Sunday, June 16 is Father’s Day, and while it’s not as huge of a deal for restaurants as Mother’s Day is, there are a number of parties and dinners around town to help celebrate Dad. We’ve rounded up a few choice dinners and parties because, hey, sometimes dad needs a bit of gratitude as well.
Bluehour: This elegant, upscale restaurant will celebrate with a special brunch and a “Dad’s Day” dinner. The three-course brunch has a number of options, including salads and granolas to start, sweet and savory mains, and a choice of dessert. Dinner features a caesar salad; classic surf and turf with steak, prawns, potatoes, and asparagus; and a choice of dessert.
Details: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for brunch and 5 to 9 p.m. for dinner at 250 NW 13th Avenue. Brunch is $35 per person, dinner is $42, with reservations available here.
Rally Pizza: This family-friendly, stylish pizzeria in Vancouver has a cute idea with a make-a-card station for kids. In addition the restaurant will have $7 “dad cocktails,” calzones, dessert specials, and the full regular menu.
Details: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 8070 E Mill Plain Boulevard, Vancouver, WA.
Clarklewis: The time-honored, stylishly industrial restaurant will serve a pretty serious brunch menu for the holiday. Starters include dishes like braised pork belly with strawberry romesco or a vegetable-loaded bruschetta; mains include vegetarian hash, vegetarian frittata, and a flank steak with biscuits and gravy; and dessert options range from a jam bar to a brownie cake.
Details: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1001 SE Water Avenue. Brunch is $35 per person and $25 for kids 12 and under, with reservations available here.
Punch Bowl Social: The sprawling restaurant and bar with game rooms, video games, bowling, and karaoke might not be the most conventional Father’s Day, but the bar will offer dads three free shots to make bull’s eye on the dart board; winners get a free entree. PBS will also offer specials on old-fashioneds all day.
Details: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. at 340 SW Morrison Street #4305
23Hoyt: Northwest Portland’s refined bistro will offer dads a rich three-course brunch and meaty three-course dinner to celebrate the holiday. Brunch options include grilled peaches with honey, smoked trout Benedict, maple-brined pork chops with grits and eggs, and doughnut holes. The dinner menu offers choices like glazed wings, cola-braised barbecue pork sandwiches, and bourbon bread pudding.
Details: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for brunch and 5 to 9 p.m. for dinner at 529 NW 23rd Avenue. Brunch is $35 per person and dinner is $42 with optional wine or cocktail pairings for additional purchase. Reservations are available here.
Normandie: The aquatically themed French/Asian/worldly restaurant will have a three-course prix fixe dinner with some twists on classics. Dinner starts with a little gem caesar with walnuts and snap peas before moving on to Normandie’s take on a surf and turf: grilled hanger steak with fried huckleberry potatoes and broiled oysters with miso butter. A chocolate mousse with peanut butter ice cream caps things off.
Details: 5 to 10 p.m. at 1005 SE Ankeny Street. Dinner is $36 per person.
Portland Spirit: Portland’s own river cruise line will host dads and their families with some Father’s Day brunch and dinner cruises. There are a few options for brunch, including morning and afternoon brunches downtown and a morning brunch at Cascade Locks. Dinner service is offered once downtown and once at Cascade Locks.
Details: Prices and times vary, find more tickets and information here.
Olympia Provisions Public House: The casual counter-service sausage and charcuterie shop will throw a Dad’s Day party for the whole family. The restaurant will set up a barbecue on the spacious, umbrella-lined patio, and will host amateur cornhole tournaments, water-balloon tosses, and a “guess that kolsch” flight, where dads can win free salami for guessing three kolsches.
Details: 1 to 8 p.m. at 3384 SE Division Street. Just drop in.