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Darren's Restaurant & Bar

1141 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-5333
310-802-1973
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Ranked #47 of 175 restaurants in Manhattan Beach
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Bistro
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Manhattan Beach Blvd
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Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Manhattan Beach Blvd
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English first
Manhattan Beach, CA
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
20 helpful votes 20 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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LA
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107 reviews 107 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

I've been here a few times and I'm consistenty unimpressed. At these prices (entrees $25 - $45) and apps ($15 - $20+) it must improve. There are too many alternatives popping (Fishing with Dynamite, Little Sister) up to keep this kitchen stagnant much longer... fix it or give up the space. The stand out amoung appetizers was the rock shrimp... More

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Torrance, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Am I being a bit generous with three stars? Not sure. My husband and I went to dinner at Darren's restaurant in Manhatten Beach yesterday and we were very disappointed with the experience. In spite of the best efforts of our two servers, Susy and Jessica who were exceptional, the restaurant was gloomy, the food was only adequate, lacked verve... More

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Arlington, TX
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65 reviews 65 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

I was on a business trip and someone local to the area suggested Darren's. She had followed the owner from another restaurant that he had worked at and said that whenever she and her husband were in Manhattan Beach, they ate at Darren's. Since she is a foodie, I was expecting something pretty good. What I had was the best... More

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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

Great atmosphere great food great service - perhaps a little pricey. It's was my second visit on two business trips to LA. I will certainly return as the chef really does put an excellent choice and superbly tasty food in front of you.

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manhattan beach, california
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

For a laid back beach restaurant Darrens is one that will dazzle you with food, wine, and service. Indulge at their full service bar, romantic table dining, or European style sidewalk seating.

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