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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
17:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Aspen, Colorado
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We love Darren's. It is consistently one of our favorite spots in Manhattan Beach. The menu has small and large plates, all exceptional. Chef Darren makes the most incredible risotto, which paired with a glass of wine is the perfect meal for a winter night!

Thank zgkg
ann arbor, MI
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308 reviews
207 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 283 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

Went with family to this relatively busy spot. We had hoped for a table but were informed that we needed to sit at the communal table with bar stool type seats. My sore knee and my cousin's recent intestinal surgery didn't appreciate this. In fact, there were two issues that made this worse. Psychologically, it was frustrating that the spot... More 

Thank aagourmet
Nashua, New Hampshire
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

From start to finish totally excellent! All 10 guests enjoyed their experience. Salmon & Pork dinners were very good. Appetizer assortment was also great quality.

Thank rjkbear
Los Angeles
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

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
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 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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50 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 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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96 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 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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123 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 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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258 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 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 28 June 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

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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
US$ 31 - US$ 50
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?