Treat your all-star dad to a fun day filled with the best dining choices and creative events for Father’s Day in Iowa.
Nothing says, “I love you, Dad!” better than a big steak dinner! At 801 Chophouse in Des Moines, the whole family can feast gourmet-style with top-of-the-line service and scenic views. Indulge Dad in the finest A5 Wagyu cuts topped with black truffle butter, colossal shrimp cocktail, one-pound baked potatoes, and plenty of classic sides and desserts. Open from 5 to 10 p.m., 801 Chophouse is the perfect way to finish off Father’s Day! To book, visit 801chophouse.com.
If your old man hopes to kick back and keep it casual this Father’s Day, then popping into Barrel House would be a great choice. With locations across Iowa, this neighborhood brewery has all the brews, bites and deals for you and your father to enjoy. Pub burgers, boneless wings, piled-high “Mr. Nachos,” firecracker shrimp tacos and quesadillas are filling and flavorful and pair perfectly with their eclectic on-tap beer options. For more information, visit barrelhousepub.com.
Lazy H Campground
Head to the great outdoors this Father’s Day weekend (June 16 to June 18) for an exciting time spent camping, eating and enjoying each others’ company. At Lazy H Campground in Akron, they are doing Father’s Day dining in Iowa outdoorsy-style–with food trucks, of course! If you’re up for some fun, have Dad take part in the “Best Dressed Dad” contest or the “Dad Olympics.” For more information, visit lazyhcampground.com.
Cedar Ridge Distillery
A distillery as well as a dining option, Cedar Ridge makes for the best two-in-one experience for Father’s Day. Open for brunch, lunch, dinner and, of course, cocktails, Dad can choose the time he’s ready to dine with the whole family. Smoked brisket, cinnamon-vanilla pancakes, wood-fired pizzas and a very shareable butcher’s platter taste just as delicious as they sound. And a robust menu of cocktails, wines, and spirits helps keep the good times rolling! To book, visit cedarridgedistillery.com.
This Father’s Day in Iowa, fill up on Southern fare with a local flair! Bubba in Des Moines is cooking up homestyle meals that bring on the comfort. Bring the family for a Southern-style dinner fit with fried chicken, biscuits, deviled eggs, shrimp and grits, jambalaya, pan-seared salmon, and so much more. Show Pops how much you care about him with food made with love. For reservations, visit bubbadsm.com.
Weekend “Wine” Down
Take Father’s Day to relax and tap into your artistic side. At Painting With a Twist, attendees can uncork their creativity while sipping on robust wines from 3 to 5 p.m. As a BYOB studio, bring dad’s favorite drinks and snacks and get ready to make Father’s Day memories that you can frame. $39 per person. To book, visit paintingwithatwist.com.
River Ridge Brewing
Spend the morning with brunch and brews at River Ridge Brewing in Bellevue. To celebrate their launch of Grapefruit Blonde Ale, the brewery is inviting dads from everywhere to try the summery special first-hand and grab some breakfast pizzas–beginning at 11 a.m. Plus, the brewery is offering $1 off of beers for fathers. For more information, visit riverridgebrewing.com.
The Class Act Restaurant
Located inside The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, this upscale eatery makes for special memories during Father’s Day. Make a reservation for any time of day–each meal provides culinary masterpieces that are creative twists on all the classics. From steak frites to filet and Mile High omelets, no one leaves hungry! To book, visit thehotelatkirkwood.com.
Big Grove Brewery
Enjoy the sips and sights at this authentic craft brewery this Father’s Day in Iowa–your dad will thank you! A modernized, but relaxed atmosphere, Big Grove Brewery (which has four Iowa locations) is also an open-air eatery serving up delicious and juicy burgers, tuna poke bowls, tasty chips and queso, and all the craft beer Dad could ask for. Rooted in Iowa hospitality, every customer will feel like they’re part of the family. For more information, visit biggrove.com.