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
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
It was our first time eating here and I ...
It was our first time eating here and I was bringing my twins who turned 20 that day and 4 other adults to help us celebrate so we needed a big table and a good selection of hearty meals (meat)! My guys all loved their giant plates of ribs and brisket and my daughter and I loved our salads and fish. Basically they have something for everyone and the flavor was amazing!
This was my first visit. I asked for a q ...
This was my first visit. I asked for a quiet table because one member of our party is hearing impaired. The restaurant seated us at a quiet corner table. Our server, Fawn, was helpful and informative. The food was delicious! We'll definitely go back!
Holiday dinner with family. Our server ...
Holiday dinner with family. Our server was awesome. The food was delicious and portions were enough that we ended up taking home some food.
The meat platter was a hit with the carnivores and even filled them up to where they had take home boxes.
I highly recommend Driftwood.
Driftwood Southern Kitchen is one of our ...
Driftwood Southern Kitchen is one of our favorites! This was the third Christmas Eve we have spent together there. We have never been disappointed. And did I say the brisket is to die for? Everything served was fresh, quickly brought, and the cocktails are unique and tasty. Celebrate your next occasion at Driftwood!
First visit on 12/23. Had a reservation ...
First visit on 12/23. Had a reservation and was seated promptly. Nice varied menu. Good choice of full dinners and sandwiches. Limited but ok beer and wine selection. Specialty is Southern "comfort" foods. Wife had the half portion of the ribs. Very good and plenty for anyone but the biggest appetite. I had the braised beef short ribs on top of cheese grits with onion rings on the side. Excellent and again plenty of food. Our server was great.
I will definitely go back.
Only knock is parking is tight near the entrance but I noticed a parking garage on my walk in that I'll. Try next time.
Appetizers are amazing, the hush puppie ...
Appetizers are amazing, the hush puppies are a must!!!
Food is great, Waite staff helpful and friendly. Not good for anyone in a hurry, not to say the service is slow....merely paced to offer time to enjoy the food and company.
LOVED the pork rinds on the table! My co ...
LOVED the pork rinds on the table! My cocktail and dinner (shrimp and grits) were excellent. The service was spot on, but it was a slow night for them. I could see how the restaurant could get noisy if busy, but the food would be worth it.
We celebrated a family birthday there an ...
We celebrated a family birthday there and had a great evening. The food was very good...the chef is very creative. We had one of the best waiters we have ever had anywhere! She went above and beyond and did everything possible to make our experience special. Love the eclectic ambiance there.
Enjoyed the experience. Although the foo ...
Enjoyed the experience. Although the food was very good, the cocktails were not. My husband ordered a vodka tonic and they brought a vodka and club soda. It was returned but then the tonic water tasted flat. I had a margarita which tasted like it was made from a cheap grocery store mix. I would definitely recommend the restaurant for it's food and atmosphere but would say to stick with beer or wine.
This was our first time at Driftwood Sou ...
This was our first time at Driftwood Southern Kitchen. The food was delicious! I had the ribs with mac & cheese and it was really good. For dessert I had the chocolate pecan pie with a side scoop of the bourbon burnt sugar ice cream. The pie was really good, although it didn't taste chocolatey to me at all and the ice cream was also really good! My husband had the catfish and he said it was really good! They didn't bread the fish but it had crispy edges; which he really liked. It came with a plantain and sweet potato mash that he really enjoyed. For dessert he had a peanut butter pie; which he loved!
My only feedback would be this: when making reservations I noted that we were celebrating our 18th anniversary and the restaurant didn't even acknowledge it. And the service was very, very slow! We went on a Monday evening and there were only about 5 tables with customers seated, yet our server seemed busy doing other things and was not very attentive to our table. She was very nice and helpful with the menu, though.
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.
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