Derek's Culinary Casual
Derek's Culinary Casual
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Derek's Culinary Casual

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://dereks-sarasota.com/index.html
  • Phone: 9413666565
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Creole / Cajun / Southern, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Derek Barnes
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from Derek's Culinary Casual
Welcome to DEREK'S CULINARY CASUAL
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 Culinary Casual. 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, and inclusion in the exclusive Zagat America's Top Restaurants listing. At Derek's – original, fresh, creative cuisine meets hip and sophisticated ambiance.
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Derek's Culinary Casual reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Very good cooking with a original
    bucky
    Dined on 4/10/2013
    Very good cooking with a original menu There were many choices that we would have loved to try. This speaks to a chef who is creative with wonderful combination of flavors. The restaurant is attractive with an fabrics to absorb noise. They reportedly are changing locations but the owner/chef we would think will continue to be excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OVER RATED
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    highly over rated. 2 entres & 2 appetisers--all extremely rich. could not find anything good about the food. I did not expect the waiter to offer a substitute when he asked and I told him I could not eat the main course because it was too rich, however, a class restaurant whould have made that offer. will not return and will not recommend.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Dining Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/4/2013
    We have been wanting to visit Derek's for almost a year and just couldn't find the 'right' time. We had family in from VA. and decided to take them on Thursday evening before they headed home. It was one of the best meals we have had in a long time. The service was spot on and we tried a range of menu items. The soups were fantastic and the calamari was simply amazing. The dinner items we selected did not disappoint either. The only small complaint was the first wine we selected they didn't have..and then the one we did decide on...they only had one bottle. So we had to 'test' another...but everything we had was great! Will definitely make this restaurant our "go to" for special occasions and when family is in town!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our experience was delightful.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/4/2013
    Our experience was delightful. We are sorry to hear that you will be leaving Sarasota.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/3/2013
    The food and service were exceptional. The recommendations of the friendly server were spot on. I would definitely retur, however, I was tools that this restaurant is closing and moving to Bradenton in a couple of weeks. I will definitely try it there when business takes me thee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Really enjoyed our meal here.
    Fish5VIP
    Dined on 4/3/2013
    Really enjoyed our meal here. Sorry we did not learn about it sooner, it will be moving shortly and I know my in-laws will likely not be up for the drive. Tortilla soup was excellent as was the fish tacos (but could use some more sauce - perhaps on the side). Lamb shank was very good as were the scallops. Would highly recommend visiting this locaiton before it moves to Bradenton.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food met expectations. Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/2/2013
    Food met expectations. Service was sub-par. I hear they are shutting down in Sarasota and relocating to Bradenton in a matter of weeks?
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful last dinner with Derek
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    Derek's is a culinary favorite of ours. We are so sad to see them close and relocate further away from us. The creativity is out of this world. We wish Derek much success in his next venture.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Amazing..
    BeerIsFood
    Dined on 3/28/2013
    Derek's Culinary & Casual is one of those places that foodies love. Derek is a master at deconstructing classic dishes and rebalancing them with the new interest and highest levels of quality and respect for his impeccable selection of ingredients. Sadly, he's closing the doors and moving another 40 minutes up the road... do yourself a favor and get in to see him before he leaves in a couple weeks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Derek's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/28/2013
    Derek's has long been a favorite of mine. This visit was in response to learning the restaurant is closing soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We came in very late at a
    TARREKVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2013
    We came in very late at a time when most restaurants would want to lock the doors and/or convey their dismay by providing very poor service with a negative attitude. We had an outstanding experience and great food, as usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Great food, ask for the big room
    JudyVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    Our meals were really outstanding--I had the soft-shell crab special and others had scallops simple grill and the free range chicken. Presentation was lovely. My only criticism is the divide between the small outer room by the door and the larger convivial room. It was a crowded evening, and our reservation was made only two days before, which was probably why we were seated in the smaller room. A plus is that if you're facing the right direction (I wasn't) you can see the chefs in the kitchen. But otherwise, if in that room, you have a feeling of being out of the mainstream. So book in advance and ask for the big room!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This restaurant impresses
    Crash
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    This restaurant impresses from the moment one enters. The young women maitre d' welcomes guests with a sincere and friendly manner. The decor is distinctive. i would call it "old Florida," though I suspect that there is a better description for it as it is not kitschy and combines more modern elements. The food was outstanding- maybe the best in Sarasota. the wine was reasonable as was the complete tab.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as good as we'd hoped.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/21/2013
    Not as good as we'd hoped. Actually their "Caeseresque Salad" was memorably dreadful.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner at Derek's
    RockDr
    Dined on 3/20/2013
    Three excellent outstanding meals however one meal was not good this time. In the past, the crispy duck had been excellent, but this time the duck was not half a duck but two leg and thigh pieces that were dry and just not up to par. Had a bottle of wine that was an excellent value and was great with our dinners. Service by our wait staff, Bryon, was exceptional. Don't forget to get a reservation as this is the season that it seems everyone is in town from "up north".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was very disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/20/2013
    Food was very disappointing after recommendations. Foie Gras Torchon was very small portion and the sweet accompanying sauce killed any flavour. The roast duck had been dried out by at least two visits to the oven/broiler/deep fryer. Sent it back and within 5 minutes a replacement arrived - pretty quick for roasting a duck!! Slightly more moist but greasy, not crispy, skin and also somewhat blackened. Service was very attentive
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  • While the food was good, I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    While the food was good, I would probably never eat there again because of the noise. Many of these restaurants don't take into consideration sound deadening techniques--to turn down the noise level. One of the restaurants in Lakewood Ranch had this same problem when they opened. Everybody went there once and then that was it. It was just as horrible as Saturday night--you couldn't hear the person next to you --unless you were shouting. That restaurant had to install these large objects on the ceiling and things on the wall. If you ever take care of that--please let me know and I will give you another try. P.S. Under "Rate Your Experience", under "Noise"--you should have "Extremely Loud"
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My husband and I ate there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    My husband and I ate there on Saturday night. With reservation we were taken right away.From start to finish our experience was unbelievable. Our waiter (I think his name is Dan) was wondeful, full of life, knew about all the foods and you could tell he loved his job. From Short Ribs to Scallops, from Banana Pudding to Carrot Cake you won't be disappointed. We come to Sarasota once a year for a month. I have written this one in my "Notes" to be sure we return next year. Don't miss this one!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We enjoyed good service, had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    We enjoyed good service, had wonderful and delectable meals, and two of our desserts were gratis for the two birthday men. So, the overall experience turned out to be very good. The food was terrific and memorable. It's a lovely restaurant for a special occasion. Lynne
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service, feel
    ChuckVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2013
    Great food and service, feel that prices are a little high
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food and parking too!
