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. The menu will change often insuring guest 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.
Reservations are not required, but are recommended. Give us
a call to set you up!
"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
Derek is very honored and proud to be recognized by the following
Derek's previous location was listed, in the prestigious ZAGAT Guide as one of "America's
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.
Florida Trend Magazine, Golden Spoon Awards:
Every year Florida Trend Magazine will honor Exceptional restaurants
with a "Golden Spoon Award." We have received this
award since 2008 and hope to be a part of this coveted award
for many years to come.