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The Derby
The Derby

The Derby Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thederbyarcadia.com/
  • Email: thederbyarcadia@aol.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: Steakhouse, American
  • 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 (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 (626) 447-8173
  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "This was our 1st visit to "The Derby". My husband & I have lived in CA. all our married life (46yrs) and have never stopped in to have dinner at the Derby. We enjoyed ourselves and our waiter was excellent. The room we were seated in was very noisy and my husband had to sit right next to me so we could have a conversation. The inside of the restaurant is so classy and brings back a era (1940's) that we just don't get anywhere anymore. We had a excellent dinner and left very content. And yes we will go back."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Love the ambiance. You can a wonderful meal without worrying about being crowded by another table next to you. There's live contemporary music on Friday nights, complimentary valet, and outdoor seating."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The Santa Anita and racing memorabilia make this a distinctive and higher end choice among the many chain restaurants in this area. Family owned and with a clear connection to the racetrack culture, this restaurant stands out. That said, it is a traditional and fairly pricey steakhouse (with excellent seafood options). First time diners should be advised that "regulars" come expecting to know others in the restaurant and things can go from very sedate to rather raucous when such parties arrive! Those diners were having a great time but we were also pleased our relatively quiet meal was coming to an end when they arrived."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "The entire experience I had at the Derby was exceptional. The waiters constantly refilled our beverages and multiple loaves of bread, and were both friendly and helpful. The valet service was great, and the food itself, from the steaks to the salads to the desserts, were excellent."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We enjoyed our time so much at the Derby that we already know we'll be going back soon.... Thanks!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Food and ambiance always the best. Dottie provided her usual superlative service. Lunch is a bargain."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Local Arcadians that grew up knowing the history and significance of the restaurant. Always enjoy dining here. Their bacon wrapped filet is still as good as it was 30 years ago! Enjoy the consistency here, the fact that some things don't change (well, the prices have . . . hehehe). And if you're real lucky to get Barbara as a server you'll have a very memorable night! Great food, great ambiance, great restaurant!!!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "As an out-of-towner, I try to make sure we reserve a night for the Derby. This was my 4th time at the Derby. Each time I've selected a different entree and this time around it was their NY Strip. It was prepared perfectly at medium rare. The wedge salad was terrific and pretty filling by itself. The sauteed mushrooms were very tasty. There were five in our group and we selected a bottle of their house Cab - Irony. Not too bad. Barbara was our waitress and she did an outstanding job! It was a great way to cap off a successful business trip."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We had a great time at The Derby on Wednesday for lunch. The appetizers and lunch menu was extensive and very tasty. The Bar selection was great. We were also treated to a birthday dessert which was nice since a lot of places are cutting back on that. A wonderful afternoon. Thank you."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Lovely time. Great corn beef…very tender. Excellent service."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "going down the busy street that it sits on you can easily pass it up, however the décor in the place is really cool and the service we received was excellent....the food was so so, maybe too much in price for the quality and while it was good I don't know that I would have paid $95 for that chateaubriand but oh well it was fun watching the server light the meat up at table side."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Have been hear many times and never disappointed with the food. We go especially for the Scalone Almondine :)"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Good food, awesome service and historic ambiance greet you in this classic restaurant that is a gem in the city. Expensive but not over the top, it's a top choice for special events!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This is my favorite special occasion place, but the kitchen was slow. Once it came, my husband's steak was overcooked. We took it to go. Vern and Mgr handled things professionally. Vern is a great server. The kitchen just took too long."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "What a great place to celebrate a special occasion! Food, Service Everything was fabulous. I had the Trifecta, 1 crabcake, 2 shrimp scampi, and 3 bacon wrapped scallops, everyone else had the bacon wrapped filet. My sister said the steak was as tender as butter."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Ambience is out-dated, and not in a nice way. In-house singer who was too loud. Meat over-cooked and fish was terrible. Can't recommend it."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "service and food was great. birthday celebration included complimentary flaming baked alaska. that was highlight."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We were there after a big race at Santa Anita. So, the place had great energy. We were seated at a nice booth fairly quickly after checking in at our reservation time. The food was excellent and the service exemplary."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Res for 7p, on a Saturday evening. Arrived a smidge early and the place was busy. Confirmend our res w/the Hostess and began looking at the cases of Horse racing memorabliela on display. Was called to be sat less than 10 min.. Promptly given menus and the local cheeze bread, ordered cocktails &appetizer ordered. Waiter explained the specails and orders placed. Timing of the dining experience was excellent. Waiter was friendly knowledgeable, he and the other staff were attentive but not over attentive...Food was excellent...Portions generous, Declined an attractive dessert menu. A bit pricey but the service and meal were excellent...."