Father’s Day Dining 2024

Celebrate Father’s Day in Iowa (Sunday, June 16) by treating Dad to what he truly wants—a really good meal. Whether he prefers a hearty steak or an indulgent brunch, make his day special by dining at one of the following top-notch spots.

The Hotel at Kirkwood Center

Cedar Rapids

Celebrate Father’s Day at The Hotel at Kirkwood in Cedar Rapids, a AAA, Four-Diamond hotel. The award-winning spot will host two Father’s Day dinners on Friday, June 14, and Saturday, June 15, leading up to a special steak and eggs brunch on Sunday, June 16. Each dining experience is curated by the hotel’s renowned chefs, with items like prime rib, filet and bone-in pork chop available to enjoy. For more information, visit thehotelatkirkwood.com.

Paws & Pints

Des Moines

For dog dads looking to get in on the Father’s Day fun, visit Paws & Pints in Des Moines. This unique venue combines a dog park and a bar, allowing Dad to enjoy a delicious brunch while watching his furry friends play. It’s a perfect spot for dog-loving dads to unwind and enjoy quality time with family and pets. The mouthwatering brunch menu will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit pawsandpintsdsm.com.

Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack, & Hotel

Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack, & Hotel


Treat Dad to a trip to AJ’s Steakhouse at Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack, & Hotel in Altoona. This indulgent meal will feature specials just for Dad, including house-smoked baby back ribs, 34-oz. Tomahawk steaks, scratch desserts and more for an unforgettable Father’s Day in Iowa. Reservations are encouraged, and the special menu is available at 11 a.m. For more information, visit prairiemeadows.com.

Granite City Food & Brewery

Cedar Rapids

Skip the at-home breakfast in bed and take Dad to Granite City Food & Brewery for a specialty Father’s Day brunch. This Cedar Rapids spot offers a diverse menu for the occasion, including plates like freshly baked jumbo caramel rolls, RumChata French toast, thick-cut bacon, hash browns, bourbon maple-glazed pork, beef barbacoa and many more. The lively atmosphere at the Cedar Rapids brewery and delicious food make it a great place to gather and celebrate Dad. For more information, visit opentable.com.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Des Moines

Make this Father’s Day in Iowa one for the books at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. The elegant restaurant will host a three-course menu focused on plates from both land and sea for Pops, with a signature wine menu to complement each dish. These items are fit for the king Dad is and include options like the filet mignon with crab-stuffed shrimp scampi or lobster tail scampi ($88); the Prime Surf & Turf featuring 20-oz. USDA prime bone-in ribeye and lobster tail ($112); and the Prime Event, with 35-oz. USDA prime tomahawk and lobster tail ($143). Each plate includes a salad and dessert; a kid’s three-course menu is also available for those dining with little ones. For more information, visit flemingssteakhouse.com.

Watermill Kitchen + Bar 


A local Midwest favorite, Watermill Kitchen + Bar, can soon become Dad’s favorite after you take him for an indulgent Father’s Day dinner. In addition to its staple locally-inspired plates, like the glazed Not Your Mom’s Meatloaf, braised short rib and St. Louis BBQ Ribs, Watermill Kitchen + Bar is offering a limited-time prime rib special for $29.99 where each father will receive a free draft beer. This deal will be available all day long while supplies last, and reservations are strongly encouraged. For more information, visit watermillkitchen.com.

Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel


Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel is kicking off Father’s Day in Iowa celebrations early, with a special meal taking place at 10 a.m. This feast features a wide array of dishes, from savory pizza and prime rib carvings to salad stations and dessert bars. The dining special will be served until 3 p.m. at $32.99 per person ($10.99 for children four to 11). For more information, visit meskwaki.com.


Captain Roy’s

Des Moines

For a picturesque celebration filled with art, live music, food and family, head to Hootenanny House Father’s Day Hoot by The Lake on June 16 at Captain Roy’s. The premier entertainment venue is located along the Des Moines River at Birdland Marina, and off the Neal Smith bike trail. Enjoy savory shareable apps, including bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers, cheese curds and flavor-filled sandwiches, including chicken-bacon ranch and Italian beef. For more information, visit www.captainroys.com.

The Tavern Grill Restaurant and Bar

Des Moines 

The Tavern Grill, built on the foundation of “dream it, build it, eat it,” is the perfect vibe for Father’s Day in Iowa. Enjoy a sensational brunch spread on Sunday, June 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stick-to-your-ribs delicacies include carved roast beef, baked reggiano hash browns, biscuits and gravy, thick-cut hickory-smoked bacon, fresh caramel rolls and garlic mashed potatoes with gravy. For more information, visit www.thetaverngrill.com/event/fathers-day-brunch.

Lazy H Campground


Why should a Father’s Day meal just be an hour or so? Settle in and stay awhile at Lazy H Campground’s Father’s Day Weekend Backyard BBQ from check-in on Friday, June 14, at 3 p.m. until check-out on Sunday, June 16, at noon. Throughout the weekend, savor on-site food trucks, a backyard barbecue and wine and beer tastings with Broken Kettle Winery. Activities include Dad Olympics, Best Dad Joke and Best Dressed Dad Contest. For more information, visit www.lazyhcampground.com.

Iowa Craft Brew Festival

The Heights Rooftop 

Iowa City

Show Pops he’s tops this Father’s Day in Iowa at The Heights Rooftop. Enjoy good food, drinks and more at the afternoon grill-out on June 16 from noon to 5 p.m. The buffet will feature summertime favorites including barbecue ribs, burgers, smoked meats, grilled corn on the cob, potato salad, mac and cheese, an ice cream float bar, peach cobbler and more. For imbibing guests, John’s Grocery will serve up a bourbon tasting. Partake in the festive fun with jumbo Connect 4, lawn darts and putt putt. For more information, visit heightsrooftop.ticketspice.com/fathers-day.

Millstream Brewing


Give the gift of beer this Father’s Day in Iowa. With a wide selection of brews on tap and by the bottle, celebrate with a beer in one hand, and a beer in the other at Millstream Brewing. Designated drivers can enjoy one of Millstream’s house-brewed sodas including grape, sarsaparilla, ginger, cream soda and black cherry. On Sunday, June 16, Randy Sandersfeld takes the stage from 3 to 5 p.m. and will have you singing and dancing to classics with a few originals mixed in. For more information, visit millstreambrewing.com/events.

Kenzie Barrena and Sabrina Chapman

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