Where to celebrate Father’s Day lunch in Sydney 2019

Spoil dad this Father's Day by treating him to lunch at one of these top Sydney spots.

Up your game from the standard gift of socks and ties on Father’s Day 2 September 2018 and serve him something extra special instead – literally.

We scoured the city for cafes and restaurants with bespoke Father's Day brunches or lunches as well as popular haunts based on reviews from OpenTable.

The catch? You (might) need to book early – or you really might have to settle for getting him socks and ties. Luckily for you, we've included some you can book online though Open Table within seconds.

Our top picks for Father's Day lunches

Meat dining experience with wine

Meat dining experience with wine from RedBalloon

Enjoy a sophisticated take on hunting and home cooking, indulge into a two-course lunch meal paired with wine.

  • Includes: Two-course meal, coal roasted meat and wine
  • Location: Darling Harbour
  • Price: $99

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Seafood dining experience by the Harbour

Seafood dining experience by the Harbour from RedBalloon

Enjoy a relaxing waterfront view in a feast of the freshest seafood handpicked by professional chefs

  • Includes: Three-course meal, fresh seafood and wine
  • Location: Cockle Bay Wharf
  • Price: From $159

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Waterfront 3-course seafood lunch with wine

Waterfront 3-course seafood lunch with wine from RedBalloon

Indulge yourself to an amazing seafood feast prepared fresh just for you.

  • Includes: Three-course meal, fresh seafood and wine
  • Location:Darling Harbour
  • Price: From $130

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Top spots for Father's Day brunch in Sydney

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Father's Day "Guy Tea" at Sir Stamford, CBD

For something a little different, make yours a luxury high tea affair.

This year the gang at Sir Stamford Circular Quay has brought back its annual "Guy Tea" experience, ideal for the suavest of dads. For $69 per person, you'll get a mixture of Dad-friendly delights including slow-cooked beef pies, BBQ pork sliders and chocolate brownies – plus a whiskey-tasting flight or Stella Artois each.

Address: 93 Macquarie Street, Circular Quay

Website: Sir Stamford, Circular Quay

The Grounds of the City, CBD

Synonymous with the term "good food", The Grounds is for the dad that's a little bit of a "hipster" on the inside. While the Alexandria venue doesn't take bookings, the city establishment does and is open for breakfast, lunch or dinner with scrumptious offerings such as chunky potato hash, toasted Moreton Island swimmer crab jaffle and sides of avo because it is The Grounds after all.

Address: 500 George Street, Sydney CBD

Luke's Kitchen, Waterloo

Helmed by master chef Luke Mangan, Luke's Kitchen is an eatery set in an open industrial space where brunch runs all day long. For the special man in your life, Luke has curated a Father's Day sharing menu this year that'll make you reconsider your order. It features a Young Henry's beer on arrival and top eats from the kitchen. For those seeking to spoil and surprise him, you can also pre-order a Father's Day hamper which will be ready and waiting for him at the table upon arrival.

Address: 8 Danks Street, Waterloo

Kepos & Co, Waterloo

Open for brunch until 11:30am or lunch from 12-3pm, Kepos & Co offers homely Mediterranean fare delivered via share plate in a sleek and modern setting.

With a breakfast/brunch item that's literally called "Dad's Favourite Brekky" featuring falafel, hummus, labneh, soft boiled egg, tomato salad and taboon bread, this place has dad written all over it.

And with an OpenTable rating of 9.6/10, it's a tried and true crowd pleaser that's bound to win even the fussiest of dads over.

Address: Shop 5, Casba, 18 Danks Street, Waterloo


North Bondi RSL, North Bondi

Expect weekend breakfasts (available from 10am until midday) and Sunday roasts (available after midday) to be flying off the tables at North Bondi RSL on Father’s Day.

For brekky, pick from the menu of plenty including a traditional B.L.A.T., bacon and eggs, crushed avo, toasted sourdough and French toast.

Address: 118-120 Ramsgate Avenue, North Bondi

Website: North Bondi RSL


Three Blue Ducks, Bronte

For fathers who like healthy and clean eats, Three Blue Ducks hits the spot.

Located on the hill overlooking Bronte Beach, it offers breakfast and lunch menus that use locally produced and seasonally driven ingredients and include scrambled eggs with black sausage and freshly squeezed juices for brekkie until 11:45am, and crispy duck burgers and braised beef cheek for lunch from 12:15-3pm.

It's walk-in only from 7am-12:15pm for patient dads and early risers. For everyone else, lunch can be booked via the link below.

Address: 141-143 Macpherson Street, Bronte

Website: Three Blue Ducks


Bourke Street Bakery, various

The famous pastry cafe can be found practically everywhere in Sydney, from its flagship store in Surry Hills to Barangaroo right across into Parramatta. Whichever works for you, you won't regret taking dad to this beautiful respite for brunch and coffee.

