I recently resurrected the memories of the semi-formal father daughter dance my sister and I went to with our dad in high school.
Getting all dressed up to go somewhere was SUCH a big deal then! It made the day feel different than all the rest. More special…
As a tribute to these beautiful memories, I’ve composed a list of 32 places that dads can take their special girls this Valentine’s Day!
Musso & Frank
Because walking into the only restaurant that has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is always a classic move.
Chicken and Lyonnaise Potatoes
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Checkered tablecloths in an upscale joint just seems more forgiving.
Cesar Salad, A family occasion
Photo Credit: @lemervetty
Pretty desserts with glitter specs around cafe tables is a little girls dream!
Anything meringue, The perfect host gift!
An incredibly interactive and artistic museum that stays open until 9pm! Your girls will deem you a rock star.
An immersive and healing art experience!
Photo Credit: @lascalabeverlyhills
Because 1500 balloons on the ceiling is too fun not to.
Chop Salad, Minestrone Soup, Chicken Meatballs (certain days only), Chicken Milanese (no cheese).
So fancy it’ll feel like you’re on top of the world (literally).
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The Dekkadance Buffet
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Though the slide will last as long as your little ones attention span, this is an experience they will never forget.
The Huntington Rose Garden Tea Room
Photo Credit: @rosegardentearoon
Room and a walk in the gardens – Yes, this really does have Cinderella written all over it and you will be the Prince!
Because it’s a fancy enough restaurant to warrant a suit AND its location is so perfect that you’ll want to grab a scoop of McConnell’s and take a stroll on the lawn!
The elegant scene
Who wouldn’t want to make their own hot chocolate while all dressed up?
Farmhouse at Roger’s Garden
Photo Credit: @farmhouseatrg
Take a stroll in a garden before or after you’re quiet mid day snack and see where the night takes you.
Weekend brunch, a beautiful walk through the landscape
Inn of the Seventh Ray
You can play Christopher Robin in this very Winnie the Pooh’esque setting as you share a meal with your bestie!
The weekend buffet
The Getty Museum
Photo Credit: @gettymuseum
The tram ride up is worth every expression!
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A meal in this Cuban brasserie has festive written all over it!
Ropa Vieja, The setting
Photo Credit: @ parkerslighthouse
Views of the harbor lights (and of that ocean liner you forgot to book) is as gorgeous as the twinkle in your little ones dress at this O.C. spot!
Lunch. Order seafood.
They didn’t know until this night that Dad was so cool. It’s a perfect pre-teen night out.
Eating a pastry for breakfast, wearing a suit for no reason, walking past a Bellagio’esque fountain on the way in… you’ll wish to freeze this moment in time.
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Reserve a table outside and you’ll be having Sushi in a Japanese garden at a spot that also serves noodles!
The Rolls Royce, You Fancy, Yaki Udon
Le Petit Trois
Photo Credit: @petittroisla
If a burger is all she eats, then make it a good one in a fancy French place.
Steak Tartar, Le Big Mac
Eagle Rock Italian bakery & Deli
Photo Credit: @eagle_rock_italian_bakery
Grab some meatballs and Red Sauce and make a candlelight dinner for your leading ladies at home.
Italian pastries and all the freshly made frozen food: esp. meatballs and marinara, pesto sauce
Orange Hill Restaurant
Be greeted by a Koi pond and have dinner on the patio overlooking the hills of OC.
Antica Pizzeria Da Michele
This just might be the fanciest (and most expensive) place to have a pizza in town, but dining on a fancy patio is well worth it.
Audrey at the Hammer Museum
Photo Credit: @audreyatthehammer
Lunch and a museum in one stop? Dreamy for your budding artist.
Family Fun Activities
Brunch at the Queen Mary
Because a meal on a timeless ocean liner is super royal.
The Big Chill or Lunch
Every palace needs princesses.
Day Trip, Sunday Brunch, Holiday Light Spectacle
Fountain Grill at the Beverly Hills Hotel
A room that’s Pink, green and flowery? Enough said.
Because this family owned Italian spot will take care of the little ones first… and THIS is always a special feeling.
Bolognese and all the feels
Laduree at The Grove
Photo Credit: @maisonladuree
Colorful macaroons and a tea time is even dreamier with a Prince!
Shopping, playing, eating and entertainment!!
Breakfast/Lunch at Malibu Farms Rosewood Miramar
A meal on posh grounds and a stones throw from the Ocean is a memory that Daddy’s little girl will never forget.
LUNCH at Malibu Farm and a fun afternoon
The Original Fish Co.
It can be fancy or casual, depending on which side of the restaurant you choose. But c’mon, your girl just put on her favorite sparkly dress!
Sitting oceanfront for a meal with your best girl(s)…what can be better?
Macaroons and a tea at Bottega Louie
Photo Credit: @bottegalouie
As if walking right into a colorful pastry case isn’t enough, the colossal high ceilings and bright airy space feels super important!
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Macaroons, Portobello Mushroom Fries