Spoil dad this Father’s Day by treating him lunch at one of these top Sydney lunch spots.
Up your game from the standard socks and ties gift on Father’s Day 3 September 2017 and serve him something extra special, instead. Literally. Sydney has more than its fair share of culinary spots for everything from a relaxing coffee catch-up to an extravagant long lunch.
The catch? You need to book early – or you really might have to settle for getting him socks and ties.
Top Father's Day activities in Sydney
Father's Day "Guy Tea" at Sir Stamford, CBD
For something a little different this year, make yours a luxury high tea affair. This year the gang at Sir Stamford Circular Quay are hosting a "Guy Tea" experience. For $64 per person, you'll get a mixture of Dad-friendly delights including slow-cooked beef pie, Sir Stamford signature curry puffs and baked Sydney rock oysters – plus a whiskey tasting flight or Peroni each.
Address: 93 Macquarie Street, Circular Quay
Website: Sir Stamford, Circular Quay
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 10:30am–12:00pm and lunch from 12:00–3:00pm on Father’s Day.
Address: 3 Bridge Lane, Sydney
Website: Mr Wong
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.
Stick around on in the afternoon and put some money toward the seafood raffle under his name. Who knows? He might be lucky enough to score the catch of the day.
Not that he hasn't already.
Address: 118-120 Ramsgate Avenue, North Bondi
Website: North Bondi RSL
Lox Stock and Barrel, Bondi Beach
Meat eaters and sweet-toothed fathers need only apply at Lox Stock and Barrel. This deli-diner is the sister to Bondi’s Brown Sugar cafe and is open from the wee hours of the morning with breakfast, lunch, dinner and all-day menus. If you're here for brunch you can tuck into delights like free range egg and toast and avo smashes and if you're here for lunch, give the smoked turkey and homemade brisket pastrami sandwiches a go.
Finish that off with a sweet bagel from the all-day baked goods section and dad will be grinning from ear to ear.
Address: 140 Glanyr Ave, Bondi Beach
Website: Lox Stock and Barrel
Three Blue Ducks, Bronte
For fathers who like healthy and clean eats, Three Blue Ducks will hit the spot.
Located on the hill overlooking Bronte Beach, it offers breakfast and lunch menus that use locally-produced and seasonally-driven ingredients and includes scrambled eggs with black sausage and freshly-squeezed juices for brekkie until 11:45am and poached ocean jacket with an Asian bone broth, steamed mussels with coconut sambal and braised beef cheek for lunch from 12:15-3pm.
Address: 141-143 Macpherson Street, Bronte
Website: Three Blue Ducks
The Cornerstone Bar & Food, Eveleigh
Part of Carriageworks, The Cornerstone is a pizza bar/share-plate destination that looks a million bucks but doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Kick back with a freshly-brewed coffee over lunch or brunch and consider your relaxing Father’s Day meal sorted.
Address: 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh
Website: The Cornerstone Bar & Food
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
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Top spots for Father's Day lunch in Sydney
The Meat and Wine Co., Darling Harbour/Circular Quay
Meat and 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 and Wine Co
I'm Angus Steakhouse, Cockle Bay Wharf
Premium-cut meats and water views converge at I Am Angus on Cockle Bay Wharf.
For Father's Day you can do little better with I'm Angus pulling out all the stops to please today. Order up a signature I'm Angus Scotch Fillet or Sirloin and compliment 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
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 Bill’s daily-baked cakes for dessert. Neither of you will regret it.
Address: 359 Crown Street, Surry Hills
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 10pm for lunch or dinner on Father's Day.
Address: 107 Pitt Street, Sydney
Website: Jamie’s Italian 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
Website: Hurricane’s Grill
Papi Chulo, Manly
A Merivale favourite that sits on the doorstep of Manly Wharf is Papi Chulo.
Although a stickler for good smoked meats and tender cuts, this restaurant doesn’t shy away from fresh seafood, either.
Start with some smoked hot wings and work your way up to something off the Papi Chulo smoked grill. Cooked low and slow, just the way "papi" likes it.
Address: 22-23 East Esplanade, Manly Wharf
Website: Papi Chulo
Out of Africa, Manly
Your award-winning dad deserves to be taken to an award-winning restaurant on his day.
Out of Africa is a Moroccan taste sensation that received a 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and boasts a shop of Moroccan ingredients which means that you can take care of lunch AND a little gift for him, too.
Address: 43-45 East Esplanade, Manly
Website: Out of Africa
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 hosts mains of 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 a.k.a. 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, large and feast-sized plates of red braised pork, whole chickens either grilled or roasted. 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 Illawara Road, Marrickville
Website: The Henson
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 hasn't been on the scene too long but it's already creating a buzz on the back of its communal-style fit out and Single Origin Roaster coffee.
Seasonal share plates are what you’ll be getting on Father’s Day for brunch or lunch. Stick around for dinner and he can savour dry-aged ribeyes, hanger steaks and burgers alongside a wide range of hand-picked whiskeys from around the world.
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: 353 Church Street, Parramatta
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 seafood lunch buffet awaits you and dad this Father's Day at The Star. Available 1-3 September only, this year he'll be treated to eight flavoursome food areas with dishes from around the world.
Prices start at $69.90 per adult and seatings are available for lunch or dinner.
For the occasion, dad will also be treated to a free beverage upon arrival. Who says you don't spoil him, right?
Address: 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont
Website: Harvest Buffet at The Star
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 delivered fresh from the Sydney Fish Market and meat sourced from the Southern Highlands.
Buffets abound throughout the day with breakfast and lunch buffets offered daily, a cocktail lunch buffet served over the weekends and a seafood dinner buffets offered from Thursdays to Sundays.
Address: 117 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Website: Cafe Opera
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 and expect everything from fresh seafood and light salads for starters to dumplings, chicken wings, American glazed BBQ pork belly and seafood tagine for mains.
Address: Sydney Tower Dining, Reception Level 4, Sydney Westfield Centre, Between Pitt & Castlereagh Streets, Sydney NSW 2000
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.
It's 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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