East Bay Father’s Day
From A's/Giants baseball to vintage cars, we've got a whole day's worth of ideas for treating dad right this weekend.
While breakfast-in-bed is a tried and true way to celebrate Father’s Day, the East Bay offers plenty of activities and restaurants to show dad just how much you appreciate him—including baseball, brunches, car shows, special dinners (including a Cigar-B-Que), and even a special father's day contest.
Get your blood pumping by practicing your swing at the batting cages:
Payless Batting Cages
2700 East Olivera Road, Concord, (925) 825-7526, paylessbattingcages.com
After working up an appetite, head over to Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar for a special 3-course Father’s Day brunch—call ahead for a reservation and receive a $25 gift card for your next meal at Fleming’s. Brunch special available from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in addition to their regular menu.
1685 Mount Diablo Boulevard, Walnut Creek, (925) 287-0297
Head to the Blackhawk Museum for Scott’s Seafood Father’s Day Champagne Brunch. Feast on Salmon Florentine and sip endless champagne. Reservations required, children under 12 complimentary, seating at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm.
3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville. (925) 934.0598, blackhawkmuseum.org
Stop by HS Lordships on the Berkeley marina with spectacular views of the the San Francisco Bay for Champagne Sunday Brunches. Special for this Sunday, HS Lordships will offer a special Father’s Day brunch buffet for $39.95 for adults and $15.95 for kids.
199 Seawall Dr., Berkeley, (510) 843-2733, hslordships.com
A brunch buffet with island flair will be in full swing over at Trader Vic’s. The menu will include macadamia French toast, eggs benedict with Canadian bacon, dim sum, Vic’s own Kahlua roasted pig with pineapple szecwan sauce, Vic’s volcano shrimp, a Double Rainbow Ice Cream sundae bar, blueberry pie and a chocolate Kahlua cake.
$42 per person, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 9 Anchor Drive, Emeryville, (510) 653-3400, tradervicsemeryville.com
Cruise the waters of the Bay on the Father’s Day Beer Brunch Cruise presented by Hornblower Cruises. Features a two-hour cruise boarding at 11:15 a.m., a brunch buffet, a variety of beers, and live entertainment, all on the Bay. Departs from Berkeley Doubletree Guest Dock. Tickets are $82.00, kids’ tickets are $49.19, children under three are free. (888) 467-6256, hornblower.com
The Blackhawk Museum is also holding their annual “Cruising the Classics” Father’s Day event, an all-in-one car show, picnic, and concert. Free hotdogs for kids, sausages and beverages for sale. 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville. 925.736.2277, blackhawkmuseum.org
Lafayette’s Premier Auto Show kicks off at 9:00 a.m. and will be showcasing unique vehicles. Postino’s restaurant will provide a breakfast and lunch buffet as well as wine tasting and a scotch and whiskey bar. While you’re admiring the cars and perusing food and item vendors, enjoy live entertainment from the popular local bands Generations in Jazz and Papa’s Garage. VIP tickets let dad get pampered the old-fashioned way with a cigar bar, massage tent and lounge. Proceeds of the event support Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary community service programs. Free admission to the auto show, VIP access is $50.
Clock Tower and Postino parking lots, 3656 Mount Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. For more information visit motorama.us/indexopt1.html
Enjoy an old-fashioned milkshake, root beer float, or ice-cream soda at good old Fenton’s Creamery, or try something new with a delicious ice-cream-cookie-sandwich at C.R.E.A.M.
Fenton’s Creamery, 4226 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, (510) 658-7000, fentonscreamery.com
C.R.E.A.M., 2399 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, (510) 649-1000, creamnation.com
If dad didn’t get his bacon fix at brunch, offer him a bacon dessert—these salty and sweet treats are all the rage right now—swing by Diablo Foods or Lunardi’s to try a Vosges Bacon Chocolate Bar, or try whipping up a recipe yourself:
Maple-Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies: allrecipes.com/recipe/maple-bacon-chocolate-chip-cookies/
Diablo Foods, 3615 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, (925) 283-0737
Lunardi’s, 1600 Palos Verdes Mall, Walnut Creek, (925) 939.6477 and 345 Railroad Avenue, Danville, (925) 855-8920
Spend some quality time with dad in your own backyard—World Market is currently having a sale on outdoor furniture, and both The Home Depot and Orchard Supply Hardware offer Father’s Day gift guides on their websites.
worldmarket.com, homedepot.com, osh.com
If you’re still searching for that perfect Father’s day gift, stop by Berkeley’s environmentally friendly clothing store Convert for a Forefather t-shirt, or Lafayette’s Iomoi for some golf balls decorated with original graphics to spice up dad’s golf game. ACME Party Box Company also offers plenty of Father’s Day gifts, from a Laguiole multi-function tool to the ever-popular “bier” glasses.
