Darya Restaurant
Darya Restaurant

Darya Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.daryasouthcoastplaza.com/
  • Phone: 7145576600
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Persian, Middle Eastern
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer off site catering for 20 people or more. We offer staff when you use Darya for Catering call General Manager for details..714-557-6600
  • Private Party Facilities: Select our elegant private Mezzanine Room for your next private event. As you walk up the beautiful formal stairway, you’ll be mesmerized by all the room's beauty, starting with the gorgeously lit chandeliers that bring perfect lighting to set the mood for any occasion.
  • Private Party Contact: Event Coordinator 8555770064
  • Entertainment: Live Piano entertainment on Friday & Saturday nights from 7:00pm - 10:00pm.
  • Special Events: Experience the Hidden Treasures of Darya, quarterly wine tasting events with 5 course meals, entertainment, raffle prizes. Call restaurant for schedules. Our wine Tasting Events sell out fast. Ask for "Rene" to be placed on our VIP list. Email: rene@darya

Getting there

  • Cross Street: South Plaza Drive
  • Public Transit: Complimentary Shuttle provided to and from the Performing Arts Center (must request in advance to restaurant) 714-557-6600 for Preforming Arts Schedule
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet Parking on weekends
A word from Darya Restaurant
As soon as you step into the palatial dining room, surrounded by marble columns lit by gorgeous chandeliers, you'll know that a memorable evening awaits you. Darya's owners have offered Orange County excellent Persian fine Dining for 20 years. You'll be intrigued by the wide array of deliciously spiced fare. During dinner relax to the sounds of our piano entertainment, be sure to sample Darya's signature dish, naderi kebab--delicious, juicy chunks of center-cut filet mignon marinated in Darya's special sauce. Whether you're meeting friends or clients for drinks at the full-service bar/lounge or extending your meal on our waterfall patio your palate will thank you! Darya has also expanded its luxurious offerings to include the Mezzanine Room, which can accommodate up to 90 people. Celebrate your next meeting or celebration reserve now! Contact: Rene' Redjaian email: rene@daryasouthcoastplaza.com
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Darya Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
22 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (15)good for groups (13)great for lunch (11)romantic (10)fit for foodies (8)neighborhood gem (7)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (2)notable wine list (2)late-night find (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Great Persian Food
    BEARVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Every time I come to Costa Masa I eat here. The food is always consistently good. The boneless lamb kebabs are to die for. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HAIFA1999
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was perfect👌👌and i will come back again😍
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Darya = Best Persian Food in OC
    TakeMyAdviceVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We've dined several times at Darya. We always get wonderful service. The food never disappoints. This time our dishes were Dolemeh as an appetizer. Also, cornish hen chicken kebab, albalo polo, and lamb kebab. All were outstanding. Don't forget to try the Persian ice cream (saffron pistachio).
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food & Good Service
    sam1
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Food was great as usual. Service was good, but a little slow.e
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LADimSumGirl
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Patio seating was great for a leisurely lunch. Persian stews were delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Persian restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The decor is magnificent, truly brings the feel of being in a Persian grande experience. The food is always delicious. Service was great and the music was just starting when we left. We went early, after the matinee at Segerstrom, but it is always the perfect time there. If you have never had their lamb, it is seasoned perfectly. A real treat.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Go To place for Lunch and Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Ive been coming here for years most esepcially if I have to stay late for work. This is where I got to, to grab late dinner. They food is teh best. Everytime I come here, I always bring and invite friends, families to try this restaurant. I never failed to impress them The staff, waiter and even the manager is friendly and professional. I always reserve a table in their outdoor patio.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • PdotVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Haven't been here for a while, but it is still great. Varied menu and good service and food. i had the lamb chops which were properly cooked and delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food in lovely atmosphere
    HBGalVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Our lunches were delicious! Service was good, too. A very nice meal with interesting flavors!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kolika918
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Excellent Service. The food is good. Good place to have business meeting.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lovely atmosphere
    locals
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    this is our favorite place for persian food, which we love. the eloquent atmosphere makes for a relaxing dining experience. we went on a sunday early evening, so not at all crowded. experienced wait staff can explain everything and you never feel rushed. the food is always cooked to perfection. i do think their prices have gone up. but then, the quality has remained high, so i guess you get what you pay for here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 165 reviews are from the Darya Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Good food great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    The menu is varied , the food was excellent The service could not have been better!! Great place for a special dinner!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anonymous
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We've been going to Darya for 15+ years, and have never had a negative experience. The food is fantastic, the building is clean and elegant, the service and live music is amazing... I have nothing bad to say!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great kept secret
    FoodCat
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Darya is a great spot for a business lunch set apart from the regular spots. It is elegant yet understated. The service and food are perfect.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Family Mediterranean
    Beagle47VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    This is a particularly nice restaurant that is family friendly. We have been several times most recently March 2014. The restaurant itself is very well and tastefully decorated. Saturday that we went included a live band playing classic 40s and 50s tunes. The décor seems upscale but dress and "aura" is not so much. The waiters wear bow ties and provide decent service but the atmosphere is family dress, family like. I found the red meat very good (including Filet) each time I have had it. Chicken dishes are well-prepared. The vegetarian faire is also fresh and tasty. Nothing will shock the pallet here which is good if you are looking for a solid meal experience that welcomes the children.
