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vipfjctraveler
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Driftwood Kitchen is closed. Do not make reservations because isn’t open. :(

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food. I really enjoyed everything. The menu isn't loaded with a lot of entreés but what few they do have on the menu are very good. Everyone in my party of four was very satisfied.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server and manager were attentive, consistent and aimed to please. My work team enjoyed our dining experience and meal choices.

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GenevieveK
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Our food was very mediocre. The waffles were undercooked, the chicken was dry, the scrambled eggs were just lukewarm and rather blah -said they were Moroccan but can’t imagine why. No Moroccan spices but guacamole on bread and beef sausage (very little) that tasted last me hot dogs. And our 2 yr old got her food a while after every one else got their food which was frustrating.

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vipcorneliusj
St. Louis
14 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2017
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Quality Of Food was not the best more better opinions for brunch great place just need to do more with it

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Nancy
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The overall experience was terrible. The food was completely salty -- to the point where most in our group could not eat their meals. Service was slow, non-attentive and all of our meals came out separately and cold. I would NOT recommend this spot to anyone at this point. It is one thing for the food to not be to our liking, but both poor quality food and lack of service is terrible.

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vipMatthewR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2017
Overall4food5service3ambience5

This is the second time I have been to Driftwood Kitchen, but the first time for brunch. The food was very good, and the Bloody Mary was delicious. However, the service was slower than I expected. It seemed like there was only one waitress for the first floor, and she was very busy. There was a private party upstairs, so that might be where most of the staff was, but it was still slower service than you would expect for this type of restaurant. I would still recommend it based on both my experiences, and the food is very good.

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Terry
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun place with good bites and some entrees--god draught beers and decent wine. Upstairs has a view of the scene outside.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience3

There are very few vegetarian friendly options on the menu for brunch. I modified a biscuit sandwich (egg, bacon and cheese) with gravy dish to be vegetarian friendly (removed gravy and bacon) and it was not worth the price. The portion was very small. I also had to send my food back twice. First, for getting bacon, and once for not getting cheese. When it was finally correct my food was cold since all they did was add cheese to my egg and biscuit sandwich. The portion for homefries was comically small.

We sat downstairs, as we wanted to sit inside and away from the bottomless mimosas crowd. The bartender was responsible for our tables in addition to brunch drinks. While he was very nice and accommodating, especially with my food order, he had very little time to check on his tables because of all the brunch drink orders. We felt neglected and had difficulty asking for things like sour cream and salt and pepper. Additionally, the woman who brought my meal the second time (when it was only egg and no cheese) simply dropped the plate in front of my friend and instantly walked away, without even asking who the order actually was for.

I do think that this restaurant has a lot of potential and maybe I would have had a better experience if I did not have a diet restriction and if we had sat upstairs with the majority of the brunch crowd. The manager and busboy were both very attentive when we first arrived and the bartender was great, but overextended. The food options for meat eaters looked good, it was just a shame that there were such limited options for non-pork eaters/ vegetarians.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2017
Overall2food1service1ambience3

The staff seemed inexperienced and the food didn't seem to have enough seasoning

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vipCaputess
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Charming neighborhood spot. Slightly understated corner restaurant with a lot of seating outside on the patio, inside by a bar, and on the rooftop. My family and I stumbled upon this place for Mother's Day brunch, as I waited too late to book a reservation elsewhere and my parents were more concerned with eating rather than a more upscale celebration. Food was delicious all around! I had the biscuit sandwich (bacon, egg, and cheese covered in sausage gravy) that was perfect portion size and great combination of flavors. And with $15 bottomless mimosas, you can't ever go wrong! We were seated on the rooftop, which looks as though it can be both open-air in warm weather or closed windows for the winter time. I will definitely be coming back.

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IshmailS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The restaurant ran out of a number of the items on the brunch menu. Considering the menu is far from extensive and we had 2 children out of our party of 7, this posed a problem. The mimosas tasted the same as the juice the children revived, which was disappointing. The staff was nice and the upstairs dining area was pleasant. Would recommend going elsewhere for brunch.

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vipMOfoodie
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for happy hour! The staff is very friendly and good to work with. We were surprised that there was such a great happy hour menu on a saturday and loved all the porch seating. Can't wait to go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and fun environment for our family get together.

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viptasjtime
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2017
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Food was very average but the staff was wonderful.

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Josh
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Not good - forgot my food. Bad service. Wouldn't recommend to anyone (typed only enough for 50 word min -- they don't warrant any more)

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arranged a bridal brunch here and had the most memorable experience. Not only did the waitstaff go out of way to make us feel welcomed and taken care of, the food and setting were absolutely perfect. Amna was superb -- anticipating our every need, incredibly professional, cheery, and easy to work with. I will certainly be back and already recommending Driftwood to my friends. Thank you for making our brunch so special!

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
10 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great services, drinks and food!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I had the shrimp and grits, shrimp were big and juicy. Very flavorful dish. I would like if they had more options of seafood.

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vipSamRun
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2017
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Great food! But not good service.

We had a reservation but the restaurant was almost empty. When we walked in there was nobody at the hostess stand but there was a sign that said, "please join us at the bar or let us know if you'd like a table." So we waited a minute, then went to the bar and let them know we had a reservation. They sent us back to the front where we waited another several minutes to be seated. Even after being seated it was another 10 minutes before we had drinks.

That being said, the food was wonderful. Mac & cheese, deviled eggs, brussel sprouts, salmon and it was all delicious! If we'd been seated quickly, had drinks in a reasonable time I would have given much higher reviews.

