Surfing Deer

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
In the 1940’s, Cube McGee saw a paradise unlike anywhere else in the world and decided to build a community around it. He shaped Seagrove Beach into the vibrant, soulful place it is today. He was also a local celebrity, with his pet deer named Bambi. They could be seen each morning on the beach,playing in the surf. So, to pay homage to Cube, we decided to keep the legend and the soul of 30-A alive by naming our latest addition to the Hartley Restaurant Group, Surfing Deer—a place where folks can dine, create memories and enjoy the beauty of our beach.

Come on in and get the freshest seafood on 30A along with many other innovative dishes from everyone’s favorite Chef, Greggory Smith.
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OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the food, service was great.
A little on the noisy side, but not too bad.

NC
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great anniversary celebration for my parents. I noted it on the reservation and they brought a piece of cake with congratulations written on the plate without any additional request. Great service and delicious food. We loved it.

SS
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service on a busy holiday night. Food was all well prepared.

DK
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second time we have tried and it was very very good. Crab cakes were good but had red pepper.
Acadians Jambalaya was very good.
Desserts are excellent, all of them.
Will be back!!!

KM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New favorite at the beach! Must stop by for a meal...whatever the occasion.

JH
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love the Surfing Deer for the Peanut Butter Rush alone.

KC
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Terrible service! Realized it was a busy night, but our server passed us repeatedly as we waited on our entrees over 40 minutes. When food was delivered it looked like it had been sitting in the kitchen awhile. Manager offered us dessert at no charge.

J
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our food was fantastic! We started with the gumbo, which was so rich and thick, delicious! then moved to the entrees. My husband had the special, red snapper topped with a delicious sauce and served with grits. Mine was braised beef served with an incredible risotto, yumm! Our congratulations to the chef and staff, they are doing a great job.

b
Austin
47 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience4

If only the front of the house could keep up with the back! Have been here a number of times, and unfortunately they are consistent..... the amazing efforts of the kitchen simply can not overcome the incredibly bad service. While the pecan crusted grouper and seafood acadiana are sublime, that's where the good times end. Reservations mean very little to the management, as we've had to wait 15-30 minutes before being shown to our (reserved) table just about every time we've been and the wait staff is either ambivalent or under trained, as they simply don't seem to care.

g
Memphis
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food! Nice space but a/c was blowing on me and it was a cold night. Also very loud.

BG
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed every minute of the dining experience at Surfing Deer! The 4 of us started with drinks and appetizers (smoked trio and lobster tacos), and then shared the charred avocado and salad with fried oysters. We got 4 entrees — 2 of us had the pecan crusted grouper with butternut squash, and 2 had the seafood acadiana. We somehow managed to make room for dessert, as we shared the bourbon cranberry and pear crumble, and peanut butter (Reese’s pb cup) pie. While the food was delicious, the service by Derrick (our server) and crew was exceptional. The icing on the cake was the sincere appreciation shown by the manager for our business, and his genuine interest in making sure the evening was wonderful.

f
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I could not wait to write this review. This place was awesome. Beautiful atmosphere, friendly staff, and most importantly delicious food. It is a little bit loud, but we had no problem holding a conversation amongst ourselves. We ordered the clothesline bacon as an app and it was so flavorful and the presentation was unique. I had the porter braised beef short ribs and I cannot emphasize enough how tender and tasty they were. Loved the French onion risotto and was surprised by my liking of the carrots. All well prepared and beautifully presented. My husband had the seafood anadiana and loved it as well. We were both sufficiently stuffed afterwards. Everything was very prompt but not rushed at all. Our server was attentive and helpful with our selections. Cannot wait to go back!

p
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most interesting menus I have seen in a longtime!!

BG
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Phenomenal food and service. Would definitely recommend.

ND
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for another outstanding and memorable meal. Doug was wonderful!

MC
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was very flavorful. However, three members of my party ordered the short ribs and they were room temperature. It would have been perfect has it been warm.