    Foodlover1VIP
    Dined on 3/13/2013
    You can try any menu item - they are all great! And, parking is easy and free!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went with my wife and mother.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Went with my wife and mother. Everything we ordered was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We enjoyed another wonderful
    DonH
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    We enjoyed another wonderful dinner at Derek's. It was our wedding anniversary and we had just come from the Sarasota Orchestra performance featuring music honoring the 50th anniversary of the James Bond movies. A very fun night topped off with our favorite food in Sarasota! Derek and his team are always on their A-game.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our best meal in Sarasota,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    Our best meal in Sarasota, and everything we were looking for, i.e., courteous staff, outstanding specials and reasonable prices. It does not get any better.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This restaurant was superb
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/6/2013
    This restaurant was superb and the service was truly professional. We were very impressed and will definitely be back again when we return to Sarasota. Their customer service is excellent; I received a prompt reply to the email I sent through their website.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Was an excellent experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/5/2013
    Was an excellent experience. We were impressed with flavors, presentation and overall pace Of our meal. Will go again
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We chose Derek's based on
    Donna
    Dined on 3/5/2013
    We chose Derek's based on reviews and we were not disappointed. The food was excellent and our server was very helpful, describing the interesting menu items and offering suggestions. The chef Is very creative - not your average restaurant. It was a lovely evening and we highly recommend it.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Excellent food but experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    Excellent food but experience was disappointing with waiter providing sub par service.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We brought our friends from
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/28/2013
    We brought our friends from Washington DC here for dinner before the symphony, they absolutely loved it! Will be back very soon ...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Food innovative and superior
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/27/2013
    Food innovative and superior quality, but had to ask for attention from waiter. Wish they had a full bar.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DisregardedOpen Table reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/27/2013
    Although I had a confirmed Open Table reservation (and offered to show them) Derek's claims that they never got it, and that it would be at least an hour before they could seat us. We ended up going to Cas Antica, who were also completely full, but after hearing about the way we were treated, took us in immediately.Furthermore, I'm not sure what any good using Open Table is, when a restaurant owner doesn't care that the confirmed reservation was made through this service. Not sure if I'll be using Open Table again, and certainly won't be going to Derek's (and I'll be leaving a review about my experience on Trip Advisor and Urban Spoon).This was an important design client that I was taking to dinner, and I dropped the ball!
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  • Dined there twice and had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/27/2013
    Dined there twice and had a great dinner both time. Imaginative menu; reasonable prices.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • If you can get past the hostess...
    ipuppyVIP
    Dined on 2/26/2013
    Our dinner at Derek's was almost ruined before we even reached the table. I'd say we were greeted rudely by the hostess, but she never even bothered to greet us - just a surly stare. I gave our name and then we heard the only two words she'd say all night: "This way." After showing us the table, she filled our water glasses, getting a good portion on the table and looking really put out when she had to reach across the table to get my glass. Of course, she could have done what they teach on day one of waiter school and came around to my side of the table, but I guess she skipped that day. The meal itself was OK; average starters and flavorful main courses.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Derek's Downtown
    tropicalgirl
    Dined on 2/26/2013
    Derek's is a relaxed, quality fine dining experience. It's one of the best places to eat in downtown Sarasota. Friendly, accommodating and serving fresh food with personal riffs on standards located in an area of downtown that is a moth's wing from 5 points and will be a "destination".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Splendid
    LoveGoodFoodVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    This restaurant has what it takes to be included in the list of the best in the USA. The food was probably the best I've had in Sarasota. The bone marrow appetizer dish was splendidly done, the duck confit was just crisp and tasty, the land and sea was spectacular, the wine good. We had no space left for the desserts which was a shame.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This time they missed.
    EaternycVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    This foodie restaurant is always experimenting and pushing, and that's great. Unexpected combinations and preparations are welcome - BUT, you have to cook things right! And flavor is always a requirement! This, our fourth (fifth?) visit just seemed to miss. And service was harried and confused. Nonetheless, we'll be back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice varied menu. Had the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    Nice varied menu. Had the amberjack special, as did 3 others at our table. All were slightly overcooked/dry. Will try again before passing final judgement.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved this restaurant for
    HandsUpVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    Loved this restaurant for many years. Sorry to see them leave.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Visiting Florida for vacation.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    Visiting Florida for vacation. Enjoy trying out Zagat reviewed restaurants. Derek's was definitely a great choice! Our dinners were excellent. Poached pear for dessert amazingly delightful. Loved the pot of French press coffee too! Will definitely visit again.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything tasted was very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/21/2013
    Everything tasted was very good but not special. I would go back the next time in Sarasota
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate