With Father’s Day just around the corner – most of us are in panic mode about getting the perfect gift and booking the best and most delicious dining experience.

Luckily I have you covered.

Here’s a list of the best restaurants and gifts to treat Dad to this Father’s Day…

Dining Experiences 

The Atlantic

Spoil Dad with an ocean to plate experience at The Atlantic.

Celebrate along the Crown Riverwalk by the waterfront and indulge in a menu of fresh, local and sustainably-sourced seafood with our full à la carte menu.

Location: 8 Whiteman St, Southbank 

Bookings: 03 9698 8888 or reservations@theatlantic.com.au.

House of Lulu White

Nothing says Father’s Day like Bottomless Beers and the most delicious lunch.

Treat Dad to Lulus delicious Crispy Chicken Burger with Bottomless Beers and Bottomless Sweet Potato Fries.

Location: 4 Yarra St, South Yarra

Price: $55pp including Bottomless Beers & Bottomless Sweet Potato Fries

Booking: Bookings Essential [via website only] www.houseofluluwhite.com.au/reservation-1

*please note thee’s limited tables available. Terms + Conditions Apply

Cucina & Co

Celebrate Father’s Day with a delicious 3-course meal including antipasto and your choice of special main and dessert.

Dad will also receive a glass of Red Wine on arrival.

Location: 325 New St, Brighton

Cost: $55 – including 3 course and a glass of wine for dad.

Booking: www.cucinaandco.com.au

Mr & Mrs P

Celebrate Father’s day at one of Brighton’s favourite hot spots Mr & Mrs P – and treat Dad to a delicious dinner including everything from the fanciest hot dog around to wagyu beef that will knock his socks off.

Location: 312 Bay St, Brighton

Price: Enjoy the full à la carte menu – All Father’s Day bookings include free beer for Dad (the deal only applies to those who have booked)

Booking: www.opentable.com.au or call 9596 4468

Crown – The Foodie Dad

Location: 8 Whiteman St, Southbank

Is your Dad the chef of the house?

If so, then there’s no better way to spoil him than to wine and dine him at a special restaurant to celebrate Father’s Day.

A Dad who appreciates a varied feast will love lunch or dinner at Conservatory, where he can indulge in an unparalleled array of world cuisine and exquisite desserts.

Conservatory Booking: www.crownmelbourne.com.au/restaurants/premium/conservatory

If he’s craving something specific, perhaps he will prefer Bistro Guillaume’s delectable French classics, Silks’ fresh, authentic Chinese delicacies, or Nobu’s globally renowned Japanese cuisine.

Bistro Guillaume Booking: www.crownmelbourne.com.au/restaurants/premium/bistro-guillaume/info-booking

Silks Booking: www.crownmelbourne.com.au/restaurants/premium/silks

Nobu Booking: www.crownmelbourne.com.au/restaurants/premium/nobu

Come try Ging Thai’s fresh Thai food with a twist, as you unwind over unique cocktails and a serving of Red Duck Curry, Kingfish Ceviche or Pad Thai.

Ging Thai Booking: www.crownmelbourne.com.au/restaurants/premium/ging-thai

Or gather the family and spoil Dad with Teppanyaki at Koko, where skillful chefs will prepare fresh meat and seafood right before his eyes.

Koko Booking: www.crownmelbourne.com.au/restaurants/premium/koko

The S Lounge

Celebrate Fathers Day and spoil the special men in your life with music from the songbook of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin and many more featuring David Cotter and the S Lounge Band.

Location: 1/300 – 302 Beach Rd, Black Rock

Time: Doors open at 2pm with music from 3pm

Cost: $30 –  includes a glass of house white, red, sparkling or bottled beer. (Ticket price includes all booking fees and GST)

Book:  https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/fathers-day-special-event-the-songbook-of-frank-dean-and-crew-tickets-66309315949?aff=efbeventtix

Pretty Boy Italian Steak House

Celebrate Father’s Day at Melbourne’s Newest Gangster hotspot. Pretty Boy Italian Steak House have teamed up with underground brewer, Hawkers to give Dad and Co the best ever feast on the best ever day!

Here is what you are in for….

A Hawkers will be served in hand on arrival.

The menu includes; Beef tartare on croutons, Pork rillette, burgers and sliders with something very special and sweet to finish. Each mean is matched with a special Hawker  – but if beer is not your thing there will be wine and soft drinks to help make your day.

Location: 1/399 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne

Price: Adults $75 per person
Bambinos (13 – 18 years) – $40 per person
Bambinos (under 12) – $25 per person

Time: From 12pm

Booking: https://www.prettyboy.com.au/fathersday

Neptune

Guests are invited to cosy up in front of the fireplace at Neptune and treat Dad to a wholesome end to the weekend, with newly arrived Head Chef Hayden McMillan showcasing a Mediterranean take on the classic Sunday roast. It will be a comforting, family-style feed, spread across two-courses for just $45 per head.

Location: 212 High St, Prahran

Price: $45 per person, inclusive of two-courses

Bookings: guests can book via Neptune’s website or phone 03 9533  2827

Matilda 159 Domain 

South Yarra’s woodfire-fuelled Matilda invites fathers and families to celebrate Father’s Day with a special set menu championing native ingredients and seasonal produce.

The menu will begin with Matilda signatures such as kangaroo tartare and dressed Fraser Island spanner crab, with guests to select their mains from a choice of wild garlic and truffle gnocchi, dry-aged black whitely scotch or Murray cod. A rich, chocolate dessert will seduce all palates and round off the perfect dining experience.

