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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.
Raleigh, NC 27613
Southern, Comfort Food, American
Hours of Operation:
Monday- Thursday: 11:00am-9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:00am-10:00pm
Sunday Brunch Buffet: 10:00am-2:00pm
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, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, 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
Driftwood never ceases to impress! My girlfriend and I have eaten here several times for Sunday Brunch and dinner through the week. This time, one of my close childhood friends and I took some of his family for Sunday brunch. They all had rave reviews for the quality service and amazing buffet!
Both of our entrees were excellent - my husband ordered the short ribs and I ordered the chicken & dumplings. We also ordered a side of brussel sprouts, which were tossed in a delicious pecan vinaigrette, and there were plenty for us to share! Loved everything, even the complimentary house-made pork skins!
This is our second time going here and sharing the plate-o-meat. We shared a main disk and got a couple sides and an app. That was the way to go as the plate-o-meat defiantly fed two people. It was delicious. Our little one had a burger and ate it all. They don't have ranch though. They have this ranch-like sauce that tastes like dill. I know they are trying to be cool, but kids like ranch. Other than that it was great and we liked walking around to all the shops before and after dinner. We will probably go back for a 3rd visit in a few months.
Wow, was this place a disappointment! I had heard good things--including from my wife, with whom my restaurant tastes usually align--and was looking forward to a Valentine's Day dinner with a large group of friends.
The baby kale salad I had was very good, but the salmon I had for a main course was bland and dry.
Worst of all was the service. We had a waiter who seemed very inexperienced and would disappear for extended periods. At least 30 minutes elapsed between when I finished my main course and the dirty dishes were retrieved.
I don't expect to return.
I have been to Driftwood twice. Both times I found the food to be excellent and the service lacking. If the service was better I would go more often. I think they are understaffed.
I also think the decor could be improved, it is inconsistent with the idea of the food and the name of the restaurant.
I want to like the place, the food is good and the location is good ( but difficult to find parking) . I will be reluctant to return though because of the poor service.
The restaurant was very delightful. It had an open atmosphere and the food was very chow. I had the Chicken Fried Chicken and my wife had the ribs. The servings were extremely generous. I appreciated that our waitress allowed me to substitute white meat chicken for the dark meat which they currently use to prepare their chicken. It was vibrant but not romantic.
Driftwood Southern Kitchen had the charm of southern appeal with a modern/contemporary take on decor. The food selection was amazing and has your typical southern dishes on every part of the menu. I would say the price for the quality of the food is very fair and the ambiance of being in Lafayette Village also provides a great atmosphere.
Overall the experience here was a good one. The southern cuisine is exactly what you'd expect to find except for the Farro Risotto. The blackened catfish was excellent as was the pairing with the sweet potato hash and plantains. Portions were more than adequate for dinner and the service was excellent. I would recommend it and look forward to see how they do with other southern, smoked favorites like pork and ribs.
It was Valentine's weekend so we could only get a 5PM reservation when we tried last minute, but that worked out okay. It was not crowded nor noisy then and we were able to have a great visit with old friends while our meal was prepared and served. Although my brisket was not very hot, it was quite good. Our friends had the chicken fried chicken and the BBQ ribs and both loved them and said they'd definitely order them again. Service was terrific. Friendly yet not intrusive. We'll be back.
The food was very good, but we had a couple of issues. First, due to an error somewhere, my husband's entree came as the rest of us were more than half done with ours. The waitperson laughed it off and the restaurant made no move to make amends for the their mistake, where other restaurants we frequent would have done something (e.g.a manager apology, reduced price, free wine, etc.). The second issue was the price of a glass of wine. No wine menu was provided (we should have asked) so we relied on the waitperson's recommendation - all were $11.50 a glass! So the food was a good value for the quality; the wine was not. The food will bring us back, but next time we'll dig deeper into drink pricing.
Third time at the restaurant. Food has always been good. Wait staff and timing of food delivery has been awkward and very out of sync
Drinks arrived 15 minutes after ordering...then the appetizer came....and before we even finished enjoying them the entrees arrived
Best advice to enjoy your meal...don't order all at once
Final comment...food is always good
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