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99 Bow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-8401
+1 603-334-9855
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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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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Sierra Vista, Arizona
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131 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It was highly recommended that we try this place in Portsmouth. No place to park and was forced to use valet. The young man wanted a $20 "deposit" to take our car. I told him, I'm giving you a $35 thousand dollar car and $20 deposit? (When you return with validation you get $10 back). Now on to the restaurant:... More 

Thank Gregory J
Charleston, South Carolina
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I live on the coast in South Carolina now but grew up in New England and spent many years on the coast up there. Never stopped in Portsmouth before and thought that might be an interesting place to visit with the family on the way to Maine. We were influenced by people who were just leaving this restaurant who raved... More 

Thank Keith S
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38 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I spent our "date night" and start of vacation at Surf for dinner. The experience was wonderful from start to finish. We will be back.

Thank Armycrna2007
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The fresh boiled lobster was simply the best and reasonably priced. Suggest reservations because the place was packed - likely a reflection of the quality of the food. The salad bar is extensive and could easily be a meal in itself. Service was adequate but wait staff seemed to be stretched. We were there in August so no doubt lots... More 

Thank Kaceyro
Wells, Maine
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162 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were looking for a deck on the water since it was a nice day, but by the time we got to Portsmouth, it had cooled off so we opted for indoor dining. We decided to try Surf and we seriously cannot remember the last time we both left a restaurant and loved every minute and bite of our time... More 

Thank foodiegirl625
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

View was fantastic; service was good; food was excellent. What more can I say? Every table has a view. You can even see the water from the bar. Nice place for a special occasion.

Thank Grace P
North Hampton, New Hampshire
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189 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We've been to surf a few times. I'm always half and half on it. I find it incredibly touristy and loud (which...it is in the summer). We usually sit at the bar and share a couple of drinks and some food. This most recent visit we were eating with my husband's CFO so we had a table by the front... More 

Thank msmith703
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Went with my family and we always love the lobster sushi. We tried two new dishes this time that were also great. Only 4 stars because the restaurant isn't accommodating well for smaller children

Thank Amanda M
Ormstown, Canada
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Gotta say, surf is always on our list of places to eat when near Portsmouth. The calamari with Parmesan and hot peppers make me weak in the knees. Have not had a bad meal there. My only complaint about surf is it is incredibly loud. Barely able to hear each other speak. Honestly the food is so good we just... More 

Thank Crystal343
Fords, New Jersey
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was a fun place, so much so we came back the next night and sat at the bar. The staff was very friendly and the food was excellent. I had the broiled seafood dinner which was very good. Very good on-tap beer selection.

Thank Kibblesdad

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Bar
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
Business meetings, Families with children, Scenic view, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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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Stratham, New Hampshire
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?