About Driftwood Southern Kitchen
Driftwood Southern Kitchen, located in Lafayette Village, is the latest addition to North Raleigh's blossoming local dining scene. Our ever-changing menu showcases the finest of ingredients from supporting local farms and purveyors, allowing us to make as much as possible in house. For us, cooking is not a job- it's our lives, and we believe breaking bread at the table should be a fun and soul satisfying experience. Born out of our strong love for southern ingredients and southern hospitality, Driftwood displays rustic farmhouse cooking at its best. Our menu is designed so our guests can playfully piece their meals together and share with one another for a true communal dining experience, just like sitting down for supper at your grandmother's house.
We're a little quirky, with a touch of serious, but we put a lot of love into what we do. Come join us at Driftwood Southern Kitchen to create memories and share your experiences, we can't wait to see you at our table.
Southern, Comfort Food, American
Hours of Operation:
Monday- Thursday: 11:00am-9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:00am-10:00pm
Falls of Neuse Rd.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
On site parking in private lot and street parking
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Please note, if you are celebrating and bringing a cake there will be a $15.00 charge.
Driftwood Southern Kitchen Ratings and Reviews
We went to brunch for the 1st time there ...
We went to brunch for the 1st time there. The food was ok and we had to wait a lot for the pans to be refilled. Our waitress was a bit less than attentive but nice. I had to get up and refil our water because we were thirsty and she came to check on us sparingly. Im not sure that we would come back for brunch, but we would possibly try a different meal.
Driftwood always impresses!! Excellent s ...
Driftwood always impresses!! Excellent service with great southern food in a great atmosphere. If this is your first time here you need to try the shrimp and grits and the biscuits!! Leave room for the doughnuts at end for desert.
Ate here for the first time a month ago ...
Ate here for the first time a month ago and the food was great. When I came back for another meal last night, my food was nowhere near as good. The risotto had enough salt to fill a 1LB bag. And the shrimp and grits were way greasier than I remember. Not sure if there was just a different cook on staff, but I certainly did not enjoy my meal. Our waiter was great and the ambiance was too. But if the food is like this again on my next visit, I'm never coming back.
Last night was our first but not our las ...
Last night was our first but not our last dining experience at Driftwood Southern Kitchen. There was a slight mix up with the wait staff to start off our evening however it was quickly corrected and we has a fantastic dinner. The food was outstanding along with the service. I would recommend Driftwood Southern Kitchen to anyone looking for great food in a great setting. We loved the Southern charm in the decor at the restaurant.
Awesome surprise! Wonderful food, great ...
Awesome surprise! Wonderful food, great atmosphere, music. Very clean! Crystal clear H2O was relish! Smoked wings with peach glaze and jalapeños, cheddar biscuits with sweeeeeet whipped butter ant sweet potato tarts were sssssooooo good. I need more adjectives to adequately describe experience. Bonus- we earned Open Table rewards. 😁Can't wait to return.
I really enjoyed my experience. I recent ...
I really enjoyed my experience. I recently stopped eating meat and was worried there would not but be may choices. There were plenty of choices to make and the other people I was with seemed to really enjoy there meat. I chose the FARRO RISOTTO
asparagus, mushrooms, farro, wilted arugula, truffle oil and it was absolutely delicious. One of the best meals I have ever had. Kudos to the chef.
The decor is country chic and very well ...
The decor is country chic and very well done. We loved the way the food was delivered on different serve ware then what you will usually find at a restaurant. We loved the appetizer andouille pepper jack hush puppies with the amazing sauce that comes with it. One entree we ordered was the grilled pork meatloaf with peach Jam and mashed potatoes which the flavors of the Jam really complimented the meat loaf and you can't have meatloaf without mashed potatoes. Another entree was the brisket Philly cheesesteak with the Mac n cheese both were amazing! We also got the sweet potato tots that seasoned with rosemary and garlic. The food was absolutely amazing and we will def be back! But next time we will try to not eat as much as the desserts they had listed sounded wonderful as well.
We celebrated my birthday lunch at Drift ...
We celebrated my birthday lunch at Driftwood this past week. We ate at an outdoor table as I brought my dog; the server was friendly to him (very important to me) and brought a water bowl ... i ordered the pimento cheese board and a small bibb lettuce wedge. my friend ordered the same salad and fried oysters. All in all, the food was quite good ... the housemade pickles & green tomato pickles were special touches and delicious. The fried oysters were tender which is not always easy to find. The salads were good and the right size for lunch with the other items. Our only complaint would be that the mini basket of donuts were really not good ... heavy & doughy, sort of like the donut holes they serve on chinese buffets; the sauces were very ordinary, so we ate only a few (my dog liked, however :-) Fortunately, the server had given us a free dessert as I had mentioned it was my birthday but we wish we had ordered something else. I would go back to the restaurant but would avoid the donuts!
