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Driftwood
Driftwood

Driftwood Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.driftwood-dallas.com
  • Phone: (214) 942-2530
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • 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 & Promotions: 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "First time to visit this wonderful restaurant. Food was great. Service was great. Will be returning."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My boss had been raving about Driftwood for months. So I was excited to try it. At the last minute, my boss told me that the chef had changed, but I didn't think that would drastically affect the food quality. Wrong! I ordered a salad and a scallop appetizer. I had to send the appetizer back. The scalops were drowning in some cream sauce and served on top of a shell that had about 1/4 inch of sea salt in it. Horrible! They did not charge me for this dish. My dining companion had an entree that she liked but the portion was very small considering how $$$ the entree's were. The atmosphere was cute but the waiter was either stressed or just didn't have a personality. Overall, it was a disappointing experience."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Service was excellent; however, he was soaked with sweat-space was cramped and stuffy. My entree came out incorrectly-I requested no dairy on a fish entree. The "fixed" piece returned to the table in 5-7 minutes?- and was raw in the center. The manager was nice about it and removed the fish from our bill. The by the glass wine menu has several unrecognizable brands which I find usually equals lower quality wine at high prices. The noise level was LOUD; we felt like we were yelling at each other. Eating at the restaurant was almost stressful-waiters, servers, people buzzing all over the place non stop-filling water, asking if we're doing ok etc. Fine line between good service and over attention. very disappointed."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Delicious restaurant with excellent seafood selections. If you are not in the mood for seafood there are other options. My husband had venison that was fantastic. Our server was very friendly and offered many helpful suggestions. Looking forward to returning soon!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Oysters, raw dishes and small plates all were good but the entrees fell flat. Skatewing was bland and Venision was overcooked. Server seemed a bit rushed and didn't take the extra time that the best ones deliver."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Very much enjoyed the flavors and uniqueness of the menu."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The venison came out cold. Took the waiter a while to bring our drinks. I will maybe go back. I did like the atmosphere though."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "When telling friends we had a Driftwood reservation, we heard "oh, we haven't been since the new chef arrived, tell us what you think of the new guy!" We were able to tell everyone that the new chef was extremely personable with his patrons, creative with his offerings, and knocked it out of the park with our two selections. Better yet, the vegetable selections were just as tasty, especially considering my family's 2014 goal to get healthy, and many times the veggies are just an accompanying side show to the main course. Not here, thankfully! Cheers to others checking out (or coming back to) this Bishop Arts District gem!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I'm from Japan. My family and I love sea foods. I have to say Driftwood for foodies. Including appetizers and a dessert we ordered 10 plats. My favorite were Oysters, Kanpachi with pickled white vegetables, crispy scallops and Halibut. They are very excellent. Lobster was little chewy, crabs dish was little salty for me but not for my husband and daughter. Our server Joshua was very friendly and nice!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We love the food, presentation, and service, but it is a bit noisy. Great for two or four, but any more and you'll never hear what all are saying."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Our meals was good, but the cost for small plates and entrees was way over priced. The wait staff are sloppily dressed, the noise level is high and the ambience is more like a café. For less money, bigger portions, better presentation and equally or better tasting food I would go to Eddie V's."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "One of the best dining experiences I have had in years! Incredible food- fresh, light, flavorful and beautifully presented. Our server was knowledgable and personable and made excellent recommendations on food and wine. I cannot recommend it enough- I already have plans to take my father next month!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Went on a first date, Scott was AMAZING. Friendly, inviting, and squeezed us into the bar (also captured the attention of the bartender for us). Even better, he found us a table before our reservations, so that was super nice. Food was remarkable, service was impeccable, and will be back again (and again!)"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Quiet, character restaurant with friendly, attentive service! Food portions were generous and absolutely delicious!! Had a fabulous beet and goat cheese salad with a subtle citrus sauce! Loved my entree: skate!! And added truffle Parmesan fries to died for! Unfortunately I'm 7 months pregnant so I didn't get to try the oyesters, raw choices or wine list:( But that gives me a reason to go back!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Apparently the exec chef left a couple of months ago and took some of the signature dishes with him. The waiter's excuse was that their menu changes seasonally, but I know for a fact that there were some items (tuna tower with avocado) that was always on the menu. Their wine list is good if you are looking for "cheaper" wines. I don't think there was anything more than $100. Unfortunately, the guys I was with are big wine guys and wanted something more. Finally, the waiter seemed unclear about some details about the items on the menu. In any event, if you went here 3 months ago, good job, you caught it at it's peak. I hope they can turn it around, but until they do, I don't believe I will return."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The food was good and I considered it to be unique. I would go back again. The service was very slow this night and the food took quite some time to come out. Surprising considering some of it was raw - oysters. I like it because the menu changes and doesn't get boring. Very unique and eclectic neighborhood that isn't stereotypical of a big city. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I loved the decor and with the food to elevate! It is a quaint find, with an explosive menu. I look forward to coming back! All the best to you."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Noisy and loud, to the point of screaming to talk to the person across the table. They need some acoustic control. Service, in one word...slow. In several words, what a waste of my time. Food was good but CLEARLY not worthy of the pricing. It's on our never again list."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Went to Driftwood for our anniversary. Overall experience was pleasant. Enjoyed the food. Our server was warm, attentive, and helpful. We would definitely go there again. The decor was nice, bright, giving the place a bright and open ambiance. The only thing negative to say was that the layout may not be as conducive to private/romantic dining. Big table with big group in the middle of restaurant seemed to absorb much of the otherwise cool and pleasing ambiance. Overall, the experience was good. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "went with 6 people - 4 ordered fish and it was excellent - 2 ordered lamb - they said it was tough and not all that good. sides were great - salads were also awesome. good service. