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Drift on Lake Wylie, Belmont, NC

Drift on Lake Wylie

4.4
4.4
766 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Located on Lake Wylie in the newly developed McLean South Shore, Drift on Lake Wylie is a chef-inspired lakeside chophouse. At the forefront of the Lake Wylie dining scene, our food is simple and seasonal—home to prime cuts of beef, local seafood, and homemade pasta. Whether you join us for dinner, pop by the bustling bar for a quick bite, or book one of our private dining rooms for a special dinner or cocktail party, we look forward to serving you soon.

Located 8 minutes south of Belmont off South New Hope Road and North of Lake Wylie just off Pole Branch Road.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 83 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Seafood, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (980) 351-0111

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Ken Aponte

  • Catering

    Possible off-site caterings.

  • Private party facilities

    With five private and semi-private dining spaces, we can easily accommodate various setups for large groups, small seated meals, cocktails with passed canapés, social shindigs, or corporate fetes for up to 120 guests.

  • Neighborhood

    Belmont

  • Cross street

    South New Hope Road & Pole Branch at the Bridge & Morningstar Marin

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 766 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
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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    Outdoor Dining

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    Scenic View

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  1. A

    Alisa

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved everything about it!! Definitely going back

    Drift on Lake WylieResponded 1 day agoAlisa, Thank you for your recent visit and we are so happy that you enjoyed Drift on Lake Wylie. We appreciate the 5 star review and we will pass on the comments to the culinary & service team. We hope to see you again and Thank you again for your visit. Tony Bassano-GM Drift on Lake Wylie

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Drift was an amazing dinning experience. The food was excellent, service was perfect and the view most impressive! We will certainly go back.
  3. C

    Cliff

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Awesome food price was a little high for what it was but I’m not complaining it was my wife’s birthday and she deserves it
  4. TA

    TommyA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice environment and real good food. Definitely will e going back.
  5. r

    royfan51

    Charlotte

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The view from the outdoor deck was spectacular as we watched the sun set over Lake Wylie. The food was excellent. The menu is a bit pricey but worth it for the birthday we were celebrating.
  6. KD

    KimD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! The views were amazing, peaceful! Food was surperb.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was their second weekend testing out their brunch menu and they did not disappoint. Would like to come back again and even try their regular menu as well. George was our waiter and he was very attentive!
  8. PK

    PatrickK

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Overall I liked the food. Very loud. Beef dip sandwich was a bit dry. Tomato soup was nice. Nice view of the lake
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful environment and good food 👌
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    19th Wedding Anniversary weekend was amazing.
  11. LS

    LaShoneG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good food and drinks. Suzanne’s service was excellent.
  12. FC

    FaithC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding restaurant! It was my first time there and everything was amazing. We were able to have an outdoor reservation so the view was spectacular. Excellent wine choices and the food was delicious. Can’t wait to visit again!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Drift has an amazing ambiance. However, the food on this night was very bland. It felt like the chef/cooks played it safe. The mashed potatoes were so bland, the shrimp and lobster were so bland I resorted to eating the burnt cheese that was a decoration. However, on the upside, the bartender made GREAT drinks. We will skip the food and head straight to the bar from now on.
  15. MF

    MaryF

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated my birthday here with friends. It was wonderful. Our service was excellent. We didn’t feel rushed and we enjoyed relaxing, visiting, and eating delicious food.
  16. RB

    RobertB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Stunning views of the water. Food and service were both excellent.
  17. JJ

    JonathanJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my wife’s birthday and it was perfect. It was a fine dining experience in a casual atmosphere.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jackson was very kind. He remembered me and my wife from a time he had been our server before. I liked that! He had great suggestions and was kind. I tried lobster bisque and it was AMAZING. My wife tried a pork chop instead of her usual filet- she recommends it! And she also had her fav- carrot cake.
  19. PB

    PeterB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Drift was amazing! Our server, Jeremiah, was very friendly and had good recommendations for menu choices. Definitely go back again!
  20. u

    ulc12

    Charlotte

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Drift just started brunch service so they are still in the process of getting it right. Our reservation was at 12:15. We placed our order at 12:45. I would suggest that you do not go hungry because they may be short staffed (it seemed like our server was doing everything while the two male managers walked around aimlessly) and be patient. Hopefully, Drift will get it together because it is a beautiful space and the food is very good.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were absolutely amazing. This was my first visit for brunch and I must say that the food was quite delicious and the mimosas were just right. I will be returning for another visit!
  22. JW

    JoshuaW

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Went for brunch. The food has gotten noticeably better since my last visit. Our server, Jackson, was outstanding; friendly, witty, attentive, professional. Solid brunch.
  23. KE

    KatieE

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent food & dining experience. The morning sun on the patio can be brutal; go for an open-air table inside if it's going to be warm. Great spot.
  24. SS

    SarahS

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lisa was our server and she was wonderful she answered all of our questions and gave phenomenal service throughout the evening.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely incredible! Our waitress (Kelly) was attentive and very knowledgeable of the menu. She gave us wonderful suggestions and was overall fantastic! Beautiful restaurant and the sunset on the lake was gorgeous.
  26. LL

