Darya Restaurant

4.4
306 reviews
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Persian

Darya Restaurant has been serving the Santa Ana, California area with authentic Persian gourmet dining for more than 20 year years. The restaurant features an elegant d�cor with a private mezzanine room, lit chandeliers and formal stairway.

Darya Restaurant offers lunch and dinner daily and features gourmet cuisine at affordable prices. The restaurant offers an extensive menu of appetizers, beef, lamb, chicken, soups and salads, Persian rice with meat, Persian stew, seafood, combination platters and vegetarian plates. Popular selections at Darya Restaurant include albaloo polo, koobideh with lubia polo, chelo kabob, chicken with bones, filet mignon, lamb kabob and tadig special Persian rice.

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N
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Chicken koobideh was tough, dry and over cooked. So was chicken barg. Food used to be much better.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food, service, and sitting on their patio!

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OT
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and amazing people!! Love darya

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a
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The portions have gotten smaller especially the eggplant stew is very small. We’ve been going to this restaurant since it opened..

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HH
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I always liked darya resturant and when ever I come I like it more .

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H
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

I made a reservation for a party of 8 for my birthday for the lunch hour. Little did we know that despite having made reservations, two large parties of approximately 15-20 people showed up without a reservation which set back everyone else. Our table was not ready for us (I made the reservation days ago?!) Half of my party had to leave to get back to the office because an hour and a half later we still did not have our meals, so we requested that the parties that had to leave have their lunch boxed up so we can take it back to the office for them. I also mentioned to the hostess that it was my birthday, but they did not do or say anything for the occasion.

I understand unforeseen circumstances occur--that being said--the tables should have been managed more efficiently and appropriately. I was also really disappointed that two hours later we had to rush out of there, nothing on our meal was comped or discounted for the extremely delayed service and no one mentioned my birthday or sent us off with something as a comp for the disappointing experience.

Sincerely,
Lamest Birthday Experience

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q
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent Persian cuisine, with both authentic Persian dishes as well as "American" fare. Good wine list, including excellent Shiraz.

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JC
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Its been a few years since last visit. Food was very good. Service was fine but they had problems with their system that caused the payment process to take forever. Otherwise no complaints. Traditional Persian food was very good

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KJ
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

We were seated promptly. The waiter serving our table was busy with a table nearby, catering to them instead of the 2 women so after about 10 minutes, the hostess came over and we told her nobody had acknowledged we were there so she took our drink order. A few minutes later water was brought and basket with bread. It was at least 20 minutes longer we waited and were ignored by the waiter. We are not Persian, my friend is handicapped and walks with a cane. When he took our order, he was abrupt and we did not see him again until the check was brought. He gazed at it to see how much tip we left. Americans who do not look Middle Eastern may have trouble getting served by that waiter.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great selection, awesome service, nicely executed

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FD
Orange County
178 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The shish kabob was superb as was the chicken. We highly recommend Darya. It is the best Persian restaurant in Southern California. Our waiter, Pooya, is the best waiter. He is friendly and attentive. Can't say enough good things about this restaurant.

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AR
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

the Young Persian lady serve was extremely helpful, met all our needs in the timely manner, she made the guest of honor my mother’s 80th birthday feel so comfortable and loved... we all thank you🙏.....

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SB
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

good food and service
nice wine selection and full bar
seating inside or out with heat lamps
clean and inviting

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m
Los Angeles
67 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a birthday for my wife joined by our family --11 in all. The setting is beautiful, the food and service superb.

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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Team meeting

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SJ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family loves Persian food. My favorite is the Bahrani to start with as an appetizer. Lamb kabob is my daughter’s go to plate. Good portions.

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SP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food all around, no wait with RSVP. Great service, food comes out fast. Its a good value for the meal. Savory food. Beautiful venue, very authentic.

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RC
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are looking for a great Persian food and exceptional ambiance this is the place to go!!
Our server was very nice and made sure everyone is happy with their orders meanwhile didn’t give us the feeling that we are under constant surveillance.

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N
Los Angeles
91 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

There and they informed me that because of the holiday they would not be serving the lunch menu. I only went to the restaurant to eat lunch and as a result I was charged dinner prices ...totally unfair to me as a customer.

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JM
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought friends here that have never had Persian food before. They loved it - it was kinda pricey but overall great flavor and it was clearly fresh.

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K
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious, the service excellent, beautiful restaurant! One of our very favorites.

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O
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The parking and physical location of this upscale restaurant are excellent. We came here after a show at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, which was very convenient. We were taken to a table and I was shown a chair with a dirty cushion (I asked for a replacement and got one). The waiter was pleasant but somewhat aloof. The food itself was okay, not dazzling, but I have actually had better Persian cuisine at other restaurants in the area. The dessert tray came around and we chose an item, ordered it, and the waiter came back saying it was not available (so why was it on the dessert tray?).

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SE
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

When I used my gift certificate to pay, they added a 20% of tip without letting me know first.

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DO
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Restaurant is worn. Food not well prepared or presented. Waiter was not co-operative and pushy. The service was slow. The dessert was awful. The dessert tray was worn and unappealing. Never again.

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MM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This Resturant offers Persion food, which is very difficult to make,
The food is always satisfying, the service is amazing!!!
I live in boston Mass, sometimes I travel to California just to try the food😄
When you go to Drya ones you cannot stop goin👍
This's the best persion Resturant in orang county!!
I like to thank the owner and the managers for great job👍

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PC
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Always food is excellent, the rice the kabob. The only thing was the broiled tomato to put over the rice. They have change the quality of the tomato, it was the italian tomato really broiled (completly black skin) to my surprise the tomato was hard to cut. Not a ripe tomato.

I suggest they pay more attention to the tomato.

Love the restaurant!

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OT
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Service outstanding. As always.

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b
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We love dining at Darya when we’re in town. This time the food wasn’t great. I ordered my shish kebab med-rare but it looked well done (no pink center) when I ate my first piece, the meat did not taste fresh, it was definitely meat old. I was a bit dissatisfied.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food fantastic! Live music while sitting outdoors was very nice but wish it could have been just a bit quieter. It was hard to hear conversation.

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NG
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food as always. We had two people that have never been to Darya! They will definitely be back soon.

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K
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Darya! The food is most delicious, and the service most excellent.

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t
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience and the food was great!

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w
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Darya, as usual, exceeded expectations. As a long time customer, 28 years, I'm always pleased by the food, ambiance and staff at Darya.

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FD
Orange County
178 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Darya is an outstanding Persian cuisine restaurant. The food and wait service are consistantly excellent.

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DC
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great dining experience at Darya. One of our favorite places for many, many years. Food and service always consistent and delicious. Highly recommend the Chicken Barg. Yum!!

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VS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good food. A delight to find a restaurant that is away from the run of the mill in food choices. Also a good wine list. A quiet and relaxing dining experience. Highly recommended.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around amazing experience !!!

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AM
New England
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food... very wonderful service!

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J
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent. Love the tadig and kabobs. Delicious

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c
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

This used to be one of our favorite restaurants. We still ordered our favorite Borani but other than that, the service was not very friendly and food ok. Our waiter was so serious. He was much more attentive to the larger party for obvious reasons. We were seated next to this large party with kids so it was a bit noisy and distracting with the kids running around.
The Borani was very good. Our lamb shish kebab was just ok. My mom had to ask for a sharp knife since the butter knife didn't cut it easily. Not worth the price. The coffee was weak.
The other good thing was that it wasn't crowded on a Sat. night.

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