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 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
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
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
Top spots for Father's Day brunch in Sydney
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
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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
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
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
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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