The Best Places to Eat in LA for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is just around the corner, so make sure Dad knows you appreciate him with a special meal this Sunday.

Whether pops likes fine dining or food trucks, Southern cuisine or Japanese robotayaki, baseball or BBQ, we’ve got you covered.

Check out our list below and find a way to celebrate your dad in style for Father’s Day 2018. And don’t forget to make reservations ASAP!

1. Known for its coastal Italian flavors, Cal Mare is a great choice for Father’s Day, with items like Whole Roasted John Dory, Carbonara Pizza and Korumbuta Pork Chop tempting dear old Dad.

2. Burbank’s classic Castaway restaurant, set high atop a hill and boasting great views, has just undergone a major renovation. For Father’s Day, the newly reopened eatery is hosting a Grand Celebration, featuring an elaborate three-course meal for $79 (or $35 for kids), with options like Lobster and Waffles or Seared Tuna Tartine.

3. Does Dad like to check out exotic cars? The Concours d’Elegance, a free event that closed down the 400 block of Rodeo Drive, showcases the best of the world’s best autos. If you’d like to take Dad for a bite before or after, 208 Rodeo, perched above Wilshire Blvd. on the cobblestone streets of Via Rodeo, offers elegant but unpretentious bistro fare, noteworthy cocktails, and great people-watching.

4. For the father who loves baseball and BBQ, head over to Anaheim’s Angel Stadium. This Father’s Day, Dad can play catch in the outfield, crack a bat in the Angels’ batting cages, enjoy a free drink (for 21 and over), engage in a behind-the-scenes stadium tour, and savor a BBQ picnic buffet in the Lexus Diamond Club. Tickets are $90 for adults, $20 for kids 6-12, and free for kids 5 and under.

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5. If Dad loves beer, take him to Riverside’s gorgeous Mission Inn. Brunch at this 19th century National Historic Landmark will be extra special this year, with an additional beer-centric menu created in collaboration with So Cal brewery Hangar 24. Options include Pugachev’s Cobra Russian Imperial Stout-infused BBQ pork rib with baked beans and corn on the cob, Hangar 24 Orange Wheat beer-can chicken with warm German potato salad, and beer-infused éclairs.

6. Chef Philip Mack is offering a very special Bull & Oyster Roast at Maple at Descanso Gardens this Father’s Day. The La Cañada Flintridge eatery’s Father’s Day meal reflects Mack’s Maryland roots and passion for soul food, with offerings like the Low Country Boil (with peel and eat shrimp), Cherry-Glazed Pit Ham, Mesquite Grilled Oysters, crab soup, and beignets.

7. Greenbar Distillery in DTLA is hosting an open house and BBQ this Father’s Day, with FREE liquor tastings and BBQ!

8. Boasting a goth-infused decor, Mexican eatery Mi Corazon, located in Silver Lake, is offering 2-for-1 beers on Father’s Day, along with a barrel-aged tequila Old Fashioned for $9, in addition to its regular menu. We suggest ordering the 20-ingredient mole.

9. Savor Southeast Asian flavors with Dad at Bone Kettle in Pasadena, with dishes like Bone Marrow with scallion confit, Crab Lumpia, Garlic Steak Nasi Goreng or Beef Ribs with bone marrow au jus.

10. Santa Monica gastropub The Independence is offering Dad a free drink on his day. On Father’s Day, brunching dads can enjoy a complimentary “Man-mosa” at brunch or a Man-hattan at dinner.

11. If Dad loves Japanese food, take him to Katana in West Hollywood, which recently launched its Sunday-evening Red Sun BBQ Series. The elegant patio set high above the Sunset Strip is the ideal spot for listening to a live DJ while savoring freshly grilled lobster skewers, tacos filled with carnitas or popcorn shrimp, ceviche and sushi rolls.

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12. Enjoy a poolside cookout at The Restaurant at Mr. C in Beverly Hills. Lunch on the elegant pool deck will include live music, games, grilled burgers and veggies, salmon chicken mattone, Cipriani pastas, housemade desserts, and endless pours of Peroni Nastro Azzurro or house wine. And to top if off, Dad gets his choice of a Cipriani bottled beer or a signature cigar from La Casa Del Tabac to bring home.

