The Derby
The Derby

The Derby

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thederbyarcadia.com/
  • Phone: 6264472430
  • 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 (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 6264478173
  • 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 Food
The Derby reviews from OpenTable diners
119 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (87)neighborhood gem (70)romantic (54)fit for foodies (42)good for groups (30)notable wine list (26)great for lunch (25)great for outdoor dining (16)vibrant bar scene (10)late-night find (8)great for brunch (8)hot spot (7)kid-friendly (6)scenic view (3)Show More
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
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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
    • Food
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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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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.
  • Always a good meal
    Enjoy
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Excellent food and great service. Never can go wrong at The Derby.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • brenda
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The free valet parking was a pleasant surprise. The outdoor dining section looked nice too. The staff (Host,Server and Bus men) were all very attentive and helpful. Overall, I would be happy to dine here again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    Foodlover
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The service was great and the food was delicious. The servers were attentive with refilling our drinks, asking if we needed anything and just over all providing good and friendly service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment
    Top4Service
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I had heard raves about this restaurant. It didn't meet these expectations. For example; I was told that for a birthday they brought a flaming baked alaska to your table. We were celebrating two July birthdays and were there on an actual birthday. We had ordered a dessert so the waiter put a candle on it. At Tam, they bring their birthday trifle along with your ordered dessert. The waiter offered that anchovies could be added to a caesar salad but failed to mention the additional charge. A few days prior we had gone to Tam for a special occasion and it was a great experience with great service and food. I think next time we will go to Tam, the Smokehouse or Lawrys for that old fashioned feel for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The food was excellent. Best rack of lamb I have had in a long time. We were able to have nice conversation with our dinner guests and not have to speak over other noise. Service was beyond excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • For nostalgia buffs
    uclarry
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    It was fun going back in time, for old-timey restaurant in old-timey service.The DineLA menu was among the most attractive of those that I considered. There are more choices for appetizer and entrée that I have typically seen. And it was a bargain.The appetizers (crab and shrimp cocktail and Cajun lobster bites) were very good (tangy and flavorful). The entrée (bacon wrapped filet mignon) and desserts were good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Great Experience
    Francisco
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We came for the celebration of our mother's birthday. My family has never been here before though I have been on several occasions. The experience at THE DERBY was beyond my expectations. The server/waitress was attentive, helpful, friendly and engaged all of us. We felt very special. The meal was delicious and beautifully presented. The birthday Baked Alaska was visually fun and a nice ending to an exciting meal. The ambience and restaurant presentation was like being in a home on a race horse ranch, pleasant, comfortable, and with many racing memoribilia to impress most people. But the best compliment is this: my mother wants to come back soon (she's very picky)! And we will come back soon!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Speedway22
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Our dining experience at The Derby was delightful. From the moment we arrived until our departure we were treated with the care and respect that diners expect. The wine list was excellent, The complimentary garlic/cheese bread delightful and our steaks were cooked to perfection. The spices and sauces compliment the food and do not mask or overpower it. This was truly a pleasurable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • old standby
    jackbendVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    return to an old standby did not disappoint and a quiet, pleasant atmosphere to enjoy dinner and conversation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • it was our 42 anniversity
    joefinedine
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The food was exceptional. We had the chateaubriand. and baked Alaska for desert. Excellent service and quiet and nice Ambience. Took another couple with us and they were very impressed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Memorable Evening
    2HappyDiners
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Enjoyed another lovely dining experience celebrating a special birthday. Cocktails & hot yummy cheese garlic bread began our evening, followed with the Pick 6 Sampler appetizer (nice variety sampler) thoroughly enjoyed by the 4 of us. The Rack of Lamb was done perfectly & so good; the Tornadoes of Filet were excellent as usual & the French cut ribeye steak was good but felt the Tornadoes of Filet were done better. Our Pinot Noir complemented our meals well. Tim our server was great. And our flamming Baked Alaska topped the birthday celebration. It was a quiet Monday evening post racing season where we had a quiet but nice visit with each of our party.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 37th anniversary
    1diner2q
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    /// We reserved a table at The Derby to celebrate ourr 37th wedding anniversary.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Whirling Derby
    liv2eat
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food and service were both excellent. There was so much food that each of us took half of our dinner home.... and it was great the next day! Love the old touch of red tuck and roll booths and good prices to go along with the food. Steak and seafood....good combos.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Restaurant
    JDMArcadia
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    I have been going to The Derby for many years for lunch and the service and food is always exceptional. The staff goes above and beyond expectations to make you feel at home and the food is over the top. These are just two reasons The Derby has been is business for all these years. If you have a chance, you must go there.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Treat
    Kato66
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We went after the races at Santa Anita to celebrate and early Father's Day. The food and service were excellent.
    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.