Where to Have Father’s Day Dinner in Houston
Dad. Daddy. Daddio. Pops. Padre. Whatever you call him, June 16 is his day. Father’s Day dining options abound across Houston, giving diners plenty of options for brunch, dinner and even dessert. There are also a few cocktail specials created with Dad in mind. Here are some of our favorites, conveniently organized by neighborhood so you can find the ones closest to home.
Dandelion Cafe, 5405 Bellaire: The combination coffee shop and café is preparing hanger steak and eggs on the patio for Father’s Day. The hanger steaks are getting the sous vide treatment, then Chef JC Ricks is throwing them on the grill for a nice sear, then topping each with two eggs and chimichurri. Skillet potatoes come alongside. To go along with the steaks are $2 craft beer specials, including Yellow Rose IPA and more. Dandelion Cafe’s Sunday hours are from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit the event’s Facebook link for more details.
Dario’s Steakhouse & Seafood, 14315 Cypress Rosehill, Cypress: Portobello stuffed mushrooms, prime rib and New York-style cheesecake are just a few of the options for the special prix fixe Father’s Day brunch. Spend $35 or more between 10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. and get a Steak Benedict for Dad for only $1.99. Brunch is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (281) 304-1825 for reservations.
Marvino’s Italian Kitchen, 24002 Northwest Freeway, Cypress: From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Marvino’s is serving up a hearty 16-ounce ribeye with a loaded baked potato for Father’s Day for $39. Call (832) 220-7200 for reservations.
Brasserie du Parc, 1440 Lamar: Chef Philippe Verpiand’s downtown French restaurant offers an a la carte brunch, with selections such as French onion soup with a Gruyère cheese crouton; deviled eggs with bacon, Dijon mustard and fresh herbs; Arancini a la Truffle, a deep-fried butternut squash risotto ball with prosciutto, parmesan and truffle crème fraîche; mussels in white wine, cream, shallots and parsley and served with pommes frites; braised beef short ribs with mashed potatoes, poached egg, vegetables and Cabernet syrup; and a crêpe made with sliced bananas, Nutella and whipped cream. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the restaurant’s a la carte dinner menu is available from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Call (832) 879-2802 to reserve.
I’ll Have What She’s Having (IHWSH) at Last Concert Cafe, 1403 Nance: Billed as the “Daddy of All Pop-Ups,” this Father’s Day event features several well-known male Houston chefs who support the IHWSH charitable activities. The group includes EJ Miller from International Smoke, Justin Yu from Theodore Rex, Alvin Schultz (who recently crafted a new menu for Julep) and Mallory Buford from Tacos a Go Go. Chris Poldoian of Camerata is guiding the beverages while Magnol bakery is taking care of the organic bread. Patrón is sponsoring the margaritas. The event is raising money for Liz Fenton Purse Snacks, a fund for preventive health care for uninsured employees of Houston’s restaurant industry (which is to say, most of them). Fenton, who lost her battle with cancer, was an instrumental figure in mobilizing and organizing the restaurant industry for good causes over the past several years. The festivities run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and also gives patrons the chance to check out the newly revamped venue. All-inclusive admission for adults is $60 with a tasting of Patrón tequilas available as a $30 add-on. Kids are $15 each and they’ll get to make their own cookie creations at a special station. Tickets are available online.
Lucienne at the Hotel Alessandra, 1070 Dallas: The hotel’s signature restaurant augments its traditional Sunday brunch, which includes selections such as a wild mushroom omelet, BLT crepes, Mango Ginger Salad, lobster ravioli, and steak and eggs. There’s also a special Father’s Day cocktail: the $12 Texas Highball made with Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve, lavender bitters and soda. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. To make a reservation, call (713) 242-8555.
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BCK, 900 Studewood: This casual spot has a give-a-little-get-a-little deal for Father’s Day. Come in for brunch or dinner and get a $15 gift card redeemable during a future visit. Choose among brunch favorites like Bananas Foster French Toast and the BCK Bloody Mary with a rim of crushed, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, or dinner options such as the Beef Dip Sandwich or the Bacon and Blue Burger with blue cheese and maple-onion jam.
Mastranto’s, 927 Studewood: The restaurant is supplementing its regular menu with a Father’s Day brunch steak-and-eggs special: grilled tri-tip with two fried eggs and roasted rosemary potatoes. The cost is $22.
