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Darren's Restaurant & Bar

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1141 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-5333 (Manhattan Beach Blvd)
310-802-1973
Today
12:00 am - 5:00 pm
Open now
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Mon 12:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Wed 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thu - Sat 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Dining options: Reservations
Good for:
Fine Dining
Reservations

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  • 20
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great food, service and wine!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
DreamaG
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Cary, North Carolina
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  • Fine Dining
  • Reservations
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Cary, North Carolina
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

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
4 helpful votes 4 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
91 reviews 91 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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Hermosa Beach, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 via mobile

First off ..we had water at the table within seconds of sitting down which is a super plus for me. I hate it when I sit down and have to wait to be acknowledged. Got there during happy hour so we started with Jidori chicken kabobs,sweet & spicy lobster chowder & crispy fried pork belly. Then we had the crispy... More 

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Sedona, Arizona
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Went for a mini celebration and sat in a corner that was perfect for five. Tried a number . It was a Tues. night and crowded but had great service. It's kind of an intimate place with noise all around and no-one is paying attention to your conversation, everyone is having their own good time. Not a place to bring... More 

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Cliffside Park, New Jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Portions of entree skimpy while side of delicious yams could feed an army! Ordered a salad which went to the wrong table and I had to inform the waitress!!

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Manhattan Beach, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

This was our 1st visit since the remodel and new menu. Glad to see that the short ribs are still are still on the menu which is one of our favorites. Service is wonderful. A well run restaurant that delivers fantastic creations of classic American dishes.

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South Florida
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53 reviews 53 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

My wife and I took a SoCal trip a few years ago......flew into LAX and rented our Mustang Convertible and drove to Manhattan Beach to grab a few cocktails and relax before retiring for the evening. This place is a martini bar if I am not mistaken. They make excellent martinis that are large and have complex favors. The pub/bar... More 

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Phoenix Arizona
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122 reviews 122 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Darren's blew us away. It was a beautiful, lively space and everything we ate (and drank) tasted great. Four of us shared the truffle fries (very good/not overly truffled), baby heirloom tomato panzanilla, crispy pear salad (amazing), lollypop kale, braised Colorado lamb shank (best yet) and the rock shrimp ravioli with truffled shitake mushroom corn cream sauce. Dessert was a... More 

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Plano, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

very personal service.. small but cosy. Amazing tasting and presented food. Go there for a unique and memorable meal. Dont forget to get some excellent advice from wine connisseur, Bart Thompson, who is the General Manager

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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: 310-802-1973

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
12:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?