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DRIFTHOUSE by David Burke, Sea Bright, NJ

DRIFTHOUSE by David Burke

4.4
4.4
1660 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
At DRIFTHOUSE by David Burke you will find our menu features American plates as a reflection of chef David Burke’s contemporary approach to cooking, with a nod to elevated local area classics.

We have recently changed our menu to reflect a more Mediterranean seafood feel. Drifthouse by David Burke still has the fan favorites such as Clothesline Bacon, but also introducing new dishes to our menu such as Seafood Scampi, Linguine Clams Casino and Wild Mushroom Cavatelli (with locally sourced mushrooms).
Please Note we do not take Reservations for Outside Dinning it is first come first served making a note on the reservation does not guarantee seating preference or inside or out preference. We do not take reservations for Bar seating this is also first come first served no exceptions will be made.
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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood, Steakhouse

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (732) 530-9760

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef David Burke

  • Catering

    Private Dining Room & Semi-Private Dining Available

  • Private party facilities

    Whether you’re hosting a corporate event or a social celebration, we will make your event extraordinary. Our spectacular oceanfront location and stunning New American interior offer the perfect setting all year round.

  • Private party contact

    General Manager Alexander J. Loehwing: (732) 530-9760

  • Neighborhood

    Sea Bright

  • Parking details

    Complimentary Valet Parking Lot (once COVID restrictions are lifted), Off Street and Self Parking Lot Available

  • Public transit

    Ocean Boulevard

  • Entertainment

    Tuesdays 6:00pm - 10:00pm

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,660 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and food were great! We were very happy with our meals. Everything was fresh and tasty. Would definitely go back again.
  2. m

    msal

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food1service3ambience4
    3 of the 4 meals we had were not good at all 1 meal was a special and it was good Presentation was below average Service was ok Best thing of entire meal was bacon appetizer Won't be rushing back
  3. c

    crease

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food as always was very good. In spite of all the issues that the restaurant industry is facing the service was outstanding. It was obvious that the restaurant was short staffed but our waiter Matt did everything possible to make sure we were taken care of. Best of all he was supported by managers that followed up to make our dining experience pleasant. The team here understands Great Customer Service. Can’t wait to go back. Thank you
  4. b

    bussyfugger

    New York Area

    37 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Disappointing service as entrees arrived before starter, and fish entree tasted great but was rather gray and unappealing on the plate.
  5. AM

    AimeeM

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Extra long wait after appetizers…including cocktail service. Staff very friendly, explained a new system was implemented & it was a little challenging. Food was good except oysters - those were incredible. maybe an off night, Lots of dropped plates, glasses, etc by staff.
  6. MM

    MeeMee3

    New York Area

    153 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    153 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First of all, the addition of the new General Manager RJ Taylor, is the BEST move Drifthouse by David Burke could have made. The new paint and remodeling of the dining room is so special and the menu change is divine! Our dinners and desserts were amazing and so was the wait staff. Can’t wait to go back! AAAAAA+++++
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal, good service, but it’s an expensive place. It make it a nice place for date night and special occasions. Great views of the ocean. The internal ambiance is dated.
  8. SB

    SirBennett

    Philadelphia

    88 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server, Lori,Ann was phenomenal. Knowledgeable, personable, and attentive. They were out of the 2 pound lobster so gave me two smaller ones for the same lower price. The music was an added bonus, and the food was excellent. We will definitely return!
  9. LF

    LocalFoodie

    Atlantic City

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience5
    Christmas meal with family. The food quality was average. My sister had a chicken dish which she said was so salty that she didn’t eat it at all. My husband and I both had the linguine with shrimp and clams special - a weird taste - tons of bacon (pancetta?) in the broth? Unfortunate - was expecting higher quality food. I do love the location and atmosphere And, the server was really nice.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Valet was on it. Hostess hood Server learning but honest and nice. Attentive. Food was great Drinks cold Timing very good Atmosphere nice A little pricey but that keeps some folks out which is nice.
  11. SB

    SueB

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Staff was outstanding My tuna had come out much more than rare, but immediately manager came over and promised a new rare piece. He did, and it was delicious. The waitress and manager outstanding. The music was very nice also. Two singer/guitarists, nice harmonies. Thank you, We are repeat customers. This time equally good.
  12. EJ

