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About 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.

550 3rd Ave
corner of 14th
Brooklyn, NY 11215
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Peruvian, Tapas / Small Plates, South American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Cross Street:
14th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(718) 788-8070

Website:
http://www.surfishbistro.com/

Public Transit:
Trains F, G, R at 4th Ave/9th St subway stop

Executive Chef:
Miguel Aguilar

Additional:
Beer, Delivery, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Surfish Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

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Fun (6)
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Quiet Conversation (6)
Casual (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Bar Seating (3)
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Healthy (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Sunday Lunch (2)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Food was distinct and outstanding! Service was attentive, friendly and professional.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Luckily they were able to accommodate last minute reservations for Valentine's day. Big thanks for that save lol. The food is amazing!!! So many flavors and just pure delicious. Service was very slow and at times seemed like they were more focused on leaving at the end of their shift than on the tables. I noticed many tables took 20+ mins just for simple dessert. The food made up for it but service could definitely improve.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined 4 days ago

The best pisco sour ever. Better than any I ever had in South America Worth going back for just for that The Flan was very nearly as good. The menu is a mix of raw and cooked tapas along with more complete main courses and sides. The ahi with grilled pineapple the prawns and the short ribs were all to die for. I remember the chef being on Knife Fight as a finalist and made a plan to visit his restaurant the next time I was in New York sadly it had to wait a while but no disappointments highly recommended. It was worth the one hour subway trip very easily

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

My husband and I ate at Surfish for Valentine’s Day. Super impressed with the food and service. Also, pleasantly surprised that we weren’t seated too close to the people beside us, like you might see in most NYC restaurants. We were very comfortable and had a great time.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We made a reservation for Brunch. The portions were filling and the culinary attention to detail is well noticed; great uses of flavour. We intend to return again soon to try more of the menu!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

I'm big fan of Surfish. My one complaint is that even though I made a reservation, I was seated upstairs. The upstairs, though spacious, is much less cozy and comfortable than the street level.

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent fresh food, good service. Highly recommend

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2018

I love this place!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

This is our second time dining with friends at Surfish, and it has been a delight both times. The food is unusual, but accessible. Everyone has truly enjoyed their meal and the ambience. On a Saturday night, with large parties, it can be a little noisy. Come for a week day dinner if you appreciate a slower pace and vibe.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

One of my favorite places! The manager, Magda, and the rest of the Surfish staff are phenomenal! I even had a holiday event here with my job and it was just perfect. Always love coming back for the great food and ambiance! #TeamSurfish

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great food! Both exquisite and hearty at the same time!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Surfish Bistro is one of the most delicious restaurants in NY. Awesome modern Peruvian dishes with fresh ingredients. The food is VERY GOOD, don't take my word for it, go and check it out. We loved the Maduros Gnocci that unfortunately are not in the menu anymore. Instead they replaced them with sweet potato ones (probably because of the season) and they're delicious, too. Great ceviche, meat, octopus, ... order a bunch of plates to share and experience a little bit of everything. Awesome pisco sour cocktails on different flavors, Cusqueña Peruvian beer. A neighborhood gem. We were so sad they closed their second location on 5th Ave, but we love to come and support them here whenever we have a chance.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Authentic, Great Beer, Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

never get tired of the food....always excellent...and fresh and people are great......

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Paleo Friendly, Authentic, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Excellent food! Been to many Peruvian restaurants; this one has excellent food: good creations and selection of ingredients.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We eat at Surfish often. At most restaurants, we have 1 or 2 favorites; at Surfish, choosing our meal is a challenge because there are so many things on the menu we love. The ceviches are great, and there are always some new ones to try. Love the taquitos, mussels, ribs, corvina, lomo saltada, and many other standards. Last night, we tried 3 special appetizers (all were great) and duck lo mein, which was new to the menu and a big winner.

The restaurant is casual, and service is friendly and timely. And, very tasty sangria certainly adds to the meal.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Casual, Tapas, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

It was very welcoming and staff was attentive. Food excellent and drinks were delicious. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Surfish was an outstanding dining experience. The food, the ambience and the service was all incredibly good!

