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Drift on Lake Wylie, Belmont, NC
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Drift on Lake Wylie

4.6
4.6
966 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Located on Lake Wylie in the newly developed McLean South Shore, Drift on Lake Wylie is a chef-inspired lakeside chophouse. At the forefront of the Lake Wylie dining scene, our food is simple and seasonal—home to prime cuts of beef, local seafood, and homemade pasta. Whether you join us for dinner, pop by the bustling bar for a quick bite, or book one of our private dining rooms for a special dinner or cocktail party, we look forward to serving you soon.

Located 8 minutes south of Belmont off South New Hope Road and North of Lake Wylie just off Pole Branch Road.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 54 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Seafood, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (980) 351-0111

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Ken Aponte

  • Catering

    Possible off-site caterings.

  • Private party facilities

    With five private and semi-private dining spaces, we can easily accommodate various setups for large groups, small seated meals, cocktails with passed canapés, social shindigs, or corporate fetes for up to 120 guests.

  • Neighborhood

    Belmont

  • Cross street

    South New Hope Road & Pole Branch at the Bridge & Morningstar Marin

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 966 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere and the food was great
  2. KB

    KenB

    Charlotte

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Drift is a Welcome spot on Lake Wylie if you are looking for something upscale and excellent food and service
  3. GG

    GreggG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Great ambiance and service. Food was good but portions were small.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my second time celebrating at Drift, and once again it has not disappointed. The staff was very nice, and the food incredible.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service is always absolutely outstanding. Tried the Brussels sprouts for the first time and they were delicious. Great total experience.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family visited for my husband’s birthday. The food was great and the service was awesome. They even made a special effort to get us an indoor seat with a view of the lake, which was a special request. We will definitely be back to visit this beautiful and special restaurant.
  7. BS

    BrittaniS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food. Thanks for a great thanksgiving!
  8. M

    Marie

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a delightful evening. We were so well cared for and the food was extraordinary.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Drift is amazing. Fabulous food,atmosphere and service. A delightful experience.
  10. C

    Chuck

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving
  11. BA

    BritA

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Our server was awesome. Toward the end she slacked off a little bit and didn't come check in hardly at all. Food was great and so were the drinks. Views were beautiful as well.
  12. LJ

    LisaJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect! The Thanksgiving dinner was so delicious. The atmosphere was lovely. Patrick was our server and he was a delight…so friendly and helpful. It was our first time at Drift and we will definitely be coming back!!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing Thanksgiving at Drift. From the friendly and knowledgeable staff (our waitress Hannah was fabulous), to the elegant, yet comfortable atmosphere, and of course… the FOOD. It all made for a lovely day and experience.
  14. LZ

    LezZ

    Charlotte

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lovely place for a special occasion Would love to try the outside patio during warmer weather
  15. CC

    ChrisC

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brooke did a fantastic job with our large party. We will definitely be back.
  16. SS

    StephanieS

    Charlotte

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant. Great staff and service. Excellent menu, but I did not give 5 stars because 3 of our 6 entrees were salmon and they were undercooked and we had to send them back. Then, they came back overcooked :( The sea bass and pasta w/ the lamb would have been amazing, but both were too salty and the pasta had too much sauce in general.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had an amazing experience for my mom’s birthday. Wendi our server was excellent and she is an amazing asset to the Drift.
  18. SP

    SkipP

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, service and view are all spectacular. I would highly recommend Drift.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall: Perfection. wonderful flavor. large portions. Hello: bread and butter never gets attention yet it is the first impression—chive garlic butter was incredible. “Hi!” Appetizer: Shrimp cocktail preparation was intentional and had personality—not your average preparation and served with very flavor-forward sauces. perfect. Cocktail: lillikoi was tart and not sweet—again perfect—and paired well with that shrimp—i could do that all day. more bread and butter please. Entree: signature filet, medium. I would not do the crab cake. it was not needed and did not add anything (other than calories but who’s counting). Paired with Roth cab. Desserts: creme brulee and carrot cake. carrot cake was the best i have ever had. period. creme brulee was very good—portion was too large and was overshadowed by that carrot cake but we took one for the team and finished it! Final remarks: service on point. ambiance (downstairs) was great. Occasion was to celebrate my friend’s birthday. Server certainly made her feel special with champagne and cake. Will happily return!
  20. CD

    ChrisD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful experience at Drift. The food was wonderful, and service was amazing from Wendy! We were there to celebrate a birthday, and she provided an excellent experience!
  21. DH

