DRIFTHOUSE by David Burke

4.4
951 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.

Fresh baked pop-overs, seasonal starters and signature table-shares like the bacon clothesline and chorizo & octopus kebabs are fan faves.

Patented Salt-Aged steaks and hand-cut pastas are shore to please. Dive into a west coast oyster and enjoy a 3lb. Lobster right from our tank-to-your-table. Finish with a mouth-watering dessert, made in-house by our very own pastry chef Stuart.

We have taken our beverage program to the next level by partnering with local farms, distilleries and breweries right here on the Jersey Shore. Barrel-aged cocktails are next on the list of things to pour and our boutique wine list evolves with every sip.

DRIFTHOUSE by David Burke and the newly opened Nauti Bar at the Driftwood Cabana Club truly offers a beautiful, flavorful and memorable experience.

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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 951 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was fantastic!

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NicoleK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Expensive but worth every penny. Best upscale dining in the area!!

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Mm312
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wanted a quiet date night and Drifthouse delivered. Food was very good although a little high priced but that was expected. Drinks were excellent. Staff was very friendly. Brittney was the bartender, it was her second night, she was friendly and hope to see her again next time we go back. Fun, relaxed night that was exactly what we were looking for. Delivered on all points.

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vipbussyfugger
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A real treat

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MartyS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drifthouse by David Burke, exceeded all of our expectations. The space is inviting , warm, and well staffed. All of the food was of the highest quality .
I strongly recommend .

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BrianF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

ambience and service was outstanding, the food was average at best and was extremely disappointed considering all the "david burke" hype. would not reccomend

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vipBaybaby53
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This spot is definitely worth a trip. Location and views are great, menu is inventive, ambience is very nice.
We sat in the fireplace room before dinner and enjoyed a cocktail in front of the fire.


SUPPORT OUR LOCAL RESTAURANTS!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Host and wait staff were phenomenal. Friendly and attentive, and clearly professionals in their field. The ambiance was nice, with a big open space and high ceilings. Chairs were very comfortable and dining room was well appointed. Cocktails were inventive and poured perfectly, they were well balanced. The lychee gimlet was delicious.

My major qualms were unfortunately with the food. The popovers came out cold with frozen solid butter (cold popovers are gross, they’re meant to be warm) and the menu wasn’t as descriptive as the dishes that were provided, often leaving me unable to eat some of the items (eg, there is chipotle aioli in the fritto misto that is not listed on the menu, there is vinegar and salt on the watercress that is served with the steaks, the onion and Gorgonzola topping for the steak is not a topping, but rather a side ramekin with Gorgonzola flavored butter and imperceptible onions). The menu is very limiting to begin with for anyone with a sensitivity to spice, and words like “hostile” and “angry” are used to describe dishes in a very off-putting manner.

Our waitress was amazingly accommodating and said she could see what could be made non-spicy, but I erred on the side of caution and ordered things that were not explicitly described as spicy. And I highly don’t recommend getting the fries. They’re thick and greasy and undercooked.

The star of the dinner was the creme brûlée. It truly was a masterpiece and I would come back for an after dinner drink and creme brûlée, but not a whole meal.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was interesting and innovative.
Brandi no was amazing but price was a bit high for what we got.
I understand that pandemic might something to do with it but I will think twice before I would go again for casual dining

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside gorgeous weather, wonderful experience, got to meet DB himself!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service!

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MortonW
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed the meal. Especially loved the dessert, Cheese Cake Lollypops. Must be a signature David Burke dessert which we had for the second time. Appetizers were really good, Tuna Tartare Tacos and Pretzel Crab Cakes. Shared Lobster Bolognese as a main course. Very tasty. Tables were nicely spaced. Our server Casey was really nice and friendly.

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vipGaryS
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The Food was amazing! Four of us each having a different meal and everything done to perfection. Excellent diverse menu, something for everyone. Service however was terrible, waiter never to be found, slow on everything, and seemed like they really did not care. We also requested outside dining and all of their heaters ran out of gas. This was a busy Saturday night, you may have thought they would have checked or had a backup. Overall no thought to the customer. But again food was magnificent!

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Love2eat
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and atmosphere. Felt safe during COVID as the tables were spread out.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

First and foremost, the waiter was fantastic. Very attentive and never had to hunt him down. We ordered the clothesline bacon, first round she tried to blow torch it and knocked it over onto one of us, then hit the floor. Second round the same girl (not our waiter), tried to blow torch it again abd knocked it into herself. They were served and still cold. Truffle fries were fantastic 👏 as were the disco fries. The skirt steak was "ok", spaghetti carbonara was cold and the pasta on top was hard and crunchy--it was hard to get pass. Cavatelli and short ribs were also on the cold side, but tasted ok. Desserts were pretty good, had the cheesecake pops that the kids liked, one of us had the cookie with a gooey chocolate center and someone had a cake with mango--light and refreshing. For the price I was expecting "the best", wasn't very impressed.

