Derek's, in Bradenton, is renowned for a modern take on Cajun and Creole cuisine, adding a Mediterranean twist to classic southern dishes in its welcoming restaurant. Tapas dishes, such as the PEI mussels with andouille sausage, chickpeas and sweet peppers and the smoked pulled pork flatbread with peach barbecue sauce and farmers cheese, make tasty and sharable starts. Some of Derek's' specialty entrée dishes include the voodoo crawfish linguini with creole tomato sauce, the Ashley Farms chicken with bacon braised collards and roasted tomato bread pudding and the cornmeal crusted red snapper with remoulade, dirty rice and watercress, all of which are crafted with local ingredients.
Derek's' homemade desserts are just as comforting and outrageous as the entrées, including the bread pudding beignet stuffed with banana custard or the dark and stormy trifle with ginger curd, caramelized pineapple and coconut crumble.
Closed and good riddance; your stupid site still took the Rez and there we were, standing in front of a closed restaurant on a Friday night😑
Unfortunately open table took the booking and confirmed it, but we travelled 30 minutes to find it closed.
birthday dinner with reservation requesting nice table, greeted and basically told to sit anywhere, place was practically empty. Waiter was cordial but service was excruciatingly slow given there were few people there.
Watched a couple come in and ignored at the door, ultimately left.
We had high hopes as the place was highly recommended, but sadly disappointing.
Won't be rushing back!
Never disappoints. Our go to place with friends. Food is always good and not expensive. Wait staff is always friendly and accommodating.
Moved here from New York three years ago and you were recommended to me by several chefs. Also so great right ups in the local newspapers. I was in the food business for 31 years I was looking forward to a great meal. I am gluten-free that really looked good as well.
My wife's meal was excellent. My appetizer and entrée or extremely disappointing.
We were in Bradenton for a track meet and used open table to find a restaurant near IMG. From start to finish, we enjoyed everything about this place. Our waiter was excellent and guided us to choose delicious entrees. The pizza that we had as an appetizer was so good. Then Four of us had short ribs and the rest had blackened salmon. Both were so tasty. Thank you, Derek's. What a pleasant surprise!
I have been to Derek's multiple times and been satisfied. We went on a Monday night for my husband's birthday and the biscuits came out burnt TWICE and the entree was not warm. Service was also poor. Don't go on a Monday!
The gumbo I started with was excellent, so we were very optimistic about the rest of the meal. This was especially true since we had meant to come to Derek's for years but just never got around to it. Unfortunately the rest of the meal lacked flavor. When one goes to a restaurant with cajun dishes and orders vodoo crawfish made with andoullie sausage one does not expect a rather bland dish--which is what it was. My wife's shimp with pasta was equally unimpressive. It's a shame that the food couldn't match either our high expectations or the excellent service by our waiter;Ron.
The cuisine is very imaginative. Some might say "too imaginative", but what the chef prepares is always dynamite.
Dereks does not offer a tourist type menu, far from it. A menu which reflects the region, not too extensive but witha clever assortment of dishes to tempt everybody. Our food was freshly cooked, well presented, and very well served. Waiting staff were attentive wthout being intrusive. An excellent venue.