New Orleans: A Guide to Celebrating Father’s Day

Show Dad that you care with a trip to one of these New Orleans establishments
Kenton’s Food and Bourbon.

Kenton’s Food and Bourbon / Yelp

For the dad who loves bourbon

For the dad who loves steak:

Do you have a dad with a more carnivorous inclination? Take him to the French Quarter’s premier steakhouse, Doris Metropolitan. This swanky eatery offers a selection of dry-aged meat options along with other Mediterranean-inspired dishes, and the top-notch service is hard to beat. You won’t get out of this meal without spending a pretty penny — but only the best for Dad, right?


For the dad who loves cocktails:

Your dad works hard, so gift him with a relaxing evening at one of New Orleans’ most notable cocktail bars —Cure. It’s only right to help him take a load off and wet his whistle with a boozy concoction (or a few) from one of the city’s best cocktail mixologists. While this stylish bar has made a name for itself as one of the best cocktail bars in the city, it also offers an extensive list of small plates to keep you satiated while you imbibe.


For the dad who loves brunch:

New Orleans’ brunch game is thriving; can you blame your dad for wanting to be a part of the action? Take your dad to Cavan, which is making its way to the top of the brunch ladder after naming chef Nathan Richards head chef back in March. You can find Cajun coastal options like fried oyster toast and butter-baked shrimp and grits, or more traditional breakfast fare like chocolate chip waffles and house-made granola on the restaurant’s brunch menu. It doesn’t hurt that the restaurant is situated on bustling Magazine Street in a gorgeous two-story Victorian.


For the dad who loves bourbon:

Celebrate your whiskey-loving dad by taking him to Kenton’s Food and Bourbon. The American whiskey bar and restaurant has an extensive list of bourbon and focuses on the dishes that pair well with the popular spirit. This Uptown eatery boasts a menu that features a variety of wood-fired entrées and an oyster bar that serves a mixture of oysters and other cold seafood options. Grab Dad a seat on the picturesque patio that overlooks Magazine Street, and it just might be his best Father’s Day yet.


For the dad who loves beer:

Similar to the way Kenton’s specializes in pairing bourbon with food, Freret Beer Room (FBR) specializes in beer and the cuisine that works best with it. Of course the restaurant has a wide selection of craft beer for Dad to enjoy, but you’ll both be surprised and pleased to find that at FBR, you won’t find typical bar-style finger-fare like burgers, wings, or fries on the menu. Instead, FBR has a refined, thoughtful menu that utilizes fresh, seasonal ingredients to create modern American cuisine. Dad will be extra pleased to know that this bistro has a casual vibe — leave the suit and tie at home!


For the dad who loves seafood:

If your dad loves seafood, then gift him with a visit to Pêche for some of the best seafood in New Orleans. The James Beard Award-winning restaurant, led by chef Donald Link, serves a wide array of coastal seafood and showcases a coal grill and raw bar in the rustic Warehouse District location. The whole fish — served tip to tail — is a must-order for fish-lovers who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty!


For the dad who loves dessert:

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Soothe your dad’s sweet tooth by taking him to the Lower Garden District sweet shop and bar from the team behind Debbie Does Doberge. Bakery Bar, which branched out of the success of the original and its doberge business, now serves a plethora of sweets including mini doberge cakes (aka dobites), Salty Balls (its version of a cakeball), and an array of other tempting desserts, including a deep-fried chocolate chip cookie à la mode. In addition, the bar and bakery hybrid has a menu of inventive cocktails as well as savory snacks, plus a variety of board and card games to keep you doubly occupied. What’s Dad not to like?