Where to Take Dad this Father’s Day

By Rachael Sparks
29th Aug 2015

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Father’s Day is fast approaching (6th of September—don’t forget!). Sometimes finding somewhere appropriate to take your Dad can be a little overwhelming, so we’ve compiled a list of our favourite Sydney restaurants where you can spoil your old man after all those years of dad jokes.

Daniel San


An Asian feast is a pretty good way to spend Father’s Day, and even better at Daniel San with a free Okinawa Lager for your Dad with your reservation. How well will that go down with sashimi and pork buns? Heck, why not go all out and get the full banquet menu for a sumo-sized lunch?

Luyu & Yum Yum


Didn’t your dear old dad ever tell you that sharing is caring? Well, put that to use at this delicious Newtown dumpling joint this Father’s Day. There’s even a free bottle of wine up for grabs when you order one of the banquet menus. Word on the street is that the Luyu & Yum Yum guys will also be an Instagram comp going on the day, so you can teach your papa how to ‘gram and give him a damn good lunch. Mnawwww.


Double Bay

It’s so easy to spoil your Dad at Sake with the amazing range of Japanese food ranging from tuna ceviche to braised short rib with akamiso, spring onions and truffle. Really, could it get more special than that? Well, then there’s dessert. We suggest the miso caramel chocolate fondant with caramelised white chocolate ice cream to truly indulge. 


Chowder Bay

Whether Dad is a breakfast or lunch kind of guy, Ripples at Chowder Bay has you covered along with stunning views. For breakfast, there’s a delicious selection of fruit, pastries and a hot breakfast to devour along with a glass of sparkling wine for $49 to really celebrate good ol’ Dad. Lunch is a three-course menu with a selection of meals on offer for $89 and a children’s menu available for both breakfast and lunch. Did we mention they offer BYO champagne and wine for only $10 per bottle? 

Aqua Dining

North Sydney

For a meal fit for a king head to Aqua Dining overlooking the best view in Sydney (Sydney Harbour, obvs). Breakfast is a range of pastries and fruit as well as with a full breakfast for $49, or for a more leisurely Father’s Day, Aqua Dining offers a four-course degustation for $109 beginning withkKing crab (could there be anything more fitting for a king AKA Dad?) and a matching wine option is also available. Children’s menus are available for breakfast and lunch, making it fit for the whole family!

Manly Wharf Hotel 


There couldn’t be a more Man-ly place to take Dad on Father’s Day than the Manly Wharf Hotel (okay, maybe your Dad will come up with a better joke). Dad gets a free Fifty Lashes Beer with any main meal, and with their great steak selection as well as seafood plate you’ll know you’re treating your Dad to his favourites. 

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel 

Watsons Bay

If your Dad is ace then take him down to Watsons Bay Hotel for a game of golf, with a nearest to the pin competition being held with a $599 TaylorMade driver to be won, followed by a three course banquet. Every Dad is a winner though, who will receive a free golfing hat with every booking. Dad might want to bring his own though, just incase he gets a hole in one (sorry we couldn’t help ourselves).

Recreational Studio 

St Peters

If your Dad is the creative type then take him down to the Recreational Studio in St Peters on Saturday the 29th or Sunday the 30th August to have Emma Swann monogram custom made jewellery and leather accessories for Dad. A great amount of sentimentality goes into the signet rings, bracelets and wallets she creates, all of which you can have personally monogrammed while enjoying a craft beer and gourmet pies.

Pizza Autentico 

Surry Hills

Keep Dad happy on Father’s Day with the family by taking him to Pizza Autentico for all the cheesy goodness he could need. Dad will get a free beer on arrival, and if there are five or more of you then you should definitely opt for the $29 menu of unlimited starters, pizza and pasta for a Father’s Day that he will never forget. 

The Public


Head to The Public, Cammeray for a Father’s day Sunday Special of either Lamb rump or Greek-style BBQ Chicken and Papou’s potatoes, an original recipe from the owner James’ Dad. Add a Peroni (because, why not?) for only $25 to keep both Dad and your wallet happy.

The Hill Eatery


Head on down to Bondi for The Hill Eatery’s Dad’s Day Banquet with eight share plates ranging from spiced broad bean croquettes to pulled beef brisket for $55 a head. Take a post lunch stroll along Bondi and soak up some sun and surf for a relaxing day with Dad. 

The Butler

Potts Point

If Dad is looking to indulge this Father’s Day then why not take him for a cocktail and some French Caribbean influenced fare overlooking Sydney city at The Butler? Why not get the banquet with a whole roast chicken, paprika butter, couscous while you’re at it too? And the child of the year award goes to… you!

Îskender kebap feast at PAZAR Food Collective


PAZAR Food Collevtive is holding a Turkish-style feast to celebrate the great man you call Dad with a famous Turkish dish in honour of PAZER owner Attila Yimaz’s father. Îskender kebap is vertically grilled lamb basted in a spicy tomato sauce, thinly sliced on Turkish bread, with extra tomato sauce and burnt butter poured over the top. Need we say more? The banquet also includes dessert to share and Turkish tea for $55 per person, with matching beer and wine on offer.  

Coogee Pavilion


Who says the fun needs to be confined to just one day? Coogee Pavilion will be celebrating papa all September long, with events every Sunday. Kicking things off on the 6th with a ‘Dad-Athlon’ that involves a pizza eating, nappy changing competition, then going all the way through to the 27th where it will wrap up with sandcastle classes and kite flying. Don’t forget to get into the cocktails and seafood while you’re there!

Biota Dining 


End this road trip to Bowral with an epic feast to remember. In addition to their usual five or seven course tasting menus (which come with a craft beer for Dad on arrival), Biota are also offering a more casual lounge bar experience. Chill out in the courtyard with the suckling pig, produce table and locally sourced drinks—all for a very reasonable $70 per person.

Bondi Hardware


Make your way through the whole toolkit of cocktails, because the classics are just $10! Will you go for the Rusty Nail or the Hammer? Will Dad go for the Jackhammer or Monkey Wrench? Pre-book a table for four or more at Bondi Hardware and mention you’re booking for Father’s Day and your old man could actually win $200 to blow at Bunnings.

Image credit: Guy Davies at The Butler

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