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“Adventure? You’re Kidding, Right?”
Review of Surfari Restaurant & Bar - CLOSED

Surfari Restaurant & Bar
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: Caribbean, Seafood, Healthy
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed December 9, 2012

My husband and I went to Atlantic Beach for an off-season get-away in early December. We pulled into Surfari’s parking lot at 6 pm on a Saturday night, and we were the only car there. THAT should have told us something. We checked out the menu posted outside, and the average was $20 a plate for seafood, which is what we wanted.

We walked in and waited. The bartender sat us in a booth in the main dining area. We both ordered broiled scallops and shrimp with two sides. He wanted a baked potato with his slaw, and was told they don’t have that. He got fries. I ordered broccoli with my slaw. He ordered beer. I asked for a mojito. No go. The beer they could do, but not the mojito. I figured mint being out of season was the reason for that. Fine. That could happen anywhere (?).

Dinner arrived and the scallops were like rubber. I am no gourmet chef by any stretch, but I have broiled frozen scallops that were more tender than what we were served. The shrimp? Meh. The slaw had a weird bitter taste to it (and we live in Eastern North Carolina, so we KNOW what slaw should taste like - and it wasn’t THAT). Sad that I liked the broccoli the best out of ANYTHING on my plate. The cocktail sauce tasted bland, and like it had been thawed and watered down, like the kind you get with those frozen shrimp rings you can pick up at any grocery store.

As for service? Our waitress seemed to want to be nice, and she wasn’t unpleasant, however, the staff that WAS there didn’t seem to really be awake.

On our way there, we ran a possum over in the road, and it’s sad when that and dinner were a toss-up for the lowlight of the day.

Maybe this place is better during tourist season? I don’t know, and I more than likely won’t find out, because when I do go back during the summer months, I will take my money and go where I KNOW the service and food are amazing.

Sorry, Surfari…the only adventure we experienced was in trying to get the scallops chewed.

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1  Thank SeafoodLover1212
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

I've been to Surfari in Atlantic Beach on four different occasions (including the first night they opened). The food is very good, the service is very good, and the prices are reasonable.

The main problem is that they are constantly changing their menu! Not just the menu items, but the menu itself. At one point they had a menu that was colorful and very easy to read. Now? It's just sort of a blah-appearance menu and difficult to read.

It's always an adventure to see what's on the menu at any given time. I understand that restaurants sometimes make additions/deletions/changes to the menu; but it seems like Surfari does it on a weekly basis.

About the only items that remain consistent are the appetizers. All of the appetizers are GREAT and are actually enough food for an entree unless you're a really big eater.

And what restaurant that serves steak decides to remove baked potatoes from their menu? LOL While I love their garlic mashed potatoes, I prefer baked potatoes with my steaks.

C'mon Surfari...let's leave the menu alone for a while. Just as I find something I really like, it's gone the next time I'm in the restaurant.

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Reviewed October 2, 2012

I came in to Surfari last week and got their bbq ribs special. The portion was so huge and wasnt priced high at all. I would have paid twice that much at crabs claw down the road for less food!

Thanks Surafri!

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Reviewed April 2, 2016 via mobile
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