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Darren's Restaurant & Bar

4.6
774 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
Inspired cooking presented by friendly, attentive servers rewards dedicated foodies and wine aficionados at this beautifully designed, comfortable space located in the heart of charming Manhattan Beach, just steps away from famous picturesgue Manhattan Beach pier. Executive Chef and owner, Darren Weiss, classically trained graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and finest restaurants and hotels, uses the finest ingredients, mainly locally grown and organic. Our knowledge staff proudly serves an award-winning, extensive wine list selected from reowned and boutique wineries. In addition, our full service bar offers popular brand name and craft beers and some of the most creative and exciting cocktails in L.A. County, created by Manager Bart Thompson and his staff.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Californian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Open daily at 5:00pm.
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Phone number
(310) 802-1973
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Darren Weiss
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Catering
Private Parties and Off-site catering are available. Contact Bart Thompson for details.
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Cross street
Manhattan Beach Blvd
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Parking details
Valet available Thurs, Fri, Sat
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 774 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
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Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 4 days ago

First time to Darrens. It was a Thursday night......Date Night!!! The place was packed and the acoustics are HORRIFIC!!!! Everyone was yelling to see if the person across the table could hear them. Not good. The Brussel sprouts were BADLY scorched. Seemed the cook tried to incinerate them. The seafood pasta wasn't bad, but was unremarkable. The short rib was particularly stringy. Overall, Darrens was disappointing and didn't live up to the hype.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The vibe is great and has a nice ambiance. The wine recommended for 60$ was very good and liked by our entire group. The food was OK but extremely over priced, and very small portions. The servers were nice and attentive. Overall we had a nice time but the bill made it seem like it was a check for 6 when our group was 4.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Interesting menu. Small plates have plenty of food. Service was outstanding and our server made good recommendations. Wine list is expensive and $25 for corkage seems to say they don't want to bother. We'll certainly go back, but it is noisy, guess that is the style now.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Once a huge favorite of mine for consistently great food, good service and quiet conversation, it was a huge disappointment to find ourselves shouting to friends across the table not to mention trying to drown out the conversations of the tables around us. While the food was a fabulous as ever, the noise level was trying. The waiter had trouble hearing us and vice versa.

Turning to the food, we had pretzel bread, Caesar salad, saffron seafood pasta, beets with goat cheese, and the always amazing rick shrimp ravioli (not to be missed). Not a bad dish in the bunch. The salmon with peanut butter while good, was not as delicious as my memory of it.

I plan to return - on a week night when things are calmer.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Over priced

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Darren’s service is impeccable. My buddy and I went for craft beers and small plates. Excellent choices and a heck of a meal.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Very nice. The service was very good. The Brussels sprouts were great. We had a few apps and small plates. 2-3 apps and 2 small plates are enough for three people.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The food at Darren's was scrumptious. My sister and I split four items--mixed roasted baby beets, chicken skewers with dipping sauce, red kuri squash tortellini and the sweet gem salad. We thoroughly enjoyed each one. Ramon was a very friendly and helpful server who provided excellent service. We also had martinis-- strawberry kiss and bath water. Delicious! We highly recommend this restaurant! :-)

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The music was too loud -it forces to patrons to speak over and shout at each other.

Our server gave us an excellent recommendation for splitting the tuna entree as an appetizer-it was perfect for the three of us

My duck pasta was not hot enough and tasted way over salted. The short ribs were amazing as usual.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

The food was great . I had the pork chop braised in coconut milk and ginger and my friend had lobster soup. We started with the Brussels sprouts . Everything was delicious. We had a nice wine . The space was beautiful

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great dining experience as always. Darren's has become our Manhattan Beach favorite. Would recommend to anyone.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Kevin was an excellent server! We enjoyed the food and service!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Truffle fries lacked truffle flavor. They were very busy, so that might be why

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Great experience John the bartender was amazing

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Fantastic meal and a friendly staff. Whether it’s your first time or your 49th, they always make you feel like a regular at this local favorite.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Always, always, ALWAYS excellent!

The food and ambiance are exceptional, and Kelly, our server, was sensational - we had two little ones with us and she was beyond patient!

A MUST GO in Manhattan Beach.

Enjoy!

