Overall, we felt the Derby was very good. But there were a lot of very young children and babies there, not what you want for av relaxed Saturday night dinner. The service was excellent and very courteous. Opinions varied on the food. We have been to this restaurant three times recently. I always enjoyed the food and my steak was excellent. My daughter's seafood was totally overpowered by an unsophisticated and fiery sauce. My wife did not really enjoy her pork loin. The set menu is very good value. See will try elsewhere in the future, despite the sense of occasion and very nice ambience. I certainly don't want to pay for an expensive meal and have babies in the dining room at 8.30 pm.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another Great Dinner
Celebrated another birthday at The Derby....it was such a fun evening....great food and service as always....Carol W
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was our 51 wedding anniversary and we wanted to go somewhere extra special. The Derby proved to be that place. Making our reservations on line was a snap and worked out well. My wife's Bacon wrapped Filet was the best ever and my Aha Tuna was outstanding. Our waiter, John was exceptional and made suggestions of the specials. We had Baked Alaska for desert, on the house to help celebrate our anniversary. We will defiantly return.
7/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food at the Derby is always exceptional. No matter what you order it is cooked perfectly. The bacon wrapped filet was cooked exactly how it was ordered and was very tender. The prime rib was the best we have had anywhere. The chicken marsella was very flavorful with just the right amount of herbs in the sauce. The service is always and was exceptional. Our beverages were always refilled without asking and our waiter continued to monitor the table throughout the entire meal. Everyone left full and wanting to return for another meal. The cost of the meal for 5 was $240 not including the tip. The old saying, "you get what you pay for" definately applies. We will be back when we can afford another great meal.
7/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place to eat!
We had a great time at this restaurant. A very classy joint! I highly recommend it!
The food is excellent!!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
historic and delicious
Went for dineLA and was impressed by the menu offerings. Drinks were terrific, seafood was tasty, delicious bread pudding, and lovely environment of dark wood and red booths.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous Dining Experience
This restaurant is a blast from the past. I would call it an elegant standard. If you wish to experience dining the old fashioned way, this is the place for you. Memorabilia of the great days of horse racing, Professional servers and an atmosphere not seen in modern days restaurants makes the Derby unique and very special.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Special Occasion or Just Because
We were given a gift card for the Derby. We live in the next county, so it isn't a place we frequent. We were very pleasantly surprised at the top quality in all aspects of our meal. It was a Friday night and we made reservations on the convenient web page. They were booked up from 7 to 8:30 so we opted for an earlier time. It was not crowded at all and we were served in a way that was not intrusive but right there when you needed something. We had one of the specials and split it. With appetizer and extra sides we took home food for a meal the next day. The prices here would make this just for special occasions on our budget, but we will probably come back more often now. We thoroughly enjoyed the Derby.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always an outstanding experience!
Always an outstanding experience! The service is always superb. We ordered off the 'Green Sheet.' Our dinner included appetizer, main course, and dessert for a very reasonable price. The Derby has been a long-time favorite of friends and family. I look forward to our next visit.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is the classic steak
This is the classic steak house, a romantic setting, red vinyl booths, quiet atmosphere, with top notch service and food to match. Great preparations, outstanding meat. This is a place you go to for a relaxed dinner, ideal for a special occasion or with a special person that you want to share time with. Prices are reasonable for what you get and the servings are ample. HIghly recommended.
7/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Fast Becoming a Favorite...
The Derby is fast becoming our favorite restaurant...over Morton's, Bouchon and Lawry's.
All elements are exceptional and it's always a dining pleasure.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
We live in Santa Barbara and have, for years, been coming to The Derby. It is such a special place to us. Long Live The Derby!
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Came here for dineLA and I have to say the food was FABULOUS!!! I've been here before and it seemed just ok to me, but the food seemed a lot better for dineLA week. I've been to other places for dineLA and during the week their food just tastes horrible! But at The Derby their service and quality are still up to par. All the appetizers were amazing (we all shared) and the entree was cooked to perfection). The portions aren't too large, but you get full after the delicious appetizers and cheese bread. The dessert is alright. I'd have to say the bread pudding was the best of all.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quality, generous portions, clubby
Interesting history for racing fans, nestled among fast food, franchise density of Arcadia
Generous servings, plain but well prepared, nothing too unusual on menu--all american fare
Plenty of entrees seafood and other, excellent salads.
Server was experienced, efficient , friendly. No complaints.