    LeslieL

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First I must state the restaurant is beautiful! The ambiance is what you expect from a waterfront venue. The staff is welcoming and engaging from the moment you come in until you walk out. The food is fresh and cooked deliciously. Where I feel they need growth is in the little things; I should never have to ask for silverware. The tables are set up with small plate, napkin, water and wine glasses and a fork. The warm bread and butter was inviting but did not include a knife. When soup is presented at the table the spoon is a given…I should not have to ask for it. When the wedge salad is brought to the table a knife should not have to be requested. The step up is to assess and address before the customer has to make the request. Once that is achieved The Drift on Lake Wylie will truly be 5 star!
  27. EH

    EricH

    Fort Lauderdale

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was fantastic! I had the Signature Steak and my wife had the scallops. both were cooked perfectly. The service was outstanding. We never felt rushed but all of needs were tended to in a timely fashion. We were seated outside but we were kind of close to the door which is why I only gave the seating four stars. It's definitely pricy but worth it.
  28. LB

    LeaB

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Drift was great! The food was amazing as well as the staff.
  29. r

    read

    Charlotte

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I would absolutely recommend Drift to my friends and family members. The service and food are impeccable and the ambience is outstanding.
  30. k

    kikifoodie

    Charlotte

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the walk in along a beautiful garden, to the tremendous view of the lake, everything was beautiful. The interior is so sleek but warm and inviting, and the staff is all very friendly and helpful. The menu isn't huge but has plenty of choices and the wine list was extensive. We ordered the crab cakes and oysters as apps and split a wedge salad. The crab cakes were very good, but we were not fans of the blackened oysters, and we love oysters. The apps and the salads came out at the same time, so we had to move everything on the 4 person table to accommodate. Next time I would ask our server to let the kitchen know we wanted time in between servings. I ordered the Drift Signature, 8oz filet Oscar style but with a crab cake and my husband ordered the lamb shank and a side of truffle fries. Both entrees were cooked perfectly and very good. The truffle fries could feed an army! Enough for 4 people at least, and they were delicious. We will definitely go back!
  31. d

    dmos113dine

    Charlotte

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed the food and service. I will return later this Fall to dine outside
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wendy was an awesome server! Drinks were fantastic. Filet was delish! Great to have a good on-water dining option!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was 10/10. Wendy was wonderful and attentive and management came by to check on us (shoutout to Seamus what an amazing guy). Definitely will be back!
  34. A

    April

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience5
    I made reservations here for mine and my husbands one year wedding anniversary. I was really looking forward to a nice dinner. Unfourtanetly that’s not what I got here. We were seated and it took 10 mins for our waitress to acknowledge us and start our drink order. Immediately she asked for our food order and that’s when I knew we were being rushed. We waited 30 mins for our drinks to come out. Our food came out before our drinks did and I had to mentioned it to the food runner. Shortly after I mentioned it the manager brought us our drinks and told us they were comped! Once I got my drink it was straight tequila and I couldn’t even drink it. There was no point sending it back knowing I would wait another 30 mins for a new drink. The service was horrible. Our waitress forgot about us and the manager had to take over for her. Once we got the bill our drinks that were suppose to be comped were on it and yet again we had to get the manager bc it was IMPOSSIBLE to get our waitress’ attention. As I was paying she kept trying to look over my shoulder to see how much i was leaving her as a tip. Which i didn’t tip. She didn’t deserve it since she did the bare minimum for us. She also brought us our complementary champagne for our anniversary after we payed and we’re about to get up to leave. I had better service at a fast food chain. I don’t think I’ll ever be back.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The best I like I’ll
  36. TD

    TerenceD

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good location with good vibe!! Very friendly service, good varied menu items, Awesome bar scene!!!
  37. EB

    EricB

    Charlotte

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Absolutely beautiful setting and building. Stunning architecture. Went here on a Saturday night and had great service overall though I think our waiter might've covering a few too many tables. My filet was outstanding, slight char on the outside and reddish pink on the inside. My wife thoroughly enjoyed her scallops. We topped our meal off with their signature bomba white chocolate shell around sorbet with fresh berries. Perfect place for a special occasion dinner.
  38. C

    Cmk82

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Food was good. Service was very slow and inattentive. Disappointed with service as we had a larger party for a special occasion. Beautiful restaurant and views of Lake. Incredibly dark outside after sun sets, so you can’t see what you are eating.
  39. DS

    DavidS

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We enjoyed having Hannah as our server again
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the moment we arrived, we were treated beautifully. Our server, Thomas, addressed us by name and was nothing short of the perfect host. Our food was delicious, and the view was amazing. My husband had the mahi-mahi and I the lobster fettuccine. Both dishes were delicious, and we will definitely dine again in the future.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

Drift on Lake Wylie offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (980) 351-0111.

Drift on Lake Wylie is rated 4.4 stars by 766 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 83 times today
Google Map for Drift on Lake Wylie

315 M Lanyard Ln, Belmont, NC 28012

Additional information

  • Cross street

    South New Hope Road & Pole Branch at the Bridge & Morningstar Marin

  • Neighborhood

    Belmont

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Seafood, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ken Aponte

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (980) 351-0111

  • Catering

    Possible off-site caterings.

  • Private party facilities

    With five private and semi-private dining spaces, we can easily accommodate various setups for large groups, small seated meals, cocktails with passed canapés, social shindigs, or corporate fetes for up to 120 guests.

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