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vipJEFFE
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Gourmet food and presentation and attentive wait and bar staff!

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vipChristinaL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bacon was AMAZING and the lobster bolognese was fantastic. Our server was prompt and attentive.

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Fredfl
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience4

I’m a fan of David Burke so when I had a chance to go to Drifthouse I assumed it would be great. I was wrong. The food was mediocre. From the wild boar to the filet and even the bacon appetizer that’s a signature dish was just OK.

The service was exemplary as were the drinks, but at a David Burke restaurant, great service is expected.

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SusanH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating at restaurant. Had to originally ask for server to come to acknowledge us after 10 minutes at table. Hostess apologized and gave us round of drinks for free. Food was delicious . Will be returning!

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KathyC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful..delicious food fun atmosphere

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KevinC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

not so impressive place, food was good but pricey

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

My steak was overcooked ~ I asked for Medium and it was very well
Done. Otherwise, its a nice place.

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vipslmorin
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect Evening! Thanks Casey and Nick! Food is fresh and creative. Drinks are great as well.

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vipTomH
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time in over year, since a notable turnover in staff and a number of menu changes that didn't thrill me. While there are still few if any familiar faces on the staff, our bartender / servers were both attentive and outstanding. They knew the menu well, and were quite helpful with wine selections. The recent additions of raw bar items and sushi to the menu were an excellent move. Everything was extremely well prepared and presented and very enjoyable!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service & amazing food !

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Sue7
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We had a fun night with 2 guys who played live music & were good. It's been too long
to not hear a live band. Our drinks were good & also our dinner but my Husbands pasta
was a little over cooked. He really enjoyed his cream brûlée dessert.

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FrankO
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and awesome service. Our waiter was K.C. very friendly and attentive. We'll definitely return.

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vipG1313
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious !!! oysters casino was really good app. But by far the steaks were out of this world! I had the strip my wife had the filet... perfectly cooked and extremely tasty!! It was pricey but worth it!!! My son had the salmon and he said it was his favorite ever!! Lol.. Brittany our waitress was amazing and on point with everything.. we will definitely be back!!! Thank you..

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AnthonyS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

What a disappointment! Lots of locals love this place. Not sure if its the place to be seen by the important pretentious people in town, but our experience was pretty poor. $140 for a lousy tasteless porterhouse steak, $58 for a dry tough strip steak. Service started pretty good, than our waitress disappeared between dessert, 15 minutes later,coffee, and completely disappeared bringing us the check, we had to go find her... I hate when I'm ready to leave and the wait staff disappears.

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vipJohnD
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

I thought the service was excellent. I’ve been there many times in the past. The food this evening I did not feel was up to par for the prices one is willing to pay for eating there.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal. Outstanding service. Restaurant was COVID-19 responsible and we all felt safe. I highly recommend!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I steak was cold and T service was horrible I really hate when they leave the plates on top of my table when I finish eating and they were there for almost 40 minutes

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vipRobertm
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Any David Burke restaurant is always a real treat !!!!

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vipVinceD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great night at Drifthouse!
Food was spectacular and service was spot-on!

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Susan
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to this restaurant and it was great. We were lucky enough to get the restaurant week menu which was an excellent deal. Would like to try the Angry Hour menu next time.

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RoyE
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal! Casey was a top notch server and everything from drinks to dessert were delicious

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KevinV
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time here and everything from the meal, wine, service and atmosphere was outstanding. We came on restaurant week and had a three course pre fixed meal, it was fabulous. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone!

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vipJImmyC
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with friends outside before it gets too cold. All 4 enjoyed the appetizers, side dishes, and entrees.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went during Jersey Shore Restaurant Week. What a beautiful evening at a beautiful venue with outstanding food and service. Everything was absolutely delicious with a beautiful view of the ocean! David Burke himself was on premises and stopped by to say hello.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We started off with burnt popovers which the waiter told us are supposed to look burnt but don’t taste burnt. We assured him that they tasted burnt and he quickly got us new pop overs. Our appetizers were good, but once again one of our entrées was burnt, the salmon. For dessert, the crème brûlée came chilled. Overall A Very disappointing experience, especially for a David Burke restaurant.

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 951 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.