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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

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  • 27
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  • 17
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  • 5
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  • 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
Very special place with a great chef!

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!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2015
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English first
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269 reviews 269 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
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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220 reviews 220 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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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73 reviews 73 reviews
73 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
7 helpful votes 7 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
35 helpful votes 35 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
16 helpful votes 16 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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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?