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Emmy Squared Pizza’s “Streetbird” pie is a new collaboration chef Marcus Samuelsson in honor of Father’s Day.
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14 Last-Minute Food and Drink Ideas for Father’s Day in D.C.

Where to book a boozy brunch, put in a big barbecue takeout order, sip and shop with dad, and more

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Emmy Squared Pizza’s “Streetbird” pie is a new collaboration chef Marcus Samuelsson in honor of Father’s Day.
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Still stuck on how to celebrate dad? With just days until Father’s Day on Sunday, June 19, D.C. restaurants are ready to help all those procrastinator planners out there. From splurge-worthy options for dining in to more casual or takeout alternatives, rest assured dad still remains the center of attention — with no one stuck cleaning dishes or storing leftovers.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Emmy Squared Pizza (multiple locations)

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1924 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 921-3669
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Pops craving pizza? Emmy Squared has the remedy. In collaboration with celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, customers can try The Streetbird, a twist on its traditional Detroit-style pizza invoking Samuelsson’s take on hot and spicy fried chicken at his Streetbird eatery. The Detroit-style pie is topped with julienned collard greens, Calabrian chili, crispy chicken, pecorino cheese and Marcus’ signature Streetbird honey. Order it from Wednesday, June 15 all the way through mid-July at all area locations (Shaw, Old Town, and Navy Yard).

Emmy Squared’s new Father’s Day pie collab with Marcus Samuelsson.
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2. BRESCA

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1906 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 518-7926
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He deserves the best, so why not celebrate at this Michelin-rated mainstay with a four-course or chef’s tasting menu with an optional pairing from winemaker Ashes & Diamonds ($96-$150). Reserve a seat via Tock.

3. Baker’s Daughter

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1402 Okie St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 729-6990
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If festivities are more casual this year, perhaps Baker’s Daughter is the best option. With locations in downtown’s Eaton Hotel, Chinatown, and Ivy City, the boutique cafe by chef and dad Matt Baker (Michelin-rated Gravitas and Michele’s) has a party package fit for a picnic or casual dinner. Packages start at $44 for the health-conscious father figure and go up to a $68 with a choice of four sandwiches, two sides, and a couple starters. (And as a shameless plug, Eater DC’s turkey-salami melt is currently taking on Washingtonian’s summer BLT — $10 each — as part of a new month-long Sammie Standoff series at Baker’s Daughter.)

4. Shinola Logan Circle Store

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1631 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 470-0200
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Detroit-born watch and leather goods maker Shinola teams up with mobile bartending service SHKR to offer complimentary beer, wine, and a tequila-based cocktails on Saturday, June 18 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Logan Circle flagship. After dad picks out his Father’s Day present, challenge him to a friendly match of cornhole outside.

5. Dolce Vita Coastal Mediterranean Cuisine

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1610 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 506-4872
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Dolce Vita offers a special Father’s Day menu by chef Elier Rodriguez to compliment the Mediterranean restaurant’s new jazz brunch. Specials from the $55-per-person deal include grilled branzino and mango panna cotta with fresh berries. In addition to this holiday offering, consider its $35 “social” brunch featuring a bottle of bubbly, juice mixers, a salad to share, and two mains.

A look at the dining room and open kitchen at Dolce Vita.
A look at the dining room and open kitchen at Dolce Vita.
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6. Apéro

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2622 P St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 525-1682
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Georgetown’s glamorous Champagne bar offers a special Father’s Day cocktail for brunch this weekend, featuring Sagamore Spirit Rye, Dolin Blanc, strawberry, lime, and mint. To fancy up the meal, consider a 10-gram serving of Black River Osetra with savory waffles and accoutrements for $25.

7. Juniper Restaurant

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2401 M St NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 457-5020
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Dad can feast on backyard barbecue without doing the leg work thanks to Juniper. Perched inside The Fairmont, executive chef Jordi Gallardo assumes the grilling responsibilities and his menu includes whole roasted pig, jumbo shrimp with honey chili lime marinade, smoked sausage and a Father’s Day burger from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.. All guests can order from the regular menu, too.

8. dLeña

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476 K St NW Suite D
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 560-5999
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At dLeña, padre can choose from two specialty dishes on Sunday. Reservations are required, but it’s worth it to feast on ribeye tacos with truffle pico de gallo and grilled scallops with spicy pickled vegetables.

9. Immigrant Food+ at Planet Word Museum

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925 13th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 888-0760
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In honor of Father’s Day weekend, Michelin-rated chef Enrique Limardo rolls out a deal for dad at both D.C. locations. At Planet Word, guests can partake in a “Bleu Burger and Global Beer Combo” special at its newly opened patio for $28. White House visitors can opt for the “Immigrant Burger and Global Beer Combo” for $22. Reserve on Tock for The White House spot and Resy if heading to Planet Word.

