The Derby

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21 reviews
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The Derby is nestled right in the corner of historic downtown Salem, MA. We are a community orientated restaurant with a scratch kitchen with a twist on comfort food, a focus on local craft beers and exemplary cocktails. With an open floor plan and a 30 seat bar with televisions at every angle all of your night out needs are met. We are the perfect spot to catch all the major sporting events on our high definition TV’s & projection screen. Or if you prefer a quiet night in our dining room or a group get together with close friends we are here to make sure you all of your worries at the door.



Located within walking distance to Salem Old Town Hall & Witch History Museum

Follow us on Instagram: @thederbysalem
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Minneapolis
18 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went to the Derby on the 4th of July and it was good. The staff was friendly and nice but the food was hit or miss. The bacon biscuits and 3 mini hotdog sliders and heirloom salad were great but the clam chowder was boring, pasta under seasoned and the picante burger was burn your mouth off too hot too finish. My daughter likes hot food but she literally got overheated and sick from the picante burger. The staff should alert you of the heat but no one did and she only managed 2 bites and got sick.
The drinks were decent, great cookies sundae and the location amazing

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

It was not busy for Sunday brunch so a reservation wasn't necessary. I ordered a coffee drink with donuts and the donuts were not fresh and tasted like they came out of a freezer. One if my friends didn't get her meal with us and we had to wait for hers to come out after ours. We ordered a second round of drinks that were never made. Overall it was not a good experience.

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New England
36 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We had a nice high top table
The waitress was excellent and attentive
We both ordered the prime rib. It was very good and tender

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been here a three times, each time I have been impressed with the staff. I went the night of the Stanley Cup and

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c
New England
18 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

This restaurant has a good "bar" vibe. The food was flavorful. The service was attentive.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Started off on a high note with attentive server and cocktails and the pickle appetizer and a lovely view. We both ordered fish n chips. Batter was thick but it held only one or two ounces of fish at best. The onion rings had a thick greasy coating but the slaw and fries were tasty. Will not be back.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Very mixed experience at the Derby. Food was well prepared and tasty, but server seemed unfamiliar with some of the menu. Requested a booth and was stuck in a gloomy room all by ourselves behind a creepy curtain. Probably more enjoyable to eat outside on a nice day. Not sure if we will return.

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CS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good. Service was excellent, Tana was attentive and helpful!

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Great place for brunch and the patio is awesome.

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1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was decent, but it seemed as if the restaurant was a bit unorganized at times.

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New England
64 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

You can not get a better meal for the price. We have been a couple of times now and everything from the fried artichoke to the soups, prime rib and chicken and waffles have been amazing. I would go so far as to say they gave the best prime rib on the north shore

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, dining room was a little cold but the ambience was great. Service was very good.

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BA
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I had the steak tips and they were amazing, the best I have had yet.

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The Derby was sooooo loud. Food was good pub food. Tough to hear the people at your table though. 6 people.
Service was great. Our server was attentive and funny and visible. No one rushed us to eat. We had fish and chips, a chicken pasta dish, nachos, biscuits, cauliflower (sooo good), and pretzel chicken, a burger, and a couple other dishes. I had a salad and it was HUGE. The biggest salad I have ever seen. So glad that’s all I ordered for dinner.
Def good value for the $. We will go back.

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C
New England
15 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great decor, good service. I love the menu options but the food quality was just OK. I’m hoping they will improve their food as they are open longer. The bar area is loud but great seating options for larger parties of 6-8 people.

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JB
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Dined with family for Easter brunch. It was so loud (not because it was crowded, because there were many empty tables) we could barely have a conversation. There was really cold air blowing directly on us. We mentioned it to the server, but nothing changed.
The food was fair. Avoid the breakfast tacos...runny eggs and overly spicy sausage.
Not in a hurry to return-

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DW
New England
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Compared to the hundreds of other people in The Derby on Friday night I was damn OLD. We’d been having so much fun trying to hear each other (6 of us) I hadn’t noticed. Our waitress, Tana, was awesome and the countless tv screens had fans yelling about a play every 10 minutes or so. Great happy upbeat energy. If there was music playing the crowd was too loud to hear it. The soft pretzel and the buffalo cauliflower were great starters and everyone was happy with their entree as well- salmon, Greek salad with salmon (huge and delish), po-boys. At my age (again old) I’d think twice about going back unless alcohol was involved again. Oh if you are not at the bar, your seat will have no back to hang your coat so you end up sitting on it and there are no hooks under the tables so purses end up on the floor.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was amazing! Fruity pebbles French toast is a must!

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We waited 20 minutes after being seated for someone to even come and take our drink orders. The restaurant wasn’t even a 1/3 full!! The food was absolutely awful, the waitress completely non existent, and our table smelled like a dirty wash cloth. I can’t say enough negative things about this place. Let’s hope it goes under quickly and an actual restaurant takes it place. If I could give the derby a zero I would.

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FI
New England
90 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to the Derby last night to celebrate my son's birthday with his friends. I was skeptical because we heard that the Derby was owned by the same people as the Tavern in the Square. Towards the end, the food at the Tavern in the Square was not good. That wasn't the case with the Derby. The food and drinks were delicious and the portion generous. Unfortunately, I do not have a copy of their menu so I'm not positive about the actually names of their dishes but here's what we had. For appetizer we ordered the loaded nachos, wings, egg rolls, and clam chowder. The loaded nachos were loaded throughout. The clam chowder had great flavor but was on the watery side. But that being side it's at least not too heavy. For dinner we ordered the steak tips, fish and chips, pasta with shrimp, mac and cheese, burger, buffalo mac and cheese. Everything came out hot and yummy. Steak tips did not come out the way In ordered it but they were quick to get me a new meal.

Our waitress handled our party of 10 on her own. She was very attentive and accommodating.
If this is an example of what the Derby is capable of, big thumbs up for the owner. We wish them lots of luck for a successful endeavor. We will definitely be back.

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Being a Salem resident, I was eager to try the new place. The menu is expansive and holds mainly comfort foods. My friends and I tried the french onion soup (delicious and cheesy, with little tender pieces of beef in the broth) the pretzel crusted chicken (also delicious), the chicken pot pie (very well made and seasoned, but could use more chicken), and the pickle appetizer which was great as well. Drink menu looked great and will absolutely return to try more.

My server Sophia was attentive and informative, she made the experience that much better! Thank you.


Overall, I would recommend The Derby. :-)

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