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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 from chef Darren Weiss.
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Dinner Mon.-Sat. 5 p.m. until close; Happy Hour Mon. all night, Tues.-Thurs. 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m., 9 p.m. until close, Fri.-Sat. 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. until close
Features
  • Dress code: Casual
  • Full bar
  • Reservations suggested

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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 casual American cuisine, 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. Relax and use your fingers to pull apart the corn muffins, in which Weiss has added sage and ricotta. Or dip in finger-first to the truffle fries, topped with a roasted garlic aïoli. The baby iceberg lettuce salad is nicely presented, touched off by Point Reyes blue cheese, applewood smoked bacon, sweet corn and creamy chipotle dressing. From there, continue through the spicy black Prince Edward Island mussels with a shellfish reduction, or on to the Kobe burger slider samplers, complete with homemade beer grain mustard or chipotle onion jam. For anyone looking to dine on fish, try the Shetland King salmon, offered with a sweet Thai chili and peanut crust. Elsewhere, the thick honey chipotle-glazed pork chop, served on a bed of parsnip purée, arrives moist and tender. 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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