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Derby Lane

#22 of 127 things to do in St. Petersburg Features Animals
10490 Gandy Blvd N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702-2395
+1 727-812-3339
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For a Unique night out

Love the buffet the value for what you get is awesome, great service and quality. Its a great place... read more

Reviewed 20 January 2017
Kim M
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St. Petersburg, Florida
Great Night Out!

Very enjoyable place to watch greyhounds racing. They not only run live dogs and also simulcasts... read more

Reviewed 19 January 2017
Punkypo
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Stone Mountain
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Historic Derby Lane, the St. Petersburg Kennel Club, is the oldest continuously operating greyhound track in the world. We offer year-round greyhound racing with Matinees at 12:30pm and Evening performances at 7:30pm. Visit our website for our current Racing schedule. The Derby Lane Poker Room offers Live Action and Tournament play Monday through Thursday from 9am-3am, and 24 hours on weekends. We have many restaurants for you to enjoy some of the best food in St. Pete, including our famous buffet in Circa 1925. We also offer simulcast racing. Stop by for lunch and catch your favorite Thoroughbred or Harness race. You can even watch and wager on a Jai Alai game.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good35%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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“poker room” (29 reviews)
“dog track” (24 reviews)
“dog races” (23 reviews)
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10490 Gandy Blvd N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702-2395
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+1 727-812-3339
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Reviewed 20 January 2017

Love the buffet the value for what you get is awesome, great service and quality. Its a great place to have a celebrations .

Thank Kim M
Reviewed 19 January 2017

Very enjoyable place to watch greyhounds racing. They not only run live dogs and also simulcasts racing from other tracks as well. There is a huge poker room for those that play. The food choices were varied from the concessions options to dining room options....More

Thank Punkypo
Reviewed 17 January 2017

I did not especially think the place was dirty. It is open and people are constantly eating in the boxes. The bathrooms were not dirty and I have seen way worse than those. There were 11 of us and we sat in boxes next to...More

Thank Mary I
Reviewed 11 January 2017

The facilities need a good cleaning. Not a fan of dog racing but found this disappointing too. Needs an updating and a good cleaning.

Thank SunDog78
Reviewed 10 January 2017

Probably the nicest track we have visited to date, grounds are well kept, lighting is premier, if you haven't visited a dog track & you are in the area, definitely worth a night out, we just sipped beer and wagered, no big winners but enjoyed...More

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DerbyLaneFL, Manager at Derby Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 11 January 2017

Come on out again sometime soon! You will love the Circa 1925 Buffet, the food in the Gallery Lounge, and even on the 4th Floor! The Concession Stand is always greyt too! I use the program selections at the bottom of each race page that...More

Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Best dog track in Florida period. Poker games, buffet, great staff. From great bartender's Larry and Ernie, waiter. Excellent valet service. Always a great time. Not to mention walking out with a couple hundred dollars extra.

Thank Jason D
DerbyLaneFL, Manager at Derby Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2017

Thank you so much, Jason D! Please come back and see us soon!

Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

We have been to Derby Lane several times, and always have an enjoyable time. Weather was beautiful, so I decided to bring my camera, which I wore around my neck. Talked to lady at front gate, watched several races, and was having a good time,...More

Thank Flamingo33767
DerbyLaneFL, Manager at Derby Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2017

Flamingo33767, I am sorry for the confusion. The sign at the front gate is a little dated and says "no flash photography." A new sign is being made that states: "Cameras are restricted beyond this point. Cell Phone Cameras and Pocket-Sized Cameras are permitted. Absolutely...More

Reviewed 30 December 2016

They offer a variety of gambling from card games to dog racing. They also have excellent food in their fine Restaurant and you can also get great meals at the bar from sandwiches to special menus. (excellent cuban sandwiches)

Thank Maria Nancy S
DerbyLaneFL, Manager at Derby Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2017

Maria Nancy S, Thank you so much for the lovely review! Come back to see us again soon! Sincerely, Alexis Winning

Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

This place has always had a great buffet! However, alas, things have changed!!!! Firstly, a few weeks ago, snow crab was removed from the buffet! The staff told me that this caused a large drop in clientele!!! Next up, the quality of the shucked oysters...More

Thank ampusa
DerbyLaneFL, Manager at Derby Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2017

ampusa, I am sorry about your buffet experience. The crab legs were removed beginning June 1st, 2016 and return beginning this weekend January 6th, 2017 at $34.95. There is Happy Hour Dining from 4:45pm to 7pm that includes non-alcoholic beverages (soda, coffee, or tea) and...More

Reviewed 18 December 2016

We like going for the buffet around noon on Saturday for the matinee. It is alittle less crowded and we still can have good food and fun with watching the dogs race. It's has lovely grounds and just a carefree atmosphere.

Thank Kathy D
DerbyLaneFL, Manager at Derby Lane, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2017

Thank you for the nice review, Kathy D! Please come back to Derby Lane soon!

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sallyrenaud
Want to know if a service dog is permitted in the clubhouse ? She goes with us everywhere and is very well mannered. Would like to take my 89 yr old father who hasnt been to the track in a long time,,,one of his wishes.
19 April 2017|
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Response from DerbyLaneFL | Property representative |
Hello, Sallyrenaud. If it is a true service dog, yes. If it is a companion dog we ask that they not be in our clubhouse restaurant. Sincerely, Alexis Winning
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_mcalkins72
What hours are you open on Wednesdays?
11 April 2017|
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Response from DerbyLaneFL | Property representative |
Wednesdays the Poker Room opens at 9am and closes at 3am. We have live greyhound racing on Wednesdays at 12:30pm and 7:30pm. The Gates open at 11:30am for our main entrance and 11:30am for our Simulcast floor. To answer... More
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ralph r
we are traveling with out 5 lbs dog is allow into the venue
29 March 2017|
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Response from DerbyLaneFL | Property representative |
Ralph, I am sorry but we can not allow dogs into Derby Lane for the safety of the greyhounds on the track. -Alexis winning
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