Tried it for the first time 10/2016. I l ...
Tried it for the first time 10/2016. I like farm to table options, and they delivered. We sat outside in a quiet area, so did not get a chance to see the interior of restaurant. I had the fried green tomatoes, grilled meatloaf, and mashed potatoes. Very good. My companion had short ribs - excellent. Portions were generous. The biscuits with maple syrup butter were fabulous. Our server was friendly, well-informed, and had good timing. Will definitely return to explore more options on the menu!
Overall our experience was great! Very g ...
Overall our experience was great! Very good food and a really cute atmosphere. Our server was serving a lot of tables making our service slower than anticipated. We had a small child with us or else it wouldn't have been too big of an issue.
Driftwood was great. The food was really ...
Driftwood was great. The food was really good, and the portions are quite hefty (if you get appetizers, you may not want the larger portions - unless you want guaranteed leftovers).
The hostess and manager couldn't find my OpenTable reservation in their books (which was weird because the confirmation was on my phone), and our server was a little slow with refilling drinks; other than those little issues, our experience was really good. I would definitely recommend Driftwood to my friends.
Tried St. Louis Ribs and The Anchovies & ...
Tried St. Louis Ribs and The Anchovies & Coffee marinated short ribs. Both were good. I like that the ribs do not use BBQ sauce. The ribs were tendered and comes with a good amount of broth to savor. The risotto is not creamy as the usual traditional risotto, it's almonst like a brown rice mixed with vegetable. I am sorry to say I am not a fan as I was expecting a rich and creamy risotto. We had Angry Tater Tots, which wasn't on the menu, but I saw them a lot on instagram and they look delicious. They were kind to still make it for us and it was really good. We also tried the Andouille huspuppies, can't really taste the andouille, but the kids liked it. Also, we tried the oyster shooter, it was okay, but fun to have. Next time, I'd probably opt for a classic raw oyster instead. Can't wait to come back for brunch. Pretty outside seating, but they are FCFS basis. Overall, the place was good, spacious, not loud, food came out quickly.
Amazing food!!! Stuffed pork loin was in ...
Amazing food!!! Stuffed pork loin was incredible!!! Pimento cheese sideboard, also fantastic!!! Pretty good local beer selection!! There was a birthday party there, so it was kind of loud. The food was worth it!!!
GREAT food nice portions. Service was a ...
GREAT food nice portions. Service was a little lax and it was not that bad as it was later on a Saturday night. Meal was served by someone who was not our waitress and they didn't ask if we needed anything. Were almost finished with food before someone asked if needed more drinks/water. Food was great though, so maybe just an off night.
For our second visit, we looked forward ...
For our second visit, we looked forward to trying new menu items. Unfortunately, our choosing's weren't as impressive as our first visit. The hostess, waiter and ambiance were all clockwork, like last time. We were just underwhelmed with our selections - So, it's just a matter of taste. For instance, I chose the meatloaf. The menu clearly outlines that this is a PORK dish, with smoked meat added, jam for topping and mashed potatoes. I found the pork version of this dish not to my liking. Ditto for my husband's hush puppies w/sausage mixed in. I applaud the creative menu, but some times, you just want meatloaf!
Enjoyed everything about this meal, the ...
Enjoyed everything about this meal, the appetizers were sublime. The entrées were delicious, though I didn't try my date's, he said it was and it looked really good. Liked my wine. Didn't try dessert as we were too full.
The only ding, when we arrived with a reservation, they had us wait, when there were empty tables, 3 2 tops set up for a party of g. That party wasn't due at the same time, so we just waited. Then after about 10 minutes they decided to break it apart and seat us at one of them. The party of six must have come afterward and sat somewhere else, we didn't see. But the hostess had a bit of an attitude, so my date said he wasn't going to leave a tip. But our server was great so he did afterall.
Tasty smoked meatloaf, ancho braised be ...
Tasty smoked meatloaf, ancho braised beef ribs, chicken fried chicken and shrimp and grits at our table. Nicely prepared, good portions (large sizes) and excellent hush puppies.
Great choice for Southern dishes and barbecue dishes in a nice, casual setting.
It was very quiet not a lot of people th ...
It was very quiet not a lot of people there. But we did have lunch/brunch around 1:30. I did feel like it was a little over priced for a brunch, it was all you want and they had a good selection of both lunch and brunch foods on the buffet but I still feel like it was a little over price. But a great place to eat. I have been there for dinner and feel the dinner menu is worth the price!
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