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About Darren's Restaurant & Bar

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.

1141 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Californian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Open daily at 5:00pm.

Cross Street:
Manhattan Beach Blvd

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 802-1973

Website:
http://www.darrensmb.com/

Catering:
Private Parties and Off-site catering are available. Contact Bart Thompson for details.

Parking Details:
Valet available Thurs, Fri, Sat

Executive Chef:
Darren Weiss

Additional:
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

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Darren's Restaurant & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
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Creative Cuisine (10)
Special Occasion (9)
Casual (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Fun (6)
Healthy (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Cozy (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Authentic (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Business Meals (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Romantic (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Waterfront (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 14 hours ago

All good, great taste

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was excellent

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Wonderful food and atmosphere. Great wine list. Perfect restaurant for my birthday celebration.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great night with friends !! Food was soooooo good!!!!!!! Fish fresh and yummy, but the Brussel spouts where out of this world . Great local restaurant .

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Had a lovely meal. Ravioli was brilliant! Especially enjoyed meeting Chef Darren.

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Darren’s is a great neighborhood restaurant with a casual hangout vibe backed by a superb menu and chef, well-curated wine list, and excellent staff. Unlike some other otherwise good MB restaurants, at Darren’s you can actually hear yourself think and engage in good conversations with a friend, date, spouse, etc. I’m a MB resident and Darren’s is one of my favorites.

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Cozy
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Food and service were fantastic, the Cod, Tab Steak, Crab Cake, Ahi-everything was unbelievable. It was very nice of the Chef to introduce himself to us, explain the menu and hot tips. We will return for certain!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Casual
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great food as always. Great Wine selection. Vvvvvvvvvvvvbvbffhdgbjffvbsdgjvff

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Lovely!perfect!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Darren's food is good, although the server kept coming back and interupting our conversation. That seems to be typical these days.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Yosemite)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great restaurant and food, but as with most upscale establishments in MB the fact that you have to yell to be heard while dining doesn't seem to be a concern for management. We purposely went early at 6PM and still couldn't hear. I guess its just the bar vibe as opposed to the dining vibe...or maybe I'm just getting old:)

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Darren’s is a gem! The food was as awesome as ever and the service was exceptional.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Upbeat venue to include great cuisine and attentive staff - you can't go wrong with anything on the menu.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Always superb! Our favorite local restaurant .
❤️ Food and service amazing! Our waiter, Kevin was the best!!

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Lobster chowder was nice with chunks of lobster! Thinner in consistency than I expected tho. Seafood pasta was also tasty with nice mussels, shrimp, lobster and scallops. Overall great service!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We had to re-fill our own wine glasses. Our wAiter was not attentive. Restaurant is noisy too.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Really enjoyed the nice variety of menu items. Service was amazing and the food was very good. Would definitely go back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Wonderful meal with a great waitress. Great location as well

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Darren's NEVER disappoints! It's our favorite restaurant in the Southbay. Darren is an incredible chef and is involved in every aspect of his restaurant. When we arrived he was at the hostess stand and ready to seat us.

Amazing food every time! The Lobster chowder is incredible and a must every visit.

Tags: Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Tapas, Fun, Authentic
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Went for Dads Bday. Hamachi, Brussels sprouts and halibut good but the Macaroni and Cheese was inedible bc it tasted like it had a a bucket of salt poured all over it. Surprising. The wedge was very basic, on the small side and not really cold. The waitress was sweet

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Wonderful evening! Great food. Will definitely come back!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Really enjoyed the visit. Food was really good and the wait staff was great.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Excellent food and service. Too loud to have a conversation though.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 8, 2017

My favorite restaurant in the South Bay, time and time again

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·Dined on August 29, 2017

My friend and I enjoyed our dinner at Darren's for several reasons: The reservations were easy to make and we received a warm welcome. The server was perfect: right there when we needed her, and not overbearing in any way. She made some recommendations which we agreed with, and we were happy with the results. The food was delicious, and there is a good wine list, both by the glass and bottle. The atmosphere was very pleasant: not loud, but busy enough to demonstrate a popular dining establishment. I had never been to Darren's before, but I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone seeking an enjoyable dining experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Afternoon Tea, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 20, 2017

The food at Darren's was very creative and delicious. My only beef was that while the dishes are pricey they're also very skimpy in terms of quantity. I'm okay with being charged $150 for a nice dinner out with my wife, but I shouldn't have to hit the local Mcdonald's on the way home because I'm still hungry.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Enjoyed everything, but seemed a little over priced.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Truffle fries and Brussels sprouts r amazing, beyond that, food was average, sliders overcooked and broccolini came to the table boiled with nuts tossed on top! When I asked the server, isn't this suppose to be sautéed etc...she proceeded to take the dish and told me the head chef agrees with me???? So what does that mean...

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Really let down in every way. We live in MB and had been there twice before. This time food seemed precooked and service was poor!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 11, 2017

All food we ordered are excellent except the duck confit which is so so.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Great place in Manhattan Beach with fresh ingredients and a lots of small plates.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 9, 2017

We were quite disappointed in our visit to Darren's. Two dishes were very good, the Hawaiian Ahi tuna and the crab cake. However other dishes were bland and uninteresting. The bruschetta toast was soggy and fell apart when we tried to eat it. Service was very slow even though we were there early with few other patrons. We had to wait about 15 minutes for our creme brulee, however the restaurant did comp the desert because of the delay. By 7 p.m. the restaurant was full and very noisy, making conversation almost impossible.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Darren's was a great choice and delicious food! Service was exceptional, taste was AWSOME! Don't go if your really hungry unless you order a couple sides, but a great place to get some ceative dishes that tasted excellent!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Good for a Date, Healthy, People Watching, Vegan, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Great dining experience with a lot of individual attention from Nadia, Bart and Darren. The staff really takes care of you.

Tags: People Watching, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 31, 2017

One of my neighborhood favorites. Noise level is good for conversation. Food is innovative & exceptional.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 30, 2017

All the small plates and appetizers were delicious, but were a little pricey for what you get.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on July 26, 2017

The food was delicious and the staff were very attentive. Really nice restaurant for special occasions, since it is a bit expensive.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Brought friends who had not been to MB for dinner. Darren's was the perfect choice as always. The vibe was lively, albeit a bit noisy as usual. The food was amazing as always. And our server who has taken care of us before was super friendly and made us all feel so welcomed. And that's why we keep coming back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Casual, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Service was spotty. Our waitress got lost for a long time. Fish was overcooked, but Rib Eye was delicious.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Birthday dinner. Excellent job, food was outstanding, wait staff was attentive without being a nuisance, drinks were well made and presented, wine was very good. Recommended to anyone. Not a Romantic dinner spot, but a great restaurant.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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