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The Derby

4.7
2403 reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
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 meat and fresh seafood hand selected by our longtime executive chef that would delight even the most discriminating of taste. Some of the menu highlights include the Bacon Wrapped 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 delicious meal in one of our iconic red leather booths, take in a beautiful evening on our terrace, or watch a sporting event in our bar and lounge. 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 choice!
What 2403 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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JimL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best place for an old world formal dinning experience.

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Gregory
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. We always enjoy our experience there. Wonderful service!

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vipGinnyD
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very accommodating esp during Covid. Everything was very good. Due to colder temperature a little cold and more noisy than normal since everything was outside

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HollyCat
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Derby is THE place to go for a great dinner, whether as a celebration or just for a fantastic steak dinner. Service was a bit slow in the beginning, which is unusual, but nothing to really complain about.

Overall we had a great meal at a great place!

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vipBeverly
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks!

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PaulP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Derby was very nice, as always! "Some times you wanna go...."

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was GREAT definitely coming back again

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JuliannaJ
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Derby is always outstanding, even during the virus. The big parking lot room is getting a little cool this time of year: it would be nice if the big heaters were turned on earlier and that there were more of them. The menu has been limited to a standard list: no daily specials. But there is still a soup choice in addition to French Onion. The tournedos were tremendous. One of us thought her dinner was the best she's had in a LONG time. We love the Derby and are so grateful that it has managed to stay open.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great waiter and a great experience! Thank you for recognizing our anniversary!!

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vipLori
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our experience very much....the food was delicious and we are still talking about the evening!
Thank you for making my birthday special!

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vipLisa
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was good, service was good. We enjoyed our dinner at The Derby!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had a great experience in the semi outdoor patio, food was delicious as well, that back wrapped filet is worth trying and the ribs had plenty of meat and taste

JK
JoanK
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the chopped salad with the filet mignon. It was excellent. The steak was so tender. Love this restaurant and I hope I can have my Christmas luncheon there this Dec. I love all your decorations.

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rogerm
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Despite Covis The Derby came through with flying colors. Service was friendly and the food was great.

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MargaretR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at the Derby is wonderful. The drinks are solid and the service is excellent.

KF
vipKungFuDiner
Central Coast
22 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love date night at The Derby!

JS
vipJohnS
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

always a treat to have a meal at the Derby! They have outside seating and are taking all of the necessary precautions to make it a safe experience

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MichelleS
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall1food3service3ambience2

We made a reservation for my father's 80th birthday, and requested near the fire away from the cold as my mother has stage 4 lung cancer. They put us directly next to the open windows, and there were heaters in the room. We bundled my mom in two coats, and scarves, but it was still too cold. They really couldn't care less.

The Derby
Responded on 30 October 2020

Hi Michelle, I apologize that you were unhappy with your table. You had requested to be seated by the fireplace upon arrival but unfortunately, another guest had made a request for that table (also a guest with cancer) at the time of their reservation. I tried my best to seat you at the next table from the fireplace and was not aware that you were unhappy with that seat, as I would have been more than happy to relocate you. We hope that we will see you again soon. Thank you, Tyler GM

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AznivB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had never been to the derby during Halloween and it did not disappoint! It was decorated beautifully, we were in a covered patio (thanks COVID) but it was still amazing ambiance and even though a bit chilly, we had a great night. Ps. The bacon covered dates are a MUST

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AliaJ
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch, high end and absolutely delicious. Coctails are delicious and service was excellent

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GlennR
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Took our best friends as we had such a tremendous initial experience previously. Food was perfect, from soup to dessert. Was seated early which was awesome, and had excellent customer experience after. Only challenge had NOTHING to do with the Derby; because of COVID, we were in the patio area with no bar available.
Look forward to our next time there. Best steak I have eaten.

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MikaC
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Covid safe, delicious food, salad served cold, meal served hot, efficient & friendly server, perfect.

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sandyat52
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My go to steak house! The terrace dining is fabulous!

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KathyB
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So enjoyed my dinner & April our server was very good. Love the salmon.

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Precious
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and staff!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor patio area was very nice and cute decoration for Halloween.
I felt proper distancing during our dinner.
Very nice waitress and service

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vippasadenadiner
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a lovely birthday even w/out the table side Baked Alaska. Three course dinner had great choices; patio dining is creative and pleasant.

Parking is confusing as signs as you enter say there is valet--but there is not valet parking. Sat for about 10 minutes as I was early; luckily another customer called the restaurant and we were told we had to self park---I realize every city/restaurant has it own rules--so clear signage would be helpful!

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DomT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and cocktails/wine. Felt like we were dining indoors again. Servers were great and professional.

JP
JohnP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another incredible evening. They never disappoint. Will be back soon.

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vipchristyh
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious. One of our favorites for years. Never disappointed. Even during these unprecedented times they do an outstanding job with their accommodations and food selections.

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viprobertb
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

its alway a great dinner at the derby my favorite after races dinner spot ...great drinks an dthe service...what can i say Sarah is fantastic ....

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fattyforever
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute outdoor patio for outdoor dining. My heart was set to order Prime Rib but it got sold out for the night so opted for rib eye and salmon. Nice presentation, good portion, tastes great. Will definitely try to come back another time for the Prime rib.

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vipCooper
Los Angeles
66 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice setup for dining during the pandemic. As usual the food and service was good, although my prime rib was a little on the chewy side. Usually ordered a filet but thought I'd try the prime rib for a change. I'll stick with the filet in the future.

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sandyat52
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were disappointed in the time limit. We were trying to catch up which forced us to stand in the parking lot for an hour, otherwise it was all good.

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SharonC
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was the our first time dining on the outdoor patio and we found it very nice in a comfortable setting. The misters worked very well in keeping the environment cool and pleasant. As always the food was outstanding. Our server was excellent; my only comment is that in my opinion the general service was a little under staffed for the number of occupied tables. Still, we were treated very well. Also, when we arrived, we had to wait a few minutes to be seated and there was no place to sit while we waited in a very warm area in front of the entrance. This was difficult for my 90+ mother who can only stand for a short period of time. We hadn't planned on the complications of that but realize that is just dealing with the covid-19 virus these days! Nevertheless, thank you for a wonderful dinner and experience.

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vipKungFuDiner
Central Coast
22 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed another nice evening on the patio at The Derby! Martha is a wonderful server and you can tell that she is smiling even under her mask. We love the value of their three course meal and of course, the cheese bread is to die for. Thanks for being open for us! See you soon.
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GregP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the outdoor patio dining. We felt like we were eating indoors. The misters above us made us nice and cool. Service and food was extraordinary. I would recommend to dine in and get the full experience.

MJ
vipMileageJunkie
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

dineLA - never disappointing in spite of current situation. They delivered. Noticed the two tables with firemen/first responders during the Bobcat Fire.

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sandyat52
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous time!

JS
JoanS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Derby tried very hard given the COVID circumstance. The service was outstanding! Removing Prime Rib from the LA Dine menu was very disappointing. This was made worse by choosing the rib eye which is a $5 add to the overall cost. The rib eye, though cooked perfectly, was 30% fat. I was with two other people and chose not to comment to our server. I hope my next visit will better match, or possibly, exceed previous visits.

FAQs

The Derby does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. The Derby also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (626) 447-2430.

The Derby is rated 4.7 stars by 2403 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 bookings at the moment.