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Surf Spot
Surf Spot

Surf Spot Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.surfspoteats.com
  • Phone: (650) 355-7873
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Executive Chef: Keith Bailey
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Limitless iterations of the diverse cuisine we offer. You dream it...we make it happen.
  • Entertainment: Live music on a scale not seen on the San Mateo Coast. An outdoor amphitheater complete with private cabanas, tiki huts and torches, and a full on Imu (underground oven in Hawaiian) for Luaus and clambakes.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fassler
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Surf Spot
Reinventing casual dining and bringing you the food vacations are made of, every day. Live fire cooking and streetfood from surf spots around the world combine with innovative private dining spaces and copious outdoor dining opportunities.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "From the moment we arrived and had to hunt down the hostess (no stand) to the payment of our (corrected) bill, this place was sub-par. The service was beyond sloppy, the food fair to inedible. (Don't order the kale salad unless you want your tastebuds numbed by chile oil before you get to your entree.) The dishes came out catch-as-catch-can (one of them not all) and the waiter never checked in about the food when it did arrive. The twice-requested lemon slice, when it came, was unceremoniously thrust toward the diner on a skewer. The pizza had a nice thin crust but was overdone, and the fresh mozzarella had turned to rubber. After dinner, we cancelled the missing dish (to the waiter's surprise), but sure enough, it appeared on the bill."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Stellar salads, wonderful pulled pork sandwich, and they cater too. Pacifica is lucky to have such a great restaurant."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Immediate seating. Bar service has improved. Food service 30-45 min. behind. We orderd 2 entrees and a burger.1hr and forty minutes from seating to walking. Unbealivable."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "I wasn't a fan of the food since there wasn't anything outstanding about it. The wild game sliders had a lot of bun and not that much meat. The sauce on the chicken wings were dried out which made the wings sticky. The truffle garlic fries were tasty, though. The drinks were pricey. The bartender's special (Nectarine Rum drink) was $9. For a place in Pacifica, a suburb of SF, that's a lot! If you go there, you're paying for the atmosphere. The outside firepit was nice. After my experience, however, with the pricey food and"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I went to the Surf Spot for a nice, casual dinner and unfortunately left disappointed. I went a few months ago for lunch and was pleased with the food, service and ambiance. Last night we ordered a Greek burger and a ceasar salad with chicken. The ceaser salad dressing was lacking in flavor, the lettuce was not crunchy. The falafel pattie did not seem to be freshly prepared, perhaps frozen even. It was a gummy, dry mess. The brioche roll did not taste fresh and did not suit the falafel. I would give it a go again, but stick with the small plates. Disappointed."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I have been to Surf Spot many times, it is my go-to for when I take the kids out. There is a full sand volleyball court in back, with live music most times I go (I think Fri-Sun,) and I find the cuisine to always be satisfying, if not superb. Try the wild game sliders if that's your thing, I always get those, and the mussels are the best preparation I have had in a long time. Don't miss out on the butterscotch dessert if you haven't had it, or the custom ice cream sandwich with fresh cookies is a no-brainer. In back is an awesome hangout, you want food or drinks, its the same as a bar - advocate for yourself. Inside is seated and in front is the restaurant proper, which has always had prompt service in my experience."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Spot to grab quick bite. Nothing too special on the menu. Ambiance is pretty vibrant (loud) and service was kind of slow on that day. Got a mixed-up on our bill with table next to us, so got charged extra. Took them a while to try to get it fixed. In the end, we were offered to receive a gift card instead!!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "You can't beat a Sunday afternoon spent listening to good (free) music outdoors with friends. Both the food and the weather were surprisingly good! Very friendly and accommodating staff."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Great fun to sit outside and catch the music performances on weekends. Room to spread out with a service area and a non-service area. A volleyball court, outdoor fireplace, picnic tables lawn chairs, umbrellas and heaters. The bands they book are mostly very good and it's a pretty good venue to see and hear them. We especially like the Offshoots. Location is a little bowl sheltered from wind. Great innovative food and drinks. Seems short staffed and service can be slow and disorganized but nice people."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Pacifica is not known for sunny days most of the year, but we got lucky in June (not typically a sunny month on the coast) and had an enjoyable lunch with local friends. The restaurant itself is not particularly large, but when the outdoor facilities lend themselves to al fresco dining, it become a big party atmosphere, with a combination of reserved table and self-service, first-come, first served options. The food is pretty good, and consists mainly of sandwiches and salads at lunch, and they have some excellent craft beers on tap, including the Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA I had. The craft beer selections change, so if that's important, call ahead or email for details on what their serving that day. The service is brisk and friendly."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We live in town, and ate at the Surf Spot a few times after it first opened. We felt the dining room was too small and not configured very well; as people were practically sitting on top of each other. Since then, the owners enclosed the deck, added more seating, entertainment and it was so much better. There was elbow room and one could have a conversation without sharing it with other patrons. We had a terrific time. The only thin I didn't care for were the adults at the table next to us who allowed their kids to literally run around on the deck while we were eating. Not cool. You want to let your kids run around - take them to the beach, a park or Chuck E Cheese."