Derek's

Derek's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Phone: (941) 794-1100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Sunday: Closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Creole / Cajun / Southern
  • Executive Chef: Derek Barnes
  • Dress Code: Resort Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Available for off premise drop-off
  • Special Events: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 55th Street West
  • Public Transit: Yes
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Derek's
Chef/owner Derek Barnes brings together surprising combinations of flavors and textures in a progressive American cuisine. Adventurous diners will appreciate Derek’s unique creations, and those with less daring tastes will enjoy his modern comfort food. Drawing from a rich blend of culinary styles and traditions, Derek is committed to bringing pleasure to all five senses when you dine at Derek"s. A semifinalist for the prestigious James Beard Best Chef South award, Derek worked with Emeril Lagasse in the kitchen of Emeril’s in New Orleans before opening his own restaurant on the SunCoast. Derek’s talent for creating unique, delectable dishes has earned him Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon award, the "Most Innovative Chef" title in the Best of SRQ Magazine 2009, and inclusion in the exclusive 2009 Zagat America’s Top Restaurants listing.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Derek's reviews from OpenTable diners
80 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (61)neighborhood gem (48)special occasion (37)good for groups (20)notable wine list (20)romantic (16)great for lunch (14)kid-friendly (9)hot spot (9)late-night find (3)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Very enjoyable!
    mslannamaria
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We tried Derek's at the recommendation of friends. The food was excellent and the staff friendly and attentive. We'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    great fish tacos. crawfish papardelle was good, not great. service excellent .
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too fast to enjoy
    MrsDAS
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Friendly service except food came too quickly to enjoy it or even a second glass of wine. Someone other than our server brought and exicuted the bill which was a bit odd. The dishes, evening feature, a pork shank, was delicious and the Mahi was benign and unmemorable. I'd like to give Derek's another go to redeem themselves because I think they can.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Since Derek's moved to Bradenton his Restauant is clearly the best there. The food is exceptional, the service outstanding and the price is right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bradenton meets Bourbon Street
    O2Blue
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Some of the best New Orleans style food we've had since traveling to that city. Save room for desert as that menu is a nice surprise as well. Service was fast and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Innovative and well crafted dishes. Derek is on top of his game!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • golferchick24
    golferchick24
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We dined at Derek's when it was in Sarasota and enjoyed it even more at the new Bradenton location. Our party of six each ordered something different and everyone raved about their meal. Service was great and the food was outstanding and presented very well. We look forward to going again. Prices very reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • ♡ Derek's
    LovetoTravelSRQVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My office is downtown near the former Sarasota location and I miss that for lunch but I was thrilled when I learned that the new location was to be near my home in Bradenton. We take a lot of friends here and are never disappointed. Derek has a gift for combining flavors and is particularly adept with fish, which is always fresh and delicious. I highly recommend this little gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sej
    Alexandra
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Best place I've been to in Bradenton. The chef was very much a presence in the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    DELICIOUS FOOD AND EXCELLENT SERVICE! GOOD VALUE FOR THE PRICE.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    FLSunshineGirl
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Perhaps our expectations were too high as this is touted as a gourmet restaurant, so much so that the chef will not substitute anything on the menu since he has personally selected the foods to go with each other. (The alterative is to build your own grilled dinner.) The short ribs were very fatty with a good flavor but a very thin sauce. The flatbreads were actually pizzas. The best dish was the sausage Bolognese with pasta. There is no variety in the wines by the glass. Service was welcoming and nice but then deteriorated. One appetizer was forgotten and we had to ask to have one of our entrees delivered. We wanted a leisurely and excellent meal with time to sit and talk. Instead we had OK food; OK service and a lo of noise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Gold Mine! Best seafood ever!
    foodreviewerVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We are so happy to find such a wonderful restaurant in our area. Every meal surpassed our expectations. We have had the local flounder, and grouper, and they were the best of any restaurant we have ever been to! Everything is made from scratch, and you can tell, all food is amazing. And the Fried Key Lime Pie is something to die for. We have to take all our friends there, and get desserts to go for others! You will be wowed! Make it a point to try Derek's, as much as I would like to keep this gold mine to myself, and I see the word is getting out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Out of the ordinary menu
    mamie
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We enjoyed the very friendly service and the nice choice of different foods. My husband took the sweetbreads for an appetizer. Where do you find sweetbreads in Bradenton? very good too by the way, I had the gumbo with home made cured sausages, very good , a tiny bit on the greasy side but very tasty.Our friend had a "small plate" crab cake, she loved it !For the main meal, my husband took grilled shrimp, they were barely cooked and 4 shrimps for $25.00 was a bit much !Nothing extraordinary in their taste either. I had the seafood muddle, very nice ,lots of seafood in it ,could have been a little more seasonned but I enjoyed it. Overall we had a good time , and the food was good and we loved the diversity of the menu. We''ll be back
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent restaurant
    food2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This restaurant was in downtown Sarasota and moved to Manatee Ave, it is more than worth the drive. The waiter we had was so professional and knowledgeable about all the dishes. There was a wide variety of dishes and each had special touches. The food was creative, fresh and warm and the service was great. You would never know this was an old Arbys the decor was fantastic, a definite repeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Rcagle1
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Dinner was excellent, service was top notch and very friendly, loved the food, flounder was exceptional
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome as always
    Sgodfrey
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    As always the wow factor was delivered. Great blend of flavors from start to finish. Our table toured the whole menu from the seafood muddle, the simple grill steak with blue cheese, braised short ribs, and the flounder special. Not one crumb left behind. Save room for the s'mores and the fried key lime WOWSERS
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the wait
    Kahuna
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We finally got to the new Derek's in Bradenton. We really miss them in Sarasota and only recently were able to get to the new location, and it was worth the wait. Creative menu, good ambiance and service, delicious food and can't wait to go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Xxx
    Sigfried
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Overall good experience Signature dish not as good as usual A bit pricey
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • glussyVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Interesting and unusual wine choices. The kale salad was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent food!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I have been to Derek's three times since they opened. The food is delicious and presented beautifully. The chef has a very special touch with his presentation. What keeps us from going more often is the noise level, the closeness of the tables, and the price point. When I choose to pay for a higher end meal, I want the ambiance to go along with it. The Sarasota ambiance was much better than Bradenton's.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food!!
    Andyvonne
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    An excellent evening was had by all Great food and wine, great and attentive service, a definite must visit again. Fabulous in every way!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Jacynthp
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Calamari terrific with his own sauce. Caprese flat bread really yummy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "Dark Star"
    Runningboredom
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Unbelieveable! My daughter, son and i just get settled in with a bright glass of the friendly waiters white wine recommendation when the power goes off. Yup. All of it. Derek himself announces he can cook in the dark so with slight apprehension and cande lite we go for it. Any way, to make a long story short, he can! The servers brought the plates via flashlight, then illuminated them for us. Like a spotlight on Buble they popped! We tasted each others entrees and unanimously agreed that every thing was deliberately unpretentious perfection. Food...Beautiful. Delicious. Lovely and yes friendly. I would eat there every day without hesitation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tasty but place was vacant
    luvatfirstsite
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Had a romantic dinner and the food was very good. Prices are bit high for serving size. Place was nearly empty on a Thursday night. Place is nicely decorated and the food is unique. Service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    A really great addition to Bradenton! I recommend it. Please support our local restaurants.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Derek's Gets Better
    TheSeriousFoodieDotNetVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We enjoyed Derek's when he was cooking in Sarasota, but we feel that he is more in his element cooking gourmet Southern comfort food at his Bradenton restaurant. Derek himself seems very at ease, jovial, and into mingling with his clientele. The small plate/large plate concept works well with this audience, and the familiar ingredients strike a positive cord. The fish is local and very fresh (always a big positive in our book), and done perfectly. The wine list, along with a good selection of beers, is very interesting, affordable, and matches well with the food. We will make a habit of returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mouthgasm!