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  • Classy and classic place to dine
    John
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Do you want a place to dine before the theater? Or for a special occasion with friends and family? How about a date night with a loved one? This restaurant fits he bill for all of those. The food is top notch with ambiance to match. And there are few places that have such friendly and accommodating service. It’s not the best place in town, but a very good and consistent runner-up.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat.
    wozanihb
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    I've been dining at Darya since the late '80s. Always great everything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Persian Cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    In my opinion the finest Persian cuisine OC has to offer. Food is delicious, elegant surroundings, and live music. Never disappoints. I took out of town guests for dinner, and they were very impressed. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and atmosphere
    GoMike
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We came for the special Valentine's event. Very elegant decor, and they added live music for the occasion. The spicy eggplant appetizer was excellent. Unfortunately the menu was limited and fixed price for that night, otherwise we might have tried more dishes. There is an extensive wine list as well.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's Day
    prettyopenmynded
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I went on Valentines's Day. The food was good, but they refused to let me select off the regular menu. This was an issue because they jacked up the prices to $60 a person. This may work at a fancy place where people have big money, but not at a middle level place. I saw several people get up and leave (which I should have done). The real problem came when they forced an 18% tax which brought my meal to over $150 (just me and the wife). For $150 I expect an outstanding experience and this was just average.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We LOVE Darya Restaurant
    FiveCrowns
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    The food, the staff, and the ambiance are always outstanding. Thank you so much for making our dining experience so memorable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Persian Restaurant in O. C.
    SteakloverVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Darya, near South Coast Plaza, is a beautiful Persian restaurant with excellent food and service. On weekend evenings they have live musicians as a nice background for your dinner. I have been eating there for more than 20 years, and the food is consistently delicious. They also have a full bar. The servers are very pleasant and efficient, and the restaurant itself is very large and beautiful inside, with leaded glass windows and art objects for decoration. They have no booths, but many tables to accommodate a couple or any size group. If you like kebabs made with filet mignon or chicken breast, or any other Persian dishes, this is the place to go.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thank you!
    FiveCrowns
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    One of our favorite restaurants. We love the food, the service, and the ambiance.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
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  • I usually think of Darya as
    TravelerVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2013
    I usually think of Darya as a dinner spot, but what a delight it is at lunch. They have lunch specials, as well as the regular menu. I usually think of their meat as top-notch, but this time my lamb chops were a bit dry and slightly overcooked. However, the babaganoush is excellent, the tea is fragrant and aromatic, and the chocolate hazelnut mousse-cake dessert was superb. While waiting for my lunch companion, I was offered a cup of tea or coffee, or glass of water - a very nice touch, and very welcoming! This is still my favorite Persian restaurant in this area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service ?
    Kebobhombre
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Perhaps not enough staff or too busy....we waited 20 minutes to discover our appetizer platter was given to adjacent table. Although we saw the waitress do such, she blamed the assistant. My combo dinner entry was incomplete - missing shrimp. Although I notified the waitress and cancelled the shrimp she brought it later anyway. We were "rewarded" with a free yogurt appetizer. Food was satisfactory. Try Antonello next door for top service, however.
