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About

Our name, THE DRIFT KITCHEN, may be new, but our team has been serving Santa Monica for years in our Main Street location. We love our casual coastal neighborhood and enjoy seeing both neighbors and visitors who come to experience the nearby Santa Monica surf and beach culture.

We are about delicious food prepared with both local and international inspiration and seasonal ingredients.

We are about fine drinks, ranging from small grower wines, microbrews, estate-grown tequila to beautiful, colorful, and breezy cocktails as well as creative non-alcoholic options.

We are about hospitality and people. Our customers, partners, and team members are thought of as family. Come in and join us and become part of the family and part of THE DRIFT KITCHEN culture.

Meet The Chefs

Let us introduce our amazing Chef couple, Eddie and Colleen, Salcedo. You’ve experienced some of their menu items since opening, including our pizza.

Colleen and Eddie are both Southern California natives and have made a name for themselves in a couple of Orange County restaurants (Pizzeria Ortica and 2145 Eats). They’ve also studied and worked both domestically and internationally in Italy and Japan (the inspiration for the “Japanese-influenced Neapolitan style pizza”). Marrying their years of experience with Italian Cuisine and Neapolitan Pizza with the diverse bouquet that California Cuisine offers, Chef Eddie and Colleen, take the best of both worlds and offer our unique dining experience to Santa Monica and beyond.

In their own words:

“We seized the opportunity to join our friends for the rebranding of PBLC TRDE to THE DRIFT KITCHEN. We immediately thought about the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market and its beautiful California produce. Combining expertise in Italian cuisine and the art of pizza making, THE DRIFT KITCHEN’s menu will showcase an array of house-made breads, well-crafted salumi boards, a perfectly designed pizza selection, along with seasonal and local ingredients and specials. It has always been a dream of ours to work alongside each other and do what we love to do, which is cooking.

So, drift on in, talk to us, experience our food, drink, and hospitality. Afterward, consider taking a short stroll to the beach and savor the California Coastal Lifestyle.