I've been to Darren's several times for dinner and have always had an excellent meal & service. I need to come in for brunch/lunch sometime to check out the afternoon scene! I will see you soon.
3/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Our server Nadia was exceptional!
Our server Nadia was exceptional! And the food as always was delicious.
3/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
It was absolutely delicious,
It was absolutely delicious, as it always is!!! The tiger shrimp prawn ravioli is to die for, and one of my favorites. Wonderful cocktail and wine selection; excellent service; friendly staff; entrees were also just fabulous! Thank you! I will continue happily visiting Darren's for my dining enjoyment!
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Even though the food was outstandin
Even though the food was outstanding and a little pricey, the only real pain was the parking. Evidently, Thursday, Friday and Saturday the city has valet parking, but it was not yet open when we arrived. The uphill walk after dinner and drinks was a challenge for our older group of 4.
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
We just absolutely love going to Darren's and we eat there every chance we get. Everything about the experience is always terrific!
5/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a great restaurant with delusions food and friendly/fast service.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Chris - The Best Waiter!!!
Chris = Positive + Enthusiastic + Persistent. Dinning is so much better when your waiter is awesome. Good job chris!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love Darren's! The quality
I love Darren's! The quality of the food, amazing preparations and great service! Small, quaint and personal!
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Darren's is Great!
Small neighborhood restaurant in beautiful downtown Manhattan Beach. All the food we tried was absolutely terrific and the service was great - attentive without being intrusive. Great anniversary dinner!
5/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
The sea bass was the best... ever. My wife had mussels. I have the left overs for lunch the next day... spectacular.
5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great neighborhood fine dining.
Great menu, service. Was very pleasantly surprised to be served perhaps the best ribeye I have ever had! Great seafood and excellent steak this close to the beach!
6/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved everything about this place. Warm, friendly service and atmosphere. Food is outstanding. Lobster chowder is a standout & the salmon too. Delicious! Also, had the Poke & pork chop which were both awesome. It's pricey, but worth it.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
we went in for the prix fixe dinner which was salad, entry, desert - the salad was good, the entry beautifully served - was sautéed spinach, whipped parsnips which were very good, and pork tenderloin with wonderful apricot relish on top - looked beautiful - but the pork was dry - everything else including desert was very good - but pork a disappointment
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been in there for a drink but never for dinner- I was blown away!
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Way Better Than We Knew
This will definitely be a return sort of place! It's tiny!The food was outstanding, the cocktails and wine selections excellent. Their craft approach to cocktails and the bartender's selection were really fun, along with the slight input from our very good waitress. Did I say food was surprising, inventive without trying to be ubertrendy for the sake of it? Our service could have been more attentive cause we had to look up and flag with hands several times. But overall it rates an OUTSTANDING and we'll all be back much more often.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Darren's Date
We went to Darren's for our 33rd wedding anniversary. It was highly recommended by Zagat and local foodies. The ambiance was dark, crowded and loud. Located off the main blvd in manhattan beach. The staff, food and sommelier made up for that! The chef/owner Darren can be seen walking around the restaurant visiting with customers.
The menu changes daily. We followed waiters recommendations: lobster bisque and truffle ravioli for apps were amazing! The fresh melon salad with mint and goat cheese was refreshing. My entree was the salmon and the short ribs were tender and delicious. The sommelier came to our table and was very helpful in choosing appropriate wines with our meal.
We would definitely come back!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Friendly, Fun, Foodie Spot!
Will return. Creative Food and Drinks. Friendly, attentive staff!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We found this restaurant on
We found this restaurant on Open Table and so appreciated all of the comments that assisted our decision to go. Wonderful food for meat eaters and vegetarians alike. Our server was attentive without being pushy...we will definitely put this on a regular rotation.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great neighborhood spot
Excellent food and service - menu musts: sweet & spicy lobster chowder and pork chop. Food as good -- if not better -- than the "hot spots" in MB without the scene...never fail to see a friend or neighbor when we go...
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We ordered the poki as an
We ordered the poki as an appetizer. I really enjoyed the flavor and freshness of the fish and that there was no cilantro in it!
It came with fried won ton dippers which was a fun way to eat it.
We next had the Caesar Salad which was presented as a wedge of romaine lettuce with an anchovy dressing and small pieces of anchovy and parmesan shavings and croutons. That was tasty.
The bread served with the meal was just so-so.
My butternut squash tortellini was a little too salty.
My husband ordered the short ribs with polenta and that was delicious.
We may or may not return. There weren't a whole lot of choices on the menu.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Top Manhattan Beach Spot
The food, service, and ambiance all were perfect last Friday night. Grilled halibut special was incredible. Can't remember the Chardonnay but it was exceptional as well. Wonderful meal!
8/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
I keep coming back to Darren's because I am constantly amazed that this smallish restaurant serves the finest food in the South Bay and probably Los Angeles. Generally, a pork chop is a pork chop, but two people at our table said Darren's pork chops are the best they have ever had in their lives. His signatures peanut crusted salmon never fails to amaze, and the flavors in his lobster chowder are extraordinary. Throughout dinner, we all kept saying, "This is the best ever!"
