Treat Your Original Superhero Right | Father’s Day Happenings and Specials All Over San Diego

June 13, 2013

With Father’s Day just around the corner, a few San Diego hot spots are offering extra special treatment so you can honor dear old dad. Whether he’s an outdoorsman or a guy who likes the finer things in life, any dad will appreciate a good meal and a good deal.  Check out SanDiegoVille's Round Up and let us know where you'll be taking Dad on his special day!

Join Brazen BBQ this Father’s Day for a special smokehouse barbeque buffet from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. where dads and their loved ones can choose from selections like smoked prime rib, pulled pork benedicts, bottomless mimosas and an all-day happy hour with specialty cocktails and craft beers to satisfy those hefty appetites. The buffet is priced at $26.99 for adults and $12.99 for kids 12 years old and under.

Chef Kevin at barleymash is opening up for brunch this Father’s Day with a special we know dads can’t resist, the perfect manly brunch. He is featuring a Wild Turkey bourbon-battered chicken fried steak served with potato hash and sausage gravy. There will also be live reggae music from Rian Basilio and the Roosters from noon until 3 p.m. for some Father’s Day entertainment in the Gaslamp District.

How do you feel about some free swag? If you bring pops in for a drink to True North Tavern on Father’s Day they will set him up with a free True North Tavern t-shirt and a beer of his choice with the purchase of your 20 ounce beer. Why? Because we know Dad needs a cold beer... raising you wasn’t easy.

Father's Day brunch at Beaumont's Eatery can be summed up in five words: Surf and Turf Bloody Marys. Beaumont's bar manager Gavin McManes has created two spins on the restaurant's popular breakfast cocktail, one with wild Mexican skewered shrimp and the other with house-made beef jerky. Beer flights will also be offered, including a selection of three local drafts. For those who prefer to stay on dry land, Executive Chef George Morris will be featuring a to-die-for Chicken and Waffles Benedict special and Pork Belly Tacos with braised pork belly in tomatillo relish and a habanero glaze. To top it all off, brunch will be complimented by live Johnny Cash covers by Doug Benson of Cash'd Out.

Rainbow roll
This Father’s Day, pay tribute to the guy who not only saw all of those awkward phases, he has the photos to prove it. RA Sushi will have extended happy hour from 11 a.m. to close on Sunday, June 16 with specials on sushi, tapas, appetizers and drinks. Buy Dad a staple Rainbow Roll or some meat-centric morsels like Spicy Sesame Chicken Wings and Grilled Short Ribs, and buy some time to hide the evidence that Manic Panic and acid wash ever existed.

Lay back and unwind by the beach this Father’s Day on the Sky Deck at Sandbar Sports Bar and Grill in Mission Beach. Grab a $15 bottle of champagne or a 22 ounce Coors Light for $5 or try a new blueberry Red Bull slushy to celebrate dad. Nothing beats a cool drink, sunshine and an ocean breeze for a relaxing Father’s Day. It’s just what he deserves.

Hiatus, the outdoor lounge adjacent to Hotel La Jolla’s lobby, will be the old man’s Shangri-La on June 16 from noon to 5 p.m. Dads can find their Zen docked poolside with a brew and grub that includes freshly grilled brats and burgers, or parked in front of the screens to catch the Padres. BONUS: There will be a petting zoo and pony rides on site from 1 to 3 p.m. to keep the kiddos at bay. Who said Disneyland is the happiest place on Earth?

Sometimes a good beer is all the old man needs. Come enjoy a pint with Dad at West Coast Tavern this Father’s Day. Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., happy hour is from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., and the full menu is available from 4 p.m. until midnight for all those who are up for a late night. Chow down with the classic Tavern Chicken n’ Waffles for brunch or some Angus Chuck Beef Sliders for dinner. All dads receive their first pint for only $2.