13. Bond with Dad over Clint Eastwood and James Bond movies — not to mention dinner — at the Stalking Horse in West L.A. Movies will play from 4 p.m. on, while the burger topped with pork belly, onion rings, bacon-onion relish and arugula is just one of the Dad-centered specials.

14. French bistro Church & State in DTLA’s Arts District will tempt discerning dads with their $45 four-course Father’s Day menu, featuring dishes like Roulade de Porc and Steak Tartare made with grass-fed beef.

15. If Dad loves food trucks, take him to Angel City Brewery‘s Father’s Day Food Truck Festival. Downtown Taco Co. and other food trucks will serve up tasty temptations, the Vignes Rooftop Revival will play gypsy jazz, and an assortment of Angel City’s limited-edition craft beers will help Dad feel both relaxed and appreciated.

Article courtesy of We Like LA.

Christmas Eve & Christmas Dinners to Book

1. Current Top Chef contender, Bruce Kalman of Union Pasadena will host his annual Feast of Seven Fishes dinner on Christmas Eve. Now in it’s third year, the feast will feature olive oil poached abalone, uni risotto, halibut steamed in fig leaves and more. Reservations can be made by calling Union at 626-795-5841 or via email at reservations@unionpasadena.com. Advanced ticket sales only and all reservations will be confirmed via email. The meal cost $125 per person with a $40 wine pairing option.

2. Tintorera will host a special brunch and dinner on Christmas Eve. Both will be served family-style with brunch available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 5-10 p.m. Guests will enjoy a selection of classic Tintorera dishes complemented by signature drinks like Michelada and house mezcal. Both meals cost $60 per person.

3. Downtown CHAYA’s Amuse & Four-Course Christmas Eve Prix-Fixe Menu is a Japanese style meal that starts with Kumamoto Oyster with caviar and gold flake, and Kinmedai and Wagyu Nigiri to cleanse the palate. Courses to follow include Grilled Spanish Octopus; Hudson Valley Duck Breast; Togarashi Ora King Salmon; Angus Filet Mignon served with a wasabi au jus and Macha Opera Cake served with yuzu anglaise and fresh raspberries. The dinner cost $75.00 per person and service is held between 5:30 – 10:30 p.m.

4. Executive Chef Tony Esnault will prepare a Three-Course Christmas Eve Menu de Noel at Spring. The meal begins with hors d’oeuvres and moves onto your choice of Salmon, prepared with beets Hawaiian heart of palm, scallions and crostini or Magret de Canard, a maple leaf duck breast with sweet potato, pomegranate and kale, or the Flat Iron Steak, a Strauss Farm grass fed beef with forest mushrooms, pee wee potatoes and celery. Finish your evening with desserts like the Buche de Noel Traditionnelle made with a Valrhona chocolate log, orange marmalade and kumquats, and the Vacherin, with meringue, mango, passion fruit, and coconut sorbet. The dinner will be served from 5-8 p.m. and cost $76.00 per person with the option of wine pairing for $38 per person.

5. Plant based restaurant Beelman’s in DTLA will be open on Christmas Eve. Chef Caroline Concha will host a Tiki Themed Christmas with specials throughout entire day starting at noon till the late hours of 2 a.m.

6. Christmas Eve at Craft Los Angeles will offer a festive prix-fixe dinner menu served part family-style with main course choices that include apple tortelli with pine nuts; sage and roasted quail; parmesan risotto topped with truffles and more. Pastry chef Shannon Swindle will provide dessert options for the table to end the meal. Sweets include a spiced persimmon pudding, seasonal ice cream and sorbets, as well as a hazelnut, cranberry and pear tart. Reservations can be made between 5-8:30 p.m. The prix-fixe cost $135 per person.

7. Have a cozy meal inside a historic Craftsman cottage when The Raymond 1886 hosts a delectable Five-Course Christmas Eve Dinner. The feast begins with a choice of Wildhead Stealhead Roe with Lemoncello sorbet, and pickled lemon, or the Micro-Farmed Massachusetts Oyster with Yuzu-jalapeno, and Hungarian carrot. What comes next are choices of Wild Albacore from Fiji; Hand Harvested Scallops; Prime Iowa Beef; Roasted Duck Breast; Wild Caught Salmon and more. End the evening on a sweet note with a Chocolate “Blackout Cake” with chocolate malt balls, and Bailey’s Cremeux. The Raymond 1886 will be open for Brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and for Christmas Eve Dinner from 4-7 p.m. the Five-Course Christmas Eve Dinner cost $120 per person.

