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.
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.
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.
Darren’s service is impeccable. My buddy and I went for craft beers and small plates. Excellent choices and a heck of a meal.
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.
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! :-)
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.
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
Great dining experience as always. Darren's has become our Manhattan Beach favorite. Would recommend to anyone.
Kevin was an excellent server! We enjoyed the food and service!
Truffle fries lacked truffle flavor. They were very busy, so that might be why
Great experience John the bartender was amazing
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.
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.
Overall experience was very good just a little pricey
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.
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.
The parking in Manhattan Beach is always a challenge. Maybe a valet would be a good idea.
We go to Darren's every visit to CA and never disappointed - great service & fabulous food.
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
Keihana was fantastic. She was very knowledgeable and informative. Food was very good. Wine was excellent.
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.
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!!
Amazing food, served was knowledgable and friendly. Loved the place.
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!!!
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.
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.
Always a treat to dine at Darren’s ! Consistently great food and great service ! #1 restaurant in the south bay !
Service was amazing!!!! Food was delicious!!!
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!!
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.
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 .
The restaurant is a great balance of casual and excellent food. It can be a bit noisy so not a romantic getaway.
Food is always top-notch. One of my favorite South Bay spots.
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.
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.
We love this place , good vibe , food is always good and you can hear each other !!
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.
All good, great taste