About Darya Restaurant

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.

3800 South Plaza Drive
Santa Ana, CA 92704
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Persian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean

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

Cross Street:
Sunflower and Plaza dr.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(714) 557-6600

Website:
http://daryasouthcoastplaza.com/

Entertainment:
Live entertainment on Friday & Saturday nights from 7:00pm - 10:00pm.

Catering:
Delivery and catering is available. For information, please check out our website
www.daryasouthcoastplaza.com or call 714-557-6600

Parking Details:
Complimentary Valet Parking on weekends

Public Transit:
714-557-6600 for Preforming Arts Schedule

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:
Arezou Hooshiarnejad 714-501-4237: (855) 577-0064

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We have live entertainment in our patio on Monday and Tuesdays from 6-9pm and Thursday-Sunday in the Dining area

Darya Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Anniversaries (3)
Business Meals (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Romantic (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Live Music (2)
Casual (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Great service and good food, wine list was also great. Live music was entertaining, next time i will ask to be seated outside to check it out, it looked romantic while i was walking in.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Cozy, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Romantic, People Watching, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined 3 days ago

Valentines meal priced a little higher than usual.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined 6 days ago

Darya is the finest Persian Restaurant in California, bar none. We are always treated as honored guests. The food is great. Every dish is unique and well prepared and served. The wait staff is wonderful. They makes sure you are satisfied throughout the meal. They refill your beverages without having to ask.

We are frequent guests at Darya for all of the above and will continue. Glad they are on Open Table.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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·Dined 7 days ago

This was my first exposure to Iranian/Persian cuisine. Not quite Indian, a shade different from other Middle Eastern food. Décor splendid, wait staff very spiffy in tuxedos. Lots of choices, meats, seafoods, vegetarian, and everything we tried was quite yummy. My date especially liked the tea. Two comment: (1) I try to minimize my sodium intake, so to my taste buds the food, particularly the rice, was a little salty; (2) The plate portions are very large, two diners could very easily split one entrée plate plus a salad. The rule-of-thumb for ethnic restaurants is whether diners of that particular ethnicity patronize the restaurant. True, but one also saw Anglo, Asian, Hispanic diners as well.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Wonderful place .... as always , food delicious

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 27, 2018

It was our first time. The restaurant did not have a couple of ingredients to make a couple of drinks we wanted. I understand the lamb was quite delicious. I ordered the seafood platter. The fish and shrimps were great but the scallops were nearly tasteless. The ambiance and decor were lovely. I received a complimentary dessert for my birthday. I had 1 bite and that was enough for me. The rest of my party enjoyed the rest. The dessert was like eating hard and sticky sugar. We all agreed we would return.

Tags: Live Music, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 26, 2018

In general, I would say everything was 8 out of 10.

Pros:
Customer Service / Cleanliness / Ambiance / Food Quality

Cons:
Live Music sound quality is not good. I'd say 3 out of 10

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Very nice experience. Requested a quiet and private table for sensitive business discussions. We got just what we needed, in the back corner of the restaurant. Food was delicious and a very good value for the price. Lovely decor/ambience. Plenty of parking in South Coast Village. Server very pleasant and accommodating but did not seem to understand as much about the menu as I would have expected. This is a hidden gem.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Over 30 years going to this place from the old location to the new one never had a bad meal or bad server. Lately I lost faith in eating out . Going to Darya restored my faith . Consistent and good
My compliment to the management
Great place for authentic food clean delicious food

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Excellent food, service, and overall wonderful experience!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 15, 2016

We felt so well taken care of! Behnam answered all of our questions, had no trouble customizing our meal and even moved us to a larger table to better accommodate the amount of dishes we ordered (which were all delicious and beautifully presented.) Truly a memorable experience!

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 12, 2016

The food was delicious, from the appetizers, (roasted eggplant) and the entrees beef and chicken kababs., The sizes are very generous and large. The server was EXCELLENT. We were a high maintenance table, and he was very very accomodating with everything and every request. They were friendly and professional.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on June 3, 2016

The food is always good and the prices are reasonable. The noise level is perfect for business discussions. I can take all my out of town clients because there is something on the menu everyone can enjoy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 29, 2016

Rarely do I visit the OC without going to Darya. Simply the best.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 28, 2016

I hadn't been to Darya for some time. When I suggested it along with a few others for my friend's birthday treat, she enthusiastically chose Darya. We didn't even need a menu because we knew we'd be having lamb. It was perfect. Cooked exactly right. Marinated deliciously, not overwhelming the lovely taste of the lamb, but enhancing it. We sub Persian salad for half of the rice, and the contrast of the bright flavor of the salad complements the rich lamb exquisitely. And actually this doesn't have to be a special occasion place. Lunch prices are quite reasonable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on May 27, 2016

The Soltani is delicious, the filet was very tender and cooked perfectly. After dinner we always have the Persian tea. Excellent .