10. Karma Modern Indian

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611 I St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 898-0393
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Treat dad to an Indian meal he’ll never forget. For $75 a person ($55 for children under 10), he’ll have his pick of a menu loaded with dishes like pan seared scallops, fennel chicken, lobster masala, mushroom biryani, and broken rice pudding (rose phirni) as a sweet treat.

11. Smokecraft Modern Barbecue

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1051 N Highland St
Arlington, VA 22201
(571) 312-8791
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Chef Andrew Darneille sends out series of Father’s Day packages for six to eight, including everything from personalized nachos, a St. Louis rib platter (two racks of dry-rubbed ribs, choice of sauce), and of course, the barbecue sampler platter (one-pound portions of pulled pork, pulled chicken, smoked turkey, prime brisket, jalapeno cheddar sausage, one rack of St. Louis ribs, pork belly, choice of two sauces, pickles and pickled onions), as well as platters of wings, smoked avocado deviled eggs, and more.

12. Moon Rabbit DC

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801 Wharf St SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 878-8566
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Chef Kevin Tien’s contemporary Vietnamese spot assembles to-go Father’s Day this year. Starting at $249, the old man can enjoy six-hour roasted lemongrass pork shoulder in fish sauce caramel, pickled jalapeno garlic, and daikon radish, along with Vietnamese coffee cake and more. The catch? Orders must be placed by today (Thursday, June 16).

A portrait of Kevin Tien at the Wharf
A portrait of Kevin Tien at the Wharf.
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13. All-Purpose Riverfront

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79 Potomac Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 629-1894
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Dad can drink for free at both All Purpose locations on Father’s Day. The Navy Yard and Shaw outposts will pour him a complimentary pint of Full Count Lager, a brew that’s part of their exclusive DC Brau collab.

Pair salmon carpaccio with bottomless brunch at All-Purpose.
All-Purpose

14. 2941 Restaurant

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2941 Fairview Park Dr
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 270-1500
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From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., the upscale Falls Church favorite will serve an a la carte menu filled with yellowfish tuna, crispy calamari, a special Japanese wagyu, roasted chicken, truffle risotto and for dessert, blackberry cheesecake and lemon meringue tart. Day-of specials also include Maine lobster and sea scallop with crispy potato confit, ramps, and grilled portobello.

1. Emmy Squared Pizza (multiple locations)

1924 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Emmy Squared’s new Father’s Day pie collab with Marcus Samuelsson.
Emmy Squared

Pops craving pizza? Emmy Squared has the remedy. In collaboration with celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, customers can try The Streetbird, a twist on its traditional Detroit-style pizza invoking Samuelsson’s take on hot and spicy fried chicken at his Streetbird eatery. The Detroit-style pie is topped with julienned collard greens, Calabrian chili, crispy chicken, pecorino cheese and Marcus’ signature Streetbird honey. Order it from Wednesday, June 15 all the way through mid-July at all area locations (Shaw, Old Town, and Navy Yard).

1924 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

2. BRESCA

1906 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

He deserves the best, so why not celebrate at this Michelin-rated mainstay with a four-course or chef’s tasting menu with an optional pairing from winemaker Ashes & Diamonds ($96-$150). Reserve a seat via Tock.

1906 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

3. Baker’s Daughter

1402 Okie St NE, Washington, DC 20002

If festivities are more casual this year, perhaps Baker’s Daughter is the best option. With locations in downtown’s Eaton Hotel, Chinatown, and Ivy City, the boutique cafe by chef and dad Matt Baker (Michelin-rated Gravitas and Michele’s) has a party package fit for a picnic or casual dinner. Packages start at $44 for the health-conscious father figure and go up to a $68 with a choice of four sandwiches, two sides, and a couple starters. (And as a shameless plug, Eater DC’s turkey-salami melt is currently taking on Washingtonian’s summer BLT — $10 each — as part of a new month-long Sammie Standoff series at Baker’s Daughter.)

1402 Okie St NE
Washington, DC 20002

4. Shinola Logan Circle Store

1631 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Detroit-born watch and leather goods maker Shinola teams up with mobile bartending service SHKR to offer complimentary beer, wine, and a tequila-based cocktails on Saturday, June 18 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Logan Circle flagship. After dad picks out his Father’s Day present, challenge him to a friendly match of cornhole outside.

