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Drift- Seafood & Raw Bar, Rehoboth Beach, DE

Drift- Seafood & Raw Bar

4.8
4.8
546 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Drift specializes in exceptionally sourced and prepared seafood which reflects the rich culinary traditions of our region. We have created a unique and intimate atmosphere as well as a carefully curated beverage program. We hope you enjoy every aspect of your dining experience with Drift.

Drift brings to Rehoboth Beach a premier raw bar and seafood restaurant in an elevated dining environment. Our daily menu varies as we focus on sourcing only the freshest local and seasonal ingredients. We communicate directly with our network of providers to ensure only the best ingredients are selected. We believe the geography of Rehoboth Beach provides an opportunity to showcase the truly unique and diverse seafood and produce found in our area.

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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 7 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (302) 567-2744
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander, Black/African American, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Middle Eastern, Native/Indigenous, Persons with Disabilities, South Asian/Indian, Veteran, Women
  • Executive chef
    Thomas Wiswell
  • Neighborhood
    Rehoboth Beach
  • Cross street
    On Baltimore Avenue, between 1st and 2nd Street
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 546 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Baltimore / Maryland

    Best Service

  • Baltimore / Maryland

    Innovative

  • Baltimore / Maryland

    Seafood

  • Ocean City / Delaware Shore

    Best Overall

  • Ocean City / Delaware Shore

    Best Food

  • Ocean City / Delaware Shore

    Best Service

  • Ocean City / Delaware Shore

    Best Ambiance

  • Ocean City / Delaware Shore

    Best Value

  • Ocean City / Delaware Shore

    Innovative

  • Ocean City / Delaware Shore

    Hot spot

  • Ocean City / Delaware Shore

    Great for fine wines

  • Ocean City / Delaware Shore

    Lively

  • Ocean City / Delaware Shore

    Most Booked

546 Reviews
  1. TerriS

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fantastic! Delicious, well prepared pasta. Our waiter, Danny, was wonderful.

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  2. jeff2Chatham

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the moment we were greeted upon entry until we left we felt like we were treated like family. The service, food and ambiance are all excellent. GM Birkan and server Savannah could not have been more prompt, attentive and pleasant. We will be coming back for sure

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  3. jpwh

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Drift never disappoints- excellent and inventive menu!

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  4. ReelOar

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, delicious food, and creative cocktails. The scallop crudo was a real treat. The beet/burrata salad was a perfect start to the entrees. The steak was seasoned and cooked to perfection, and the swordfish schnitzel was a refreshing way to enjoy one of my favorite fish dishes. Don't miss the desserts, either!

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  5. PatL

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super friendly staff, great food, highly recommended!

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  6. RoseS

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite places in Rehoboth. Expensive, but worth the money.

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  7. IgnacioG

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chef Wiswell is a Micheline Star in the making! The food experience he prepares is very thoughtful, well crafted, with a conscious environment in mind. Where is not just about what you eat, but what you eat eats. Definitely, Drift is my go to place for any occasion. I am finding more things to celebrate so we can go to Drift ;-)

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  8. PatC

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Drink prices were very high for top shelf liquors. I guess you really have to love oysters because the menu seemed limited to us. We both had the monkfish and for the amount of money the entre cost ($37) it left a lot to be desired. They presented the plate with half of it empty which seemed like an odd presentation. Staff were very friendly but honestly we won't be returning.

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  9. JohnT

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrific experience as always! Best restaurant in the area!

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  10. ToniR

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We made a reservation and they called to confirm but when we showed they did not have seating for 30 min. We decided to sit at the bar where we were served and everything was wonderful!!! Great food and great service.

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  11. HarrietK

    Jacksonville

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food. Wine pairings okay but could be better quality wine

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  12. KathyB

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Drafty in outdoor dining area even with heaters. Opening to back on the side of the bldg

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We normally love Drift, they clearly were not on their game last night. Service was excellent, but it was apparent that the kitchen was not operating at its usual degree of excellence. Selections were missing ingredients, taste profiles differed considerably from previous visits, dishes were grossly over salted. Something was obviously different, as Drift usually does not disappoint. Everyone’s entitled to a bad day, and we certainly will be back soon. The excellent drinks, and good company, lessoned our disappointment with the food.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very enjoyable Sunday brunch; food and service, consistent and spot on!

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  15. JackM

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Drift has become one of our favorite restaurants. The food is exceptional, and do yourself a favor and order the lobster french toast. AMAZING!

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  16. BobR

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve been to Drift several times now and they never disappoint. Staff is wonderful and the food and drinks are excellent! Plan ahead with reservations as they seem to fill up.

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  17. Joan

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our evening. The service was very good, but a little slow. The staff and our server, Kayla, was excellent. The food was great, although we were surprised there was only one fish dish on the menu. We will likely return another time.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service from beginning to end, and always healthy curated menu.

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  19. LittleRedHen

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding! The attention to detail shows In both the food and the service.

