The Derby
The Derby

The Derby

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thederbyarcadia.com/
  • Phone: (626) 447-2430
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open Monday - Friday for Lunch at 11:30am, Open Daily for Dinner at 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Catalino Castillo
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private and semi-private available for business and social gatherings. Conference Room accommodates up to 20 for private events. Terrace accommodates up to 45 for private events. Semi private space available for various size groups. Please contact for availabilty, menu options, and details!
  • Private Party Contact: Alison Duran 6264478173x
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz Music each Friday and Saturday evening in the Lounge and George Woolf Dining Room!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 2nd Ave
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet and self-parking in the rear.
A word from The Derby
The Derby is more than a restaurant. Established in 1922, it has been family owned and operated since 1951. It is a grand museum showcasing some of horse racing's greatest moments. Diners are invited to take a break from the rush of modern life and travel back to the time of George Woolf, Seabiscuit and relive the excitement of The Race of the Century. We excel in offering the best grades of meat and extremely fresh seafood prepared by our longtime executive chef that would delight even the most discriminating of taste. Some of the menu highlights include the Bacon Wrap Filet, Delmonico New York, Prime Rib and Shrimp Scampi. We offer a wide selection of wines by the bottle and by the glass. Relax and enjoy a fine cognac or single malt scotch on our patio, or take in a sporting event on one of our three new plasma screen television sets. Dining at The Derby can only be compared to the feeling of holding the winning ticket when you smile and know that you made the right bet.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
The Derby reviews from OpenTable diners
98 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (63)neighborhood gem (54)fit for foodies (33)romantic (31)good for groups (25)great for lunch (22)notable wine list (18)great for outdoor dining (11)kid-friendly (7)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (5)great for brunch (5)hot spot (5)Show More
  • special evening with my wife
    DBMCDAVE
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    bar service was very rapid and friendly. The reception was very warm and true. In our dining service was very good but very forgetful. The service personnel besides our main waiter were exceptional. overall we had a very good time in quality of food was exceptionale
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good restaurant where you can talk
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Finally a good restaurant where you can talk and hear people you are with talking. No loud music! That is rare to find nowadays.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Highly Recommended
    r8derizy
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    This is a wonderful place to have dinner. I had the best experience at a restaurant in a very long time. To long to recall. I would recommend "The Derby" to any horse racing fanatic and anyone looking for an amazing meal. Reservations were at 9pm sharp, walked in 8:54, Seated by 9. Great staff/service/FOOD. YUM! Hope to go back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fair
    Selfthebest
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Not the same old Derby. Hostesses cold and indifferent. Menu just so so. Ordered pan fried halibut, but it came out baked. Was in a hurry so what could we do?
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • You must eat here !
    DaveL
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    My group has visited the Pasadena/Arcadia for the past several years and the Derby is always on our list for dinner reservations. If you like horse racing, the collection of memorabilia is outstanding. The service is excellent as is the food. Some of the best steaks I have ever had. If you are there on Thurs-Sat, the prime rib is to die for. We visit there during Breeders Cup races and you are always likely to meet up with one of the owners, trainers, or jockeys. Reservations recommended if you visit during horse racing season. But any time is a good time at the Derby.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Always great for special occasions. Wonderful food and classy service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • derby delites
    JimmyVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Love the horse racing memorabilia....love the garlic bread.....recommend Chateaubriand for two and the baked Alaska for desert........very good wine list...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service outshines!
    Livermorejim
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    While not a morsel of food wasn't great, the service was even better. We dined here because of the location to our hotel, but a one hour drive would still be worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Terrific food, great service. A wonderful place for dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Your Grandfather's Steakhouse
    ClarevillerVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    If you want to know what it was like to go out to dinner in 1954, this comes about as close as you can come. Tufted red-leather booths, lots of wood. Carpeted to hold down the noise. Steak, and ... more steak. There is fish and chicken, but that isn't what the restaurant is about. It does make some accesions to recent tastes, such as bottled water and healthier side dishes, and men can get in without a tie and jacket. But if you squint your eyes you can feel as if you have stepped into a time machine to an era that was more gracious than much of the foodie places that ignore all else about the dining experience than what's on the plate.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A restaurant for nostalgia!
    foodisgood
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    One of the remaining steakhouses so common, and so good, in the 50's through the 70's. Great place for special events: anniversaries or birthdays, or other...pricey!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very accommodating!
    thankfuldiner27
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had reservations for 6:00pm. Besides already running behind schedule, we ended up having trouble getting a cab from our hotel. The hotel called and the restaurant staff was very understanding and held our table!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Frank
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great food ..... Great service, definitely I will come back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Food was great as always and service by Verne was outstanding once again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great birthday lunch at The Derby!
