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.

8460 Honeycutt Road
Ste. 112
Raleigh, NC 27613
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Falls of Neuse Rd. and Honeycutt Road

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 977-8360

Website:
http://www.driftwoodraleigh.com/

Parking Details:
On site parking in private lot, underground parking garage, and street parking

Executive Chef:
Nunzio Scordo

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
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4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (23)
Comfort Food (21)
Good for a Date (18)
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Good for Birthdays (16)
Special Occasion (15)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Local Ingredients (14)
Good for Groups (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Authentic (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Fun (11)
Great for Lunch (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Bar Seating (8)
Great for Brunch (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Cozy (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Business Meals (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Romantic (5)
Seasonal (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Great Beer (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Sports (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 3 days ago

One of my favorite restaurants. Food and service are outstanding and Kathy and Justin always treat us like royalty. I always recommend Driftwood to anyone looking for a great dining experience.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined 7 days ago

Having eaten there before, my wife and I went there for a Valentine's dinner. We had made reservations and were , promptly seated. We were given tables that we're cleaned . We asked the hostess if we could change for seats near a window which we were. For dinner , I ordered the pork/beef meatloaf with mashed potatoes. My wife ordered the salmon in chipotle sauce with salad. The meatloaf was moist and tender in a mushroom gravy over the mashed potatoes. My wife's salmon was cooked just enough and flaked easily. The salad was tasty and the vinegarette was sweet and tart. Afterwards, we had the chocolate lava cake with ice cream. The cake was delicious with oozing chocolate pudding ,inside. The one missing piece was the ice cream. It must have been left open because it tasted like freezer burned . I let our hostess know and was given a replacement. So other than that ,we had an enjoyable evening. Music and TV's showing the games kept the ambience light. We will have to try their brunch one day . A special thanks to our hostess, Shannon for her great hosting in such a busy atmosphere. Thanks.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 13, 2018

My wife try new restaurants every week all over the world. On a recommendation we tried Driftwood in Lafayette Plaza. This locations is really beautiful, with many upscale shops, and a really great butcher shop next door. The ambiance is very nice, I guess you'd call it retro southern with a little hipster thrown in. Not sure if this is part of a chain, because some of the décor is similar to other high end restaurants in town (example: Oak). There were plenty of staff, and the kitchen is open so you can see the activity. Two small items of note: the metal chairs look cool, but are quite uncomfortable, and the lighting is too dim to properly read the menu. The little lights in the ball jar on the table is a nice touch instead of the usual candle. Restrooms were clean, and the sinks/faucets were kind of upscale.

Food was a mix. We had fried green tomatoes (outstanding with the goat cheese), crispy clam chowder (chowder was great, fried clams were just too much), and fried oysters (a little too much breading for our taste). Had the moonshine raspberry lemonade mixed drink (potent, nice flavor). For the mains my wife had the Orzo risotto with chicken(too dry, needed a cream sauce, lacked definitive flavor, ultimately a dissapointment), and I had the mixed smoke platter (pulled pork was excellent, brisket was too salty and mushy, baby back ribs were good, a little dry, needed more sauce).

Our good friends recently dined there and raved about the blackened catfish. We will head there again, but will be a bit more picky about the number of fried items that we order. I believe that their menu is creative, reflects southern influence, but needs some rework, and development of flavors to take the next step. If the restaurant merged their menu with something similar to what you would find at the Stanbury, I would eat there every day.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Yum. Everything was fantastic. Waitress was especially kind to the kids. Happy to go there again. Get the smoker platter!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Casual, Paleo Friendly
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Top notch service and wonderful food, in a lively environment!

