Father’s Day is next Sunday and if you’re anything like us, it may have completely slipped your mind, until right now. 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 frosty ones, and he’ll be happy.
Here’s where to spoil your dad on the Gold Coast this Father’s Day, no matter what kind of dad he is.
Father’s Day At Restaurant Labart
Your dad is in for an absolute treat at Restaurant Labart this Father’s Day. They’re serving up a set menu for $75 per person that includes a Burleigh Baker baguette, BBQ king prawns, spice-crusted roast chicken and ending on a sweet note with popcorn ice cream. We’re drooling just thinking about it.
Father’s Day At The Village Markets
Spoil your rad dad or main man when you spend your Sunday morning soaking in the signature good vibes at The Village Markets. Shop for an unique gift by a local creative business—crazy socks, a ceramic keep cup, cap or new threads, perhaps. Or, just grab the man a coffee and some street eats, pose for a fun family snap at the photo booth, then plonk him under the trees and listen to live music by local artists. Book early to join free arts and crafts workshop with The Heart Cart, so dads and their cubs can spend some quality time together (while mum shops up a storm). They are also giving away a cool prize pack for one lucky dad valued at over $200, making this one of our top picks to celebrate Father’s Day on the Gold Coast.
Father’s Day Cricket Carnival At Mavis’s Kitchen
Mavis’s Kitchen is going all out this Father’s Day, hosting a Father’s Day Cricket Carnival in their gorgeous garden. Aside from the friendly rivalry, there’s going to be a barbeque lunch, a wine bar and another bar hosted by Stone & Wood, plus a coffee cart to keep you fuelled throughout the tournament. On Sunday, skip across the border for a family-friendly day in the sunshine.
Man Tea At The QT Gold Coast
If your dad considers himself quite the fancy food aficionado, treat him to the dude version of high tea with the super special Man Tea at the Stingray Lounge at the QT Gold Coast. It’s less cucumber sandwiches and more grilled wagyu washed down with beer and whisky. All the dapper dads out there will love these bite-sized treats, so book now and treat him to the day he deserves.
GRILLFEST Brunch At Bazaar Interactive Kitchen
This Father’s Day brunch at QT Gold Coast's Bazaar Interactive Kitchen is all about beef, beer and bonding. Think: grilled Moroccan spiced lamb chops, USA house smoked ribs, fresh seafood and cold White Rabbit beers. For the dad with a sweet tooth, he can load up his plate at the waffle and crepe station. The Father’s Day brunch is $79.50 per person and dad gets a White Rabbit Pale Ale on arrival.
Father’s Day Lunch At BSKT
One of our favourite cafes is sharing the Gold Coast Father’s Day love this weekend. Take your meat-loving old man to BSKT Cafe for a platter of Korean BBQ beef ribs, sweet potato fries and Asian slaw, washed down with a schooey of Stone & Wood Pacific Ale—$26 for the lot (from 11:30am until sold out). Shout dad to lunch and you’ll both walk away satisfied.
Father’s Day Dining At The Star
With so many eating opportunities under one roof, your dad will be spoilt for choice thanks to The Star this Father’s Day on the Gold Coast. If you really want to push the boat out (and low-key snag fave child status), look no further than the delectable three-course menu at Nineteen at The Star. For $120 dad will be treated to delights like mushroom risotto, slow roast prime rib and a coconut and dark chocolate pavlova. Another top-notch spot is Cucina Vivo who are dishing up a 500g grass-fed scotch fillet served with an ice-cold Italian lager for $45 per person.
For a casual option, Wei Wei Dumplings are offering up stir fry black pepper beef combo with a choice of beer for just $18 per person and the Garden Kitchen & Bar are serving rotisserie Borrowdale porchetta and beer for $29. And for the guy who likes a taste of it all, your dad can fill up his plate at Harvest Buffet for just $50.90 plus a tap beer on arrival. Can we try them all?
Beachside Father’s Day At Burleigh Pavilion
It’s no secret Burleigh Pavillion has one of the best views going around, so we highly recommend locking in plans to hit their Father’s Day deal. Choose from wood-fired pizzas, beer-battered fish and chips, beef nachos, or wrap your hands around a burger. Dad gets a glass of Heineken or house wine with any main meal purchased, so now all he has to do is kick back and relax.
Father’s Day At Bombay Cricketers Club
If your dad considers himself a bit of a foodie buff, head to Bombay Cricketers Club in Kingscliff and where dads eat free. You read that right—FREE! (When dining with a minimum three other people, $30 discount applied.) Indulge your dad's belly with a mouth-watering Indian meal to secure your position as the favourite child. Book early for this one.
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