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vipomnivore
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2017
Overall1food2service1ambience3

I think they may have just been understaffed for this particular Sunday, or maybe this place is just limited to good happy hours (based on reviews - I've never been).

I made a reservation for Sunday brunch and asked to be seated on their rooftop deck (it looks like they have an upstairs area that is either an uncovered deck or floor to ceiling windows that can be opened). The hostess must not have seen the request; she did not explain that upstairs was closed until we asked, and even though they could have saved us a table outside on their patio, they had not. She seemed generally confused. It took forever for a server to come see us - easily 15-20 minutes. Because of this we decided to get only drinks and get out ASAP. The wine, beer, and bloody mary that we ordered were nice. The prices were what you would expect at the nicer, more expensive places on H street.

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elli
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious. The drinks were fun and seasonal too. Happy hour included discounted food and drinks. Ambiance was great. The décor was fun and warm. I will definitely be going back.

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ThatGirlDC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2017
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The service took forever just to greet our table and was slow all night to tend to our table of two. It wasn't wildly packed that night either.

Not a lot of great meal options. The crab dip was just mush and they do not give you enough bread to go with the dip.

Maybe I'd meet a friend for a beer here, but I likely wouldn't come back for dinner.

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vipDCopsgirl
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Crab dip, cauliflower risotto, and shrimp & grits were all very tasty. Service was prompt and courteous. Only complaint: temperature was all over the place. Heat was blasting when we walked in, then seemingly turned off mid way thru our meal. We went from being too hot to too cold in the course of a few minutes.

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RedHeadFred
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2017
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Food was terrible for brunch. No one was in the restaurant and they seemed totally overloaded. Eggs were not cooked, the potatoes were cold. The servers seemed panicked and were not even remotely warm. We had a reservation and 2 hours after we left I got a call to see if we ever showed up. Complete mess.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2017
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The hostess was lovely. The server seemed harried and mildly interested. The food was quite bland.

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KaeO
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2017
Overall2food3service3ambience3

They seemed really disorganized. Our waitress was nice, but couldn't serve us water for the first ten minutes because they didn't have glasses, and then couldn't serve coffee for another ten because they were out of coffee. Several menu items weren't available. It was really confusing. The food was fine, but we waited for 40 minutes before it was ready because the kitchen was backed up. When the food came, they had made a substitution in one of our orders without telling us. Most of the food tasted good, but it was a drawn-out and disappointing experience overall.

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SaritaC
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Driftwood has a great menu with happy hours and brunch.

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vipKaren
Washington DC
85 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My daughter lives around the block from DK and after a long drive we were ready for dinner on a Saturday night. In DC. She had been to DK before and said the food was good. Understatement. It is delicious and creative and there are choices for everyone. I ate vegetarian and I am not a vegetarian. The blasted broccoli was a good starter for 2 and the quinoa cauliflower risotto was so good and comforting on a cold night. The beet salad with chicken is such a pretty dish and tasty too. They do a 4 hour $15 endless Bloody Mary/Mimosa brunch too. I will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2016
Overall1food1service4ambience1

The cocktail was great. The food was awful. Too salty. I could not eat it. The very kind waitress organised for me to only pay for the drink. Thank you.

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DerekR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2016
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Good food. Slow service despite being there at 2pm on a Sunday afternoon. Waiter not attentive or present.

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vipSammyD
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2016
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Overall, a good experience, the food was decent, the drinks were good - all in all, it was a good dinner. Just didn't blow us away. But, it was a nice place to go and eat last minute, with a last minute reservation. I wouldn't recommend someone traveling to go here, but if you live in the neighborhood, it's a great spot to go to on Friday night if you want some elbow room and the conversation and chill atmosphere is more important to you than "being seen" or desiring a foodie type menu. We liked it - we don't live far from there, we'll probably go back, at least for drinks and apps.

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vipMrandMrsH
Washington DC
91 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The mac and cheese was amazing. Great happy hour. Everything we tried was good.

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DavidL
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed a very relaxing, unhurried brunch on a sunny Sunday morning. We were able to sit upstairs in the open air, in a nice sunny location. Good food and service. There was a mix up on our order, but the waiter quickly corrected it and we enjoyed our brunch.

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vipMrsHallums
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2016
Overall1food3service1ambience4

I wouldn't suggest this Resturant. We made a reservation, no one was there to greet us at the door. We waited for several minutes and no one came up. I had to walk to the bar and ask to be seated, in which the "bus boy" sat us. The food was ok, not the best I've ever had by far. I wouldn't ever go back or suggest anyone go to Driftwood Kitchen

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JamesF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is a great place to relax enjoy amazing food and have a few drinks. The staff was just so helpful and just generally cool to be around. If you go here on a date make sure you sit up stairs, I promise you'll score some points with your date

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vipjohn175
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I went the night before for a happy hour get together and the food was great. There were shrimp spring rolls, cucumbers with curry chicken, fries, wings, cheeseburgers and all were tasty. However, when I returned for dinner the following night, I was disappointed to find that the dinner menu is very different and did not offer the same selections Nonetheless, I ordered the bone in ribs and potato salad, with the red sangria. It all worked together well. I still wish the dinner menu offered the bar food.

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vipMaryG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2016
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great food and drink, but be aware that much of their seating is outdoors. They have fans which definitely help, but I might have made a different choice on a 98 degree day if I'd known this.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience5

food was great, the mimosas were not

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GeraldineG
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My meal was just OK, but my date loved his meal. The waitstaff was very friendly and efficient. Would go back and try a different dish.

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Permanently Closed - Driftwood Kitchen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 803-2651.

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