Derek's
Derek's

Derek's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.dereksrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (215) 483-9400
  • Hours of Operation:
    Daily: 10:00am - 2:00am; Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian / Vegan, Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Derek Davis
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We are available for all types of events, large and smal.
  • Entertainment: DJ and dancing on Friday and Saturday evenings from 10 PM til 2, no cover.
  • Special Events: Join our email list by opting in for marketing, Like us on Facebook,
    We regularly host all types of private events, from birthday parties late night with DJ's to Baby Showers.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Levering Street
  • Public Transit: Take the R6 to Manayunk. Train Station is half a block behind restaurant.
    61 bus from Center City
    Exit 338 Interstate 76
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There are two lots located near our restaurant. One at the corner of Levering and main, the other is access right across the street from us [at Carson St.] it is across the canal, on the river.
A word from Derek's
Allow us to guide you into whatever you want, be it the best burger in town, a dry aged steak, or the finest cult California Cabernet. Indulge yourself in our local grown organic cuisine or just have a glass of wine and a snack at the bar. Let us host your business meetings in one of our new private rooms or just have a casual sidewalk salad and Martini. Come watch local sporting events on our big screen TV’s in the bars or have an intimate dinner for two in our cozy booths. I want to be your everyday cafe or your special occasion restaurant.
As much as things change, they stay the same. Fine food, Fine Drinks, And Fine Service is what I'm talking about!
See you on Main Street!
Derek
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Derek's reviews from OpenTable diners
101 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (48)fit for foodies (48)good for groups (31)special occasion (27)great for outdoor dining (24)hot spot (22)romantic (22)notable wine list (22)vibrant bar scene (20)great for lunch (20)late-night find (17)great for brunch (15)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (4)Show More
  • Thank goodness the food was delicious!
    Phillygal
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Food was excellent. The wait for our table was not. Had reservation for 7:15 for four. We were not seated for 45 minutes. Bartender was overwhelmed with very little help. It 20 minutes to get drinks at the bar and then forgot one of the cocktails. We were getting ready to leave when we were finally shown to our table. After being seated, our experience was very good. Service was attentive and the food was very good. I'm not accustomed to appetizers and salads being brought to the table at the same time though. Best to specify next time to bring them separately so you are not overwhelmed with food at one time. Our entrees were delicious and filling. We would return to Derek's once again...as long as we didn't have to wait as long for our reservation to be honored.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ElisVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    Htate
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The best Chicken and mash potatoes i have ever eaten. Derek's special glaze was amazing. Actually got to meet the owner which was a plus. Cant wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening!
    spyphi
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We had a great time at Derek's. The waiter was very attentive without being intrusive. The food was delicious (try their pork and grits)! Would definitely go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Group dinner at Derek's
    italiannonne
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    We had a work group meet for a dinner during the week. We were seated on time. Our server, Emily, was very attentive and pleasant even in spite of some members not paying attention to her questions or specials. The food was served without any delays. The Butternut Squash Ravioli which was a special, was delicious. Everyone enjoyed their meals and drinks especially the margarita made with fresh juices. We actually shared 4 desserts that evening and every dish was better than the next. We were in the back room which was tight and the noise made it difficult to talk to the other end of the table but had no effect on service as everyone's was well taken care of. Derek made a visit to our table to ensure we enjoyed our meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Brunch was great, however it took a while for the food to come out, but it was well worth the wait!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We come for the great bread pudding
    1NewZagatsGuideVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    It is the best raspberry chocolate bread pudding!!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We always enjoy Derek's
    carolngeorgeVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This was a dinner at Derek's, where we more often go for lunch. The food was fine, the quiet room with new art exhibited suited us well, and lessened cost with the help of Derek's birthday gift certificate made it even a more special celebration. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bruncher
    bruncher
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I usually order their secret recipe chicken and I love it. This time the chicken was overcooked and I couldn't finish it. But I will return because I have faith that it will be good next time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pasta & steak in Manayunk
    HungryJackVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My wife and I really enjoyed Derek's. We both had salads to start and then I had the Flat Iron steak and my wife had the braised pork shoulder, and both were Very Good. We could see by the tables near us that people were really enjoying their Pasta, and we will do Pasta next time we go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Dining
    Keefer
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Four of us went out (couples anniversary) and we found this place to be very good experience. It was something different from the everyday and loved it! Would go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 63rd Birthday
    JAWS
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Arriived a little early for my reservation but seated, THAT'S A PLUS. My server was named Craig, polite, knowledgeable and not pushy; there when you needed him. Great food for me and my guest; especially the scallops. A great find, I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect!
