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Darren's Restaurant & Bar

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French, Bistro
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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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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 29
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 5
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  • 2
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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
Amazing food, friendly staff

The food and cocktails were delicious. I sat at the bar and the atmosphere was welcoming. The bartender was very nice and attentive. I would definitely go back.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 18, 2015
Joanne T
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Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

The food and cocktails were delicious. I sat at the bar and the atmosphere was welcoming. The bartender was very nice and attentive. I would definitely go back.

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Cleveland, OH
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Darren's did not provide a wonderful experience for a solo diner; I was seated on the end of a "communal table" and soon was asked to move so a large and boisterous group could be seated together. I sat at the opposite end of same table with two lovebirds who were totally into each other. Uncomfortable, to say the least!... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Darren's does not draw the big crowd, although it should. The menu changes up seasonally, the drinks are delicious, and Darren is always there to make sure his customers are happy and well fed. We have NEVER had a bad experience at Darren's

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Bethesda, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

We had a very enjoyable meal here. Hamachi Tartare was super. The duo beet carpaccio worked out well (my wife loved the beets, I loved the broiled Humboldt Fog cheese). Broccoflower with pork belly was delightful. All of our dishes were delightful. And we had a very reasonably priced excellent bottle of wine.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

We had such a fun evening at Darren's. The service was great, so was the food. I really liked that Darren came to us a couple of times and engaged with us - a perfect host!

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Germantown, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

I hadn't originally planned to eat at Darren's but checked the menu and spoke with the hostess outside and was convinced I should stop in and try. I am glad I did. Knowledgeable server (Ice) who recommended the Pork Chop which was outstanding and tender. My buddy's had the short ribs which were good also. Veges are table portion size... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

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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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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Additional Information about Darren's Restaurant & Bar

Address: 1141 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-5333
Phone Number: +1 310-802-1973
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Manhattan Beach
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
Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
Cuisine: French, Bistro

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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
  • Price Range: $ $ $ $
  • Cuisine: French, 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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