Housed inside the Brisbane Marriott, Motion Bar and Grill prides itself in using only the finest, locally-sourced ingredients, many of which are grown or sourced within 100 kilometres of the establishment. Grills and à la carte are available, though the one you're eyeing is the buffet brunch selection.
Inclusions: Buffet brunch, cocktail and valet parking
One of Brisbane’s heritage icons, Customs House features an award-winning restaurant with both indoor and outdoor seating.
There are a range of menus to choose from, including a Sunday breakfast and signature two-course lunch, alongside the traditional restaurant menu.
If you’re looking to treat dad to a more formal dining experience in the city, Customs House is a great pick.
Address: 399 Queen Street, Brisbane
Black Bird Bar & Grill, Brisbane
Fancy is the word you're looking for when describing Black Bird Bar & Grill. It's a restaurant that needs no introduction, sitting on the banks of the Brisbane River and pushing out quality modern Australian dishes from its kitchen.
It's the place you go to for a big "do" like Father's Day particularly if you wish to be lavish about it. Go on, you know he deserves this.
Address: 123 Eagle Street, Brisbane
Thyme2 Restaurant at Sofitel Brisbane, CBD
The world's best culinary tastes come together under the roof of Thyme2 inside Sofitel Brisbane. Buffets grace its tables daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring seafood freshly-picked from the market and desserts made in the in-house patisserie.
On Sundays, the restaurant opens early for dinner at 5:30pm, making it an exceptional choice for families.
Those who have little ones can also order up a petit buffet for the petit price of $10.
Address:249 Turbot Street, Brisbane
Southbank and South Brisbane
Multi-course degustation at hatted restaurant from Groupon
Sit down to a carefully curated modern Australian degustation, featuring duck with gnocchi, pork collar and baby octopus
What dad doesn’t like beer? That’s why we think taking dad to a brewery is a winning option for Father’s Day. The Charming Squire is a working James Squire brewery with dining available in plain sight of the brewing process.
There’s a restaurant, bar and brewer’s pantry menu, each packed with options like gourmet pizza, salads, steaks and fish.
For Father's Day this year, The Charming Squire has cooked up a feast for the senses with an exclusive woodfired dry-aged sirloin on the bone, coupled with kipfler potato à la boulangère, sauce meunière and café de Paris butter.
Order it and get a free off-the-wood beer to wash it down and he'll be leaving one happy chappy.
Address: 133 Grey Street, South Brisbane
Greenhouse Canteen & Bar, South Brisbane
Clean and green dads may already frequent Greenhouse Canteen, but there's no reason to not surprise him on his special day with a treat he already knows he loves.
Fresh produce is paired with a vegan menu to deliver unique eats that'll leave you feeling good about your treat. Think zucchini bolognese, jackfruit enchiladas and pandan pancakes.
Finished with a seasonally driven desert, naturally.
Address: Cnr Russell and Manning Streets, South Brisbane
Popolo, South Brisbane
Popolo literally translates to "people" in Italian and is where people collect to wine, dine and catch up over meals that taste like nonna's home cooking.
The view, though, is probably a little more extravagant than at nonna's. Located in Southbank the views over the river are utterly spectacular and whether you're dining on a selection of antipasto, sharing plates of pumpkin ravioli and Wagyu ragu or pulling at pieces of pizza, you shouldn't miss the chance to chink wine glasses to it as you wish dad a happy Father's Day.
Address: River Quay, R3 Sidon Street, South Bank
Fortitude Valley and New Farm
Middle Eastern 3-course lunch or dinner for two from RedBalloon
Experience the tantalising flavours of Middle Eastern, Moroccan and North African cuisine for lunch on Father's Day. Also available for dinner.
Inclusions: 3-course dinner for two, a glass of wine each
Location: Mecca Bah, Shop 21, 1000 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley
Inspired by Parisian steakhouses where steaks and frites (fries) take center stage, Les Bubbles Bar and Bistro is where friends and family collect over steaks seared to your liking.
Couple that with plates of bottomless fries and Dad is sure to be smiling from ear to ear by the end of the meal.
Address: 144 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley
Cloudland, Fortitude Valley
If food decisions are a problem in your family, Cloudland can set you straight with its variety of set menus that start from as little as $39.50 per person.
How's that for budgeting out your Father's Day meal plans?
The cuisine of choice is Italian with arancini balls and deli plates taking out the first course and ragus, pizzas and pastas taking out the second. You also have the choice to add drinks to your package for extra.
Alex Keshen is the global travel publisher at Finder and has been living, breathing and, of course, writing about all things travel for more than 10 years. She has a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada and has appeared in Travel Weekly and the Huffington Post. A master of maximising her annual leave and finding the best bargains around, she can’t remember the last time her backpack weighed more than 10kg and is happy to share her tips and tricks to help you travel better.
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