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/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
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.
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.
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