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99 Bow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801
+1 603-334-9855
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Sunday
Closed
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Hours:
Mon - Wed 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Breakfast/Brunch
Reservations
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 215
    Excellent
  • 118
    Very good
  • 41
    Average
  • 18
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Always engaging!

Have enjoyed Surf for lunch, dinner &/or just drinks several times over the past years. Every time the waitstaff/bar staff are engaging, welcoming & well versed in their menu & offerings. Stopped in Sunday for a quick drink- and this time was no different!! Bartender was on point, even offering us... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
Jamie H
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Weathersfield, VT
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Weathersfield, VT
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Have enjoyed Surf for lunch, dinner &/or just drinks several times over the past years. Every time the waitstaff/bar staff are engaging, welcoming & well versed in their menu & offerings. Stopped in Sunday for a quick drink- and this time was no different!! Bartender was on point, even offering us a sample of a delicious drink she had whipped... More 

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new hampshire
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

After a day of chopping ice and snow we headed to Portsmouth for an early dinner. The snow was falling and evening light had too. Somehow we were given the best seat/ booth in the room, despite our attire. Service was quick, pleasant and knowledgeable of the menu. As we sipped our drinks we looked up the river and out... More 

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

There are not many restaurants that can accommodate large parties, especially with special diets. Surf bent over backwards for our small wedding party of 17 people. They provided us with our own menu with many selections..sufficiently staffed our party and everyone was pleased with their selections. I also live local and have had several lunches here and never been disappointed.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I cannot say enough good thing about this place. The food is amazing and always very fresh. The drinks are yummy! The atmosphere is upbeat and fun! I go each time I am in town!

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Kittery, Maine
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Good food, view and value for the money. Great service especially Margaret Daly, a bartender who makes you feel welcome and at home during your visit.

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Chicago, Illinois
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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

For an excellent seafood meal with a gorgeous view Surf does not disappoint. This is one of two must-stop restaurants in Portsmouth. For my part I always go with the special. In particular there was a stuffed flounder that was particularly memorable. At my last visit our group was treated to a storm rolling in across the bay over which... More 

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Austin, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Beautifully decorated, awesome happy hour deals, amazing glass bar, live music, seating outside when weather permits, located in the heart of everything, surprise appetizer- huge pot of awesome mussels & French fries, great martini's, usually awesome chicken wings,,,,,

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Moncton, Canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

My wife and I were looking for a restaurant in Portsmouth for a nice evening out. This was our first time n Portsmouth so we relied on the reviews on TripAdvisor. The reviews and ranking looked good so we decided to try it out. Our server gave us a nice table with a nice view of the water. Speaking of... More 

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AndyatHome1, Manager at Surf, responded to this review

Hello and thank you for coming into Surf on your visit to Portsmouth. We're glad you enjoyed the food, but we're sorry you felt the service wasn't what you were expecting. Was there anything in particular that she did that caused that part of your experience to be less than perfect? We use these opportunities to train our staff and... More 

New Hampshire
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015 via mobile

...but the view was still great, as were lunch (grilled shrimp and avocado salad, in a column), wine list, and staff. We'll return.

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Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Friday night dinner to finish off our holiday visit. The risotto appetizer special (arancini stuffed with lobster and brie) was amazing! The scallop appetizer special was the best thing I have eaten at Surf!! Absolutely delicious. If I have one negative thing to say- the noise level is pretty high. We were in a round corner table (6 of us)... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 99 Bow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-334-9855

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?