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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you're a fan of the stunning Japanese series, Fermat's Cuisine, you'll appreciate the chef at Driftwood has already attained the truth of cooking. We rarely have 3 courses but tonight we made the exception. I'm sad because my words won't do the presentation, combination...& the sensation of flavours true justice. Whilst many dismiss a garnish as no more than a visual accent, at Driftwood a garnish provides incredible bursts of complexity to taste. With a pre-dinner, cocktail, a beautiful bottle of wine, and such friendly staff, I suggest, non finer.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent our wedding anniversary on Lord Howe Island and booked Driftwood for our anniversary dinner. The actual restaurant is nothing fancy, but the food? WOW!!! Our meal was the most incredible food we have eaten in a long time. We ordered several items from...the menu and every mouthful was full of flavour and absolutely delicious. The service was also wonderful, with the staff all being friendly and professional. We were so happy we chose Driftwood for our special dinner, and hope to return in the future!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wee visited for the first time on our last trip and made sure to book for our first night back on the Island. Not disappointed. The food is delicious. We both love Scallops and have eaten them in many countries- hand down- these are the...best we have eaten. The menu is small but beautifully prepared and presented by a friendly team of staff. Good drinks selection. We are hoping to visit again before we leave.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

All the meals are carefully curated and flavours balanced. We ate here a year ago and had our first and last meal of our trip here. We ate here twice again this visit. Stunning food and met my gluten - free needs beautifully. I preferred...the lighter broth dish last year - but it was with a different fish and tasted fine. Keep up the great flavoursMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Can't fault our total experience. From the venue to the wait staff to the absolutely fabulous meal. We had blue eye trevalla "wing" and flat noodles with tofu. Both unbelievably good. The trevalla was on another level with the sauce and coating and the noodles...had a smoky taste with the puffed tofu. Pandanus and coconut icecream to top it all off. This was to die for - tasted like sticky rice. The chef can not be praised highly enough and the whole experience was top notch.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 2 January 2024

We are very fortunate to be repeat visitors to Lord Howe. We were excited this year to see a new restaurant had arrived. The locals had indicated that this was well worth a visit - they were right. Driftwood provided very high quality modern Asian...style cuisine - the scallops on their shells were memorable, the Indian street food style starter was outstanding, the fresh oysters lovely, the grilled prawns flavoursome......you get the drift.... The service is somewhat laid back but enthusiastic. Prices were reasonable for both the food and wine. We will definitely include Driftwood on our list for our next visit to the Island.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 28 December 2023 via mobile

Delicious food, best meal we’ve had on the island. The scallops were so good that at the end of the meal we ordered another serving. The kaffir like served in the scallops and the sorbet was sublime

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 24 November 2023

Probably the best meal we have ever had!😀 I can honestly say after travelling to 70 + countries this meal was just sensational. Friendly service and just awesome food.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 1 October 2023 via mobile

Another highly recommended place to eat and it started off with a five star performance with these grilled prawns in a slightly spicy sauce that even had me eating the prawn head which I never do but I didn’t want to waste a mouthful of...these lovely morsels. I ordered the vegan noodles main course as an entree and it was equally amazing. Mains were a green fish curry which was lacking in sauce and a beef cheek with Asian salad. Personally the salad did not match the beef but they were enjoyable but not together. Tony the waitress was lovely.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 30 September 2023 via mobile

Such a memorable experience! The food was amazing, every dish perfection and the staff warm and friendly. What a lovely evening we had at Driftwood. Thankyou.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 2 May 2023

Simply amazing. The best dining experience we have had for years . The scallops, the snapper in broth, the hibachi prawns, the cerviche are all memorable. Impeccably served fabulous service . Lock this one in if they were on the mainland you'd need book months...in advance. This team deserves every success.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 13 April 2023

The first dinner we had are great that’s why we comeback for another dinner. But it turned out the most terrible experience in the Island after ordering a steak which is medium to well but it came out bloody so we decided to send it...back to cook more, but it’s still red after so we complain about it to manager but she doesn’t say anything, instead I’m the one who said sorry for sending it back. Then the chef came out and tell us we must tell the waiter it’s medium to well which we actually did but she doesn’t write it in the order so not our mistake. So after dinner we ask for lift home cause usually in the Island the restaurants were you dine are responsible to send you home after for no other transportation there except a bike but not advisable at night cause it’s all dark no lights on the roads. But they refuse to send us home cause the driver who send us home and also the waiter is not comfortable to us after asking where her parents are born because she looks like Asian and she answers and tells lots about her family which is for us it’s not a big deal as we always ask people about it as a conversation and also I’m just curious because It’s look like I’m the only Filipina in the Island. The lesson I have learned in this place is never ask where your parents or you born in the world 😊 Food was tasty, but I don’t recommend for the manager and those waitress has no proper manner😔 Can you imagine walking home in the dark after dinner from DriffWood to Ebbtide ? Better we’re lucky to have those carpenter man who pass by and gave as a ride soo thanks to him.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 22 March 2023

Family of 8 , we had dined everywhere else on the island but none come close to this. From the very happy personal service, the table setting, the speed of service, the choices, the flexibilty of the chef to accomodate,the enormous size of the serves...and o wow .... the tastes!!! Yes the fish wings! Yes the steak! Yes the crispy skin chicken! Yes the curry! and the kids cleaned up the fish and chips. It pays to book. Good luck to the young waitresses and the business owners...ThankyouMore

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 7 March 2023

We were on a package tour of 10 people and this meant a limited menu. My entree was the kingfish wing which was superb. Everyone in the group, who chose this, raved for the rest of the trip about this dish. The crust was sweet...and crunchy and the fish soft, tender and delicious. The Thai curry chicken was also delicious. A large serve with rice and greens. Most of us could not finish it all. The service was friendly, timely and informed, without being intrusive. If I return to LHI I will definitely return to Driftwood.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 6 February 2023

Everything was excellent. Interesting menu. Super staff. Some unusual dishes. A lovely relaxed location and atmosphere, focus on the food.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Driftwood Bar And Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 5