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I had an amazing time here with my girlfriend who was visiting me from out of town. I wanted to take her to a place that she would enjoy great food, service and of course something close to the ocean. We were sitting outside and all you see is kids- EVERYWHERE! We were sitting by the fire pit, one kid almost fell in, kids screaming, running around it was so unenjoyable I was almost embarrassed. Where are these kids parents!? I would defiantly be back but I hope they do something in the meantime about this- adults want to enjoy a night out too (kid free). "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "My husband and I have had a long-standing debate as to whether service really matters when it comes right down to it. He's always felt that if the food is good, the service doesn't really matter. This visit to the Surf Spot changed that opinion. The food was great! But our server? Meh... If it wasn't for the bus people, who felt like they had far more experience than our waiter, we wouldn't be returning. From not bringing (or even asking about) water and bread to not checking back on us to bringing our check without knowing if we wanted dessert or not (we did) he was checked OUT. I finally asked him if it was the end of his shift or something and he said "Yeah, in a few minutes." We'll be back for the food but not the service..."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This place has really bad service. Our beverage order was forgotten, refills were very scarce, and the dessert menu we asked for took 39 minutes to show up. All in all, we were here for 90 minutes and only spent 15-20 minutes eating. The rest of the time was spent waiting for our waitress to bring our food or to bring our check. Will not come again. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Eclectic restaurant, GREAT FOOD and friendly service in a small sea side town. There is music and entertainment if you desire. All food is recommended and kids are welcome. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Stopped in for lunch on Sunday. We sat outside on the patio and listened to some jazz as we ate beautifully prepared, fresh and tasty fare. We enjoyed the bacon wrapped dates, kale salad, lamb meatballs and chocolate chip pancakes. Nice low key place to relax and enjoy good food."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "On very foggy and cold Saturday the two of us were greeted pleasantly, seated immediately and acknowledged by our wait person in a timely fashion. From there it took us 20 minutes to get her attention to order even though our menus were stacked in a corner and we made frequent attempts to catch her eye and then failing that to wave her down. It was then 30 minutes until our orders were delivered to us. While the food was very tasty it was only lukewarm. Would we go back? Yes, we live on the coast and like the Surf Spot idea-laid back, good food, locally sourced when possible-large outdoor area with live music, friendly staff- all good stuff. But as this is not the first time we've had really slow service I though I should note it."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "It didn't seem that busy and we got right in, but it was super-dee-duper slow. Our waiter disappeared for awhile and we had to flag down others. The heaters outside were set up in clusters: none near us and 3 just around a single table. I'm used to one being near each table. We didn't have any luck getting them moved. Luckly, we brought jackets.The food took awhile and wasn't up to it's usual awesomeness. The T Rex pizza was beyond salty, it was like something I'd hang up for a horse. Even the wings I usually get sucked this time. We decided to get dessert elsewhere. I know desserts here often rock, but I wasn't tempting fate on this bad a night. I hope this isn't the beginning of the end of one of my favorite spots. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "My wife's friend was in town visiting, and we came here for Mother's Day. The mussels were great, and the pizza was a good choice as well. They have a decent kids menu as well. Even if it's chilly outside, the patio dining is suitable, since there are decorative heaters outside. Overall, this place is a good fit for anyone looking to try something new."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "we love eating here, inside, outside, on the deck, it's all great food and fun to hang out with your friends, and kids too! Live music is a bonus and seeing lot's of your Pacifica friends and neighbors is awesome, along with strangers that are super friendly, must be the salt air and great atmosphere. Remember your mom's advise, dress in layers, the ocean is beautiful that's why we live here, but it can be chilly so you were warned. Please don't complain about it, just enjoy the Surf Spot and come again!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We stopped by here, being locals, it was our first time. I wanted to like this place but just couldn't. The salmon was dry and really needed some flavor and the burger was just messy and fell apart. The table we had was inside but there was a horrible draft from it being do close to the door that led to the outside dining area. The staff was excellent and I really enjoyed our service, unfortunately the food just wanted that great. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We love Surf Spot, so much so that my wife chose it for her birthday celebration with the family. The food has consistently been top notch, whether we're talking appetizers, seafood, burgers or pizzas. We've never had a bad or disappointing anything in the way of food. And, while it hasn't always been consistent on service, it is more than apparent that they have worked hard on making improvements where and when necessary -- and they are always friendly. One of our favorite aspects is the all around relaxed vibe of the place. We are able to let the kids run crazy around the sand volleyball court and the rest of the yard without worrying about them or whether they are disturbing other patrons while we are able to enjoy ourselves."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "About a year ago the areas daily newspaper had a write-up about the restaurant, and have been waiting for the chance to try out the place, should not have waited so long, it was a great experience and food, not going to wait another year before revisiting."