The Derby

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$31 to $50
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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 meat and fresh seafood hand selected by our longtime executive chef that would delight even the most discriminating of taste. Some of the menu highlights include the Bacon Wrapped 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 delicious meal in one of our iconic red leather booths, take in a beautiful evening on our terrace, or watch a sporting event in our bar and lounge. 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

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Show your sweetheart how much you care with a trip to The Derby! With a chef-curated menu that is sure to impress even the pickiest date, your evening will be off to a great start with a delicious meal.

Friday, February 14, 2020

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SC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine here quite often and never disappoints. Michael was our waiter for the 1st time and was excellent.

JS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful first time dining! Will be back, soon. So glad they participated in DineLA, so we tried them and have a new favorite lunch spot!

EM
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Love dining at the derby, brought my nephew for a special lunch, this was his first time . Had a great booth by the fireplace, hostess was friendly. We ordered off the special menu and enjoyed our lunch. The only complaint is about the server who barely greeted us, looked miserable and annoyed from the moment she approached our table , she didn’t give us any info on the dine LA menu, we tried to be pleasant and thank her when she dropped off appetizers and lunch but nothing worked, she should have stayed home instead of being rude and making customers feel uncomfortable.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our experience. The service was lovely. The food was absolutely delicious. We will definitely be going back!

G
Los Angeles
345 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, working fireplaces and stained glass throughout. Excellent food and service

C
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

went in for dine in LA, very pleased with the service & food quality

KS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the patio and the service

MK
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The baked Alaska for my sister’s 70th birthday was spectacular.

2
Los Angeles
58 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

DineLA winter 2020 menu choices were very good for three courses. Food is tasty. Service is professional. We enjoy dining at the The Derby because the American fare is consistently well prepared. We can count on getting a table if we make reservations.

SB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tim was a very welcoming waiter!! Nice job!

PF
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice and quiet atmosphere. Perfect for a date! Our hostess and the staff were amenable and knowledgeable about the food and options. The food was amazing and we will be back again for mote!

PM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff; friendly & humours. Service & food excellent!

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time back in this new year with hopes of many more return visits. We had reservations for 12:30pm and arrived aprox 15 minutes early. We decided to wait so that we could sit in Dotty’s section. When our table was ready Dotty greeted us both with a wonderful smile and a nice warm hug. Absolutely worth the wait!!
We both ordered a house salad prior to our Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon with French fries and green beans. One was prepared medium, the other was medium~well. Both were prepared to perfection, as always!
Thanks again Dotty and staff for a very enjoyable meal. We can’t wait to come back!!

The Derby
Responded on January 14, 2020

Thank you for the great review. We are extremely lucky to have Dotty on our team and I will be sure to pass on your kind words to her and our kitchen staff. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Graciously, Tyler Z. General Manager

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E
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Dining in a classic establishment harkened back to the days in which the whole experience was intended to be pleasant for the patrons. It was indeed that. Seated by the fireplace on a rather cool evening, the experience was remarkable. Had a little mix-up with the food, but that was easily remedied. The waiter was pleasant and entertaining at that.

The Derby
Responded on January 11, 2020

Thank you for your great review and I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. Our number one priority is ensuring every guest has an amazing experience and I am thrilled that it shows. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Thank you, Tyler Z. General Manager

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in SoCal. It’s like entering a time machine. Lots of horse racing history in that place. I love it

The Derby
Responded on January 11, 2020

We love having you as well! Thank you for the great review, we'll see you again soon! Thank you, Tyler Z. General Manager

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints. They had live music on this night and it just made the whole experience that much better.

LM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great steaks. Service wasnt perfect but but it was a very busy night.

The Derby
Responded on January 7, 2020

Thank you for the great review! What could we have improved on from the service side? Our guests' complete satisfaction is our #1 priority and we are always looking for opportunities to make improvements. I welcome your feedback. We hope to see you again soon and provide you with a 5-star experience! Cheers, Tyler Z. General Manager

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TB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is consistently first class, regardless of time of day or occasion.
The history and ambiance are icing on the cake.

The Derby
Responded on January 7, 2020

Thank you for the great review, Tony! We're looking forward to seeing you again soon! Cheers, Tyler Z. General Manager

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C
Los Angeles
58 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place was packed for NY Eve. Food & service was great. Only complaint was the restaurant didn't open until the reservation time, which led to a large group waiting outside. A little slow in seating. Still was worth the wait.

The Derby
Responded on January 7, 2020

Thank you for celebrating the new year with us! I do apologize for the large group waiting to be seated, this is something I am evaluating for next year. We hope to make the seating process more efficient and less crowded. We're looking forward to seeing you again soon! Cheers, Tyler Z. General Manager

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LK
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Best fillet we've ever had! Would definitely come back again.

BL
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, delicious food, great value.

DA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great special occasion place. Our waiter was very attentive but not overly so. The food was delicious. We'll be back!

