Bamboo Izakaya, Seasons 52 and Water Grill, which will open in the former Ocean Avenue Seafood space any day now. Now add Del Frisco's Grille to the mix, which opens today for dinner, the first California location for the national chain.
In typical bar and grill fashion, Del Frisco's has a little bit of everything for everyone: flatbreads, cheesesteak eggrolls, ahi tacos, chicken wraps, steamed artichokes, big salads, steaks and seafood; craft beers, some local; more than 300 wines by the bottle and glass; and fresh-fruit cocktails. There's Nutella bread pudding and "adult" milkshakes made with Nocello walnut liqueur, creme de cacao and vanilla ice cream. A big bar, open kitchen and communal tables set the scene inside. From the sprawling patio you can watch the crowds flock to and from the Santa Monica Pier across the street. Brunch, which starts on Sunday, will probably be huge, and lunch will be added on Monday.
1551 Ocean Ave.; 310-395-7333