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Derby Bar and Grill

17637 1st Avenue, #115
Surrey, BC V3S9V7
Tel: (604) 536-2878 Reserve Online

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It could get much better.
By spacetraveller of Abby (7 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 5:42am [Dine in]

We used to really enjoy eating here, and the $4 deserts are still great, and the calamari is really good too.
The prime rib specials were awesome, but they don't seem to have those anymore.

The great thing is the horse racing ambiance, getting to either place bets or just watch the races and guess who was going to win over coffee and cheescake. Ahh, the Pimlico Cheesecake. If anything, come to the Derby for that and a coffee to go with it.

And the Santa Anita pizza is always a filling meal. My husband loves it and always keeps some slices for leftovers.

The last time we visited, the caesar salads tasted like they had bleach in them and even when they remade them, the bleach taste was still there. I suspect they didn't actually remake the salads, and just shuffled the lettuce around.

Might give the salad another chance someday.

For now, it's desert, calamari and pizza.

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What happened here
By foodrocks of white rock area (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 3:06pm [Dine in]

Another nice place tanks, too bad used to enjoy coming in a couple times a month in the last year, not sure what happened but I won't be back. Food has changed for the worst, haven't seen the young chef so maybe that's why. Freshness is gone and it has just become predictable and mundane. I would rather eat my wife's food

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Derby
By frenchie75 of White Rock (35 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 4:19am [Dine in]

I agree with the last reviewer that it's a shame that there aren't more people enjoying this restaurant. We have also been there on the weekend when there are the dueling pianos. These two pianists are a lot of fun. They take requests and both play the song. They took my mom's request for Rasputin and my husband's request for the Stray Cats....OMG, how hilarious to hear them try to play these "non conventional" songs we threw out for a challenge. They both have a great sense of humor and will gladly try to play whatever you throw at them. What a lot of fun!
We have ordered their prime rib special which gives you a beautifully done piece of beef with tasty sides such as mashed potatoes, yorkshire pudding, gravy and steamed vegetables. Their salads are wonderful, fresh and generous.
The ambiance of the restaurant is upscale sports bar like, but comfortable and well stylish.
This restaurant should be busier, but perhaps because it's location it's a little off the beaten track for most people. Really, it's worth the trip though, just make sure you turn off towards it before you cross the border!

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Service was pleasant and helpful
By goddard of coquitlam (11 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 22, 2011 - 1:28am [Dine in]

Tried the food straight after driving through the border into Canada. Derby's have quite a few well priced food and drink specials. The house burger was tasty, but the accompanying fries were limp - cooked at too low a temperature, and the appetizer onion rings were greasy spoon, oil change type greasy. When I mentioned that the rings were way too greasy for me, the server offered to make a substitution. I chose the crab cakes which were excellent and recommendable. The creme brule was not 4 or 5 star, but only cost $4. Overall I would return next time, and then I will skip the onion rings, I will ask for any fries well done, and have chocolate mousse, or apple pie for dessert. Good value. Friendly accommodating service. Highs and lows of the food equal mediocre.

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Best potato skins
By hungryman of Coquitlam (14 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 4, 2009 - 9:40pm [Dine in]

After reading the previous reviews, Mrs. G and I decided to have sunday lunch at the Derby Grill . What a great suprise. Its a horse racing betting restaurant. We ordered the Steak sandwich with caesar salad and I ordered the Beef dip with onion rings. We enjoyed our potato skins as an appetizer, with real bacon and sour cream, they were wonderful and tasty. Its a 50km drive from Vancouver to the Derby Grill and worth the trip. Our next visit will be for the Prime Rib Dinner this sunday, and looking forward to it.

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Overall Poor
By GMc of S.Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, July 9, 2008 - 8:49pm [Dine in]

Whatever we ordered service was slow.

Food was of poor quality. I ordered a m.rare ribeye and received a thin slice of prime rib that was well done. My wife had a pasta dish that was salty and cold. My son had a steak sandwich with onion rings that were partly cooked.

We ordered two 1/2 liters(for four) of wine then watched as the bar tender and waitress tried to open the bottles. As it took so long to open the wine, it arrived 1/2 way thru dinner. We were then given four glasses and two, one glass carafes of wine. When questioned, the waitress exclaimed, oh I did not notice that! The white wine ordered was a $29.00 1/2 liter and the delivered wine was not what was ordered. We gave up.

By the way, only about five patrons in the establishment.

Ambience was good. Great help with betting. Could be a fun place. Menu was very lacking. A better "appy" menu is a must. Will not go back even though we were compt. for my "steak".

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mixed results for first time
By mcjardine of whiterock (29 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 13, 2008 - 7:10pm [Dine in]

Nice atmosphere ,very clean ,nicely attired wait staff.

Steak Oscar [$21.00] was perfectly prepared .Plenty of shrimp and crab meat . Waitress had to be called back as she failed to enquire on how to tell the chef to do steak. Steak and Veges done perfectly.{8/10}

Baby Back ribs [$18] ribs tough,v. little meat ,tasty bourbon sauce ,veges done perfectly but very small portion.{3/10}

When waitress asked how we were enjoying meal {my comment "JUST OK "}, she didn't hear my comments as she appeared distracted by other bar patrons .

So in horsey talk "win .place or show" --one winner and one nag that had no business being in the race . Will give it another chance ,but with so many places to dine in south Surrey it has only one more chance to redeem it's self.

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Don't let the location scare you away
By chefwanda of Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 11:39am [Dine in]

You may think it's out of the way but really it's easy for all from Surrey White Rock or Langley. A sure fire not to miss if using the border!

We have had the Prime Rib which is quite likely the best around these parts! Generous portions with all the trimmings. Salads are freshly prepared with quality produce for sure. Try the Halibut simply delicious, poached in a light champange cream sauce, again generous and with all the trimmings.

The service was top notch both the executive chef and the sous chef checked on us and how our meals were. The waitress did not miss a beat.

If this place was in the city you would be paying big $$$$ for this quality.

Don't miss this place it's well worth the visit, we keep looking for any occasion to go!

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Great food and great fun!
By sboulton of Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, August 17, 2008 - 12:07am [Dine in]

We have been here twice recently on weekend nights when they have "dueling pianos" there were not many people in the place, which is too bad as the pianists were great and it would have been more fun with a bigger crowd. Our food was really good. The penne pasta with chicken was tasty, and the salads were very good. Our service was excellent. We really enjoyed being able to bet on the horses. We will definitely go back!

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