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About The Derby
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.
Arcadia, CA 91006
Hours of Operation:
Open Monday - Friday for Lunch at 11:30am, Open Daily for Dinner at 4:00pm
$31 to $50
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Live Jazz Music each Friday and Saturday evening in the Lounge and George Woolf Dining Room!
Complimentary valet and self-parking in the rear.
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
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The Derby Ratings and Reviews
I love this place. The management overbooked the restaurant not the waitresses fault. It took us 45 minutes to get a glass of water. Although we were all there for her party so it didn't matter to us I think the service as far as the management was very sad. The waitress was fantastic when she found out that we were her table
I love coming here with friends, family or for a special birthday or anniversary. You can’t beat this treasure in our local community. So much history as well. We were there Friday nite and were serenaded by the most Beautiful voice & music ever. So romantic!
This was only our second time there, but it lived up to the great experience we had the first time. The food is very nice, with a good variety of choices. Our server was wonderful; she was polite and attentive without being intrusive.
I cant recommend this place highly enough!
Mike M - Pasadena, ca.
Simply amazing! I had the filet with crab, mashed potatoes, and an appetizer of filet wrapped asparagus, and cheesecake for desert. Absolutely the best filet I've ever had. The cheesecake was amazing, and asparagus was great.
My nephew raved about the prime rib that he had.
Our server was new, but you wouldn't know it. She did a great job and was very friendly and knowledgeable.
The price was on par with other restaurants of this caliber, but the food quality here is the best I've had in the area.
Always enjoy the Derby. We always go there for special occasions, graduations, birthdays, etc. My only suggestion is to do away with the singer until most food service is complete. It made speaking across the table difficult. I have seldom seen them have a lounge singer and imagine it is a trial. I think that is a mis-trial. Other than that we will be back soon.
We come to the Derby at least twice a month. This time was for my husband’s 65th Birthday. We enjoy coming here because everything is consistent. Food and drinks are excellent and the service is incredible. As soon as you walk in you are greeted with such lovely hostesses. They are always dressed so nice and are always smiling. Our server was Barbara. She is so personable and always make us feel as if we are home. She has a wonderful soul and we love the stories she tells. The food is always cook to perfection and I highly recommended the Chicken Marsala and the sushi appetizer. The best part of the evening was the dessert. Every birthday we are served with the baked Alaska and it a great presentation. We love the Derby.
We frequent the Derby not as much as we used to. This visit was to celebrate my 63rd birthday. The food was the same, good. BUT the service was the worst I ever encountered in any restaurant that I have been. Never once did our server poured our wine. Although when she did see that I did pour, she came over to say " I'm sorry that was my job ". But after that she never came to the table to " To do her job". I even had to get up and ask another server in a different room if he would please bring me a side of Bearnaise sauce. To end this story short, it was just BAD.....
Nice place, second time. They provided a private room for our birthday party of 9, excellent service, our server was very attentive. Steaks, ribs and fish were very good. The Pasta ala Vodka with Chicken was absolutely horrible, I couldn’t eat it. Stay with the steaks.
I went to the Derby following my previous outstanding dining experience 8 years ago. I live in the UK and it was supposed to be a special meal on the last night of our holiday. The service was appalling, I had to leave my table and go to a separate room to ask for a missing side dish. My nephew and Dad had their steaks switched which didn't become apparent until 2 thirds through the meal. The dress code is shown on the Derby website as Smart/Casual Business. We made the effort to wear a formal shirt, trousers and nice shoes. We were seated next to a family dressed like they had just returned from the beach, with 2 very young children who were very loud and vocal. The family turned out to be related to our server and the kids were his. The service was appalling and the food was mediocre. We had already dined during the week at BJ's and The Outback both within walking distance. They were both Excellent in every way and made the Derby look third rate. I complained about the issues to the manager and she deducted only $22.00 from our bill of $200.00. I argued with the manager and she called the police. I had to explain to the police my dis satisfaction and I was requesting a further $50.00 reduction. The police couldn't convince or force the manager to do this so we had to pay the bill requested. The police didn't leave until we had left the premises and walked to our hotel. Never in my 50 years have I experienced such appalling treatment, food and service from a restaurant, let alone the "world famous Derby" AVOID AT ALL COSTS
I took my parents to lunch here. It was the first time for all of us and the atmosphere and food were over the top amazing. However, the icing on the cake was our server Bobby. He was so knowledgeable and was so much fun. He made our experience, which was already great, perfect and we will definitely make The Derby a regular spot. Thank you.
Your good “old fashion steak house.” The service staff have been there for years and they are very friendly...This place has plenty of horse racing history . We eat out a lot and this place is among the top of our list for steak, drinks and service...oh, you must try their deserts, the best bread pudding.
The Derby has gone from high-end to "catch as catch can". A few weeks ago, the service and meal for four was a 4.3. For this visit, early on a Saturday night (where you'd think they'd have their A-game on), there were many shortcomings, resulting in a mediocre meal experience. The restaurant's signature cheese bread was not offered and had to be requested. A wine list had to be requested. Wait staff did not refill wine glasses. Prime rib ordered medium was delivered well done and had to be returned to the kitchen. The representation was that it was held at the pass and kept warm because we took longer than average with soup/salad. Not buying it as the entrees were delivered before salads were finished; resulting in plateware being shuffled about on the table. A less than worthwhile experience.
We were celebrating my mother in laws 84th birthday. Everything was perfect. Our bacon wrapped filets were perfectly cooked. The cheese bread was brought out two slices at a time piping hot. The bacon wrapped dates are out of this world. And to top off the dinner is the customary baked Alaska table side. Our waiter, I think his name was Nick, was great, even pouring some of the fire into the shot glass as her birthday wish candle to blow out. She’s been many times for birthdays but that was a first for her. We had a great time.
We have been to The Derby many, many times. It seemed like it was under new management.
Something must have been going on.
Our experience was not pleasant. Service was terrible and our waiter seemed to be gone 10 minutes before checking on us during our meal. It took 15 minutes to get a refill on our wine. Questioning to ever go back and I used to love The Derby
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