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DRIFTHOUSE by David Burke, Sea Bright, NJ

DRIFTHOUSE by David Burke

4.2
4.2
1613 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 4 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 1,613 people are saying

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4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. j

    jerrolde

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Went for the happy hour at the bar. Great prices, good bar food, attentive and fun bartenders
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Living on the Jersey Shore we often take for granted great views and great food. But there is something about a David Burke restaurant that reminds you to take a breathe and take it all in. Our server was Matthew and it was great to see someone who liked his job and truly appreciated the effort that went into the food. The crab cake appetizer thay we shared was worth the trip alone. The presentation was beautiful - only topped by the flavor and texture of the dish. We had the lobster sliders and the lobster mac and cheese for our entrees. Will definitely try the lobster dumpling the next time. And, of course, the Dixie Lee Key Lime pie for dessert. The ocean view was mesmerizing as the remnants of Hurricane Ian had the surf up much more than we typically see. All around, Drifthouse made our Sunday evening relaxing and satisfying.
  3. S

    Sorryiwent

    New York Area

    65 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    65 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    Haven’t been here in a while because while food was good, service wasn’t. Saw the lobster specials and figured we’d give it a try. Food was just okay. Service was awful and the place was empty. Some of our food wasn’t brought out. My wife had to ask for water multiple times and same for soda. Waiter couldn’t care less. He did graciously offer to remove the price of the food they never brought us. Done giving this place any more chances.
  4. KS

    KevS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Other David Burke restaurants have been great, so this might be an anomaly of a visit, but DRIFTHOUSE on 9/30 was a disappointment. A cocktail’s blueberry garnish had two white spots on it and even though the manager replaced it, he insisted it wasn’t mold. Weird to argue that with a customer, but he replaced it, so whatever. The Clothesline Bacon wasn’t the showstopper it was in other Burke restaurants and seemed like it had been charred earlier and was just sitting in the back. Shrimp and Octopus Veracruz was not a good value for the money - 1 octopus piece and a couple of jumbo shrimp. The skirt steak was seasoned well but cooked unevenly (well done on the edges to extremely rare in the middle). We ordered wine right as our dinner arrived and we didn’t receive it until we were finished with our plates. The server allowed us to keep it on him after we had asked to cancel the wine order because of the tardiness, which was appreciated, but then I found a piece of black plastic in my wine glass. At that point, the experience was well past saving and with the Manager’s insistence about my cocktail garnish earlier, it wasn’t even worth bringing anything to his attention. Again, David Burke restaurants have a good reputation so we might’ve just been an anomaly, but it was just a frustrating disappointment of an evening at Drifthouse.
  5. TM

    TimM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We shared a salad with peach vinaigrette that was very good. She had the lobster which was outstanding including the price. I had the salmon which was very good.
  6. D

    Dambrosy1

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    Ordered the porkchop. Had to send it back twice, once over cooked ones raw. I could tell the waiter was very embarrassed. Apparently the chef and owner got into a fistfight. The chef was fired and there was no one running the kitchen. At least that’s what the waiter told us
  7. f

    fershore

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Online menu does not reflect actual menu, which is very disappointing. It says how much you value customer satisfaction. A panini became a sandwich. Fries are frozen--they used to be handcut. Price for frozen fries is outrageous. Burger was very good.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    We went for an early dinner (4:30pm on a Sunday). We got a very nice table for two by the window. Window view is primarily of the pool area and beach house bungalow building with ocean visible beyond. We were the only diners there until 1/2 way through meal when another family was seated directly next to us. I thought this close proximity was a little strange given that the entire restaurant was completely empty. An elderly member of the other group bumped my arm with her shoulder bag twice while they were getting situated, but I found that rather comical. To the meal: I really like the sound of the tomahawk veal chop ($58) as I have been on the hunt for NJ’s best veal chop, so I ordered that. The waitress asked how I would like it, I replied medium rare please, she confirmed “medium rare”. I asked about sides and she said it comes on a bed of risotto. I said “no risotto please as I’m not eating grains”, she nodded acknowledgement. I also ordered the mushroom/spinach side ($11) and a salad. The salad came out quickly, was perfectly dressed and tasted very good. When the main course arrived I saw that my veal chop was on a bed of risotto. I was annoyed, but as I am not allergic to rice I decided I would just scrape off the risotto and enjoy the lovely chop. Upon first cut I saw the chop’s interior was a whiteish/grey indicating a medium to well-done temperature. The flavor was unexceptional and the texture was a bit like pot roast. The sauce had been absorbed by the risotto so I restated to the waitress that I don’t eat grains and may I have some more sauce on the side for the chop. The sauce was brought quickly as was an empty plate for me to ‘scrape’ my risotto onto if I wished. There was no formal recognition of the error by the waitress. Cute spot, I won’t rush back though.
  9. NP

    NancyP

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Frankly, we were a bit disappointed. My husband had oysters on the half shell and one of the oysters was so bad he couldn't eat it. The service was very mediocre for a restaurant of this supposed caliber. Courses were served too quickly and the service was not nearly as polished as you would expect. The red snapper was tasty but too salty. The restaurant itself has a nice ambience with beautiful views, but we won't be heading back there anytime soon.
  10. MC

    MelissaC

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is a beautiful restaurant with the beautiful views, great food, and excellent service. The portions were very large and everything was perfect. We will most definitely be back!
  11. b

    bks515

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Live music was too loud for a pleasurable dining experience.
  12. J

    Junior22

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went there for the food and was not disappointed! Great location!
  13. BB

    BarbaraB

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Burger Night is great! Wish the plating was a little more interesting. Some greens, maybe?
  14. MF