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Met a friend here for lunch. Nice selection of wines. Full bar. The food was very good. The BLTA wrap was wonderful and the fries were perfectly done. It was quite busy and our server seemed to be covering the inside room, where we were, as well as the patio. She managed to stay on top of it all quite well. My friend had the grilled Skuna Kahuna and loved it. This place has live music at night and it gets quite lively. Lunch time is quieter. Have previously had their pizza which was great. My daughter-in-law cannot eat gluten and the menu has optional gluten-free bread choices which is quite nice."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "The food was great but our entrees arrived about 1/2 hour apart from each other and seems half of the order was missed in the kitchen. So, some ate and others waited, but all in all, good and we love this place, so will be coming back again, and again, and again. The surf music was great!"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Have been to this restaurant for dinner and lunch. The menu is fantastic! There is something for everyone, and even the "staples" (burgers, BLTs) have little twists that make it really yummy! I totally enjoyed my bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado wrap. Great take on a basic sandwich...and the shoestring fries were yum-tacular! I highly recommend this restaurant. There's even blankets for night time outdoor seating. Check out the website for upcoming concerts as well! Great neighborhood spot that filled a gap for Pacifica!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "There are many interesting dishes. Small plates can be combined with robust salads. Kale salad is wonderful. The one pasta dish is fabulous and the dip was fantastic. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "This visit we were warned that the kitchen was backed up. I ordered appetizers that did not require cooking, but they also took a long time to receive. Still, a fun place and good food."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Excellent services and massive portion sizes all for a good price. I took my lady here for a late dinner and wow was it amazing. I got the surf burger which was big, juicy, and delicious with a generous amount of fries. My lady got the clam chowder and fried calamari, both were fantastic. It cam out to about 30$ not including tip. Highly recommend this place and its conveniently next to Sea Bowl for an activity before or after your meal."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Exceptional food...calamari, lamb meatballs and shortrib appetizers amazing. Burgers and grilled salmon sandwich made our day. Live music was perfectly matched to the crowd and not overly loud..."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Loved our first meal at Surf Spot. It's a great hang-out sort of place-not pretentious at all; I loved the vibe. The food was really good, as was the service. I can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Because they are often busy, service can get a little slow. But, knowing this-it's a great experience. I've been there for dinners, lunches and weekend brunches and I love it. I will continue going back! Cocktails are good too :-)"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I have been here a couple times now. This is the first bad experience I have had . But others in my party say its always like this so who knows . Just wish they would get there act together .I booked for Tuesday night through open table . I then received a phone call about 45 minutes later telling me I could only sit outside . Why did I book ahead to sit outside . From the start service was barely there . When she was there she would forget a cup for the tea, then the tea bag . And that was pretty standard for how things went . Two sodas and a beer took 20 minutes to get . All told I believe we received are tacos and other food after about 40 minutes . dinner took two hours for what should have been an hour at the most ."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Loved the food. Very tasty California/American cuisine. Service was friendly, but seemed to take forever when it mattered (ordering, check). VERY loud family drunkenly having a little girl's birthday party kind of ruined the mood."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I have been here at least 10 times including the first day they opened. They have the best desserts in Pacifica that is for sure. The food is pretty good, I normally ask for the special of the day and have had no regrets. I realize I have more fun when I eat there on the weekends in their patio, specially when they have bands playing. Dinners inside can be a little challenging for those of us who need to wear glasses because the menu is hard to read at times and service has been from excellent to not so good. This does not keep me from going there, it just reminds me that I just have to learn to be more patient when I go there."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Interesting Valentine's menu. A bit intimidating at first, but the staff was well prepared having pre-opening tasted all items and thus had knowledge of what to describe to customers. The truffle soup was way to strong and the serving huge. Every other item was fantastic! My wife and I have dined here several times and each time I enjoy it more and more. The food is great, but the staff is so friendly and they spend a moment with you to ensure all is well. Surf Spot delivers on 'the whole package'."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Laid back, casual and fun. On a sunny day in Pacifica there may be no better place to grab a bite and a beverage than Surf Spot's large back garden. We like it in the fog too as the main dining room is cozy and comfortable. Food is always good, honest and fresh."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Six longtime Pacifica residents who have collectively been to SS over 60 times since its opening, plus hosted one 50+ person event, bc the food is decent, if not creative, the location is convenient, and we support local businesses, are calling it quits nonetheless. Since its opening, SS has understaffed its restaurant and bar, leading to consistently poor service. Complaints are met with reluctant contrition, and never affirmative offers of restitution, unless the customer asks for it, and sometimes not even then. Nothing ruins a meal more than bad service and bad attitudes. That is not always the case, but has been so far too often. We are all finished."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Always great food !! Thank so much !. I would suggest the hostess not chew gum - not very attractive."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Much improved from my previous visits. Waiter was great. Mussels were fantastic. Caesar salad dressing was tasteless. Music was extremely loud although there weren't many people there. Menu had a lot of options that I would like to try on future visits."
    Dined on 1/10/2014