Mother’s Day is big business for many restaurants with tons of promoted specials. However, when it comes to Father’s Day, many Washington, D.C. area restaurants seem to have forgotten dear old dad. Luckily, a few do make a point of honoring dining dads with special menus and offers. So skip the ties and socks, and make some reservations at one of these appreciated Father’s Day dining destinations.
Dino’s Grotto
1914 Ninth St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 686-2966
www.dinoinshaw.com

For Father’s Day weekend, Dino’s Grotto is becoming an “Italian Steakhouse.” Located in D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood, it will be offering on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening a beefed up (pun intended) dinner menu with six additional steak specials ranging from a one kilo (about 36 ounces) T-bone to a six ounce boar strip loin. For its Sunday bottomless brunch ($29) that runs from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Dino’s is also adding some special steak offers to the mix.

Odyssey
600 Water St. S.W.
Washington, DC 20024
(866) 306-2469
www.odysseycruises.com

A dinner cruise aboard the glass-enclosed Odyssey can be a fun and unique Father’s Day experience, offering three special cruises for dads: early brunch ($69.90), afternoon brunch ($74.90) and dinner ($104.90). The brunches are buffet-style, and the dinner is a plated meal. All three dining cruises include live entertainment and one complimentary premium drink for the dads. Odyssey’s sister ship, Spirit of Washington, is also offering special Father’s Day brunch and dinner cruises.

Central
1001 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 626-0015
www.centralmichelrichard.com

French-born chef Michel Richard is among the top chefs in the United Sates. Central, located in D.C.’s Foggy Bottom neighborhood, is his take on a modern American brasserie. The restaurant has won numerous awards and is an outstanding choice for an upscale Father’s Day brunch. Dads and guests can enjoy a special 3-course meal for just $45 and add bottomless drinks for an additional $15.

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Bayou Bakery
901 Pennsylvania Ave. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 664-5307
www.bayoubakerydc.com

On the Saturday before Father’s Day, host of Travel Channel’s “American Grilled” and owner of Bayou Bakery, Chef David Guas is hosting a special barbecue class. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bayou Bakery’s Capital Hill location in Southeast D.C., Gaus will demonstrate his grilling and smoking techniques using recipes from his popular cookbook, “Grill Nation: 200 Surefire Recipes, Tips and Techniques to Grill Like a Pro.” The class is $85 and includes samplings of Gaus’ cooking with a choice of beer or wine.

Laporta’s Restaurant
1600 Duke St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 683-6313
www.laportas.net

Laporta’s Restaurant is very popular for its seafood and pasta focused menu. For Father’s Day, the Old Town Alexandria-based restaurant will be offering a special steak option. In addition to its regular brunch and dinner menu, Laporta’s will have a 12 ounce certified Black Angus New York strip steak for $19.99. For dads dining during dinner, they can also enjoy live jazz music.

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Based in Washington, D.C., Troy Petenbrink is a freelance writer, blogger and social media influencer. A member of the North American Travel Journalists Association and the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association, he has written for Fodor’s, Travel Channel, and Miami Herald, among other outlets. http://www.examiner.com/wine-and-spirits-travel-3-in-washington-dc/troy-petenbrink