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We love this restaurant ! It is very cute and the service is over the top! However, we ordered the Louisiana crawfish and crab dip and 6 of us had severe heartburn and stomach cramps for hours!! We ate dinner at 5pm and were still miserable at 2am. Not sure what was up with the dip but I would not recommend it! It wasn’t fun to spend over $200 for a night of agony. No more dip for us!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 4, 2018

I'd been to Driftwood Southern Kitchen for lunch and it was great. This visit was my first for Sunday brunch. We had a table of four (two couples). I'm not always a fan of buffets but Driftwood did such a nice job with their buffet...they should be the model for brunch buffets! Breakfast items were in one line, right in front of the open kitchen. Items were consistently refilled so there was no need to stand around and wait. They had waffles, French toast, eggs, bacon, sausage, yogurt, muffins and a freshly cut fruit bowl in the breakfast line. The lunch line - on the bar - had bbq beef brisket (so tender!), fried chicken, mac and cheese, beans, salads and dessert items. Here's the best part - $2 mimosas and $5 Bloody Mary's! The buffet was a reasonable $17. Add a mimosa, and you're still under $20. The service was great...lots of water refills, plate clearing, etc.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We really enjoyed our short rib and chicken stack entrees, and our server was outstanding. She was super friendly and attentive, knowledgeable about the menu, and on point through the meal. The key lime pie was a little sweet for our tastes, and the cinnamon donuts were really dense, so dessert was a little but of a letdown. Still good, just not as good as they could have been. We definitely plan to return.

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Food was delicious and service attentive. I require gluten free and the server understood and adjusted the menu to accommodate me. Highly recommend!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was fair. Nothing outstanding but nothing terrible. It was just ok

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The restaurant was nearly empty and they wanted to seat us next to the bathroom. How do you do that to a top in an empty restaurant? We even had a reservation.

I think the seating issue may have started us off on the wrong foot. Had we been seated in any of the empty half-booths or tables near the windows, then we probably would have been more satisfied. I just didn’t want to ask for a third option in seating.

Food was great and the server was incredible until we had to wait for our check. We must have waited 10min after she cleared plates for the server to come by and I finally ended up flagging her down to ask for our bill. Once we had the check she turned pmt around quickly and still garnered a 20% tip based on the quality of service up to that point. Hopefully this hiccup was caused by our timing (late lunch/early dinner) and they were just working out kinks prior to the dinner rush.

All-in-all food was a good value and the dining experience is decent. There are just three tables in the back half of the restaurant (2 by the bathroom and 1 equidistant between them) that are really unappealing.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The food was great as always. It's warm and friendly, quiet enough to have conversation. Service was great.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Celebrating a birthday, we had reservations for a party of 6. We arrived for our 7:30 reservation promptly at 7:30. We were told that they were “getting our table ready”. We were not sat until 8:05, with no explanation of what was taking so long, no offer for water or refreshments. Not a great start. Thankfully, the experience improved after we were sat. We were provided with three complimentary appetizers, our server was friendly and knowledgeable. Our food came out in a reasonable amount of time. I ordered the French Philly: brioche bun with smoked brisket, caramelized onions, gruyere cheese. The sandwich was quite tasty and the brisket was very tender. The rest of my family all enjoyed their meals as well. Would return, but maybe not on a Saturday night.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 20, 2018

What an outstanding establishment, everything was awesome!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

There is nothing on the menu that not delicious. You will not be disappointed.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The service was very slow. We were holding our menus for 15 min and waited that long to order. The seats were very uncomfortable. Need cushions!! The brisket was something you can get anywhere. But the green tomatoes were very good (if you like goat cheese)

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great comfort food and great service. Short ribs were melt in your mouth good. Great atmosphere.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great night, great service and yummy food but honestly my dinner salad was really tiny. Everyone else’s meals we’re great just so don’t get a dinner salad as a full meal, Get an app with it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Very nice atmosphere our waitresses was excellent and attentive, food was delicious we set up at the hightop tables had an appetizer and dinner very nice place we will return

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Food is amazing and love the ambiance. Only flaw was that in a dining area that was 80% empty at the time, the hostess tried to seat us at the worst table in the glare of the kitchen lights.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Casual, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 12, 2018

First time dining experience, suggested by the customer. Food and service were terrific! Definitely will go back!

