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13 Ideas To Celebrate Dads & Grads

June 8, 2017

June is the time when we celebrate dads and grads. Father’s Day is on June 18th this year, and there are many ways to show your dad how much he’s appreciated. Take him out for brunch, or maybe a beer cruise on Newport Harbor. If you’re graduating, congratulations! It is a special time for you, and you’ll want to make lifetime memories to carry with you when you start a new chapter in life. Regardless of what you’re celebrating this month, here are some wonderful suggestions to make it an easy process.

AvilasAvila’s El Ranchito

Avila’s El Ranchito Corona del Mar and Newport Beach Peninsula are the perfect settings for graduation celebrations. Both locations can accommodate parties up to 30 people and can be set-up for a Mexican Buffet or sit-down lunch/dinner. Family owned and operated for over 50 years, Avila’s will help you with your party planning that can include Mariachis, photo booths, and more. If you’re having your own fiesta at home, Avila’s Party Trays are the way to go. Just remove the lid and serve. For parties of 10 to 100.

Back Bay BistroBack Bay Bistro

Father’s Day Brunch at Back Bay Bistro is more elaborate than ever. On Sunday, June 18th, Father’s Day Champagne Brunch will be served from 9am-3pm and dads will receive a complimentary draft beer or Bloody Mary in honor of their special day.

Father’s Day Brunch features a Seafood Station with King Crab Legs, Ahi Poke, Smoked Salmon, Shrimp, and Ceviche. Other highlights include Dad’s “Hot Off the Grill” favorites with Salmon, Baseball Cut Top Sirloin, Flat Iron Steak, New York Strip, Swordfish Steak, and Chicken, Baked Potato Station, cooked-to-order Omelet Station, and much, much more. Price is $60 for adults (includes bottomless Champagne and Mimosas) $28 for children (12 years and under).

The BeachcomberThe Beachcomber

This Father’s Day, treat your dad to an oceanfront brunch at The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove. Plan a daycation with dad, and enjoy a $44.95 special prix fixe Father’s Day Beer and Brunch menu starting with a choice of craft beer, paired with beignets and ambrosia. Then, choose from eight delicious entrées featuring surf and turf, grilled steak and eggs, Maine lobster enchiladas and giant BBQ beef ribs to satiate dad’s appetite! The special brunch menu is served between 7am to 4pm (no other menu will be available during this time), with a children’s menu priced at $15.95 for the young ones.

CanalettoCanaletto Ristorante Veneto

The finest of Venetian dining experiences can be found at Canaletto at Fashion Island. The restaurant features flavors from the Tre Venezia Veneto region of northeastern Italy within a sophisticated and welcoming Italian ambiance.

If you’re looking to celebrate the graduates in your life, Canaletto has the space and ability to easily accommodate large parties looking for lunch (starts at $28/person) or dinner ($42/person) packages.

There is a food and beverage minimum depending on the day and time, usually, $500 during lunch, while dinner can be between $500-$4,000.

Five Crowns

Father’s Day at Five Crowns will feature an a la carte menu comprising the best of what the iconic restaurant has to offer. All diners will begin with a choice of Pride of the Crowns, Summer Peaches and Burrata Salad, Tomato Bisque soup or Shrimp Cocktail ($9 supplement)  – included with any entrée you choose. Brunch entrées include Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Waffles or Grilled Mahi Quinoa Salad, or, if you’re visiting during dinner, entrées such as Grilled Deckle Steak, Pork Chop, Seared Icelandic Salmon, and of course, Five Crowns Cut Prime Rib, among other selections will be sure pleasers. Finish the meal with one of Five Crown’s classic desserts including C.C. Brown’s Sundae or Crème Brulee. Enjoy brunch at Five Crowns between 10am and 3pm, or, dinner starting at 4pm.

FlemingsFleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

This Father’s Day, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is serving Brunch from 10am to 3pm, then moving to its dinner menu at 4pm. The Fashion Island restaurant will offer a special Father’s Day Tomahawk Prime Steak Dinner starting Friday, June 16th, and will run until Sunday, June 18th, 2017, should you wish to celebrate dad early. This 3-course prix fixe Prime Tomahawk Steak dinner (priced at $89/person) starts with lobster and shrimp tempura, followed by a spectacular 35oz prime tomahawk steak, cooked to dad’s liking. End with a choice from Fleming’s house-made desserts.

FlemingsAlternatively, Father’s Day Brunch on Sunday June 18th will be offered from 10am until 3pm. The 3-course brunch starts with appetizer choices of lobster bisque, modern Caesar or house-made burrata salad. Next, select an entrée option such as signature Eggs Benedict, Cinnamon Apple Brioche French Toast, California-style Steak & Egg Scramble, New Zealand Salmon Cobb Salad or Porcini-Crusted Filet Mignon. Entrées come with Lyonnaise potatoes and pan-seared asparagus.  For dessert, indulge in Crème Brûlée, New York Cheesecake or Fresh Berries with Chantilly Cream. The 3-course brunch is priced at $47.95 per person (exclusive of beverages, tax and tip). A la carte is also available between 10am and 10pm.