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on April 6, 2016

We live in Texas but Make a point to dine at Darya every time we come to Orange County. It never disappoints!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 3, 2016

Great food and experience as always. I even tried a new dish and it was wonderful.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on March 26, 2016

Food was great and so was the service. Live music was a nice addition. Definitely plan to go back.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on March 11, 2016

Mothers fat!!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 29, 2016

Very fresh food. I have come to this place a few times food is great. Prices are not cheap but reasonable given the quality they serve.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on February 19, 2016

We dine at Darya regularly. I usually point out particular dishes; however, at Darya, they are all great. The wait service is very good, although we have our favorites.

TakeMyAdvice, dine at Darya the next time you're looking for a great place for authentic Persian food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 7, 2016

The waiter was one of the best I have ever had. Really enjoyed the saxophonist. Beautiful decor.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 23, 2016

We had an incident where someone fainted at our table. Granted we were in a corner and it was a busy night, but we called 911 and almost had an ambulence come out, it was quite a scene. No one in management came by our table to make sure everything was ok, our server didn't even acknowledge that anything happened. The food was ok, but service and management attention were terrible.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 23, 2016

Food was good but noise level was too much. The music was a nice attempt but not very good. We've had similar lubia polo and chicken koobideh at other places that are comparable.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 29, 2015

I have been eating at Darya for many years. The food and the service are not only excellent, they are CONSISTENTLY excellent. The restaurant is lovely inside, one of the gems in South Coast Village. The chicken and filet mignon kebabs with basmati rice are delicious! The ash reshteh is the perfect warming, wintertime soup. They have a great menu, and the servers are always friendly, professional and flawless.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 18, 2015

I organized a group lunch for my old co-workers for the holiday. I selected Darya since they could accommodate such a large party, and we had been there before and had a great meal. There were 11 of us. We were seated promptly, and our server gave us some suggestions for drinks and appetizers. The appetizers came out quickly and tasted great. The menu had several options for lunch entrees, including vegetarian. The food was really good and the portions were fine. None of us opted for dessert or coffee. Service was attentive. All in all, a very nice experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 5, 2015

We always rely on Darya for great food and entertainment.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 20, 2015

Our waiter was awesome. He helped me choose a great dish and the staff was very attentive. There was a great lounge singer that added to the ambiance. The Chicken Barg was delicious, flavorful, and moist. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2015

Very pleasant atmosphere. It was the first time I ate Persian food and was delighted with the tastes. I celebrated my friend's birthday because she said it was one of her favorite restaurants and she wanted me to enjoy the experience, which I did. Food was great, ambiance very pleasant. Would definitely go back. The only minus is that I did tell them it was her birthday through the opentable reservation, but they did not acknowledge this.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 27, 2015

This is one of my daughter and my lunch favorites. This time we took our husbands.
They really liked the fresh and hearty grilled meats. Good wholesome food with flavor.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on August 29, 2015

Darya has wonderful service and delicious food, every time. I have been eating there for years and it is always excellent.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on August 23, 2015

I have been a loyal customer at Darya in South Coast Village for many years. Their food and service are consistently excellent. And the restaurant itself manages to be elegant and comfortable at the same time, with leaded glass windows and chandeliers, comfortable chairs and lovely pieces of art around the large dining room. My personal favorites are the kebabs made with filet mignon or chicken breast, with fluffy rice and salad.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on August 9, 2015

I would normally point out the dishes that we had. However, that really isn't necessary. We have been coming to Darya for quite a few years now. There is nothing on the menu that isn't flavorful and totally satisfying.

Our favorite dessert is the saffron pistachio ice cream. If they could keep the light waffles in stock that usually are served with the ice cream, I'd be even happier !!

Our favorite server is Ivan. He comes to your table with a smile on his face that lights up the room. He is efficient and checks more than once to make sure everyone is satisfied and enjoying their meals. We so appreciate that.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 7, 2015

Absolutely wonderful. We sat outside, ate fabulous food, superb wine. It was one of the most enjoyable evenings with my birthday group.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on July 9, 2015

Great Mediterranean cuisine with exotic flavors. Excellent lunch and dinner venue. Entertainment a plus.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 2, 2015

Beautiful interior with amazing and caring service. Had a great experience and will be back again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 27, 2015

The experience at Darya is really wonderful from a customer service aspect. The management and staff did a wonderful job catering to my young family's needs and wants.

The ambiance was fantastic with a 3 person bnd playing to entertain without overpowering the room's natur noise level.

The food was above average my wife's chicken was a bit dry and the khoubideh was less flavorful than others I have tried. The bill was a bit on the pricey side. Nice for a special occasion or romantic dinner atmosphere.

I noticed them accommodating several large groups without issue.

Overall, I would return here.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 25, 2015

The food is flavorful, the staff is friendly and you can't beat the unique entertainment!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 10, 2015

Darya is a wonderfully authentic Persian experience. The dining room is beautifully set and appointed, with white tablecloths and silver service. Waiters are excellent and menu is varied and interesting. All dishes come with rice and salad, if you wish, so that costs are ‘real’ - that is, you really pay what it says on the menu which is unusual nowadays when you almost always have to pay for extras.
Lunch is a great bargain although I have eaten there in the evening and the ambiance is wonderful warm and vibrant.
The Kebabs are great, particularly the Koobideh, and the fesanjan, gormeh and borani are all delightful. I would highly recommend this restaurant to lovers of Persian food or those wanting to have a culinary adventure.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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