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99 Bow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801
+1 603-334-9855
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Ranked #16 of 190 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Mon - Wed 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Moncton, Canada
Senior Contributor
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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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We started at the bar waiting for the couple that would be joining us for dinner. The Bartender was not very friendly, just doing her job.Once seated the waitress was attentive although we were feeling rushed as she visited our table numerous times to ask if we were ready to order. The Apps were awesome, Calamari, Ciabatta with haddock spread..There... More 

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

Hello, We're sorry your experience wasn't a perfect one - we strive to provide excellent service and seafood to each and every customer and we'll use your feedback as part of our ongoing training. That said, I'm glad the experience hasn't turned you off to trying us again. When you do, come in, ask for one of the managers, and... More 

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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We had lunch and drinks in this restaurant during the holiday season. The food, service and views are all wonderful. The cucumber martini is a must try if you are inclined to order that type of drink and the oysters were wonderful! Our seats overlooked the tugboats and Portsmouth harbor. The menu is varied and interesting.

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Revere, Massachusetts
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44 reviews 44 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 via mobile

This place has a full menu of seafood, including a raw bar menu. Food is prepared with care and attention to detail. Overlooking the Merrimack River, there are great views if you sit by the window. Service very good.

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Milford, PA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Loved the variety of mainly seafood dishes, all with an unusual twist. Food was very good and attractively presented and healthy. Prices were reasonable and service was very good. Portions were very adequate but not daunting. The desserts we tried were delicious. I had the berry sorbet with maple and it was good but I felt that the maple flavor... More 

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The restaurant is now part of our bar hopping tradition. Shared some sushi and tried some of the amazing cocktails. Great modern feel. Fabulous service.

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Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
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82 reviews 82 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Never disappointed, but I love seafood. Service is wonderful, and the cocktail menu is fun. The scallops are tender and butter like. The view is absolutely spectacular, especially like the day we were there. If you love seafood, this is the place!

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Boston, Massachusetts
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

enjoyed the ambiance and food was delicious!! Been there serveral times. Great view of the waterway if you are able to be seated along the windows. Big bar and excellent raw bar....all fresh!!

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Additional Information about Surf

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

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