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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.

233 E. Huntington Drive
Arcadia, CA 91006
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, American

Hours of Operation:
Open Monday - Friday for Lunch at 11:30am, Open Daily for Dinner at 4:00pm

Cross Street:
2nd Ave

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(626) 447-2430

Website:
http://www.thederbyarcadia.com/

Entertainment:
Live Jazz Music each Friday and Saturday evening in the Lounge and George Woolf Dining Room!

Parking Details:
Complimentary valet and self-parking in the rear.

Executive Chef:
Catalino Castillo

Additional:
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

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (58)
Good for Anniversaries (52)
Good for a Date (42)
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Good for Birthdays (40)
Business Meals (38)
Neighborhood Gem (32)
Romantic (31)
Cozy (27)
Authentic (25)
Worth the Drive (24)
Comfort Food (19)
Good for Groups (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Bar Seating (16)
Notable Wine List (16)
Casual (15)
Fun (15)
Great for Lunch (15)
Seasonal (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Happy Hour (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Hot Spot (10)
People Watching (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Live Music (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 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.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 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.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined 3 days ago

Birthday dinner

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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

Lunar new year eve celebration! Love the filet mignon!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 11, 2018

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

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great history, fun bar, overall nice experience

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 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great place to eat, people watch and enjoy that special occasion..
Very nice staff and excellent food, and specials....

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Fun, Good for a Date, Romantic, Comfort Food, Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 8, 2018

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.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Vern was an exceptional waiter! Amazing filet mignon, dessert, great atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 4, 2018

We were celebrating a few birthdays. The Derby is always great with good food. Vern our server was top notch! Definitely recommend!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was excellent, the atmosphere was awesome and the service was spectacular. It’s a must have whenever I’m near Arcadia.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

An old favorite! Never disappointed with the quality of food and service!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great service and large portions.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I went here for the last day of DINELA with my husband & our friends & we all really enjoyed it!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 24, 2018

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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 22, 2018

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 21, 2018

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.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Awesome food as always! The Derby is the best in San Gabriel Valley.

Tags: Good for Groups, Afternoon Tea, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Fair; we were seated 30 min after the reservation time ; the wrong dinner was brought to one of us so we could not eat at the same time; we tipped the waitress 20% because she was sincere in her apology and the restaurant was really crowded and didn’t seem to be her fault; we liked her

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Loved the dinner. They had a special menu that for $49 you got an appetizer, entree and dessert. The food was amazing and I love the cozy booths and romantic setting.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We dined at Derby for my husband’s birthday. We loved the food, service, and ambiance. The only criticism we have was the portion of the appetizer was small. My medium rare steak was cooked to perfection. Will definitely recommend this restaurant to others.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We did the DineLA menu at The Derby. All of us in the party have never been there before. The food was good, was expecting a little more but still good. There were some odd flavors going on with a couple of the dishes. Our server, Nicole N was an excellent server. She was very friendly, very helpful explaining the food and telling us about the place. She came back many times to make sure we were doing good. I would recommend her as a server.

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·Dined on January 20, 2018

The restaurant is very nice... But the food was a let down. My date spent an obscene amount of money on a dry steak and dry potatoes... The drinks were good and the shrimp cocktail was delicious. The service was just okay. We were constantly asking for things... Water... Bread... And it wasn't busy mind you. They had just opened. Too much hype for a disappointing experience. We won't go back. For the price, we should have stuck to Ruth's Chris.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Went for DineLA to try it out and it was amazing! Food was so good and service was great.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 19, 2018

My friends and I were at Derby for the DineLA promotion. I really liked their DineLA menu. I had their Filet Mignon wrapped with Bacon & Scallops for entries and the meat was DELICOUS!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We were in town to visit Santa Anita Race Track. We also wanted to see the Walk of Champions. We met friends for dinner at The Derby. This is our second time to The Derby. We had the best time, the food, atmosphere and our server were the best. When in the area again, we will definitely visit The Derby.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 19, 2018

One of my favorite places to eat. I ordered the sushi crab tower. I ordered it before and it was so tasty. This time it didn’t taste fresh and completely different. This was my dinner. Thank God I had the clam chowder before this meal.

Tags: Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Second time there and it was better than the first. Waitress was awesome and the entire staff was accommodating especially to our elderly Grandma. Definitely on my hit list of best local places for fine dining

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Vern provided us with excellent service and did friendly joking with us. He was humorous In the right way. He was very polite and checked in with us frequently. Ask for his table!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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