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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. and Honeycutt Road
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
On site parking in private lot, underground parking garage, and street parking
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/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
Always enjoy Driftwood. I bring out of town guests to experience some southern cuisine. I order the pimento cheese plate with hot pepper jelly and fired green tomatoes.
They have E. Carolina BBQ which I tell people is local food, but I always order the pork meat loaf. Good local draft beer selection
Good eats on the Sunday Buffet side. This is my second brunch here and I would have to say the food could be hit or miss sometimes. The goto for me always is the French Toast, Mac and cheese, Salad,Ribs, Shrimp and Grits and Mimosas some of these items very depending on the Sunday.
Sunday Brunch hit the mark for me and my diet which allows me to have one cheat day a week. This is a great place to get a diet cheat day kicked off. If you are bent on eating healthy then the Sunday Brunch is not likely for you.
The French Toast was the best I've ever had and only tried it based on other reviews I'd seen. It did not disappoint and was able to kick it up a notch with a good dollop of whip cream along with a mixed berry topping. Yum! My wife liked the waffles. We tried a little of most everything and it was all very tasty. This will definitely be one of my favorite cheat day venues in the future.
This was an interesting experience. The food was southern with a heavy hand on what the chef thought were southern prerequisites: grease and salt. One thing that disturbed us was the amount of salt in the dishes. I had to return the collard greens because they were inedible. The corn side dish was much better although it had lots of bacon, hence greasy. The fried chicken is very tasty, although a bit salty - just glad I asked for the gravy to be withheld. My husband liked his oysters with a light breading and his farro salad. I tasted the salad and agree it is probably one of the best dishes on the menu. Cracklings are served as the nibble prior to dinner, an interesting twist. I would recommend this restaurant to some of my southern foodie friends only to get their response.
Second time visit and both times were great. I've tried the chicken sandwich & the catfish, chicken on the first visit was great, catfish needed more seasoning but combined with the sweet potato & plantain was good. My partner had the oyster BLT and said that was great. Mac and cheese would have been better if seasoned (salt). Waitress was great and helpful. She recommended the Friday drink special and it was great. Oh the fried green tomatoes were good also. The price surprised me on my first visit but it's not to bad for such a small choice selection. I would definitely visit back with friends, especially to introduce them to something new.
We went to Driftwood for my birthday. The menu was great...I had a really difficult time choosing between a few of the entrees. I eventually decided on the small plate Shrimp and Grits, and I was very pleased with my choice!
The restaurant is beautiful, and the waitress was pleasant. We will definitely be back to try a few other things.
Driftwood offers delicious, creative upscale Southern fare. The lavendar martini was divine and you can't beat 1/2 off wine on Thursday nights! My picky son devoured his Chicken Fried Chicken and my daughter loved the ribs with housemade mac and cheese. Start with the cheddar biscuits and finish with the doughnuts!
The food was generally very tasty (skip the greasy, deep-fried French toast!), the ambiance was perfect, and our server was absolutely amazing. Unfortunately, the staff in the kitchen and those resupplying the brunch buffet were a completely different matter. Serving dishes were constantly empty and clean bowls and spoons were often hard to come by, even an hour or longer before brunch service ended. When i couldn't get anyone's attention in the open kitchen, I asked one server walking by, if she would please ask to have an item replenished. Just after I asked, a man (possibly a manager?) stopped her and very begrudgingly filled it, not making eye contact or engaging me in any way, like I had horribly imposed on him or something. It was bizarre and completely threw off the whole experience. Honestly, if not for the great server and yummy food (when it was there), I probably wouldn't consider returning. Hopefully, it was just an off day, but it did add a sour note to an otherwise fun morning.
Locally sourced (mainly) food spot with a nice menu of meat, veggie and fish options. All of us had fish and the Mahi blackened was very tasty but a bit overcooked. It came with a cold corn, sprout type salad below it which was also flavorful. The sprouts are a bit tough to eat with the stems. The side dish of local collards really stole the evening with bold southern flavor.
Fair but higher prices, very attentive service from Bri and a fun, people watching prime spot in Lafayette Village.
Side note - the Sunday brunch is top shelf, pricey but excellent!
We had a great time!
The food was good, some of it very good. The short ribs & the sausage gravy was great, fried green tomatoes were the fave of our appetisers. I thought the collards were a little salty. My friend didn't like the apple cobbler, she was expecting a crust. I thought it was good , but really - ultra sweet!
Food was mediocre. Had the chickens and dumplings(should have been advertised as a soup instead) did not taste good at all. Also had the dw burger which tasted great. Had order Farro salad instead of house chips, was brought chips. The salad was ok but not the greatest. Would not recommend to a friend.
My wife and I were looking for a new place to try and just looked up some restaurants in Raleigh. Upon arriving we were definitely impressed with the scenery and the layout of Driftwood. The staff was friendly the whole time and our waitress Fawn was excellent. We will definitely be going back.
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