Tags: Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Good food with slightly unusual menu.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Food was good but service was awful. Took 15 minutes for waiter to even acknowledge us and at least another 20 minutes for a drink order to arrive. We had been there for 45 minutes before our food order was taken. Asked for ketchup for fries, but never came. Diners next to us we’re having similar experience with service. Menu was a nice variation, but rosemary fries had zero taste of rosemary and were disappointing. Would like to go back, but concerned about having such poor service which really affected our experience.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We didn't know quite what to expect but we had a delightful time and fully enjoyed New Year's Eve brunch with our daughter and son-in-law. We loved the beautiful Christmas tree, holiday atmosphere, and cozy rustic feel of the place. Our waitress Allison was friendly and attentive. The food was delicious and with such a variety, we were full when we left for home. Great place, great time, memorable experience.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Local Ingredients, Casual, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The company is always the best part of our Sunday brunch but Driftwood always provides the perfect place for our monthly get together! The food was, as always, amazing and the service was even better this time! Thanks you guys for a perfect brunch with the ladies!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent restaurant!!! Great food, great ambiance and great service! One of my favorite restaurants in town!!!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The food was superb! We had chicken and dumplings & the chicken stacker...both were well seasoned southern comfort.
Wait staff was knowledgeable and pleasant. Just enough help but not overbearing. Overall, a fantastic first impression!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Had the apple bacon Brie grilled cheese - way too sweet and mushy. Needed some element of acid and texture to balance it (perhaps a few slices of a Granny Smith Apple and less of the apple jam).

My husband had the Frito chili - tasted like cinnamon. Neither of us liked it.

Service was good, but the food was mediocre. Also - the chairs are metal and uncomfortable. The atmosphere is very good overall.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Service and ambience was wonderful!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Met a friend for lunch. First time here for both of us. Attractive inside. Unfortunately my seat had the sun from upper windows in my eyes and every-time the door was opened cold air seemed to come right to our table. I ordered pulled pork sandwich and was very underwhelmed. It sounded so good on the menu but was really tasteless. No smoky flavor. Very bland. Not much barbecue sauce or slaw on the sandwich. I asked for additional sauce on the side. My friend had Shrimp and Grits and thought it was wonderful. I think I just chose the wrong thing. My side was the brussel sprouts in bacon vinaigrette. They were to die for. I would go back and just order a plate of those. They were sooooo good.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Outstanding food and service!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 16, 2017

This is my 6th or 7th time at Driftwood and every single experience has been great. The food is fantastic and the servers have always been attentive and friendly whether I was with a large party or a party of two. The moinshine flasks are one of my favorite things and the Apple Cider shine is great! I have recommended Driftwood to others and I will definitely return.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Would have liked to be able to order from the menu istead of only having a brunch buffet

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The food was delicious, including the fried green tomatoes, wings (we chose a peach-jalapeno sauce with it), and hush puppies. The crispy shrimp and grits were flavorful and filling. The short ribs were tasty and very tender. The quality of food was consistently of a high quality since our last visit. We will continue to dine here again and introduce friends to Driftwood.

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Unable to edit/change the number of guests on the open table app, somehow it defaults to 2 and I wasn't able to find any where in my settings to change that. Please advise

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The dinner and staff were excellent.

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 (Greensboro)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Great food and great service!!!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Brunch was great as always. Service was casual and fun. Always a fan.

Tags: Authentic, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food was tasty. Service a bit slow, though nice waitstaff. Had to wait 15 mins for a cocktail. Good oysters, flavors good. Shrimp and grits good but not hot, sent back, still not hot.
Desserts lacking in selections.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The chicken wings appetizer was delicious. The fried oysters were good as well. For meals we had fried catfish and beef brisket. Both very good.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Fun, Casual, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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