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Drift Inside Dining Room - Drift, Gulf Breeze, FL

Drift

4.5
4.5
952 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-Sunday for Half Off our specialty cocktail menu plus all appetizers - Sunday 4pm-6pm.

Check out our Chef Specials and come see for yourself why 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 18 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Seafood, Steak
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (850) 733-7331
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Andrew M. Suthers
  • 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, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 952 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Northwest Florida

    Great for scenic views

  • Northwest Florida

    American

  • Pensacola

    Best Overall

  • Pensacola

    Best Food

  • Pensacola

    Best Service

  • Pensacola

    Best Ambiance

  • Pensacola

    Innovative

  • Pensacola

    Healthy

  • Pensacola

    Great for fine wines

  • Pensacola

    Romantic

  • Pensacola

    Good for special occasions

  • Pensacola

    Lively

  • Pensacola

    Most Booked

952 Reviews
  1. StanS

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From walking in to leaving the staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The food was creative and prepared to perfection. Don’t miss the mussels appetizer. Can’t wait to return.

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  2. ByronH

    Alabama

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have enjoyed the Drift on 3 different occasions. This time we thought we would try happy hour prior to our meal. The bar attendant did not provide customer service that made us feel included. She served customers out of order of arrival and had u wait indefinitely. This being said the atmosphere seemed fine for most customers but I prefer a more personal touch and will order drinks with the meal from now on. This is just personal choice. Went inside for our meal and everything was stellar. Derek was our server, very professional and knowledgeable about the menu. The sea bass was perfection as well as the sweet potatoes. Cream brûlée was delicious! I had gumbo on our last visit and it was the best. I would recommend this restaurant for excellent food,atmosphere and wonderful customer service inside.

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  3. ConnieW

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent! The service was excellent! Pip is the best waiter ever!

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  4. TerryT

    Tallahassee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were the best. I can’t wait until our next visit.

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  5. DebraA

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If possible to move table away from door leading to deck or add a glass partition, we highly recommend 😊

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  6. DoneciaG

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and atmosphere was great. We went during February so it was very cold but will definitely be back when weather warms to sit out and enjoy the view.

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  7. KurtK

    Tallahassee

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dinner and service. Trinity was great!! Thanks for a wonderful dinner.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Took forever to get our drinks, bar backed up. We both had lobster bisque. There was no lobster meat in it at all, but the Chef came over as soon as it was served to ask what we thought of the cornbread cake on top. It was good I guess. The bisque was like it was poured out of a bag. Also, sprig of parsley was old and wilted. Moving on, we both ordered the low country red snapper. The actual fish was fantastic but the "stuff" it was served over was plain awful. I love me some cheese grits and collards just not these. The collards were in a sauce that tasted exactly like canned tomato soup, the store brand even. The cheese grits cakes had an awful taste. I took a second bite to be sure. Foul tasting, not just a mistake of seasoning. The collards were ruined but that dadgum soup. Blistered tomatoes might have worked, MIGHT have. Onward through the fog. We each had an expresso, served in a half full cup. It came with a rock sugar stick, which was good, and a white and brown sugar cubes, meh. A small bit size biscotti, not good, old tasting. A lemon peel would have been great. Nope. Shared a crem Brule. Was cold, plain pudding. Top not caramelized near enough. Crazy, but we enjoyed the experience anyway. Snapper was cooked and seasoned perfectly just everything else was a disaster.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food! Had a great time with my family who flew in and they loved it! Derek was great and made the whole experience memorable! Highly recommend this restaurant!

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  10. Housewiveofpotomac

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The table was not ready when we arrived. We went to the bar, and the server was not even attentive to us. She was wiping her glass instead of making our drinks. We asked the waiter for hot sauce, and it took him ten minutes. Honestly, as an African American, this is not a place for me. Trust me, we don’t need to be harassed to pay and ignored. No, I won’t return to this restaurant. 

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  11. Travis

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a reservation on a Friday evening, arrived on time, still had to wait ~20minutes to be sat. The food wasn’t terrible, but for $50+ per entree, it was an honest let down. I’ve had better steaks at chain restaurants. Lobster bisque was bland, steaks were bland, my dang $9 honey glazed carrots side were bland. Drinks were good. Our server forgot to put in an appetizer and brought it later with the entrees with no discount or secondary offer, just an apology. Overall I had very high hopes and probably will not be returning because the value was not there. Way too pricey for the quality of food, too many downfalls to say I had a good experience where I know without a doubt plenty more “fine dining” restaurants will always perform.

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  12. RafiI

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    For our first visit, Drift did not disappoint! Out service was great super friendly and great sense of humor. The food was delicious and great serving size!!! Looking forward to going back and trying something new.

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  13. David

    Atlanta Metro

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice dining experience on Valentines Day. Everything was good, except my steak was rare instead of medium. Regretfully sent back, and manager brought it back, totally different steak, half the size, and without the Chilean sea bass mywife was letting me try. Dissatisfied with this part of dinner. Waitress was very good.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    When we first got to the restaurant it was slightly confusing on how to enter. Once we got there the ambiance was beautiful. The music was great and the staff overall was amazing. The food & wine was absolutely delicious. Highly recommend the bread pudding for dessert!!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual, our dinner at Drift was great! Hunter, our server, was friendly, courteous and professional.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ordered the swordfish plate and the pork chop plate. Both were great. Stick to the chef’s suggestion on how you want the chop cooked. The desserts were worth making another trip. Love the staff. The view is a beautiful. Can’t wait to visit again.