We won’t need to tell you twice that the pies are to die for, so make sure it’s on his order. So you can steal a bit, right? #sorrynotsorry

Address: Alexandria, Balmain, Banksmeadow, Barangaroo, Kirrawee, Marrickville, Neutral Bay, Newtown, North Sydney, Parramatta and Surry Hills.

Website: Bourke Street Bakery

Top spots for Father's Day lunch in Sydney


Hurricane's Grill, Bondi Beach

On the prowl for some of the best grub to sate your dad's meat-loving cravings? Look no further than Hurricane’s.

The steakhouse is renowned Sydney-wide for serving up high quality steaks and ribs, so if you haven’t taken him for a visit yet, here’s your chance.

Address: 130 Roscoe Street, Bondi Beach

Yellow, Potts Point

Vegetarian diets are best met at Yellow where the presentation of the food is almost as delicious as the meals themselves – almost. This not-so-new kid on the block hosts group sharing, vegetarian tasting and vegan tasting meals to delight the palette.

It's open for brunch, lunch and dinner.

Address: 57-59 Macleay Street, Potts Point


The Meat & Wine Co., Darling Harbour/Circular Quay

The Meat & Wine Co. has two Sydney restaurants (Circular Quay and Barangaroo) and is a true people-pleaser.

Not only does it live up to its namesake with steak and wine offers aplenty, but its menu extends to seafood, chicken, kangaroo and vegetarian options, too.

Circular Quay: Shop 12, Lobby, InterContinental Sydney 117 Macquarie Street / Barangaroo: Ground level, International Tower One, 100 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo

Website: The Meat & Wine Co

Deal: Two course lunch for two for $99


I'm Angus Steakhouse, Cockle Bay Wharf

Premium-cut meats and water views converge at I'm Angus Steakhouse on Cockle Bay Wharf.

For Father's Day, you can't do better than with I'm Angus pulling out all the stops. Order up a signature I'm Angus Scotch Fillet or Sirloin and complement it with a cool glass of beer. It's secretly all he wants from you today.

Address: The Promenade, Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney

Website: I'm Angus Steakhouse

Deal: Beef and beer extravaganza for two for $120

love.fish, Barangaroo

The Barangaroo District is home to more than a few gems and for fathers who prefer to tuck into the other white meat, love.fish does fish in all the best ways. Expect Australian seafood grilled to perfection. The fish is yours and yours alone; however, you may have to share the chips and greens as these come as substantially portioned sides.

Address: 7/23 Barangaroo Ave, Wulugul Walk, Barangaroo


Bills, Surry Hills

Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner you’re planning for dad today, Bills is a contender for all.

It's a worldwide name slathered in fresh quality eats ranging from salads and sandwiches to lunchtime hotcakes and eggs. Our tip?

Leave room for one of Bills' daily baked cakes for dessert. Neither of you will regret it.

Address: 359 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Website: Bills


Jamie’s Italian, CBD

Take a page out of chef Jamie Oliver’s book and whip up an Italian feast for your papa on Father’s Day.

Failing that, you can get his crew to whip one up for you at his flagship Sydney restaurant in the CBD. It's open from noon until 9pm for lunch or dinner on Father's Day and for that one day only, features a hearty Father's Day roast for $45.

Address: 107 Pitt Street, Sydney

Website: Jamie’s Italian Sydney


Public Dining Room, Balmoral

Need to make up for a couple of sub-par Father’s Days? Public Dining Room will make him forgive and forget. Self-proclaimed as casual fine dining in a relaxed luxurious space, Public Dining Room exudes Scandinavian style and modern Australian fare and overlooks Manly and North Head.

Open for lunch from midday, the à la carte menu offers holmbrae confit duck leg and "melting" Huon Valley salmon, though if this is a small party, we suggest you opt for the six-hour slow-cooked lamb shoulder for two.

Address: 2A The Esplanade, Mosman

Website: Public Dining Room


The Burger Shed, Mosman

Stop salivating and start booking your place inside Mosman’s burger palace, aka The Burger Shed.

Open from 10:30am on Sundays, you could treat this as a brunch date, but it really does sing more as an indulgent lunch. The Burger Shed prides itself in using only local produce, sourcing meat from grass-fed cows and serving Angus or full-blood Wagyu beef.

You don’t have to sell dad on this one.

Address: 914 Military Road, Mosman

Website: The Burger Shed


Brewpub Manly, Manly

Treat dad to a pint of one of the North Shore’s finest at 4 Pines' Manly establishment, Brewpub.

At this local microbrewery, you can chow down in the lower communal drinking and eating den on small or large plates of Korean sticky wings, Cape Byron Sirloins and fried chicken. Then, wash it all down with one of the 10+ handcrafted beauties made on the premises.

Sundays are a special treat with a Sunday roast feast on offer as well as live music in the evenings.

