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, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
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
Had the Sunday Brunch. Great selection ...
Had the Sunday Brunch. Great selection of breakfast foods as well as lunch items. The cheddar biscuits are awesome with the sausage gravy. The stuffed pork tenderloin was melt in your mouth tender, moist and very tasty. Was not a big fan of the Latin themed music playing. A little too loud for a Sunday brunch and didn't seem to fit the 'Southern' theme. Overall, though, great meal and looking forward to trying out the dinner menu soon.
I had been to Driftwood for lunch a whil ...
I had been to Driftwood for lunch a while back and was not impressed. So glad I gave it another chance. We went for dinner and we were all extremely pleased with our meals. Also had a wonderful server. I will definitely go back again!
My experience at Driftwood was fine but ...
My experience at Driftwood was fine but not outstanding. The service was okay overall. Our entrees did come out before we were done with our appetizer which was annoying. That is a sign of poor service in my opinion. The fried green tomatoes were tasty. I had the lobster roll for my entree. It was totally edible, but I am not eager to eat it again. The roll that the lobster was on was very good, and there was quite a bit of lobster on the roll. My friend had the risotto for dinner and said that it was only okay, because it was still a bit tough. For dessert, we split the chocolate pecan pie which I would not get again. The crust wasn't flaky at all, and the pie didn't excite me. My watermelon Mojito was once again okay, but it really could have used more alcohol. I probably wouldn't suggest dining at Driftwood, but it was fine enough that I would go again if someone else suggested going there.
The atmosphere is great! (Think HGTV Fix ...
The atmosphere is great! (Think HGTV Fixer Upper style decor) but the food is not impressive. Their pork is extremely salty to the point of being inedible, and their "St Louis style" ribs are not St. Louis style at all. Food is served on a wooden cutting board which is not sanitary as you cannot keep that clean over time.
I was introduced to Driftwood Southern K ...
I was introduced to Driftwood Southern Kitchen by two close friends and I was happy to be aware of such a wonderful buffet selection for a Sunday brunch. The only thing I would ask, as someone with Celiac Disease, is that each dish is labeled with ingredients so people who have to eat Gluten Free can know what is safe.
A tasty and slightly different twist on ...
A tasty and slightly different twist on Southern-style cuisine. Even though what our party ordered was solidly in the "comfort food" category, the departure from the ordinary for the selections ordered really worked to make the occasion delicious and interesting. We will be returning, for sure!
The best thing I can say about Driftwood ...
The best thing I can say about Driftwood is that is wildly inconsistent. We've eaten here at least a half-dozen times, and we really were hoping that it would find its groove, but I'm afraid we are done. Service and quality and taste of food are all over the place. Our latest meal was borderline inedible. One thing that I have found to be consistent-- attitude at host stand: surly and condescending. Won't be back.
We have been to Driftwood before for reg ...
We have been to Driftwood before for regular dining and were very pleased so we were excited by the Father's Day brunch buffet. It was quite disappointing. Limited food choices with empty food trays, area around the trays was not cleaned of dropped food, dessert was a couple of cookies and canolies which tasted like they were right out of the box. Did not live up to the advertisement and cost.
Southern food with a twist
This place was a nice find. The menu is full of classic southern dishes, but with a twist. We had the Angry Tater Tots as an appetizer and they were delicious. I had the Risotto and my husband had the chicken sandwich. Both were delicious. We also shared the macaroni and cheese and collards as sides. They were both outstanding. This is a great place to dine and in a great location. Outdoor seating is available as well. We will definitely return.
Mother's Day Brunch Review
Food was good however not overturned quickly so had to return to the line often to see if food was available. Was told Fried Chicken was on the buffet but what was actually served was smoked grill chicken thighs which was disappointing.
I had a group of 12 for Sunday brunch an ...
I had a group of 12 for Sunday brunch and we all left so happy and raving about the food. Their brunch is absolutely delicious. All I can say is waffle bar and cheesy hash browns. We had 2 kids in our group and it was very accommodating. They sat us in a private area as requested and service was great. I loved the cute coffee set up. I know my husband and myself will make this a place we frequent on Sunday's for sure.
Great N. Raleigh spot
Fun menu and solid food. Have gone several times and consistently good! Only drawback is people in N. Raleigh need to get out more during the week as we have been there twice on a weeknight (Wed & Thurs) and ended up closing the place by 9:30! Fortunately Friday and Sat it's much better with a later crowd. Keep up the good work Driftwood!
Great Dinner in a great setting
First time here and the food was fantastic from start to finish. Had the sampler and everything on it was outstanding! Brussel Sprouts were on point! A lot of food, but worth it to take home for that late night snack. Great atmosphere and big open kitchen. Will be back!
Took my mom here for her birthday dinner and we had an excellent dinner. Our server was friendly and engaging and the food was awesome. Each plate was clean & my mother remarked at how delicious the food was. An perfect selection for my mom's special dinner!
Went for brunch
The place has a nice rustic design, and the staff was friendly. There were no explanation from the hostess who seated us about how the buffet and was conducted, since it was our first time there, so we just got up and went to where the crowd was. The food was good but I would have liked to see some labels in front of the food since some things that were there wasn't self explanatory.
We went to Driftwood for Brunch to celebrate my son's First Communion. Overall, it was a good experience. The food quality was excellent. The angry tots, mac & cheese, and the biscuits are all top notch, and the bacon was also very good. The fresh berries were also a nice touch. I can't say enough about the boneless fried chicken - even my daughter enjoyed it. The service was pretty friendly, although a little slow. In full disclosure, I recently moved from the north and find most restaurants down here slow.
The only downside I saw was the selection was fairly limited based on other brunches I have tried. For $16.95 for adults, and $9.95 for children, I would have expected more.
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