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99 Bow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-8401
+1 603-334-9855
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good28%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“sushi” (83 reviews)
“lobster” (111 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
99 Bow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-8401
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Visiting from Florida on Labor Day Weekend, we tried Surf based upon the Tripadvisor reviews. Meals were excellent, as was the service from Jillian. Clam Chowder was good, thicker than many other experiences. Special linguine dish included some of the tastiest seafood I've ever enjoyed....More

Thank IraBfromCSG
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Visiting Portsmouth and didn't know which seafood restaurant to choose, so we took potluck. Choice couldn't have been better! Excellent service, incredible food and fantastic view. Crowded on Saturday evening, and no reservations for parties under 6, but the minimal 20 minute wait was worth...More

Thank Ken_Rae2014
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I was expecting a long wait but fortunately got a table right away. A rather modern dining room pleasant soft colors. Warm welcome and excellent service all along. Few tables with views over the river. Oysters on the shelf were not only perfectly presented but...More

Thank Francois L
Reviewed 6 days ago

Lovely staff who are very attentive without being in your face. Food was excellent and the waterside table is terrific. Highly recommended

Thank Bernard D
Reviewed 6 days ago

From fabulous chowder to sushi and everything imaginable in between, you cannot beat Surf for the inventive culinary creations and fabulous cocktails and wine list. Oh and the views from either the huge bar or the table seating, this has great ambiance. Their raw bar...More

Thank CMTPortsmouth
Reviewed 1 week ago

On our way to a weekend in Boothbay, ME we stopped at Surf for lunch. We were seated by a window, had excellent service (except when he put down plates he was bussing from another table on our table in order to retrieve a dessert...More

Thank georgejudy1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although this restaurant has a child-friendly menu that is not the case. My husband and I read the reviews and category for family-friendly dining and decided to take our small children there, we were sadly mistaken. I have never had such an uncomfortable dining experience....More

1  Thank DSC82
Robyn S, Guest Relations Manager at Surf, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

First, we thank you for choosing to dine with us while in Portsmouth. However, we are so saddened to hear of your recent experience while dining with us. We really do believe that we are a family-friendly restaurant, and apologize that some of our guests...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to a reception for a young couple who had married in Europe earlier in the year. The function room a had a great view and an outside patio. The staff served a lot of different appetizers and they were fabulous. I usually never order...More

Thank K2947JRdonaldd
Robyn S, Guest Relations Manager at Surf, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for joining us, and for taking the time to leave us your feedback. It's great to hear that you enjoyed everything about your visit with us, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed poking about downtown Portsmouth stores. Got a recommendation for this restaurant from one of the store managers. Very busy location. Good wine list. Waitress was very attentive, helpful and polite. Wait staff kept hopping. Started with Chowder. Had the Sesame seared tuna and steamed...More

1  Thank adsmith60
Robyn S, Guest Relations Manager at Surf, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for choosing to dine with us, and for taking the time to leave us your feedback! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit with us, and the dishes you ordered were delicious! We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago

On a rainy mid-week evening my daughter and I headed to the Surf for dinner. I have been there before and have always had a wonderful meal and 1st class service. This visit did not disappoint. We ordered a reasonably priced bottle of Sauvignon Blanc...More

2  Thank MagicMarco56
Robyn S, Guest Relations Manager at Surf, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for choosing to celebrate your daughter's birthday with us! We will be sure to recognize Jill for her outstanding service, and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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30 August 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
13 August 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.
21 February 2017|
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Response from Robyn S | 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
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
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 99 Bow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-8401
  • Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 603-334-9855
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