The Derby

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Steakhouse
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.

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thanksgiving at The Derby is a dining experience the entire family will enjoy. In order to avoid cancellation fees, please be sure to modify or cancel before November 21st. After that it will become a permanent reservation and will be subject to a $25 fee per person that does not arrive.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate Christmas Eve with our amazing display of Christmas decorations and delicious food. In order to avoid cancellation fees, please be sure to modify or cancel before December 17th. After that it will become a permanent reservation and will be subject to $25 fee/person that does not arrive.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate the new year with us at The Derby. In order to avoid cancellation fees, please be sure to modify or cancel before December 24th. After that it will become a permanent reservation and will be subject to a $25 fee per person that does not arrive

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The food was just ok. I can get ok anywhere else and it would not cost a quarter as much. The shrimp scampi was inedible. The prime rib was ok as was the salmon. Definitely not worth the price and probably will not return.

LD
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

OT sent me this email to review, otherwise, I wouldn't be leaving a review. I realize things go wrong even in the best of places, but we had a horrible night. I wasn't able to modify guest # on OT, so I apologized to the hostess that we were only 3 and not 4. However, I did say I was going to order a to-go entree so the money would have been the same. Our server was not attentive, which was a huge let down for us. The food came out cold. Took forever to get anything, even the bill. I couldn't finish my meal because I kept removing unchewable pieces of meat from my mouth, so I just gave up. My husband and daughter did ok with there meals. Not good or great, just ok. I feel bad for not leaving a proper gratuity, but I just couldn't sign for 18-20% on such a horrible experience. Sorry, we won't be back.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The bread to much Garlic!
The shrimp so overcooked taste like rubber!
The steak had so much peeper on it! Could not eat it!
The steak fries very good!
Waited over 15 minutes for the check! I had to go to the front desk to get!
The front desk staff we’re trying their best to lessen the taste of the bad food! Not their fault! The noise level is very loud! Super bad noise dampening! None!
I will not go back!!!!!!!!!!

BS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came here with my family to celebrate my mom's birthday and once again, Thr Derby did not disappoint. Our server, Tim, was on top of his game! He went above and beyond by asking if my toddler nephew needed crackers and a kid's menu, referring to my mom as the birthday girl, and even waited for my nephew to come back so he could see the set up for the Baked Alaska. He was attentive but not overbearing. This is definitely the place to go for special occasions.

AA
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I had a very good steak - the Derby Delight. The complimentary garlic bread wasn’t great. Simply sliced bread with a ton of chopped garlic on it. Our waitress was nice, but was having a hard time keeping up with all her tables. I felt sorry for her actually. I’m not from the LA Area and would not make a special trip to go to this restaurant. But if I found myself in Arcadia again at some point, I would go back just for the quality of the steak.

LH
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our dinner - Birthday dinner for two of our party. Vern, our waiter, was awesome! We loved the halibut, the scallops with pasta, and the steak and shrimp. Topped off by the delicious cheese bread...yummy for sure. We also enjoyed baked alaska for dessert. All in all, it was a lovely dinner and evening.

CD
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Worth the visit for the history! The atmosphere and food is fanastic

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Breeders Cup Saturday! Expected perhaps a little hiccup but not one! The team here is so professional! From our arrival and getting seated promptly by Chelsea and her team to an amazing dinner (service top notch and food prepared to perfection)! Then Mike and team at the bar- always service with a smile! Thank you all for an enjoyable evening!!!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Sat outside with a big birthday party so noise was loud. Food great though! Service great as we had Brie as our Waters’s! She was awesome!

JH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

It was Breeder's Cup Saturday so the place was a zoo. Bar and hallways were packed trying to get in. They seated us about 15 minutes late and although the service was rushed, the food was excellent. Probably best to experience the restaurant after the races on a more typical day.

L
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful dining experience at The Derby! Tim was a great waiter and the entire staff spoiled me on my birthday celebration!

AW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Went for Breeders' Cup Friday. When looking online, you see a menu with certain prices for dinner, which seem reasonable if not a bit steep for the ambiance of this location. But when we get there, it's a special menu which is up to 2x the price. No steak was less than $50. No notice of a special menu whatsoever. Was really displeased with this as we would not have even bothered if we had known we'd be spending $$$$ instead of $$$. Ruined the mood for the entire dinner. Next time, inform those that have booked during Breeders' Cup that there is a special menu so people can decide for themselves if $55 for an entree at this establishment is worth it (spoiler: it's not).

The Derby
Responded 4 days ago

Hi April, I am sorry that you were not aware of our Breeders' Cup Menu. It was posted on our website under the menus tab prior to Breeder's Cup week. I can assure you that none of our menu prices were doubled, although they were raised a couple dollars for the event. Did you bring your dissatisfaction to anyone's attention while you were here? I would have been more than happy correcting any issues with your meal while you were here. Thank you, Tyler Z. General Manager

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PR
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was Breeders Cup Weekend. The staff handled the overflow crowd pretty well. We were seated at a time very close to our reservation time. The food was great. Was overall very pleased with experience and would go back. Not cheap with the special Breeders Cup menu!

CZ
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

When you re in Santa Anita this is a must do! Great Food magnificent Service only thing what to critizise is the loud Noises everywhere

AD
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome, especially when I tried to get in Rick Pitino’s Uber after breeders cup Friday. Never know who you will see at the Derby

S
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food but will have to wait during busy times even with a reservation. Be aware that there are some table seatings under or near their ceiling mounted A/C vents which can make the dining experience somewhat less than totally desirable and your hot food may get cold too fast.

