DRIFTHOUSE by David Burke

4.2
1412 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 Frutti di Mare, Linguine Clams Casino and Wild Mushroom Cavatelli (with locally sourced mushrooms).

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
What 1412 people are saying
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4.3
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4.2
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LillianA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal was delicious (Lobster night special), service thoughtful, a perfect experience--as always. David Burke restaurants never disappoint.

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JeffS
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Burger Night. We've been a few times on other occasions and twice for the Lobster Night - pretty good and fun. But Burger Night was a not so good. Burger was thin, and served on a cold English muffin - totally unexpected; did not enjoy at all. We've seen the burgers there before (served to others) and they seems big, juicy and with a legitimate roll. Why be so cheap on "Burger Night"? Ordered the bacon app, like usual - but this time it had no taste except for the sweetness (no smoke at all). Also, although server and mgr were attentive, neither of them knew what beer they served me. They didn't have the Delirium draft I ordered, so gave me another. Both came to our table at different times and told me two different things. Served me another beer twice and couldn't be sure what it was. The bill said Delirium and then they said it was Twin Lights. OK. But they bill should have reflected the lower price beer! Oy vey. Bill came to $100 - totally expected - but not worth the visit. Won't go back.

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BobS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Limited menu and overpriced. Only 1 special and it was spicy pasta with shrimp & calamari - what's special about those two ingredients?

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Cater
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

We have been here before and enjoyed the food and service but this time we were disappointed. We had an early reservation and on open table it said for a party of 4 we could only be there for 2 hours...no problem. Our waitress was very nice. Drinks and appetizers came right away. We waited an hour and 15 minutes for our main course. Three times we were told that it was plated and ready. We watched other tables come after us and get their food and then finally it came and was barely warm...at this point we were hungry and ate it. I'm sure it would have been exceptional at the right temperature. We were not offered any compensation at first till we pressed and the manager took off 25%. We were not sure why there was such poor communication between chef, kitchen and wait staff on our food delay. Hopefully, this was just a one time hiccup but we did spend a lot of money for such a poor experience.

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RonF
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great. The food was outstanding, with complete attention to detail. We want to come back for Christmas Dinner. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was amazing music was great and food was phenomenal

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viplocalresident
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Have dined here regularly since it opened. Unfortunately for the better part of this year Drifthouse was off and we haven't gone as much. Menu became limited not cohesive, dishes that we loved were taken away & put on Redhorse's menu (we love Redhorse) and the overall quality of cooking declined, it was like the place was going down hill. However, we went last night & it was great! Menu was thoughtful with many options & our meals were absolutely delicious! Bartenders remain constantly wonderful. Drifthouse is back on track.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Unfortunately we did not experience the best service. We were not informed about the specials. After ordering, we heard another table being told the specials, which was the only way we learned of them. One of us ordered the branzino and it came out smelling extremely fishy to everyone at the table. The person took one bite and it also tasted fishy so we had to send it back. Our server did not apologize at all and no one else came to apologize either. A replacement meal did come quickly which was very good. At the end of our meal we ordered cappuccinos that came out luke warm. We were really excited to try something new and heard good things about the restaurant, so we were just disappointed with what happened.

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jpd1
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I had the clams casino over tagliatelle. The clams were awful. Chewy and they felt like they hadn't been scrubbed.
Our server was very good.

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vipHenryA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My only issue is that their website doesn't update. We got their twice to find out that their menu and specials were not available due to "Restaurant Week". Very disappointing, They should say do on their web if there are changes.

Other than that all good.

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PDDD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very good, and obviously a good value (for Restaurant Week); nice opportunity to check out a new place. Two negative comments: the wait staff was overwhelmed, and it took almost 1/2 hour just to get the check; and the plates were all cold, which meant our hot meals cooled off too quickly.
That said, everything seemed fresh and was tasty.

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ChrisF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Jersey Shore Restaurant Week but will be coming back during other times. The food was beautifully presented, the portions were large and the overall flavor of the dishes were spot on. I would heartily recommend Drifthouse to family & friends it was truly one of the best eating experiences I have had. KUDOS!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant. Great food.