A little dark for our tastes, but overall pleasant experience
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Birthday Dinner at the Derby
Went for the first time to the Derby and was very pleasantly surprised. Excellent service with a waiter knowledgeable of the menu including the prix fixe offerings. The Derby stood up to its reputation for beef, but was also very successful with a Chilean Sea Bass dish. Also pleased with the wine list which was extensive and focused on many choices in the 40 to 60 dollar range. Many high end restaurants seem to be "flashy" with a focus on multiple $200 and up bottles which just aren't practical. Kudos to the wine buyer at The Derby for not going down that path.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was superb. Only note would be the AC was not low enough and that made dining a touch uncomfortable. However, service was impeccable, food was cooked perfectly, and their wine list was great.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
good old bar resturant .
Nice old style steak house type place .Iots of other food also . horse racing crowd with a nice bar. The waitress ,Barbara, in the bar booth area is a long time favorite with lots of stories once you get to know her.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
You could tell how many regulars
You could tell how many regulars were there by the number of staff who stopped by to chat with each table. The steak and fish were delicious and the highest quality. The sides and appetizers generous. We would definitely drive the 45 miles to eat there again.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We both had the bacon wrapped
We both had the bacon wrapped filet, cooked to perfection, preceded by green salad and served with baked potatoes and fresh green beans that weren't over cooked nor too "crunchy". Nice wine list, reasonable mark ups... Overall, a very enjoyable meal. We hadn't eaten at the Derby in quite a few years. We won't wait so long to go back again....
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a great hidden gem close to the Santa Anita racetrack. It was my first visit as I celebrated a friend's birthday. The inside was vividly decorated with paintings of thoroughbreds and jockeys. My server went so far and stuffed olives with blue cheese for my martini. I had the shrimp scampi which was served butterfly style with a garlic-caper butter sauce for dipping. I chose the garlic mashed potatoes as the side dish.They were creamy with a hint of garlic at the end. Sauteed green beans were an added bonus and they were vibrantly green with a crispy texture. For dessert we were presented with baked alaska which was flambeed tableside. Biting into the roasted topping reminded me of campfires and making s'mores.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just a really great old stand by
Nice lunch spot! Dinner has always been terrific...Can't believe Verne is still there. He is the most professional server ever!!!
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Got that special steak
My wife and I have loved the Derby for years, so when our guests from Switzerland wanted the best we selected the Derby. Three of us had the beacon wrap,med. rare of course and my wife had the chicken. All dishes were perfect and Tim our waiter was wonderful in taking care of us.our guests were very happy. The lighting could be a little brighter but the decor is so relaxing and makes you feel like you are in a special restaurant, as your are. All the food was prepared to perfection. Thank you.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I would like
My husband and I would like to let the management know that our server, Daniel, was excellent. He allowed us time to enjoy our cocktails before making our dinner order and did not hover over us to hurry. He was very attentive to our requests. We observed other servers were also more attentive than in the past.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Visiting The Derby Restaurant has always been a pleasure. It provides an old-school, classic dining experience in the best possible sense. The people care about the food they prepare, the servers are knowledgeable, and the atmosphere is comfortable. We'll be back!
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had an amazing dining experience at The Derby! We were a group of six celebrating birthdays and couldn't have a better time! Each and every meal was ample, tastey and a real specialty! Derby, thanks for an wonderful time!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
The scampi might have been the best I've ever had, perfection! The fillet was melt in your mouth tender too and the service was great!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had my husband's birthday celebration with family and friends a few weeks ago. The food was delicious and there was an awesome dessert - quite entertaining with the fire. Numerous drink choices for all. There is a valet lot for parking and we have been here many times before for various celebrations.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Food and Atmosphere
The food was excellent, service was outstanding, and the atmosphere allowed us to carry on a conversation without feeling like we had to shout. I would definitely dine there again!
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
As always, the dinner at the Derby was an excellent experience. Both of us chose entrees from their early-bird menu and were treated to great food at a reasonable price. Our waitress was experienced and was around at the right times to take care of us. It's definitely a restaurant I would recommend for a special occassion.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a wonderful evening
This is a classic steak house that does a excellent job. The waiters are very professional and the food is excellent. The ambiance is very nice with all of their race horse memorabilia the the charm of the wood and brick interior. The big fire places and the multiple dining areas make it very personable.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Old Restaurant, Great Place
The Derby has been a mainstay for a very long time. The food and service are of the same high caliber as when we first started going there 35 years ago!
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Oldie but a Goodie
The Derby has been around for many years. I've the changes around it. Shopping centers and franchise eateries. But The Derby withstands the challenges and changes of time. Thank you for always being classy and wonderfully delicious.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Derby is a long standing
The Derby is a long standing restaurant with much history. The food is consistently excellent and the service is very attentive.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still the best!
Just the best service and food! This restaurant remains one of our favorite in the world! Sara in the bar (good happy hour!) and Tim & Verne incredible servers!!! Can't wait to go again!!!
