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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, American, Seafood, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly
Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view, Large groups, Bar scene

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Everyday our team of chefs work with our seafood buyers to source the best quality seafood. Our standards of excellence start with the selection of the top of the catch each day and often our daily specials are sourced from local fisherman who know where to send the best fish of the day. ​We go to such lengths to secure the freshest seafood for one reason – our high standards of excellence demand that every ingredient we use is the best. Although we can tell you how fresh our seafood is, the only way to really know is to taste it.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
American, Seafood, Healthy
Takeout, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped for dinner Very friendly helpful staff Ordered seafood trio. Fish was delicious but scallops tasted off— couldn’t finish it Would not go backMore

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank timmsullivan56
robynbriggs, Guest Relations Manager at Surf, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi timmsullivan56, Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your meal while dining with us. Did you tell your server or the manager that there was an issue with your scallops? Please never hesitate to tell your server or the manager on duty of any issues...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Portuguese Stew was excellent with grill chibatta bread to soak up all the juices. Trio Seafood Grill was a reasonable size and very tasty. Service is excellent. Very attentive staff.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank E3431PTgarym
Reviewed January 11, 2019 via mobile

Had the Scallop Salad and it was excellent. Baked Seafood Trio was outstanding. Large portions for everyone in our group. Polished service. Nice bright atmosphere. Best restaurant I tried in Portsmouth over four days.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank ghself
Reviewed January 6, 2019 via mobile

We enjoyed our fresh oysters a lot with friends, good beer selection as well. The main courses though get mixed reviews. The fish tacos arrived warm, ok salsa; crab cakes were ok. I’ll stick with the raw bar and beers next time!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 272henryb
Reviewed January 2, 2019 via mobile

The view here is probably the best for Portsmouth dining. We all know there is a price to pay for that and that is OK, but don’t expect fine dining although the prices may imply that. We were charged $30 for a fried clam appetizer!...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank PhiMil671
Reviewed January 1, 2019

I did not make the initial reservation for dinner and I did not know Surf was Number One Rated before we went, but now I know why. We had a reservation at another seafood restaurant nearby only to find out when we got there that...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank DougM581
robynbriggs, Public Relations Manager at Surf, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for choosing to dine with us, and for taking the time to leave us some feedback! We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your evening, and hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed December 24, 2018 via mobile

I wish I could give a higher review. The ambience was nice, the service was good, but... I went with a big group of people as I was in town for business. I am foodie. I love to eat different foods from different parts of...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank DKYamane
robynbriggs, Guest Relations Manager at Surf, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

First, thank you so much for choosing to dine with us. While we are glad to hear you enjoyed the ambiance and service, we're disappointed to hear the food did not wow you. Our team works hard to currate a menu of delicious and unique...More

Reviewed December 22, 2018

Outstanding fresh seafood and terrific waitstaff. a combination like that can't be matched. Order a few oyster shooters and then the Tuna starter....anything else no matter what is an added bonus.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 724Lee
Reviewed December 18, 2018

We dine here every time we visit Portsmouth. I love the water view and the food is excellent! The menu is extensive. The clam chowder is the best. The lobster roll is a generous portion of lobster without all the mayo. Spring rolls with peanut...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank SueM722
Reviewed December 17, 2018 via mobile

Joined some friends for lunch at this waterfront location who fortunately had made a reservation as there were eight of us. The ambience as a modern diner is slightly at odds with the menu which mimics seafood fine dining, however the food was very satisfactory,...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank intervale
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August 29, 2017|
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Response from sharronsibley | Reviewed this property |
I would definitely make reservations for a dinner seating. If you go in for an early dinner you have a good chance of getting a nice table by the windows without a reservation
August 13, 2017|
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Response from traveler120483 | Reviewed this property |
No the outside dining area is a small deck that juts out of the back of the restaurant. To reach it you must walk through the inside of the restaurant.
February 21, 2017|
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Response from robynbriggs | Property representative |
Hi Tanya, Surf has a relaxed and inviting atmosphere, there is no particular dress code for Surf, though it is considered casual. Thank you, Robyn Spittle
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