KR
vipKathyR
Atlantic City
17 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't wait to return. Peter was our server & he was phenomenal. Perfect

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vipfoodie
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We visited for Jersey Shore Restaurant Week. We have eaten there before so we knew we were in for a treat. The meal was excellent as well as service. Our only disappointment was that we were seated in front of the live music snd while they were very talented, it was so loud my family was unable to talk. No need to have live music there, in our opinion.

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lyndao
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It has a good vibe. The singer was very good. I had mussels which weren't very good, tasted old, and I order mussels frequently. The branzino was good, but I didn't like what was under it but my friend liked his. The pumpkin mousse was great! The employees were all very friendly, but in the weeds. I'd go again, because I think this was just an off night. I've been to other David Burke restaurants and have loved their food.

MC
MarygraceC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

I order the surf and turf the steak was cold and stringy. The lobster tail was so tough I couldn’t cut it with my knife.
My husband had the short rib and pasta
It was very very salty.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The food was just okay. Good but not really worth the money.

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vipNancys
Naples
22 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! The solo guitar player made the delicious dinner very enjoyable!

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TomC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience1

Food was excellent, good value for cost (it was restaurant week). Place was not crowded but service was extremely slow-had to flag down a waiter to place our drink order. It was very noisy-a duo was playing guitar and drums very loudly-couldn't hold a conversation.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time!!! Excellent food!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Very Disappointed

While this restaurant has lovely ocean and bay views, our hostess would not accommodate our request to sit near a window when there were several open tables stating that section was closed. Instead she placed us between 2 other tables with less than 2 ft of spacing. To add insult to injury,, midway through the meal they started to seat other customers near the windows.

Given the limited Restaurant week menu, it seemed like everything was precooked and reheated. Also the entrees came out at the same time as the appetizers.

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MomNJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was well prepared and the staff was pleasant and courteous. However, the restaurant felt understaffed. Overall, very good.

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vipTravelingman
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was outstanding, one of the finest dining experiences we have experienced we have had in the last couple of years. Creative combinations, prepared and presented beautifully.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great restaurant and we will be back!

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FrancesR
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was okay fish a bit dry from the last time I was there back in April for restaurant week.

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gary
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very good happy hour. Great value ! We will be back for sure !

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PatriciaQ
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Have been dying to try and saw on restaurant week. Meal was great and our server Kendall was wonderful

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MariaM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food! The best in the area! Unique delicious dishes. Service is outstanding. Ambience is beautiful on the beach. Live music was wonderful!

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Leanne
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for the Italian prixe fixe and it was delicious. Clams with bacon and couscous was our favorite. Will return again for sure.

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fingin
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We went for 1/2 price sushi night and appetizers and sushi that was on menu were delicious. Just wish there were more variety or Love boat selections for 2 people. Also there was live music which was a plus.

MM
vipMeeMee3
New York Area
124 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food and the service was fine. It was very cold in the restaurant and we asked a few times for the heat to be put up.

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OpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Horrible
The music is so loud we can’t hear the person across the table . The service is terrible the orders are not in sync the side order comes out ten minutes after the entree. When you ask for another drink it comes ten minutes ans if you want beer they will serve you half a glass of the bottom of the keg which is an insult .
The food not upto David Bruke standard . Expensive for no reason .

Never will return!!
Horrible

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, music, wait staff. Matt was our waiter very knowledgeable and professional. We were there during a storm the ocean and view was awesome

DS
vipDonS
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service at bar and restaurant. A true Jem. Amazing ocean view!

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ShannonO
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect atmosphere for a romantic dinner. Oysters were outstanding. Drinks were so fresh and tasty. Service was fabulous.

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MellieTarica
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Our waitress was superb but we weren’t impressed with the food at all. We liked the dessert ice cream sliders.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food& fantastic band on Friday

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Appetizers and meals were very good. The bread was not great. The coffee was subpar - need fresh ground beans! There should be some more salads too. The steak knives were very nice but the other silverware seemed cheap and beat up. Overall very good, but not quite upper echelon.

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italian1choice
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Delicious food. Lots of choices including a price fixe menu. My branzino was done perfectly and the Brussels sprouts were yummie! Guitar player very good but loud

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 4.2 stars by 1412 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.