Darren’s — born again after several months of remodeling and retooling — may be the most grown-up restaurant in downtown Manhattan Beach.
There’s a certain undeniable Neverland quality to the South Bay’s beach towns and their restaurants; this is a world where you can be young forever amid the energy, the mixology, the chow and the general wacky weirdness of the area’s hottest eateries.
But Darren’s doesn’t feel like the sort of restaurant where you show up wearing board shorts and flip-flops. I’m not suggesting tie-and-jacket — heck, there isn’t a restaurant in the South Bay where either a tie or a jacket is called for —but I figure a decent pair of khakis and maybe a nice Tommy Bahama shirt would do. A fair understanding of our cuisine circa 2014 wouldn’t hurt either. Socks are optional. But reservations are necessary. (Full Press Story)
A new, re-imagined Darren’s Restaurant reopens its doors for dining Friday night (July 11) after extensive interior and exterior renovations and a comprehensive revamping of the original menu. The popular eatery closed in late June for renovations.
The new, re-imagined Darren’s menu features a revamped menu that offers small and large plates; the remodeled interior features a centralized community table, a light and airy ambiance, and a striking floor-to-ceiling glass exterior.
The changes present diners with an experience that combines the best of California beach culture with the culinary masterpieces created by head chef and owner Darren Weiss. (Full Press Story)
Darren’s restaurant in Manhattan Beach is hosting a re-opening benefit dinner on July 29 to raise money for No Limits for Deaf Children, an organization that supports children with hearing impairments. The dinner will begin at 7 p.m. and feature a four course prix-fixe menu that includes wine pairings. The event will also offer post-dinner entertainment. Tickets can be purchased at www.darrensrestaurant.eventbrite.com and are $100 per person including wine pairings or $75 per person excluding pairings. Gratuity is not included in the ticket price. 1141 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, (310) 802-1973, www.darrensrestaurant.com/. (Full Press Story)