    merdealors
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Nice decor, plenty of space, perfect lighting, and - above all - great food. For instance: great use of fennel, leaks, and light creams. Great sorbets. Warm atmosphere. Hardly anything more to ask for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Annoyed
    Sher
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We returned for a romantic Friday night dinner. 7:30 reservation but didn't get seated until 8:10pm. We were not impressed having to view a coronary artery disease presentation being held by a medical group during dinner. No warning given to us and very disturbing. We should have been told when we arrived.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Okay Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The waitress was awesome and attentive. The area were we seat did not have any ventilation and smelled a little musty. The food was okay.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Always a great meal! Try the secret recipe chicken and you won't be disappointed. Great wine list as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant Week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The menu was amazing, but it was so crowded we had to wait a little longer for our table. Also, we were in the back room and they had two large parties so it very loud!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AndreaVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We went with friends to Derek's on a Friday night. It was pleasantly crowded but not hard to get a table. The food was quite good, the service was fine, my only real feedback is that it is beginning to need a facelift.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Mwiz
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Great place. Food and service was good. I will definitely dine here again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A new Manayunk favorite
    JoAnnebattVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    It started with the very welcoming treatment at the door. We were promptly seated out on the back patio at our request. Our waiter was very friendly and engaging and also knowledgeable on both the wine and the food. We had the stuffed mussels for an appetizer and they were the best I've ever had! My daughter ordered the tuna pizza with a spicy horseradish sauce and loved it. I had a burger which was delicious and perfectly cooked.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inconsistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The manager seemed great and the front room is beautiful. However, we sat in a crowded back room, before the rush would have required we sit squished. Then our waiter's response to my dairy allergy was to "avoid all potato items." Now, as the menu notes gluten free and vegetarian items, you'd think they would accommodate a dairy allergy with something more than avoidance. Also, Derek walked out as we were walking in, and he didn't even say 'hi.' Not even half a greeting for people who chose your restauarant to patronize.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food
    Mina
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The food and service were good. The spicy chicken and shoestring zucchini were good. My husband had Salmon and Bread pudding and he really enjoyed his meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of the best
    dean
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I liked this place the first time I went with a friend. Sexy. Cool. Chic. And great martinis. Felt so adult. Lol.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mussels!!
    Calmtall
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We love Derek's and went, on this occasion, specifically for Mussels Special (Wednesday evenings). THEY WERE GREAT!! I had the White Sauce and my husband had the Red. We left quite happy and look forward to our next outing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    overall, everyone enjoyed their food, but found it to be nothing special or "must-try". with so many other restaurant options out there none of us said we would return. one plus though is that they offer a 3 course dinner for a set price. FOOD: bread is great!! personally, i liked the chopped salad and the calamari. tuna tar tar- blah! the braised pork was very good, but again, nothing i couldn't make at home. someone got the scallops -ok. chicken-ok. the mixed drinks we ordered were quite tasty. peach cobbler was awful, i mean really bad. SERVICE: she was nice, attentive and informative. couldn't ask for more. ATMOSPHERE: we were seated right next to a large party although the restaurant was empty. waiters could barely pass by.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great evening at Derek's
    Nyteengale
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My husband and I dined at Derek's for the first time and enjoyed it. The shrimp and crab spring rolls were crispy on the outside and succulent on the inside - very well done. The pork shoulder dish was quite good. The grits were creamy and a nice complement to the moist and tender pork, but I thought there could be a little more flavor in the accompanying pinot noir sauce. My husband ordered Derek's Signature Burger - the black truffle mayo worked well and he enjoyed it. The ambience was the nicest part of the evening. The restaurant is romantic, but fun. There was a party upstairs and we enjoyed the free music/DJ. Derek came over and said hi, which I thought was a very nice touch. I'm glad we tried it out and we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice spot
    Alicurts
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    This was my first time here at Derek's and I must admit that it was a yummy experience. I enjoyed my salad, wings & cocktail special. Unfortunately, the beer was not cold enough for me so I doubt if I'll be returning due to me being a beer enthusiast.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elliott Schulman
    Neuroman