8. The Restaurant at Mr. C will host a “feast of the seven fishes” theme Christmas Eve menu featuring a four-course meal of coastal inspired dishes. Choose from a Trio of Marinated Scottish Salmon; Tuna Tartare; Lobster Risotto; Pan Roasted Alaskan Halibut and more. Dinner service begins at 6 p.m. On Christmas Day the restaurant will continue the seafood inspired menu starting at noon. The four-course menu includes King Crab Salad with soft avocado and citrus dressing; Baked Cipriani Mezze Maniche pasta; Pan Roasted Chilean Seabass with white wine sauce served with artichokes alla Romana; and a holiday favorite, a Panettone with mascarpone cream and chocolate fondant. Both meals cost $95 per person with an option for wine pairing at $35.

9. The Mar Vista will offer a three course prix-fixe Christmas dinner with two seatings available at 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Inspired by California’s seasonal ingredients the menu will include Mushroom Fundido; Kurobuta Pork Chop with corn bread dressing; Duck Confit with lime-spiked sweet potatoes and Persimmon Bread Pudding and horchata ice cream. Reservations can be made via OpenTable or by calling the restaurant at (310) 751-6773. The prix-fixe cost $50 for adults and $20 for kids.

10. Live large this holiday. Mastro’s will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas from 2-9 p.m. serving all their fan favorites like mouth watering steaks, seafood towers and decadent sides like the Alaskan King Crab Black Truffle Gnocchi Gorgonzola Mac & Cheese and Lobster Mashed Potatoes. Treat yourself to a Winter Whisper seasonal cocktail and the popular Warm Butter Cake as well.

11. Lost at Sea in Pasadena will be open for Christmas dinner featuring prime rib as a main course this Monday.

Story courtesy of We Like LA. 

Last Minute Ideas for Where to Eat Out on Thanksgiving in Los Angeles

Thanksgiving is this week and if you’re like many you have done zero in the planning department. Luckily there is still time to make reservations at some of the best establishments across Los Angeles. If you’re still looking for a place to wine and dine take a peek below at some of the top last minute Thanksgiving ideas.

On that note, here’s hoping everyone has a happy (and delicious) holiday, whether you’re planning to prepare all the fixings at home or taking one of the recommendations below.

Bon Appétit!

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Last Minute Thanksgiving Ideas

1. The Mar Vista (Mar Vista)

Eclectic neighborhood restaurant The Mar Vista will offer a three-course menu featuring Thanksgiving dishes with a twist. Highlights include wild rice pistachio turkey roulade, turkey leg confit and a cranberry raspberry crumble. The meal will be offered over two dinner seatings; at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. –> More information

2. Gracias Madre x Guelaguetza Thanksgiving Benefit (West Hollywood)

Plant based Mexican restaurant Gracias Madre combine forces with Oaxacan power house Guelaguetza for a Thanksgiving fundraiser benefiting Por Oaxaca, who’s mission is to aid indigenous communities in Oaxaca affected by the 8.2 earthquake in Mexico on September 7, 2017. Head over to Gracias Madre on Thanksgiving from 1-5pm and donate a suggested $25 to the cause and dine on seasonal eats like Butternut Squash Tamales, Pumpkin Cheesecake and Cranberry Margaritas. –> More information

3. Clifton’s Republic (Downtown Los Angeles)

Spend Thanksgiving at a legendary venue. From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Executive Chef Andrew Pastore will host a buffet with “all you care to enjoy” options for $55 per person. Highlights include classic trimmings like mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, roasted vegetables and mac n’ cheese. There’s also a special value menu for $12 featuring your choice of turkey or chicken pot pie with a slice of pumpkin pie and a soft drink. Those not interested in Thanksgiving fare can head to the Pizza Station! Cocktail Ambassador Beau du Bois will be serving a cider sparkling punch cocktail called Turkey Day Punch made of apple cider, Prosecco, Brandy, orange, cranberry, cinnamon and apricot. –> More information

