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The Derby

4.4
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65 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 65 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.4
service
4.4
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4.3
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SarahM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, excellent food and drinks. Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

6 of us getting together after months of being apart! We had a very nice time.

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SandraG
New England
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This will always be one of our go to spots. We originally sat at a table out on the patio but we were enjoying ourselves past 11 when the patio closes and of course they were nice enough to let us have a table inside. Staff is always accommodating, good food and drinks. Still a great hang out spot even with the changes due too covid. We'll be back soon

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DMM3
New England
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fish & Chips and Southwest Salad were Delicious. Beautiful meal and location. Staff are terrific. Love this place❤️

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FernandoM
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We couldn't have asked for more. It was Wednesday the 24th and we were celebrating my fiance's birthday. The food, the friendliness everything it was all amazing. Thanks for making it special.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to see them reopen!!!

DS
DowntownSalemResident
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection of drinks and food was outstanding!

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AshleyT
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at The Derby was amazing, service was friendly and the mimosa tower was super fun!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tana Lee was an amazing server. My wife and I request her every time we sit there. Service was great. Drinks were perfect

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CarlosD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

OK WAITED MANAGER NEEDS MOTIVATION

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Erin
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My husband and I had our first post-pandemic dinner date night on Saturday night. We found The Derby on Open Table and so glad we did. The hostess greeted us pleasantly and we were seated within minutes. All wait staff and servers were timely and efficient. The outdoor area was very nice, adding to the wonderful experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very fun time. Great atmosphere, good music, great service and overall awesome food.

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Steph01970
New England
10 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Decent location food was good wait staff was amazing

JL
JL04
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Biggest waste of $130 in my life. The food was certainly not what it was when they first opened.
I ordered fish taco and my fiancé got steak tips. Fish tacos had ONLY lettuce on them, the fries that came with were not cooked all the way and the steak tips were terrible! Drinks were terrible too. Left two half full on the table as we left.
Only good thing from this dining was our waiter and outside seating.

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Murray
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio is very comfortable and the staff is super friendly, fun, and professional. Probably the best spot in town right now, and always a favorite of mine.

FM
vipFionaM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful. Nice patio and the menu was very good.

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Nae16
New England
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hostess, Diana was extremely polite and did a great job accommodating us while we waited for our table to be ready.

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AlbertP
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crystal was an amazing server ! Would go back for her excellent service alone!

JR
JRBM
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Chelsea was our server and she was the perfect balance between attentive and not overbearing. Our food was really good and service was much faster than I was expecting for the week open in a pandemic

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. And our server Kevin was awesome.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Great experience post quarantine!

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DavidS
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food and drinks! The patio was perfect for a Sunday family lunch.

JC
JohnC
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent food excellent service showed up early for reservations and seated us right away

JG
JillG
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining experience, I felt that they were taking all the necessary additional precautions due to Covid 19.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great time on the patio at the Derby. We just had appetizers and drinks, but they were really good and the service was exceptional. We were happy to be able to be at a restaurant again.

VG
VicG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our first trip post-quarantine was OK, there was a bit of a mixup with the reservations which was frustrating but I understand everyone is trying their best to accommodate. Drinks & service were good. We will be back!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice outdoor dining. Watermelon salad was delicious.

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vippaulm
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff and food were excellent

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Sophie
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great waitress yesterday. Need more selection of food. Very nice hostess too.

RF
ReginaF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though it was supposed to be an acoustic brunch, it was nice and quiet. Didn't have to tell over music to have a conversation. Food was unbelievable. Would definitely go back, and plan on it.

SJ
SJVM
New England
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Service was slow and the food was sub-par to mediocre. Not what I was expecting for a family birthday brunch.

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MidwestGirl
Oklahoma City
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Brunch date - food was good but underwhelming based on some of the social media posts that I piqued my interest enough to drive up from the city and try this place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
30 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

People were great - everyone working was very friendly, which was awesome. Beer and wine list was great as well.
Food was nothing special, which I was surprised about. From the reviews, I thought it was noting to be a foodie location. It wasn’t bad but I don’t have the need to go back for anything we had.

JD
JimD
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Our first visit and our last. Place was so loud. My drink which was a beer came after our meals arrived. Twenty minutes to get a beer and only explanation was we have one bartender on duty for the whole restaurant. Well manager should step in at that point and help out. Table next to us was delivered the wrong food the reason giving was sorry we are very busy. Our waiter was not professional in any way. Nope I will not be returning.....

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CarolineTS
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We won’t go here again. Our drinks were very slow to come and required multiple reminders. Two of the six meals we ordered didn’t arrive (they were apparently “forgotten“ by the kitchen). The food, once it arrived, was underwhelming - previously frozen steak fries...tilapia instead of the haddock described on the menu.....

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I went in the early evening with my kids and thought it was excellent and very family friendly.

SG
SandraG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about it. Sorry we didn't go sooner. Plan to add it to our rotation of hang out spots going forward. If you stop in for brunch highly recommend the prime-rib hash so yummy. And if you like your mixed drinks strong the pretty fly for a mai tai will be right up your alley.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This was our first visit to The Derby. Staff was awesome! Very friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. Loved the ambiance, great location, definitely family-friendly (some of the adults in our party were jealous of the kids meals that were served!) Bloody Marys were just ok, but overall food was good. We will definitely be back.

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Michael
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and location. Mark, the GM/owner, is fantastic.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The open face turkey sandwich came out cold and the cranberry sauce was spoiled. No one asked us for drinks.

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The Derby is rated 4.4 stars by 65 OpenTable diners.

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