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Swanky Steak Houses

While Philly is most famous for its cheesesteaks, there are plenty of options when it comes to tucking into a perfectly grilled cut of beef. Whether your dad goes in for the classic big dollar steaks—like a fat-marbled rib eye or New York strip—or tends to order like a chef—think butcher’s steak or flat iron—Philly’s swanky beef palaces can oblige. If you’re thinking about bonding with your pop over dinner on Father’s Day (June 16) these four restaurants are sure to fit the bill. Match your dad’s style to one of these spots and he’ll love you forever. Especially if you pick up the check.

The Paisano Dad: Davio’s You say Dad loves steak and Italian? Davio’s, situated upstairs on the corner of 17th and Chestnut, will win him over. Indulge in inventive dishes like hand-rolled gnocchi with wild mushrooms, along with perfectly grilled prime “carni.” The $55, 30-ounce long, bone rib eye has “I love you dad” written all over it. The Italian-centric wine list is equally impressive. 111 S. 17th St., 215.563.4810

The Hipster Dad: Barclay Prime How cool are you if you take your dad to Barclay Prime? This ultra-lux beef house is a Starr Restaurant all the way with its white leather banquettes and droll library setting. Start off with the $100 cheesesteak with foie gras or the Wagyu beef sliders. Then power through to the Gachot & Gachot prime aged rib steak with horseradish crème fraiche that is simply divine. The pricey martinis are among the driest in town. 237 S. 18th St., 215.732.7560

The Old School Glam Dad: The Prime Rib If your pop appreciates glam when he sees it, he’ll love the retro-Hollywood vibe at Prime Rib, where gentlemen tend to wear jackets after 5 pm and a sultry torch singer is accompanied on a baby grand. The candlelit glow is as alluring as the perfectly poured martinis and Manhattans, and yes, the prime rib is unrivaled—the Full Cut is truly man-sized. 1701 Locust St., 215.772.1701

The Dress To Impress Dad: Del Frisco’s The 34-foot wine tower at Del Frisco’s is just one of the bragging rights at the Philly outpost of the national steak house chain. The historic Packard Building setting is a soaring space with mezzanine seating, a vault dining room, and acres of prime real estate at two bars. Start with lump crab cakes, and then an aged filet that is a carnivore’s dream. 1426 Chestnut St., 215.246.0533