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  17. BarryB

    Atlanta Metro

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service by Pip was excellent as was the appetizers and entrees.

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  18. MissPittypat1983

    Tallahassee

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hunter was an excellent server! Food has GREATLY improved!

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  19. Michael

    New Orleans

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food. Great service by Derek! Beautiful views of the beach. Good drinks. The food and drinks are very good. This is not an inexpensive restaurant, but it has been well worth the cost.

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  20. LisaD

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was delicious and service was awesome!!

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  21. PensacolaGal

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall we greatly enjoyed and plan on coming back. Our initial drink orders were slow in coming, as the restaurant filled up the noise became louder and was distracting. Our server was very nice and knowledgeable, but perhaps not as attentive as she could have been… needed new silverware when the main course was delivered and had to wait.

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  22. Chris

    Nashville

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We just have not enjoyed the menu/previous chef change. The original manager and chef, as well as previous staff always did such a great job. They new us, they remembered what we liked and always made us feel special. It just has not been the same since the manger and chef as well as staff left.

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  23. SherylB

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Go for the beautiful sunset 🌅 and enjoy a tasty meal. Beware happy hour prices only apply to drinks served at the bar!

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  24. ByronH

    Alabama

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Customer service was stellar! Gumbo was delicious.

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  25. DavidR

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Trinity was awesome! The manger Erin made sure our experience was wonderful. Great customer service and the view cannot be beat!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I had a wonderful experience at Drift. The food was absolutely delicious. The service was great, and definitely the best view on the beach. We are already planning our next trip back. (Best sea bass I’ve ever had)!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The atmosphere is really nice with beautiful decor. Caitlyn was absolutely amazing! She was definitely patience and guided us through every course. Thank you so much

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  28. BoJo

    Tallahassee

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful location with marginal food and service

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  29. BillA

    Denver

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter, Pip was great! Food was very good. We especially enjoyed the chef’s gumbo recipe; refreshing and not so heavy like typical gumbo. The lamb lollipops are a favorite. Main courses were sword fish and red snapper Louisiana style. Very good. The ambiance is ocean views all around. Just can’t beat that! We also love the elegance this place offers. Of course all of this comes at a higher price but not worthy of a complaint.

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  30. ChefKMW

    Portland

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I had high hopes for this restaurant because it is right on the water. Yes, the view is lovely. The food was merely average, or a bit below. The proteins (sea bass and prime rib) were cooked well, but the sides were unimaginative and poorly executed. The night we were there, every plate came with two cooked carrots and mashed potatoes. It was VERY expensive ... more expensive than two incredible highly rated restaurants in Savannah we had dined at just a few days before. I felt a bit ripped off.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food,drinks,and service were absolutely amazing! We have never had a bad experience here.

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  32. Robby

    Oklahoma City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really nice dinner! Staff was very nice and food was of good quality!

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  33. SheilaF

    Central Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Table of 4 … apps, main, dessert. Wine. Apps - fine. Entrees - only okay. Dessert - still hungry!

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  34. ThomasG

    Greensboro

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The snapper entree was very good. Lumpia so so. Collard greens too vinegary. Too expensive for iffy food. Sid was a very good waiter.

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  35. JohnA

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal and hospitality! We love Drift and plan to return soon!

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  36. FrankR

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Emma was our server and she was fantastic!! The sides and desert was good, but the snapper was over cooked

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  37. ScottyB

    Tallahassee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My first time at Drift. Menu had exciting choices. Drinks were ordered and enjoyed while paired with an appetizer. Entrees where large and tasty. Presentation was on point for fine dinning and romantic atmosphere. Will be back for more soon.

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  38. ColvinR

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Like always food is excellent you have to try the Short Ribs

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  39. StephenH

    Tallahassee

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Lots of menu choices. We started with the Tempura Tiger Shrimp appetizer - four large shrimp accompanied by eel sauce and spicy mayo -- they were excellent. My wife and I shared the Yucatan Grouper entree which came with cilantro and lime rice, black bean and corn medley, and roasted red pickle medley. This wasn't our first visit but might have been our best experience at the Drift.

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  40. Tea4Two

    Tallahassee

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We (husband, son, daughter-in-law, I) dined at Drift on the Wednesday evening following Christmas. The venue was lovely, probably more so during the day because of beach views. The service was excellent but I’m ashamed to say I don’t recall the name of our female waiter. We started with the teriyaki cream steamed mussels which were tender and very tasty and more than plenty for four to share. Three of us had different fish dishes (low country snapper, Yucatán grouper, teriyaki miso Chilean seabass) and one the tiger shrimp raviolo. On the whole, the fish was dry and unremarkable. I had tasteless cheesy grit cakes with my snapper. Reportedly, the shrimp was well cooked. We shared a bread pudding dessert which was very good. At the price point, I had anticipated a heightened culinary experience. All in all, given the numerous opportunities to eat seafood elsewhere on the Beach and in downtown Pensacola, I don’t believe we would choose to dine there again.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Drift is rated 4.5 stars by 952 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 18 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–Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Seafood, Steak
  • 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
    Andrew M. Suthers
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, 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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