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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 - 10:00 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, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 38
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Unexpected Flavors that were delicious!

I have been to Darren's a few times and every time I am blown away about the delicious flavors of just about everything I have tried. The last time I was there, I ordered the cornbread and it is served with a truffle oil butter. The flavor was a completely new experience....a very good one. I feel... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Sean R
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Framingham, Massachusetts
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Framingham, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to Darren's a few times and every time I am blown away about the delicious flavors of just about everything I have tried. The last time I was there, I ordered the cornbread and it is served with a truffle oil butter. The flavor was a completely new experience....a very good one. I feel like everything I... More 

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Thank Sean R
Torrance, California
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really delicious well prepared food. Good place to share plates. Portions are not huge but not tiny. Had scallops which were done perfectly and yummy atop a little bit of English pea risotto; was expecting.a bit more risotto though. Friend had a nice braised short rib. On the expensive side for dinner. Small restaurant need reservations; trendy casual.

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Thank Shirley D
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4 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Excellent experience! Jessica is the perfect host as her recommendations are spot on. The black cod plate was excellent and the menu is very creative and filled with flavor. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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Thank Gerardo N
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58 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

Excellent restaurant; fabulous food. You will not be disappointed with the food and drinks. Expect to pay as this is an expensive restaurant.

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Thank Stashu25
Jackson, New Jersey
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45 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I were here for 3 days during a lay over. We dined at Manhattan Beach Post, Love & Salt, Local Yolk, Uncle Bill's and Shark Cove... When I researched where to eat on Trip Advisor, this place really didn't stand out to me based on reviews and pictures. We walked by and browsed the menu and between... More 

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Thank Meghan M
Redondo Beach, California
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Darren's recently catered a dinner at our church! Eat, drink, and be merry! We had passed Hawaiian pupus of chicken satay with a peanut sauce, pan seared sticky rice with spam nori roll, and a flavorful tuna poke on a wonton chip. Touches of ginger and tiny flowers dotted the colorful presentations. I had pork and my husband had salmon... More 

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Thank kathy32954
London
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52 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015 via mobile

My wife took me to Darren's following a business meeting dinner. It is fantastic, we had truffle fries and the Pork to start, which was one of the best appetizers I have ever had!! Main course was also fantastic, scallops and beef.... Really nice with great service!

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Thank Smasher1
Hitchin, United Kingdom
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80 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

I hate here with my girlfriend and several work colleagues in a party of eight. We had hamachi tartare which was delicious and I had scallops for main course which were perfectly cooked and accompanied by a tasty pea risotto. My girlfriend was also very happy with her steak. Before dinner we had a couple of G&Ts and being big... More 

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Thank Chris P
Freienbach, Switzerland
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29 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

If you are looking for your standard caesar salad or pork chops, don't go there. From all I can tell, the food at Darren's is done with love and expertise. Great combinations of tastes at reasonable prices (tip: happy hour!) The interior provides a welcoming and warm space. The service was very friendly, present and professional.

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Thank StefanHz
Los Angeles, California
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91 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Pros: The bartender we had was very knowledgable and mixed a great drink! I would've eaten at the bar if I wasn't there with a few of my friends. The restaurant is a great locals joint next to a few very popular restaurants. The dishes are inventive enough without trying too hard. The brussels sprout was a treat. i thought... More 

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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: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene
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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