Surfish Bistro

4.3
487 reviews
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$30 and under
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Peruvian
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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KE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Very good food. Very lackluster service. This was my third time recently, for brunch. The same.
Menu says (for brunch): "Endless coffee."
No one came around with the coffee to ask if I wanted more. Had to ask twice.
They got the eggs wrong ("over easy": nope, got sunny side up).
Took the sugar off our table twice: had to ask for it back.
The service takes a lot awar from the experience.
Don't know why the management doesn't do something about it.

Its too bad..

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and value were excellent. The waitress gave very good recommendations.

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PS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great civeche! Tapas were bigger portions than expected, but welcome. Friendly service.

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B
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service at Surfish is beyond wonderful. Love trying different items each time I go and I'm never disappointed!

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MZ
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was our Valentine's day dinner. Very nice place and friendly ambience. Delicious food. Good prices $. We enjoyed our evening. 👍

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K
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

foods are good but just too much salt , should put little less

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious authentic Peruvian.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We went for an early Valentine dinner. Our fault for going out early. The place was q

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JS
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing! The ceviche was out of this world good! This was expected by the reviews! Servers were super friendly and waited patiently as we were the last costumers! Will indeed be back! Thanks guys.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

As usual very good food,value for me , very friendly atmosphere, comforting love this place...

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JF
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Made a reservation for 6 and it ended up becoming 10 people unexpectedly. Nonetheless, I am grateful to say that we were still accommodated with th e 4 extra people. All food was incrediblely flavorful and well put together. Big portion sizes; an entree can be shared by 2. Amazing variety of things to choose from. Highly recommended for special occasions!

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, excellent service, excellent value.

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l
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Always incredible food at great values. The service is not bad but leaves a bit to be desired as far as being attentive. Food always comes out on time though it's just not the most upscale or personable service. The flavors and dishes are so unique and always so fresh, especially the fish and ceviche. Will continue to go back!

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ML
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always wonderful!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The restaurant was busy. The server warned us that they had experienced a call out. The service was a bit wanky due to this but everything else was so good, it out shadowed the waits.

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MG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excelente!!!! Muy buen servicio y cimida y muy agradable

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TG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great will definitely return

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SB
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and very friendly service. The pisco sours are wonderful. I have been here 3 times and plan many more visits

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CC
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food and service great, pisco sours just as they should be. it was like we were in lima

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CV
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas dinner with the family. Upstairs is the best it’s quiet.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Christmas Dinner

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RG
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved everything about this place. The ambiance, the food, the cocktails everything is just perfect!

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C
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a find! It was a quiet brunch in a sleepy area with excellent food and cocktails. What more could one want!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Amazing food. Fresh and big portions. Great!

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KO
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere was great. Food was great. Service was great. All around great.

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SC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was the second time I've been to Surfish. The Red Snapper was exceptional, as was the Chupe de Camarones. The chocolate dessert was delicious, though not as amazing as on my first visit. The first time I thought I'd gone to Heaven. Their espresso martini is utterly amazing and makes a great dessert by itself! The service was excellent. We didn't realize how late we stayed, but no one rushed us. Having lived in Peru for 11 years, I'm always thrilled to get authentic Peruvian cuisine. ¡¡I highly recommend Surfish!!

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OT
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for the first time with my boyfriend and as soon as we walked in we both were amazed by the awesome smell of food in the air. We were hopeful that the food would taste as good as it smelled and we got just that! We ordered the mussels and the grilled prawns for appetizers! Great portions, flavor and can I just say OMG to the sauces they were in!!!!!!!!!! (I’m a sauce person) we ordered the Lomo and the Covina for our main course and we weren’t disappointed there either. Definitely was too full for dessert but decided this place definitely needs to be on our favorite spots list! Great staff, were tentative and friendly. Thank you for the great food and service!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in Brooklyn hands down. Been there at least 5x already.

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JT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great spot but service is lacking- last two times aside order came out after the meal was finished. Food is very good when you do get it. Most plates made fresh, so waiting is not the problem that way.

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SC
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surfish offers wonderful Peruvian cuisine. I lived in Peru, and this was as good as the best food I had in the eleven years I lived in Lima. I had the red snapper with artichoke special, and my friends loved their corvina (sea bass) from the regular menu. The chicha Pisco sour was delicious, and the espresso martini and chocolate mouse were amazing. The downstairs was busy and fairly noisy but typical for a lot of restaurants, but there was only one other group upstairs so it was plenty quiet for conversation. The service was excellent, and the courses flowed well. We all three agree: ¡Qué rico!

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CL
New England
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We needed to be gluten free and our server was extremely helpful

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CG
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place was recommended by a coworker and all i knew about it was that they make good ceviches The whole experience exceeded my expectations - the food was great, the cocktails were awesome (yes we tried 3 different ones), the presentation was awesome and the service/staff’s attentiveness/ friendliness/pleasantness was the icing to the cake. I would definitely recommend the place to anyone and everyone!!! Me and my family would definitely go back. Special shout out to the lady bartender, we went last Saturday for a late lunch Sept 29,2018😊

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M
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is always delicious. You can’t hi wrong with anything you choose

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MG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing! Food is always delicious and ambience is great. The staff and the owners are so nice and hospitable. I’d recommend this place for any type of event. A must go!

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OT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my most adventurous and delightful dining experience of Peruvian cuisine. Everything was outstanding! Such a variety of ceviche’s and salads that were prepared so creatively. Tapas are filling and easily shared among 2-3 peoples. I will definitely return to try other dishes.

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ES
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Excellent food. Well seasoned, great taste, large servings. However, service was friendly but unorganized and the servers had no idea where each dish was to be placed and we were served the main course before our appetizers were finished by all. The dining room has a somewhat dreary look and the lighting in the back of the main room definitely needs an upgrade. And... stop calling your “house liquor” the “industrial” brand... it is obvious that you are trying to get your patrons to “buy up” even if they are OK with what is better called by the brand name or the “house” brand.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good. Ceviche was fresh and well prepared.

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H
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

To-die-for ceviche, tender beef, enormous portions (watch out!), and good service. No wonder our Peruvian friends swear it's the best Peruvian restaurant in New York City.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! The ceviche was amazing and the sea bass and risotto was divine. It was NY friend's first time eating ceviche and he loved it!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and good service everything was great!

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