Address: 29/43-45 East Esplanade Manly

Website: 4 Pines Beer


The Henson, Marrickville

Serving a comprehensive list of local and imported beers, The Henson is a much-loved family bar in the heart of Marrickville.

Highlights include a kids’ rumpus room (complete with ball pit) and a sunny courtyard where you can while the day away with your family.

The kitchen opens from 11am-9pm on Sundays.

Address: 91 Illawarra Road, Marrickville

Website: The Henson


Mr Wong, CBD

Spoil dad this year at Merivale’s award-winning Cantonese restaurant and you’ll not only get access to its delectable 60-dish-strong menu and yum cha offerings, but we think it’s fair to say you’ll also win the "favourite child" award for the entire YEAR.

Yum cha is available from 12:00-3:00pm on Father’s Day.

Address: 3 Bridge Lane, Sydney

Website: Mr Wong


Young Henrys, Newtown

There’s a huge culture of microbreweries in the Inner West and one of its leaders is Young Henrys.

On weekends, the boys keep the liquid gold flowing in the attached bar from midday to 7pm. Try a flight to discover dad’s new favourite swill.

While the brewery bar doesn’t serve food, there’s always a food truck around to keep you and dad well-sated. Here’s to casual lunches with dad.

Address: 76 Wilford Street, Newtown

Website: Young Henrys


The General Eatery & Supplies, Dulwich Hill

Dad a bit of a health nut? The General Eatery is creating a buzz on the back of its communal-style fit-out and Single Origin Roasters coffee.

Seasonal plates are what you’ll be getting on Father’s Day for brunch or lunch to the tune of winter salads and chicken pie as well as more indulgent double cheeseburgers and chicken royale burgers.

Address: 914 Marrickville Road, Dulwich Hill

Website: The General Eatery & Supplies


Ribs & Rumps, Sydney Olympic Park

Honestly, can you go wrong with Ribs & Rumps on Father’s Day?

You’re practically guaranteed that "favourite child of the day" award and dad will be smiling from ear to ear and licking his fingers until kingdom come after savouring the juicy steaks and sticky ribs on this tried-and-tested menu.

Address: 8 Dawn Fraser Ave, Sydney Olympic Park

Website: Ribs & Rumps


El Jannah, Granville / Punchbowl / Blacktown / Penrith / Campbelltown

I’m not even going to try and convince you to take dad to El Jannah’s on Father’s Day. I don’t need to, honestly. It’s an institution to anyone in the west and is only at the bottom of the Parramatta list to give the other guys a chance. Your order? Charcoal chicken.

Like that was even a question. #WinningFathersDay

Granville: 4-8 South Street, Granville

Punchbowl: 701 Punchbowl Road, Punchbowl

Blacktown: 44-48 Flushcombe Road, Blacktown

Website: El Jannah

Top spots for a Father's Day buffet lunch in Sydney


Harvest Buffet at The Star, Pyrmont

The ultimate buffet lunch or dinner awaits you and dad this Father's Day at The Star. Available 2 September only, this year he'll be treated to eight flavoursome food areas with dishes from around the world.

Prices start at $85 per adult and seatings are available for lunch or dinner.

For the occasion, dad will also be treated to a free beverage upon arrival and the chance to win a weekend getaway. Who says you don't spoil him, right?

Address: 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont


Cafe Opera at InterContinental Sydney, CBD

Housed inside InterContinental Sydney is what the hotel hails as "Sydney's ultimate buffet". Dad can be the judge of that this Father's Day as seafood is delivered fresh from the market in what can only be described as a deluxe seafood feast.

Buffets abound throughout the day with a "land to sea" buffet across two dinner sittings available to book as well as a lunch buffet.

Address: 117 Macquarie Street, Sydney


Sydney Tower Buffet, CBD

With views overlooking the city and a buffet of over 60 dishes across a broad range of cuisines, dad won't be able to contain himself over this delightful dine.

Choose to spoil him over lunch or dinner with the choice of 50 gourmet dishes and exclusive specials such as oysters Kilpatrick, blue swimmer crabs, BBQ pulled brisket sliders and whole baked ocean trout.

Address: Sydney Tower Dining, Reception Level 4, Sydney Westfield Centre, Between Pitt & Castlereagh Streets, Sydney

Website: Sydney Tower Buffet


El Phoenician, Parramatta/Walsh Bay

Both Parramatta and Walsh Bay outfits are just as beautiful and delectable as each other, making it an accessible people-pleaser wherever you're coming from.

Offering a full lunch menu or banquet package of Lebanese cuisine, bring the whole brood to the table to sup and catch up.

Its Parramatta venture is closed for private functions on Sundays, but Saturday lunch is never a bad thing, right? Alternatively, its Walsh Bay flagship opens for dinner on Sundays.

Address: 323 Church Street, Parramatta

Website: El Phoenician

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