Location: 159 Domain Rd, South Yarra

Price: $85 per adult, $50 per child – including snacks and three-courses with a choice of main.

Bookings: Are essential, please call the restaurant on 03 9089 6668 or email info@matilda159.com

Stokehouse

Delight Dad this Father’s Day by treating him with an afternoon of indulgence at Stokehouse St Kilda. Seated in the iconic dining room, gaze across the bay and begin the three-course meal with a glass of beer or bubbles and a gift for dad.

Location: 30 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda

Price: $145 per person – including a three-course menu, $60 for children.

Bookings: Via Stokehouse online here or by emailing info@stokehouseq.com.au

Daughter In Law

Melbourne’s newest venue Daughter In Law welcomes families to experience an ‘unauthentic’ Father’s Day meal with its rule-breaking, modern Indian menu. Treat Dad to a spread of meats straight from the tandoor including tandoori chicken, lamb chops, BBQ spare ribs and an Indian style sausage with Kingfisher for $65 per person.

The à la carte menu will also be available for those that wish to indulge in Jessi Singh’s famous Colonel Tso’s cauliflower, naan pizzas or ‘unauthentic’ butter chicken, and let Dad pick out some brews from the self-serve beer fridge.

Location: 37 Little Bourke St Melbourne

Price: Tandoori meat platter $65 per person, à la carte menu available

Bookings: Call 03 9242 0814 or email goodtimes@daughterinlaw.com.au

www.daughterinlaw.com.au

Gifts

Aromi Brighton – Pasta Masterclass 

Take Dad on a foodie trip through Campania with the ultimate pasta masterclass. This delicious gift include making 3 pasta, and sitting down for a beautiful lunch.

Date: 1st of September

Location: 312 New St, Brighton

Cost: $130 – including making 3 pastas, a glass of prosecco and lunch.

To Book: http://www.aromirestaurant.com.au/masterclass/

Crown – The Suave Dad

Dads love to be pampered – trust us. For the ultimate indulgent experience, book him a tranquil day at Crown Spa.

Choose from a range of For Him treatments, or go all out with a full day of relaxation, including a zesty body polish, full body massage, and gentleman’s facial – He’ll be a new man.

Bookings: www.crownmelbourne.com.au/hotels/spas/crown-spa

Variety Toyota AFL Grand Final Lunch 

Give Dad the ultimate footy gift that gives back to an amazing cause.

For over 30 years, the Variety Toyota AFL Grand Final Lunch has been one of the most exciting events on the Grand Final calendar. Nestled between the Brownlow and that one day in September, this Footy Lunch with Heart is a celebration with a difference. More than just football festivities, the event will be raising funds for Variety – the Children’s Charity to help kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs.

There will be plenty to do, see and win on the day with raffles, auctions, and prizes galore! Pick up your own piece of AFL history with exclusive memorabilia or purchase a once-in-a-lifetime experience package.

Officially endorsed by the AFL, they’ll be bringing you four quarters with half time entertainment that will rival the big dance itself. This three-course all-inclusive lunch will be presented by ‘voice of the AFL’ Craig Willis and Collingwood AFLW and Magpies Netball big shot, Sharni Layton. Fox Footy’s ‘Bounce’ will be live with Jason Dunstall and Danny Frawley, talking all things footy ahead of the biggest weekend of the year.

Date: September 25th

Price: $195 pp or book a table of ten for $1950

To book: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=522507&track=cs1

Starward Whisky

The Win Win

Easy and approachable, tell dad to bring this to dinner and pour it for friends with food. Wild, we know but he’ll just have to trust us on this. When it disappears this quickly, he’s gonna need that backup bottle.

BUNDLE INCLUDES:

2 x 700mL Two-Fold Double Grain Whisky

Price: $115 + Free shipping Australia wide

Purchase: www.starward.com.au/products/the-win-win

The Rolling Itinerary 

When you don’t know where Father’s Day celebrations will take you, this is a good place to start. All these whiskies match beautifully with food. We’d recommend an Old Fashioned to kick festivities off, Two-Fold while you feed then a Nova just after.

Bundle includes:

1 x 700ml Starward Nova Whisky

1 x 700ml Starward Two-Fold Double Grain Whisky

1 x 500ml Starward (New) Old Fashioned Cocktail

Price: $185

Purchase: www.starward.com.au/products/the-rolling-itinerary

The Kit Caboodle 

We didn’t make our whiskies to be saved for a special occasion. In fact, occasions like Father’s Day call for a sampling of all three. You’ll be delighted by the differences, but they all have one thing in common. Abundant, smooth flavour.

Bundle includes:

1 x 700ml Starward Solera Whisky

1 x 700ml Starward Nova Whisky

1 x 700ml Starward Two-Fold Double Grain Whisky

Price: $245 + Free shipping Australia wide

Purchase: www.starward.com.au/products/the-kit-caboodle

Starward Whisky Masterclass

Bottle your own never-to-be-repeated Starward, straight from the barrel. Fine tune those tastebuds with expert guidance. Taste and discuss our experimental Projects alongside our core range.

Tour the entire process from barley to bottle with insider intel from the makers themselves.

There’s few things we enjoy more than a good chat over a whisky.

Price: Tickets $120

Booking: www.starward.com.au/pages/events

Flunky

Gifting is tricky at the best of times, while Dads are notoriously hard to buy for.

With Flunky, you’re just a few taps away from a unique, more personal gifting experience to buy, send, and redeem gift cards for Dad to use at his favourite restaurants, bars, and cafes.

www.flunky.com.au