Food & Drink

Where To Treat Dad On The Gold Coast This Father’s Day

By Isabel Croker
30th Aug 2022

Do you want to finally become the favourite child? It’s time you ditched the same jocks and socks Father’s Day gift that you’ve been giving dad for the past five years. No, not even the standard golf club or fishing rod is going to secure you the favourite child status. It’s time to step it up a notch. Luckily, dads are way easier to please than mums, because the way to many a bloke's heart is generally through his stomach. So, all you need to do is take him out for a good feed and a few cold ones, and he’ll be happy. 

This Father’s Day, treat your old man to a feast that will fill his belly, make him loosen his belt and will certainly guarantee you favourite child status. We’ve unearthed 11 of the best Dad Day specials happening across the Gold Coast this Father's Day, which are guaranteed to impress. But first, here's some last-minute gifts you can buy for your old man if you can't see him in-person this Sunday.

To Shop:

Victoria Bitter's Skincare Grooming Kit

In need of a hard-earned moisturise? The Victorian Bitter-infused grooming kit is the key to Dad's heart. Pairing the state's go-to beer with a little touch of luxury, the six-product self-care range includes a myriad of lager-mixed treatments from an exfoliating scrub, a facial mask, and moisturiser. There's even a VB bath bomb and a scented candle to really set the mood. Secure the gift of all gifts for this Father's Day over here

Gold Coast Gin

If your Dad is a proud Gold Coaster (as he should be), encourage him to fly his Gold Coast flag high and grab him a bottle of Gold Coast Gin. It doesn't get more local than this. Produced by Australian Distilling Co., this global award-winning gin has soft notes of lychee and lim, in a subtle nod to the Gold Coast's local boatanical diversity. It pairs well with fruits like papaya, apricot and pear and we love it best in a cheeky caprioska. Grab yours here.

To Dine:

Citrique 

Surfers Paradise

Any Gold Coaster who’s in the know will tell you that Citrique is one of the best seafood restaurants around. Pair their elegant decor and refined atmosphere with a mouth-watering Father’s Day buffet and you’ve got the perfect recipe for an opulent Father’s Day long lunch. Citrique’s Seafood Buffet Lunch showcases ocean treasures like Pacific oysters, Mooloolaba tiger prawns, Moreton bay bugs and Hervey Bay scallops. Land lovers can dig into succulent roasts, Asian fusion dishes and wood-fired pizza, all topped off with a fantasy array of artful pastry desserts. If you’re extra fancy, add on the beverage package and you might just earn major brownie points with dad.

Where: Citrique, JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa, 158 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise
Cost: $149 per adult, $169 per adult with two-hour beverage package, $59 per child
For more information, click here.

QT Gold Coast

Surfers Paradise

Sweeten up old daddio this Father’s Day with the dude version of the iconic High Tea. QT Gold Coast is mixing things up this Father’s Day with their famous Man Tea (yes, it’s a thing) created by the talented culinary team using only the finest, locally sourced ingredients. Indulge in tempura bug rolls, cheeseburger dumplings, Maker’s Mark smoked pork shoulder, truffle and parmesan fries for a truly unique high tea experience. Plus, the belt-popping showstopper to finish is a spectacular smoking chocolate cigar with single malt whisky semifreddo, candied bacon and lemon ash. Hands down, one of the best and most unique Father’s Day experiences.

Where: QT Gold Coast, 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Cost: $55 per person; beverage upgrades available
For more information, click here

Robina Pavilion

Robina

Skip the obligatory gift giving this Father’s Day—we all know the way to Dad’s heart is through his stomach. Treat daddio to a classic pub feed with a boujee twist at Robina Pavilion this Father’s Day. The share-style luncheon feast starts out strong with a gourmet share board loaded with pork ribs, slaw, onion rings and charcuterie before moving onto your choice of rib fillet, stuffed chicken breast or barramundi, all served with bottomless frites. Bonsu: all dads will be treated to a free Balter beer on arrival and will go in the draw to win an exclusive Balter Brewery tour.

Where: Robina Pavilion, 229 Ron Penhaligon Way, Robina
Cost: $79 per adult; $22 per child
For more information,
click here.

Misono Japanese Steakhouse

Surfers Paradise

If there’s one thing that unites dads everywhere, it’s almost certainly their love of steak. Misono Japanese Steakhouse might just be the perfect place to treat dad this Father’s Day with their drool-worthy teppanyaki steak experience. He will be treated with a feast fit for a king—a personalised banquet of wagyu steak, chicken, prawns, scallops, Hibachi vegetables and Hibachi chicken rice. Of course, dad will need something to wet his whistle and the feast will be perfectly paired with a Sake voyage for $20 per guest or a Nikka whisky flight $49 for per guest.

Where: Misono, JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa, 158 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise
Cost: $149 per adult, including a drink
For more information, click here.