1631 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

5. Dolce Vita Coastal Mediterranean Cuisine

1610 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
A look at the dining room and open kitchen at Dolce Vita.
A look at the dining room and open kitchen at Dolce Vita.
Laura Chase de Formigny/Dolce Vita

Dolce Vita offers a special Father’s Day menu by chef Elier Rodriguez to compliment the Mediterranean restaurant’s new jazz brunch. Specials from the $55-per-person deal include grilled branzino and mango panna cotta with fresh berries. In addition to this holiday offering, consider its $35 “social” brunch featuring a bottle of bubbly, juice mixers, a salad to share, and two mains.

1610 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

6. Apéro

2622 P St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Georgetown’s glamorous Champagne bar offers a special Father’s Day cocktail for brunch this weekend, featuring Sagamore Spirit Rye, Dolin Blanc, strawberry, lime, and mint. To fancy up the meal, consider a 10-gram serving of Black River Osetra with savory waffles and accoutrements for $25.

2622 P St NW
Washington, DC 20007

7. Juniper Restaurant

2401 M St NW, Washington, DC 20037

Dad can feast on backyard barbecue without doing the leg work thanks to Juniper. Perched inside The Fairmont, executive chef Jordi Gallardo assumes the grilling responsibilities and his menu includes whole roasted pig, jumbo shrimp with honey chili lime marinade, smoked sausage and a Father’s Day burger from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.. All guests can order from the regular menu, too.

2401 M St NW
Washington, DC 20037

8. dLeña

476 K St NW Suite D, Washington, DC 20001

At dLeña, padre can choose from two specialty dishes on Sunday. Reservations are required, but it’s worth it to feast on ribeye tacos with truffle pico de gallo and grilled scallops with spicy pickled vegetables.

476 K St NW Suite D
Washington, DC 20001

9. Immigrant Food+ at Planet Word Museum

925 13th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

In honor of Father’s Day weekend, Michelin-rated chef Enrique Limardo rolls out a deal for dad at both D.C. locations. At Planet Word, guests can partake in a “Bleu Burger and Global Beer Combo” special at its newly opened patio for $28. White House visitors can opt for the “Immigrant Burger and Global Beer Combo” for $22. Reserve on Tock for The White House spot and Resy if heading to Planet Word.

925 13th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

10. Karma Modern Indian

611 I St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Treat dad to an Indian meal he’ll never forget. For $75 a person ($55 for children under 10), he’ll have his pick of a menu loaded with dishes like pan seared scallops, fennel chicken, lobster masala, mushroom biryani, and broken rice pudding (rose phirni) as a sweet treat.

611 I St NW
Washington, DC 20001

11. Smokecraft Modern Barbecue

1051 N Highland St, Arlington, VA 22201

Chef Andrew Darneille sends out series of Father’s Day packages for six to eight, including everything from personalized nachos, a St. Louis rib platter (two racks of dry-rubbed ribs, choice of sauce), and of course, the barbecue sampler platter (one-pound portions of pulled pork, pulled chicken, smoked turkey, prime brisket, jalapeno cheddar sausage, one rack of St. Louis ribs, pork belly, choice of two sauces, pickles and pickled onions), as well as platters of wings, smoked avocado deviled eggs, and more.

1051 N Highland St
Arlington, VA 22201

12. Moon Rabbit DC

801 Wharf St SW, Washington, DC 20024
A portrait of Kevin Tien at the Wharf
A portrait of Kevin Tien at the Wharf.
Moon Rabbit [official]

Chef Kevin Tien’s contemporary Vietnamese spot assembles to-go Father’s Day this year. Starting at $249, the old man can enjoy six-hour roasted lemongrass pork shoulder in fish sauce caramel, pickled jalapeno garlic, and daikon radish, along with Vietnamese coffee cake and more. The catch? Orders must be placed by today (Thursday, June 16).

801 Wharf St SW
Washington, DC 20024

13. All-Purpose Riverfront

79 Potomac Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003
Pair salmon carpaccio with bottomless brunch at All-Purpose.
All-Purpose

Dad can drink for free at both All Purpose locations on Father’s Day. The Navy Yard and Shaw outposts will pour him a complimentary pint of Full Count Lager, a brew that’s part of their exclusive DC Brau collab.

79 Potomac Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003

14. 2941 Restaurant

2941 Fairview Park Dr, Falls Church, VA 22042

From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., the upscale Falls Church favorite will serve an a la carte menu filled with yellowfish tuna, crispy calamari, a special Japanese wagyu, roasted chicken, truffle risotto and for dessert, blackberry cheesecake and lemon meringue tart. Day-of specials also include Maine lobster and sea scallop with crispy potato confit, ramps, and grilled portobello.

2941 Fairview Park Dr
Falls Church, VA 22042

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