Patch Picks: Top 5 Father's Day Meal Specials in Santa Monica

Brunches at i. Cugini, and Ocean and Vine, make our list.

Happy Father's Day (two days early). If you'll be in Santa Monica this weekend, good fortune is shining upon you, as with your dad. Moreover, there are some great meals available. We picked out our top five for your convenience (see below).

One more thing before we get started: If you're looking for a last-minute gift idea, at is offering NIKEiD Gift Cards that will allow your pops to have his own footwear—or clothes, for that matter—custom-designed. He can pick from more than 115 styles that a Nike design consultant is customizing at the Santa Monica store.

And now, without further ado ...

Patch Picks: Top 5 Father's Day Meal Specials in Santa Monica:

1. Brunch: This one will be bittersweet, as the trattoria is after Sunday. As usual, the Smooth Jazz Sunday Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with sounds from 94.7 the Wave providing the backdrop, and the cost is $49.95 for adults and $21.95 for kids under 10. The massive menu includes 13 cold antipastis (octopus salad, beet and goat cheese salad); a wide array of meats, fish, pizzas and salads (roasted leg of beef, salmon crostini); hot and chilled seafood (chilled king crab legs, mussels in tomato broth); breakfast favorites (omelettes, waffles); and 16 desserts (chocolate budino, zuppa inglaise). Enjoy it while it lasts.

2. Father’s Day Special: There's no need to venture across the pond when you can walk a block from the water to get a taste of Britain. And if you're looking to save a buck or two, this could be your best bet. Starting at noon, the restaurant will serve a roast dinner—beef or lamb—specially made for dads. The cheap fee is $15.95 (a pint of beer costs extra, though).

3. : The eatery is so excited about its 20-year anniversary that it's stretching out this Father's Day meal special from Saturday through Friday. Multiple multi-course prix-fixe options will be available, with the price tag of $49 to $62. The choices consist of traditional Italian recipes (think Old World) cooked up by Executive Chef Walter Cestrone.

4. Brunch: Between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, brunch will be served at this French favorite. The menu includes steamed black mussels with spiced wine sauce and French fries ($16); croque monsieur sandwich with bechamel, Swiss and ham ($14); steak frites with garlic shallot sauce ($16); and many more selections. There's also a heated patio, although it's hard to imagine you'll need to take advantage of that, given the Sunday forecast (high of 63 degrees, low of 57).

5. at Brunch: This new Sunday brunch, put together by Chef Keith Roberts, features a waffle station; made-to-order omelettes; a carving station (prime rib, roasted teriyaki-infused turkey breast); shrimp and chicken fajitas; and deluxe mini-desserts. A bottomless champagne glass is included too. The cost is $49 per person.

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