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“Chowdah--mmmmm!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Surf

Surf
Ranked #2 of 199 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Scenic view
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Florida
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60 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Chowdah--mmmmm!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2013

Stopped in for lunch--had the chowder (excellent, with a hint of bacon) and pan fried flounder with pilaf and corn salsa (very nice). Service was friendly and efficient. Had a good view of Kittery, Maine, across the river.

  • Visited September 2013
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Ridgefield, Connecticut
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749 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
“Excellent”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2013

Food here did not disappoint. Portuguese seafood stew was unique - a cross between boulliabaise (no idea how to spell it) and paella - and delicious. Noisy, but nice decor overlooking the harbor. Service was just fine. Try it.

Visited September 2013
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Thank CTManny
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Michigan
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
“Excellent dining spot for travelers and great food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2013

I try and write reviews for other business travelers, as when I am in a new city I usually hit Tripadvisor for restaurant recommendations - this restaurant did not dissapoint!

Very convenient location right off a main street downtown. Easy walking from all the major hotels in the area.

Excellent, seafood, drinks, waitstaff and view. I prefer to eat at the bar when traveling and this restaurant has a large circular bar area that accomodates many diners. Very friendly staff who are knowledgeable on the menu and give great recommendations!

The restaurant overlooks the water, so if you want a meal with a view, you certainly can enjoy one here at Surf.

I had the 2 lb Lobster Sarah meal and man was it good. Steamed, shelled lobster in a broth and white wine sauce served over a seafood risotto. YUMMY! Huge amount of food that I could not put a dent into. Had a very nice carry out for the next day as well. $38 dollars and worth every penny.

Really varied menu that revolves mainly around seafood. Baked, fried, steamed, blackend - you want seafood - you can get about anything you want here....including a raw bar.

Fabulous martini's a well.

Absolutely would recommend and plan to return next time I'm in Portsmouth.

Enjoy.

  • Visited September 2013
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great food in Portsmouth”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2013

Not knowing what we wanted tonight we let the waiter pick one of the night specials (after we had given idea of what we liked), it was wonderful. That along with a bowl of very good clam chowder and some wine, it was the best meal we have had on this trip. Wish we were closer, would definitely go here often.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Jwhick
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new jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Disappointed”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

Went here on the recommendation of a friend. Waiter friendly and helpful. We ordered the saigon noodle bowl and the fish and chips. Fish was good, but noodle bowl was bland and tasteless. I love Vietnamese food and this soup/noodle/shrimp and fish combo lacked flavor. Also had oysters which were great,but very expensive. I would most likely go back but would try a different entree for sure.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank drfaith
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