B
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at the Derby after the Breeders' Cup races. Our waitress, Barbara, was outstanding, and the food was delicious.

e
San Diego
35 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Coffee was cold, all the meals were botched up, 15 min wait for a dessert , unordered drink delivered, they were overwhelmed by a crowd on Breeders cup Friday but really? No adjustments or cordiality made despite problems all night... sigh

E
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

INCREDIBLE FOOD! We are looking forward to visiting again!

JM
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice meal at a wonderful venue. Service was outstanding and our meal (filet, ribeye and Chilean sea bass) was good but not great. I would recommend as the venue and service is special.

DL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever we are in Arcadia for the Breeders Cup horse races, we plan ahead for a night at the Derby. Great place to mingle with other racing fans as well as trainers and owners. Food and service are first class.

CL
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great 1st stop on breeders cup weekend. Definitely make reservations.

S
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Husbands birthday

LJ
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been passing by this restaurant for years and had finally decided to try on wife birthday. Seeing people in and out and the parking lot always full, I once questioned how good can this restaurant be? Truth to be told this restaurant is legit GOOD! Well, at least on the Tomahawk steak we ordered for two. and the kids like their kids meal.

Conclusion: This is not a inexpensive restaurant but it is totally worth every penny in my opinion

J
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Derby! Always look forward to a meal there when we run our horses at Santa Anita. Great food and even better staff!

TA
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure dining here. The food is always great and the service even better.

OT
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an exceptional dining experience. Loved it

OT
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a birthday and anniversary; we had a wonderful evening. Food was great, service was exceptional

OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food & great service as always! Thank you!

OT
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chilean Sea Bass and Prime Rib were both excellent. Make it a point to eat at The Derby whenever staying in Arcadia.

KH
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

We have had several good experiences at the Derby in the past. True, it's overpriced. But it is an iconic "red leather" steak house with a horse racing themed ambiance that is unique and fun. However, our experience two nights ago was poor. First, the restaurant was freezing cold - AC perhaps set for working employees, but not for sedentary diners. On the upside, they turned down the AC when my wife noted the blizzard. More importantly, the service was very slow - a circumstances that our server apologized for (without any prompting). And when the food arrived, my wife's "medium well done" steak was blood red and had to be sent back. It returned correctly cooked, but a twice-cooked steak isn't exactly what we paid $35 for. Other than extra cheese bread during the long wait to be served, there was no effort to apologize for the wait and uncooked steak (a scoop of ice cream would have gone a long way toward making the total $140 dinner for 2 a bit more digestable). I hope it was just an off night. So we shall try the Derby again. But "fool me twice" and I won't go back for "try three."

m
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sat near a large party with children screaming loud was kind of annoying.

LM
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most delightful waitress - Nicole! She really enhanced our evening.

SP
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

No one came by our table for the first 10 minutes. Got a little nervous thinking this was not a good sign. Then the manager Tyler came by, apologized for the wait, and then turned us over to Thomas. Everything was great after that. Service was exceptional, the grilled halibut and wedge salad was delicious and the prime rib cooked to perfection. Lovely dining room, nice and relaxed atmosphere! Great restaurant for a special occasion or just anytime you want an excellent meal! Definitely will be returning!

LK
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Derby Delight of four slices was not a good value. Excellent quality and sauce.

J
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have had many happy occasions celebrated at the Derby and hope to continue the tradition.
The ambiance, the food, the attention given by the staff is what makes the Derby so enjoyable.
Thank you!

The Derby
Responded on October 10, 2019

We hope you continue the tradition as well, Jermo! We pride ourselves on providing all of our guests with an amazing experience. We're looking forward to your next visit!

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T
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Derby is always perfect. Great service, Vern, our waiter was delightful.

The Derby
Responded on October 10, 2019

Thank you so much for the great review! We look forward to seeing you again soon! Best, Tyler Z. General Manager

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KB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was great but very disappointed with one of the meals with our table of 4. The menu said it was stuffed halibut and was stuffed with crab and shrimp. Well my food arrived and the halibut had a tiny bit of crab and shrimp and a lot of mushrooms which I do not like and will not eat. After mentioning it to the waiter, he checked the menu and agreed with me it was not listed. The manager came over and told us he would consider changing the menu. He also had the waiter bring us baked Alaska for dessert which made no sense as our dinners came with it. I would have rather had him take off my entree which I did not eat one bite of & at very least just charged me for the baked potato which is the only thing I ate. I will return as I enjoy this restaurant and we had a good time. Just ask the waiter next time what is in anything that is stuffed.

T
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the old school feel of The Derby. The brickwork, soft lights and red upholstered booths really set the mood for a unique experience. Our server was attentive but not intrusive: just right. I ordered a salad because I wanted to try the Baked Alaska. The salad was plentiful and I took 1/2 of it home. Now, the presentation of the Baked Alaska was phenomenal. It was brought tableside and was ignited before our very eyes. It was perfect to split between 2 people and the taste: delicious!! A perfect ending to a perfect experience. I will have to go back again and try a real dinner item. I could not give it a higher recommendation!

PL
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place, great food, great entertainment. The seats are a little dated, the bus boys were cleaning my table before I was able to finish my food. Other than that the steak and crab cakes were stupendous!