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Overall experience was very good just a little pricey

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Unfortunately we had a repeat experience of our last visit. Dinner was great until our server forgot about us (and sat down at another table to talk). Our dessert was left waiting to be delivered and we had to ask a different server for the check. It is too bad that the servers are not attentive; we left disappointed again.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Great dinner, People were friendly. Service was okay. Food delicious. Wife and I split 5 small plates and all were very good. Especially the lobster chowder and shrimp ravioli.. We'll be back.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

The parking in Manhattan Beach is always a challenge. Maybe a valet would be a good idea.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

We go to Darren's every visit to CA and never disappointed - great service & fabulous food.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Darren’s is one of our favorite places in Manhattan beach but they missed the mark this last time :(
We were squished into our table of four, room was very loud , service was just so so. And hate to say it but the food wasn’t the Darren’s I always count on. We had a 6:45 dinner on a Saturday night .
It will be some time before we give them another try

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Keihana was fantastic. She was very knowledgeable and informative. Food was very good. Wine was excellent.

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Very popular place with the locales. Excellent crab soup, make it a meal. Lots of good veggie dishes. Would go back to try some entrees.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

What a delight to find Darren's! I can honestly say that it has been a loooong time since I have been to a restaurant that I have never been to before, where I absolutely loved the food!! We order 5 little plate so that we could try many things and each and every one was delicious! From the Hamachi Tartare to the Sweet and Spicy Lobster Chowder(which I an craving every day), all I can say is yum! Can't wait to go back!!

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Amazing food, served was knowledgable and friendly. Loved the place.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Fay AND my wife’s Birthday! FABULOUS in EVERY WAY!!! Darren ‘s is a must try in Manhattan Beach. RUN, don’t walk here. Perfection awaits!!!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The food is outstanding and Darren always is present to accommodate
you. It's our favorite restaurant. Darren goes out of his way to please everyone and make sure the meals are prepared as they were ordered. the staff is always present to make sure you have everything you want. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

A real special place. Food exquisite! So many choices. We had entrees- the beet salad side spectacular- next time we may try several small plates. So hard to choose.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Always a treat to dine at Darren’s ! Consistently great food and great service ! #1 restaurant in the south bay !

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Service was amazing!!!! Food was delicious!!!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

We have been coming here for years and never disappointed! The small plates menu is delicious and creative. The servers are so great and knowledgeable about food and wine. It is our very favorite restaurant ever!! thank you, staff and Darren!!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

From the moment we walked up to the door, our experience was fantastic. We were seated right away despite our large group. Our waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable. The dishes were unique and the flavors were en pointe. I would have tried dessert had I not been so full. The owner, Darren, greeted each table. The host was genuinely concerned and wanted to know our experience as we left. This will definitely be a new go to spot for my family.

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2.0Dined on January 17, 2018

Hadn’t been here for awhile, always thought so highly of this restaurant. Darren used to come by the table and check-in with guests. This time we had a waitress that seemed to miss the boat, very rare steak that should have been medium rare, a “warm” spinach for which the dressing was cold. And, we didn’t realize the Taste of LA was going on, as we were never offered a tasting menu. Sadly, there are just too many better choices in town. We wanted to support Darren since we moved back to the area. I doubt we will be back .

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4.0Dined on January 12, 2018

The restaurant is a great balance of casual and excellent food. It can be a bit noisy so not a romantic getaway.

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2018

Food is always top-notch. One of my favorite South Bay spots.

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

Great meal at Darren's. The boneless rib eye was awesome. We also enjoyed the ahi, brussel sprouts, mac and cheese, panzanella salad, and brussel sprouts. The wine list and the cocktail list were extensive with a lot of good recommendations. Definitely will be back.

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2017

This was our first dining experience at Darren's. The food was varied and delicious. Our waiter Kevin was very helpful and lovely. We will most definitely return.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

We love this place , good vibe , food is always good and you can hear each other !!

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3.0Dined on December 27, 2017

As always food is awesome. Unfortunately service wasn't up to par. One entree served only warm, two sides didn't even come out, and one entree didn't come out until after the rest of the table had completed their meal. Also, 3 times out of 6 the waitstaff gave the entrees to the wrong person. Not the best dining experience that evening. They can and have done much better. Based on my past experience at Darrens as well as the quality of the food, I would recommend Darrens, just need to improve service.

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