Pacifica Del Mar’s Father’s Day brunch conjures up memories of all of those fishing trips taken with Dad, but this excursion does not require waders and a weighty tackle box. Treat the guest of honor to a Caribbean Spiced Salmon Hash or Spicy Rock Shrimp Omelet with jalapeno jack cheese and tomatillo sauce. Wash it down with one of many micro brews on special for the holiday, or take advantage of Pacifica’s unrivaled list of over 200 vodkas for a festive Bloody Mary. Selections include Bison Grass and Diesel 153 for the macho man and Absolut Peppar for the traditionalist.  -

Inside BiCE
Families don't need to be Italian to enjoy a Father's Day dinner that is reminiscent of a home-cooked meal; they just need to dine at BiCE Ristorante. Inspired by their own fathers, Chefs Mario and Francesca will be featuring an Osso Buco with Saffron Risotto, a traditional Milanese dish popular for such occasions. Father's Day at BiCE also provides a great excuse to sample the restaurant's new summer menu, which features light options like a delicate shaved root salad tossed in a SoNo champagne garlic mustard and lemon dressing and heavier items for dad, such as pounded veal medallions with bread crumb, parmesan, thyme poached leeks and jumbo lump crabmeat or marinated 18oz bone-in ribeye, with mixed sautéed vegetables and potato gratin, served quick smoked.

Families looking to give Dad a meal they know he'll enjoy can keep things simple at The Commons Bar, where they will be serving up the signature Commons Burger, a half pound Angus beef patty topped with the all the fixins', paired with a draft Dos XX beer - all just for $10. Add sixteen flat screen TVs to the mix and Dad may never want to leave.

At Polite Provisions, they know that dads sometimes need to relax.  To help ease dear old day into a stay of unadulterated relaxation, all dads recieve a complimentary boilermaker (a beer and a shot) comprised of AleSmith Brewing Company's AleSmith X & shot of Old Forester bourbon.

Nothing screams Father's Day like a world-class steakhouse complete with big, juicy and tender USDA Prime Steak. Enter Donovan's Steak and Chop House in La Jolla and the Gaslamp. In addition to the award-winning menu of premium steak and seafood entrees like the 20 oz. Bone-In New York, Ahi Tuna Steak and Alaskan Red King Crab Legs and a $50 three-course prix fixe menu, both locations will also be serving a Surf and Turf special for $85. The La Jolla Donovan's will also feature an exclusive 24 oz. Bone-In New York for $55 in honor of dad.

Inside Herringbone
Located in the famed coastal community of La Jolla, Herringbone will be offering a special 'Father's Day Lobster Bake' four-course menu.  Chef Amanda Baumgarten will be baking Maine Lobster in the restaurant's wood burning oven.  Lining a metal tub with seaweed and a layer of the lobster, shell fish, corn, bacon and potatoes, Amanda will then top the lobster with white wine and seasoning before baking the many flavors to perfection.  The tub will be brought to the table and placed in the center where guests will be provided with all the necessary tools and bibs to tackle their lobsters. The 4-course Lobster Bake Father;s Day menu is $65/person.

Katsuya San Diego will be offering its full menu of Japanese-inspired cuisine this Father's Day, allowing Dad to choose from a host of tasty signatures. Mix it up with a family style dinner including an array of must-try items like Katsuya’s famous Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna, Wagyu Tobanyaki served sizzling hot with wild mushrooms, Miso-Marinated Black Cod with a hint of sweet miso, and Special Katsuya Roll with tuna, yellowtail, salmon, scallop, crab and avocado, wrapped with rice, soy paper, and cucumber and served with wasabi ponzu on the side.

On Father's Day, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa will be celebrating with a special Pancake & BBQ brunch for Dad from 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., featuring an array of delicious stations such as Eggs, House Made Buttermilk Pancakes, Mini Donuts, BBQ Pit with Slow Roasted Meats including Red Wine Marinated Tri Tip, BBQ Baby Back Pork Ribs, Smoked & BBQ Chicken Thighs & Legs, All Natural Bison Burgers, and even a station for the little ones. In addition, Dad's complimentary  growler of Mother Earth Brewery Cali Creamin' Ale. The cost of Rancho Valencia's Father's Day Pancake & BBQ Brunch is $65 per person and $19 kids 11 and under.   In addition, Dads can also get pampered at Rancho Valencia with a special spa treatment offered throughout the month of June. The Spa at Rancho Valencia is offering a special boozy Bourbon Cowboy treatment, a $150 60-minute men's treatment that features an invigorating hot whiskey treatment incorporating a spiked scrub down with the bourbon bubbler scrub followed by a lotion application with Whoopie! white velvet cream.

