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Surf

99 Bow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 334-9855
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Ranked #15 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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Westport
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87 reviews 87 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW 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 NEW

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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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW 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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

First, the view is absolutely spectacular. It might be worth it to go just for that if you haven't found any other spot to get a good view BUT that is the only reason to go. The interior decor is incredibly dated. It is what people thought was "cool" in 2002 but really wasn't even cool then. Think of all... More

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

Hello Paul, We’re sorry to hear you were disappointed with your experience. We’re taking the feedback you’ve given about the service seriously and are working with our staff to figure out what happened – we want our guests to enjoy their food at a relaxed pace and not feel rushed, but we also don’t want them to feel ignored. The... More

Westport, Massachusetts
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

very happy we got a table on a saturday night. our waiter was busy but did his best. fish tacos and drinks, i had quinoa flax haddock which was good.

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Millville, DE
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99 reviews 99 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Visited with friends and the night started well with valet parking which is a luxury in Portsmouth. Seating was prompt and we received a great window table looking out over the water. The menu is creative especially the small plates but we opted for the raw bar despite a number of attractive small plates. Shrimp, sushi grade tuna and smoked... More

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Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, United States
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We read the wonderful reviews and a couple of people that we met had recommended the restaurant. We arrived at 7:30 pm and the place was hopping. The wait for a table for 45 minutes and so we opted to eat at the bar. We often do this and enjoy it. Took us a while to order drinks and our... More

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

Kristi, Thank you for your feedback. While we’re happy that you enjoyed your meal, we’re sorry you were disappointed the service you received marred the rest of your experience. We take our food and customer service that goes with it very seriously – so when we read reviews like yours, we take that seriously, too. We appreciate the detail your... More

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