    EileenJ

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was there for an early dinner. The foo was great and loved the restaurant and service.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    See Santa Claus.
  14. F

    Frank

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    My family and I booked the Santa Brunch experience, which we thought would be fun for our little one. Overall it was fine, but not what we had expected. Relative to the cost, the food selection was sub par. For $50pp, I wasn’t expecting banquet style scrambled eggs and dry pre-sliced Turkey. With this being considered an “upscale” restaurant I expected an elevated menu and service style. An omelet and carving station would have completely changed the experience. Also, the kids selections were lacking, offering 1 breakfast item and 1 lunch item was disappointing. With this being a kid/family event you’d think they would something to make it more special for the little ones. The service was great and so was Santa, if it wasn’t for him we would have probably left.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All went well The veal chop was exceptional and very pleasant
  16. DP

    DianeP

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience1
    My pork shoulder on the prefix menu was full of fat the portion was smaller than my co diner which ordered the same thing ,the rolls were stale. Cheap decorations for Christmas and the band playing was good but rather loud
  17. m

    melv

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Wait staff was lovely, bright & efficient. My Bronzino & egg plant chips were divine. However the portion was very small for the big price. My two dining partners had the fixed menu & they were not that happy. One person had sand or a small sand rock in her clams & could have broken a tooth. The other person thought it only tasted of garlic… no other taste. No complexity. My other dining partner’s salmon was basic at best. The price was very high for decent basic food. David Burke needs to revisit his restaurant & change it up or lower the price. I would not recommend or go back.
  18. SB

    SueB

    Sacramento

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We loved our special evening, felt like we were on vacation & can’t wait to enjoy another visit! The food & service were superb! The Mussels were among the best we’ve had ( in a to die for sauce!). My husband loves Pork chops! This one was fabulous & he would rate it among the top 3 he has ever had! I had the Branzino, it was excellent as well! We topped it off with a fabulous, mouth watering Black & white cookie sundae! The ice-cream had every fresh berry you can think of, in it! For great quality, quantity & superb flavors, topped off by excellent service! DriftHouse should be your choice!
  19. B

    Baybaby53

    New York Area

    76 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Sorry to say, Drifthouse used to be much better. Prices have skyrocketed, service is spotty at best, yet the food is wonderful. Can't figure out what they want to be...neighborhood bar, fine dining, or beach shack with poor entertainment. Not worth at $325 price (with tip) for a party of 2. Maybe this time of year, management is more focused on Happy Hour patrons and weekday specials.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding - beginning with the bacon and ending with the cake in a tin …. And everything in between (2 lb Lobster, The Premier Pork Chop, and the Salmon) we’re soooo good, we may not eat for a week. Our server Mika, was extremely knowledgeable and her recommendations were spot on … will definitely be back!
  21. R

    Rosie

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Admittedly, it was Thanksgiving and the place was packed, but the waiting time for our waiter’s initial visit was quite long. Now to be fair, he/she had a table of 8 that they were serving but no water, bread or drink order for 10 minutes was tough.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    seating too crowded in secondary dining room for Thanksgiving dinner.
  23. FP

    FrankP

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great views of the ocean, good service and oysters are great
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food was spectacular! Every course was really really good! Service was excellent! Our waitress was fabulous! So happy we had our Thanksgiving dinner there ! Would love to go back and enjoy another meal! Thank you !
  25. RO

    ReneO

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this Resterant and the people who are working there ! Food , service and atmosphere is Amazing
  26. PW

    PatW

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    The place was soooo loud for dinner. Band/bar and dining room should be separate. We were shouting to be heard above the band. Food and wait staff were outstanding but the place was just too loud
  27. b

    batman

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was outstanding from the parking valet who was soaked in the rain and brought the car to the front, to the friendly waitress, to the music, and the bar! The live music was soothing and enjoyable. The food was excellent and the views are really nice of the ocean in sea bright NJ!
  28. L

    Loba27

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Two friends and I decided to participate in the Jersey Shore restaurant week. We chose Drifthouse by David Burke because I had been to his Chateau restaurant in East Brunswick and had an extraordinary meal. Well Drifthouse did not disappoint. We all had the Burrata and Beet salad appetizer, the Cavatelli Bolognese and Key Lime pie or double Chocolate Mousse cake for dessert. The food was delicious, the service great and the atmosphere perfect for good conversation with good friends. I would absolutely recommend Drifthouse to anyone.
  29. PQ