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Chef Miguel Aguilar brings a great view of Peruvian food. Original and full of flavor! His wife is the hostess and provides a high level of culinary service to the patrons. The pair provide a culinary experience good for any occasion. Patrons can rest assured they will walk away wanting to go back soon!!

Tags: Quick Bite, Tasting Menu, Fun, Afternoon Coffee, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Just wonderful. Great food, nice people, reasonable pricing, warm vibe.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We were in Brooklyn NY to see our son who is a resident at a hospital there. We went to Surfish for lunch. The food and service were excellent. I would recommend the place to anyone who wants to try Peruvian food. We loved the paella, the salmon in coconut milk sauce and braised ribs, the items we ordered. The sliders were excellent. Excellent food that was prepared really well. The service was outstanding. We bought our son a gift card for two for him and his wife. Check this place out if you are in NYC or Brooklyn.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

I went on a Sunday during brunch hours and it was pretty empty. The lomo saltado was delicious but the rice a bit over cooked, I know some folks like their rice crispy like the Persian tahdig but I personally hate it when rice gets stuck in my teeth. The service was good and professional. I love their food and would highly recommend it to anyone. The location is probably busier later on in the day or evening, wish I was drinking but I'm currently teetotaling so no pisco for me :(

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Such a fun place! The lighting is perfect, the ceviche is amazing! Love it here!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Have been to Surfish Bistro several times now. The drinks are amazing. Food is flavorful and creative. The wait staff has always been friendly and knowledgeable on the menu. Love it! Always a good time. Highly recommend.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2017

If visiting NYC like I was, this restaurant is a must! Amazing Peruvian food, delicious pisco cocktails! I will totally come back when visiting NYC

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

A delight. good sized portions. friendly and prompt service/wait staff. delicious food. a great neighborhood as well as destination restaurant.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food was really good. Price wise is good too.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

my friend and I enjoyed a good meal of mango salad and a sampler of 3 delicious fishes -- we spent more than we normally do (and would have spent at their 5th Ave location, which was mysteriously closed) but we were celebrating --

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Great ceviche. Get the sampler for a little taste of 3 different types. Skirt steak entrees and shrimp dish was delicious. Pisco sours were tasty!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 9, 2017

We went before catching a comedy show. There was practically no one there at 5 which meant we had a ton of attention. The pisco was beautiful and tasty. The ceviche was perfectly acidic, and the seafood soup was tasty and filling. Well worth the pick. We hope we can come back in years to come.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Very good food, service, and decor. I will definitely be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Fabulous, authentic food but VERY noisy. They could do without the music.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great food, great service. great evening. every dish we ordered was excellent.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Authentic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Great Peruvian. Delicious and creative cerviches. Large portions and good value. Black paella also excellent. Everything we ordered was delicious and different. Really like this restaurant.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Everything in this place is perfect!! From being served by the nicest people to the stellar food - amazing! Try it, you will not be disappointed

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Great patio, great ceviche, very reasonable prices

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

One of my top choices for Peruvian food in New York. Dishes are a bit more modern than the traditional dishes out there (FYI). I recommend the lamb as it almost melts in your mouth. The anticuchos are super tiny compared to typical servings elsewhere but they are delicious! Totally worthy. Also, make sure you rinse your mouth after having the paella because all the squid ink will leave your mouth and teeth all black ;)

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We go often, and the experience is always consistent--and good! Interesting menu and all served beautifully. Appeals to all palates from adventuresome to "meat and potatoes." A local gem.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Casual, Authentic, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

The food is incredible, portions are giant. When there was a mistake made with my leftovers for carry-away, the manager was so kind and accommodating.

So so delicious, flavorful. One comment for the restaurant - the font on the menus is a bit small and hard to read, especially if the lighting is a bit dim.

Thank you for the service and hats off to the chef!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Tapas, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Delicious food & cocktails, excellent service! Went to celebrate a birthday wait staff went out of their way to make sure we had a very festive evening!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

My friend and I tried Surfish Bistro for the first time last Saturday. I've been planning on trying it out due to my love for Peruvian cuisine.

I was not disappointed. Everything from the drinks, the food, to the service was amazing. Our waitress was friendly, hospitable and attentive giving great drink recommendations. The food was delicious. We had the tapas and the Lomo entree.

I'll definitely be back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fun, Casual, Good for a Date, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem
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