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DRIFTHOUSE by David Burke, Sea Bright, NJ

DRIFTHOUSE by David Burke

4.4
4.4
1546 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 35 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 1,546 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. TF

    TrentFavs

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was divine. The wine list, impressive.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Really nice dinner with friends Delicious seafood & attentive service Noise level too high to carry on conversation & live music with amplifier only made it louder! Otherwise a great experience, thank you
  3. HG

    HeatherG

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Celebrating my daughters 5th grade moving up. Our waiter was amazing. Funny, kind, attentive to the graduate and all around great server. Food was very good. Loved the sword gosh kabob special!
  4. SL

    SeafoodLover

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and the server was excellent!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Seated promptly. Restaurant was cold music was too loud. Apps were good main course were fair. Prices were high. Bread was pathetic
  6. K

    Karen

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    It was a busy Father’s Day. Almost everything was wring from the kitchen. Rolls tasted stale or previously frozen. Special salads came out wrong, for two who were splitting it. No extra plates given. My son ordered one branzino dish that came out wrong. My son in law ordered steamed veggies which were raw. My cappuccino was cold. Had to ask for it hot. Overall, waitress service from Tammy was very good. Your kitchen needs work. Truly a not good experience. My husband and I became Ill last nite and were sick to our stomachs. It was pretty awful. Not sure what you did with the crab cake or the side dishes but we were sick. We had guests drive an hour to join us and so not worth it. Very disappointing.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day
  8. g

    garyb

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Fathers Dat was awful

    DRIFTHOUSE by David BurkeResponded 7 days agoHello Gary, I'm so sorry to read you had an awful Father's Day experience at Drift House. Please let us know what your concerns where so we can better serve you next time.

  9. MC

    MikeC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    The view was great. The food was average for both of us. Desert "sliders" were poor. Probably came out of a freezer package. The cappuccino was stale and cold. I sent it back The servers were rushing to take plates off the table and the place wasn't even busy. Sad. So easily could have been a 4 or 5 star rating have been. Cold coffee? Seriously?
  10. FC

    FC63

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was Great, and the service was Excellent.
  11. f

    fastfax

    New York Area

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Nice menu and deals at bar and specials. Food is nicely presented and generally above average
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    Food was overpriced. I don’t mind paying if it’s actually worth it. First they didn’t cook my filet right, had to send back. Then when it finally came it was bland and chewy.
  13. R

    Renee

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The restaurant is lovely, you can’t beat the setting and the decor is warm and comfortable. There were three of us dining, we all opted for the pre fixe three course dinner and we all ordered the same thing. The burrata appetizer was excellent and the cookie ice cream sandwich dessert was absolutely delicious. Our main course of monk fish was mediocre. The fish was broken up into a few small pieces and served with a small amount of pasta. I expected something a bit more tastier, it was fine, but I wouldn’t order it again. All in all it was a perfectly lovely dinner and we will return.
  14. S

    Seabreeze

    New York Area

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful dinner with our family. Our waitress provided excellent service. We enjoyed several appetizers and everyone enjoyed their meal. Dinner at Drifhouse never disappoints!
  15. C

    Caroline

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful meal on Saturday night… mussels for our appy. I had the 1 1/4 lb lobster with zonoodles & my boyfriend had the shrimp & octopus entree, cappuccino’s with the shared dessert of ice cream with chocolate cake all was delicious. We said it was one of our meals in a while. Definitely will be coming back!
  16. RR

    RobertR

    New York Area

    49 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    My strip special they should be ashamed.
  17. J

    Jlady

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Very loud. Food was well prepared and delicious. Portions were sparse. Lousy view of beach club obscuring the ocean.
  18. G

    Greeves

    New York Area

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience1
    Food and service were great, the music is far too loud for the space. We were screaming at each other to be heard and just stopped talking to each other. Not the venue if you want to actually speak to your party and be heard.
  19. A

    Anonymous

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter/server was Bobby. He was polite and attentive. Helped make are dinner enjoyable.
  20. D

    Dee58

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent dinner. The bacon and crab cake appetizers were mouthwatering. The mains were also phenomenal (pork chop and clams casino with linguine). Service was exceptional! We decided to skip dessert and had already paid, but then we saw the dessert presentation at the next table (a freshly baked small chocolate cake topped with fresh whipped cream, caramel sauce, heath bar and ice cream) we decided to stay and indulge. It was an all around great experience.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience5
    Beautiful night You can't beat the ambiance The service was a little slow and the music was little loud They couldn't figure out how to turn it down
  22. ER

