Del Frisco's Grille - Santa Monica

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Del Frisco’s Grille is a stylish, modern restaurant with a vibrant ambiance where life is celebrated around the table. Boasting premium American classics infused with fresh, seasonal ingredients, the Grille’s thoughtful menu features Del Frisco’s Prime, hand-cut steaks and craveable, shareable dishes such as the signature Cheesesteak Eggrolls. With an award-winning yet accessible wine list and hand-crafted cocktails, Del Frisco’s Grille takes guests through a social culinary journey with each experience, no matter the occasion. Located on the northeast corner of Colorado and Ocean Avenue, overlooking the iconic Santa Monica Pier. *Reservations are accepted for indoor dining only. Patio seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was absolutely great!
Service was excellent
Will definitely be back

AU
Oklahoma City
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our Thanksgiving meal at Del Frisco’s and it was superb. The pecan pie was to die for. The staff were especially service oriented and took care of every detail. DELISH!

H
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

It is not like it was when it opened. They used to give pretzel bread. Now there is nothing before the meal.

G
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great evening celebrating a birthday. Service was excellent.

s
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service and nice ambiance. We sat in a booth and noise level with no problem. Didn't particularly care for their music choice but otherwise a great evening.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

R
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Great rib eye steak snd caesar salad. Fries were a bit soggy. Go there on the weekend if you like it loud. A ton of tourists and loud traffic so plan accordingly.

B
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful outdoor seating with enough heaters to make it very pleasant. Dinner was delicious

OT
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed it very much. Was told we would receive validated parking but valet would not honor it.

TK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The staff was very accommodating and took good care of us.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The AC was not efficient. Joseph waiter was fantastic!

PD
Los Angeles
108 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

This was clearly on off night for them. We have eaten there many times before, always good but this night the service was a disaster and some of the food fell down

We had to wait a very long time for our waiter, James to take our orders, like 25 minutes and we finally flagged down another waiter to ask them to take our order and that caused James to mysteriously appear and take our order.
But wait, there’s more: the long delays continued and it took like 25-30 minutes for our food to arrive and then only after we asked the hostess to get us a manager to find out what was causing the delay. We were ready to walk out.
So service was a real zero
Steaks were fine but someone needs to teach the kitchen how to trim asparagus. They very tough ends that are inedible we’re not cut off. No good restaurant doesn’t know to cut off the tough inedible part. And the fries, while crispy and no salt as I ordered them, were super greasy like their oil is not hot enough.Something fell down with the kitchen
The manager finally felt bad enough that she comped our meal, (it took her a while to offer this, I think she had to look to see we had dined there many times before and then she had to get approval for those above her in management) which really wasn’t what we were looking for, we would have preferred good service and good food like we’ve received other times.
But wait, there’s even more: when they were clearing off the table they dropped the barbecue sauce on the floor and it splashed up onto my daughters dress, staining it. It was an accident, but whenever I’ve seen that happen at other restaurants, they immediately offer to pay for the dry cleaning bill. Dead silence from these waiters. We weren’t going to make a deal out of it, but tip to the restaurant managers—train your staff better- when accidents happen, and they do happen, train your staff on better customer service.Will we go back? Yes, very likely since all other experiences there have been better. But not as fast

D
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Great location right across the street from the pier. Nothing super great and nothing horrible either. I must say our waiter was excellent though. My wife and I had the price fixe menu. Very good deal, just nothing spectacular about the food.

M
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here with 11 people. We got a great table that wasn’t close to others so it was easy to talk. Service was amazing! Great food. Lots of choices so everyone was happy!

OT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service & food! Our waitress was the best!

B
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

All quite good ... food ( steaks / ribs) could have been better frankly ... it’s their core meat after all .

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s was great! The staff is always wonderful and when things are not perfect, they make sure they do right by you!

E
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

3 Birthdays and the service was great

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great pre fix dinner

AC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful evening. Quiet mostly, though it was in the center of the Pier Strip action. Highly recommend. They had a menu special that we enjoyed-great value for the price. Would definitely go again.

