Driftwood Southern Kitchen

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767 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southern
Driftwood Southern Kitchen is located in Lafayette Village. 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 is 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.

Specials

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Offering our annual Father's day BBQ brunch buffet. Items to include (along with our other Sunday favorites) brisket, ribs, fried chicken, and make your own pulled pork sliders. Adults 24.95 and Children 10 & under $12.95 (non alcoholic drinks included). Make a reservation through our website!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

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BA
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

It was ok. Service left a little to be desired, brunch wasn’t anything special.

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TV
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent selection and service! My family loved this restaurant

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A
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Driftwood is in a great location, but a little informal for a mothers day treat. It was also probably the loudest restaurant I've been to in a long while.

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JH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

They were too busy for brunch and couldn't keep up with the buffet. It was too expensive for what they had out but our server was phenomenal. Very friendly.

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KS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We had reservations and we still had to wait. They forgot about us and we’re giving walk-ins tables. Prime rib was over cooked and dry, and had to ask a waitress for water after we were seated.

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AS
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Unfortunately we spent Mother’s Day here for brunch buffet and were underwhelmed. Food was mediocre, service was ok. No one wished us happy mother’s day and for $10 more per person, we could have gone elsewhere and had a much better meal. Lack of vegetarian options and only 2-3 desserts. Felt rushed by waitress dropping check way before appropriate.

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CP
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Atmosphere and location are great. We had the fried chicken and it was amazing!!

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LR
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Made reservations from NJ to have graduation dinner when we drove down. Didn't know what to expect. The french themed architecture was a fun surprise. The food was excellent. Drinks were too. Waitress was great. All her recommendations were home runs. I would definitely return next time I am in Raleigh.

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OT
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service!

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CH
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a very enjoyable evening with my book club. Everything was perfect!

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EO
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food! Our server, Diane, was knowledgeable about the menu and gave us great suggestions. We all thought we had the best thing on the menu. From the appetizers and dinner everything was perfect! What a great night!

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lamb burger was maybe the best burger I’ve ever had! Great weekend date night spot

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AP
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service!

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c
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

What a terrible Easter brunch! First they told me I’d have to wait an hour beyond my reservation time to get an actual table. Then the buffet was a disaster - like a cyclone had hit. Finally by the time we were ready for dessert they’d run out. Obviously not capable of managing a full restaurants and reservations.

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JD
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

1. Why is it when u make a reservation, it's more like a call ahead? Still had to wait when we arrived.
2. The host said he would text me when the table was ready, but I finally had to check in with him again to be seated.
3. The Easter buffet was average and not that many selections.
4. Extremely noisy.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for Sunday brunch with the family. Has a lot of lunch and breakfast options. I recommend the French toast!

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C
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Went for Easter brunch. Had reservations. Ended up waiting over 30 minutes beyond my reservation. Poor management for a holiday

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MC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Bruch was good. I would like to suggest having an omelette station and a waffle station.

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PD
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

I had heard great things about this restaurant and thought Easter brunch would be a great time to try it, especially since it kept popping up as a great place in Raleigh for brunch. Not so much. Food was not good at all. Service was very good and friendly. Maybe better for dinner? I dunno. Won't be rushing back. Disappointing to all in our party.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We typically go here for brunch every few months and really enjoy it. We went for Easter brunch and the food was just the same as always, nothing much more than usual but they charged $30 a person. We didn’t feel that it was worth the extra $15 a person for the few extra things offered above their normal brunch. You are squeezed in very close to people and if they are loud (as our neighbors were!) you can barely hear your own convo. Would have liked it to have been a bit more special for Easter. Will definitely not be back for a holiday but most likely will for Norma brunch

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SL
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The brunch was very good. The only thing I would change would be the price for kids. 10 and under for $14 is a lot, I would think if the kid is 3 and younger to do a modified price, like $10 instead.
I will be back!

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MH
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Great food. Large portion sizes. Really enjoyed the honey chicken and especially he chocolate bourbon pecan pie. Will definitely go back again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was excellent

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KV
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 4

It was good atmosphere, service was good but all the food I received just seemed average. I was really looking forward to the wedge salad however the dressing didn’t really compliment it with the blue cheese pieces. Also when I think of wedge salad I think iceberg lettuce cut in a wedge. It was more like spinach salad. I got shrimp with it and the shrimp had no flavor just grilled it seemed. A little disappointed after hearing such good things. Service was great though.

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Q
Nashville
28 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The buffet included breakfast and lunch items and overall everything was good. The fried chicken was my favorite.

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CE
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing location to celebrate two birthdays. The food was excellent, our server was attentive as we needed, and the price for brunch was perfect.

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Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was my wife’s birthday and we wanted to try a new place. All of the food we ordered always really delicious. The service was good, pretty standard good service, nothing out of the ordinary. I would definitely go back to try another menu item, I tried a few dishes around the table and was really impressed by the flavor of each dish.

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TT
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about this restaurant! The ambiance is adorable, the waiter was INCREDIBLE- he’s the only original waiter still on staff - he pointed us in the right direction on every single course!! The food was SOOOO good. Highly recommend the short ribs entree and the Brussels Sprouts appetizer. The peanut pie was to die for! We ordered cocktails, appetizer, 2entrees, dessert and coffee. With tip it was under $100. Great prices!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friend and I met up for dinner to catch up. Food was great staff was very friendly. Overall great experience. Would definitely go back

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MB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the menu choices, the food and the ambiance...just the right amount of funk. our server was wonderful and we loved our meals. Yes, it's on the loud side in Driftwood, but we know that when we choose to go there..

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DW
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The buffet is very average, beef brisket is blend and tough

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RV
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

VERY loud. Extremely difficult to have a quiet conversation. Food was good, but not much variety for a brunch buffet.

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DM
New England
21 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, awesome waitress! Fair prices for a great experience!

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PA
Raleigh
37 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reservation was on time, service was great. Smoker platter was generous and delicious. Looking forward to our next visit

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LD
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I love the concept of $2 mimosas for brunch and the buffet on Sunday. I found the selections to be variable, however, I think it would be nice if they offered a few things you could personally order from the menu. Overall, I enjoyed the experience and will definitely be back!

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AR
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

delish! server was a bit overwhelmed but handled it! pimento cheese is great...and those brussels sprouts are AMAZING

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pimento cheese appetizer was excellent!

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G
Raleigh
28 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Saw them on open table. Looked at the menu and it sounded good so we booked. Showed up at restaurant and was told they were only serving sunday buffet, not off menu. THIS WAS NOT MENTIONED on their Listing ! (False Advertising?) Very DISAPPOINTING. To make matters worse, the waitress was very slow with drinks, the buffet was very limited and the food was AWFUL. Will never go back.

Driftwood Southern Kitchen
Responded on March 19, 2019

Hi Gastronome, we have it listed on our website (click the menu tab and there is a brunch heading) as Sunday's are a brunch buffet. Please try us again for a regular menu day.

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DH
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

We went for the brisket and it didn’t have any flavor

Driftwood Southern Kitchen
Responded on March 19, 2019

Hi David, sorry the brisket did not live up to expectations. I wish we could have turned your experience around with a different dish on Friday. Hope you'll give us another shot!

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Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Driftwood always has amazing food and excellent, friendly service! Great place for a date, catching up or group event!

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