Rainbow Lodge, 2011 Ella: This favorite for wild game — and great food in general — is open for both brunch and dinner on Father’s Day. The a la carte brunch is available from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner, which starts at 5 p.m., is also a la carte and includes the restaurant’s popular weekly Sunday Supper Special for $15. On Father’s Day, it’s the Wild Game Meatloaf, served old school-style with mashed potatoes and green beans. Pair it with a half-price wines selection or the special Pop’s Punch cocktail, made with bourbon, iced tea-infused vodka, ginger-peach syrup, grilled peaches, lemon and mint.
Brennan’s of Houston, 3300 Smith: The venerable Tex-Creole restaurant is serving both brunch and dinner for Father’s Day. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features a prix fixe, three-course meal for $56. Dinner is a la carte and entrée selections include Texas Wild Shrimp Remoulade with shrimp boil-seasoned vegetables, petite arugula, preserved lemon and chilled remoulade dressing; and Crawfish Boudin Stuffed Quail with corn maque choux with pepper jelly glaze. The Hoodoo Chicory Chocolate Cake covered in dark chocolate ganache and bourbon vanilla ice cream should prove a fine ending to the meal.
La Villa, 4315 Montrose: This chic dining locale offers a special Father’s Day brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with selections prepared by chef Kevin D’Andréa. For adults, begin with a glass of Champagne, then enjoy a pastry basket with a croissant, raisin roll, chaussons aux pommes (apple pies) and pain au chocolat (chocolate-filled bread), along with butter, jam and honey. The meal also includes Truffle Scrambled Eggs, Heirloom Tomato Carpaccio with a balsamic vinaigrette, black Angus ribeye with mashed potatoes and a dessert choice of chocolate mousse or rice pudding. Kids get a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice, a pastry basket, scrambled eggs and the same dessert choices. The cost is $59 for adults and $20 for children. To make reservations, visit Open Table or call (713) 524-0070.
Brenner’s on the Bayou, 1 Birdsall: The classic steakhouse is throwing a Father’s Day backyard cookout from 3 p.m. to sunset. The specials include a 20-ounce porterhouse steak served with a loaded potato and salad for $30, as well as $5 Shiner Bock ($25 for a bucket of six). To make a reservation, call (713) 868-4444.
D’Amico’s Italian Market Café, 5510 Morningside: For dining in, this cozy Italian place has an a la carte selection of housemade pastas, wood-fired pizzas, meat and seafood entrées, as well as Italian desserts such as cannoli. Those looking for a more DIY Dad’s Day can pick up an array of items to prepare at home, including fresh pasta, olive oils, olives, cookies and other imports. The restaurant is open from noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday.
Backstreet Café, 1103 South Shepherd: The longtime Houston favorite has a special, three-course brunch available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Share scones, Glazed Orange Croissants and chocolate muffins, then choose from selections such as fried green tomatoes, Bacon-Wrapped Quail, Pan-Seared Striped Bass with leeks and crispy Brussels sprouts, Eggplant Pappardelle, crabcakes and eggs, a chocolate tart and Peach and Huckleberry Cobbler. The cost is $46 for adults and $15 for children; reservations are highly recommended. Call (713) 521-2239.
Caracol, 2200 Post Oak: This Mexican spot with a seafood emphasis offers a massive buffet for dad’s special day. Look for marinated vegetable salads, Chicharrones stews, fish or shrimp enchiladas, seafood-stuffed poblanos, empanadas, egg dishes including chilaquiles, migas, huevos a la Mexicana, tostadas de chorizo con huevo, chile rellenos con huevo, chorizo y papas, cocteles and ceviches, and plenty of succulent seafood. Rounding it out are a selection of Mexican cookies and other pastries — not to mention craft cocktails. The cost is $47 for adults and $15 for children. Brunch will be available from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and reservations are highly recommended. Call (713) 622-9996.
Fig and Olive, 5115 Westheimer: The tony Galleria gem has a three-course, prix fixe brunch for $48 per person. Select from items such as Burrata and Heirloom Tomato Salad; beef carpaccio; French omelette with goat cheese and herbs; lamb burger; Chicken Tajina with squash, artichokes, cauliflower and chick peas; and a pot de crème with milk and white chocolate. To make a reservation, call (832) 632-6632.