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The food here was very flavorful and delicious and the service was great. I will say, the ambience was more on the elegant side than I had anticipated from a review I had read about it beforehand. I don't think I was necessarily underdressed with nice blue jeans with dress shirt and shoes, but I wouldn't have wanted to go any more casual than that. Wearing dress slacks feels like it would have fit the vibe more, tho it is definitely not overly-formal or stuffy."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Fantastic service, fantastic food, who could ask for anything more. It's so hard to cook seafood correctly, this place does it with success! Nice job."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "My restaurant adventure at Driftwood started with a warm welcome by Ryan the bartender who was a mixologist and performed his magic creating some fabulous classic cocktails for my friends and me. The ambiance is small, but very classy and friendly. Our waiter was a pro and guided us through the seasonal menu of delightful dishes to make any foodie happy. We started with a few sides of garlic truffle fries, Brussels sprouts, and beat salad - all were delicious. Our main courses included the tile fish with fern fronds and trumpet mushrooms, scallops with bacon, and the vegetarian medley. It was such a pleasant experience and we will surely be back often."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "This is a quiet, casual place. I was with two other people. They started by ordering cocktails and I had wine. The server was knowledgeable about everything (food, drinks, etc.). The people I was with loved their cocktails. We ordered three raw options, a small plate and three large plates. We shared one dessert. Everything was delicious - we all loved everything we ordered. The service was excellent. We were the last to leave that evening and never felt rushed. The entire experience was fun and perfect. We all said we would definitely come back."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Driftwood is an awesome foodie place. The meal was out of this world, the cocktails are to die-for. Just go!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "I took my husband, son and daughter-in-law with baby son. It was the hubby's birthday dinner. The food was so weird and frankly unattractive, that the experience was lost on me. The price was really high. Including tip I spent $100.00 per adult. I won't be going back, but foodies might enjoy it."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I'd heard great things about this restaurant, but it did not live up to the hype. The food took literally an hour to get to the table, one person's fish entree was cold, another person's lobster was overcooked and had to be sent back, but the food that was hot and not overcooked was pretty good. If there were more employees in the kitchen and less milling around the floor maybe the food would come out in a timely manner and well-cooked. Also, the prices were ridiculous for the service/quality. The only positive was the nice man refilling the water, he was very attentive and did a great job. I will not be going back and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who enjoys food."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We went here as a relatively last minute decision based on who had a reservation available in the area we were wanted to have dinner in when we were done doing the bluebonnet trail. We are so glad we went here. The food was exceptional as was th service. I will definitely be going back again and will gladly make the drive to do it! "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "My husband and I went to Driftwood for our anniversary. We tried some things we had never eaten before and, all in all, it was a good experience. I had the Alaskan Halibut, which was very tasty, and my hubby had the Wagyu steak, which he didn't find to be that impressive. Our favorite part of the meal was a side of truffle and garlic fries. They were fantastic! In our opinion, portion sizes were not what we were expecting for the price. We agreed that we both enjoyed it, but aren't sure we would go back simply because we've had just as good food for less at other restaurants. I wouldn't recommend going on a first date there because it's a little loud, but it is a good place for a night out. Worth trying."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The exterior and interior of the restaurant held the promise of a great meal, but the simplicity of the decor was no match for the unnecessarily complex plates we were served. We tried all the small plate offerings plus a few other items. Each plate we were served had more layers than the next. Everything looked beautiful, but unfortunately the combination of favors never gelled. There was one ingredient that seem to hijack each plate: yellowtail lost in tart citrus, scallops drowning in salt, octopus burnt by recognition (understand supposed to be charred but could not taste anything but charcoal), cauliflower oily, etc. A lesson in in less is more would serve this restaurant well. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "I knew our meal at Driftwood would be excellent going in. The halibut was more delicious than I could have imagined, cooked to perfection, sitting on a white sauce made of celery root among other things that was delectable. The beet salad was wonderful also. Plating of the food was like a work of art. I left wanting to return immediately to enjoy the same meal again."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This place is awesome. The food was amazing, the waitstaff were wonderful. The portions are small but we had plenty to eat. Great drink slecetion that had just changed for the spring. This is a a keeper on our list of favs."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Chef Kyle did not disappoint! Welcome back! We previewed some of the new menu items and they were stellar. The Beet and Radish salad was as tasty as it was beautiful. Scallops were seared to perfection and followed by Trout with crispy scallions and artichoke which was magnificent. Can't wait to taste all the new and improved menu items!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Driftwood dares to be different. Fact of life: different is not always better. Nice to have a restaurant that tries, dares even, to be different. We liked everything we tried, but some dishes were not notable, not exceptional, so too, some of the combinations do not exceed the sum of the parts. Highly recommend Brussels sprouts with kimchi bacon, mint, scallion -- hard to believe recommending brussels sprouts at a seafood restaurant -- these were no longer brussels sprouts, they were elevated to extraordinary. Chargrilled octopus was good but not as good as available from street vendors in Bangkok. Red snapper with fiddlehead ferns was good; first time for fiddlehead ferns: very interesting, special treat, will look for them again."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Can't get enough of this place. The oysters are amazing."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Have been to Driftwood many times altho' it's been a year since our last visit. This was not the fabulous treat it has been. Had an 8:30 reservation but did not get seated until after 9:00. Our waiter was competent but not more. There was a long wait between the appetizer & main course and the main courses had cooled off by the time we got them. I had mussels but had to eat them with a dinner fork . Food was good but not stellar. The scallop ceviche was slices dressed with sauce-odd. The mussels, an evening special, we're mediocre-they were not hot, no spoon offered for the broth, and at least half were barely open. Main courses were very good but not a good temperature. The bartender, Ryan, is fabulous- personable & good cocktails."
    Dined on 3/29/2014