Every June, we rack our brains trying to decide what to buy dad for his big day. Finding a Father’s Day gift may sound easy in theory, but a new tie and a “Best Dad Ever” mug don’t always convey your appreciation for his time spent changing diapers or dealing with your moody teenage years. So, remember, there’s nothing a father enjoys more than spending some quality time with his kids. A ‘just the two of you’ vacation would be grand, but it might cost a few grand, too. So how about taking dad on a trip to Tokyo for sushi, or to Mexico for tacos—all without leaving L.A.? In fact, with all the different types of cuisine Los Angeles has to offer, you can hit up a few different countries in one day without ever stepping foot on an airplane (though you might have to brave the 5/10/60 interchange…). Here’s our list of international restaurants for some quality time with pops.
Take an Ocean Voyage at the Hungry Cat
Chef David Lentz, owner of the Hungry Cat restaurants in Hollywood and Santa Monica Canyon, has prepared an à la carte Father’s Day brunch in honor of all the dads out there. The menu will be available for a limited time mid-day at both restaurant locations, and will include the Hungry Cat’s singular seafood dishes, holiday specials, and craft cocktails for you thirsty cats. The Hungry Cat Raw Bar, featuring some of the area’s freshest shellfish, will be open all day for appetizers. Brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and reservations are recommended.
Enjoy a classic French meal at Comme Ça
This Father’s Day, French restaurant Comme Ça will offer à la carte brunch and dinner menus featuring specials including Dad’s Chorizo Hash with bell pepper, sofrito, and poached egg, and Steak and Eggs with Alsatian potato salad. Dads can also enjoy specialty beer cocktails mixed up by Comme Ça’s bartenders.
Make your way down to Spain for brunch at the SLS Hotel
Spend Father’s Day in Spanish style with Chef José Andrés at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. From 11 a.m.–3 p.m., the hotel’s Tres restaurant will be serving up a $52 per person brunch buffet including a caviar display, carving station, and more. Later on, the Bazaar will open up for its regular dinner hours, and will also be offering a premium selection of cigars for dad to enjoy on the Bar Centro Terrace.
Spend An Afternoon on the Mediterranean at Tavern
Make dad feel stylish on his special day at Tavern in Brentwood. He’ll love the menu’s Mediterranean classics, including the smoked fish with toasted rye and goat cheese, and the Larder plate of cured meats and cheeses. We named Tavern the restaurant with the best salad in 2011, so be sure to try the Larder Cobb, also featured on the brunch menu. If you fancy an evening with the family instead of brunch, enjoy some of Tavern’s summer dinner selections, served from 5:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Take a trip to India for a meal at Badmaash
Experience authentic Indian street food at Badmaash, a new downtown restaurant opened by father-son trio Pawan, Arjun and Nakul Mahendro. They describe their restaurant, which means “badass” in Hindi, as “Bollywood villain meets Gordon Ramsey in an epic volcano battle.” If Dad is up for a unique experience, hit this Indian-gastropub.
Stop by Japan for lunch at Cho Oishi
Father and son Charlie and Nat Sukitjavanich were born in Thailand, but they’re serving up Japanese cuisine at their newest restaurant, Cho Oishi. This new Hollywood spot features a 30-foot sushi bar, hibachi grills, and shabu shabu tables. There may not be a special Father’s Day menu, but what better way to celebrate the holiday than at a restaurant owned by a father and his son?
GO Chinese at Fu-Shing
Keep it in the family this Father’s Day with another dad and son team, chef and owners Felix and Tso-Chun Chang, at Fu-Shing. Your pops will enjoy this Pasadena restaurant’s traditional Szechwan cuisine and authentic family recipes passed on from three generations.
Head over to Italy for brunch at Cecconi’s
Get dad drunk at northern Italian hideaway Cecconi’s, which will feature a special bloody mary cart during its Father’s Day brunch. Or, keep it classy and order him the special black truffle eggs benedict, offered in addition to the regular menu. For dinner, Chef Andrea Cavaliere is carving up a 32-ounce Fiorentina prime porterhouse steak with morel sauce and roasted potatoes. The dish is portioned for two, but dad might want to hoard this one for himself.
