Hours of Operation

Dinner: Mon - Sat 5 - 10

Call for Reservations

(Recommended: Parties 8+)

Chef/Owner Derek Barnes' focus is on rustic, coastal cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood while offering guests a dining experience that is fresh, new, fun and casual. The menu will change often insuring guests an exciting change on their many visits. Drawing from a rich blend of culinary styles and traditions, Derek is committed to bringing pleasure to all five senses when you dine at Derek’s.

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, delectable dishes has earned him Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon award, the "Most Innovative Chef" title in the Best of SRQ Magazine, and inclusion in the exclusive Zagat America’s Top Restaurants listing.

The venue will be 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.



Chef Derek Barnes creates dishes that are adventurous and precise at the same time. He plays with textures and flavors, pushing the gastronomic envelope at one of the most interesting and best restaurants in town.
— Brian Ries, Creative Loafing

James Beard Foundation: 
Chef & Owner, Derek Barnes, was a semi-finalist for the 2009 James Beard Awards, "Best Chef South." The James Beard Awards are known as the "Oscars" of the food world.



Inside Chef Derek Barnes’ New Bradenton Restaurant

Restaurateur Derek Barnes is rethinking what diners want with his new Bradenton Derek's. "Barnes spent four years working with Emeril Lagasse in New Orleans before he landed in Southwest Florida"

Destination: Derek's

"We opted for an intensely flavorful Roasted Pumpkin Bisque that warmed down to the soul and a twist on a Caprese Salad featuring creaming burrata, fresh strawberries and arugula."

Derek’s: A Sarasota favorite reopens in Bradenton

"It's not surprising to hear restauranteur and chef Derek Barnes' name mentioned alongside the phrase, 'outstanding dining experience.'"

Slideshow review: Derek's Rustic, Coastal, Cuisine

"Expectations were high, and then surpassed, during a recent lunch visit to Derek's Rustic, Coastal, Cuisine."

Taste Teams With Variety

"Derek Barnes is serving wonders such as foie gras ice cream (You read that right: Think luxurious texture and very cold) at Derek's"

World Table

"So what's this award-winning out on an international limb with his just-completed 'World Table' series of six different menus, spanning the culinary globe?"