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Darren's Restaurant

1141 Manhattan Ave. (Manhattan Beach Blvd.) Send to Phone
310-802-1973 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
American fare with Mediterranean, Asian and global influences from chef Darren Weiss.
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Dining room at Darren's Restaurant, Manhattan Beach, CA

Darren's Restaurant Restaurant Review

: Chef Darren Weiss has built quite a following across the South Bay throughout his many years of cooking, an inspiration as he also happens to be deaf. He recently gave his eponymous Manhattan Beach restaurant a makeover, with light blue panels providing some separation between the bar and dining room, as well as new paisley upholstery for the banquettes. Start off with rock shrimp ravioli or a pear salad with candied pecans, triple cream and balsamic vinaigrette. Lobster chowder, in particular, is balanced with a bold spice of red chilies offset by sweet corn and coconut milk, while purple potatoes and shiitake mushrooms add texture. The best entrées include a chipotle-glazed pork chop, cooked medium, with parsnip purée; and braised short ribs complemented by toasted hazelnuts. For dessert, a triple chocolate brownie is dense and decadent, finished with sea salt caramel gelato. The wine list is dominated by small producers from California, peppered with a few special selections from the Rhône Valley.

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