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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2019 Winner

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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.
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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American, Seafood, Healthy
Takeout, 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, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Gorgeous view of the water. Food is pricey but nicely prepared. This is a tourist restaurant so you are paying for the view. One of the best places for seafood and drinks in Portsmouth. Service was excellent and friendly.

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank TravelTurtle66
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love seafood, but this place has spoiled me now. Everything we sampled was as fresh as it gets. Wait staff was super attentive, and very patient as we asked a ton of questions while ordering. Will def be back during our next trip out.

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Steve S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is busy, and for a good reason. We were told 40 minute wait but I asked about outdoor seating on the water and there was a table so no wait - moved there and what an incredible view watching the boats come and...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank GGWD
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food is always good. Solid service with a great ambiance and great water views for many of the tables.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank mrgreekdeme
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Business/interview dinner there on a Friday night. Place was everything we were told. Very clean, great menu, food was excellent, and service was top notch. Not 1 single complaint to be had. Highly recommend to anyone looking for great seafood and great atmosphere.....

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank brendan79
Reviewed May 19, 2019 via mobile

In town for 1 night. Hotel suggested. Great choice. The crispy Brussels Sprouts Caesar salad is a MUST. Amazing. The New England Baked Seafood Trio was delicious. Seasoning was so good. Service was great too. Definitely recommend when you’re in Portsmouth.More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank sc52017
robynbriggs, Guest Relations Manager at Surf, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you so much for choosing to dine with us! We are thrilled to hear you like the new Brussels Sprout Ceasar salad, as this is a new item we just added. We will be sure to let our team know how much you enjoyed...More

Reviewed May 17, 2019 via mobile

Stopped in on our way to Portland. Easy street parking, Sat at the bar. Knowledgeable bartender...extensive menu. We decided on Alaskan king crab cocktail and a burrata/corn/tomato salad with grilled shrimp for starters. Outstanding. Moved on to blackened fish tacos...a hint of hot and delicious....More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank mjrr_12
robynbriggs, Guest Relations Manager at Surf, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you so much for choosing to dine with us, and for taking the time to leave us your feedback as well! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the new Buratta shrimp Salad, as our team just added this to the menu! We...More

Reviewed May 16, 2019

For a long time, this was our absolute favorite weekend lunch spot. The bartenders were amazing, and the sushi was better than any Japanese restaurant I've been at. The last time we went, they discontinued the Shrimp Quesadillas and the Port Margarita (double tragedies!), but...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank NbptUH
robynbriggs, Guest Relations Manager at Surf, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you so much for choosing to dine with us, and for taking the time to leave us your feedback as well. We appreciate your loyalty and are glad to hear you enjoy the chowder and sushi still. We're very excited about the new, items...More

Reviewed May 15, 2019 via mobile

Surf had great reviews across the board so we walked in last night. Seated immediately (8 pm so perhaps missed the crowd) at a lovely table overlooking the harbor. We shared the baked haddock with lobster mashed potatoes and the lobster Kristina. Started with a...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank LLoper
Reviewed May 11, 2019 via mobile

We went there for my birthday and i had a boiled lobster which was a real delight! You will want to get there early cause it is crowded. If it is full you can be on the waiting list. The place gets noisy around the...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Jessica P
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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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