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Top Five Restaurants to take Dad for Father's Day


More and more restaurants are opening in Sacramento so there are plenty of places to take dear old dad or your darling hubby to celebrate Father's Day. Of course you can always experiment with a new eatery, but there are tried and true restaurants that won't disappoint.

1. Scott’s Seafood Grill & Bar

Scott’s will provide a special brunch and dinner for Father’s Day. Although, regular menu items such as fried calamari with Thai chili and macadamia nut crusted Alaskan halibut will be available. Both menus are expanded to include frittatas and omelets for brunch and holiday fare like prime rib for dinner. A child menu is available.

  • Address: 545 Munroe St. (in Loehmann’s Plaza)
  • Phone: (916) 489-1822
  • Father’s Day Reservations Recommended: Yes
  • Hours: Brunch: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., dinner: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

2. The Firehouse Restaurant

The Firehouse will serve a Father’s Day brunch and dinner featuring a starter buffet and two courses. Try the crab cake benedict, a plate of Dungeness crab cakes on toasted English muffins with poached eggs and sauce arlésienne, or coconut prawns and eggs, a plate of scrambled eggs and roasted fingerling potatoes coupled with tropical fruit pico de gallo and lilikoi-sweet chili vinaigrette. Kids and vegetarian menus available.

  • Address: 1112 Second St. (Old Sacramento)
  • Phone: (916) 442-4772
  • Father’s Day Reservations Recommended: Yes, strongly
  • Hours: Brunch: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., dinner: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

3. Center Court with C-Webb Restaurant

If the man in your life is a sports fanatic, Center Court’s 30 big television screens and five Jumbotrons can be the perfect spot. There are even televisions in the restrooms. They serve generous portions of comfort food like thick sliced classic meatloaf and house-smoked BBQ baby back ribs. Health-conscious eaters can nosh on salads. While you’re eating, enjoy the basketball-themed ambiance with walls filled with jerseys and murals.

  • Address: 3600 N. Freeway Blvd. (Promenade at Natomas)
  • Phone: (916) 419-HOOP (4667)
  • Father’s Day Reservations Recommended: Yes
  • Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

4. Caballo Blanco

Step into Mexico with Caballo Blanco. Diners sit in cozy booths as they try to narrow what to eat from the large menu of flavorful traditional Mexican dishes like enchiladas and combination plates. They also offer a “Health Mex” menu for lighter cuisine that includes quesadillas and tostadas. Authentic ambiance and food for a reasonable price.

  • Address: 5604 Franklin Blvd. (South Sacramento)
  • Phone: (916) 428-6710
  • Father’s Day Reservations Recommended: No, seating first come, first served
  • Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

5. Zelda’s Original Gourmet Pizza

If your father or husband is a deep-dish pizza connoisseur, take him to Zelda’s. House-made tomato sauce is slathered on a cornmeal-dusted crust serving as the pizza's base. The dining area is dark from the wood-paneled walls. And sometimes the service is undesirable. But, locals say it’s worth the wait. You can pass the time with appetizers. By the way, they don’t take credit cards so either use the onsite ATM or bring cash.

  • Address: 1415 21st St. (Downtown)
  • Phone: (916) 447-1400
  • Father’s Day Reservations: Yes, but they recommend to call in your order before arriving to avoid a long wait
  • Hours: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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