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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
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Los Angeles
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have small children and don't get out for date night as much as we used to, but Darren's is our go-to place and we confirmed that again this weekend. Whenever we have family or friends in town, we take them there too. Nice atmosphere, terrific food - just an all-around great time!

Thank Kkat006
Level Contributor
11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

Been a few times...if you are on a date, get a table and definitely make reservations.this place is tiny and fills up quick. I only went with friends and 2 out of 3 times, we sat at the bar. Happy hour menu is amazing....great tuna tartare and kebabs and other yummy specials. The bartenders are so knowledgeable about the wine... More 

Thank Staci A
Burbank, California
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48 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016

I like this restaurant... It is nice for dates, business-talk and and and... The food has its own taste.. nothing is made by convient food... ervything is really self made...

Thank maxizent
New York City, New York
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90 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

Really nice and casual right off the beach on the main drag. Friendly servers and very fresh. Lots to choose from with a great selection of small plates. Ambitious combos like salmon with peanut butter but those I was with really enjoyed it. The lobster bisque was great and made with coconut milk so it was so heavy or rich.... More 

Thank RedShoesM
Los Angeles
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115 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2016

Last night as we were about half way through our meal the hostess seated a couple with a big, furry dog next to us. Disgusting. The critter laid down in the middle of the floor. The waiter had to ask the couple to move it so they did, closer to me. "Check please." My wife and I have eaten here... More 

Thank Mblaca
Manhattan Beach, California
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249 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

So glad we strolled in to Darren's for dinner on a Monday night in downtown Manhattan Beach. It was somewhat quiet and we were seated right away at a high table in the bar area. What a sensational Happy Hour menu! Wow! We tried a variety of things including: corn muffins, poke, truffle fries, friend Brussels sprouts, as well as... More 

Thank Sally M
Culver City, California
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62 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016

Contemporary American dining. Good food, great service, good wine. I will definitely return. Next time it'll be with my colleagues.

Thank D B
Los Angeles, California
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139 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2016

Wow - I live an hour away, but this restaurant will be among my top 5 in LA and I will come here again many times soon. I was so impressed that I checked other tables - and it all looked and smelled .... I could have ate it all :-) If you happen to be in the area -... More 

Thank GuidoKarp
Overland, Missouri
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69 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

I know I just reviewed this place, but we decided to go back again a second time and it was even better. This time we tried the whitefish basket. I am not a real big fish lover, but I had whitefish once in Wisconsin and liked it, so I decided to take a chance. I was not disappointed. In fact... More 

Thank Donna B
Los Angeles, California
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50 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2016

I had always wanted to come here. The food is very creative and the appetizers our group shared were terrific. I had the beef short ribs, very good but a bit rich. The wait staff was attentive and accommodating when the drink I ordered was not to my liking. I liked Darrens but didn't love it enough to rave about... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $50
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?