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“An Upscale Option with High Quality Food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Darren's Restaurant & Bar

Darren's Restaurant & Bar
1141 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-5333
310-802-1973
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Ranked #32 of 179 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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“An Upscale Option with High Quality Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2011

While working in LA a friend and I went to this restaurant for dinner. Manhattan Beach is a cute town with lots of shops and restaurants. This is a fairly small venue at the cross roads of the old downtown, which has lots of shops near the pier. Our waitress was attentive and offered that on Monday they have a special wine list that is 1/2 price per bottle if entrees are ordered. That was a nice option. The food was well prepared and the presentation was very nice. The iceberg wedge salad was spicy and good. The entrees were excellent. We shared a dessert that was spot on, which superb gelato. The chef came to the table to check on us. We enjoyed our dinner and a chance to try this new option.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Tough ribeye, seafood pasta tasted like ammonia.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2011 via mobile

Great appetisers. Beet salad great! Our rib eyes were horrible. Told that they were a different cut. To Darren's credit they took off bill. Shrimp in seafood pasta tasted like amonia and we had to spit out. Didn't want to be complete nags so we let that one go. Maybe just a bad night but we wish we had opted for "the post" accross street.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Boston
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Can't miss for a special night”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2011

My husband and I have been here twice for special nights out and both times the food and atmosphere was incredible. The surf and turf was incredible and the wine selection is amazing. Darren, the owner and chef, even came out to check on us.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great food and service!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2010

Always love the food and drinks at Darrens! Their bar menu and happy hour is a great value. The service is always friendly and the food always very tasty! I especially love the ahi appetizer and burgers!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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