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Father’s Day 2023 Dining & Events

Car shows, free beers and meat raffles are all on tap this Father’s Day in Southern California. Read on for some of the area’s top events and dining specials for celebrating Pops.

Belmont Park’s 10th Annual Father’s Day Car Show

San Diego

Belmont Park in San Diego hosts it 10th annual Father’s Day Car Show on Sunday, June 18. Celebrate Pops this Father’s Day in Southern California at the beach with more than 100 classic cars on display, including muscle cars, vintage vehicles, custom-made classic racing cars and more. There’s even more fun in store for the whole family: DJ, tons of rides and attractions, beer on tap out of a classic Tap Truck and raffles with giveaways. Admission to the car show is free. For more information, visit www.belmontpark.com.

Whiskey + Leather’s Father’s Day Rails Trunk Show at One Paseo

Del Mar

Del Mar’s One Paseo is not only brimming with delicious casual dining spots to treat Dad, but, on Saturday, June 17, Whiskey + Leather will have an all-day Father’s Day Rails Trunk Show with cookies, snacks, a balloon arch and a special gift with Rails purchase (while supplies last). For more information, visit www.onepaseo.com.

The Smoking Gun

San Diego

The Smoking Gun at The Gaslamp will be raffling off high-quality, individually wrapped steaks and meats that guests can win this Father’s Day. Raffle tickets will be available to buy and can also be earned by purchasing a specialty cocktail during the Meat Raffle event. Winners can take home raw/ready-to-cook steaks, and The Smoking Gun will also have an option for winners to have their prize cooked for them, in-house, for a small fee. For more information, visit www.thesmokinggunsd.com.

AnniVenti La Trattoria

San Diego

The authentic Italian spot, which recently opened at Lemon Grove, will feature a specialty menu priced at $46 per person in honor of Father’s Day. Entrée options include salmone di bronte, pollo al marsala, pizza margherita and four additional dishes. Be sure to save room for house special dessert. For more information, visit anniventitrattoria.com.

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The Blind Pig

The Blind Pig

Rancho Santa Margarita and Yorba Linda

The Blind Pig Kitchen + Bar hosts Father’s Day brunch and dinner specials, including grilled ribeye sandwich for brunch, with a toasted ciabatta bun with gruyere, caramelized onions, heirloom tomatoes, baby arugula and horseradish aioli, available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For dinner, treat Dad to a 12-oz. bone-in pork chop, paired with sauteed collard greens, Carolina Gold sauce and a peach glaze, available from 5 to 10 p.m. To make reservations, visit www.theblindpigoc.com.

Coco Maya

San Diego

Coco Maya, Little Italy’s Caribbean-inspired rooftop restaurant, dishes up a holiday special. For $30, guests can enjoy a meal of prime rib and an Old Fashioned cocktail. To make reservations, visit OpenTable.  


San Diego

Hillcrest’s Tacaliente offers $5 beers, $2 street tacos and $5 mini mulitas for dads and their families. Guests can also take $5 off their bill if it’s $50 or more. For more information, visit www.tacalientemex.com.

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The Bamboo Club

The Bamboo Club

Long Beach

Celebrate Father’s Day the Tiki way with an afternoon of live music, festive bingo and island eats (like a holiday surf and turf special) at Long Beach’s original Tiki Bar. From 2 to 5 p.m. this Father’s Day in Southern California. The Bamboo Club will be hosting a game of Tiki Bingo, accompanied with live beats by special performer, Kimo Delgado. The event is open to the public, or guests can make reservations here.

Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen

Brea and Irvine

Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen is celebrating Dads with a two-course Champagne Brunch, with entrees like carne asada con huevo or huevos rancheros. Guests have the option to add on bottomless mimosas or check out the drink menu of craft Mexican beers to pair with their brunch. To make reservations, visit www.chachaslatinkitchen.com.


San Diego

barleymash at The Gaslamp is dishing up a Father’s day special: steak frites! For $24, guests can enjoy 10-oz. skirt steak and duck fat fries served with bleu cheese butter or green peppercorn sauce. For more information, visit www.barleymash.com.

Arely’s French Bakery

San Diego

Arely’s French Bakery in the Clairemont neighborhood offers dads a free beer along with a free dessert this Father’s Day in Southern California. Plus, starting June 1, guests buying gift cards for Father’s Day can enjoy a free $10 gift card with the purchase of a $40 gift card. For more information, visit arelyfrenchbakery.com.

Brunos Italian Kitchen


Brunos Italian Kitchen celebrates Father’s Day in Southern California with a three-course feast for $35 per person, starting Friday, June 16. In addition to the regularly offered dinner menu, Brunos is serving up a three-course spread with a main course of linguine alla capesante, swordfish acqua pazza or marsala pork chop served with roasted potatoes, sautéed green beans, and marsala mushroom sauce. To make reservations, visit www.brunositaliankitchen.com.

Fish Shop

Pacific Beach, Encinitas and Point Loma

Family-friendly Fish Shop treats fathers to a fun surprise on Sunday, June 18. Dads who stop in to dine will get a card gifting them either 10 percent off their next purchase, $5 off their next purchase or $1 off a pint of beer or glass of wine. For more information, visit thefishshops.com.

Urban Plates

La Jolla, Del Mar and Carlsbad

Urban Plates celebrates Father’s Day in Southern California by offering the first 50 dads in line a complimentary spice rub, which is made up of the same ingredients in which Urban Plates uses for its delicious cheeseburgers. For more information, visit urbanplates.com.


Eight California locations

Bring Dad into any Puesto location this Father’s Day, and he can enjoy one free pint of Puesto Cerevecía of his choosing. For more information, visit www.eatpuesto.com.

Ambience Dining Experience at Hotel Current

Long Beach

Long Beach’s Ambience Dining Experience brings an exclusive, fine dining experience pop-up concept to Hotel Current, kicking off this Father’s Day. A four-course, seasonal prix-fixe menu crafted by celebrity chef, Denise Smith, will be paired with a photo booth and live entertainment by a saxophonist, violinist and a Magic Castle magician. Seating times: 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dinner includes a two-glass wine pairing with the meal at $150 per plate. To make reservations, visit OpenTable. The Ambience Dining Experience will pop-up at Hotel Current twice per month. The next event will be July 9.

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