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I was looking forward to a casual Labor Day dinner. We were seated on time and in a cordial fashion. Drinks were brought promptly. We waited and waited and waited for our main dish. Despite being comped for our first round of drinks( we were told this before we received our main dish." There were a bigger crowd than we anticipated" , we became very tired of waiting. I was ready to leave before we receive our main dish, comped drinks regardless. My wife urged us to stay. Food was good, but despite our waitresses being extra friendly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wrong Day?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I visited on Labor Day Monday, which must have been the day of the week, the service was slow we did not even get our entree which was the special on Monday's Burger & Fries, our drinks were even slower to come. I like this place because I am a foodie so I will be back. Hopefully it will be better!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Manayunk Favorite
    NewZagats2VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Love Derek's… and we love the OWner, too!! :-) Thank You for the favorite! Chocolate Raspberry Bread Pudding!! :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant experience
    MsDebbieVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Seated in little patio out back. Aroma of marijuana wafted from somewhere nearby. Mosquitoes dined on me while I dined on delicious Parmesan flat bread followed by brussel sprouts and soft shell crabs which were yummy. Finished with creme brûlée topped with fresh berries and a dense cookie (overkill). Wished I had eaten inside but my elderly companions complained that it was too noisy inside (it wasn't...nearly empty when we were seated). Loved the interior space!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time
    GLNCVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    First time here from NJ. Food ok. Good service. Will return when we in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great mushroom pizza, bread pudding
    NewZagats2VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Love the Mushroom pizza and dumplings and the bread pudding… Derek is such a great guy… this place is right on Main st. in Manayunk… have FUN!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So-So Lunch
    barfly26VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    A friend of mine had a free birthday meal voucher for Derek's , so I took her there for lunch. Our waitress seemed medicated - her speech was slurred and she was awfully loopy. When she saw the birthday voucher, she spent the better part of 5 minutes telling us how her birthday had been the previous Saturday. We ordered the zucchini shoestrings as an app, which were fine, but when our meals came out, the lettuce for my salad was just gross. It was the chopped salad and the lettuce was brown (the shrimp also looked suspect, but I don't like shrimp, so didn't eat it). I sent it back (which I've never done at a restaurant before). I was surprised anyone with any pride in their job would serve such a thing (the chef or the waitstaff).
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fair evening I dont have to repeat
    hurleygirl75VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The bartender was less than interested in serving me and more interested in talking about going to an event, how much his homeymoon is going to cost him etc. He was very attentive to those he knew, the martini was horrible.sat us outside, then no service for awhile so I had to ask for a server. The brussel sprouts appetizer was very good, my nieces mussels she enjoyed, and my meal was very forgettable-salmon allegedly falafel encrusted, sauce of horseradish or wasabi I couldnt tell as there wasn't any flavor and it was so thin it just swirled around the plate. I ordered forbidden rice and it must have been very forbidden because it came after my meal was finished.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    Divafoodie
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    My boyfriend and I both bad the spicy chicken rigatoni. It was simply delicious. I would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You can't miss at Derek's
    GormetGormond
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I have dined at Derek's frequently since the name was changed from Sonoma. Derek Davis is consistently improving the menu, of an already existing varied selection. His specials are truly special - never skimping on quality, portion size and value. If you leave Derek's thinking that it was nothing special; try other restaurants at the same price level and think again. After at least 100 visits, I look forward to the next.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed in the food
    BeckM
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food selection was okay but the prices were high for the amount of food that you get. My 18 year old was still hungry after eating the ribs. I think he got 3-4 ribs and a small portion of shoestring potatoes. The atmosphere is very nice and the staff was friendly. My crab cake was good but that was all I got for about $22. My daughter had pasta which was a good size serving. The pizza seemed okay. Not sure if I would go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 63 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 898 reviews are from the Derek's reviews archive.
  • Awesome sauce!
    Unhappycamper
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Good Morning, I went to Derek's on Sunday for brunch and it was amazing! The steak was cooked perfectly! The eggs was amazing! The spinach was cook just right! And the potatoes was great! The only thing was the fruit! It was mushy! That was my only problem!! The mimosas was on point aswell! Our server was a sweetheart! And he knew the menu very well!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for relaxed fun!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I reserved a table for a party of 6 with additional requests. We were greeted warmly and the table service was great. The food was really good as well as the ambiance. Derek's is truly a great place for an enjoyable dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate