Darya Restaurant

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366 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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4.5based on recent ratings
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PhyllisD
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I was a little disappointed that they changed their boneless chicken kabob from all breast meat to breast and leg meat and mine was 99% leg meat. It was pretty disappointing especially since we have been going to Darya since before they moved to the Santa Ana location and that was a long time ago. Darya has always been our special occasion place to go for all our birthdays and anniversary. Not any more. Not making that trip from the inland empire for leg meat.

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vipYumm
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience2

They decided to close early and disregard that they had a reservation to honor for when we arrived. Very abrupt welcoming.

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vipFrequentDiner
Orange County
197 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Darya has the best Persian cuisine in California. We go to Darya regularly. The ownership and wait staff (especially Lolis) are friendly, and make sure everything is delightful.

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vipWJMR
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very tasty meal. I went for a business meeting and it enjoyed it.

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vipNilouS
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The best Persian food west coast. Definitely worth the trip.

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vipRJDemman
Las Vegas
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Not sure what has happened in the past couple of years but the service levels have really dropped.
Went there for Valentines dinner and there was a set menu with minimal items on it.
I understand a set menu on NYE, but on Valentines day?

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vipHappy1
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a beautiful atmosphere with great service and delicious food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food and phenomenal service!!

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vipAmin
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good helpful staff. Consistent food. Fair prices. Wine list is way too expensive for this level restaurant. That’s the only complaint: chateau lynch bages $350 no vintage mentioned? Really.

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RickF
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is always delicious and great service. The decor is always top notch. Great location for large parties. Give it a try.

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AmandaD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always, service was good and will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family holiday dinner.

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vipFrequentDiner
Orange County
198 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Darya is a great restaurant with authentic food. It's all very good for lunch or dinner.

The wait service is very good.

Darya is one of our regular stops for lunch.

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pickyeater
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The eggplant borani is incredible, whether you like eggplant or not! It’s hard to find anywhere else, but it’s worth it!

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Susann
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived a few minutes early. The staff received us and sat us promptly. The service staff was very helpful, making our experience delightful. The food was delicious! We were very pleased with our overall experience and would make it a point to visit them again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful.

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RAYMONDS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Very noisy with young children scattered throughout the half empty restaurant, instead of placing them in one area away from other guests.

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vipPatM
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends meeting for lunch. Everything was wonderful! My two friends had never been here before. Both are Persian, they loved the food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about this restaurant from the decor to the service to the food. I can't wait to go back!

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AnneW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been eating here for 20+ years. Never disappoints!

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vipFrequentDiner
Orange County
198 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

There isn't anything on the menu that isn't delicious. Great atmosphere at Darya. Lolis gives great wait service. We always are made to feel at home.

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Joseph
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and ambiance. They do not celebrate birthdays.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our first time there. Food was delicious and overall experience very nice!

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vipFrequentDiner
Orange County
198 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Darya is a great place for lunch, dinner, or special occasion. The food is always excellent. The wait service is attentive. The prices are reasonable. What's not to like about Darya -- absolutely nothing.

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Karim
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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CharlesB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

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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FarhadH
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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

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MariaD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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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BShine
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and location.

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vipAnge
Orange County
39 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Shahab
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

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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RigoM
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great, especially the chicken kebab.

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vipFrequentDiner
Orange County
198 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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ClayW
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Matiola
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipPenny
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipFrequentDiner
Orange County
198 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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NicolaS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food excellent, portion size good and service excellent too

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vipJenniferM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Darya Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

Darya Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 366 OpenTable diners.

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