribeye and a pastrami sandwich with Lone Mountain Ranch wagyu. All dads will receive a complimentary whiskey pour with their meal. Menu is à la carte pricing. 5-10 p.m. 1309 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.522.0077.


End dinner on a sweet note with Trust’s bourbon custard.

Trust Restaurant
June 17. Chef Brad Wise will be serving up signature favorites for dads who enjoy rustic wood-fired meats and veggies. Dishes include wood-grilled cauliflower with golden raisins, mint, serrano aioli, curry vinaigrette; a 22-ounce Meyer Ranch bone-in ribeye with radish butter, cipollini onions, blue cheese fingerling potatoes; and whole grilled branzino with herb relish, Campari tomatoes, grilled lemon. Finish off the meal with a bourbon custard topped with vanilla oak sorbet, toffee, orange and a cherry. Menu is à la carte pricing. 5 p.m.-close. 3752 Park Blvd., Hillcrest, 619.795.6901.


Viejas Casino and Resort
June 17Enjoy unlimited beer, wine and champagne with this Father’s Day buffet. Highlights include Belgian waffles, chilaquiles, beer-brined Duroc pork chops, Alaskan king crab legs, smoked beef brisket, seared scallops and a dessert station filled with sweet treats. 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. $45.99. 5000 Willows Road, Alpine.


June 17Dine oceanfront for brunch or dinner in Pacific Beach this Father’s Day. Brunch specials feature a steak sandwich crafted with shaved ribeye, bourbon-stewed onions, French onion aioli and hatch chili cheddar, all served on a French roll, while dinner will highlight a dry-rubbed flank steak that’s grilled and plated with bourbon-stewed onions, a baked potato, roasted broccoli and whiskey sauce. Wash it all down with whiskey specials available all day. Brunch 9 a.m.-4 p.m., dinner 4 p.m.-close. 4325 Ocean Blvd., Pacific Beach, 858.888.4343.


Cheers to dad with a signature Westgate pint he’ll be able to take home.

The Westgate Hotel
June 17Choose from a selection of favorites at this Father’s Day Jazz Brunch including made-to-order omelets, fresh seafood, eggs Benedict, mini doughnuts, an ice cream station and more. Sip on micro-brews and Bloody Marys while listening to the sounds of ArtSound Trip. Each father will be gifted with a signature Westgate beer pint. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $75 adults; $35 children ages 4-12; free children 3 and under. 1055 Second Ave., downtown, 619.238.1818.

Island Prime photo courtesy of Cohn Restaurant Group. 

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