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  • Best Persian Food in Coastal OC
    TravelerVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    This is our long-time favorite Persian restaurant. Mostly we order kebabs (beef, chicken or lamb), but we change it up now & then. This time, the Salad Olivieh, a potato salad with chicken, peas, and herbs, became our new favorite. The fish here is also very good. Service is usually attentive, but this time we had to flag down someone to take care of our bill. A small matter! We always enjoy Darya.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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  • Over charging
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/28/2013
    Darya restaurant has a habit of over charging. Check your receipts all the time.
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  • Awesome food
    BEARVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    We drive up from San Diego to eat here. It is consistently great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The restaurant refused to
    ddddVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2013
    The restaurant refused to accept my opentable dining certificates, even though they accepted my opentable reservation. the certificates were valid at the time we dined there on August 6 and did not indicate any exclusions that would make them unusable on that date. This is false ad advertising. We dined there thinking that we will be able to use the certificates since they accepted my opentable reservation. The reason they gave me was the other Darya Restaurant located in Costa Mesa, CA is the one that accepts the certificates but their location in Orange, CA does not. I would request opentable to look into this.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservation Problem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    I made a reservation online through Open Table. When My friends and I entered the restaurant , I was told I didn't have a reservation, even though I had the confirmation on my iphone. After having lunch the hostess told my she found my reservation and apologized.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    RAYMONDVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    Having returned to Darya after a while we were disappointed at the drop in standard of food. Although good value for money the food quality seemed to have dropped. There was a lack of taste and some plates were cool, not hot as expected. Service has become surly and the welcome needs to be improved.
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  • Who knew?
    KritiKareVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    While traveling thru Orange County, Open Table offered me the choice to go to Darya- and I was in the mood for something really ethnic and traditional. Persian food in an elegant setting with a really pleasant wait staff was at the other end of reservation. What a fun experience with great tastes! I will have to make a point to stop in when I am next in Orange County!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/5/2013
    Darya was a great resturant and their service was beyond exceptional.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    Food quality is not what it used to be. Food quality has gone down, but prices have gone up. People vote with their feet as half the resturant was empty on Friday night at 8:00 pm.
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  • very Good persian restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 3/14/2013
    very Good persian restaurant with very friendly staff- asked about recommendations about appetizer -- waitress recommended an eggplant appetizer -- we indicated that we were not a fan --- instead we had very good Grape leaves --- she brought a taste of the egg plant and we agreed it was outstanding It's called Borani --- will order next time that we are here.
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  • Best Food in SoCal!!!
    wozanihb
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    I've been dining at Darya for 25 years and they remain the best of the best. The food is fantastic, the ambiance is sofistacated and soothing, the service is impecible. Thank you Darya for maintaining your standards. Thanks also to Masy for outstanding service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Let's see... band was warming-up
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    Let's see... band was warming-up for their 9:00pm show in the middle of prime-time dinner time (6:00pm), unable to hold a conversation until they ended 40 minutes later. Cigarette smoke from the patio enters the main dining area, meat was overcooked. I found management indifferent and only concerned about the revenue the nighttime crowd generates. Will never go again, will never recommend.
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  • Food was very good but too
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    Food was very good but too salty for me. Excellent service. I would go back again but only if the band is NOT rehearsing during my dinner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Persian cuisine
    GilbertVIP
    Dined on 1/6/2013
    Good food at moderate price with a nice ambiance, we will return as we did many times before
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  • Smoking ruined dining experience
    TakeMyAdviceVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2012
    We have been to Darya several times; however, this time we were so disappointed. We wanted to eat on the patio and enjoy the day, but someone was smoking. When I questioned that practice, the hostess told us they allow it. I told her I believed you cannot smoke even on patios in restaurants where food is served. I know of no other restaurant in Orange County that allows smoking on their dining patios. The result was that we had to move inside the restaurant. It wasn't what we would have liked but at that point, we had no choice. So much for a quiet, relaxing lunch.
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