Driftwood
Driftwood

Driftwood

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.driftwood-dallas.com/
  • Phone: 2149422530x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday: 6;00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, American
  • Executive Chef: Kyle McClelland
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We can cater private events, and coordinate in-home or on-premise dinners.
  • Special Events: We hold special events monthly including featured dinners, wine dinners, guest chefs, neighborhood events, and more!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: N Llewellyn
  • Public Transit: D-Link by DART
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We offer our own parking lot along with street parking in front of the restaurant.
A word from Driftwood
Driftwood has been a successful addition to the collection of establishments in Oak Cliff & the Bishop Arts District for 2 years, earning a 4-star review from the Dallas Morning News.

The menu a journey influenced by Kyle McClelland’s time on the East coast, with a focus on seaonality, quality and accessibility. Oysters include Kushhi and Duxbury with traditional accoutrements, raw selction offering Day Boat Fluke and Hawaiian Tuna. Appitizers include Truffled Snow Crab and Spicer’s Greens. Larger plates lavish with Nova Scotia Halibut and Cervena Venison Chop. Menu offerings are subject to change at any time due to seasonality and availability.

The beverage program the largest collection of premium absinthes in North Texas. Wine service includes an ambitious wine-by-the-glass program that offers 25 new and old world choices.

Driftwood is a part of the Misery Loves Co. hospitality organization.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Driftwood reviews from OpenTable diners
93 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (69)neighborhood gem (54)special occasion (39)romantic (29)hot spot (24)notable wine list (19)good for groups (6)vibrant bar scene (5)great for outdoor dining (5)late-night find (2)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    LOVED every bite of each item we ordered. Beautiful presentation and the taste of the food was fresh with great flavor. For once I can say I have found a restaurant that does not oversalt the food! Service was very good as well and they had a knowledgeable wait staff. They even brought a gourmet complimentary dessert out to my husband for his birthday! I highly recommend Driftwood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best fish ever
    Casstx
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I had the Bass and it was the tastiest piece of fish I have had all year which is really saying something as it's mid October! I will definitely be going back. The only thing I would say is not so great about this place is the limited menu. I am one who believes that small menu's are best as it means that what they do offer is great rather than those massive menu's full of mediocre food but this is just a little bit too small, hence my husband and I only had a main course but it was filling enough not to need an appetiser anyway. Great place, try it out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Experience
    DanL
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    First time at Driftwood. The food and the service was great. I will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You Need To Dine Here
    QuadJVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    From the sincere greeting at the door from Scott Perez the GM to the very knowledgeable and charming server Joshua, you'll find this establishment very inviting, cozy and fun. Oh yes, the food is fantastic, as they have phenomenal seafood and one of the two best pork chops I have every tasted (I still await the one that tops theirs LOL) and you must try a "Mamie Taylor" cocktail...we've been twice in two weeks and have made a reservation again. You wont be disappointed...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Driftwood scores big
    Outstanding
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    If you want great food, I mean really great food this is the place for you. Yes the ambiance is set for a romantic evening, the service was outstanding with just the right temperament, not overbearing and yet attentive. Clean and sophisticated with the touches of a interior designer and themed appropriately. We had the truffled snow crab appetizer which melted in your mouth with great vibrant taste that was multi-layered, yet not overwhelming, then followed up with sharing the skate and Striped Bass. Both had the same chef produced quality as the snow crab. Simply outstanding. Since it was a birthday they brought us complimentary ice cream that undoubtedly was home made. This is a cannot miss experience. Limited but good wine select
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waiter
    Ram1964
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    While the waiter was attentive he was over the top, too intrusive - trying too hard. Nice guy
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    TimmurVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Food was all good. Seafood is their strong point, but non seafood items are not to be missed. Pork chop was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HappyDiner
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Took an out of town guest there, and I think it showed off Dallas beautifully.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BarbWVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Outstanding food and terrific service. Can't wait to go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Just LOVED!!! Wonderful service, fresh high quality fish, delightful experience, perfect portions, would go back again, highly recommend,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Spectacular
