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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.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Open daily at 5:00pm.
Manhattan Beach Blvd
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private Parties and Off-site catering are available. Contact Bart Thompson for details.
Valet available Thurs, Fri, Sat
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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...
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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