The DERRICK Gin Mill & Bar

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CAN$30 and under
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Canadian
The Derrick is an affordable, locally sourced restaurant that features a food menu comprised of traditional classics, seductively smoked meats and a spirit menu with an emphasis on gin, all paired within a cozy atmosphere that should make you feel right at home. The Derrick is open for, corporate lunch, a lively happy hour headlining the areas leading drink specials, dinner and late night Cocktails. So, put your feet up or join the party, welcome to The Derrick!
What 175 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.4
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.0
Value
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great ambience, decor, service and cocktails

RP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

The Derrick Mill offers a business lunch, took over 1.5 hours to get all of our food. Then we were told there was an auto 20% gratuity added to our bills? The food was mediocre at best. Will not be going back.

MD
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

The only reason for the low ranking on food and value is we didn't order food so I can't rank it. But make no mistake..everything that came out of the kitchen looked and smelled amazing....I would definently go back for the food...everything else was perfect..

C
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

We had the beet salad, duck tacos and baked Brie which all excellent, wonderful presentation and great value. Unfortunately we finished the meal with the Lamb dish which was less than impressive both in presentation and taste.

OC
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

this place is a hidden gem, right downtown. Good service, great food. The beet salad with Montreal Smoked meat is an unexpectedly good combination. Kudo's to the chef!

SK
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really great service. Astonishing cocktail selection. Amazing smoked beef tartare and oysters with housemade hot sauce. Will definitely be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great everything! Food was fantastic great drinks. Will definitely come back.

SW
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food was tasty and the beef tar tar was amazing! The drinks were creative and refreshing as well. We enjoyed our first visit.

MP
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Food was amazing, delicious drinks, and staff are great. The only downside was the music being too loud; made it difficult to carry on a conversation.

v
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service & wonderful meal.

M
Calgary
39 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Delicious food and yummy cocktails (and mocktails)
Service is friendly but a bit slow, will definitely be back!

S
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Celebrated our five year anniversary there. The setting is comfortable and quiet. Food was really tasty, cocktails by Franco were amazing and the service outstanding. Will definitely return!

H
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience3

I would not recommend based on a few things… This was the second time I’ve been for lunch and the second time I was disappointed with the meal and the service. The steak for my steak frites was a joke. It definitely was NOT a 5 ounce steak. It was over-done and for $22, completely over-priced. Basically you’re paying $22 for a ridiculously small piece of steak, a huge pile of oily arugula and some luke-warm fries. Sadly, the fries were actually the best part of the meal. The server brought me a brewed coffee when I asked for an Americano, but yet tried to convince me it was an Americano. Espresso based drinks usually have at least some residual crema and don't taste like brewed Maxwell House coffee.
The one thing I will say about this place is that they do make some very nice cocktails. The drinks are very small but at least they are well made and the bartenders seem to take pride in the cocktails they serve.

MM
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience5

Good atmosphere, good food, and an excellent gin selection. The service was very slow, for whatever reason, it took way too long for a lunch break from work!

GP
Calgary
13 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always a fantastic lunch. Great quality ingredients and flavor at a reasonable price. I really appreciate being able to get in and out within 1 hour for a business lunch. Will be back again for sure !!

R
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was probably the best experience I have had at a restaurant. As someone who works in the industry, it was amazing to have a knowledgable server. We were there for the first night they rolled out a new menu and the food was phenomenal. Will absolutely go back again next time I am in town. Do not miss out on this place. Wish we had something like this in Vancouver!

LR
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Good food and good service but it’s a bit dark inside so better for a cold day than a warm summer day.

BP
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best Duck Club sandwiches in the city, combined with creative gin mixologists!

DK
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Enjoyed you establishment very much. Staff were great and the food was awesome. Highly recommend the Smoked Beef Tartar and Duck bites as an appie. Had the Montreal smoked meat sandwich and it was outstanding (With Chips) not fries!!! The infused beverage was excellent as well.
Have already recommended to other and intend to take my wife and some friends down very soon!

RM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience and easy conversation

JT
Calgary
13 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

The steak is melt in your mouth. Broccoli salad yummy. My only complaint were seats were uncomfortable and because of the ceilings, so noisy for us. Otherwise very good

OT
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service and food. Bartender was extremely knowledgeable and suggested some new drinks which were very good.

CH
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Drink was good, food had no happy hour deals was disappointing. Food was hit & miss: duck skewers small okay flavour, fried pickles very sour not spicy, fried cheese curds great, cheese & meat platter pretty good.
Will not return for happy hour, maybe try lunch.

OT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Service was really great! Our server was incredibly personable and helpful. The bar got absolutely slammed later in the evening and service slowed down significantly but our server kept in touch and let us know about the delay. The women’s washroom was closed on the Derrick side so our server had to escort any women over through the kitchen to the lounge on the other side which probably added to her being really busy.
Drinks and food were really creative and great.

C
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience4

*Did not get served food so no comment on the quality.

Poor service with very little attention. When I had enough and wanted to pay my bill to leave, it was difficult (lack of service). I went to the bar to pay, the machines were down, so I offered cash instead to just get out.

I had the server look at me twice in 40 minutes, once to serve water and once when I had to yell and wave my arms to get her attention to order a cocktail.

The owner has contacted me since, stating that it was busier than planned for and they were under staffed.

JH
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Awesome Montreal smoked meat sandwich and great salads. A couple more craft draught ales would make it even better.

CL
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

We wanted to try a place specializing in gin and they definitely do. Gin selection was great and they helped greatly with pairing tonics etc. Their food menu is limited and quite obscure from my point of view.

JB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great spot! Surprisingly not busy! Food and cocktails are very tasty. Entrance is understated.

j
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Only my second visit to this establishment, and the first for lunch. The food and service were both great. Will add this restaurant to the list of lunch places frequented. Thank you!

OT
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Creative and super tasty. Loved it. We will be back

PM
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food, great service
Reservations reccomended

MM
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere and service, and the food is decent. I thought the prices were a little high, but overall I’d go back again.

K
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

The food was not hot enough when it came out. The server also looked a little confused when I asked her for a gin recommendation. The restaurant itself was really nice.

JM
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Enjoyed a quiet lunch. Service was prompt and friendly. Food was good

BC
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

That burger 😍

CT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The gin does not disappoint at The Derrick!
We had a delicious meal and some amazing cocktails - perfect way to spend a Friday night with friends!
We did find the music was too loud and the restaurant was cold and the cold air was blowing right on our table. We sat in the back and would have appreciated a chandelier over our table as the ambient light was quite dark.

C
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a cool little place. So many cocktails! Definitely worth a visit.

PM
Calgary
18 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great place to grab a drink and a bite to eat.

K
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Service was very friendly, but a little slow. Food is terrific. We went on NYE and it wasn't super busy.

C
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

Restaurant is auto 20% for 6 people. We ordered a business lunch that required an hour and 1/2 because our waitress dealt with other tables and we had our desserts to go. The management was unsympathetic and the waitstaff was not properly trained. If you’re a hipster and willing to just drink probably fine but not recommended for a place to go for lunch.