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Surf

99 Bow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 334-9855
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Ranked #14 of 186 restaurants in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Top Contributor
152 reviews 152 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

If you want to experience unique cuisine, try The Surf. Michael Buckley has hit it out of the park once again with this venue. Choose either the full restaurant or sushi bar next door. Great views of the harbor - shrimp cocktail is a full meal... Have always had a great lunch or dinner.

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New Hampshire
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44 reviews 44 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

My wife an I have eaten at Surf a few times and it has always been fantastic. The view of Portsmouth Harbor is also fantastic.

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Kingston, New Hampshire
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29 reviews 29 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

On a recent Thursday we visited Surf in Portsmouth NH. It was our second time there. I always begin with a raw bar oyster selection. There are usually several choices from local waters. I lean toward the smaller ones dressed with the spicy sorbet. My wife loves the fried tomato salad with bacon. It is nearly a meal in itself.... More

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

I was hesitant to write a bad review because honestly i believe everyone can have a bad day and not one person should be the cause for a poor experience. then I read the last review and considered that this may be more of a management issue. The food was excellent. The mussels were cooked perfectly, the sauce was not... More

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Ian_806, Manager at Surf, responded to this review

Hello Suntrine, My name is Ian and I am the manager here at Surf. Thank you for your review. I am glad that you enjoyed your food but am disappointed to hear about the rest of your experience. We pride ourselves in our staff as well as our food which is why it is troubling to hear about your unsatisfactory... More

Fall River, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We only went in for drinks before heading to dinner reservations elsewhere so I can not speak for the food. The bar was crowded and the house sangria was terrible - did not even finish one glass. The atmosphere may come off "better" in the summer however it appeared run down and very 1980's styled

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Exeter, New Hampshire
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

My friend and I stopped at Surf saturday afternoon. We were really excited to go seeing how I had never been. After being sat our server came over to take our drink orders. Not only was she awkward and very quiet but never even introduced herself. I had also asked if they were participating in restaurant week, she seemed very... More

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Ian_806, Manager at Surf, responded to this review

Hello Brittany, My name is Ian and I am the manager here at Surf. Thank you for your comments although I am sorry to hear that we did not execute during your last visit. Here at Surf we work hard to have a well-trained and professional staff and it sounds like we missed the mark with your party. I will... More

Portsmouth, New Hampshire
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

After a lovely morning spent with my oldest daughter (12yrs) I thought it would be nice to take her to one of my favorite places to eat. The hostess was so sweet to my daughter and let her pick our seating location. My daughter choose the best booth seat overlooking the water, boats, marina ect. She said it felt like... More

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Toronto, ON
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65 reviews 65 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

In our recent visit to Portsmouth, I was recently recommend to Surf for lunch by the clerk at a local woman's clothes that my wife was shopping at. Surf lived up to the recommendation as being the best seafood place in Portsmouth. The view of the harbour is beautiful and makes for a lovely vista while dining. To start with,... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Very tasty food. Lots of yummy apps and entrees. Has plenty of non-seafood meal choices. Good stuff.

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Higganum, Connecticut
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014 via mobile

Traveling through NH and stopped by chance. Valet parking is a real plus. Service, food, and location on the water were exceptional! We'll be back!

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