This top-of-the-line Persian restaurant is known for juicy kebabs (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). 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 in their special house marinade), 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—dare we say—the best Persian food in L.A.
You've probably visited a Persian restaurant before and had no idea whether the food you were eating was authentic Iranian fare or just an Americanized version. Problem solved: We've found the best Persian food in L.A. at these top restaurants serving kabob, stews and rice dishes. Persian food is one of the best cuisines to pick if you're dining with a large group: whether you're an adventurous foodie who searches out Armenian pastries, a vegetarian or a vegan, there's something for everyone on an extensive Persian restaurant menu. Once you've tried the real deal at these top spots around L.A.—many, of course, located in and around Persian Square in Westwood—we're sure you'll be coming back for more.