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Darren's Restaurant & Bar

1141 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-5333
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Ranked #31 of 177 restaurants in Manhattan Beach
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Bistro
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Manhattan Beach Blvd
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83% Recommend
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English first
Manhattan Beach, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

As a Manhattan Beach resident I have dined at Darren's several times and just returned after the remodel and new menu changes, and I must say I was very impressed. Darren's is a great spot for dinner, modern and classy décor this place just makes you feel comfortable when you enter the door. The new menu added some more small... More

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Beverly Hills, CA
18 reviews 18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Loud and lively, it is easy to understand its popularity. Extensive menu choices with good flavors, large portions, and a decent wine list. Our server was very attentive and professional who applied no pressure whatsoever for us to vacate our table, giving us much time to sit and talk. Parking is highly restrictive in the vicinity, however, so I recommend... More

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Kingwood, Texas
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014 via mobile

Outstanding food. The crab cake appetizer was one of the best crab cakes I have ever tasted. We also sampled the shrimp ravioli and that was almost as good. My main course was the Saffron Seafood Pasta. I have if they could make it more of a red sauces and less of a cream sauce and they accommodate my request.... More

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Orinda, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We were a party of 7 and the restaurant was packed, so they seated us on the patio. The patio was quieter than the restaurant while providing an unobstructed view of downtown. Great service, amazing food. We will definitely be back.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Loved the atmosphere and the crab cakes! Tuna was awesome as well. The wine list was impressive and the bartender was very informative. Chef Darren has hit the nail on the head as far are combining atmosphere and food!

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Manhattan Beach, CA
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Sit at the bar or patio. Local crowd. Staff very nice. Food fresh and good. Always a sure thing for a nice casual night out.

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Anaheim Hills, California
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79 reviews 79 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Darren’s in Manhattan Beach about a block up from the beach. A small but tasteful restaurant with great food. Carmen had seafood pasta and she loved it. I had Ahi tuna and it was also great. The have wonderful drinks and a small but good wine list. This is worth a return visit. Total cost salad, two drinks and two... More

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Coos Bay, Oregon
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54 reviews 54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014 via mobile

Darrin's was almost empty when we ate there and every other Restrauant was packed...that should have told us something. Three of us ate dinner and both of my companions were disappointed in their food. I had the special, it was a 8 oz steak on a bed of mashed potatoes, and it was fine, but nothing special. The wait staff... More

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Park City, Utah
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34 reviews 34 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

Went to Darren on whim, glad i did. Salmon dish on the menu was a big hit. Service was not up to par.

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Santa Monica, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

After hearing all the hype over Darren's we decided to check it out last night. We were able to make last minute reservations on OpenTable at 7, despite the restaurant filling up pretty quickly after we arrived. They've got a great collection of Martini's and one of my personal faves: The Effen BC Vodkatini! Not too sweet and packs a... More

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