O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards

Canungra

There are few things we love more than digging into a delicious picnic spread—it’s one of those simple pleasures of life that never gets old (like dads, of course). Let your old man slow down and take it easy this Father’s Day with a delightful picnic hamper set against the stunning backdrop of O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards. Grab your picnic basket and set up anywhere on the picturesque vineyard as you indulge in dad’s foodie favourites—cured meats, beef jerky, assorted charcuterie, chef’s seasonal salads, freshly baked bread and a cake for two to top it off. For the drinks, you can choose any bottle of O’Reilly’s artisan red wine or if your dad is a beer drinker, he can sip on four bottles of Burleigh Brewing craft beer. Spots are selling out fast so book your vineyard escape, stat.

Where: O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards, 852 Lamington National Park Road, Canungra
Cost: Hamper basket for two $120; additional adult for $39; $15 per child
For more information, click here.

Bazaar 

Surfers Paradise

Your old man deserves more than socks this Father’s Day. That trick may have worked in the past, but if you want to win favourite child status this year, you’ll have to up your game. We’re talking about Bazaar's Father’s Day Lunch. Executive Chef Greg Benney and his team have created the father of all feasts, prepped to tame a man-sized hunger. This Fathers' Day feast is set to be a family favourite, with a mosaic of cuisines including fresh trawler-caught seafood, steak cooked your way, slow-cooked meats, vibrant salads, and of course Bazaar’s famous dessert bar. Plus, dad will be treated with a beverage upon arrival.

Where: Bazaar, QT Hotels, 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Cost: $99 per adult; $29 per child
For more information, click here.

Kiyomi

Broadbeach 

We have an ongoing love affair with Kiyomi and when you visit The Star’s swanky Japanese restaurant nestled in the heart of Broadbeach, you’ll realise why. This Father’s Day, take dad on a modern yet authentic taste of Tokyo—without the long-haul flight. You can dine from the a la carte menu or order from the $150 set menu which boasts refined delights like Moreton Bay bug tempura with grapefruit salad and sambal aioli, and 2GR full blood wagyu 9+ flank with confit shiitake, takana, caramelised onion and kombu jus. This is one for the foodie dad.

Where: Kiyomi at The Star Gold Coast, Casino Drive, Broadbeach
Cost: Normal a la carte menu prices; $150 set menu
For more information, click here.

The Island Gold Coast

Surfers Paradise

If you’re looking to spice things up this Father’s Day, pull out all the stops and impress him with something different at The Island’s ‘Grazy Days’. The share-style menu starts strong with a gourmet charcuterie board and only goes up from there. The meat board is loaded with a selection of meats from the grill, plus salt and pepper squad, salads and chips. We guarantee this Father’s Day Feast will have your old man sitting back with his belt undone a notch, beer in hand and a grin on his face. 

Where: The Island Gold Coast, 3128 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
Cost: $69 per adult, includes a 2-hour beverage package
For more information, click here.

Cucina Vivo

Broadbeach

Although you might not be able to take daddio on his dream Italian getaway this year, you can transport him to the land of pizza and vino with Cucino Vivo’s Father’s Day a la carte menu. Experience a feast of authentic Italian flavours, ingredients and cooking styles, producing delicious Italian classics designed for sharing. The dinner menu will feature a special sauteed veal scallopini and prawn, which Dad can purchase to receive a complimentary schooner of Birra Moretti. Tell him not to wear a belt, ‘cause he might just pop it.

Where: Cucino Vivo at The Star Gold Coast, Casino Drive, Broadbeach
Cost: Normal a la carte menu prices
For more information, click here.

Chapter & Verse

Surfers Paradise

Sweeten up your old man this Father’s Day with a gourmet fare of Brazilian flavours. Renowned for their decadent high teas, Chapter & Verse is mixing things up this Father’s Day with a Brazilian BBQ. The resort’s traditional churrasco BBQ will be firing up and slow-roasting Brazilian flavoured wagyu brisket, chicken and lamb over a charcoal wood fire grill. Wash the barbecued delights down with a tap beer and you’ve got your Father’s Day plans sorted.

Where: Chapter & Verse, JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa, 158 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise
Cost: $49 per person
For more information, click here or contact 5592 9800.

Nineteen At The Star

Broadbeach

Picture this—sipping champagne while overlooking The Darling’s luxe infinity pool and admiring the wrap-around views of the shimmering Gold Coast. They might not like to admit it, but all dads love a little bit of luxury. At Nineteen At The Star, this Father’s Day you can lounge in the lavish restaurant while feasting on their indulgent a la carte menu or one of the Father’s Day only offers which are currently under wraps and will be advised by your waitperson on the special day. If you’re looking for one of the fanciest Father’s Day feasts on the Gold Coast, stop your search.

Where: Nineteen at The Star Gold Coast, Casino Drive, Broadbeach
Cost: Normal a la carte menu prices
For more information, click here.

If you’re looking for somewhere relaxed to take dad post-Father’s Day feed, why not hit up the Gold Coast's best go-karting tracks?

Image Credit: VB & Hayley Williamson for Urban List

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