Fare: New American
Price: Very Expensive
Food Quality: 3 Stars
Service: 2 1/2 Stars
Decor: 3 Stars
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Note: Four star Rating System from 1/2 Star = Poor to Four stars = Best in Class
Food and ambiance are high end with fine dining amenities.
Noise Level: Moderate - High
Dress: Upscale casual
Recommended For: For high income diners who enjoy a high end chic atmosphere inspirational dishes prepared with fresh, quality ingredients, and panoramic ocean & sunset views.
Not Recommended For: For budget conscious diners who prefer a casual family menu with large food portions and many comfort food options.
Recommended dishes: When available, The 18oz Prime 40 Day Salt-Aged Kansas City Bone-In Sirloin; The Hand-Cut Squid Ink Linguini Fra Diavolo with home made sauce, lobster, clams, and calamari; and The Bacon on the Clothesline appetizer.
Liquor: Full service bar. Bar scene is vibrant
The Drifthouse by David Burke, located on the 2nd floor at the Driftwood Cabana Club in Sea Bright, is an attractive oceanfront restaurant serving an inspirational menu. It's one of the top dining spots on the Monmouth County Jersey Shore.
Co-owned by David Burke and the Stavola Family, the kitchen is run by Chef David Burke's younger brother Robert. The Burke brothers have worked on projects together since 1982.
David Burke is a famed chef, having appeared on the Food Network and on Bravo's "Top Chef Masters," is well known along the Jersey Shore having been an owner and Executive Chef of the Fromagerie in Rumson, which he sold in 2015. He also owns several restaurants, including Tavern 62 by David Burke in Manhattan and BLT Prime in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.
The Drifthouse restaurant serves an inspirational menu prepared using quality products with a commitment to seasonal local foods.
The local, seasonal menu includes elements of Burke’s signature dishes such as the strips of maple bacon hung on a mini-clothesline.
The interior is attractively done up with “beach chic” look with tables set with white linen, walls adorned by whimsical artwork, and with beautiful panoramic oceanfront and Shrewsbury and Navesink rivers sunset views. in the warmer months there is outdoor dining.
For a romantic dinner, or wanting quiet conversation, asked to be seated away from the Bar area where the noise can get to be very loud.
Not recommended for children.
The Drifthouse Restaurant is closed on Mondays during off season, and open open daily for dinner during the summer season at 4 pm, On Sunday's they are open from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm for Sunday brunch.
They are also open on Thanksgiving open from noon to 8 p.m. serving a Prix fixe 3 course traditional Roast Turkey Dinner, and an optional, limited a la carte menu.
(updated October, 2018)
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