The day to celebrate and thank your dads has finally come, and what better way to celebrate than some quality time around the table. There’s a little something for every dad at these sunny Southern California spots — from penny-priced beers, to Cuban-inspired paella and mojitos, to an authentic Napoletana pizza, we’ve got you covered.
Habana, Costa Mesa
Habana serves up a delicious range of Cuban-inspired fare, from seafood ceviche starters to a loaded hamburger, this Costa Mesa spot is sure to wow on Father’s Day. Dine inside or al fresco and enjoy their signature Paella A La Habana or pork croquetas. With a fresh mojito in hand and a delicious meal on his plate, dad is sure to be happy.
The Iron Press, Anaheim
Beer and waffles — a beloved combo and a father favorite. Located in the bustling Anaheim Packing House, The Iron Press is the perfect spot to indulge this Father’s Day on a mind-blowing sweet or savory waffle sandwiches and an ice cold beer — they have over 30 on tap. All the guys in your family will love the Bird in Hand, made with buttermilk fried chicken, house-made gravy, and mashed potatoes and a cold one this Father’s Day.
Umami Burger, Anaheim
After sweet, salty, sour, and bitter, Umami is the fifth taste — rich and savory — and boy does Umami Burger live up to that. The men in your family will love this casual, delicious eatery. Everything on the Umami Burger menu is incredible, but this Father’s Day settle your food cravings with the Manly Burger — made with beer-cheddar cheese, bacon lardons, and smoked-salt onion strings — or the Short Rib Sliders with cucumber and Thai chili pepper. Pro tip: start with the Caramelized Brussel Sprouts. To make things even better, they also have local craft beer on tap.
Blake's Place, Anaheim
For the barbecue-loving dad, try Blake’s Place. This casual Anaheim favorite features an expansive list of all BBQ bites imaginable. You can’t go wrong with the pit-smoked Meat & Rib Plate, the Pulled Pork Pile, and Tasha’s BBQ pulled pork, chopped beef brisket, and pulled chicken trio sampler. Blake’s Place also serves up small portion Baby Back Ribs for the kiddos from their children’s menu!
Fuoco Pizzeria Napoletana, Downtown Fullerton
Does your dad love pizza? Do you wish your family vacation was to Italy this summer, but you’re only getting as far as your backyard? Fuoco Pizzeria is the answer to your prayers. This Downtown Fullerton serves up the best, authentic Pizza Napoletana in the OC. You’ll think you were eating pizza straight from Naples with the salame piccante-layered Diavola Pizza or the Vesuvio, topped with smoked bufala mozzarella, smoked prosciutto, and basil.
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Anaheim
Ruth’s Chris Steak House is a meat lover's heaven. This upscale eatery serves up USDA Prime Beef broiled to perfection on a sizzling 500° plate, as well as other delicious meat and seafood options. Some menu highlights that your dad will love are the 16-ounce New York Strip, Lamb Chops, and Petit Filet & Shrimp. Ruth’s Chris also serves up mouth-water starters like Crispy Lobster Tail and Sizzling Blue Crab Cakes. Make sure to make a reservation — this refined steakhouse fills up quickly.
Zinc at Shade Hotel, Manhattan Beach
This Father’s Day you and dad can enjoy pints for just a penny on the best brews in the house with the purchase of an entrée on Zinc’s airy outdoor terrace and in the lounge. Created special for the holiday, you can satisfy your savory craving with Lamb Chop Benedict made with cheddar and chive biscuits or black and bleu open face steak sandwich with marinated skirt steak, bacon jam, garlic toast and chimichurri blackened fries — YUM.
Ocean Prime, Beverly Hills
Treat dad to a dinner he won’t forget at Ocean Prime in Beverly Hills. Celebrate the holiday with a special 14 oz Prime New York Strip Steak topped with a decadent butter-poached lobster gratin with garlic, lemon and Parmesan aioli. It’s baked to golden brown and then topped with a house-made Cabernet. This mouth-watering steak is SO worth the drive.