Darya Restaurant

4.5
342 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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K
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Host was great. Nice and clean place. Waiter was knowledgeable and friendly. Service is prompt. I asked for extra onion and they brought it right away. This is good Persian food place. Prices are slightly high but understandable for location and service perspective. The waiter was prompt in filling in our water as well as refilling the drinksI will definitely go back and will recommend the place to everyone.

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CB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Wait staff distracted by lengthy conversations with other guests—-which is great for the other guests but a problem for me.

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FH
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Noise level was too loud. Unable to understand what was singer singing.

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MD
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really good food and excellent service. The eggplant appetizer is to die for!
Excellent lamb and chicken dishes. The special Persian rice is amazing - must try!

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BS
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, and location.

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A
Orange County
32 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very classy ambience but reasonably priced and five star service!!!

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S
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The food is good, service is not really the best. Once you paid your check the staff will not even talk to you anymore or even say goodbye (the tip was also good). The ambiance is OK, place is outdated but was the best would find in NPB.

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RM
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

went to celebrate my wife's birthday and sent the a note to be aware of the ocation so
they could sing the HP song to her but it never happened. ):

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OT
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great, especially the chicken kebab.

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FD
Orange County
185 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Darya is a neighborhood gem. The food/service are great.

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CW
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and our waiter, Sahar, was the best. It was my first time at a Persian restaurant and the food was fresh and healthy. The energy in the restaurant on a Saturday night was awesome.

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M
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great quality Persian food, would recommend to anyone.
Very beautiful premises, professional stuff, great music on Fridays and Saturdays.

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P
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Darya never disappoints. Tried some new special rice dishes and they were outstanding.

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FD
Orange County
185 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Darya many times over the years. The food and service are always great. The ownership and wait staff make you feel welcome.

I highly recommend Darya for lunch, dinner or special occasions.

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NS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food excellent, portion size good and service excellent too

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JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was incredibly attentive and the food was amazing! We walked in last minute for an early dinner on a Saturday evening with a group of seven and they were incredibly accommodating. We will definitely be back!

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MD
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is great, the service is friendly and accommodating, and the ambiance casual and family oriented.

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AT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Adequate food.

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DT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always! Awesome as always! Awesome as always!

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RC
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a reunion with my old friend last night sitting close to their waterfall outside which is my favorite place in the restaurant, Food had exceptional quality and very well prepared.

I have to thank Mahmoud who was very professional and courteous.

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C
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriends and I had a wonderful lunch together at Darya! The food was fabulous as always, one of my
Favorite waitresses was our server, and the ambiance was elegant and happy. I am a huge fan of this restaurant. If you want delicious, authentic Persian cuisine and friendly folks who have been with this restaurant for many years, this is the place to go.

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TR
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Outstanding food. The lamb kabobs and cherry rice did not disappoint. The eggplant appetizer was great start to the evening. The place to go for Persian food by me.

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S
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

Celebrating Persian New Year and the food was subpar. The Kuku Sabzi tasted days old, the rice was good quality, the fish was good quality but it was only pan fried on one side and my portion far exceeded the portion my mom received. The dessert was also days old - so disappointing. They also use paper covering the linen for the tables. For a $100 meal for 2, I expect to eat on the table cloth. The thing only that was worth time spent to eat here was the service. Our waiter was excellent.

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G
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always really good. The live music is very nice and mellow. Every time I am in California I always make sure to eat at Darya.

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WK
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We first encountered Darya in March of 2018. We were on business and visiting from Milwaukee. We had dinner and it was fantastic. One year later again on business March of 2019. We had to come back for dinner. We will be back again next year.

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WL
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful restaurant for authentic Persian food. Friendly service and good prices.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Feel at home here!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place tonrelax. Classy

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RK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy the Shish Kabob and Boneless Lamb Shish Kabob with a bottle of Persian Shiraz. They all excellent as usual and the guitarist provided a pleasing background for the evening.

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LA
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great experience! I would definitely go back for the food, music and service!

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A
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely dinner Sa turday night. The restaurant was very busy, popular place. The service was very good, and the food was delicious. The price is very reasonableand the portions are big. We took some home.The music was lovely. Not overbearing loud, just nice background. The dining room is well lit and very attractive. It is an excellent location if you are going to the Segerstrom Theaters.

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n
Orange County
150 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had the 4 course tasting menu which was great. The dolomeh was outstanding as well as the lamb kabob. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who appreciates really good tasting middle eastern food. The desserts were also delicious especially the chocalate cake.

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c
Orange County
42 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent Persian food and service was very nice. I enjoyed the lamb kebabs which were very good. The restaurant has a lunch menu with lot's of variety so will not disappoint. Worth a try!

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e
Orange County
29 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food. Service was great. My lamb was perfect. The Chicken was very moist and succulent. The various rice dishes were a delight. Definitely will be back.

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S
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, great food . My guests and my family enjoyed everything . Will go back again

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PM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing tadig and appetizers. The lamb shank is their best dish in my opinion! Dessert is not my fav here but otherwise the food is amazing!

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N
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
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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AK
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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LD
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on January 8, 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 23, 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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