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Surf

99 Bow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 334-9855
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Ranked #16 of 187 restaurants in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
laconia, nh
Top Contributor
112 reviews 112 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

My title is actually a bit unfair. I was among a party of 13 that descending on a popular and busy restaurant at peak time. Some folks ordered an appetizer, and being a quality restaurant, all main courses came out together, so those who did not order an appetizer ended up waiting 1 hour 35 minutes before they were fed.... More

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49 reviews 49 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I have been to this restaurant 5 times now and the food is consistently good. We stop here after we visit the kids at camp and Maine and it is a perfect dinner stop on our way home to boston. There is super easy valet outside. The views of the water are gorgeous. The raw bar is soooo good. They... More

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Westfield, NJ
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Surf is a winner on the food, view, and service fronts. Delicious cracked lobster in a tasty sauce for me, and kid-friendly menu with awesome freshly prepared drink options for my children. Our waitress, Sam, could not have been any friendlier, and the view is terrific. The view! There are only four small tables outside on a tiny back deck... More

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Bemidji
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52 reviews 52 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Four of us stopped in without a reservation and we were seated in about fifteen minutes. The atmosphere was quite nice; however, it was very loud and hard to carry on a discussion across the table. I would have to say that the noise was our only negative issue of the evening. The food was excellent and priced at about... More

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Westport
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88 reviews 88 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Beautiful view of the bridge. Reservations accepted. That's about it for the positives. The negatives are too numerous to name. Expensive food (weekday lunch of sandwiches for 5 adults and 2 kids at $200...no drinks, no dessert/coffee, 1 appetizer for the table), service with an attitude (the pretentious maître d' stopped only at selective tables to check on the customers..... More

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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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98 reviews 98 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

The bar is the center of attention ... so .....Talk about loud ... How loud you ask .... Jake, our terrific waiter, had to go to both ends of our table to announce the specials .. as we could not hear each other .. let alone him. Maine oysters better than PEI, Horseradish Haddock delightful, Salmon bit too salty, Coconut... More

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AndyatHome1, Public Relations Manager at Surf, responded to this review

Hi there, Thanks for your feedback and we're glad you enjoyed your meal. We're very sorry about how loud it is - the fire marshal had us remove the sound baffling we had in place because it might interfere with the sprinkler system. We're working on finding a solution, and as soon as we do, we'll put it in place.... More

North Andover, Massachusetts, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Fresh, fresh, fresh, seafood and at least 8 items that are what they call the healthy lifestyle. My husband started with fresh oysters that were delicious and then he had the sesame tuna which he really enjoyed. I had the lemon haddock from the healthy lifestyle section which was light and healthy! We ended our meal splitting a scoop of... More

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New Britain, Connecticut
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

Stopped here for lunch . Friend had sashimi tuna then oysters . All good I just did some calamari and grilled chicken sammich. Very fast serving us and was a good meal. Just enough but not weighing us down

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Hampton, New Hampshire
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5 reviews 5 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

My 22 yr old daughter and I went to Surf last night and had a delicious meal. There was a wait for a table so we opted for one of the available outside street side tables. The weather was pleasant, the view of Portsmouth is quaint and lovely, and we enjoyed the people watching. Cassandra was our waitress and she... More

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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22 reviews 22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We like to sit at the bar and have dinner here. We almost always share a shrimp cocktail, which is delicious. My husband loves the mussels and the oysters and a number of other items on the menu. We've pretty much had it all. What's great about this place, though, is the people who work there. They are very friendly,... More

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