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Driftwood Restaurant

63 Front St, Marblehead, MA 01945-3258
781-631-1145
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Ranked #11 of 49 restaurants in Marblehead
Cuisines: Diner
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Most recent review
- Jul 14, 2014
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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English first
Marblehead, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

A local favorite. Right a the town landing where boats abound. A classic breakfast spot out of the 1950s. Mobbed on weekends. Try the fried dough -- have cinnamon and powdered sugar with it. Coffee is always good. Down-home, simple and worth a visit. Full of locals. Opens with the birds.

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Glasgow
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

You must try the above, really good. It is where the locals go & I think it is the only place for "breakfast". Diner feel with good fast service, no pretensions just honest food.

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Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Small restaurant that looks just like something from a movie set in a sea-side town in New England. It is where the locals go for breakfast! Only open form 6:00 a.m. - 2:00. Good breakfast and friendly service. Give it try...you will feel like you stepped back in time :-)

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Marblehead, Massachusetts
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45 reviews 45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

The Driftwood is the place the "locals" go for breakfast. It has that family feel and if you're a regular, the friendly waitstaff (especially our good friend, Jan) will have your drinks ready as you walk in the door. The chocolate chip pancakes are a great treat but if you want something on the healthy side, they offer a beautiful... More

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New York City, New York
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54 reviews 54 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

The Driftwood is a lunch spot that fits in perfectly with the historic waterfront neighborhood. Nothing fancy here, just a good solid choice with very friendly people to serve you. The Stan Special is named after my father -in-law and consists of tuna with lettuce and tomato on dark bread. I don't know how many of these he ate but... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013 via mobile

We were lucky enough to stay in Marblehead before the Heads of the Charles in Boston. We found the Driftwood on morning one and from then on breakfast was sorted. Friendly and great food. A highlight of our stay.

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Peabody, Massachusetts
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26 reviews 26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

The decor is cluttered and random but the food and service is great. Fried dough on the weekend can sometimes cause long lines. All the usual breakfast fare served quick with friendly conversation. Lots of regulars make this the place to be. You get to know the waitresses by name. Jan has been there since we can remember and we... More

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

You don't come here for fabulous food. it's a tiny, greasy spoon with decent prices considering it's in Marblehead. The ambience is full of locals in the early morning and if you plan on going there for on weekend morning, you should be there very early or late morning-borderline brunch timeframe if you don't want to wait long. It's cash... More

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Montreal, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Perfect at any time, but most convenient for an early start (opens at 5:30 am!), the Driftwood serves good breakfasts at faire price. The service is fast and efficient. Few minutes walk from the Marblehead Summer House.

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Lynnfield
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

On the weekends there is always a line of people waiting their turn to eat here. I, however, can't for the life of me understand why. It is a "greasy spoon" (kind of) and the coffee is terrible. However, a lot of people like the Driftwood & it has been around for years. It looks like what might have been... More

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