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  20. BillG

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Drift never disappoints - it is my go to place when I have company or just want a night out on my own.

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  21. Boom

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great. Tom is an amazing chef. Service and management top notch.

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  22. CristinaM

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They were very accommodating and courteous. The food was very good, and the service was lovely. Music was a bit too loud to talk however.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Lovely atmosphere and attentive waitstaff.

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  24. SonniW

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    It was so noisy I couldn’t enjoy conversation with my partner. The wait staff was superb. I believe the ambiance interfered with my decision about how good or bad the food was. Food presentation was great.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, ambiance, delicious food and fun friends! Awesome evening! Thanks Drift! See you again soon!

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  26. CasualReasonablyPriced

    Washington DC

    54 reviews

    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, excellent service. Consistently good and a place to go for a special occasion.

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  27. Chelsea470

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Winter Wednesday’s pre-fixe special is delicious, intensely flavorful food at an amazing price. Add $15 wine pairing. Our charming waitress Savannah made the meal even more delightful.

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  28. Kate

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, cocktails and service as always. Our favorite restaurant in Rehoboth!

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  29. jong

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful restaurant. We drove all the way from NoVA after reading a terrific WaPo review. Well worth the trip. The best high end restaurant in Rehoboth, and there are not many. The manager was very accommodating in giving us a booth, as it is a very small place. We started with shared crab hush puppies. Delicious and more than enough to share. My wife had the Swordfish Schnitzel (I had a taste!) Beautifully prepared. I had the gnocchi. Again, beautifully prepared. Rich without being cloying. Everyone was professional, while still being warm and friendly. We will certainly go again when we return to Rehoboth in the summer.

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  30. JenniferK

    Baltimore

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely little spot. Intriguing menu. Wanted to try everything. Some bites were excellent. Drinks very good. Pricy but a high end experience.

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  31. AshleyN

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Small space but great food and drinks. Duck pappardelle and swordfish schnitzel were delicious!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding experience as always. Food was amazing. My two guests had not been to DRIFT and they loved the Wednesday Price Fixed menu!!!

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  33. BillG

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Though a frequent diner at Drift, it was my first opportunity to participate in Pasta Night. The 3 of us all ordered a different pasta dish and all agreed that the dishes were prepared well and it was nice to have something different. As always the service was impeccable by Savannah and Chase. It truly is like going over to your best friend' s house for dinner when you go to Drift!

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  34. AmyG

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Every dish that our party savored was excellent! A special nod goes to the fried oysters and the swordfish schnitzel. These were both cooked to perfection and the combination of flavors was unique.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful evening. The shiso-tuna wraps and grilled oyster mushrooms are not to be missed. Great to see how they are using Eastview Farm’s bounty across the menu.

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  36. Charlie

    Atlantic City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service, great food.. It was our 24th anniversary, entire staff signed a card for us which was so cool and appreciated!

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  37. LoriK

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always FANTASTIC! Never disappoints! We had the pre fixe and it was a WONDERFUL meal!

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  38. DavidC

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    While this is still one of my favorite restaurants, I think the some of the pastas need improvement. This was definitely the case for the pasta served with the shredded duck. The pasta was less than al dente. The texture was not pleasing to the palate.

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  39. BVieira

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went the Sunday brunch as our first experience here knowing it was a pricey place. Overall it was a very nice experience. The service and food was on point. Everyone was very polite and helpful. I had the Lobster French Toast which was excellent. Husband got a mimosa $10ea. but when it came (not with fresh O.J. which is what we expected.) it was made with an orange juice product I couldn't identify. It reminded my husband of Tang. I had a cocktail which was very good but at $19.00ea We wound up sharing it. Husband ordered the raw oysters (at 3$ea.) as an appetizer. He said they were amazing and felt well worth the price. He also got smoked salmon eggs benedict with rosemary potato fries. Eggs benedict was very good but rosemary potatoes were too salty and over cooked. When we got the bill we were charged more than the price listed on the menu for that item. An oversight I hope. Overall a nice place to go for a special meal. Despite the hiccups I mentioned we will try them again.

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  40. Foodie

    Baltimore

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time brunch. Went for the lobster French toast. Did not disappoint ! Loaded with lobster delish. Hubby had eggs and smoked salmon Benedict. We shared. Eggs perfect, Best smoked salmon I have ever had. Service perfect. The food is pricey but well worth it in my opinion.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

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

    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Drift- Seafood & Raw Bar is rated 4.8 stars by 546 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for Drift- Seafood & Raw Bar

42.5 Baltimore Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    On Baltimore Avenue, between 1st and 2nd Street
  • Neighborhood
    Rehoboth Beach
  • Hours of operation
    Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander, Black/African American, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Middle Eastern, Native/Indigenous, Persons with Disabilities, South Asian/Indian, Veteran, Women
  • Executive chef
    Thomas Wiswell
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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