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Drift Inside Dining Room - Drift, Gulf Breeze, FL

Drift

4.5
4.5
614 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Join us for dinner or a Gulf side drink. Located directly on the Gulf of Mexico, perched high above on the second floor, DRIFT is a casual fine dining restaurant serving steaks & fresh seafood, offering guests THE best view on Pensacola Beach featuring an indoor bar & indoor seating as well as a patio bar & outdoor seating. Join us for our Sunday night Prime Rib Dinner, only $39.95 and check out our Sunset Happy Hour Wednesday / Half off House Cocktails - Sunday 5pm-7pm. As well as our Thursday Ladies Night, where the ladies drink select wine & house champagne by the glass for free 5pm-7pm.

Check out our Chef Specials and come see for yourself we we won Best in Pensacola 2022 for 1. Best Restaurant - Pensacola Beach 2. Best Steakhouse - Pensacola 3. Best Happy Hour - Pensacola and 4. Best Girls Night Out - Pensacola.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (850) 733-7331

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    John Lipkowitz

  • Catering

    Email: events@driftpcola.com for all your catering and event needs!

  • Private party facilities

    Email: events@driftpcola.com for all your catering and event needs!

  • Neighborhood

    Pensacola

  • Cross street

    Located on the 2nd Floor of Casino Beach Bar & Grille

  • Parking details

    The main entrance to Drift is located on the Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier. Take the elevator located in the doorway across from Inner Light Surf Shop on the pier - to the 2nd floor above Casino Beach Bar & Grille.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 614 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Northwest Florida

    Best Ambiance

  • Northwest Florida

    Outdoor Dining

  • Northwest Florida

    Scenic View

  • Northwest Florida

    American

  • Pensacola

    Best Overall

  • Pensacola

    Best Food

  • Pensacola

    Best Service

  • Pensacola

    Best Ambiance

  • Pensacola

    Fit for Foodies

  • Pensacola

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Pensacola

    Notable Wine List

  • Pensacola

    Romantic

  • Pensacola

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Pensacola

    Most Booked

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  1. A

    April

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic place!! Great food, drink and our waitress was fantastic!!
  2. PH

    PamelaH

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Our waitress was very good. The noise from below was annoying & we felt like it impacted the beautiful surroundings negatively. Having only eaten at the brunch before we weren’t expecting that. The food was tasty but not served hot & the molten lava cake was a disappointment. It was very tiny. Food seems overpriced for what you get. I couldn’t find much crab on my Wagyu filet. Not sure we’ll return.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    Worst steak I’ve ever had. Other dishes were great but ribeye was the worst taste and flavor that the entire table has ever had. They did refund the cost of the steak but overall great experience.
  4. P

    Paul

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Good food, nicely paced, excellent service and ocean views
  5. KS

    KenS

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Great wine. Great food! Incredible view!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    76 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    We tried again. They failed again The waitress was great The Hostess and Asst Manager were just awful and rude We asked to be seated nearest the beach for the view and breeze. We were denied due to some “policy” that only groups of four can be seated there. So we sat at a 4 top table against the wall. The beachside tables remained empty except for 1/10 or so the entire time. When we again questioned why we couldn’t sit near the beach, we were made to feel like second class citizens and told to “be quiet”. Wow. As a local professional, I’m appalled at how this place treated us on a nearly empty Wednesday night. Remember, before you go, the Customer is always WRONG.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband’s birthday diner was wonderful. Great service from start to end. The food was delicious and served beautiful. So nice to be able to reserve a table in advance.
  8. BC

    BillC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined outside and the weather was perfect, a nice breezed from the Ocean. The staff was attentive, and the food was excellent. It was our 50th anniversary and they treated us with a delicious complimentary chocolate/berry dessert.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Ordered a old fashion and it was not even 1/2 full. Service was good but The waitress didn’t tell us the prices of the specials. On our last visit we were there the prime rib was $25 was surprised at the price of 39.95 for off season price. Still a beautiful restaurant.
  10. RG

    RobertG

    Unspecified

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Food was disappointing at this price point. Service was good. Ambiance and view are outstanding.
  11. L

    Leslie1

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved Drift! We had the Tuna Carpaccio & Crab Bisque for an appetizer & the Grouper & Filet & lobster as our main entrees & everything was great. From the service, to the view, to the food!
  12. R

    Rebel

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic! Little pricey but worth it. Great views. Skip big venues and try this one.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food was excellent as usual. Drift is THE place to go for a wonderful meal with lovely views and ambiance.
  14. JS

    JoshS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Apps were great, and drinks were good, but main course was sub-par. My specific entree completely lacked seasoning. Bland food at $40 was disappointing. Great scenery on the patio. Restaurant below was having trivia night and really took over the serenity of the environment. Wait staff was tremendous
  15. SP

    SuzanneP

    Tallahassee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it overall…
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food. Fantastic ambiance.
  17. DH

    DarleneH

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    9-10-22 6pm The mashed potatoes were too garlicky and the red snapper completely overdone. Did not eat. The scallops had an after taste from some seasoning. My filet was good, not juicy or special. Very surprised at the food quality. The server was excellent, the view amazing and a very pretty setting and ambience. We were treating a couple and the food is pricey for the quality. I seriously don’t like to be negative, but the owners are so fabulous and should be told the chef is sup par for their fine dining establishment.
  18. BS