Stop by Mexico for beer and burritos at Golden Road
Have a suds-filled Father’s Day at Los Angeles’s largest craft brewery, Golden Road. For $12, dad will score a Cabrillo Kolsch beer, a vegan or non-vegan breakfast burrito, and a piece of Golden Road swag—maybe a t-shirt?
Try cuisine from all over at the Four Seasons’ Father’s Day Brunch Buffet
Not sure what country to virtually visit this Father’s Day? Fear not, because the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills will be dishing up everything from Mac-N-Cheese to Sushi at its epic Father’s Day Brunch Buffet. The spread costs $95 per person, and reservations are recommended.
And for the All-American dad…
Keep it local with these Barbecue favorites
Eagle Rock Brewery
It’s no secret that Papa loves beer and barbecue. Eagle Rock Brewery in Glassell Park will be providing both at its Father’s Day event. Flatiron Truck chef-owner Timothy Mark Abell will be serving up burgers, steaks, and bacon mac ‘n’ cheese. Come in any time between noon and 6 p.m. to enjoy Father’s Day specials and a few other surprises.
Bouchon Bistro in Beverly Hills invites you and your dad to go “Hog Wild.” Each father will receive a free glass of Thomas Keller’s White Apron pilsner as well as a jelly doughnut. Other Father’s Day food specials include a Pulled Pork Sandwich with Fried Jidori Hen Egg, House-made Pork Sausage with Potato Lyonnaise, and more. Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the restaurant will re-open for dinner at 5 p.m. Reservations are recommended.
Auntie Em’s Kitchen
Take dad on a picnic this Sunday, and let Auntie Em’s Kitchen do all the work. Chef Terri Wahl will be preparing barbecue and picnic items to go, including baby back ribs, hamburger “kits,” salads, and desserts. Pre-ordering is required, and the deadline to order is June 14th at 3 p.m. All orders will be ready for pick up by Father’s Day.
The Larder at Tavern and the Larder at Burton Way
This Father’s Day, the Larder at Tavern and the Larder at Burton Way will serve a Dad-friendly barbecue dinner that includes a steak house tomato salad, braised barbecued brisket, and chocolate brioche bread pudding. The menu is also available for take out, ideal if you’d rather entertain at home.
Keep it simple this Sunday at Firefly Bistro’s 10th annual Father’s Day Blues Barbecue. To accompany the Pasadena restaurant’s wide selection of beer and special barbecue menu, blues musician Big B Brenner will be performing southern tunes all day long.
Or enjoy a leisurely California brunch
Suzanne Goin’s A.O.C. will be celebrating Father’s Day with an à la carte brunch menu from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The menu features manly classics such as focaccia with pulled pork cheeks and a prosciutto and sunny-side up egg, to name a few. If you can’t make it for brunch, stop by for dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. Forgot to plan ahead? Casual dining with dad will also be available at the community table on a first come, first serve basis.
Your old man will be tickled if you treat him to a gourmet meal at Lucques in West Hollywood. To celebrate the dads of America, Suzanne Goin designed a Father’s Day Sunday Supper prepared by Chef de Cuisine Javier Espinoza. The three-course menu, priced at $45 per guest, will showcase the best of the farmer’s market. Lucques’ brick décor and wood-burning fireplace provides a cozy setting the whole family can enjoy.
The Langham Huntington, Pasadena
There are a number of different ways to show Dad how much you dig him at the Langham Huntington hotel. The Terrace will be serving up a breakfast buffet and a dim sum brunch while a jazz duo provides musical entertainment. Or, visit the Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse for an interactive Sunday Market Brunch complete with mimosas, bloody marys, a bagel bar, and more. Guests of the Royce Market Brunch are also invited to enjoy a complimentary Stone Brewing Co. craft beer tasting while watching the U.S. Open Golf Championship on the Lobby Lounge patio. Now, that’s love.
Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air
Celebrate fatherhood’s big day with a prix-fixe brunch menu that even the pickiest eater will love. Chef Wolfgang Puck’s special Father’s Day menu features hand cut zucchini tortelloni pasta and ricotta-lemon blintzes. The deal also includes your choice champagne, mimosa, or bloody mary, as well as a dessert bar. Reservations are recommended.