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The service was attentive, the food was delicious, and when the kitchen made an error, they corrected promptly and elegantly. I was impressed by the whole dinner service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Donna
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    So disappointing... The food quality has not been the same since the original chef left. Service was equally disappointing. Definitey will no longer recommend this restaurant!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Salty
    SamCVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Had lovely meal overall, small menu choices, nice wine list, food overly salted, lots of cheese featured in menu which for those allergic is problematic Service excellent Prices fair
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect birthday dinner!
    mommydoc
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    My husband, brother in-law, and I went to Driftwood for the first time on a Wednesday night. It was excellent! We had oysters, crab, and paremesan fries to start which we devoured. My husband and I had the halibut, which was phenomenal. However the real showstopper was my BIL's pork chop. I'm not a big meat eater but this hunk of meat was divine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow.
    RrrrVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Food was incredible!! It was very creative and brilliantly put together. Excellent service more than made up for slightly underwhelming atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a Nice Time
    robtex
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We enjoyed our evening at Driftwood and will likely return. The prices are a little high for the quantity of food you receive, but the presentation of each dish is very nice and thoughtful. The menu is very limited and changes often, which can actually make it fun & whimsical. It's a small place both inside and for parking, so I recommend early reservations (6:00 PM). Total cost for dinner for two people with drinks, dessert, and gratuity will run about $125-150.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WOW!
    JD83VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    this place was fantastic. MUST try one of their specialty cocktails! OH MY - the bartender knows what he is doing! Cannot wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal and service
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We had a wonderful meal at Driftwood. The re-do of the interior, especially the new bar is great. The service is very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great place for fresh seafood; the freshest oysters I've had and would come back for just the oysters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable experience!
    Cab1
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Staff was wonderful food was great made for the perfect evening for my wife and me!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, poor service
    CB12VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    My husband & I have been several times because the food is very good. For these prices, however, the service is extremely poor. Either the server is friendly, but knows nearly nothing about the menu (our experience at the bar both times) or the server is knowledgeable, but actively exudes anti-charm. Please, Driftwood, we want to return. Please improve your service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love Driftwood
    RobertBVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Some of the most innovative and creative food in Dallas -- Driftwood is our favorite seafood oriented restaurant. Beware the noise level for any group of more than four - it get's quite loud - but that also gives you a chance to meet your neighbors and share menu recommendations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Understated in the best way
    Jatney
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I went for an early dinner for the first time. It is a small restaurant with a small menu, but they do everything I tried very well! The Hawaiian magi is amazing and the pork chop is huge. Nice cocktails, but nothing too fancy.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    BestinDallas
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Can't wait to go back. Time and time again services is great, but, as always, the food is spectacular@@
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    When we first arrived we realized we would be put at the same table for two that we had requested to moved from on a prior visit! Too Noisy! we waited and were given a much better table. The food was all excellent with the exception that my fish was served cold. All the other dishes were hot. When I complained they promptly prepared another piece of fish which was excellent. The manager then served a complimentary dessert with champagne. Great customer service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding anniversary dinner
    EatingThruDFW
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at Driftwood recently. The food was fantastic. We started with an assortment of raw oysters which were incredibly fresh. We followed that by splitting an heirloom tomato salad which was equally good. That was followed by entrees of skate and salmon which did not disappoint. Both were nicely seasoned and presented. Intense pieces of chocolate cake combined with caramel and popcorn ice cream were a great finish. Having read a few reviews complaining about long waits, slow service and less than friendly wait staff, I wasn't sure what to expect, but we experienced none of that. We were seated immediately. Dinner was well paced. And our server was friendly and helpful. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed
    rcdallas
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had An 815P Reservation. By 845P, They Finally Offered Us A Seat On The Patio. Marginal Entrées Arrived At 10p. To His credit, the manager tried to compensate by offering a credit on our bill.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food and service were terrific but.
    lisalankVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    If you don't want to have a conversation or hear a conversation this is the restaurant for you. They need to add something to the room to help absorb the noise. It was so noisy we could barely have a conversation with the person next to us at the table. But please know that the food and service were terrific!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Intimate Seafood Dining
    Chicagokid1971
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Driftwood is a terrific option for seafood in Dallas. The Oak Cliff locale fits the vibe perfectly and the preparation of the seafood and the inventive side dishes, along with a solid wine selection makes this a place to come back to often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Innovative seafood
    yoordadVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Driftwood was an unexpected find. I have not have this kind of innvoative sefood ever in Texas. Not a single item failed to suprise. Service was laid back but helpful. My only negative would be it is pricey - much pricier than you would expect. for special occasion though you cannot go wrong here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GreggVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This was our second time dining at the rest. Food was very good but on this evening the kitchen was extremely slow, so slow that our server felt compelled to bring us two salads as we waited for our entrees. While that is always a nice gesture it does ruin your appetite as it fills you up unnecessarily. Hoping they work out the kinks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Funky space, very loud
    DallasfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Such a cool space that you want to love this place. But the entrees were about $10 more each than was worth it. It was so loud that we couldn't hear each other talk and that ruined the night.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food, great atmosphere
    RichVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I've now eaten at driftwood on 4 occasions and it has never disappointed. The menu changes regularly, which is fun. The seafood is unbelievable, regardless of what you get. I, nor anyone I've taken there, has been anything but impressed by the food. It is on the pricier side. Expect to pay $30-60 per person for food and $50+ for a bottle of wine. The atmosphere is low key, naturally bright, and airy, despite being a fairly small restaurant. Overall, this is one of my new favorites in Dallas and I'd highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good but pricey
    jandt
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Offers unusual combo of dishes; quality is good to very good but expensive. As with most restaurants today, the noise level is high.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent dinner
    Mirrorball
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We went to Driftwood for dinner. Everything was beautifully cooked and seasoned.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A bit hit and miss for us
    WRR218
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We almost didn't go back because of how loud it was the first time. A friend spoke highly of the new (to us) chef so we went back. It's still so loud that it's hard to enjoy a meal there. That said, the food overall was very good. We tried three different oysters which really confused the wait staff as to which were which - I still don't know which one I liked. The beet salad with goat cheese was excellent. I would recommend it even for people who might not normally like beets. My kanpachi was good but the excellent fish was overpowered by the accompaniments. The striped bass chowder was very good but a little dry. Ditto for my halibut - it was overcooked. Other reviews said the portions were small but for us they were appropriate
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a gem of a place
    tony
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    this place as been in oakcliff for about 2yrs and we tried it when I first opened and hear it changed owners and we wanted to see if still as good as before and it is and will be back again. the new owner was present and told us about his previous place he managed and his is good and friendly and good with food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful dining experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    First time to visit this wonderful restaurant. Food was great. Service was great. Will be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slooooooow service
    Looovefood
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food was good as always but I don't know if it's worth it. We were seated 45 minutes later than our reservation, we ordered as soon as we sat down. About 15 minutes later we got our starters and then had to wait 45 minutes for our entrees. when we got there it was full but 1.5 hrs later when we got our food there were only about 2 or 3 other tables. They did give us complimentary dessert that was delicious, but it was too little and waaaay too late.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Incredibly delicious, but LOUD
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Some of the best sea bass and skatewing I've ever had in Dallas. Too bad I'll never go back. We had reservations at 7:00 and were seated shortly before 8:00. The waiter was inattentive and arrogant. He claimed all portions were incredibly small (described the small plates as 3-5 bites), which was totally false. Obviously a ploy to convince us to order more and create an even pricier dinner. And, the noise level was some of the worst I've ever encountered. Our party of three could NOT have a conversation. Perhaps I'll get that sea bass to go next time……if there is a next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic