May 4, 2022 - Food and Drink

2-story waterfront restaurant now open in Lake Wylie

Drift Lake Wylie

Rendering: Courtesy Drift, The Jewell Agency

A new chophouse and seafood restaurant called Drift will open May 9th on Lake Wylie, just 30 minutes southwest of Charlotte.

Why it matters: Waterfront restaurants are scarce in the Charlotte area, and who doesn’t love a good dinner with a view.

[Related Axios guide: The 30 most-anticipated new restaurants and bars in 2022]

What to expect: Pull your boat up for dinner inside the two-story, 15,000-square-foot restaurant. Its design, by architect Harry Schrader, will resemble a contemporary farmhouse, inspired by Gaston County’s agricultural history.

  • “I want it to be relaxed,” says Charlotte Prime group co-owner and operator Jeff Conway, “(but) a little more elevated than your typical experience on the lake.”
  • The 280-seat restaurant will feature indoor/outdoor dining thanks to glass walls that peel back to offer waterfront east-facing views.
  • It’ll also offer private event space on its second floor.

On the menu: Executive chef Michael Griswold (Napa, Pump House) and his team are planning a menu that ranges from fresh fish and seafood to steaks and pastas.

Drift Lake Wylie
Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios
  • On tap, you can expect craft beers and over 1,000 bottles of wine to choose from.

Details: Drive up via car or boat Monday through Thursday 4pm-10pm, Friday and Saturday 4pm-11pm, and Sunday 3-9pm.

Drift Lake Wylie
Chilean sea bass. Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios
Drift Lake Wylie
Braised lamb shank. Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios
Drift Lake Wylie
Carrot cake. Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios

[Related Axios guide: 8 stunning Airbnbs on the lake, starting at $300 a night]

Editors note: This story was originally published on February 22, 2022 and updated May 3, 2022 to reflect the opening date. 

Drift Lake Wylie
Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios
Drift Lake Wylie
Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios

Want more lakefront activities? Check out Rock Hill’s beach with outdoor movies and beach volleyball

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