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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

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (44)
Good for Anniversaries (39)
Romantic (37)
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Neighborhood Gem (32)
Good for a Date (31)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Business Meals (22)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Worth the Drive (19)
Authentic (18)
Great for Lunch (16)
Cozy (15)
Bar Seating (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Fun (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Comfort Food (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Casual (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Healthy (4)
Live Music (4)
People Watching (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Great for Brunch (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Very nice place to have dinner. The food is always great.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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food5
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 (Orange County)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great traditional steakhouse restaurant. It has an old school ambience in a very good way. Love the connection to the history of horse racing and the Santa Anita race track. Excellent menu variety with steaks, scallops, pasta, etc.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 10, 2017

This was my first visit to The Derby. It is an old school steak house with food you would expect. Large portions, tasty, pricey but fun.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic
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food4
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on November 8, 2017

The Lobster was terrible. Could not eat. Mush not lobster. Let them know and they said "sorry". Both of us ordering lobster had a bad lobster experience and they did not provide or offer any remediation. Not a good way to manage a customer experience.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Always a great treat. Fantastic service and food

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 31, 2017

The Derby has been here for years and a go to restaurant for all occasions. Their food is consistently excellent and so is the service. White tablecloths, which is rare these days. The bacon wrapped filet is always a good choice.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Good as always! The menu has something for everyone; the atmosphere is nice; service efficient and friendly. Go and enjoy!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 25, 2017

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.
-Jackie

Tags: Late-night Find, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Happy Hour, Fun, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 24, 2017

This has been a new find for us! Love The PreFix lunch! Will definitely go back when we are in the area or even make a special trip!

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great evening, food, service and music

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great place to eat. Enjoyed the food. Service was great too

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We have been coming here for many years and never disappoints. Perfect place for a date night.
Waiter very engaging

Tags: Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Healthy, Worth the Drive
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food5
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We celebrated our friend's birthday last Friday night. The food was delicious our waitress Barbara was the best, and the live music in the bar was excellent. Perfect night!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Live Music, Fun, Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Perfect setting for a business meal. As usual the meal was delicious!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 19, 2017

The Derby has been consistent in great food, good prices and the ambience that appears upscale with very friendly service. Great menu choices as well.

Tags: Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 16, 2017

We are never disappointed at The Derby. Love the old style ambiance and welcoming customer service approach. Great steak house food, but with a lot of other options as well.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Been going here for years and years.. always the best food, good service...

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great food and service. Definitely will come back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 8, 2017

great dinner as always there, a bit crowded in the bar, wish they had a larger bar/lounge area

Tags: Happy Hour, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Excellent service, good and ambiance. Loved it. We will be back.

Tags: Authentic, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

This is our favorite local restaurant. Love the boothes

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

The service has always been top notch, the menu offers a wide variety and the price is reasonable for a fine dinning establishment. Going to The Derby is always a treat!

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The Derby is a classic traditional steakhouse, complete with red leather booths, crisp white tablecloths, and candlelight. We love The Derby and we go there whenever we are in the area!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Not good for a quiet conversation. Very noisy and way to dark!!!!!! Do not like to use flashlights to read the menu!!!! Service was fine and food good. Good value for Early Bird diners. Dessert portions were much too small.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Excellent food, excellent wine, excellent service, excellent hostess, excellent parking

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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Great experience. Celebrated our wedding Anniversary our first time on the restaurant and it didn't fail us. Our server named Will was excellent.Love the food.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Everything we had to eat was delicious and prepared perfectly.
My wife didn't care for her cocktail and they quickly replaced it with a glass of wine to her liking.
Too pricey for us to dine there frequently but we have been several times for special occasions and have enjoyed it each time.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 27, 2017

A regular spot for a business lunch when I am in the area. Always terrific food. Good lunch specials. Great old school "vibe" with the leather booths. Professional service. Quiet atmosphere good for business lunches. And terrific history with the place too.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2017

We had a wonderful meal and great service!
We will Highly recommend this place to friends and family.

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·Dined on September 19, 2017

love the variety of items at the derby...love the ambience...

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

We have eaten at the Derby before; again for a special occasion - a 50th wedding
anniversary. Service is outstanding as is the food. Pricey but worth it.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 16, 2017

My three grandchildren and I had a wonderful dinner. Our waitress had flair and our meals were beautifully presented.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 12, 2017

We live in Santa Barbara and love dining at The Derby, our very favorite restaurant!

Tags: Scenic View, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 10, 2017

We celebrate our Anniversary here every year. We had a very friendly server . We had appetizers , cocktails and dinner and everything was great. The server brought us a special anniversary desert. We love it here, the food is always good and we enjoy the old school restaurant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Happy Hour, Cozy
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