Surfish Bistro
Surfish Bistro

Surfish Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.surfishbistro.com/
  • Phone: 7188328200
  • 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, South American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Surfish Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
39 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (28)great for outdoor dining (27)neighborhood gem (26)great for lunch (9)special occasion (8)late-night find (7)romantic (7)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (3)scenic view (2)good for groups (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Amazing
    Emily
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The dinner was amazing. It's one of the best restaurants in Park Slope! The food is incredible!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reverb
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This place has a wonderful vibe and the seafood dishes are interesting and tasty, especially the ceviche. The octopus, toro and oysters were all hits at our table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Menu
    FrankEatsOut
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was excellent, went on a late summer Saturday night, had reservations for 7:30. We were seated right on time. The indoor dining area looked kind of cramped, but outside on the patio was nice. The food is very good, with a diverse menu, hearty too decent size portions without making you feel like you just ate a car tire. I would certainly recommend,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Try. A TKO!
    dappie
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Yum! Yum! Really went here because of the rave reviews and of course because Chef Miguel won chopped! Try it yourself! You won't be disappointed. Will definitely return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PatrickVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    intimate "backyard" dining mostly covered. Our waitress was very attentive, helpful and gracious when seating & serving the 3 of us + 2 month old in stroller. I also did take out for a missing family member which was very taste-y and nicely presented in the take out container. Regrettably, the taste-y cerviche was tiny; fortunately the tapas were on the larger side. As this restaurant is in a Bklyn taxpayer, the building is narrow (maybe 20-25 feet wide), so I would not consider bring backpacks or strollers there during busy hour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • really nice
    Julia
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Food was great, interesting variety, service excellent. Sea food really tasty, nice simple presentation. Recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant!!
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • surfish a sur bet
    viuk2
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    surfish has been top notch since they opened - very professional
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • seafoodfiend
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hidden gem
    Ash318
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Fresh, fantastic food. It was a neighborhood find. Very pleased to have tried it. Ceviche was just fantastic!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Ceviche!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    kirilei
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Very well done. Been here twice now, excellent! The ceviches are divine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Peruvian neighborhood gem
    ToddVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    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...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Really good food, well-deserved good reviews. Service a bit slow, but more than adequate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Surfish!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic and Delicious food
    Fabfood
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Great choice for delicious food....in a casual setting. Warm and welcoming service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good & creative
    Jasbo
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Al66
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    The food was absolutely exceptional, the service on point. A great find
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    DebbieVIP
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food
    NEats
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    One of the best places in Brooklyn! The food is always outstanding. The ribs melt in your mouth.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good experience
    Stefano65padova
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Peruvian Food!
    bigeyesVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 133 reviews are from the Surfish Bistro reviews archive.
  • Great Neighborhood Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    jojothebear
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious in a Small Space
    FrancoSVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll be back
    BG73
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    Emily
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    This restaurant was wonderful! Great food, great atmosphere, highly recommended. Beautiful outdoor area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Heavenly ceviche
    linsyVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food - Cramped Seating
    JJMM
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brooklyn's Best Cevicheria!
    Salka
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mmmm
    Dave
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent
    shuroVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit or miss
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small space with big taste
    CollierCulinaryCritiqueaVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always have been one of our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Always have been one of our favorites. Uber delicious food :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious
    ZeeBee
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    jackie
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Xmas day
    SCCK
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.