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13 Of The Best Restaurants To Treat Dad At This Father’s Day

By Isabel Croker
2nd Sep 2021

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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.

In case you’ve forgotten what day it is today, let alone what’s ahead, Father’s Day is quickly approaching. This Sunday to be exact. 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 the very best Dad Day specials happening across the Gold Coast this weekend guaranteed to impress dad. The best part is, you get to eat and indulge in all the things too.

InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort

HOPE ISLAND

Combining two of dad’s favourite things—craft beer and BBQ food—is a smart move. We’ve got to give a nod of approval to the smart folk at InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort, who are celebrating Fathers Day with an epic BBQ & Craft Beer Festival. Dad might be overwhelmed by all his favourite things, from the smoked BBQ roadshow pop-up to the Stone & Wood craft beer van and the ultra-indulgent dessert station. If you want to take it slow, grab a gourmet charcuterie board box and relax on the stunning Marina Lawn, while the kids burn off their energy with face painting and a jumping castle.

Where: InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort, Manor Circle, Hope Island
Cost: $10 per adult entry; $5 for children; food available for purchase onsite
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—southern fried country chicken, a huge charcuterie board, salads, freshly baked bread and two ice creams 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 Great Northern lager. 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.

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 Surf and Turf buffet showcases ocean treasures like half grilled lobster, 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: Adults for $149, add on beverage package $165, children $59
For more information,
click here.

Precinct Brewing

MIAMI

Is your dad one of those go-get-em types who just can’t sit still and the idea of sitting down for a long lunch sounds like a nightmare to him? Despair no longer, we’ve got just the thing which will still get you in his good books this Father’s Day. Precinct Brewing has quickly made a name for itself as one of the best craft breweries on the Coast and when they sling up epic deals like a free Father’s Day Brewery Tour, we’re inclined to agree. Embark on a brewery tour and learn about all the BTS brewery action with dad and he’ll even score a beer on the house too. Of course, we recommend sinking a few cold ones with papa after the tour and soaking up all of Precinct’s epic vibes.

Where: Precinct Brewing, 17 Christine Avenue, Miami
Cost: Free tour

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, Misono soup, Hibachi vegetables and prawn appetizer and Hibachi chicken rice. Of course, dad will need something to wet his whistle and the feast will be perfectly paired with Bladnoch Samsara, Bladnoch 10-year-old and Bladnoch Adela 15-year-old Japanese whisky. Father’s Day doesn’t get much more refined than this.

Where: Misono, JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa, 158 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise
Cost: $150 per person
For more information, contact 5592 9800 or
misono.reservations@jwmarriott.com

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 Father’s Day Feast at The Island. The share-style menu starts strong with a gourmet charcuterie board and only goes up from there. The meat board is loaded with roast pork belly, beef short ribs and slow-roasted lamb shoulder, followed by roast seasonal vegetables, mac and cheese, fresh slaw and chips. Dad will also be treated with a beer on arrival and there will be a pop-up barber on-site to keep him looking sharp. 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: $60 for adults; $35 for 13-17 years; $35 for 4-12 years
For more information,
click here.

Chapter & Verse

SURFERS PARADISE

Sweeten up old daddio this Sunday with the dude version of the iconic Marriott High Tea. Renowned for their decadent high teas, Chapter & Verse is mixing things up this Father’s Day with a Man Tea (yes, it’s a thing) created by the talented culinary team using only the finest, locally sourced ingredients. Indulge in JW sliders, chicken and pork baos, spanner crab burgers and traditional crafted sweets for a truly unique high tea experience. Wash the bite-size delights down with a draft 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: $64 per person
For more information, contact 5592 9800 or
chapterandverse@jwmarriott.com

Yamagen

SURFERS PARADISE

We have an ongoing love affair with Yamagen and when you visit this swanky Japanese restaurant nestled in the heart of Surfers Paradise, you’ll know why. This refined izakaya dining spot is opening its doors for an exclusive Father’s Day lunch which sets the Gold Coast dining trend by mixing old school and innovative Asian flavours. Spoil dad with a day of lavish luxury as he is given a masterclass in Japanese culinary delights and with the omakase dining style, he can choose his own food adventure. After all, dad knows best, right?

Where: Yamagen, QT Hotel, 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Cost: Price varies
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 shared set menu. Experience a feast of authentic Italian flavours, ingredients and cooking styles, producing delicious Italian classics designed for sharing, The dinner set menu, which can be paired with a three-hour wine package, features indulgent delights like spanner crab with mascarpone sauce, Stanbroke scotch steak with confit king brown mushrooms and house-made tiramisu. 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: 3-course set menu $75, 3-course set menu with wine pairings $115
For more information,
click here.

The Bavarian

VARIOUS LOCATIONS

If your dad is the classic big-feed-and-beer kind of dad, then you need to head to The Bavarian this Sunday. The Bavarian’s share-style ‘Feed the Family’ Father’s Day menu boasts German delights like crispy golden chicken schnitzels with mushroom sauce, haus-made pretzels, fries, apple strudel and ice cream. Dad can also fill his belly with The Bavarian’s legendary pork knuckles, crackling pork belly and traditional German sausages, all served with classic Bavarian trimmings. Let’s raise a stein to all dads out there

Where: Various locations
Cost: $49; serves two adults and two children
For more information, click here.

Nineteen At The Star

BROADBEACH

Just when you thought Nineteen At The Star couldn’t get any fancier, they go and outdo themselves with an out-of-this-world Father’s Day lunch. Picture this—sipping flowing 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. Lounge in the lavish restaurant while feasting on the exquisite four-course set menu, featuring delicacies like prawn and oscietra caviar, pumpkin risotto with brown butter sage and fillet steak with roast onion and spinach cream. 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: $120 for adults, children $50
For more information,
click here.

QT Feast-At-Home Meat Tray

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. If papa is more of a stay-at-home-and-chill kind of guy, don’t fret because you can still treat him to a gourmet at-home experience. Bringing the unique flavours of Bazaar right to your kitchen, QT’s Father’s Day Meat Tray is loaded with a 1.2kg Tomahawks steak, chilli garlic prawns, Bungalow pork, fennel sausage and harissa marinated chicken. Stop. It. This ingenious foodie gift takes all the stress of cooking away, so all you have to do is add a little flair, boss everyone around and then take all the credit. You can thank us later.

Cost: $280 per meat tray; feeds 6 guests
For more information,
click here.

Paddock Bakery

BURLEIGH HEADS

So you’ve celebrated dear old dad all day long and now you’re heading home with a stuffed stomach? If you know anything about dads, you know their stomachs are endless pits and there is always room for dessert. Paddock Bakery is renowned for its out-of-this-world sweet creations and they’ve outdone themselves this Father’s Day. Pre-order one of their ‘Nuts About Dad’ brownies, which is a Lindt chocolate brownie loaded with roasted peanuts and Reese’s Pieces peanut butter chips, filled with peanut butter and dulce de leche, then dipped in gold caramel chocolate and topped with candied peanut butter popcorn and the cutest mini bottle of Chivas Regal Scotch Whisky. That was a mouthful and we bet it tastes even better than it sounds. Make sure to pre-order one of these bad boys as they will sell out quickly, for obvious reasons.

Where: Paddock Bakery, 20 Hibiscus Haven, Burleigh Heads
Cost: $15 per brownie
For more information,
click here.

If you’re looking for somewhere relaxed to take dad for a cheeky post-Father’s Day feed, hit up Burleigh’s brand new all-day burger bar.

Image credit: Kaitlin Maree for Urban List

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