MR
New Orleans
26 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

The place is a must do. The food is good, the atmosphere is great, and the bar is fun. We have been here 3 times. The 1st time, was great service. The 2nd time same, the 3rd time our server was not. I hope, She must of been having a BAD DAY! Or she need to not be a restaurant waiters. The dinner did not flow, we were not welcomed when we sat down, was not asked what we would like to drink. It was like we had we pulling teeth. We had to ask for everything. (drinks, bread, more drinks, more water, the check) BUT, that was 1 time thing. The other time is was a great dining experiences.

OT
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food with an ocean view. Steaks prepared perfectly. Sides plentiful. Crab cakes were great ! Drinks were great and tasty. Service was superb !

MS
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious and service excellent. Very customer focused restaurant that wants customers to be happy.

TS
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location near Santa Monica pier and sunset viewing and while is food was great (corn bisque, flatbread, salmon and prime rib), along with the VIP cocktails, it is really the staff at this restaurant that not only provides a great dining experience but a caring family connection amongst one another.

The entire staff went above and beyond to make us comfortable after a medical incident occurred near our table. Our waitress, Amber, was exceptional along with the managers and second waiter.

It's nice to know that there's still a human connection in this crazy busy world.

CS
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Our server paid little attention to our table. Other tables next to ours got more fast and more frequent attention and received their food prior to us, despite our tabling ordering first. It was my birthday and despite confirming twice with the restaurant our server never acknowledged any special occasion. I would have said something at the conclusion of the meal but by then I was tired of the bad service and ready to leave. Had multiple great experiences previously at Del Frisco's Grille in Dallas so expectations were high, but this was disappointing.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my niece’s birthday. She had a wonderful time, as sis we all!

The food was excellent, especially, the asparagus beignets. Who would have thought?!!!

I

u
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing celebration. Molly was our waitress and gave whole new definition to the concept of service. We’ve never been to Del’s before. Great!!!

R
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Well this was for our anniversary but this was never acknowledged even though I stated on the reservation. We have never had bad service here before but this waitress we had must have been tired or overworked because it seemed like she didn’t want to be there and we felt like a bother to her. Kind of disappointing specially on our anniversary.

HY
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We were there early so it was a pleasant experience. Left in time to view the sunset from the pier across the street.

AH
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall1food2service4ambience1

What a letdown! Very shabby rendition of a Del Frisco's. Very loud restaurant with boring decor and ambience. The heirloom tomato and burrata salad/plate had to be sent back because the tomatoes weren't ripe and the waiter came back and said the chef said that heirloom tomatoes tend to be tougher but that didn't explain the lack of flavor and how unripe it really was. They did replace that dish and used Roma tomatoes which were much better but of course they weren't the heirlooms we wanted. The Beef Stroganoff was too salty and the noodles were too al dente but the short rib that it is served with it was the only high point as it was tasty and tender. The jumbo shrimp cocktail was a very sad dish to be sure. The shrimps were overdone and thus the texture was beef like and just plain wrong. The Prime Ribeye was no big deal and surprisingly not very tender. The kicker of all of this was they share a restroom with a nightclub and they were disgusting and one needs a hazmat suit and a respirator to go in and then a complete hose down and decontamination upon exiting. My guest said the Women’s restroom was worse.

The waiter, I will say, was good and no complaints about the service.

It seems that someone is definitely asleep at the wheel at this confused location. I wasted 187.00 on a bad experience and an embarrassment as I spoke of Del Frisco's many merits before getting there and the restaurant majorly disappointed all the way around...

S
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good is always great and service wonderful!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Anniversary

SP
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fantastic location, reasonably priced food, great service!

KJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amber was incredible!

SC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very yummy and affordable for a steakhouse of its caliber

EF
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

meat is a little tough, chewy, on steak house salad. Used to be fillet, I think. But flavor for every meal was terrific.

JC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great atmosphere! Our waiter, Nicolas, did a great job!

MW
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and our server, Brian was fantastic. Look forward to dining here again sometime soon.

A
Los Angeles
83 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hadn't been here in a long time--food was delicious and Stephanie, our server, was solicitous and very nice. This is a great place for a business lunch--not too noisy to hear and be heard by your dining companions. Will go back!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! The scallops were awesome. The service was perfect. I will go back again !

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