Del Frisco's Grille - Santa Monica

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980 reviews
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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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very yummy and affordable for a steakhouse of its caliber

EF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

MW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

W
Los Angeles
82 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

ZR
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

I had a gift card that they wouldn't except. But once I complained to the manager he fixed it right away. So for that I was happy. I would just say in the future maybe fix the authorization hold so they don't keep declining your card.

B
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Del Frisco's Grille Santa Monica WAS GREAT! We had a fabulous lunch and I could not believe how beautiful this restaurant is. Food was fabulous and the server was amazing. I definitely would suggest Del Frisco's for dinner, cocktails, lunch, brunch, everything. great location, great wine list! Thank you for such an incredible day!

JB
Jersey
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We were kept waiting about 30 minutes after our booking time, as a table was not available. Once seated, service was fine, and the food was adequate, but never going to challenge you gastronomically. There was a decent wine list, and knowledgeable assistance in choosing was provided, which was appreciated. Service thereafter was sporadic, although the extremely rapid presentation of the check was noted as a point of difference! Overall, the best I could say would be that it was a tolerable example of this type of restaurant, with decently-executed food. The ambiance was quite noisy, however, so if you're looking for a quiet evening for two, I doubt that this would suit. Prices, whilst not totally exorbitant, were certainly on the higher side of reasonable.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had large party. Seated quickly, great service and a bday dessert as well.

KB
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Highly priced terrible food. My waiter was the only saving grace. Will never come back.

j
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time great service great food

BK
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience at this location. One of my go to places to eat in Santa Monica. They take care of you and they go above and beyond to make sure your visit is up to par.

S
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious food and good service. Love this place. A little noisy but worth it!

OT
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

So music was loud and hard rock... had to go to bar to get my glass of wine as my steak was already cold and it was off the reserve wine list ....manager made it right but the ditzy waitress blew it off that the bar got “hit”... when I walked all the way to the bar to get that glass of wine since no one checked back to see how was the steak ... there 3 people at bar?? So not sure what “getting hit hard” means ... especially when the sommelier was wandering the restaurant looking for something to do...

CJ
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an outstanding dinner with good friends. Waitress was great. My wife and I came in from Thousand Oaks. Our friends came from Culver City. Parking was a breeze. Thanks

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great friendly service. Delicious steak. I wasn’t crazy about the zucchini but it was good. Delicious burrata. We weren’t rushed at all and enjoyed a nice Sunday afternoon leisurely lunch by the beach

C
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

While the service was exceptional, my food selection was a major disappointment. I enjoyed the Cheesesteak eggroll appetizer but would never order the Croque Madame sandwich again. The ratio of bread to ingredients (ham, egg & cheese) wasn’t balanced. It amounted to a thick grilled cheese sandwich...lots of bread & cheese, little ham & tiny fried egg. It wasn’t worth the price I paid.

L
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was ok, but service was not great.

S
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were 5 of us for a late lunch on a Monday. It was noisy outside but lovely and peaceful inside, open to the breeze. Our waitress was fabulous, making suggestions of her favorites -- and she was so right. I would go again just to eat artichoke beignets. My older grandson had a thick ahi steak, cooked absolutely perfectly which isn't easy. Our salads, kale and brussel sprouts with grilled salmon, came with a parmesan dressing, dried cranberries and hazelnuts -- very tasty. And there is valet parking! I can't wait to dine there again!!

S
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a busy restaurants right down on the main drive of Santa Monica, but we easily got a reservation the day prior. I enjoyed a wonderful dinner with colleagues. Our waiter was AWESOME and was able to accommodate individual checks, as we were all from different organizations. The crab cake, artichoke beignets, ahi tacos were ALL excellent appetizers that we were able to share. The lemon VIP drink was delicious and refreshing! We all had good meals including the shrimp bowls and BBQ shrimp. I highly recommend this restaurant for good food and service all around!

OT
Oklahoma City
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first stop in Santa Monica and it did not disappoint!! The ahi tuna tacos were small, but so good. My husband had the Philly cheesesteak egg roles and they were delicious as well. My very favorite part was the VIP drink. Oh. My. Goodness....I am not a person that can drink a martini or vodka straight up, but I had three of these and they were so good. It’s pineapple infused vodka and it’s very refreshing and not strong at all...but you do feel the kick after a few. ;) If we ever visit Santa Monica again, this will be the first stop again. Service was great, patio was good people watching!!

AB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service!

TT
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 4

Let me start by stating that the food has been fantastic both times I’ve been to this location. The problem I have with this place is that I have to be on the lookout for being deceived. The first time I went, my friend was asked if he wanted to try a special dish. He made the mistake of not asking the price and it turned out to be a $90 entree. Okay, he should have asked. But that set the tone. Beware when you order at Del Frisco’s.

Tonight, I went with my wife and two daughters along with two friends and their two young children. The upsell and games began quickly. Did we want distilled or sparkling water? Um, regular tap water will be fine, thank you. Then when we ordered the kids meal, my wife was asked what sides the kids wanted. I couldn’t hear her order and she didn’t realize until after ordering the sides that the sides do not come with the meals. That was an unnecessary extra $20 to our bill. They got us there.

But the reason for the low review is because our food was extremely delayed (90 minutes after we were first seated) and with people seated after us getting their steaks before our meals. Our kids got their meals (we ordered for them first) and they finished their meals more than half an hour we got our food. Our waiter offered us complimentary bread for our trouble. Really? The same bread we would have gotten if we had just known to ask?

The saving grace for us was the manager, Corina. She listened to our concerns and waived the cost of the four adult dishes we ordered - something we were not looking for and was certainly above and beyond what she had to do. Despite all this, I certainly would consider going to this restaurant again. But my defenses will be up against any upselling. Be careful!

SJ
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience. And nice to meet the new GM, Scott. We look forward to returning soon.

B
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Waiter took forever to bring our dinner other waitress and waiters bring the food he rushed us to pay the bill when we weren’t ready and got rude

R
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for our daughters 20th birthday dinner Natalie was really nice and friendly had a good time

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Overall a disappointing experience. Will include details in private note.

S
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat here frequently because the food is consistently excellent. Our favorite sever Eric M. He is amazingly friendly and responsive. Cheers to him!

BK
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience at Del Friscos. Great food. Great service. Great time all around.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

Too many bums and tourists around the restaurant

T
Edmonton
29 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Service was ok. Food was not good and over priced.

D
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Staff were fairly aloof. What gives? Thumbs up on everything else.

BB
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate a nice dinner on patio with our two small dogs. Great!

F
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a good experience and good food, our server Jeff was Awesome.

ML
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Corn chowder was excellent! The ahi tuna tacos were ok, the deep fried shells took away from the quality of the fish. Great location, Amber was our server and she was excellent.

e
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was horrible. The presentation was sloppy. I thought this was a classy place, turns out it's a dive bar with good appetizers. We will not return.

M
Hamburg Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wir haben etwas besonderes gesucht und wollten Steak essen. Die Bedienung war sehr kompetent und hat uns tolle Alternativen angeboten, auch zum teilen, damit man mehr probieren konnte. Sehr gut👍

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Birthday for mom and brother in law

J
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

It was Father’s Day, 8 pm reservation, party of 8...the food and service was very slow and food was cooked wrong and they also ran out of a entree after we had placed the order. The manager addressed all the issues and apologized and adjusted our bill for all the inconveniences. We have water at the Irvine location, and it wasn’t bad. It must have been a crazy evening.

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