DD
Orange County
321 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We received a gift card to try this place out. I enjoyed it and thought the warm garlic bread was delicious, My self described "Foodie" spouse did not care for the food at all, he complained about every part of his meal but it does take a phenomenal dining experience to get a compliment out of him. Overall it was pricy for what we received.

The Derby
Responded on January 7, 2020

I am glad you enjoyed your experience but apologize that your spouse was not completely satisfied. I welcome any feedback as continuous improvement is one of our top priorities. We serve only the best ingredients like USDA Prime beef, fresh seafood, and local veggies. Unlike most steakhouses, we offer a vegetable and choice of side with our entrees, and try to keep our pricing in line with costs. I welcome your feedback. Tyler Z General Manager

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

V
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Good local steak house with relatively good value .

D
Los Angeles
95 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, great food and outstanding service. They made my wife’s birthday really special.

T
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Bar is very nice & they have happy hour every day except Sat with a special bar menu. I wish we had eaten there instead of dining room. We were seated near a nice fireplace but it was oddly right by doors to kitchen which squeaked every time opened which was constant. Our waiter was so crabby he told me off when I asked market price for sea bass & "specials". When I asked if the sea bass was good for $45 he said"obviously you have never been here" in a crabby voice. Sea bass is NOT good by the way & tiny portion, obviously frozen not fresh. We asked for more bread & both waiter & busboy ignored us so I guess it's one piece per customer. If you gonhete stick to steak or shrimp. Wedge salad very good. Everything is overpriced but place was packed when we left on a Sunday at 6. I was very disappointed since I had been here before & ate in the bar with better food & such nice service.

P
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place for a nice dinner and amazing food!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

C
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This last visit was on a VERY busy night...so we had to wait a bit past our reserved time for our table. But once seated - the service was excellent, the food great.....it is just like coming home! Old time steak house feel......predictable food and drinks......we love coming here.

JW
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old school charm and service make The Derby a good place to spend some hard-earned cash.

The food here is classic American fine dining classics. Chops are hearty, sides are great staples, Seafood served honestly, and drinks are without nonsense.

The chops on the menu are the stars. There is also a bone-in filet which is a true classic along with a market price Delmonico New York. The Prime Rib Roast is a wonderful melt in your mouth goodness. For the adventurous, there is also a Tomahawk for two. There are also the usual chophouse sauces to accompany. I suggest that you get these on the side so you can get that great char taste from the meat. I was truly impressed that our server asked if I preferred this even before I said anything. The only slight disappointment was the seasoning on the steaks. I think the great meats served here could use a heavier hand of seasoning to better bring out the love.

The salads are also very well crafted. The Strawberry Kale Salad is wonderfully dressed and is not even very kale-like. The Classic Caesar is true to its nature with a nice balance of anchovies. Other favorite starters will also include a French Onion soup that taste like there was much love put into it.

The Derby is classic and still can impress the new. The charm radiates throughout with the dining room and the motive from the great history of horse racing is what brings me back. Please keep up the great food and excellent service.

MM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tim - our server was fantastic! We will be back

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The Derby is one of those reliable restaurants - the quality does not change or waiver. The service is as good as can be expected with one exception this time - the servers seemed in a hurry to grab your plates without asking if you are still working on your meal. I knew it is dark inside which makes for a cozy ambiance; however, I would like to see my food under good lighting.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Server took forever just to greet us while at the lobby host and another server were there just talking... slow service. Busser was nicer and give us more attention.

D
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

We went for a Christmas eve dinner. We were seated out in the makeshift patio area. It was very cold. It looked like.. well makeshift.. not so great. Food was satisfactory but nothing stellar. We have been long time patrons of the Derby for decades but likely will re-evaluate future visits. I know it is the Holidays and packed everywhere but I think a better job could be done of making the experience a pleasant one. The waitress was pretty good but the environment was poor.

L
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We were very disappointed that we weren’t told in advance there would be a pre fix menu and neither of our favorite dishes were available. The overall experience was a disappointment. Hate when a restaurant is too lazy to do their full menu on a special occasion, including your own dishes such as the derby delight. The bus boys were closing down tables and stacking chairs next to us while we are trying to eat. Very unprofessional and no awareness of how that affects your diners who are still trying to enjoy their meal. Bus boy spilled my food, wrong drinks delivered, food wrong..
we spent a lot of money to be disappointed:(

KC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love The Derby. Recently did Christmas Eve and it was as great as ever. Family favorite!

KC
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service. Nice place for the holidays.

CB
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff and kitchen made for a very enjoyable and festive Christmas eve diner! Decorations were as always fabulous! Food was prepared very well and presentation was very good. A great place for a holiday dinner!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Birthday. Crowded. Service a little slow. Food was very good; appetizers arrived too close to dinner.

The Derby
Responded on January 7, 2020

Hello, I am very sorry that you thought service was a little slow. The holiday season is our busiest time and I do apologize for any delay in your service. I will follow up with the kitchen and serving staff regarding your appetizers. We hope to see you again soon and will strive to provide you with a five-star experience! Thank you, Tyler Z. General Manager

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