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
fine dining at it's best
AFTER A DAY AT SANTA ANITA WENT TO DERBY FOR DINNER AS ALWAYS THE FOOD WAS SECOND TO NONE.YOU GOTTA TRY THE PICK THREE FOR AN APPETIZER IT'S JUST AWESOME. DID THE BACON WRAPPED FILET. ONE OF THE BEST STEAK'S EVER.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Skip the Cheese Toast - saggy mess
Excellent onion soup - no melted linoleum on top - perfect temperature. The beef over onions and potatoes "Derby Delight" was great. Perfect proportion of onion and potato - crisped just right. Beef was tender and flavorful. Dessert was well done - baked Alaska for Birthday - great presentation and flavor. Then we had the bread pudding- very dense and rich - split in half and had the rest for breakfast. All in all a great way to end the day after going to the races. I forgot how handy it was to make the reservations online.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
25th anniversay - perfect
its been a while since we came to the Derby because of one really bad dinner - and I've left a note about that in 2011- but its been over 2 years and before then it was monthly - and its a decent drive for us.
Anyway - had a great time, we asked for Tim as our wait staff and he made sure everything was perfect - attentive but not obnoxious about it and the food this time was perfect. A meal here is still pricey but now at least its worth it.
10/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food, great service
The Derby is always on our list when visiting Arcadia. Located near the Santa Anita race track, you are sure to encounter horse owners, trainers, and jockeys on the big race days. The food is excellent and so is the service. The prime rib is one of the best, almost melts in your mouth it is so tender. Strongly recommend a stop here when you are in the area.
10/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
This restaurant is a "must" everytime we visit Arcadia. The horse racing memorabilia is great! The food and the service is also exceptional.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Derby is always a 5+ star
The Derby is always a 5+ star experience. Have been many times for special occasions. Verne again an outstanding waiter. Appreciated the complimentary baked Alaska for my Mom's 92nd birthday. She was treated like royalty.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Service and Great Food!
The Derby has been around for eons and it's been awhile since the wife and I have been there. My memory of our previous visit was that of an old-fashioned but decent good-ole-boy restaurant. The ambiance hasn't changed, big booths, low lighting, and a comfortable, retro decor. This time around we brought our kids. It turned out to be a great visit. Our waiter was attentive, humorous and good with the kids. Our drinks were never empty. And the food was excellent! And, they even had kids meals, a bit pricey, but large portions and every bit as good as the adult food. I heartily recommend the Derby!
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Service was slow this visit.
Service was slow this visit. I don't know if our waiter was new, but we had to ask him several times for bread, which normally comes to the table the moment we're seated. He also didn't give info on specials until we asked him, and seemed generally uninterested.
Never acknowledged Birthday celebration at the table, but that has also happened in the past, maybe The Derby doesn't get that info from Open Table?
Food was good, as always, just felt a bit rushed and underappreciated this time around.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Cobb salad is terrific and I love the garlic toast. This restaurant is reminiscent of great east coast steak houses. I love dining here and recommend it highly.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everything was excellent!!
Everything was excellent!! Loved the cheesecake and the steaks One couple was from Seattle and the other couple was from Portland. We make sure we dine with you when we are in town!
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Early Bird Specials
We did not know about the early bird specials and the selection was wonderful. The portions seemed a bit smaller but quite adequate. The service as always,was polite and conscientious, without being intrusive. Great spot!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had my first date for lunch with my husband at the Derby some 30 years ago. Love it then and still do. Can't make it too often as we live in Upland. It's worth the drive, as the steak was outstanding along with everything else including the ambience. I recommend the Derby to all my friends.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lovely setting for a special lunch
Excellent personalized service. Beautifully and tastefully decorated for fall. We especially enjoyed the Shrimp Louie, with ample large shrimp, avocado etc.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
It didn't work for me.
Our server, Sarah, was fabulous. The others in my party were happy with the food or didn't say anything. Though the fresh green beans were cooked to perfection, a few still had the stems on them which is how I knew they were fresh. For the price of the steak, I didn't expect grisle. The deserts were large portions and delightful.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
A class act!
What an outstanding find! Great personalized service and outstanding food that made our 28th anniversary memorable. This is THE place for a nice memorable dinner.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Cozy for Lunch
Big beautiful red booths that are so comfortable. I had the beef stroganoff and it was delicious. I love their cheese bread. If you are celebrating an anniversary, mention it to them and they will bring complimentary Baked Alaska to your table. This is a steak house and I usually get the filet mignon and it is so tender. Other steak houses have good filets too, but I haven't found one with the ambiance of the Derby.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM