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The Derby, Salem, MA

The Derby

4.4
4.4
200 Reviews
$30 and under
American
We apologize for any inconvenience. We will not be running brunch until November 5, 2022 due to the increased momentum of Salem in October. We will also not be taking reservations throughout the month of October due to the increased volume.
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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–12:00 am Sat 11:00 am–1:00 am Sun 11:00 am–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (978) 740-2337

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Adam Kopplin

  • Private party facilities

    The Derby is a great spot to host your next private event. Our Function Coordinator is onsite and will assist you in planning your event. We specialize in rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, weddings & baby showers as well as any corporate gathering.

  • Neighborhood

    Salem, Massachusetts

  • Cross street

    New Derby Street

  • Parking details

    There are several Parking lots in the area within a light walking distance to the restaurant and ample street parking throughout the city.

  • Entertainment

    Weekly events include Trivia Nights on Tuesdays, Live DJ’s every Friday and Saturday night and our amazing brunch buffet served every Sunday from 10am-2:30pm.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 200 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. L

    Laura

    Miami

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Had a great time at the Derby. Great service and drinks were great. I got the chicken parm tacos and really enjoyed them!
  2. AV

    AmieV

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent and I can’t say enough about our server. Friendly, courteous, and efficient. We really enjoyed our experience from start to finish and the holiday decor was a treat.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent and server was awesome!
  4. LD

    LynneD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Aside from the fact that the Derby is still reeling from the crazy busy month of October, and that many things we wanted to order were out of stock, we still had a wonderful meal at the Derby. The waitress was helpful in letting us pick alternative drinks and food, and all in all we had fun and enjoyed the food and atmosphere.
  5. JL

    JamieL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service - good food! Our server was so helpful with suggestions
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food!
  7. KH

    KimberlyH

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The beer I ordered was unavailable. Then the pizza I ordered was unavailable, so I ordered a salad that was good. But I was disappointed with the selection.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I visit Salem every year and we only go for a short period so each year we try and discover somewhere new we’ve never been too. The Derby was the best brunch we have ever had. Our waiters name was Sean and he was absolutely amazing! Great food, great drinks and an overall amazing time!
  9. GW

    GwenW

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Food was really good. Cocktails were just ok. I would go here again because the food was good! Great location for visiting Salem we walked there in 10-15mins from Essex street.
  10. SA

    SandiA

    Poconos

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food, great location, and out of this world service (Alana was the absolute BEST)!! Immensely enjoyed our Sunday brunch at The Derby - French toast was delicious and I’m gonna need the deviled egg recipe 😊
  11. ME

    MrEdK

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Service on a Tuesday night (place was quarter full) was absolutely terrible. Not sure if it was our waiters first week working, beers, simple drafts never came until we asked three times, over 20 minutes. Food order took over 30 minutes to be brought us! We again asked for a second round of beers, same ones, never received after once again a 25 minute wait. Promptly cancelled and asked for check. Manager quickly did come over to apologize and offer free beverages. However, at that point we were done. Sorry it ended that way, I’m sure staffing is short, however, the wait for simple items was unacceptable.
  12. BS

    BobS

    Phoenix

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Took awhile for the food to come out (not very busy), but once it came out the food was delicious
  13. HC

    HeidiC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family and I went and had dinner here while visiting on a road trip and it was fantastic! Plenty of tables, very friendly as soon as we walked in. Our server Hailey was super friendly and sweet! Went with her recommendation of chicken parm tacos and it was delicious. Very generous portions, great drinks. When you get great food and great service you want to shout it out!!!!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great place
  15. H

    Hammer

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was fantastic, food was wonderful. Thanks!
  16. R

    Rshm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great portions for the prices ! Would eat here again
  17. P

    Peggy

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience2
    the food wasn’t very good and I was underwhelmed by it. The drinks were good though.
  18. KV

    KristyV

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! very tasty! Our server Laila was awesome! Very great experience overall!
  19. P

    Patrick

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gilena was amazing very personable we will be coming back as soon as we can brunch was bomb fruity pebbles French toast and great drinks.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were in town for the Boston marathon. While researching restaurants in the area, we came across this one that had a great brunch menu ( something vegan for my niece running ). So glad we picked the Derby. Great drinks, menu and atmosphere and our lovely server Kelsey. Thank you.
  21. DO

    DamonO

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Derby restaurant was a pleasant surprise for us. It was within working distance of our hotel. The staff were courteous and professional. The food was outstanding. We had the chicken and waffles. Delicious. I recommend The Derby, if you are staying in Salem.
  22. L

    Local21

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    The place is cute with a pub feel. Food options were pub style. Service was excellent.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We had a great time for Taco Tuesday! Not only was it a great deal, but everything was delicious. Plus it was bingo night which added to the fun.
  24. BF

    BlondeFury

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Food was good and came out quick. Server was attentive. It wasn't very busy but it was also a Monday on valentines day. I got a margarita and it was decent but I'm also picky. The street corn nachos were yummy. I would recommend this place for a casual meal with friends.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, drinks, and excellent service
  26. AM

    AdamM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Food wasn't very warm. Server was a bit rude about us just making the reservation cut off date (but we did & had a reservation) Great service.
  27. SB

    StephanieB

    Denver

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visiting from Denver and extremely pleased with our dinner at The Derby! Really delicious food and incredibly friendly staff! A+
  28. KC

    KamrynC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    BEST FOOD WE HAD IN SALEM!! The chicken parm pasta is amazing and everything is priced great!!! Not to mention…our server was THE BEST
  29. CM

    CourtneyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love going there! It was also decorated for Halloween!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Service was attentive and friendly, food was better than average - not bad, but not life changing. We had fish and chips, Nashville chicken sandwich, and fried green tomatoes. Outside seating was the way to go, as inside was quite loud, and they have a nice private area for seating (pedestrians are separated by a fence around the private patio).
  31. SB

    SierraB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We had reservations for 7pm but ended up going an hour earlier and they helped us get seated quickly. The drinks we ended up getting were really good in the beginning but as dinner went on, they started to get a bit bitter. If I’d go again, I’d just drink them faster. As for our food, from the appetizers to the entrees, we just weren’t feeling it. Not sure if it was that we weren’t to hungry at that point or if it just wasn’t what we expected. It wasn’t a bad dinner tho definitely didn’t feel like it was worth the $90+ that it was for a table of 2.
  32. K

    Keri

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat outside under the heat lamps. Service was quick, food was delicious, waiter was outstanding.
  33. L

    Linda

    New England

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We travel with our Dog and this is very Pet friendly. Attentive service, great food. Outside dining.
  34. M

    Michael

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent place!!!!
  35. JJ

    JamieJ

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    Not the best, Margs were terrible. Ok service - food was bland. Wont return unfortunately
  36. NR

    NR69

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2021

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    My experience at The Derby was o.k. The location is great, the food was good. What I found to be mediocre was the service. I know places are shortstaffed, and overworked, however the attitudes still need to be welcoming and positive. I felt the manager was not very welcoming and our waitress was frazzled. We had to ask her several times for missing orders. Not saying I wouldn't give it another chance, but with so many other cool places to try out in the area, it will be awhile before I return.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My girlfriend and I were here for Taco Tuesday. We were seated outdoors so there is the traffic noise, no real problem with that. The tacos and drinks were great. Outstanding service from our waitress. We were even checked up on by someone who seemed like a manager, she was making sure that we were having a good experience, we were. I Love this place. We have been here several times and it’s definitely a wonderful dining experience.
  38. L

    Laurie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    the server Laura was so amazing! she was so sweet and personable :) Thank you Laura for your hospitality!
  39. R

    Rocky

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food all the way around. Mac n cheese is superb!!!
  40. JH

    JenH

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun drinks, nice outdoor patio that's dog friendly, and yummy food! Drove up from Somerville and glad we did!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Derby is rated 4.4 stars by 200 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
Google Map for The Derby

189 Washington St, Salem, MA 01970

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    New Derby Street

  • Neighborhood

    Salem, Massachusetts

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–12:00 am Sat 11:00 am–1:00 am Sun 11:00 am–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    American, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    There are several Parking lots in the area within a light walking distance to the restaurant and ample street parking throughout the city.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Adam Kopplin

  • Entertainment

    Weekly events include Trivia Nights on Tuesdays, Live DJ’s every Friday and Saturday night and our amazing brunch buffet served every Sunday from 10am-2:30pm.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (978) 740-2337

  • Private party facilities

    The Derby is a great spot to host your next private event. Our Function Coordinator is onsite and will assist you in planning your event. We specialize in rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, weddings & baby showers as well as any corporate gathering.

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