In Persian language Darya means Sea. In the early 80ac2s one of the proprietors was gifted by a wonderful twins, one was called Darya (Sea) and the ... More
Darya Restaurant Santa Monica
In Persian language Darya means Sea. In the early 80ac2s one of the proprietors was gifted by a wonderful twins, one was called Darya (Sea) and the other was named Sadaf (Sea Shell).Since Darya was born fifteen minutes earlier we named our first restaurant after her. You are probably saying this is not fair to Sadaf. Since we love them both alike. We compensated her by opening the second restaurant by the name of (Darya Santa Monica) in West Los Angeles.the Twins promise you and your guest that all kabobs (chicken, fish, filet, lambs and rice) are charbroiled & cooked on fire after your order is taken by our servers, not before.
We were there for lunch today... Had the chicken koobideh (spelling? sorry), beef koobideh and beef sish kebab and opted for their biryani/polo add on.. The food was amazing and my daughters 9 and 6, thought in typical fashion for kids that age, this was the best food they had ever had. But the icing on the cake was their cheese cake for dessert post lunch.. Don't forget to try that. The decor of the place was great, loads of old world charm.
Darya should be Persian for LOUSY FOOD!
I have been to several Persian Restaurants around L.A. and this is one of the worst.
The asheresteh (soup) was bland, mast o khiar(yogurt/cucumber) was one of the worst i have ever had and the rice- Yuck! The rice was inedible. The kabobs were o.k. The service was terrible.The waiters were more interested in talking to each other than providing good service.The decor is over the top- overly ornate and tacky!Also, overpriced for what you get! Avoid this place!
You will not regret this dining experience. Everytime I have taken someone who has never eaten there, they are pleasantly surprised. The best deal can be had during their lunch time. But this only applies during the weekdays. Holiday weekdays do no have lunch specials. I love the Chicken Koobideh and the Eggplant with garlic appetizer called Kashkeh badamgan. It is to die for. I don't usually eat there, so I can't really comment on the ambiance.
This was my first time to go here. The grape leaves were very good. Also, the Darya salad was excellent, all of the ingredients were very fresh. Also, I had boneless chichen kabobs and they were very good too. My only complaint is that we ordered two chicken kabobs and they did not understand that, but while we had one plate, they cooked the other one, so it all worked. I went for lunch and pleased with the parking and the prices. Lovely lunch
Excellent kebabs and super basmati rice dishes. Experiment with the appetizers and stews, and by all means try the ash reshteh soup. There are combinations such as meat, rice, dates, pomegranates, and berries that sound odd but are actually delicious. My favorite drink is the house doogh, which is made with yoghourt, water, and herbs. Free parking behind the restaurant.
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