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99 Bow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-8401
+1 603-334-9855
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Wed 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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106 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

After an 8 hour drive this restaurant was recommended to us by our hotel staff, and we were glad they did! We had a great table overlooking the harbor and enjoyed watching the tug boats next to the huge cargo ships. The seafood menu was top notch, with fresh oysters and clams to start you off. I opted for the... More 

Thank Diane M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My wife and I have been to Surf several times by ourselves and also with friends and for family celebrations. Great raw bar and unique seafood options. Great bar in the center of the restaurant and harbor window seating if you get lucky..!!

Thank Michael S
new jersey
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72 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

As a frequent traveler and somewhat of a foodie I consider myself some what if a tough critic and this restaurant certainly made an amazing impression on me. The quality of the food, especially the seafood, the team approach to service and the amazing presentation of the food was beyond compare. Well done to all and special shout out to... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

First time in Portsmouth. This place was wonderful. From the service, to the curved banquette where they seated us facing the water, to the food. Best clam chowder I've ever had, amazing mussels bursting with flavor! Wish I could have them Fedexed overnight to me at home 1x weekly. They were THAT good. My lobster Kristina was delicious. The only... More 

Thank mrsjrk
North Caldwell, New Jersey
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I both ordered the Lobster Kristina, shelled lobster in a delicious sauce over jasmine rice. Delicious. No struggle with shells. Great view. Nice service. Wonderful evening.

Thank bjaNJ
White River Junction, Vermont
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

In September, my wife & I had the good fortune to be in Portsmouth for a business meeting and we were on our own for lunch. I had read about Surf as being great in Nashua and relatively new in Portsmouth. We had seats with a nice view of the harbor. The server was exceptional and the food was terrific.... More 

Thank Sterling G
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA
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24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good food and great views from this restaurant located along the Piscataqua River in Portsmouth. Great service and pretty bar area.

Thank PortsTraveler
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great location but I'm afraid that's prime reason for its Trip Advisor top ranking. We also went to Row 34 & Jumping Jays and both were far superior

Thank EalingNeil
Barrington, New Hampshire
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31 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A friend and I wanted to go for a real good lobster. I called ahead to make sure we can get a nice big hardshell lobster for lunch. We had a blast. As an appetizer we shared a big plate for two of the Raw Bar Sampler, which was just delicious. And then we tremendously enjoyed the steamed 2 lb... More 

Thank Tom E
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant gave us a perfect dining experience. Every table is set up for a great view of the river and marinas. The seafood was delicious and perfectly prepared with complimentary sides. The wine list was extensive and our personable waitress gave excellent advice about some that were unfamiliar to us. We had an all-around great evening with our first... More 

Thank Jane S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Seating
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Scenic view, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 99 Bow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-8401
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-334-9855

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