5 La Jolla Restaurants to Celebrate Dad

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18 – Treat dad to a delicious brunch in La Jolla. From an ocean view brunch to tacos and brews, here’s where to treat your dad on his special day.

Make a day of it and check out what to do in La Jolla with our Cove guide.

Note: Father’s Day coincides with UCSD’s graduation ceremonies so we highly advice to make reservations well in advance.

Caroline’s Seaside Cafe

8610 Kennel Way, La Jolla, CA 92037

Looking to treat dad to brunch with an ocean view? Caroline’s, located at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography campus, is the perfect spot. What to get: Beef short ribs “hash” & eggs served with peppers, onions, potatoes and toast ($12).

Sadly, Caroline’s does not take reservations and you order at the counter before choosing a seat. Tip: Paid parking is available on the adjacent parking lots during weekends only. UCSD students receive 30% off with student ID.


1026 Wall St, La Jolla, CA 92037

If your dad prefers tacos over brunch fare then Puesto in La Jolla is the top choice. What to get: Try the June taco of the month – Chicken Milanesa (think chicken schnitzel) or any of their delicious tacos like chicken verde and carnitas. Splurge on a Frozen Horchata For A Cause, $1 from the sale of every horchata will be donated to Alzheimer’s Association during the month of June.

This is a popular spot so be sure to make reservations days in advance. Parking is also tricky so give yourself plenty of time.

The Marine Room

2000 Spindrift Dr., La Jolla, CA 92037

Treat Dad to an unforgettable oceanfront brunch buffet featuring Berkshire Pork Cheek Casserole, Agave Ancho Chile Smoked Mary’s Farm Turkey Breast, Cracked Pepper Cacao Nib Crusted Angus Ribeye and more.

Father’s Day Brunch will be offered on Sunday, June 18, 10 am. to 2 pm. Á la carte dinner specials will be available starting at 5:30 pm. Cost: $68 per person, $34 for children 6 to 12 years, $5 per year for children 5 and under.

[Image courtesy of The Marine Room]


2182 Avenida De La Playa., La Jolla, CA 92037

Nestled in the La Jolla Shores neighborhood, Piatti’s inviting atmosphere and delicious Italian food is a great option for a Father’s Day lunch. What to get: Linguine with mussels, clams, shrimp, calamari, today’s fish, garlic, parsley, chili flakes and crushed tomato sugo OR the Orecchiette with grilled chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, asparagus, and gorgonzola cream.

Tip: There is a brunch menu offered on Saturdays & Sundays from 10 – 2 pm. Both lunch and brunch menus are available during this time.

[Image courtesy of Piatti’s]

Donovan’s Steak and Chop House

1250 Prospect St., Ste C 10, La Jolla, CA 92037

Is your dad a steak and potatoes type of guy? Then treat him to Donovan’s at La Jolla Cove. Enjoy great service and excellent food with a beautiful view of the Cove. What to get: Any steak! Donovan’s selects only the top 1% of all USDA Prime cuts, sourced exclusively from the world-renowned Chicago Stock Yard.

Tip: Enjoy any steak Oscar-style with fresh alaskan king crab, asparagus, and house-made béarnaise sauce.

How will you be celebrating Father’s Day? Looking for more food options? Check out our ultimate guide to La Jolla restaurants here.

[Image courtesy of Donovan’s]
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