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Revamped Darren’s Restaurant Now Open

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. (more)

Darren’s Restaurant Charity Dinner

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. (more)

Darren’s 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. 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 aioli. (more)

Darren’s Restaurant Reopens After Renovations

A longtime local favorite, Darren’s Restaurant, reopened its doors to the public on July 11 after extensive interior and exterior renovations and a comprehensive revamping of the original menu.

Although Darren’s was only officially closed for two weeks, it seems to hold true that a short amount of time can feel like an eternity when you are anxiously anticipating something as exciting as the reopening of one of Manhattan Beach’s most beloved restaurants. The new, re-imagined Darren’s features a revamped menu that offers guests small and large plates to share. With a centralized community table, a light and airy ambiance, and a striking floor-to-ceiling glass exterior, the new Darren’s boasts a contemporary European vibe while still preserving the inviting and approachable environment that Darren’s is known for. (more)

Darren’s Restaurant in Manhattan Beach Ushers in New Look, New Menu

Darren’s Restaurant has been part of the fabric of Manhattan Beach for the last 20 years, and has recently announced the end of an old era and the beginning of a new era. “After almost a year of overseeing the planning, design and preparing for the renovation, I couldn’t be more delighted to share this labor of love with familiar faces and first-time guests alike,” says owner Darren Weiss. (more)

Darren’s hosts benefit for hearing impaired

Darren’s Restaurant hosted a career day for the organization No Limits for Deaf Children Tuesday. Owner and Chef Darren Weiss, who has been deaf since birth, gave several children a cooking lesson to demonstrate that there are “no limits” to being deaf or hearing impaired. Also on hand were No Limits founder Michelle Christie and comedian and motivational speaker Kathy Buckley. (more)

Manhattan Beach chef Darren Weiss teaches deaf children how to cook at his restaurant

Matthew Panameno steadied a portabello mushroom in the kitchen of Darren’s restaurant in downtown Manhattan Beach, nimbly slicing it into tiny slivers.

Next to him, Jasmin Ostrander, 8, carefully diced up sprigs of parsley, tapping the shoulder of chef Darren Weiss to get his approval.

Weiss used his hands to sign some instructions, and, once the herb had been chopped into a small pile, he high-fived Jasmin and smiled. (more)

Darren’s Restaurant & Bar

Fish takes center stage at this cozy coastal spot housed in what used to be Avenue, just a block from the beach. In a room distinguished by exposed wooden trusses, chef Darren Weiss offers Thai peanut-crusted salmon and a fully loaded paella swimming with lobster, shrimp, mussels, and Italian sausage. Elegant game courses—venison tenderloin and braised lamb shank with Moroccan couscous—round out the menu, but they’re just no match for the seafood. Start with the coconut-heavy sweet-and- spicy lobster chowder, and don’t forget the rock shrimp ravioli: soft, spongy, and filled with goat cheese. (more)

Darren’s Restaurant

After closing for an extensive remodel, this Manhattan Beach New American reopens with a fresh, beachy vibe to compete with nearby hot spots such as MB Post, Little Sister and Fishing with Dynamite. The menu has been freshened as well, though many old faves remain. P.S. An extended patio gives a perfect view of beach people at play. (more)

Darren’s Restaurant in Manhattan Beach to Close for Renovation

Oh no! … Darren’s Restaurant in Manhattan Beach, a longtime favorite in the South Bay, will temporarily close its doors on June 30. The good news!…The restaurant will reopen July 11, completely re-imagined by chef/owner Darren Weiss.

The new Darren’s will feature a brighter, more contemporary interior designed to encourage a sense of community, with a large community table as a centerpiece and a new menu that offers small and large plates to be shared. (more)

Restaurant Reinvention: Two Manhattan Beach Staples Undergo Major Menu and Interior Renovations

In a similar spirit, I vividly remember the first time I had dinner at Darren’s Restaurant, a somewhat unassuming place matched by an unassuming chef, back when I was first dating a somewhat unassuming movie guy from the South Bay. At that first meal, I remember perfectly cooked fish, which—like pea soup—is harder to achieve than it may seem. True pros pay attention to details, and Chef Darren Weiss is a pro.

Recently, my movie guy husband and our consequent two kids had dinner again at Darren’s, which is also poised for big change this summer. Once again, the fish was perfect. In this case it was medium-rare salmon with a Thai-inflected sweet chili sauce and peanut crust, which when I attempt it at home always seems to turn to Jif in a jiffy. (I am not a chef; I just appreciate great ones.) (more)