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99 Bow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-8401
+1 603-334-9855
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11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Tue - Wed 16:00 - 21:00
Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Dover, New Hampshire
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40 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went here before going to the theater on a Friday evening. We arrived around 5:30 and were seated immediately, even though the restaurant was busy. I was hoping for a seat near a window, but we were seated at a table near the bar (which can get a bit noisy) that still had a good view of the water... More 

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Thank Helene C
West Simsbury, CT
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

While in Portsmouth, we wandered the downtown area, looking at various restaurant menus before deciding to have dinner at Surf. This is one of the best seafood restaurants we've ever eaten in! The staff was very professional and friendly, and the restaurant was busy on a Tuesday night (which suggested to us that it's popular and good!). My husband had... More 

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Thank Linette B
NH
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103 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Good sushi roll selection. Fish tacos are good and they usually have great specials. Ginger lemonade is amazing. Great views if you can get a window seat.

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Thank SweetDee11
Tennessee
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214 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were lucky to stop in on a rainy cold Sunday night. We couldn't have had a better experience. Every course was more amazing than the one before. There was a special fish appetizer that paired pineapple chutney with a sprinkling of peanuts and it was delicious.The lobster and brie nachos was perfect. As was the sushi and the salmon... More 

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Thank Codeedo
Halifax, Canada
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46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I ate at this restaurant for an evening meal and the food was excellent. The servers were great and very pleasant. The place was a happening place and I suspect it is the same every night and very busy but we were seated very quickly and the food arrived promptly. My cod with lobster potato was too cold for my... More 

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Thank Robert S
Dover, New Hampshire
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66 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went here with a business group and was very pleased with the meal, so I visited it with my wife and we had a lovely evening. The food was wonderful the staff was more then pleasant and the other patrons made for a great evening with friendly conversation. We loved it so much we bought a gift card for... More 

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1 Thank Cliffordmte
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent menu with fresh fish as well as sushi and American dishes. Comfortable surroundings but not fancy best describes the place. Pricing is not inexpensive but this is a tourist town so their pricing is comparable to other seafood places. However, the food is excellent with service that is friendly and knowledgeable. Plan to go back to try something else.

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1 Thank Stoloff
New Castle, New Hampshire
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190 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent quality sushi! Came here with friends from Hong Kong, they know a lot about really good food. I had a virgin bloody mary....did not miss the alcohol at all, nicely made! We started with the sushi sampler and we all could have licked the platter it was that good. Considering the quality, the prices were on par. My husband... More 

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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54 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On a day trip to Portsmouth, we went to Surf, with expectations that it would rival it's sister restaurant under the same name in Nashua, NH. We were not disappointed. We were in a semi-circle booth near the window looking out on the Old Harbor. We watched as the tide was coming in and colliding with the river going out... More 

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Bowral, Australia
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62 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sunday evening, after a very pleasant walk around the township, and checking into our hotel. Very busy, but we got a good table able to see the harbour. Partner had seafood chowder, and baked trio of scallops, shrimp and haddock. I had smoked haddock and corn chowder, and stuffed flounder. Lovely meals, well prepared, and good friendly service. Good spot,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Meals
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, Seating
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, View, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
16:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
16:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?