Del Frisco’s Grille, Irvine

In Dining by LA Travel Magazine

The newest Del Frisco’s Grille is located in the Irvine Spectrum Center, joining together a diverse collection of over 130 specialty stores, restaurants and entertainment venues.  Meeting demand for the popular concept among Southern California fans, this marks the second West Coast location for Del Frisco’s Grille. The restaurant boasts warm wood accents and a striking “glass box” entryway that dramatically showcases the superb collection of wine.  Spanning a whopping 8,000 square feet, Del Frisco’s Grille has a guest capacity of 290 which includes indoor and outdoor seating.

The culinary team has created an innovative yet classic assortment of appetizers and shareable plates including Cheesesteak Eggrolls, Ahi Tacos and Fire Roasted Artichoke with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette, Parmesan and Black Pepper Aioli.  All three were delicious and a great way to start off our dinner. We also tried the Jumbo Lump Crabcake which is a Del Frisco’s classic, always baked and never fried as they say- and finished with a Cajun Lobster Sauce.  A collection of burgers, fresh seafood and signature steaks wet-aged for 28 days round out the menu along with a series of side dishes that include Truffle Mac and Cheese and Pan Braised Wild Mushrooms to name a few.  We highly suggest the Prime Beef Short Rib Stroganoff with Pappardelle Noodles for a rich and decadent dish and of course one of Del Frisco’s signature steaks…hey when in Rome right?

The Grille’s calling card is its toast-worthy wine, which includes 300 regional and global vintages, creating an unparalleled and adventurous wine list.  For a signature cocktail you must order the Signature VIP with Sweet Hawaiian Pineapple-Infused Svedka Clementine Vodka and Apt 5D with our favorite Vodka, Tito’s, Muddled Strawberries, Lemon Sour, Simple Syrup and a dash of Balsamic.  Make sure you leave room for dessert as the Nutella Bread Pudding with Coffee Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce provides a perfect ending and would be a sin to miss out on.