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“Even better the second time”
Review of Surf

Surf
Ranked #2 of 258 Restaurants in Nashua
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Since opening in 2002, Surf has set the standard in New Hampshire for fresh, exquisitely prepared seafood. Guided by Chef and owner Michael Buckley, Surf has built a reputation for truly imaginative cooking using only the very freshest fish and shellfish. This commitment to freshness can be tasted in everything we prepare. Voted Best Seafood in New Hampshire, Surf offers a wonderful combination of service and culinary expertise in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. We invite you to browse our online menus, sign up for our e-newsletter, and join us for an unforgettable dinner this evening. We look forward to seeing you.
Boston, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
230 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Even better the second time”
Reviewed May 16, 2013

We recently returned to Surf for the second time; the first was several years ago, shortly after it opened, which makes it about ten years ago. Most restaurants, even if very good at the beginning, go into rapid decline after a few years, especially in Boston. Not Surf! The menu in 2013 is more interesting than it was ten years ago, and the kitchen’s skills are sharper. Surf is definitely worth the trip from Boston.

Our opening course was the bowl of fried Ipswich clams, the best specimens we have had in a long time, and this is one of our favorite dishes. No, you Boston restaurants, clams do not have to be soggy or half-cooked or overcooked or uncleaned. The raw clams can actually be of first-rate quality, prepared properly before cooking, lightly breaded, then fried in fresh oil for the correct amount of time and served promptly. Amazing!

Our more complex main dishes maintained the high level of quality. The Portuguese seafood stew contained monkfish, shrimp, haddock, scallops, and mussels along with small chunks of chorizo and herbs. The fish and seafood were perfectly fresh and the broth had a slightly spicy, buttery flavor. The shrimp and lobster carbonara was a heavier dish, with creamy rich flavors and highlights of pancetta and sundried tomatoes.

The martinis were excellent and so was the service even though the place was mobbed because it was Mother’s Day weekend.

  • Visited May 2013
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Westford, Massachusetts, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Surf into the turf of downtown Nashua”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

My family and friends went to Surf in downtown Nashua for my birthday. We were a party of 8 and were able to make a reservation for 8:00 pm. Several of the group had never been and they ALL walked away having a glorious evening. Our party had several 24/25 year old men and very much enjoyed the atmosphere including the piano man and the ambiance he created. Our waitress was engaging and genuinly fun to interact with. I was happy to introduce a restaurant with sophisication to the twenty-somethings.

  • Visited April 2013
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Austin, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Great food and fun place”
Reviewed April 24, 2013 via mobile

I was in a business trip to Nashua and read some reviews on local restaurants and decided to pick Surf. Our group was very impressed with the variety and taste of everything ordered. We got a good variety of items from their raw bar including two types of oysters which were outstanding. The swordfish look great. I had the steamed shrimp and tasted some of the other dishes which were great too. Definitely check it out.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Aron W
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Nashua Nh
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“excellent!!!”
Reviewed March 5, 2013

great restaurant in Nashua, great seafood, good service, the waitress was helpful and friendly. I highly recommend this place

  • Visited February 2013
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Columbia, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“Best Lobster Roll and Raw Oysters Ever”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

Can't believe I ordered the Lobster roll with so many Lobster dishes on the menu, but I'm glad I did. Made with a whole 1 1/4 lb. lobster, the dish was succulent and delicious. The place was packed out, but my waitress was helpful and friendly. I'll definitely be going back.

  • Visited February 2013
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