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The service and food here are just how you remember a very good restaurant from years ago. Very friendly, and flexible."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I had a colleague in town and we went to The Derby for a business dinner. Great steaks! Appetizers and drinks were also first rate. This place has the ambiance of an old time steak house. Perfect for business meals."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "This place is full of history and tradition from the moment you walk in the door. We were seated directly in front of a gorgeous fireplace that kept us nice and toasty on a rainy night. Service was excellent. Our water glasses were never allowed to go empty. Some steakhouses can frown upon children as diners. Not here. We were offered a children's menu but our daughter opted to share. Our waiter was friendly and treated her as any other diner, asking if she wanted her own sides. When the food arrived, it didn't disappoint. Lobster bisque was rich and yummy. Stuffed halibut was flaky and delicate. New York was tender and delicious. Porterhouse was awesome. Prime rib was nothing short of melt in your mouth perfection. A wonderful experience!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "A friend and I met for an early dinner and loved this historic restaurant. We both ordered off the very reasonably priced (for the amount and quality of the food) Early Bird menu (which I believe is available Sun-dried from 4-5:30 pm). The food was perfect (we both had plenty to eat and leftovers to take home) and delicious. We will definitely both return!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Great food and service. The garlic bread is something I always look forward to. Relatively quiet with a 5pm reservation but noise increases as it gets crowded, and it gets crowded very quickly."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "It was great.the only thing was that my filet minor was a bit dry. Other than that we loved everything!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "I have eaten here on many, many occasions. I've never had a bad meal and the service is always outstanding. Seasoned waitpersons who know what they are doing."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Was fine for upscale dining 15 years ago. Is okay now. Wasn't a bad experience but not a value, nor a wow."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Highly suggest the trio appetizer. This was my second time dining there, I can't wait to return again. The wait staff is very attentive and the steak is cooked perfectly. Amazing!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Very relaxing atmosphere, not too quiet and not too loud. Food and service were both outstanding."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Very special dinner ! Flowers were on our table from my Husband ! Food was amazing ! I'm sure we will dine at The Derby again!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I had the bacon warped fillet it was cooked exactly as I ordered, the garlic mashed potatoes were great and the chocolate moose cake was good as well for dessert. The service was slow to start but it was late and the waitress ended up being quite personable."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Old school steakhouse, with old school santa anita charm....think seabiscuit and old fashioneds.....mad men meets a post race night..."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "We celebrated our son's graduation with a group of friends at The Derby. They gave us a private room, which we were not expecting. Service & food were excellent."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Was expecting a stuffy, old, and uninspiring place. Was surprised to see a clean and well decorated place. Was clean and comfortable."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "The food was excellent and the steaks were very tender. Service was excellent also and the place was very clean and neat."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "We celebrated our 48th anniversary and come here yearly. The food is fantastic and we like everything about it. We'll be back again next year."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "The experience wasn't bad at all. My expectation for the restaurant, however, was high because of the regular pricing (which is $$$$ normally). The food was only okay, or at least the DineLA menu was only okay, and I'm not impressed by any of the dishes we ordered. One of the dishes, I think it was prawns with some special rice, was too spicy. I'm not a spicy eater so maybe some people might think it is okay, but I do think it is unpleasantly spicy. The service was not bad, but there were times when I could not locate our waitress for about 10 min. The decorations inside the restaurant were very nice. I probably won't come back or recommend this restaurant to any of my friends. It's too pricey but not enough quality."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "I have dined at The Derby many times. My first visit was many years ago for a business lunch. I've been a fan since then. My favorite is the crab cakes. Due to Dine LA, I've eaten at The Derby twice in the last week. Of course, I ordered the crab cakes to start and the salmon is cooked perfectly each time. Food aside, hats off to the service staff. I have always had a terrific dining experience at The Derby, not average but terrific. The service has been consistent from my first dining experience to my most recent lunch there. Awesome!"
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "We have dined at the Derby many times over the years, mostly for special occasions. It's usually a relaxing place, with good food, and good service. That was not the case this past Sunday night. The noise level was very high, and the usually calm waiter was very rushed. You could not speak in a normal tone and be heard. The food was good as always, but all the noise begged me to want to leave. This is not always the case, so plan to go back."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "This was my second time to celebrate a special occasion at the Derby. The service, atmosphere, and food are always beyond compare!! It is truly a first- rate dining experience!!"
    Dined on 1/26/2014