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“Bottarga, anyone?”
Review of Derek's - CLOSED

Derek's
Price range: US$0 - US$25
Cuisines: American, Fusion
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Chef/owner Derek Barnes focus is on rustic, coastal cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood while offering guest a dining experience that is fresh, new, fun and casual while drawing from a rich blend of culinary styles and traditions. The menu changes often, insuring guests an exciting change on their many visits. A semifinalist for the prestigious James Beard Best Chef South award, Derek worked with Emeril Lagasse in the kitchen of Emeril's in New Orleans before opening his own restaurant on the SunCoast. Derek's talent for creating unique, pleasurable dishes has earned him Florida Trend's Golden Spoon award, the "Most Innovative Chef" title in the Best of SRQ Magazine, "Best New Cuisine" Sarasota Magazine, "Best New Restaurant" Bradenton Herald and inclusion in Best Chefs America Guide and the exclusive Zagat Guide, America's Top Restaurants listing. The venue is appropriate for the power lunch crowd, casual luncheons, those special evenings, business dinners, private parties and fit for families of all ages. Derek's also offers a private media room for pharmaceutical parties, business luncheons, business dinners, small sporting events, birthday parties, anniversaries or for that intimate gathering.
Manhasset, New York
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Bottarga, anyone?”
Reviewed 4 June 2014

We came in search of the elusive Cortez bottarga--a dried mullet roe that's a delicacy in Italy. Derek grates it on a delicious dish of cappellini, gulf shrimp and peas. The food is billed as rustic coastal country and that's a great description. The menu is eclectic and interesting--mussels, fresh fish (sometimes with bottarga), shrimp and grits, kale salad, ribs, chicken and pork chops. Inventive preparations. The house-made chicken liver pate was excellent and enough for 2. Desserts looked great--we shared the house triple of strawberry sorbet, green apple granita and chocolate coconut ice cream. Perfect ending. The setting is sophisticated without being off putting. There was a private party room set off by sliding barn doors. Lots of beers and a good, reasonably priced selection of wine, including by the glass. The servers were friendly and knowledgeable--lots of kissing of regulars and nice to newcomers too. This restaurant is definitely worth seeking out.

  • Visited May 2014
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Bradenton
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great new restaurant”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

The service was spectacular and the food presentation was beautiful. We had held out trying the restaurant as it is newly opened and been absolutely packed. We had the calamari for an appetizer and it was delicious. Definitely will go back !

  • Visited May 2014
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Sarasota, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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“Gourmet Gem”
Reviewed 19 May 2014

Wonderfully prepared food. Derek's is an example of a true Chef vs a cook. Menu presentations are well thought out and a treat. We have been back numerous times since our first spontaneous stop in January. Hope Bradenton can keep this gem.

  • Visited April 2014
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Parrish, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Best.Wednesday.Dinner.Ever.”
Reviewed 14 May 2014

Happened into Derek's on a random Wednesday night with my husband and our close friends. We were casual and felt a bit underdressed for the occasion, but the hostess was friendly and sat us immediately without even a second glance.

We each ordered a beer and a small plate appetizer (Fried Green Tomatoes) for the table. One friend also ordered the special soup (with chicken gizzards, collards etc.) We tried/shared everything and were so pleased we actually got a second soup to share.

For dinner, our group ordered Skirt Steak, Crawfish Pasta, Pulled Pork Flatbread and a Blackened Tripletail, with sides of brussel sprouts and garlic fries. Shared and enjoyed by all. Finished the meal with cappuccinos and several desserts (Bread Pudding Beignets, S'mores and a Peach Panna Cotta).

This meal was incredible! Can't say one negative thing! The server, Laura, was extremely friendly and helpful with the menu and Derek himself came out at the end of the meal to answer an art question for us and stayed to chat about the food. :)

Found the entire experience to be positive and delicious! Two thumbs up - THANKS - we will be back!

  • Visited May 2014
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Holmes Beach, Florida
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A Great Find”
Reviewed 7 May 2014

After having my first lunch at Derek's with a friend, I said I couldn't wait to try dinner. We arrived early for lunch and they were so nice to let us in and check out the place. Very nice atmosphere, very rustic with big round booths to sit a large party and a small room for private parties. I had the white gazpacho , kale salad with grilled salmon and the bread pudding. My friend had the fish tacos with fabulous garlic fries. We were so happy with the restaurant, we talked about it the rest of the day. Gotta try it out.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Tammy K
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