The Derby

4.5
118 Reviews
$30 and under
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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 118 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.5
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4.5
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4.4
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience5

My friend and I each ordered three drinks and there was no alcohol in them , it was really disappointing since they’re $12 each tail

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BenW
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

friendly staff, good drinks, decent apps, mostly all good food some just was cold or could have been fresher. Good place to meet friends after work for drinks!

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Peter
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Very loud which made it hard to hear anyone at the table and even our server struggled to hear us. The noise level was the only bad thing but ruined the overall experience

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, fun drinks, trendy atmosphere

EK
EllieK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Brunch was great. Very very limited GF Options sadly. English muffin for eggs Benedict was nothing good. But mimosas were amazing. The Persephone drink is a MUST. Huevos Rancheros were egg-cellent.

DA
DeniseA
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The music was too loud. Other than that, excellent

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, fun drinks, great service!

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michellea
New England
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Pub food. Mostly fried foods. Servings are on the smaller side. Limited menu. Very cold inside. We were there in March. We all kept our jackets on.

SG
SandraG
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy that they’re back. There are some really good new additions to the food and drink menu planning to head back this week! Did I say I was happy they were back already😁

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Open Table and the Derby took our reservation and the restaurant is CLOSED. We show up with out if toen guests for Brunch to locked doors. Try making last minute reservations on a Sunday afternoon. Ended up in a slum diner. Irresponsible not to know or notify your customers.

DB
vipDavidB
New England
20 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made the reservation here, walked up to the door to find the restaurant closed. WTF? If you are closed remove yourself from here so that we don’t expect to eat there. Don’t expect us to try and book again. And, Open Table, of you can read this... you should be embarrassed, too. How many other closed restaurants are you carrying on your site?

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CameronT
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They are not currently open. I drove almost an hour because opentable/the derby let me make a reservation. How does this happen? Huge inconvenience. Terrible

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EvanT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They are closed....................................

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Their restaurant was closed ...... yet they still allowed us to make a reservation online. Traveled over an hour on Valentine’s Day weekend. A real shame.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was closed

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant was closed. Why are we able to make reservations if the restaurant has been closed for weeks?

MD
vipMargaretD
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Closed even though OpenTable allowed me to make a reservation...

KS
vipKSLC
Edinburgh
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food3service3ambience5

Outdoor patio was great!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was closed, I wouldn’t give a bad review because I have no idea. Please UPDATE HOURS and don’t let people reserve times that do not exist.

WF
WesleyF
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Accommodating with being late - trying to find parking,
friendly servers
great food and drinks

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome and fun!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food. Great service. Loved all the Beetlegeuse decor

FB
FrederickB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food great ambience amazing decorations!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We wwnt for drinks and apps and both were good.

AT
AmberlynnT
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would've been better if the city of Salem didn't kick me out 30 mins after our reservation

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The derby was amazing and so accommodating! I could not say enough good things about this restaurant. The food, the staff, the drinks, etc... everything was so good and I look forward to coming back again soon!

SG
SueGabe911
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice place and service was very good 👍🏽

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Ariana
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

The food was pretty basic to be honest. It is what you would expect from a restaurant is a high tourist area. What really turned us off was the service. We received our apps in a timely fashion, but then 5 minutes later we received our entrees. We were seated at a 2 top so you could imagine how crowded the table was. The food runner/waitress did not ask if we wanted anything cleared off or offer to bring the food back to the kitchen until we were finished with our apps. I've been in food service operations for 15 years, I understand wanting to turn your times in a timely manner to made tips and push sales. However, the guest experience is a huge part of what makes a restaurant successful long term. We saw our waitress maybe 2 times, when she took the order and when she dropped the bill. I obviously don't know what time the rush is for this location and for all I know maybe she was in the weeds. I sympathies, but from a guest point of view she didn't seem to care that we were being rushed .

RJ
RyanJ
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great environment - great food and great drinks - pickle back shots & butterbeer

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Rochelle
New England
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved it, decorated really cute for Halloween and the socially distanced set up was great!

My server was perfect. Attentive without being too much, always came over at a break in convo and very quick with any request...

Nachos were and always are AMAZING
And this new drink they have “The cherry bomb” TO.DIE.FOR.

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LynnA
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

What an awesome place.. drinks were good.. food was great.. we went twice on our weekend it was always available with no wait

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I came in on a date after stopping in for a quick bite and drink the night before. They promptly sat us, and we had amazing service throughout the night. The food and drinks were amazing. Great spot to check out while in Salem!

FP
FromPhillywithlove
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Manager was awesome! Our reservations were cancelled and he called us and added us back on. Came over and talked to our table when we got there and made us feel at home.

JS
JillS
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best brunch spot on the planet. The food, service, and atmosphere is FANTASTIC!

LT
LynnT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

This restaurant looked really cute but was very disappointing. Service was awful. Additionally ran out of several menu items bc of holiday weekend.

MD
MrsD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks, food, service, atmosphere was awesome. Would go back for brunch anytime.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining experience. Strong adherence to social distancing and cleanliness guidelines.

MN
vipMNMom
New England
65 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The staff here make the dining experience worth it. Pleasant greeting when you enter & leave and our waitress was very knowledgeable & attentive. We enjoyed our meals - bbq style menu - the bacon biscuits were delish!
It started to rain lightly and they quickly moved us to a table with an umbrella! During these times - everyone is trying to make it be as pleasant of a dining experience as it can be. It was clear to us - that Derby St is trying their best for their customers. It was much appreciated & worth going back again.

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TonyS
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Hamburgers and fried fish we’re mediocre
Ceased salad was excellent

RN
vipReneeN
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great job at keeping the restaurant up to social distance guidelines. I had the Nashville Hot Fried Chicken sandwich. Delicious! Great job all around.

FAQs

The Derby is rated 4.5 stars by 118 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.