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Drift Inside Dining Room - Drift, Gulf Breeze, FL

Drift

4.5
4.5
575 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 4pm-7pm. As well as our Thursday Ladies Night, where the ladies drink select wine & house champagne by the glass for free 4pm-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 30 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Wed 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 575 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

    Romantic

  • Northwest Florida

    Scenic View

  • Northwest Florida

    American

  • Pensacola

    Best Overall

  • Pensacola

    Best Service

  • Pensacola

    Best Ambiance

  • Pensacola

    Fit for Foodies

  • Pensacola

    Healthy

  • Pensacola

    Notable Wine List

  • Pensacola

    Romantic

  • Pensacola

    Special Occasion

  • Pensacola

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Pensacola

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service with a amazing view
  2. G

    Gasdocjb

    Austin

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Beach vacation
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    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!
  4. I

    Ilovefood

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Despite the rainy weather, we requested to sit on the deck. Great ambiance. Food was delicious. Service was great. We had chargrilled oysters, sea bass, scallops, filet, lobster Mac n cheese, snapper, grouper and lots of wine. Definitely recommend.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mississippi

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fantastic, our new #1
  6. MC

    MarkClabaugh

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Drift is the best dining experience on Pensacola Beach. They have an experienced chef that creates very tasty specials. I enjoy the Prime Rib on Sundays which I request blackend. It is spot on in technique and flavor. You cannot go wrong dining at Drift.
  7. p

    professionaldiners

    Denver

    30 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Do not go if you are gluten free, no options
  8. J

    Jeff

    Palm Springs

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great dinner. Sea Bass and Grouper were well prepared. The ribeye was also really good. I would definitely return to dine here.
  9. BP

    BrianP

    Tallahassee

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food as usual and enjoyed the musician although I thought he was a little too loud
  10. DN

    DateNight

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We recently celebrated our wedding anniversary for the third year in a row at Drift. We do eat there for other occasions, but it has become an anniversary tradition. The menu is great, with a lot of variety. As beach residents, we love seafood, but are always eager to find a location that has great "land" food as well, and Drift has it! The filet medallions were delicious!! Service was great, as always. We have never dined in the dining room, because the patio is beautiful. There is also a nice patio bar, where we need to go for drinks more often! Dress up or dress casual, you won't feel out of place with either.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience3
    Our waiter was extremely respectful and helpful to us. The food came out fairly quickly as well considering the amount of orders.
  12. T

    Tiana

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    The View and the decore in the restaurant are stunning. This place would be a wonderful place for a cocktail. The food was good. I feel like there was a bit of disconnect between the price and the quality. The service was lackluster. Our server had minimal interest in making our night special. That being said, there were no extreme issues with our service, but for the price we were paying and the ambience, I would have expected a server that really went the extra mile for us. It seems the servers down stairs at Casino Beach Bar are a bit more polished in the customer service area. I will probably return for the view and a drink, but for a nice steak dinner I'll stay downtown.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Road trip new places to explore
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Celebrated husband’s 50th birthday
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome new location on Pensacola Beach. Views are amazing. Staff friendly and knowledgeable. Food definitely good.
  16. M

    Mark

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    Service and restaraunt was nice. A few glasses and center piece looked dirty Food was not good. Lacked taste. I had the wagyu and it tasted sour and smelled spoiled. Wife had the pasta truffle, there was very little taste, very bland. Truffle fries were just fries seasoned. Did not taste like truffle at all.
  17. IO

    InandOut

    Mississippi

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Subpar food for a good view.
  18. m

    michaelc

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    Absolute horrible service. No appreciation for someone with dietary restrictions. Two of four people couldn’t even eat their entree it was so poorly made and staff couldn’t be bothered to notice. Over priced food. Do not go here if you want good food or someone who will make you feel welcomed. Drift tried to pass itself off as fine dining and completely missed the mark. Bar is also terrible at making cocktails. Do yourself a favor, literally go anywhere that isn’t Drift when you visit Pensacola.
  19. ST

    STEVEJ

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome restaurant my server was great. I highly recommend to anyone
  20. M

    Miles

    Dallas

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waiter was outstanding. Food was amazing.
  21. J

    Jasonp

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Atmosphere was great, views were nice. Service was good food was ok
  22. MB

    MaryB

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Melissa was excellent! Customer service is fabulous!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    View was great, not too crowded, and food was very good.
  24. JM

    JoshM

    Denver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great spot to grab some good wine, steaks and views.
  25. a

    anniem

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely experience ! Ambiance, hospitality , and dinner!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Our server Carolina was wonderful! She was very attentive, and super sweet. If it wasn’t for her I’d probably go lower with the stars. We had oysters, shrimp cocktail, yellowtail, lobster linguine, and the snapper. The yellowtail crudo was my favorite out of everything we had. Our entrees were tasteless. I had to salt the pasta and the snapper was gooey and lacked flavor as well. Overall we had a great experience and would most likely go back if we’re ever back in Pensacola.
  27. I

    Isabel

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great job Chef! The food was delicious. Lauren, our waitress was awesome! Such a great experience.
  28. SA

    SteveA

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. We sat outside but every seat had a great view.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    71 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    Rude and arrogant waitress and host Refused to make accommodations for special dietary needs. Simple requests were rejected Skip this place.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were on vacation in Navarre and had a date night here. First time and it was awesome! The ambiance and service was outstanding!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    I was there for my 30th birthday. There were two tables on the deck one with a great view and one in front of a pole and a big tree. I was told I could not get the table with the view because it wasn’t ready but the only thing was the glasses were not on it and yet they put glasses on it and sat someone else there. I wanted to change my order literally before it was fully keyed into the computer and was told I couldn’t (even though nothing had been prepared at all) then the food I got was horrible! I literally had to go to a fast food chain after leaving to order food! I will never go back to that establishment again!
  32. DC

    DavidC

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great atmosphere and excellent service. Oysters were super delicious and the Delmonico steak was on point. The only drawback was that I felt I bit rushed. When one is going to spend a few hundred bucks on a meal, your looking for an epic time that is slowed down to fully appreciate the event. Slow it down a bit folks!!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Waitress was fantastic, very accommodating and efficient and by the end of the meal stood and chatted for a few minutes. We left extremely satisfied with her service above even the food enough to want to return just for the experience she provided (and maybe the Cajun charbroiled oysters)
  34. S

    Soobee

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious ! The prime rib was cooked to perfection! Best vodka martini!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great Place. The food, the view, the music….everything it’s great.
  36. S

    Stplbccb

    Treasure Coast

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The patio overlooking the Gulf on a summer night might just be the best spot in Pensacola. The food, light breeze and service was perfect and we cant wait to go back. I'm so happy we live here.
  37. HG

    HawaiianGirl

    Tallahassee

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Delicious food and great service. Recommend not to sit by the door to the patio area. Loud music from the patio drowned out the ambiance inside every time the door opened.
  38. PV

    PatienceVA

    Greensboro

    19 reviews

    1.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I do not recommend this dining experience. The food was pedestrian. The service was less than adequate (i.e. starting with having to wait 20 minutes past our reservation time because the restaurant was running behind). The noise level was loud and not conducive to conversation. I was terribly disappointed in the entire experience.
  39. RH

    RachelH

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The yellowfin crudo was fabulous! The raw oysters were delicious! Even though I was a table of one, the waitress went out of her way to make me feel important and to give me the same attention as her larger tables. Beautiful restaurant!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Melissa did a wonderful job taking care of us, always a step ahead. The raw oysters were great, so were the tacos.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Drift is rated 4.5 stars by 575 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 30 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 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Wed 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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