Mia Francesca, located at Del Mar Highlands Town Center, is celebrating Father’s Day with a special a la carte menu of Italian favorites.  All dads dining at the restaurant on Father’s Day will also receive a complimentary appetizer created by Chef Woody Benetiz. Served from 3 to 9 p.m., Mia Francesca’s Father’s Day Dinner offers famous rustic, Italian cuisine, created by acclaimed restaurateur Scott Harris, friendly service and fair prices.  The restaurant features a large open patio, indoor trattoria style dining, and a 50 person private dining room. Chef Woody Benitez leads the kitchen, providing Francesca's classic fare of zesty, earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria, and Lazio.

This Father's Day, families can say "thank you" with a Sprinkles DAD Box! Filled with every dad's favorite cupcake flavors including Peanut Butter Chip, Red Velvet, Black and White, Vanilla Milk Chocolate and adorned with Sprinkles stars and DAD sugar decorations, one bite and Dad will feel extra "sweet" this Father's Day. The special DAD Box is available from June 14 - 16th.

True Food Kitchen is the perfect place to trick Dad into eating healthy this Father's Day. Dads can enjoy manly menu items like the Grass Fed Bison Burger with umami, mushroom, onion, mayo, parmesan and a flax seed bun, Chicken Sausage Pizza with tomato, fennel and fontina, and grilled favorites like the Grilled Rainbow Trout or Grilled Steelhead Salmon before washing it all down with a cold draft beer. True Food Kitchen's craft beer selection includes local staples including Coronado Brewing Co. "Orange Ave Wit," Ballast Point "Pale Ale" and Green Flash "West Coast IPA," as well as unique brews such as the Eel River "Acai Berry Wheat Ale" and Widmer "Omission" Pale Ale.

Davanti Enoteca Del Mar’s Father’s Day dinner selections include succulent steaks, chops, ribs and salmon accompanied with seasonal sides: grilled pork loin chop: Italian red beans + hamhock + arugula + lemon; bone in rib eye steak: roasted potatoes + crimini mushrooms + cipollini onions + red wine demi glaze; grilled salmon: asparagus +lemon + rosemary; and crispy pork ribs: saba + gorgonzola dolce coleslaw + bacon +  hazelnuts. Paired with a medium-to-bold red wine or a shot of a house made vodka infusion, dad will surely be satisfied.  The Father’s Day specials at Davanti Enoteca Del Mar will be served all day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Little Italy location of Davanti Enoteca will offer its traditional Sunday brunch and bloody mary bar with a few delicious extras just for dad.  A build your own omelet station will feature fresh and hearty ingredients including veggies + rock shrimp + ham + pancetta + sausage + fontina + provolone + parmesan + mozzarella and more.  Davanti’s signature bloody mary offers a choice of vodka, gin, whiskey or tequila plus modern twists on traditional mixers so dad can enjoy his cocktail just the way he likes it.  As a special addition to the daily dinner menu, dad can cut into a grilled 16oz. bone in rib-eye + porcini rub + smashed fingerling potatoes + braised greens + gorgonzola butter. Brunch will be served from 10 2 p.m. and dinner from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On Sunday, June 16, Cafe Japengo in the Aventine will offer a trio of special dishes (a starter, entrée and dessert) to choose from, including: Jumbo lump crab cakes with Asian slaw and Thai basil remoulade, natural rib eye steak with shrimp risotto, broccolini and port-demi glace, and a red bean gelato root beer float. These items will be offered a la carte.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar will offer a Father’s Day prix fixe meal priced at $36.95 that includes options like Fleming’s Signature Eggs Benedict, Baked Brioche French Toast with a Walnut Crisp, and Prime Rib with a Trio of Sauces. Plus, all dining dads will receive a $25 gift card good toward a future visit to Fleming’s.

Treat your father right and make sure to give him an amazing Father's Day this year.  Pick one of the many specials above and honor your father right without breaking the bank.