Darren's is also known for its wine list and its unique mixed drinks.
The servers are knowledgable, friendly, and unobtrusive. And to top it off, Darren circulated around the restaurant, making us feel wlecome. He couldn't be more charming.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and service was exceptiona
The food and service was exceptional for a small neighborhood restaurant.
Our miso seabass was salty and could not finish the entree. However, our server immediately handled the matter
in such a polite and apologetic manner. The owner/executive chef Darren himself came to our table
and was very apologetic and remove that entree from our bill. Our appetizers shrimp ravioli, lobster ravioli,
strawberry bread pudding, and special fish of the day with couscous & mushrooms were all delicious!
We would definitely return to Darren's for their amazing service and food!!! We enjoyed our dining experience
very much and would recommend this restaurant to all of our friends.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Darren's is a nice place, great food, try the Lobster Chowder you won't be disappointed. Our waiter was awesome with great recommendations. We really enjoyed our dinning experience and will be returning.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant has delicious, fresh seafood. I loved the combination of flavors that were put together. The scallops and grouper were to die for! And don't pass up the truffle ravioli! Waiter are friendly, prompt, and make sure you are happy with you order. Beautiful ambiance great for dinner with friends.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Prawns that night were Killer
Prawns that night were Killer 3 large ones with a taste like Lobster!!!!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sweet & Spicy
Place is quaint with a romantic atmosphere. The service was great and the food came out in a timely manner. The lobster chowder is delicious...a must try!! The seared ahi tasted fresh and was packed with amazing flavors. The risotto was cooked perfectly, I truly enjoyed my meal. My friend's pork chop was a bit salty but the restaurant corrected that fairly quickly. Great birthday dinner!!
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was delicious and
Everything was delicious and exquisite! You can tell that the chef takes pride in his food. We love going here.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been to Darren's several times and each time we go we have a wonderful experience. The food is always outstanding, the service is great, and the chef/owner is always around making sure you have a wonderful time. I would highly recommend Darren's.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Tuesday Nite Dinner
Darren's special price fix was incredible! The hanger steak was cooked to perfection and the spicy stuffed pepper should be on the menu! Great bartender as well!
10/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Even for 2 vegetarians, this restaurant was OUTSTANDING! We will definitely return!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went to Darren's for my birthday dinner. The short ribs were the best I ever had. My son and husband had the ribeye, which was the most tender cut, delicious. Not inexpensive, but worth it!
You may want to sit outside on the patio, it was much quieter. I hear the happy hour is also great and plan to try it.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
My favorite restaurant in town.
Gracious host, fantastic menu, delicious food, fabulous service, excellent cocktail and wine list. What more could you ask for?
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Prefixe Tuesday is a great
Prefixe Tuesday is a great deal. The food is extremely good and creative. Nice selection of wines by the half-bottle. Great staff.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
I took my wife to Darren's for our anniversary (It really was our anniversary). Honestly, I started out looking for 1000 points in Manhattan Beach, but after reading the reviews, this had to be the place.
We were immediately seated in the best corner in the house. The Reisling went well with the seafood pasta and green & black mussels, which were each in a terrific sauce. The service was friendly and efficient all the way around. My jacket was hung up? Really? How nice! AND we received a very nice anniversary treat from Darren's.
Yes, we will return. Soon.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious Every Time
The scallops are amazing! Excellent service, beautiful restaurant. Thank you!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food & service
We always enjoy dining here & have for years. Great food with seasonal menu, wine selection & service. Highly recommend for special occasions, dates, or a nice night out.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Continues to Impress
Although I have been to Darren's several times over the years it had been a while since my last visit. The entire experience reminded me of why it continues to be my favorite restaurant in the South Bay. For starters the staff is very knowledgeable about both food and wine without any of the pretentiousness one could expect from such a gourmet establishment. A full bar with creative mixes rounds out the entire experience adding great spirits - pun intended. The food is the star here though. Obviously prepared delicately with care and attention to detail, every bite was truly savored. Much is said about the trendy neighbors across the street serving overpriced comfort food but I'll take Darren's any day.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
New Kid on the Block
Dropped into Darren's restaurant to grab a nice dinner before catching a movie and we were blown away! The appetizers and salads were phenomenal and the main dishes were killer! We went with the salmon and the beef short ribs, couldn't go wrong there! Definitely worth dropping in on when the line at MBP is wrapped around the block!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic Find in Manhattan Beach!
So we were looking for a place to celebrate my birthday last minute in an area where I haven't dined in over 10 years.... Daunting. But we came across Darren's and I am so glad we did!
Reviews on OpenTable were good so we went for it. We arrived early and were seated immediately. We found the wine list to be well stocked and cocktails were inventive and tasty! We started our mean with the sweet and spicy lobster bisque (WONDERFUL) and the Rock Shrimp Ravioli (Also wonderful). We went directly to main dishes where we had both the Braised Short Ribs (very nice but not as fantastic as the next dish) and the Brick-Cooked Chicken. The Chicken was to die for. We were comped a dessert but were too full, so we got a scoop of gelato. Go!
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM