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
Ten years is a long time for a restaurant to survive in Manhattan Beach. Darren's never fails to deliver something a little different from it's competitors.
Food was excellent
Wonderful food and atmosphere. Great wine list. Perfect restaurant for my birthday celebration.
Great night with friends !! Food was soooooo good!!!!!!! Fish fresh and yummy, but the Brussel spouts where out of this world . Great local restaurant .
Had a lovely meal. Ravioli was brilliant! Especially enjoyed meeting Chef Darren.
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.
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!
Great food as always. Great Wine selection. Vvvvvvvvvvvvbvbffhdgbjffvbsdgjvff
Darren's food is good, although the server kept coming back and interupting our conversation. That seems to be typical these days.
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:)
Darren’s is a gem! The food was as awesome as ever and the service was exceptional.
Upbeat venue to include great cuisine and attentive staff - you can't go wrong with anything on the menu.