Dine Out With Dad

Posted on Jun 13 by SEASONS Magazine

Looking for a tasty place to dine with dad this Father’s Day? The options are endless. From backyard barbecues to farm-fresh tapas, there is sure to be a place that the whole family enjoys. Here’s a quick round-up of eight Santa Barbara County places serving up Father’s Day specials:

Top to bottom: Chef John Cox working the grill; Chef Jeremy Tummel and The Bear and Star’s 30' custom reverse-flow Texas smoker photos courtesy of Chef John Cox.

Chef John Cox working the grill. Photo courtesy of Chef John Cox.

The Bear and Star

Hosted in their Back Garden, The Bear and Star celebrates the holiday with a Backyard BBQ created by Chef John Cox and his team. The casual and social picnic gives fathers the chance to relax with a complimentary cold beer and join in a game cornhole with their kids. Guests receive a full BBQ plate of smoked Parker Ranch beef, chicken and ribs along with a variety of sides. For more details, click here.

Finch & Fork 

Executive Chef Peter Cham prepares a mouth-water BBQ style bonanza with ribs, cornbread, and baked beans. Enjoy this meal all while soaking in the breathtaking views of Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands atop the Kimpton Canary Hotel. They are also serving local craft brews. For more details, click here.

Helena Avenue Bakery

In addition to their artisan pastries, breakfast, grab & go sandwiches, fresh salads and picnic foods, Chef Adam Shoebridge showcases his Nashville-Style Hot Fried Chicken with Chili Oil and Spicy Dry Rub Served with Side and Traditional White Bread for Father’s Day. For more details, click here.

Photo courtesy of Acme Hospitality.

The Lark 

Dads are greeted with complimentary Pale Ale to start the evening at The Lark. Chef Jason Paluska adds as a special Fairhill Farms Grilled Stone Fruit with Duck Breast Prosciutto, Whipped Feta, Spiced Almond & Rosemary; Niman Ranch Pork Chop with Crispy Sunchokes, Ellwood Canyon Summer Squash, Smoked Cherries & Banyuls Pork Jus; and Dad’s Pecan Pie with Wildflower Honey Ice Cream & Whiskey Caramel to the standard à la carte menu. For more details, click here.

Photo courtesy Les Marchands.

Photo courtesy of Les Marchands.

Les Marchands 

Chef Weston Richard has prepared a family-friendly Father’s Day Brunch that features an Open-Faced Lamb Meatball Sandwich with Moroccan Spiced Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella Cheese, Crispy French Fries & House-made Pickle. This special is in addition to their other brunch specialities. For more details, click here.


The farm-fresh Spanish tapas restaurant celebrates with colorful Costilla Paella with Iberian Ribs, Mushrooms, Artichokes, Mustard Aioli & Mustard Green. Their Papaíto cocktail—Spanish twist on a whiskey sour—is the perfect drink to toast with dad. For more details, click here.

Lucky Penny 

The free-standing take-out eatery offers a Father’s Day Lamb Burger with Feta Cheese, Pickled Fresno Chiles, Preserved Lemon Aioli, Gem Lettuce & Brioche Bun as well as pizza and mimosas for the holiday. For more details, click here.

S.Y. Kitchen, photo by Rob Stark.

S.Y. Kitchen. Photo courtesy of Rob Stark.

S.Y. Kitchen 

Chef Luca Crestanelli prepped an all-day menu with a variety of holiday specials including Heirloom Tomato Panzanella, Tagliolini with Black Truffle and Sausage, a 16oz Prime Delmonico Steak, and Sous Chef Francesco Crestanelli’s Amazing Chocolate Cake. For more details, click here.

Emma Sheridan


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