We come here time to time but the service on this occasion was subpar. Otherwise, very nice; very much a landmark restaurant.
Food was very good
Dottie server was great we always ask for her
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lunar new year eve celebration! Love the filet mignon!
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.
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.
The Derby is close by, parking attached, friendly staff, good food
Great history, fun bar, overall nice experience
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.
Great place to eat, people watch and enjoy that special occasion..
Very nice staff and excellent food, and specials....
My experience the last two visits have seen a decrease in quality and service. Our steaks were so over cooked and my potatoes were luke warm at best. Our server was friendly but over whelmed as we did not see her more than once during the meal. The Derby used to be a "go to" spot but it is now just average and the competition far exceeds their food and service now.
Vern was an exceptional waiter! Amazing filet mignon, dessert, great atmosphere.
We were celebrating a few birthdays. The Derby is always great with good food. Vern our server was top notch! Definitely recommend!
Great dinner, food is great, service also, we always love coming here, not even more. Reservationsd are easy with Open Table, we just love the app.
The Derby is a local icon. The entire restaurant is decorated with horse racing memorabilia but you don't have to be a racing fan to appreciate the menu. Steaks are the speciality, the Prime Rib is amazing, but they also have other equally great menu options. Chilean sea bass, atlantic salmon are great seafood options. We've had them all. French onion soup is amazing, as is their wedge salad, and the cheese toast is something you don't want to miss.
Their signature dessert is the Baked Alaska - always fun.
They have a full bar and a very decent wine list. Reasonable corkage if you prefer to bring your own. You can't go wrong here, although it CAN be noisy on a busy night, and it is not inexpensive. Don't come here thinking you are getting a discount Deal. Just a delicious meal.
The food was excellent, the atmosphere was awesome and the service was spectacular. It’s a must have whenever I’m near Arcadia.
An old favorite! Never disappointed with the quality of food and service!
Unlike many of the steakhouses in LA, the Derby’s emphasis is where it should be, on the food. Nobody is trying to posture and be seen, and the waiters engage you enhancing the experience. The food is excellent with the focus on the natural flavor of the meat and vegetables rather than the seasoning which in other venues overpowers the natural flavor of good meat and produce.
I can’t believe it has taken so long to find this gem, but I shall definitely return many times!
Great service and large portions.
I went here for the last day of DINELA with my husband & our friends & we all really enjoyed it!
The Derby is always a delight. Delicious food. Excellent service. And lots of horse racing memorabilia everywhere you look. I love going there, and have recommended it to a number of people.
Had a lovely dinner as a last minute meet up with family. Our waiter was charming and obviously had regulars that sought him out. Have decided this is our go-to when meeting family from the OC as it is halfway from our locale in the valley.
This was an interesting evening. The service on a Sunday was slow, our server seemed tired. My friend’s steak was underdone as was my pork chop. A sauce cannot cover up for underdone pork. This restaurant really seems to rely on its history and longevity; the cuisine could improve.
Service was great, fast but not rushed. Ambience is classy and romantic, love the racetrack art and history. We all got our food at the same time and everyone enjoyed their meal. My meal was the only one that had an issue, I asked for rare and got medium and the filet was chewy. They were out of prime rib on a Saturday night, which is what I came for. But overall we really enjoyed ourselves.