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Surfish Bistro
Surfish Bistro

Surfish Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.surfishbistro.com
  • Phone: (718) 832-8200
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Peruvian, Tapas / Small Plates, South American
  • Executive Chef: Miguel Aguilar
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Delivery, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th St & 5th Ave
  • Public Transit: Trains F, G, R at 4th Ave/9th St subway stop
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Surfish Bistro
Lima-born chef/owner Miguel Aguilar has assembled a menu of Peruvian favorites with an international twist. He’s been called a master of ceviche, taking cues from culinary traditions of Japan, Italy, Spain and China. He has won food network competition: Chopped, with the episode No Pales, No Problem.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The quiet atmospere of the outdoor dining allowed you to escape the busyness of Brooklyn/NYC. The food was excellent and very authentic Peruvian at a very reasonable price!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "surfish has been top notch since they opened - very professional"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "I love this place. I am slowly making my way through the menu with each visit and have yet to find a dish I don't like. The only problem I have when eating at Surfish is deciding which ceviche to start with."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Fresh, fantastic food. It was a neighborhood find. Very pleased to have tried it. Ceviche was just fantastic!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Very nice experience. The ceviche was awesome. We had the tasting and tried a few. Excellent! Then we had some tapas. All very good, just be careful, the tapas' portions are big, almost entree size. Not a complaint, just a side note. It was a great dinner."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Very well done. Been here twice now, excellent! The ceviches are divine."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This place is a real undiscovered neighborhood gem. The food is excellent, particularly the ceviche in all its varieties. The 3-ceviche sampler is an outstanding dish. We ate outside in the back, which was quiet, pretty, and really nice (and the excellent weather of course helped). The sangria was really good too. It's an unassuming little place amidst a lot of storefronts and restaurants on 5th Avenue in the Slope. I hope it does well, but I kinda also hope it doesn't get discovered by too many people..."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Really good food, well-deserved good reviews. Service a bit slow, but more than adequate."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I have been to Surfish several times, each one a great dining experience. I never leave disappointed. The service is great, the food is delicious, and the staff is always welcoming. Please try the ceviche, the mahi mahi taquitos, the pulled pork sliders, and the adobado...it's all so good. Portions are big and go great with the red sangria! All in all an excellent restaurant!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Great choice for delicious food....in a casual setting. Warm and welcoming service!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The menu is full of traditional foods, as well as modern takes on old classics, all very well prepared, wonderfully seasoned, generous servings. We look forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The food was absolutely exceptional, the service on point. A great find"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Really enjoyed the food here. The skirt steak was so delicious and tender. The wine was good. Cant wait to go back! Highly recommend Surfish"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Was craving for ceviche. Their sampler was good. Wished there were more oysters, though. Also, though we had a reservation, our table wasn't ready when we got there (on time). We had to wait 20 minutes."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "One of the best places in Brooklyn! The food is always outstanding. The ribs melt in your mouth."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Was coming from Italy, found it via Tripadvisor. Excellent dinner with my wife, everything was well prepared and the food is absolutely to recommend. I would suggest to try it, in Brooklyn area is a nice try. Few tables so it is better to make a reservation. Value for money is very good."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We enjoyed sitting in the outside patio. The ceviche was delicious as was the skirt steak. The tilapia was fresh and tasty, but a little rich. The paella was delicous."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "If you're in Park Slope and want a really good restaurant, Surfish is it! Food and service was excellent. I cannot wait to go back to try all the other ceviches. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Food was excellent, and the staff was attentive and friendly, particularly considering that the place was packed. My only complaint was that the noise level required everyone to strain a bit to be heard. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "730 reservation, no table available. 8pm, still no table. The place is tiny and probably over capacity, but it is worth the wait. Just bring patience with you. Once the food arrives you will forget whatever discomfort you may have experienced waiting at a bar no bigger than a middle school desk, where you will be asked to wait. It isn't a joke. So bring a sense of humor too. Every dish stands out, but the ceviches are the reason to run, not walk to this place in Park Slope."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Food was great, staff were very friendly. More for couples than family, but 5 of us (plus one half) had a great time. And all would go back!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "This restaurant was wonderful! Great food, great atmosphere, highly recommended. Beautiful outdoor area."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Ceviche was to die for, really exquisite. They have so many varieties beyond the traditional lime/salt variety. I would recommend the ceviche taster to try 3 different varieties. However, I didn't enjoy the other menu items. My bf ordered steak tacu tacu, cooked "medium", but it was not medium, and steak was tough and rubbery like a shoe sole. Tacu Tacu was lacking flavor for me. I would really only recommend the ceviche, which have these incredible sauces unlike anything I've tasted before. I also had a taquito app, which was just OK. Service is OK, Place is really small, so it's best to get there early or expect limited elbow room. Overall though I would come back when I am in the mood for ceviche."