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Ree Drummond's husband Ladd is not only the father of her four kids, her Marlboro Man, and her silly partner in crime—he's her best friend. (Sorry to be cheesy, but it's true!) For so many families like the Drummonds, dads are the glue that holds the whole crew together, terrible dad jokes and all. Isn't that why we have a whole holiday to pay homage to fathers?
Every family celebrates Father's Day differently, whether that's breakfast in bed, a few fun Father's Day activities, or watching dad's favorite movies. You'll, of course, have to find time to surprise him with a sweet gift or two (that can mean DIY gifts, too!). Then, after all of that, there's his special Father's Day dinner to think about! If you're really looking for a way right to his heart, you might want to take a page out of Ree's book and treat him to a lovely meal. "Ladd honestly would rather have a plate of delicious food than any material possession in the world," Ree says. "It makes it kinda easy!"
Even if you don't have time to cook up a big spread, tons of restaurants open on Father's Day offer sweet take-out and dine-in options. Ahead, we've compiled a complete guide to restaurants open on the holiday, so you can relax after a busy day. (One quick reminder: Some of the chains listed are independently owned, so you'll still want to call ahead to confirm the hours in your area.)
Applebee's is open and offering a sweet deal where if you purchased a $50 gift card, the restaurant will throw in a $10 bonus card for dad!
Bar Louie offers a lot more than just drinks! Treat dad to hand-battered fried pickles, a roasted veggie flatbread, loaded sandwiches, or a craft burger. Don't forget to order a six-pack to match!
Father's Day is a great time to treat your family to a Caribbean-style feast at Bahama Breeze, where you can sit down or order in. They offer family bundles starting at $44.99 to serve four people, with main courses like grilled chicken, baby back ribs, and seafood paella.
Take dad to Benihana for the holiday and watch the chefs prepare your meal right in front of you! The sushi and Japanese steakhouse also offers a special Father's Day gift card that comes with a free bonus promotional card for either $10 or $60.
BJ's Restaurants and Brewhouse
If dad's a fan of trying various brews and the familiar pub fare, bring him to BJ's. They offer a similar bonus card to Benihana's, that dad can use the day after Father's Day!
Bob Evans offers farm-fresh meals, so you can take dad for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! They've recently started offering three family dining options: Farmhouse feast, family meals, and family-sized breakfast.
Buca Di Beppo
Buca Di Beppo will be open for all of your Italian food needs! They offer special Father's Day meal packages for different sized groups, plus a complimentary Father's Day Koozie!
Carrabba's Italian Grill
Is Dad constantly craving Italian? Then he's in luck! Carrabba's is open to grab a traditional Italian meal. Plus, they offer plenty of spring dinner specials and family bundles.
Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen
This tasty, Texas-based restaurant, known as Cheddar's, has some of the best family bundles. Choose from select entrees like grilled salmon and chicken tenders, plus you'll get two family-style sides and plenty of honey butter croissants!
The Cheesecake Factory
Cheesecake Factory offers the best brunch menu, perfect for any dad (or child) craving fried chicken and waffles!
Take your "chill" dad to Chili's and enjoy their June Margarita of the month! Chili's is also offering a bonus gift card for Father's Day and Graduation.
Not only will Cracker barrel have family meal baskets, but they also offer tons of fun Father's Day gifts! You can shop, BBQ bundles, dad mugs, and more!
Del Frisco's Grille
You can find this classic American-style steak house in many major cities across the country, and they will be open! In previous years, Del Frisco's offered special Father's Day brunch and dinner menus with shareable plates, so call ahead to see if this is the case with your local spot this year.
What is Dave famous for? BBQ, of course! And what dad doesn't love a good ol' smokey piece of meat? Order Famous Dave's All American BBQ Feast if you're dining with the whole fam, or the Feast for Two if you're having a special one-on-one date!
Great American Restaurants
Great American Restaurants are open on Father's Day, giving you plenty to choose from. Head over to one of their many different spots, including Arties, Coastal Flats, Jackson’s, Silverado, and more!
Joe's Crab Shack
Joe's is great for a whole host of seafood reasons. Most exciting this year is they're offering a pre-fixe Father's Day three-course menu all weekend long (perfect if you're also honoring a step-dad on Saturday)!
Both dine-in and delivery options will be available for Father's Day 2022 at Longhorn Steakhouse. If you can't make it there on the day of, you can always gift him their special Father's Day gift card!
Maggiano's Little Italy
Salmon with crispy Calabrian shrimp, beef tenderloin, mom's lasagna. What more could he want? Maggiano's will be serving up a taste of Italy on Father's Day.
Sure, pizza is great, but wood-fired pizza is even better! Bring dad to Matchbox for tasty pizza, or call to see if they will have their Father's Day special menu!
Noodles & Co.
Noodles are great every way they come. If dad wants a comfort meal and more noodle options than he knows what to do with, Noodles & Co is the way to go! They have family bundles with options from around the world, from Europe to Asia.
Everyone's favorite family-style Italian restaurant will, of course, be open! And if dad's a fan of leftovers for lunch, Olive Garden offers a pretty sweet deal: When you get any entree there, you can take home a freshly prepared, chilled classic for just $6.
On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina
We hope dad likes margaritas because the world's largest Mexican casual dining brand will be open on Father's Day! Dine-in or take out all of his Tex-Mex faves, or you can get a family combo meal for the table. Fajitas or enchiladas anyone?
It's fair to say many, many dads like steak. A lot. Take dad to get his favorite cut at Outback Steakhouse this year, or get him a sweet Father's Day-themed gift card! Outback offers plenty of daily specials like center-cut sirloins under $20 and signature cocktails for $7.
Pick up a delicious Panera sandwich for everyone in the family, then head out for a special Father's Day picnic! They also offer a wide variety of family feast options if you want to simplify your order.
Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
If pop is a fish fanatic, treat him to a tasty southern-style seafood meal at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen! Create a cajun feast and order their crawfish étouffée, gumbo, and pasta mardi gras.
P.F. Changs is a beloved restaurant for all your favorite American Asian cuisine. The good news is they offer customizable family meals for delivery, pickup, or takeout! Just note that their menus vary slightly by location!
Ruth's Chris Steak House
There are so many steakhouses to choose from this year! Ruth's will be open for both Father's Day and Mother's day. They have announced a fabulous pre-fixe Father's Day menu, which features a starter, entrée, a personal side & dessert. So, call to see if this deal will also be available on dad's big day!
True Food Kitchen
Here's good news for the health-conscious dad— you can celebrate while still making healthy food choices. At True Food Kitchen, you can reliably find delicious meals with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Reserve a table online or order to-go!
The Capital Grille
The upscale steakhouse offered special Mother's Day brunch features and will most likely do the same for Father's Day. Call ahead or go online to make a reservation or order take-out!
It truly takes a village to celebrate Father's Day! At the Village Inn, you can get a homestyle breakfast, lunch, or dinner together, just don't forget to order one of their classic pies for dessert! They're open for dine-in or take-out.