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.