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For 2
Thu, 2/22
7:00 PM
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The Derby

1630 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Steakhouse, American
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Hours of operation
Open Monday - Friday for Lunch at 11:30am, Open Daily for Dinner at 4:00pm
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Phone number
(626) 447-2430
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Catalino Castillo
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Cross street
2nd Ave
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Parking details
Complimentary valet and self-parking in the rear.
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Live Jazz Music each Friday and Saturday evening in the Lounge and George Woolf Dining Room!
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Gift Card
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1630 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined 3 days ago

We come here time to time but the service on this occasion was subpar. Otherwise, very nice; very much a landmark restaurant.

vipOpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Food was very good
Dottie server was great we always ask for her

AnBan (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

We all loved our dinners and the appetizers were good too. The steak was very tender. Wine was delicious. The only drawback was the dessert, none of us really liked our selections. Service did take a bit of time, but everyone was very polite and accommodating. Great date place.

Michael (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

My wife and I had not been to the Derby for awhile. Service has always been excellent, but food -- well -- has been hit and miss. This time it was great. Chateaubriand was cooked to perfection and tasted great. The special Stuffed Salmon dish was well prepared and tasty. Dry Beefeater Martinis were excellent too. All and all, my party of four had a great time. The prices are still high, but reasonable for the times. We will go back again.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

The food was excellent but was fairly slow coming from the kitchen. The service was a little slow but to be fair is was pretty busy on Saturday evening. Dinners are expensive but really good food.
The only negative is that the server left the wine bottle on the table instead of offering a chilled wine bucket.

BettyM (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

The Derby is one of my very favorite restaurants, and any chance I get to go there, I take it.
We had a wonderful evening on Saturday night. Our reservation was for 5:00 pm, and we arrived a bit early. The hostess was gracious enough to seat us, and our waiter Chris, was outstanding. The food, service, & ambiance was fabulous! We would highly
recommend this restaurant for everyone to enjoy.
Betty M. & Paul M.

DrMichael (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

It is difficult to write anything bad about an establishment that has been successfully in existence for over 70 years. Yet, I am afraid that The Derby has seen better days. Although we arrived early for dinner, we were seated in the least delightful area, right next to the bar. In the beginning this was alright, but halfway into our entrees the bar began to fill up with the "track crowd" who were, in general, ill mannered, loud, obnoxious and poorly dressed in their shorts, tees and flip flops. This rabble carried on loudly about their bad picks of the day while they swilled beer and waited for available tables. (They had no reservations.) Hmm. The service, on the other hand, was excellent. Chris was attentive, knowledgeable and helpful. The one glitch is that, through no fault of his, he could not provide us with the requested bordelaise sauce for our rib eye. That aside, the steaks, the fish, the baked potatoes all were delicious and in grand style. Unfortunately, the desserts did not live up to the establishment's claims. The bread pudding was a block of starch with flavoring poured over. The cheesecake would not have pleased your grandmother from Crown Heights. I was nice to have complimentary valet parking, but not desiring a repeat of dinner with also rans or the wannabe turf clubbers, I don't think we will return.

vipOpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Birthday dinner

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

We had a pleasant experience with friends we had met on an Eastern European trip. The food, ambiance, and service were excellent.It made for an extremely pleasant evening.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Lunar new year eve celebration! Love the filet mignon!

PMAmundson (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The Derby is a great and special place. Valentines night we were seated in the patio. I will never sit there again. My wife thought it too casual for a special dinner. She was cold and the normally great service did not make it out to the patio. Food was good but steak seemed cold when I received it. Probably just an off night, but we will stick to the dining room.

vipThomas68 (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

We came for an early Valentines Day celebration dinner. We arrived early and was seated promptly. Our server Barbara was nice but came around rarely. After our dinner she asked us if we wanted dessert and left the dessert menu. It took a half hour or more for her to come back! So, we skipped dessert. No one ever came by to fill our water glasses, (everyone else got that). It seemed like he was focused on certain tables and never looked at us.

Despite the not so good service, the food was excellent! Our Cajun shrimp was delicious and our cowboy ribeye for two was perfectly spiced and cooked to our liking. The French onion soup is to die for! We had cocktails too, age bourbon old fashioned and an amaretto sour. Both were very good.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

The Derby is close by, parking attached, friendly staff, good food

MaryC (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Great history, fun bar, overall nice experience

WDE4Evah (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The Derby is a classic. I would recommend this fine restaurant for that special occasion or that evening out. Great menu and great service. I highly recommend the Filet and the Baked Alaska. The filet was cooked just right with a light char to add to the flavor.