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For 2
Date
Fri, 2/23
Time
11:30 PM
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Darren's Restaurant & Bar

4.8
751 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
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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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
What 751 People Are Saying
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4.8  based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipKoKo (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined 2 days ago

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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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

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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OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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

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vipJennyandDave (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 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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susie (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 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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vipRjlond (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

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

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Billie (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 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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laurenj 
5.0  Dined 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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vipLky1 (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

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

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vipMJ90266 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

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

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Dallas (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 11, 2017

All good, great taste

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vipOpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on December 10, 2017

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.

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SJPL (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

Food was excellent

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 3, 2017

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 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 .

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

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

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vipms90266 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on November 21, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on November 18, 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!

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

Great food as always. Great Wine selection. Vvvvvvvvvvvvbvbffhdgbjffvbsdgjvff

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on November 17, 2017

Lovely!perfect!

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on November 14, 2017

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

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robinl (Yosemite)
3.0  Dined on November 11, 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:)

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on November 3, 2017

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

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