RH
Mississippi
14 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upscale restaurant on HWY 30A. It was our second visit in two years. Service was excellent and food was very good. I read a review that noise level was high but we did not experience that even though we were there during Happy Hour.

s
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome as it always is. We love dining at Surfing Deer. The view of the gulf is beautiful!

SL
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience4

There were four of us.

The charred avocado salad was delicious!

One person had to send his entree back because the grouper was rubbery and overcooked.
All four entrees were too salty.
The Vegan entree was fried and covered in sauces. I think most vegans choose to eat fresh, clean and healthy. I would have preferred 3 or 4 fresh , unsalted non fried veggies.

Great menu just too heavy and salt laden for a beach town.

BW
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best meals we had whilst travelling around the US for 3 months.

SB
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve had dinner at this restaurant every time we come to the beach. Great food and attentive staff. I love the atmosphere.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very nice experience.

OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food we have had on 30A! Service was fabulous and posh atmosphere. We loved it and will be back.

LF
Nashville
10 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Male valet attendant extremely rude (“I’ll get to you when I get to you!”, and to another customer, “you just wait your turn!”) and clueless as to how to orderly manage parking.
Waitress not know about offerings. Lettuce used in oyster Caesar was bruised, brown on cut ends, soft & unpalatable. Oysters were very good. Breads were hard & cold. Our guests were unhappy with their fish- over cooked/dry.
This is our third and sadly, our last, dinner here. The grouper was over cooked/dry during our last visit despite our advising our waiter that we had had that experience previously and receiving his assurances that he would speak with the chef and make sure the grouper was properly cooked. He never checked back to see whether we were satisfied.
As locals, we have many options and choose not to settle for consistently over cooked seafood, let alone rude behavior by parking attendants.
We are disappointed as we’d hoped to enjoy this restaurant as it is very convenient to our home but, three unacceptable dinners in a row is no incentive to return.
Good luck with the tourists.

F
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was delicious. We might have to go back this week before we leave town.

OT
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Started upon entering when our reservation for 6 were not all there but arrived by reservation time 6:00. Restaurant policy - they will charge $25.00 per person if not fulfilled and they do take credit card when booking reservation.
I feel like if I am being charged for table at least seat me especially when restaurant is half empty. Or smart thing would be to direct to bar ... but no just sit in waiting room.
Service and appetizers were good.
Dinner special sounded good but when 5 of the 6 entrees came out out and group politely waited for the last entree, everyone’s was cold.
When total bill and tip was over $300.00 and 4 of the party were 17 year old girls. Surfing Deer was a huge disappointment.
A lot better restaurants and food elsewhere without the traffic and hub bub of location.

BA
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tonya, our waiter, was wonderful, so attentive and extremely nice to our grand daughters.

OT
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved everything but the lobster tacos..disappointing! Lobster was too small to even know it was lobster! Otherwise loved our experience

AL
Memphis
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great ambiance as we sat outdoors and had a water view. Lovely outdoor area! The service was exceptional!! Not one complaint as far as service goes. The food quality was alright. Not anything to write home about. One member of our party had super bland fish and wasn’t impressed. I had the short ribs which were amazing themselves, however the risotto was way undercooked. The calamari was average. Overall, the atmosphere and service would bring me back, not necessarily the food. I don’t feel I outspent the quality of the food...

OT
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Surfing Deer is a must for my husband and I on every beach vacation. Always a great variety of vegan choices for us, creative cocktails and great ambiance.

OT
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Surfing Deer never disappoints. Great food and atmosphere.

AN
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience! We always dine there at least once while visiting the beach!

k
Dallas
32 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Food is just ok, lots of it and the wine list is good. Not Terrible just not worth going to again

OT
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food never disappoints but it is Doug our server that keeps us coming back! Always one of our favorite nights!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

The service was poor.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience5

Food was served room temperature and wasn’t good. For the price, I was very disappointed.

OT
E. Tennessee
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of our favorites in the area!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was great! We love visiting here every time we’re on 30A

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful delicious dinner. Menu was great and varied. Service was fantastic. Highly recommend

C
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always

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