    MichaelF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We went on lobster night. Most of the medium lobsters were out by 7:15 when we arrived so there were only very large 3+ Lbs or small 1+ Lbs. But still good at the price. Great selection of scotches and very reasonably priced. Food was delicious! Service was good!
  15. JM

    JanineM

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mike was an excellent server. We brought friends there for the first time and they loved it!
  16. DD

    DorothyD

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service and food was outstanding for birthday celebrstion
  17. DB

    DannyBetesh

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience1
    Very disappointed. Was expecting spectacular
  18. J

    Judy

    New York Area

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service! Food was great too! Enjoyed the outdoor dining on a beautiful night with a great sunset!
  19. t

    tonyr

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Lobster nite - lobsters were small and over cooked and were served with no sides - Disappointing. Pork chop was Ok, but nothing special- I expected much more from a David Burke restaurant. Dave - get on the ball & stop opening new restaurants while quality at established ones continues to drop.
  20. SS

    SueS

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great. Our server was lovely.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Dined on a Saturday night, not too crowded for a weekend night in august Apps were amazing, buratta with watermelon salad was perfect. Tuna tartar also very good. Now for the dinner. My roll was definitely a heated up stale roll, ugh My dinner was fridge Del Mar and I asked for it with plain pasta instead of squid ink, no problem. But, it was just bland, absolutely no flavor except a fishy taste. Not appealing. Other diner had the bran uni, done well but very smalll portion and the hummus didn’t quite go with it. Seemed like a strange combination to us? Overall I’ll give this restaurant a c because with a chefs name on it I expected much more. I won’t be coming back
  22. KR

    KathyR

    Atlantic City

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always delicious & our server Matt who we’ve had before was solicitous, patient & described the entrees we had questions about. Can’t wait to return
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Overall the food was good. We did the prix fix menu. Which was a good price. I don’t mind spending money for good food but their regular menu prices were high. I ordered a baileys on the rocks and it was $17. Seriously overpriced. The spot is okay you are basically looking over people hanging at their cabana club. They have a burger night special might try that night. Also dress is definitely casual. There were people in bathing suits and coverups. We dressed up and definitely felt overdressed.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    We went for dinner as a party of 9. The service was outstanding. Food was great as well. There was someone playing music and it was so loud we could barely hear the waitress and each other. I’d return but only if there was no loud music. The guy was good but it was just to loud. Killed the evening
  25. NN

    NancyNev

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    There was a singer/guitar player performing. Way too loud. I like music but it was difficult having a conversation at our table. Bacon appetizer was very good. Our waiter wasn’t that familiar with the menu as she couldn’t answer some of our questions. We’ve been to other David Burke restaurants which are much better than this one.
  26. CP

    ChristineP

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    The food was cold and several items were brought to our table incorrectly and we needed to send them back.
  27. B

    Blossom

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outdoor rooftop dining. Wonderful service and nice pre fix choices.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fiofjrjebeben
  29. MD

    MD2020

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great food, excellent service! From the classic David Burke clothesline bacon and oysters for Appetizers to the Clams Casino and Salmon for our main course to the yummy sundae, we were happy and full! Bobby did an excellent job with his recommendations, especially the dessert! The view sitting outside was actually pretty good - sunset on one side and overlooking the ocean on the other side. Will definitely be going back!
  30. KO

    KathyO

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not much I can say about the ambiance other than spectacular. Look one way you have the ocean and the other the River. Beyond that the food is delicious.
  31. C

    Cindy

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my husband’s special birthday here. The ambiance and view were amazing and the food was equally great!!! Loved everything about this restaurant and will definitely be returning!!!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just phenomenal food, great vibe and great location.
  33. LG

    LisaG

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent culinary delights attention to detail in flavors of the recipe each one of the flavors stands out among itself within the dish. Could be a little less fattening however.
  34. k

    kcbsail

    West Palm Beach

    82 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Took our host family out to treat. Average at best. Oysters were embarrassingly small. Filet looked good, swordfish special was very good. Service was average and the price sky high. Caveat emptor. The table next to us was six middle aged guys out for a sophomoric romp, so loud we could not hear the guitar player from the bar area. it’s a high end place and they treated it like Appleby’s. Someone from the restaurant should have spoken to them. Not likely back.
  35. D

    Diane809

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience2
    Not sure who to blame for this but when I made this reservation, I said we were celebrating a BIRTHDAY. It was never mentioned or acknowledged by the restaurant so not sure if they don’t read the reservations or that the server simply didn’t care. We were waited on by Naromi who basically took our order and ignored us most of the time. She never asked if we liked our first or second courses. We were also fighting off flies during our meal which is unacceptable. If I’m eating at a David Burke restaurant, I expect a better experience and exceptional service, which we did not receive. Food was good but we will go somewhere else for special occasions.
  36. M

    Micehlle

    Atlantic City

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great place for a yummy burgee
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall2food5service2ambience4
    Service took forever, about
  38. L

    Lisa

    New York Area

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Portions kind of small But everything very tasty
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing. The food, drinks, service, and ambiance.
  40. t

    thehedonist

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Casual, comfortable, informal spot for outdoor dining with good spacing between tables. Good service, nice views of Bay on one side and club swimming pool on the other. David Burke's creative reputation is well-deserved, and the food was delicious. Be prepared to spend more than the simple setting and casually dressed diners would suggest. Avoid crowded times, as outdoor tables are limited and available only with reservation and then on first-come/first-served basis. Worth the wait!

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 4.2 stars by 1613 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 4 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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