We've been coming to Darya for years and recently (in the past few months), the prices have skyrocketed, portions have shrank, quality has substantially decreased and the service sux beyond belief. The new waiters working at Darya are the rudest bunch of doucheb@gs you'll ever encounter. The food used to be very good, now the koobideh is soggy and tastes like it was boiled (yum, what sounds more appetizing than boiled, tasteless ground beef?). The portions are MUCH smaller than they used to be (which isn't such a bad thing considering how much worse the food has gotten). The worst part, however, is the increase in price. I couldn't believe how much they were charging for their dishes last time I was there! This place is cutting all corners possible in order to maximize profits & they won't operate very long in this manner. If you're on the westside, go to Shahrzad in Westwood instead. OR, for the best Persian food in LA (with reasonable prices, unbelievably delicious food and great service), go to SHIRIN RESTAURANT in Woodland Hills. Stay away from Darya until they get their act together.
Pros: The only local choice for people in Santa Monica
Cons: Service, prices & quality of food.