New food, new staff, whole new experience. After a mediocre experience in the beginning of the year, my friends and I decided to start our night off with some Tiki drinks and food at Drift. As soon as I walked in, it felt like a totally different restaurant from the last time we were there. There was a chill vibe, friendly staff, great music and the menu looked like it had also been re-vamped, which was a great move on their part. My party and I each ordered something different because we wanted to order everything on the menu and we figured it was the best way to get a taste of the improved food. We started with the Pupu platter, calamari, and spinach /artichoke dip while we sipped on our Evil Bastards and mojitos and were nothing less than happy with everything. For entrees we ordered the steak sandwich, the fresh fish of the day and a chicken noodle bowl and let's just say, we didn't need any boxes for leftovers! Everything was delicious and tasted better than before. Our server was super cute, super friendly and prompt. They have even re-vamped the patio with lounge-like couches in one part and tables for dining in the other. Although it was about 60 degrees outside they had a fireplace burning and what looked like a state-of-the-art heating system that made us forget it was even cold outside. Needless to say we had planned on heading elsewhere after dinner but ended up staying all night to mingle and lounge with the rest of the Friday night crowd. If you have ever had a bad experience, I suggest giving Drift another try because I did and it is one of my favorite places to be.
Polynesian restaurant and lounge brings island breeze to Scottsdale..
It's a Scottsdale spin on the classic island bar Trader Vic's, complete with a 7-foot-tall tiki idol and umbrella-topped drinks. The bamboo and wooden interior is dotted with ultramodern furniture to create the lounge effect while a giant tropical fish tank hooks people to crowd around the bar. Outside, a small torch-lit patio abuzz with singles is warmed by a fireplace. At about 10pm, the music picks up and the island-resort attitude flips into a hot spot for 20- and 30-somethings on the prowl.
Nice Day or Early Eve Drink Spot.
Drift offers decent beer and wine selections in a pleasant atmosphere. Inside decor is a bit like being at Disneyland, but it works well. The food is interesting and enjoyable. Food and drinks can get pricey, but they have to pay for the atmosphere in one way or another.
As others before me have pointed out, the service at this place stinks more often than not. They also have a tendency to turn off the misting system on the patio and crank up the fire-spewing tiki torches too early, leaving you in a puddle of sweat during the hot months. They will turn them back on, though, with a request.
Drift is looking to expand its patio into the parking lot and add a waterfall. The designs look pretty cool and seem to include cabana-like havens for more private enjoyment.
Bottom line: If you have patience for poor service, Drift offers plenty of enjoyment.
Don't Bother.... Great Concept....Terrible Staff...Stopped in with friends. Took 30 minutes to get drinks. Never offered a menu had to ask. Waitress had to be flagged for refills. We weren't brave enough to try and order food.
Drift somewhere else next time.
Large birthday gathering. Drinks were good. Otherwise:
- Drift lost the twice-confirmed reservations
- Rather than an entree, a friend and I decided to share eggrolls and crab cakes. 20+ minutes later after ordering, waitress says kitchens out of crab. Offers instead crab & artichoke dip. Different crab apparently.
- An hour later, food came sans 2nd app. Waited 45 minutes then asked to cancel as the group was heading out dancing. As we were leaving, 2nd app appears. They offered it to go. I didnt want to carry around crab dip all night. Manager took it off the bill and offered a drink even though the group was heading out the door. No common sense.
Dont send two people out hungry and irked with 20+ observers. Better idea: Offer a certificate. Offer a biz card with a promise to remedy the experience on a future visit.
POLYNESIAN PARADISE IN OLD TOWN SCOTTSDALE. If you cant afford to go to the tropical islands, you may want to check out this Polynesian Tike Bar where Chef Jake will blow you away with his special creations and the bartenders will serve you a stiff one. The staff is great looking and ready to fill your every need. You have to check out the huge fish tank that this place has. WOW!!! Some things that you have to try are the filet, ribs, fish specials, and the Evil Bastard. These will make you Drift away to another world. This place is great to party on the the weekends or to be a little more intimate during the week. The Happy Hour Mon-Fri from 4-7pm is awesome as well(cheep drinks and food).
Don't Bother!. We had a reservation for 12 people for 6:30. It took 30 minutes for our appetizers to arrive after it took 20 minutes to even get our order taken, and we didn't get our entrees until 8:30. The owner told me the kitchen is small and backed up and when you come in at a busy time (Friday at 6:30) you have to expect to wait. It took 25 minutes for my drink order to arrive and if you wanted another drink or your water refilled, you pretty much had to get up and find the waitress.
Worst service I've received in a long time!!!. We had a reservation made several weeks in advance for a bachlorette party to be seated outside on the patio. Once our whole party was there they told us that the table outside(which had been there for 2.5 hours) and was only drinking was not done and they wouldn't honor our reservations, and that we had to eat inside. If this was a restaurant in NYC they would have asked the table politely to leave. To add insult to injury the manager not only offered no compensation(a round of drinks, etc) he offered no apology and was quite rude. In the end someone in our party went to the table and told them the situation, the people were more than accomadating. Honestly it was not worth the whole ordeal, our service was very slow and the food was mediocre at best. I would never return to this restaurant.
Scottsdale's best kept secret.
Just discovered the place after seeing the chef on the news. What a pleasant suprise.
It is a laid back atmosphere and completely takes you out of your normal element.
My wife and I had dinner during the week and had such a blast that the server suggested we come back on the weekend. I now know I can come to old town scottsdale again....what a great crowd and great atmosphere. We will be regulars now.
Not great. The atmosphere is really nice, and the patio fireplace is romantic on cool nights - that's about the best thing I can say. They food is so-so at best. The service is always slow - even when the place is empty. The drinks are usually weak and the bartenders aren't very friendly. There are MUCH better places to spend your money at in Scottsdale.
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