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Derek's

3.8
1126 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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Derek's is an upscale American restaurant serving iconic dishes and fresh, inventive takes on old favorites. The restaurant's dark and luxurious interior feels intimate and cozy, presenting a fine-dining ambiance in a comfortable atmosphere.

The menu is full of great American dishes from coast to coast. Guests can try a jumbo lump crabcake with avocado corn relish and lime cilantro butter, or Derek's Secret Recipe roasted chicken, which is dark meat served crispy and sweet with haricot verts and parmesan whipped potatoes. An entire section of the menu is devoted to flatbread pizzas, with recipes ranging from the traditional margherita to the interesting and unique Amadou's African chicken pizza with red peppers, sliced potatoes and mozzarella. Diners with larger appetites can finish with the Manayunk Chipwhich, a Derek's original with homemade gelato, chocolate chip cookies and caramel sauce.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Daily: 10:00am - 2:00am; Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(215) 483-9400
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Derek Davis
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Catering
We are available for all types of events, large and smal.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Levering Street
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Parking details
There are two lots located near our restaurant. One at the corner of Levering and main, the other is access right across the street from us [at Carson St.] it is across the canal, on the river.
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Public transit
Take the R6 to Manayunk. Train Station is half a block behind restaurant.
61 bus from Center City
Exit 338 Interstate 76
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Entertainment
DJ and dancing on Friday and Saturday evenings from 10 PM til 2, no cover.
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Special events & promotions
Join our email list by opting in for marketing, Like us on Facebook,
We regularly host all types of private events, from birthday parties late night with DJ's to Baby Showers.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.8  based on all time ratings
4.0
food
3.8
service
3.7
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Schmave (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on November 21, 2015

This was one of those nights where everything was just OK. The waiter was overly chatty and seemed confused by our every order. The food came promptly, but it seemed to have been prepared by someone with a good cookbook but without much of a flair for cooking. DW had a burger, which was delicious, and my sense is that this place is best for red-meat lovers (of which I am not one). The price was fine, so I can't really say that it wasn't worth it. It was just nothing special.

Will probably go back eventually to give it another go, but I won't hurry.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on November 21, 2015

I had the Chilean sea bass and it was very salty. My wife had the butternut squash dish and found it to be extremely sweet. We were seated on the first level and it was extremely tight. I was constantly hit by the waitresses as well as the other patrons leaving or coming. This was a special occasion for us, and I was very disappointed. I would not recommend this restaurant.

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donna (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 16, 2015

I live in Manayunk & wanted a nice place for a business lunch. Perfect choice! Our waiter was super, handling special requests and so attentive. The kitchen also prepared our choices off the menu, much to our delight (could we have the freshly baked flat bread with Parmesan rather than garlic? The mushroom & steak salad with no mushrooms?) My only regret was my business partners had no time for coffee & dessert, though the waiter did tempt us with the "afters" menu, which looked great.
I admired the art on the walls, though you can admire the street scene from the sidewalk tables or window seats in the front. The dining room in the back faces an outdoor garden, so lots of natural light and high ceilings. We enjoyed the restaurant. Thanks, Derek's!

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vipJB22 (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on November 15, 2015

Just back in town after two weeks abroad, we headed out to Dereks to pick-up on the vibe of dining what watching people walk buy like every restaurant we visited in Italy. Warm and inviting setting was matched by flawless execution from the host, wait and kitchen teams.

Sunday night isn't a typical "out to dinner" night for us - but after discovering the half priced wine bottle list at Derek's - it's about to become one. We settled on a spectacular French Sauvignon Blanc that paired exceptionally well with Derek's Secret Recipe country chicken and with the jumbo scallops with fig jam on roasted potatoes. We spilt an overly generous heirloom beet salad with mixed greens and candied walnuts - simply delightful.

In short, Derek's deserves the high marks and high praise found in the OpenTable reviews and their conscientious service team was considerate with the perfect amount of attentiveness. A grown-up dining experience for certain, we'll be back to sample more of their well rounded menu.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on November 14, 2015

Derek's is my go to date night spot. The food is absolutely delicious. The service is always great. And they know how to make an old fashion. A+ in my book. Definitely recommend.

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DiningOut (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on November 14, 2015

While the everyday menu for large plates could use some updating, the small plates and the specials were very good. The signature drink menu and dessert drinks were innovative and delicious.

The service was friendly and efficient.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on November 10, 2015

Great dinner. Only negative is I was sat at a table very close to other diners while there were other tables available (about 1ft on each side). But other than that, great.

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vipJayS (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on November 6, 2015

In general, the service is great but it fell short of expectations. First the bread that was promised was not delivered. Then, one of the credit cards was dripped from the folio. When brought to the attention of server and host, it took a while to locate. Someone had returned it to the bar and instead of getting it for us, we were told to fetch it from the bar.
Just alerting you to these lapses as I've always loved coming to Derek's and want to have others that I bring there with me also have a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on October 30, 2015

Excellent food - only place for improvement is upstairs bar area.

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vipErnest (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on October 25, 2015

Great meal- great service- food cooked to order- professional staff

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