A Sea Bright bar that is usually popular with the locals once the summer crowd is gone is now under renovation. So the restaurant next door is helping out by offering some early-week delicious food at bar prices, along with live entertainment.


Effective Mondays and Tuesdays, Drifthouse by David Burke on Ocean Ave. in Sea Bright is hosting Nauti Mondays and Sushi Tuesdays, opening their bar and award-winning restaurant at 4 pm for Nauti Bar-type food and live music from 6 - 9 pm while their Nauti Bar is closed for renovations.

Traditionally, the popular beach bar Nauti Bar by David Burke, located on the Driftwood Cabana Club property, would be open to the public from October to May while the club was closed after its summer beach season BUT it is currently undergoing renovations.

So the Stavola family - who has owned this spectacular beach front property since 1957 - has decided to feature Monday and Tuesday specials for Nauti Bar fans and locals over at Drifthouse by David Burke, their restaurant. So:

Photo courtesy of Drifthouse/Karen Irvine
Photo courtesy of Drifthouse/Karen Irvine

Nauti Mondays will feature $5 Nauti Burgers and live music.

Sushi Tuesdays will offer sushi starting at $5 and live music.

If you haven't been to Drifthouse in Sea Bright, then you haven't seen the most spectauclar view around. Since it's on the second floor, you get to see both the ocean AND sunsets over the Shrewsbury River.

The Stavola family has this to say:

“It’s been a troubling, stressful time with the pandemic and economic uncertainty. We know many Nauti Bar fans will miss their favorite place to socialize, safely, with friends and family, with great food and drinks. So, we came up with some serious price-conscious options; and, added live music to encourage Nauti folks to try Drifthouse, and as a thank you to Drifthouse regular guests for supporting our business during these challenging times.”

On Nauti Mondays in addition to the $5 Nauti Cheeseburgers there will be other Nauti Bar favorites (but there will be no regular DRIFTHOUSE menu on Mondays.)

Some items on the Nauti Monday menu will be: Naked Oysters ($1 each), Nauti Burgers ($5,) David Burke’s signature Clothesline Bacon ($21) and Fried Calamari ($10). Ahi Tuna Sandwich ($25); Nauti Chicken Parm Burger ($14) and Open Face Steak Sandwich with Filet Migno ($25) plus a nightly chef’s seasonal special and more.

There will be live music from 6-9 pm and 'Angry Hour' all night with special drink prices and bar bites menu.

On Sushi Tuesdays, the Drifthouse regular menu returns with Executive chef Daniel Schreiber in the kitchen and live acoustic music with Rich and Chad from 6-9 pm. Special chef consultant and Sushi Master, Chef Sang Choi, will feature his sushi delicacies with the menu starting at $5.

Chef Choi, with over 30 years of experience, was trained in Japan and is the owner of three Japanese restaurants. With Chef Choi’s sushi menu you will get New York City-level sushi here at the Jersey Shore.

Plus, Angry Hour 4-7 with special drink prices and the bar bites menu.

Drifthouse by David Burke Facebook photo
Drifthouse by David Burke Facebook photo

Internationally awarded celebrity chef David Burke opened Drifthouse in partnership with the Stavola family in March 2018. It  was named “Best New Restaurant” by NJ Monthly among other numerous recognitions.

The vibe is stylish beach house with elegant, casual atmosphere serving serious food with great service. The menu is Modern American with Italian influences paying homage to the Stavola family’s heritage.

Chef Burke features the freshest seafood available on his menu. He has even gone so far as to add a custom-made lobster tank and oyster spa to keep the seafood in its most pristine condition. Tank-to-table lobsters served several ways is among the favorite dishes at Drifthouse, along with several varieties of east and west Coast oysters: some are hyper-local from Barnegat Bay oyster farms.

CLICK HERE to read more about these local oysters!

Chef Burke also offers several cuts of superb steak, dry-aged by his patented Himalayan salt dry aging process.

Drifthouse by David Burke is located at 1485 Ocean Ave. in Sea Bright on the second floor of the Driftwood Cabana Club. Open to all, with plenty of free parking.

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