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Darren's Restaurant & Bar

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1141 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-5333 (Manhattan Beach Blvd)
+1 310-802-1973
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Good for:
Fine Dining

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  • 25
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Darren's...A Wonderful Dining Experience!

Darren's Restaurant was a pleasant surprise! We had one evening in L.A. and taxied from LAX to have dinner there which was worth every bite! If you enjoy duck confit, you need to try it at Darren's. It was one of the best, cooked to perfection! The owner and Chef, Darren even came to our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
Masa M
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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  • Fine Dining
  • Reservations
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Darren's Restaurant was a pleasant surprise! We had one evening in L.A. and taxied from LAX to have dinner there which was worth every bite! If you enjoy duck confit, you need to try it at Darren's. It was one of the best, cooked to perfection! The owner and Chef, Darren even came to our table to introduce himself to... More 

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74 reviews 74 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 NEW

Darren's was recommended by a friend who lives in Manhattan Beach so I stopped in ahead of a flight from LAX. BTW, Darren's is only a 10-15 minute ride to LAX so makes a great place to stop by the ocean if you have some time. Place is a true local restaurant on the main street. Parking is a bit... More 

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Redondo Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

My friend suggested we try Darren's. It was one of those places I'd always walked by, but never went in. Well, what a revelation -- the atmosphere was energetic and fun, service was impeccable, and the food was amazing too. My friend and I really enjoyed our evening and I've happily referred many friends since then!

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Traverse City, Michigan
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72 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I had the hamachi for appetizer. It was owsome. Also the Saffron sea food pasta was super. I had a drought IPA beer that was very good place. Although the place is $$$$$ it was a fun evening!

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Huntington Beach, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

I went for my birthday one year and had the Salmon as the main dish. My dish was cooked to perfection. I also enjoyed a lovely salad and a few other appetizers. Each item was the finest and well plated. RSVP is a must and worth every moment til your meal arrives. I'm now a Darren's Lover. So if you... More 

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Arizona
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63 reviews 63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We often elect to fly out of LAX instead of Phoenix, when we have to take a US Airways flight, going to LAX we can take Alaska to Mexico, and we go in the afternoon in time for dinner at Manhattan Beach, about $40 by Uber. The folks were great, no issue about my bring from my cellar a 2004... More 

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Los Angeles
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We enjoyed a mostly delicious meal for dinner tonight. We were a family group of 5. We enjoyed the fries, scallops, and seafood pasta. One person ordered the roast chicken which was so-so. The service was pretty good. The restaurant was full which was great for a Tuesday night. The only problem was that there were only 2 waitresses for... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Darren's is a great dinner choice while in the Manhattan Beach area. The location is perfectly placed in the middle of the pier area while still offering some privacy from the crowds. The service was spectacular and our waitress was very knowledgable on the dinner and wine options. The corn muffins, hanger steak and mac and cheese were all delicious.... More 

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Manhattan Beach, California, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Come visit and enjoy the new ambiance! Great food... fresh and inventive with a menu that has something for everyone!

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Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

The service, from the moment we stepped on the curb was excellent. The waiter was attentive, but not overbearing. The hamachi tartare was phenomenal, as was the rock shrimp ravioli. Make sure to get a side of kale. Great ambiance, nice wine selection- I highly recommend this place.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1141 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-5333
    (Manhattan Beach Blvd)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Manhattan Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 310-802-1973

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?