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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 - 10:00 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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New York City, New York
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81 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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 

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Los Angeles
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107 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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246 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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59 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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121 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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Hermosa Beach, California
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160 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

The menu is varied and original enough to have something unexpected and delightful for everyone, especially if getting a bunch of small plates. Doing that turned out be a lot more expensive than I had expected, but it was a nice night out. Staff was very friendly and helpful across the board. Our only complaint is that the place is... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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101 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

Walk in and you are hit by the fantastic atmosphere. It's definitely a restaurant, but the mixed seating including a high-top communal table where I sat, really helps to give it a buzzy bar feel, with no hint of pretension. The menu was very inviting - I could have ordered every dish, and the food itself was excellent. Beautiful, modern... More 

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Seattle WA
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558 reviews
369 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016 via mobile

This restaurant has a unique and crafted menu that will surely offer you a great experience if you are really into great food. The group I was with had about 6 courses. Everything multiple appetizers to salads to main courses! Try the hamachi appetizer, pork belly and they make this amazing bread. The ribs and the steak were excellent. The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $50
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Bar scene
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?