This top of the line Persian restaurant is known for juicy kabobs (beef and chicken), stews and rice dishes. Darya, which means ocean in Farsi, is not anything to write home about in terms of interior decor (expect the usual Persian gaudiness) of chandeliers, columns and paintings adorning the walls. However, the real draw here is the focus on high-quality Persian food, including large platters of authentic stews, meats and accompaniments that are definitely shareable and noteworthy. Try the restaurant's signature dish, Naderi Kabob (center-cut filet mignon marinated in their special sauce) with a side of buttery white rice topped with saffron. With an established sister location that has taken the helm of Persian food in Orange County for more than 20 years, the L.A. outpost is not one to miss. Located off of Bundy Drive in Santa Monica, a short drive from the many Persian restaurants in nearby Westwood, Darya may just have the—dare we say—best Persian food in L.A.
12130 Santa Monica Blvd
|Opening hours:||Mon-Sun 11:30am-10pm|
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