La Table, 1800 Post Oak: This swanky French restaurant has a special grand brunch in its upstairs dining room, Château, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Breakfast selections are served family style and include a pastry basket, scrambled eggs, seasonal fruit plate, buttermilk pancakes, orange brioche French toast, chicken apple sausage, applewood smoked bacon and roasted heirloom potato hash. There are also multiple brunch stations including a raw bar, cheese & charcuterie selections, a salad display, carving station and a pastry corner. The cost is $85 for adults and $35 for children, and reservations are recommended. To reserve, call (713) 439-1000.
Yauatcha, 5045 Westheimer This upscale dim sum restaurant known for beautiful desserts has a special one for Father’s Day: the Milk Chocolate Choux. It’s made with milk chocolate chantilly, sesame ganache and dulce de leche, and served alongside stout beer ice cream. Guests can grab one to go for $8 or add it on to dinner in the restaurant for $12.
Broken Barrel, 1950 Hughes Landing: This Woodlands outlet offers an a la carte Father’s Day brunch with selections such as a Pear Parfait made with roasted pears, yogurt and granola; Nutella-Stuffed French Toast; prosciutto toast on grilled sourdough with homemade ricotta and pickled cantaloupe; Buffalo Chicken Sliders and Smoked Brisket Quesadillas. Reservations are available between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Call (281) 719–8542.
Robard’s Steakhouse, 2301 North Millbend: The restaurant has a massive brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., including wedge salad; cheese and charcuterie; sliders; a raw bar with oysters, shrimp and salmon and accompaniments; ceviche; an omelette station; prime rib with horseradish; Sticky Bun French Toast; Crab Benedict; breakfast meats; fresh fruit and more. The cost for adults is $50 and for kids ages six to 12, it’s $25 (children under age five eat free). To reserve, call (281) 364-6400.
CRÚ: Both locations of the wine bar are offering lunch and dinner options for Father’s Day. The three-course brunch is available for $26 per person, and guests can add a Bellini or mimosa for $3 each. Those looking for heartier fare might consider the three-course dinner option. Each person gets a house salad, an eight-ounce filet mignon with a side of truffle potato gratin and green beans, and a shared molten chocolate cake, along with a bottle of Beaulieu Vineyards Tapestry Reserve for the table. The cost for dinner is $120 per person. To make a reservation, call (281) 465-9463 for The Woodlands and (713) 528-9463 for Kirby Drive.
King’s Bierhaus: The German-style pub is tossing aside the usual Father’s Day steaks or chops and is instead offering a two-and-a-half-pound, crispy ham hock. It’s cooked all day in vegetable stock with Himalayan salt brine and then baked. It comes with sauerkraut, potato salad, and apple horseradish and costs $15. It’s available starting when the restaurant’s opens at 11 a.m. Best of all, the first 200 dads get a half-liter stein.
Hungry’s: Both locations are celebrating Dad with a dining deal that includes an Angus beef ribeye, hand-cut fries and a choice of Texas draft beer for $20. The special starts at 5 p.m.
Perry’s Steakhouse: All the steakhouse’s locations are opening early — at 11 a.m. — to celebrate Father’s Day. Guests can enjoy off-the-menu, brunch-inspired cocktails for $6.95 and off-the-menu dish options such as the 16-ounce Bison Cowboy Chop. The three-course Pork Chop Sunday Supper Special and Social Hour are also available from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. The full dinner menu is being served all day.
The Union Kitchen: The upscale comfort food favorite is supplementing its regular brunch and a la carte options with a three-course, pre-fixe menu. Selections include Brisket Deviled Eggs, Pulled Pork Jalapeños, Prime Rib Omelet, Rainbow Trout and Shrimp, and a Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwich.
About the author: Holly Beretto writes about food, wine, the arts and interesting people for a variety of local publications, including Downtown magazine, Houstonia and CultureMap. Her work has appeared in Arts + Culture Texas, Maui No Ka Oi, PRIME Living, Santa Clara magazine, the Texas Catholic Herald and the Arizona State University, Franklin Pierce University and St. Paul’s School alumni magazines. She is the author of Christ as the Cornerstone: Fifty Years of Worship at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, published by Bright Sky Press. Originally from Rhode Island, she lives in Houston with her husband Mark Love.