    PatriciaQ

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been to Drifthouse several times and are NEVER disappointed. The restaurant week menu was great. Look forward to our next meal!!!
  30. MM

    MelissaM

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Menu was changed, food was bland, would not return here again - redhorse by db less than 3 miles away is significantly better
  31. t

    thill44

    Atlantic City

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food and service were excellent. But it was loud and tables were close together. We clearly heard the conversations going on on both sides of us, which was very off putting. Also, we were dining during restaurant week which had a special menu, and it was posted on website that that menu was only available until 6pm, but they didn't mention that the regular menu wasn't available until after 6pm. So I wanted to order off special menu and my husband wanted to order off regular menu. The manager told us we weren't allowed to do that, but that wasn't something that was posted so customers would be aware. We both wound up ordering off the special price fix menu. Which saved us some money, not smart business for them. Oh, and our reservation was 530 pm, so it was almost time for the regular menu anyway. We've been there multiple times before and never had a problem, so we were surprised, and not in a good way, with the way we were treated and the manager's attitude. But again, our server was excellent and the food was very good.
  32. VS

    VictoriaS

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and the service absolutely fantastic.
  33. JM

    JulesM

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent experience from the minute we sat down to ending with the marshmallow ice cream sliders. Everything was cooked perfectly and came out in a timely manner. The ambiance was great and we loved the wood fire place.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    I expected everything about the restaurant to be better, but it was just ok. The room is very noisy and, although it is right on the water, most of the tables do not have a water view. The food was hit and miss, mostly miss. The bread (all two small pieces of it) was stale. My butternut squash gnudi were delicious until the brown butter sauce they were swimming in lost heat and started to congeal. The fried eggplant chips were so thin they were devoid of eggplant - they were more like greasy bendable potato chips. My salmon was ok, nothing special. And the biggest disappointment was dessert. I had the chocolate chip cookie sliders and both the cookies and the ice cream were absolutely tasteless. I think it the ice cream was vanilla, but I'm not sure. And the ice cream was rock-solid when it got to the table, no fun to eat at all. The baked marshmallow on top was sickly sweet. My husband's key lime pie was just ok. I'm glad we went for the Restaurant Week menu because otherwise we would have spent gobs of money on a mediocre experience.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sisters bday. Amazing food ambiance and experience.
  36. JD

    JanD

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were excellent
  37. p

    pcftlauderdale

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Always a bit pricey and worth it. The butternut squash gnudi was a highlight in a reliably good meal
  38. CM

    CarlyleM

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Truly one of the most delicious meals we have had in a while. I would say it is on par with any highly rated restaurant in Manhattan or Phila. And many times in a beach community you would not expect this level of culinary excellence at a local restaruant. The underlying flavors of each dish were subtle and complimentary. Highly recommend!
  39. J

    Jaime

    Atlantic City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Clothesline Bacon was undercooked and fatty unfortunately
  40. EG

    ElizabethG

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service and delicious food! Big portions. We will be back!

    DRIFTHOUSE by David BurkeResponded on November 8, 2022Thank You! We at Drift House are Happy to hear you had a great experience. I will let your server know how you appreciated her service.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

DRIFTHOUSE by David Burke offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 530-9760.

DRIFTHOUSE by David Burke is rated 4.4 stars by 1660 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 14 times today
Google Map for DRIFTHOUSE by David Burke

1485 Ocean Ave., Sea Bright, NJ 07760

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Sea Bright

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood, Steakhouse

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Complimentary Valet Parking Lot (once COVID restrictions are lifted), Off Street and Self Parking Lot Available

  • Public transit

    Ocean Boulevard

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef David Burke

  • Entertainment

    Tuesdays 6:00pm - 10:00pm

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (732) 530-9760

  • Catering

    Private Dining Room & Semi-Private Dining Available

  • Private party facilities

    Whether you’re hosting a corporate event or a social celebration, we will make your event extraordinary. Our spectacular oceanfront location and stunning New American interior offer the perfect setting all year round.

  • Private party contact

    General Manager Alexander J. Loehwing: (732) 530-9760

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