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We celebrated two birthdays and thoroughly enjoyed every moment! Our first course was their wonderful French Onion Soup followed by a specialty of the house entrée salad, and then we couldn't stop eating The Derby's delicious garlic cheese bread! At last, we each enjoyed a special birthday dessert with a candle on it.....and made our wishes. Another wish I have is to come back soon.....because it was a perfect dining experience and our server, Dottie, was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A treat for someone special
    happytodine
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The Derby never fails to satisfy my culinary taste buds. I have never had a meal that I didn't enjoy at this restaurant. It is a great place to take a friend or family member for a special occasion. Also, it is a wonderful place to dine just because you wish to enjoy great food.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good steak house
    cking
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    this is one of those old-style steak houses. it has good steaks and old-school apps. service is always great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    jonycgrave
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our server, Vern was such a class act. Very attentive and had a great personality.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good steak sandwitch
    NonyaVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The service was excellent. The bartender, (Jeannine) maybe that was her name, couldn't have been more pleasant and very professional. She made good drinks and left us alone when we were "catching up" but continued to check to see if we needed anything. I was disappointed in the portions of the filet mignon steak sandwich. It was cut up steak on bread, not a piece of steak and not much of it. The mushrooms were delicious, as wsas the dressing for the salad that Jeannine recommended.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Old-School Classic Place
    Daren
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Not a hipster scene by any means, but that can be a good thing when you want a more traditional place. Not stuffy, but very friendly and we were very impressed by the quality of the food! Great steaks but also great side dishes.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • amazing food.
    eater
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Amazing food. Excellent service. Classic ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't Go Wrong with The Derby
    Tina
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We celebrated a friend's birthday who had never been to The Derby before. What a special treat and our waiter, John, was fantastic!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just terrific!!
    Redovergeren50
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great food, perfectly prepared & presented. Impeccable service! PERFECT!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Put the nag to sleep
    foodisdandy
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    OMG. Perhaps this was great in 1938, but it is dark, dank, and tired. The waitstaff is sleepwalking, and the menu lives in the past. To be fair, my steak was good, but I would hope so, for $50 ala carte.
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  • Yummy
    glockgirlVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I've been here a few times before. The food is good, service is friendly and they had live music playing.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PeteVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Free valet parking was the start of the dinner. Not rushed at anytime although it was a Friday night. Very friendly and helpful experienced waiter. Salads were average but a little pricy. The main courses were excellent and had plenty of complementary side dishes. The deserts were large and very good. All in all it was a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good as Usual
    EdwardVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Had lunch with friends at The Derby. It was restaurant week and the Derby specials for this week were great. I had the crab cakes, cobb salad and crab cakes. All were very good. Service was good and professional. I enjoy The Derby and it is great for special occasions and times when you want a really good meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic
    Ashsta
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Been here a few times. Every time I go, it's been a great meal. I truly enjoy the experience. The food is great. I was at Mastro's in Beverly Hills 3 days earlier, and I had a much better meal at the Derby.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We have spent many special family occasions at the Derby. You never let us down. In this time frame, we have found that some of our favorite eateries change owners in a smooth transition and the only way the clients know the difference is that the food quality detioritates. We then look elsewhere for acceptable food fare. Thank you for your continuing fine dining experiences. I refuse to go to the mall for dinner. CSI
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistantly Excellent
    RitaVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    As always, the food and service were superior. Lunch portion of halibut was very generous. As always, the warm cheese bread will keep you coming back for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary special
    GeorgeandGracie
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    My wife and I ate our 51st anniversary dinner at the Derby in Arcadia. We have lived in the San Gabriel Valley for over 50 years but never had visited the Derby before. The restaurant was recommended by friends when I asked where to take my wife for our anniversary. It turned out to be a wonderful recommendation. Our meal was delightful and our waiter, John, took excellent care of us. The atmosphere was quiet and calming and the decor of the restaurant was very attractive in a wood and red leather way. My wife and I agreed that we won't wait until our next anniversary to return to the Derby.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • karma
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Always a joy to eat here. Food and service is fantastic!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food - great dining spot
    alohakid
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The Derby is old school dining where the staff service is the best. They want to ensure your entire experience is great!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Notable Dining
    happytodine
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The Derby has been a favorite dining experience for many years. This restaurant has an excellent reputation, is classic, and is always a lovely dining outing whether it is lunch, dinner or just appetizers and beverages. The food is delicious and the service always outstanding. My friends and family love to gather there to enjoy the food, interesting historical settings and to celebrate special occasion. The Derby is a "Winner" !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 64 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 834 reviews are from the The Derby reviews archive.
  • Pin bones
    EMomma
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I ordered the salmon filet and discovered several pin bones. Had it not been for that factor my meal would have been great. Overall, tasty food, friendly staff and great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite
    Marianne
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I go there time after time. I can think of no other place in Arcadia where I would rather dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dining from another era
    Luvaclassyjoint
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    It was extraordinary food and service from a bygone era. The restaurant reflects the sport of kings and it's affiliation with horse racing with the feel of stepping into the stately den of an Old Pasadena home. It is comfortable and welcoming. The servers still wear dress shirt and tie! The food was beyond delicious and still well priced for the cost conscious. The table next to us celebrated a birthday and instead of the obligatory ice cream and a candle, the restaurant brings a flaming Baked Alaska. That is style! I would recommend the filet wrapped asparagus, what a treat! Everything was truly amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • steak expert, good service
    EatTurkey
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Tried Dine LA menu, meat is fresh, service is good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • John is a great waiter!
    RossReviews
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    John has worked at The Derby for about 16 years and remembers every detail of our preferences, even when we haven't been in for a few months -- he is a very professional and friendly waiter and we always ask for him!
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • All-round good food
    Rufus
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The Derby can be counted on for great, high-class dining. It is one of the last places left where you can eat without having a TV screen in your face. I usually go for beef (which is always cooked EXACTLY RIGHT), and my wife orders fish.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.