Father's Day Planner

Forget the necktie. Our editors recommend top spots to treat Dad this year.

Updated: May 30, 2008


Dona Tomas

5004 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

Give the old man a tour of real south-of-the-border food at this locally favored Mexican restaurant.

Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto

1919 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

A special Father's Day brunch will be served from 11:30am to 3pm at this seafood mainstay.


2424 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA 94501

German meat and potatoes is just the thing to satisfy your father's hearty appetite on his special day.

Zachary's Chicago Pizza

5801 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

Show your father he's the best with some of the best deep-dish pizza in town.

P F Chang's China Bistro

1205 Broadway Plz, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

For Chinese classics that Dad's bound to love, head to the Walnut Creek outpost of this swank chain.

Ruth's Chris Steak House

1553 Olympic Blvd., Bldg. E, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Pops loves his red meat, and this temple to beef is just what he may be looking for.


1501 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707

Notoriously delicious margaritas and Pan-Latin tapas are perfect to share with Dad at this lively Berkeley spot.

Bay Wolf Restaurant

3853 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

Sophisticated and polished, Oakland's Cal-cuisine institution is the ideal place to lavish your Dad.