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I went to Surfish based on a recommendation from a Peruvian friend. As my friend and I are married to Peruvians, we know what good Peruvian food is supposed to be like. That said, Surfish lived up to all expectations. The food was fantastic. Despite having reservations, we had to wait for quite a while before a table opened up to accomodate us. Nevertheless, the food was worth the wait. Surfish's only downfall is its cramped seating area. Chef Aguilar should consider expanding; it would be a shame if he couldn't proffer his talent to more people."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This was quite the find after having stopped in once prior. Though the menu is fairly simple, it does pack a punch in the quality items and fare which was offered. Despite the lack of finesse on the part of one of the servers, the experience was worth the trip into the heart of Brooklyn. The ceviche mixto is quite the deal!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "This guy is a star at sauces. The sauce on the shrimp tamale, the peanut sauce on the ribs, the tigre with the ceviches...amazing. I was lapping them up with a spoon, wiping them up with my fingers. They were busy, but they forgot to bring us a dessert menu when asked, and mistook "no cilantro on top" for extra cilantro on top. But that doesn't change the fact that the meal was divine."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "I chose Surfish from the 10 best spots to go in Park Slope. I wanted to take my fiancé on a date night. We wanted to try something different it was awesome food, service, sangria. She was pleased and raved about it all weekend long. It is small but well worth trying. The food was fresh and prepared to perfection very accomadating staff definitely going back soon."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "2nd visit. Impeccable, from food to service. Not one single complaint. We come from Bayside, Queens to eat here. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Some of the dishes were excellent takes on Peruvian cuisine: chicharrón sliders; and some left a lot to be desired: overly salty pork and cold entrees. Service was uninspired."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "I wasn't sure what to expect by this little place. The menu offers something for everyone (meat lovers, leaf eaters, or picky pals). Each of us had something different (small plate, entree, and brunch item). Loved it all. Whether Pork belly, steak & eggs, or eggplant, you'll be delighted by the flavor and leave full not only from the food (proper portions) but from the love you can tell goes into the food. Brunch even came with a free drink."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Always have been one of our favorites. Uber delicious food :)"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Surfish was a very good experience. It's good for smaller parties of 6 or less, very small place. Even though we had a reservation for 5 people we waited an hour to be seated.. It was worth the wait... The food was authentic & delicious. The sangria was really tasty...the chocolate dessert was yummy..I highly recommend this restaurant... Enjoy!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Took my family there for dinner. The space is very small and dark but the food is awesome. Even my picky 5 yr old loved her chicken and mashed potatoes. Everything we ordered we loved!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Excellent food and service! Very creative, fresh and servers very accomodating for recommendations, making adjustments. Staff super helpful and lovely. Food innovative and perfect! Noise was extremely annoying, to the point that we had to ask them to turn it down, as it was hurting our ears and difficult to talk and listen. No relevance to the mood, holiday nor ambience. Just loud music blaring over speakers. The TV screen can go too, or just be turned off when no bar scene. All servers/waiters very friendly, warm and accomodating. Thank you! Do you host private parties? or cater? You are not a sports bar. If you turn down the music sometimes, and even turn off the TV too, will become more of a romantic hot spot or late night locale."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "This was my 2nd time there. The food was great and will have to go back there again."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "I first discovered by accident with my friend. We sat in their backyard and enjoyed everything we ordered (tapas and ceviches). I came back with my boyfriend on a rainy Friday night and everything tasted better than I remembered. Their ceviche is delicious (had all 3 tuna versions). Lychee martini was very flavorful as is their sangria. You can pass on the grilled corn. The tilapia and grilled steak entrees were delicious as well. No room for dessert. The staff seemed to be partial owners and were attentive. The place is cozy and romantic. If you don't like sitting close to the next table or near strangers, this place is not for you to dine in - you order something to go instead."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Delicious I love this restaurant my favorite in the neighborhood"
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "Upon arrival I hadn't realized the place was so small, however, an intimate setting is always nice so I thought. The chips & dip as a starter was tasty...the avacodo salad looked great in appearance but lacked taste, it needed more dressing. I ordered the seafood soup as my dinner and my date ordered the steak with brussel sprout, plantains & green salad. Again the soup was tasty, however, the only seafood in the soup was shrimp. My dates steak was a lil tough and the vegetables were cooked way tooo soft for his liking. The 1 Key High Note Of The Evening was the Sangaria...IT WAS DELICIOUS!!!!! The noise level was very loud bc of the size of the place. The service was mediocre. Just go to this place 4 a quick drink & then leave...please!!!"
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "Excellent list of appetizers: We had two sets of ceviche samplers which were delicious. The chicharron sliders, tamales with shrimp and tamales verdes were wonderful too. The Cuzqueña beer was great."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "I was hosting a guest from out of town and I wanted to experience a different gift of Brookyln-it's international cuisine. The Peruvian dishes of Surfish are impressive from start to finish. The ambiance is quaint. A great and welcome contrast to some of the large, high capacity choices of City life. Begin with a full list of cerviche choices, any one of which is equally satisfying. My colleague was impressed. I chose the mussels to start. The only thing missing was some bread with which to sop the delicious broth. For a entree, I chose the Adobado. The pork was so tender and be yucca was a hearty and delightful compliment. Seasoned just right. Apple crisp for dessert. A perfect choice on a late autumn night"
    Dined on 11/16/2013