For adventurous dads:

The Tomahawk challenge at The Village dares contestants to eat a one-kilogram Hopkins Beef River Tomahawk steak complete with (no doubt much-needed) English remoulade on the side. If either of you are still hungry after this one, the full bistro menu will be available, with an extensive list of beers.
Price: $49
For bookings, call (03) 9529 2899

Travel to the Mornington Peninsula for beers and a barbeque at Red Hill Brewery. The Sunday session is fully booked, but there are still spots for lunch on Saturday after 2pm, offering the same Father's Day special. Top-quality meats are smoked for hours using traditional Southern American barbeque techniques. All dads get a free pot of ale on arrival.
For bookings, call (03) 5989 2959 or email

For globetrotting dads:

Giving goes two ways at Feast of Merit. All of the profits raised at the contemporary Middle Eastern restaurant are given back to YGAP. With a tailor-made, vegetarian-friendly menu focused on local produce, the meal will nourish dad’s conscience as well as his stomach.

There’s something incredibly festive about yum cha. Some family sharing of salt-and-pepper calamari, juicy steamed prawn dumplings and tastings from the a-la-carte menu at David’s will complement your festive Father’s Day mood. The three sittings book out quickly so call ahead.
Price: $38
Bookings can be made here.

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Tokyo Tina, the most recent restaurant from the team behind Hanoi Hannah and Saigon Sally doesn’t normally take bookings – but this Father’s Day, it’s making an exception. Bags a spot for you and your dad to try the blue swimmer crab ramen, or the famous DIY bao with soft, melting beef-rib bulgogi.
For bookings, call (03) 9525 2774

For classic dads:

Woody.P’s head chef Clint Camilleri has designed an indulgent Italian four-course feast for Father’s Day with a cold Peroni. You’ll want to set some time aside for this one – book out the whole afternoon.
Price: $49
For bookings, call (03) 9654 5000 or email

For its first Father’s Day, Saint. Urban is hosting Lamb with the Fam. It’s serving a selected combination of entrees followed by a delectable slow-roasted shoulder of lamb. This new Richmond wine bar will also have a children’s menu, making it a good one for the whole family.
Price: $59
For bookings, call (03) 8456 0933

Settle in for a set menu based around a traditional roast at Estelle Bistro, by chef of the moment and father of three, Scott Pickett. The a-la-carte menu is also available, but it’s pretty hard to go past a three-course roast lunch you can pay for with a single note.
Price: $50 (includes a beer or glass of wine)
For bookings, call (03) 9489 4609