HornblowerHornblower Cruises

Want something different for Father’s Day this year? Why not treat your dad to a Hornblower Cruise? Early revelers may opt to indulge in the Father’s Day Beer Brunch Cruise setting sail at 11am or 12pm. Later celebrations include Father’s Day Beer Afternoon Buffet Cruise which leaves the dock at 4pm. The 2-hour yacht cruise includes free-flowing beer, champagne and sparkling cider, as well as a brunch buffet, against a backdrop of scenic coastal views and live entertainment. Soda, juice, coffee and tea are complimentary. Dads will receive a souvenir pint glass, courtesy of Hornblower Cruises. Prices start at $74.95 per person.

Lighthouse Bayview CafeLighthouse Bayview Café

Reserve your spot on the Lighthouse Bayview Cafe’s open-air patio in Marina Park this Father’s Day. Soak up the sun, and feast on delicious eats, compliments of Chef Ryan Sumner. The exclusive Father’s Day Brunch menu features options catered especially to dads with everything from salsa verde chilaquiles, short rib hash, prime rib Benedict, croissant French toast, pastrami burger and more! The waterfront restaurant is an idyllic spot to enjoy a leisurely brunch with the whole family while celebrating the dads in your life. The Café features a dock space for boaters to access the park from the water, with 180-degree harbor, mountain and city views, and access to the sand, adding to the Café’s modern beach ambiance.

Mastro’s Ocean ClubMastro’s Ocean Club

On Father’s Day, Mastro’s Ocean Club will be open from 10am to 3pm for brunch with dinner service beginning at 5pm until 10pm. Mastro’s is known for offering premier cuts of beef during dinner with excellent choices such as the flavorful 24oz Porterhouse, 32oz “Chef’s Cut” Ribeye Chop or 18oz Bone-In Filet – all of which pair nicely with the restaurant’s signature Lobster Mashed Potatoes and a killer Martini, among other signature cocktails and spirits.

For brunch, entrées include Maine Lobster Benedict, Smoked Salmon and Bagel and Croque Madame, and can be paired with sides such as Thick Cut Nueske’s Bacon and an Artisan Pastry Basket.

Newport DunesThe Newport Dunes

Whether you’re looking to celebrate your graduation with 20 or 5,000 friends, The Newport Dunes can accommodate and plan a party for you. With eight beachfront venues, and a team of staff at your disposal, The Dunes can set up a theme party specifically tailored to you and your friends. Looking for a Hawaiian-style luau? Maybe a clam bake is more your style? How about a beach BBQ? No matter what you have your heart set on, The Dunes’ staff is equipped to create a memorable graduation celebration just for you.

Sapori Ristorante

Graduates can be sure their celebrations will go off without a hitch at Sapori. The Italian restaurant has been in business for 27 years and remains one of the most sought after Italian restaurants in Newport Beach. Chef and owner, Sal Maniaci, brings his firsthand knowledge of Italian cuisine and recipes with classic Italian dishes such as Mozzarella Caprese, Calamari Fritti, Linguine al Frutti di Mare, and Tiramisu. Those wanting to reserve a graduation party may contact the restaurant directly, and work together with Sapori, to create a custom menu to suit their needs.

Taco RosaTaco Rosa

Graduation should be more than just a party, it should be a fiesta! With the ability to accommodate large parties of 25-150 guests, Taco Rosa offers grads with a variety of in-house banquet menus ranging from $15-$30 per guest.

From appetizers, prix-fixe menus, to extravagant buffets, Taco Rosa’s chefs will customize a menu of Mexico City favorites to best fit your graduation celebration. Whether you’re looking for a private room or full restaurant buyout, Taco Rosa’s special event director will work with you to design the fiesta of your dreams.

The WineryThe Winery

Treat your dad to a waterfront dining experience at The Winery off Pacific Coast Highway. Chef Yvon Goetz’s a la carte brunch menu offers an array of dishes to whet your dad’s appetite. Start with The Winery Petite Seafood Tower for the table to share. Indulge in a combination of shrimp, tuna spoon, lobster tail, oysters, and crab legs, before moving on to Zinfandel Braised Beef Shortrib Hash & Fried Eggs, or The Winery Loco Moco, a Hawaiian favorite with Brandt beef patty, fried eggs, jasmine rice, drizzled with mushroom sauce. On this special day, Chef Yvon has also created a Prime Rib special, as well as a delicious Buffalo Burger for your father to choose from. Father’s Day Brunch is offered from 11am to 2pm, with dinner service starting at 4.30pm.

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Written by @visitnewportbeach

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