    BobS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite place to eat at Pensacola Beach! Superb view of the beach; super food; friendly staff. Highly recommend it!
  19. WC

    WilliamC

    Tallahassee

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A very quiet and elegant place for a nice dinner- A little pricey though
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Delicious. Everything was prepared superbly. The grouper was perfectly cooked.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great, food was excellent!
  22. g

    gregs

    Tallahassee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Phenomenal experience! You can't beat the view but even that wasn't the best part. The food was amazing, a little under seasoned in certain places, but still delicious. The outside dining is spacious enough to enjoy a romantic dinner without having your "neighbors" on top of you. Our server was one of the best we've had in a very long time! I highly recommend Drift for a nice occasion or just a relaxed meal.
  23. N

    Noma

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience, no negatives
  24. MC

    MikeC

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food wine and ambience service excellent
  25. FF

    FredinFernandina

    Jacksonville

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outside dining was great, if you want a quieter setting try inside. Entire staff was well trained and professional. We each got a different dish, wayuga steak, grouper, shrimp scampi and Chilean sea bass, each were excellent.
  26. DF

    DanF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    We sat outside on the deck and the Ambiance and view could not be beat. My first gin tonic didn't have any 'Tonic' in it and I had to send it back twice. The food was okay but not nearly as 'special' as the price. Had the high end restaurant ingredients but were lacking any real sophistication. I had a Caeser salad with wilted romaine lettuce and a fancy parmesan cheese cooked cracker that was not crisp and overly chewy. My steak was properly cooked but too thin. The Lobster was uninspired (red lobster here I come). My wife ordered a lava cake desert that was too small to split and common. Again, for the price? If it wasn't for our excellent server and inspired ambiance I'd call our night there a bust.
  27. JL

    JohnL

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    All fish dishes were over cooked. Asparagus was tough and chewy. Scallops were good.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love to eat here while vacationing in Pensacola Beach. Delicious food and friendly wait staff. Our server, Lily, was awesome!
  29. RP

    RandyP

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We’ve been downstairs at Casino Beach many times and it is one of our favorite places to go to on the beach because it’s right on the ocean. We finally got around to trying Drift. Our waitress was awesome! The drink menu was good although the drinks were fairly week. Generally at a more expensive restaurant like Drift, they make drinks at least decently strong. These are a week. Also the food we got, the chilean Seabass, Wagyu beef and lobster Enchilada were mediocre and disappointing. For the price point, you expect your food to be really good and this food was just OK. In my opinion, there are better options in this price range than Drift. The main thing Drift has going for it is that it’s right in the beach. But so is downstairs Casino Beach. Not sure if we tried again. For the price, they need to step their food game up.
  30. PR

    PattyR

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great place for a special evening...ours was our anniversary. The food, service, mild outside temperature, and a spectacular view made for a wonderful night.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I both had the prime rib which was fantastic! Melissa always takes good care of us with her eye for detail and sense of humor. This is our go to restaurant in Pensacola Beach.
  32. LK

    LyndiK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Guest were from key west and most impressed. We live in gb and This was our first visit. Actually great reviews from friends. The seafood tower was quite the presentation and every bit was enjoyed by all parties. Thank you for making the evening most pleasant from atmosphere to cuisine.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and cocktails always excellent.
  34. LT

    LisaT

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Drinks were very disappointing but the food was great. A little over priced.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our anniversary and first time at Drift! Our waitress (Lily), food & view were all great!
  36. M

    Michael

    New Orleans

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    The sea bass is fantastic. I highly recommend it. The grouper is a beautiful piece of fish but it is bland.
  37. N

    Natalie

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Service was not even mediocre. Waitress seemed a little overwhelmed, and we were charge for a glass of wine she forgot to deliver. The lobster Mac and cheese that costs $18, was a single serving and was served room temperature. The Brussels were also served room temperature, and were nothing more than slightly broiled with a little salt and pepper. I would not even consider the asparagus to be al dente, but raw. The grouper was ok, but not worth the cost. The ribeye was cooked more medium rare, versus medium.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service with a amazing view
  39. G

    Gasdocjb

    Austin

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Beach vacation
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mississippi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic and the service was phenomenal!! It’s a beautiful environment.. outside was too hot but the staff moved us inside with ease. Everything in the menu was great but we miss the white bordelaise!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Drift is rated 4.5 stars by 614 OpenTable diners.

Drift does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today
Google Map for Drift

41 Fort Pickens Rd, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561-2078

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Located on the 2nd Floor of Casino Beach Bar & Grille

  • Neighborhood

    Pensacola

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    The main entrance to Drift is located on the Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier. Take the elevator located in the doorway across from Inner Light Surf Shop on the pier - to the 2nd floor above Casino Beach Bar & Grille.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    John Lipkowitz

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (850) 733-7331

  • Catering

    Email: events@driftpcola.com for all your catering and event needs!

  • Private party facilities

    Email: events@driftpcola.com for all your catering and event needs!

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