4. The Raymond 1886 (Pasadena)

One of Pasadena’s oldest establishments opens it’s historical cottage up for a traditional family-style feast this Thanksgiving. Highlights include Oven Roasted Turkey, Garlic & Black Pepper Encrusted Prime Rib, Candied Weiser Farms Yams with Toasted Homemade Marshmallows, Italian Sausage & Grilled Apple Stuffing, Green Bean Casserole and more. Save room for dessert, they’ll be serving a decadent Caramalized Apple with Almond Bread Pudding and Pumpkin Mousse. The meal cost $76.00 per person and is available from noon to 7 p.m. –> More information 

5. Craft LA (Century City)

Chef de cuisine Denis Crutchfield will host a seasonally-driven family-style feast. Guests will start with succulent pork belly with butternut squash, an endive and pear salad and octopus with celery root before selecting an individual entree. Options for entrees include roasted organic turkey, diver scallops and a wagyu sirloin. in addition an assortment of sides will be presented to go with entrees. Pastry chef Shannon Swindle will help end the night on a sweet note with a pumpkin & cranberry “bombe” and a quince brown betty to share with the table. Thanksgiving dinner is served between 1-8 p.m. and cost $140 per person.  –> More information

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6. Spring (Downtown Los Angeles)

Michelin Starred Chef Tony Esnault will offer a special three- course meal this Thanksgiving. On the menu diners will find, Roasted Mary’s Free-Range Turkey with Gravy, a Slowly Cooked Prime Rib with herb crust and chimichurri, Pan Seared Branzino with capers and Meunièr and a Farmer’s Market Root Vegetable Gratin. Each entrée will be accompanied with traditional Thanksgiving sides. There will also be an Old-Fashioned Pecan Pie with bourbon caramel sauce and Pumpkin Pie served with spiced Tahitian vanilla chantilly for dessert. The meal cost $65 per person and is available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. –> More information

7. Crossroads Kitchen (Beverly Grove)

Innovative plant based eatery Crossroads will serve a four course prix fixe menu on Thanksgiving from noon to 5 p.m. Guests will start with a Butternut Squash Bisque and Autumn salad and move onto a Holiday Spices Chickpea Cake served with seasonal trimmings such as mash potatoes, stuffing, brussle sprouts and sweet potato biscuits. –> More information 

8. Wolf (Melrose)

Chef Marcel Vigneron will host a Thanksgiving prix fixe featuring a five-course tasting. On the menu guests will find brined and spatchcocked turkey, ora king salmon and roasted roots of carrot, turnip and sunchoke. The meal cost $75 per person and will be available from 4-9 p.m. –> More information

9. Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse (Downtown Los Angeles)

Enjoy a traditional turkey dinner with all the delicous trimmings during Nick & Stef’s Thanksgiving dinner. The meal includes Diestel Farms Turkey, chestnut stuffing, potato purée, candied butternut squash, pickled cranberry compote and turkey gravy for $49. Guests can pair their meal with a spiced hot toddy made with Bulleit bourbon a end their meal with a Pumpkin Crème Brûlée or Chocolate Spiced Cremeux. Dinner is served from 3-9 p.m.–> More information

10. by CHLOE. (Silver Lake)

The fast-casual, plant-based eatery by CHLOE. will be open on Thanksgiving Day. This year they’ll bring back their famous, vegan, Thanksgiving burger. Deemed as The Gobble Gobble the burger comes with a lemon-caper seitan, sautéed kale, rosemary gravy, harvest stuffing, and fresh cranberry sauce, served on a potato bun for $11.95. End your meal on a sweet note with a Pumpkin Cupcake topped with toasted marshmallow and a Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate. The specials are available all month. –> More information

11. Upstairs 2 (Sawtelle)

If pairing the perfect wine with your Thanksgiving meal is a top priority, head to Upstairs 2 this Thanksgiving. They’ll be serving a three course turkey dinner with family sides from 2-7 p.m. Menu highlights include a grilled elk chop with whole grain mustard sauce, pan roasted wild salmon with coriander yogurt sauce and a traditional roast turkey with giblet gravy and cranberry sauce. The meal cost $55 for Adults and children 12 and under will be served their own turkey dinner for $25. Wine pairing with each course cost an additional $25. –> More information

Story courtesy of We Like LA.