    EllenR

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hostess was fabulous, my waiter Bobby was also amazing! Food was excellent, especially the BACON!!! Will definitely be back! Also, parking attendants were very considerate and respectful of my need for handicap parking. The only minor negative had to do with my own tastes for less oily vegetables. I would have preferred them steamed instead of sautéed in oil. The waiter was super nice and took them off my bill even though it was not necessary to do so.
  23. DW

    DavidW

    Louisville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    First time eating in 2022 summer and i have to say service was outstanding - food was ok. We had the beef carpaccio which definitely needed some seasoning and eggplant chips which were solid. Shrimp and octopus was good - but again needed something and bronzino was a little dry. Still a great place to go though - hoping it was just one of those nights :)
  24. PN

    PatrickN

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    This place has great food and a good vibe but I will say it is very expensive, more so than it should be. Places like La Mondina, Beach Tavern, and Charlie's of Bay Head do not price out the same as Drifthouse and are easily on the same level of quality.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The dining room we were in was very noisy
  26. MF

    MichaelF

    Atlantic City

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    The restaurant is in a nice location with a scenic ocean view. The food was very good but I was very disappointed in the service. Our waiter was not very attentive to our table and did not even let us know that there were menu specials that evening. We only found that out when we overheard a waitress stating this fact to a nearby table. While we would likely return to this venue due to it being a David Burke restaurant, I would hope to have better service next time
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was impeccable. Menu is slightly smaller than I expected but currated perfectly.
  28. N

    Nancys

    Naples

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Wonderful! Great server, Mat, great food !
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It was about average in all aspects. A bit disappointed, however we made the best of it as it was our first dinner reservation on our trip up north,
  30. AM

    AMCC

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    The waitress was really attentive, but the kitchen couldn’t get food out. We waited over an hour for the food to come out and the place wasn’t that busy.
  31. A

    Abelsouthall

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    This is pretty mixed review. Met by a bustling ambiance which looked inviting we were sat in an annex with no one else. For party of two that's poor. It took almost 10minutes for waitstaff to attend us and they looked pretty put out, we felt forgotten about. Service only became slightly better as the room filled up. The food was very good, but the service lagged behind so our drinks were completely out of step with our food. We chose our dessert only for them to have run out, again the service....Overall the good food was completely overshadowed by the poor ambiance and service. Would be very hesitant to recommend.
  32. R

    Rodney1

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Meals were delivered cold - menu seemed lacking luster
  33. C

    Christina

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Wouldn’t come back here- nothing special. And the service wasn’t worth the price. They want to charge a credit card fee so I decided to pay cash and the waiter never came back with my change. After some time he started walking around helping the other tables. Very rude to assume when paying cash not to come back with change. We didn’t say thank you no change or started to get up when we handed the folio. He didn’t ask when he took the folio if we needed change, nor did he come back to the table and say thank you. Also had to ask for bread and asked “oh you want bread?” And don’t get me started about the mess of a “valet”. They couldn’t find my car for 15 minutes and mixed up all the tickets- it was a mess. Not worth it, plenty of better places to go to.
  34. M

    Monica

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great time with family. Food was great as well as our server. It was loud though so we all had a hard time have conversations and even to speak with our server.
  35. r

    richie

    Atlantic City

    145 reviews

    4.0

    145 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    First visit in about a year. My own meal was absolutely perfect-- egg yolk raviolo and veal chop. Wife's mean was very good. Great craft cocktails. Seriously overpriced wine list. Service was excellent, and it's a very nice atmosphere. But it is overpriced.
  36. F

    Frambois

    New York Area

    158 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    158 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Erin was our server. She was great. She had a fun personality and took good care of us. We weren’t rushed, courses were well timed. My lobster was prepared perfectly as was the mushroom flatbread with carmelized onions and Gorgonzola. The oysters tasted fresh and clean. I got a seat with an ocean view.
  37. JK

    JuneK

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The staff was very accommodating, holding our table while we wait for our party to arrive. Also went out of their way to get us what we requested. Very enjoyable and delicious
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely an amazing meal from start to finish. Every item we ordered was delicious and beautifully plated
  39. FC

    FC63

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good food. Super crowed and extra wait time on our reservation. Other than that, very good.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    First time at Drifthouse it seemed very poorly managed. The young staff were rushing around like no one knew what they were doing. Food and drinks were good

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 1546 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 35 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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