DRIFTHOUSE by David Burke

4.5
1214 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 1214 people are saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JerryC
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food1service4ambience5

The lobster dinners were cold even though the entree was sent out with the appetizer.

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Aldozac
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal. We had an issue with the prime rib, they sent an end cut instead of a center cut, but they quickly remedied the situation and then comped us the price of the dinner. Very nice service by Tara. Oysters and mussels were great. Lobster Bisque was amazing. Will definitely go back.

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vipEllenK
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We specifically went for what they advertised as oyster and lobster night. When we got there they had changed their whole menu but hadn’t updated their website. To compensate the manager did buy our first round of drinks. The meals that we did have were very good

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Manhattanfoodsnob
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Phenomenal food (try the short rib pasta dish- amazing!) and great views and service.

MB
MarkB
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and gracious service. Cannot go wrong with either seafood or steak. Solid wine list as well with good variety of wines across regions. Only downside was the place is really loud though, so had to speak up to hear each other across table.

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vipTerryT
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience1

The restaurant is still lovely but overall, needs some love. The hostess intended to seat a party of 5 right next to the music. The back of my chair was on a speaker. We asked to be seated in the other room.

I understand the difficulty in getting help right now...we waited at least 10 minutes for the server to even take a drink order. Fortunately, we all knew what we wanted and order apps and dinner at the same time. I'm not happy with the whole having to pay for sides thing that has now been instituted. My dish was fine but not hot...everyone was pretty underwhelmed.

Dessert was the best thing we had. I hope they get it together and add more choices and redo the menu. As for the music, if you want to have live music after 9pm but at 7pm when people want to talk to their party, they shouldn't have to shout over the music.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food
Excellent service

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njmom
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful waitress. Spectacular food. David, another fabulous place.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bronzino was the best I’ve ever had! And of course the bacon was outstanding.

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vipfastfax
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The view is sometimes over the pool and the cabanas, yet the place lives up to it's nautical aspirations.
The food is excellent. There is no complaint there, ever. The specialty nights and deals are very well priced, especially for a place of this caliber

The front desk, while efficient can be snarky and curt.
Request for specific room or seat placements are rebuffed unnecessarily often.

The servers are working hard, but can forget your requested glass, knife, extra napkin and no one on the floor helps them out. Every man/woman for themselves it seems.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience3

We had terrible experience, service was extremely slow, I understand waiting for food, but waiting 20 minutes for bottle of wine is too long, our waiter simply forgot, then forgot to bring ice in glass after 2 reminders never got it.. at the end we were double charged, no apologies, as if it’s not a big deal, manager K.Harris was extremely rude and the charge on credit card is still not fixed for overcharge. In my opinion they did it hoping we wouldn’t notice after few glasses of wine lol. Better check your bill before you pay there!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The roof deck was quite nice. Seating was well positioned to see the water. Food was very good. Not excellent but tasty. Portion sizes are about average. Would definitely try again when back in the area. Great for catching the Summer breeze

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vipJohnskylar
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place with very good food.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Food was delicious and our waitress was excellent, wish I could remember her name, lives in Matawan. She was excellent, super friendly and attentive to our needs, went out of her way for us. Cotton candy tree! At first hostess was snobby, but accommodating and friendly in the end. The only negative, disappointed in outdoor dining, decor and ambiance was lacking.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The hostess was not very nice and while we sat for 15 mins waiting for an acknowledgement for our table after checking in she explained she sent a text while we were within 5 feet of her. The server took forever to bring drinks multiple times and the food was overpriced and underwhelming with no flavor (other than the bacon).

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TomE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food, well worth the trip. Just keep in mind there is an 3% up charge for using a credit card.

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Philip
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome. Server, Erin, was outstanding and personable. Overall an awesome experience

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best time celebrating our anniversary together. The service was spectacular and the food was incredible. I’ve cannot wait to visit again.

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vipShorefoodie
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Before the pandemic, my wife and I had been to the Drifthouse by David Burke many times. I always ordered and savored their excellent Strip Steak. This time, this steak was no longer in the menu. Not happy with the option available I decided to order the evening’s special Braised Lamb. What a disappointment! The meat was dry, not tender, tasteless and lukewarm.
I also ordered a side of Hipster Fries (a favorite of us), and the potatoes were soggy, lukewarm and the portion smaller.
Service was atrocious. To top it off, in the end they charged me an extra 3% fee on their own gift card. The fee was removed after I spoke with the manager.
Apparently Mr. Burke has been opening other restaurants in the area. Although I commend him on the opening of his new restaurants, I hope that he does not loose sight of maintaining good quality at his other restaurants.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Prime rib was tough and tasteless au ju was water and oil. Looked like dog food. Obviously David Burke has nothing to do with operations. They must just use his name

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vipBethannmeach
New England
25 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening out-we were able to sit at bar & relax and have some great wine & appetizers. Not too crowded & bartenders were attentive & food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was exceptional

MT
MarilouT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic! And service was great!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Love this restaurant and I’m here on a weekly basis. The last two services we were forgotten about. Over 20 minutes for our drinks and 45 min for our appetizers (oysters and sushi). We had an 815 reservation and did not start eating until past 9. We will definitely be coming back for the food and ambiance.

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JeffS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lobster / Oyster Night was awesome. Delicious raw oysters and the lobster pizza was phenomenal.

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vipPaulG
New York Area
112 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and enjoyed everything. Lobster night is a treat and priced well. Drinks were excellent as were lobster rolls, lobster mac and cheese, desserts, etc. Only the coffee was pedestrian. Worth the trip, will be back.

LH
LaurenH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Live music and views were awesome. The tuesday burger night deal is excellent. We really enjoyed our meal and time. We will definitely come back.

HB
HansB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful venue for our anniversary dinner, including a champagne on the house. Outstanding food, and great service! :-)

PM
vipPatriciaM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and enjoyed dinner tremendously! Highly recommend this restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Unbelievable Value for such a highly acclaimed chef.

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Phyllis
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Terrible service, poor boy had no idea what he was doing/ knew nothing about how to serve/ sequence ? Etc etc/ Plus the nerve of you adding 3 percent of you charge your meal. You should be ashamed of yourself but I know your not . I will make sure I pass the word around never to eat in your restaurant , not to even think about it.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff was terrific and so was the food! Loved that Chef Burke was there as well.

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vipBDT1
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent SERVICE. Wonderful food and great cocktails.

LG
vipLindaG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Start to finish, everything was excellent

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karim
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great night! Highly recommend. Our server Taylor was amazing!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our party of 6 were treated and serviced at highest standards. We really enjoyed our dinner, the food was absolutely delicious and service prompt and not intrusive.
Highly recommend it.

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Rockin
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this resturant by the Sea. Great food. Great chef. Love Burger nights and Lobster nights. It's my go to place for the summer.

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FrankP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

NOISE LEVEL WAS EXCESSIVELY HIGH AND HARD TO HEAR MY FELLOW DINNERS.
WHEN LIVE MUSIC STARTED, IT WAS ALL OVER!!

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DanielleR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great atmosphere and attentive staff!
Can't wait to go back.

FM
FrankM
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

for a tuesday evening, everything just worked. Band played great sets, there was a craft beer promotion going on and the waitress was super.

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 4.5 stars by 1214 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.