    DustinH

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    The setting and building appearance of Drift is beautiful. Unique new building with great view of lake. We had great service for Sunda Brunch by Wendi. However; positives stopped there. Most people at our table said the flavor of the food was bland. The omelet was runny/undercooked, the French dip sandwich was extremely fatty, no flavor, and raw. The chicken funnel cake didn't have much flavor. We were very hopeful of this restaurant as the area needs a great nicer place to eat, but the quality of the food does not match the price. Bummed that it was just subpar. Step up the flavor and presentation Drift!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great dining experience! The food was amazing and the service was the best I’ve experienced in a long time. I look forward to dining here again.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Service and Location were excellent. All food was too salty.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food and service was fantastic!! Our waitress Brooke went above and beyond to make our anniversary dinner as special as possible. My only issue was the noise level. Not sure if it was acoustics or just the noise level of people at nearby tables but it was tough to hear a normal conversation at my table at times.
  25. j

    jena

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Jackson was wonderful! Not overbearing but very attentive and knowledgeable.
  26. KT

    KathyT

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    My filet was amazing. The seafood boil overly salty or it would have been amazing too. Service and staff was amazing. Atmosphere was great. It is nice to have an option for a nice restaurant in Lake Wylie. Pricing makes Drift a special occasion dinner versus a monthly night out. Drinks, salads, entrees, and shared dessert ended up about a hundred per out the door.. but I will go again
  27. NC

    NateC

    Charlotte

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We'd been to Drift around opening had while the ambiance and service were great, my wife an I were not blown away by the food. We returned and were so excited to see how much they upped their game! What a difference! Everything was well seasoned, flavorful, and cooked to perfection. The atmosphere is as good as you can get this side of Lake Wylie and the service is great as well! I'm excited to return to Drift!
  28. VC

    VickiC

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Food was good but not great for the price. We did not care for don't dessert.
  29. RP

    RPinOC

    Charlotte

    32 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    We live in McLean, 5 minutes away, so we really wanted to like the restaurant. Slow start. It was 15 min. before anyone took our drink order, as we watched everyone around us placing their orders and getting their drinks, another 15 minutes until we actually got the drinks, which were not made right. Another 15 minutes to get the appetizers, which were not the appetizers ordered, another 15 minutes to get the correct appetizers. So not off to a good start after the first hour. Once we got going, Patrick was personable and was trying. Entres arrived. The steak was not prime, but very good. Steak tartare was good, but the chips were too wispy to spread anything on. Would NOT recommend the donut for desert. Overall, not bad after the first hour.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, George, was phenomenal and this will be a restaurant we visit often!
  31. SD

    SueD

    Charlotte

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    I ordered a apple martini and it was awful so I got some wine. I noticed after they charged us for that drink. Unbelievable. It was a birthday celebration.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food was delicious, and one of my favorite experiences was having Nikitta as our server. When she walked up to the table, I remembered her from Napa in Kingsley and she remembered me. It was such a pleasant experience that I booked a reservation for next Saturday for a party of 11 and requested her as a server next week for my sister-in-law’s birthday and she loves Nikki.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and Atmosphere were amazing. Birthday Dinner was perfect. Highly recommended.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was exceptional. We had Patrick and he was very attentive. The manager came by the table twice to make sure everything was going well. Great job!
  35. b

    bobcatbeck

    Charlotte

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our wedding anniversary at Drift on Lake Wylie. The staff was pleasant and congratulatory. Our waitress was pleasant and prompt. She offered a champagne toast. We had crab stuffed rainbow trout and mahi-mahi. Both were cooked as requested and very tasty. The carrot cake was fresh and excellent, enough to share. Overall, it was a very enjoyable, memorable evening.
  36. R

    Rachelm

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our first experience to drift! The service was great and amazing customer service.
  37. r

    robertc

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A little pricey very nice restaurant awsome service
  38. S

    Sikma

    Charlotte

    117 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    117 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Did the Sunday brunch. It was ok. Manager tried to make us happy. We will order something else next time. Still a very nice place
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    A little expensive for everyday dining. Need to add a few less expensive options to menu
  40. m

    mnh20

    Charlotte

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very nice brunch. Coco, our waitress, was cordial, made menu suggestions, and checked in with the table throughout the meal. Excellent service and ambiance. We will return in the future.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

Drift on Lake Wylie offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (980) 351-0111.

Drift on Lake Wylie is rated 4.6 stars by 966 OpenTable diners.

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 54 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Drift on Lake Wylie

315 M Lanyard Ln, Belmont, NC 28012

Additional information

  • Cross street

    South New Hope Road & Pole Branch at the Bridge & Morningstar Marin

  • Neighborhood

    Belmont

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Seafood, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ken Aponte

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (980) 351-0111

  • Catering

    Possible off-site caterings.

  • Private party facilities

    With five private and semi-private dining spaces, we can easily accommodate various setups for large groups, small seated meals, cocktails with passed canapés, social shindigs, or corporate fetes for up to 120 guests.

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