    ForkNinja
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I went here with my husband for our anniversary dinner after a recommendation from a friend. I am so pleased that I did! The food was fantastic. We started with one of the best crab cakes I've ever had, and I've had MANY. As for entrées, I had the shrimp and grits and hubby had the short ribs. Both were outstanding. My favorite was the shrimp and grits. The savory andouille gravy over the grits and perfectly cooked shrimp was pure poetry. I cannot wait to go back. It will be difficult to try something else on the menu, as I'm obviously in love with the S & G!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Derek's in Bradenton
    Ellie12345
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Found Derek's through an internet search and the menu looked interesting so we booked online, although the restaurant was very quiet (i think we were one of 4-5 tables in there, the service and standard of food was great, there was great little touches which added to the great menu, like home made parmesan choux buns instead of bread, mason jars for the kids drinks and homemade cookies following their meal. All in all a great meal out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What are you waiting for?
    donna819
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Go, eat, go back again, keep repeating. Superb dining experience. From the fried green tomatoes to the guiness ice cream. Each bit of food was flavorful and delicious, a testament of how talented chef Derek Barnes is. I wish I lived here in Bradenton so I could savor and try each item on the menu repeatedly. I am going back for lunch today before I head home. I need to try more items so I can take home the memory of what an outstanding meal should be. Wait staff was professional and pleasant. The chef greeted each table and also helped serve when the restaurant got busy.Service was flawless. Ambience was casual but the food was anything but. Do yourself a favor and run to eat at Dereks now!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Choose some where else
    Vino
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Prices for small plates too high. Gnocchi was over done. Atmosphere was lame. I felt like I was eating at a high end Old Country Buffett.
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  • Great Friday nite dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    eclectic menu, many choices, a delicious special. Good service. Good value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Great food and service. A must try. Had the braised short ribs which were fantastic. Others enjoyed muddle, filet, fish taxis tacos. Waitress was excellent
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect!
    Local
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Go. It's pricey but, for a special time, worth it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, comfortable and pleasant
    Tiresias
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    In a way, Derek's reminds me of dining in Italy: several different courses, a little bit of time, and all of it delectable. This is how I like to dine. Some, are used to the large portions of the chain steakhouses, may find the size of the meals small. The wine list is large enough for exploration without being intimidating, and had many selections which I have not seen before. I look forward to trying some more from that list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the old Derek's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We ordered the special of the evening and it was wonderful. The rest of the menu was not very exciting. The ambiance was "rustic" just as the name implied........ again, not exciting. We miss the Derek's in the Rosemary Court District. I don't think I would go out of my way to go back, but if I lived close by I would definitely check out the specials on occaision.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Try Derek's!
    bbeck
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    For all diners in Bradenton: Must try Derek's! Great restaurant for large groups or a romantic twosome! Excellent! Bob Beck
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food great - service not so much.
    Tambo083062
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We went out for my husband's birthday. We had the pleasure of dining here once before. Thank goodness because we may not have came back after this experience. The server was not good. He was not sure of the menu. He was spilling water everywhere when filling the glasses but insisted on doing it over the table. When I questioned the temp of my dish, I was chastised instead of assured my meal would be right. The service was very slow as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • newgator
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Our first visit. Server was very cordial and informative about the menu and specials. Her attentiveness continued throughout the meal, approaching (but not exceeding) a tad too many check ins, i.e. interrupting our conversations. Menu items offered good choice and some interesting-sounding combinations. One diner had braised short ribs with mashed potatoes; called it excellent comfort food. Another had shrimp and grits in Andouille gravy, very tasty without being overpowering. The third had shrimp in a pesto sauce over linguine, good flavor, but felt the amount of sauce was a bit too much. Three delicious desserts: local variations on bread pudding and key lime pie, and a trio of a sorbet and two ice creams. Would visit again.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 72 reviews are from the Derek's reviews archive.
  • Great friendly joint
    Ftthomasguy
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Excellent meal, service & atmosphere!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!&!
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Derek's -- still super food
    Foodie915
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We finally got up to Derek's new location in Bradenton. Had a wonderful meal, and the offerings are imaginative and delicious. Nice casual atmosphere- they have done a super job renovating the old space. All over very enjoyable. Just wish the powers that be would have tried harder to keep him in Sarasota. A long drive for us, but we will be back!
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