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
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!
Love the decor, great ambiance, wonderfu ...
Love the decor, great ambiance, wonderful staff and delicious food. This was our first visit and it was our daughters 21st birthday. We had a great time and the menu worked for everyone.
We were given complimentary donuts/sauces for my daughter which was adorable. I loved the presentation for every food item we received, pleasing to the eye and so creative.
The food was excellent. We had the chedd ...
The food was excellent. We had the cheddar biscuits and pimento cheese to start and both we absolutely delicious. The biscuits were tender and warm and the bacon jam was amazing. For the entrees we had the smoked meatloaf and sausage stuffed pork loin. Both were different, but in a good way. We would definitely try this place again.
The truth is....I am not a fan of Driftw ...
The truth is....I am not a fan of Driftwood and I will probably never go back. I went with a friend and we chose this restaurant because we have never been before. I ordered a small plate called the "shrimp stuffed poblano pepper" for 9.95 and my friend ordered the "smoked and grilled meatloaf" for 11.95. There was no bread offered nor crackers or anything else to munch on before our entrees arrived. When our entrees came I really thought I had gotten the wrong small plate, but the server reassured me that it was exactly what I ordered. It was basically a bowl of thick soup and if there were any shrimp in it I couldn't see or taste them. They gave me no spoon either so I ate it with my fork which was doable. My friend got a 1" slice of meatloaf, 4 oz. of mashed potatoes and a small bowl of green beans that she said were not cooked completely. However, she liked the rest of her food and I also liked my "soup" though we were still a bit hungry when we left. What we didn't like was the high price for what you got. To pay almost $10 for a bowl of soup is way too much and my friend thought paying almost $12 for what little food she got was awful. So we went, we tried it and we have decided to not go back. There are many other restaurants in Raleigh that will give you more bang for your buck. So long Driftwood....
After reading the reviews, I was very ex ...
After reading the reviews, I was very excited to try this place. However, after dining there last night, I'm in no rush to return. The restaurant has an industrial feel to it (think inner city loft) with a bright bar area, which is always a plus. It is pretty loud and hard to carry on a conversation. The server was very good. The food was okay. We had the oyster shots (watermelon gazpacho and vodka)--they were nothing to write home about. The fried green tomatoes were average. My friend's brisket was tender but the taste was lacking. The mac and cheese tasted like Velveeta shells and cheese from the box. The collards just lacked flavor. I had the chicken fried chicken with sausage gravy and mashed potatoes. I have to admit, it was pretty good. My friend agreed that it was probably the best tasting thing we had on the table. That and the bourbon pecan pie were both yummy. The strawberry and champagne drinks tasted okay but they were probably the weakest alcoholic drinks I've ever had. Overall, not worth the hundred dollars we paid for dinner. I wouldn't mind having the chicken fried chicken again but, again, no rush. I have to say that I'm a harsh critic of southern food because I was born and raised on it. This food tried hard but it just lacked authentic flavor.
Excellent service, chicken wings were am ...
Excellent service, chicken wings were amazing - perfect combination of sweet and spicy. The donuts for dessert were warm and really good as well - could've eaten a whole order myself with that delicious caramel sauce
Overall, very good place to dine. Food w ...
Overall, very good place to dine. Food was really good, service was also great. A little noisy but not too bad. Wish they would have read my special note when I booked about it being my boyfriend's Birthday and potentially giving a free dessert. No one mentioned it and thankfully we were too full but would have been nicer if they read my note and sang for him or gave him free dessert. No biggie. Would still recommend to a friend.
By design the restaurant is going to be ...
By design the restaurant is going to be loud. High ceilings, concrete floor, no real insulation and very open floor plan.
The food is quite average. The price was fair given the volume of the food. We mostly had fried chicken, brisket, philly cheese steak sandwich. One of us had the lobster roll, which I would probably not recommend given that it is not really fresh lobster meat and is mixed into a "dressing" of sort. The fried chicken is a hefty portion, quite good, but definitely on the greasy side.
Service was very good. Our server was attentive, polite and always available.
The food was excellent. Our server made ...
The food was excellent. Our server made some great recommendations. The pimento cheese board was a great starter, not to filling. The portions were a perfect size. The show stopper was the cinnamon sugar donuts! Oh they were amazing. We also had the strawberry shortcake which was outstanding. I will return for more!
We were seated about an hour before the ...
We were seated about an hour before the Sunday buffet was set to close. Our server seemed more interested in bussing a large table that just left, closing checks, doing sidework and going home than waiting on us, her last and only table. We had to ask repeatedly for drink refills (the food was very salty!). She did not remove our empty plates. We had to ask a host to go in the kitchen to tell our server we needed our check, then asked the same host to get her out of the kitchen again to run our credit card. Other servers passed with pitchers of tea and water and completely ignored our empty glasses, so obviously no team work. When we left, not one person said goodbye, thank you, come again. Very unprofessional and disappointing. Will never return.
This was our first dining experience at ...
This was our first dining experience at Driftwood and it was one to remember. The food was decadent, not laden with fat, but filling, fresh ingredients. From the crackling, to the cheddar biscuits, and down to the Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Chip Pie...the food was amazing. We are already planning a return visit- it would be worth the drive from Southwest Durham for us.
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.
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