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PRICE RANGE
$6 - $17
CUISINES
Seafood, Barbecue, American, Bar, Deli
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Award Winning Food!
1. Award Winning Food!
"Peel and eat shrimp can't be beat."
Kristina H
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2. Excellent Service!
2. Excellent Service!
"We just had an excellent evening with friends"
ashheathermom
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3. Great for families!
3. Great for families!
"This place was perfect for families."
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Reviewed August 21, 2022 via mobile

Drifters is a great, family friendly, and fun place for dinner! The food is excellent, particularly the Ahi Tuna Panini! Savannah is so helpful getting us seating quickly, as we have a special needs member of our party who has trouble standing and walking. She’s...polite and bubbly and so attentive. Ashley is our favorite server! She is attentive and always has a smile! She is quick and make us feel like we’re her only table, despite the restaurant being full. We look forward to our Drifters visit each time we’re at SML!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 16, 2022

We had lunch at Drifter's. Our server, Emma, was wonderful. The food was delicious and the view of the lake was beautiful. I had the Chickenator. The chicken breast was grilled and seasoned perfectly. My friend had The Maine Catch. She said it was the...best lobster roll she ever had. The music was also great. We highly recommend lunch at Drifter's. Fun times.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed May 17, 2022

I took my daughter here who has celiacs disease and she was able to eat happily and easily. They have a dedicated fryer for fries and homemade chips. Their chicken nuggets are gluten free and delicious, We were able to sub out a corn tortilla...for her quesadilla and have it prepared safely. The server had celiac and was very helpful. It was a great experience and so happy there is a place on the lake we can enjoy each time we come.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Ryan W, Owner at Drifter's, responded to this reviewResponded May 19, 2022

Hi aces231! Just wanted to thank a moment to thank you for this kind review. We take food allergies very seriously at Drifter's and have many of our guests who deal with Celiac, as well as Alpha Gal. We do everything possible to ensure that...More

Reviewed May 15, 2022

I had the most delightful visit at Drifters Sunday, May 14 with Hannah and Deb they are fantastic people world of knowledge most friendly and knowledgeable people thank you very much for a very nice time PS they’re both gorgeous

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed August 9, 2021 via mobile

Drifters has the up most best vibe around the lake. Family friendly and the food is always great. We had shrimp this past Sunday and it was some of the best peel and eat shrimp we’ve had this summer around the lake. They have entertainment...while waiting for your food or your table. Corn hole, music, foosball Table etc.You really can’t ask for a better spot on the lake to take your family whether you’re a local or visiting. Definitely put this at the top of your list to go to! The owners were also out and about checking on people and they are so sweet and open to listening to you.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed July 24, 2021

Our two twenty-something nephews from out of town signed up for the corn hole tournament yesterday. We went along with our house guests to cheer them on. We went early and had a wonderful lunch before the tournament began. Dez was our server and he...was so knowledgeable, personable and efficient. Both food and service were an exceptional delight. The atmosphere is very much that of the Keys. Sponsors and participants in the tournament were all friendly and there was camaraderie and good natured fun throughout. All the way around it was an enjoyable and entertaining afternoon. Thank you to the owners and staff at Drifters! Kudos on a class restaurant.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 15, 2021

Another great visit at Drifters! Queen Deb is the absolute best at taking care of her customers. We had a party of 5 adults and two young children. Everyone's meal was served to perfection! Just reinforced why we will continue to patron Drifters. Ryan, his...girlfriend, and the crew are doing excellent work!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 4, 2021

Very good hamburgers, our waiter was very nice. Took a while for food but could be short on help due to Covid. Sat outside. Not enough places to pull up boat and dock.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 1, 2021 via mobile

Our family made Bavarian pretzel with crab dip disappear so fast it was a bit embarrassing. Our server Carol C was awesome, very friendly and attentive. Would have given 5 stars but wait was long and we had to eat inside, which was just too...loud, even though it was a Wednesday.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed June 11, 2021

We had a great lunch here sitting outside on the water. It was beautiful. Our waitress was so sweet and the food was awesome!!!! We loved it so much my husband bought a hat and t-shirt. :-) There are a ton of great spots for...photographs too. Oh and the menu caters to vegetarians and dogs. Seriously the dog menu is too cute. We can't wait to go back!!!!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed June 9, 2021

Great place to go eat and just hang out with friends , Also a great place to ride bikes to and you can pull your boat right up to the place , this place has a great atmosphere and friendly staff , last Sunday when...we went they were packed with people and the wait time was minimal, they also have a tiki bar outside so you can get drinks while you wait , by far the best place to be on the lake ,More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 6, 2021 via mobile

We were in town overnight, and have been here before. We needed to grab dinner and drinks, and really live this place. It's right on the water, and has a great menu. Extensive drink options, too. The sangria was delicious! Definitely a boater's hang out....Live music on weekends is worth the visit.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 4, 2021 via mobile

Post pandemic, it was our first lunch out and proved to be an excellent choice for a Friday afternoon sitting out next to the Smith Mountain Lake Crystal Shores Marina. Libby was our server and she was knowledgeable of the menu and pleasant without interrupting...our afternoon dining. As the name implies, it is very casual. Wide selection of menu choices for lunch. Outside dining is the best but they do have inside dining. Come by boat or car. There is a valet service if you come by boat...very limited boat parking next to the restaurant. ENJOY!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 29, 2021

We really wanted to like this restaurant while on vacation visiting the lake. They delivered burned and overcooked items to us. We couldn’t believe we spent over $100 for food that was barely edible. We would not recommend this restaurant.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed May 14, 2021

Visited Drifters for the first time in over a year. The staff is very pleasant and friendly! Queen Deb, aka Deb, did a wonderful job serving us dinner. She visited the table in a timely manner checking to make sure everything was okay. The owner,...Ryan Walters stopped by for a brief chat at my request. Ryan genuinely cares about the service the staff provides to his customers. The wings were really good with the waffle fries. We will return soon.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Pull around the back side in the cove , they will make sure you have the right accommodations for your visit , great place
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Yes, Drifter's offers takeout services.

Drifter's is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4