convertstyle.com, iomoi.com, acmepartybox.com
It’s Father’s Day Kite Fly at the Berkeley Marina! This free event will feature 100 octopi in the sky from noon to 4 p.m. highlinekites.com
Treat Dad to an afternoon of America’s favorite past time—the Oakland A’s play the San Francisco Giants starting at 1:05 p.m. in Oakland. oaklandathletics.com
For dads of younger children, Republic of Cake and Bonfire Pizzeria are teaming up to host a weekly story time. Kick off the first event on Father’s Day at 2:00 p.m. Dad will love the cold beer and thin crust pizza, while the whole family will enjoy the cupcakes.
2 Theatre Square, Orinda. (925) 254-3900, republicofcake.com; and (925) 253-1225, bonfirepizzeria.com
Head up to Martinez for the King of the County Barbeque and Music Festival. Admission and parking are free and the event features an amateur BBQ eating contest, live music, more than 100 arts and crafts vendors, local beer and local wine. The event will be at Martinez Waterfront Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 18 and 19. countybbq.com
Get spacey at the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland. The Father’s Day BBQ is from noon to 2 p.m. and includes grilled sausages, Niman Ranch Fearless Franks, veggie burgers, polenta squares, salad and cookies. After lunch, explore the interactive exhibits, watch a show, or peer through the telescopes.
Regular admission is $15, dads and members’ admission is $13 and children’s admission is $10. chabotspace.org
Dine at Italian Colors on Sunday, June 19th to try their special Father’s Day menu, which features tasty dishes such as fresh Dungeness crab, prawn and pancetta pizza, Spanish Manchego cheese, Porterhouse steak, and lemon ricotta ravioli.
2220 Mountain Boulevard, Oakland, (510) 482-8094
In addition to an a la carte brunch menu from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m, the Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill will offer mouth-watering dinner specials featuring a 10 oz Tomahawk Pork Chop with creamy polenta, broccoli rabe, apple mustard and cider demi glace ($23.00).
1520 Lakeside Drive, Oakland. (510) 208-5253, thelakechalet.com
McCovey’s Restaurant will serve a juicy flatiron steak with a baked potato and sautéed asparagus, and all fathers are eligible to win raffle prizes such as golf clubs and other promotional give-aways.
1444 North California Blvd., Walnut Creek. (924) 944.9444, mccoveys.com
If you don’t attend the bountiful brunch buffet from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. including seasonal fruit, an omelet station, and Bananas Foster, treat Dad to an evening at Spenger’s Fresh Fish Grotto to get his meat fix. The a la carte menu from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. will showcase the restaurant’s most-requested entrées along with three specials: slow-roasted Prime Rib ($26.95); Honey Glazed Carved Ham ($17.95); and a full rack of Baby Back Ribs ($28.95).
1919 Fourth Street, Berkeley. (510) 845-7771, mccormickandschmicks.com/
Celebrate your dad and give back to the community at the same time with The Father’s Day Dirt Dinner at eVe restaurant. This four-course family-style meal benefits the Berkeley Ave Youth Alt. Garden, and features produce from the garden itself. $10 of the $40 ticket price goes directly back to the garden’s funding.
1960 University Avenue, Berkeley. (510) 868-0735, eve-berkeley.com.
Chevalier’s Sunday specials will feature fine French cuisine such as a veal chop with cream sauce and potatoes, rack of lamb with ratatouille, and halibut with a sweet wine sauce.
960 Moraga Road, Lafayette. (925) 385-0793, chevalierrestaurant.com
Picán will host a tribute to dads with a festive Cigar-B-Que. Join the celebration and feast on large cuts of grilled meat, bourbons, beer, and cigars available on the back patio. Try their Bone-In Ribeye, Dad’s Burgers topped with pulled pork, or Louisiana blue crab simmered in smoked butter. Each meet entrée comes with an ice-cold can of Schlitz and a selection of tantalizing sauces, including a jalapeño peach steak sauce, collared greens and green garlic pesto, and green tomato chimmichurri.
2295 Broadway, Oakland, (510) 834-1000, picanrestaurant.com.
Enter to win the Claremont Hotel’s “Day with Dad” contest
The winning contestant will receive complimentary overnight accommodations, tickets to an Oakland A’s game with car service to and from the stadium, “Man Up” spa services, a personal trainer session, tennis lesson, and beer and burger. Contestants should write why they think his or her dad deserve to win. Entries may be submitted through the Claremont Hotel Facebook page (facebook.com/ClaremontHotel) and are due before June 19th.
For more information, call (510) 843-3000. 41 Tunnel Rd., Berkeley, (510) 549-8566, claremontresort.com.