Surf City

4
93 reviews
$30 and under
American
Welcome to Surf City, a waterfront vacation style bar and restaurant with unbelievable views of Manhattan and Liberty Island. Surf City is a huge restaurant with both indoor and outdoor spaces. Gather your friends on any of our four outdoor decks or next to a roaring fire pit on a starry night. Drink exotic, fruity cocktails and socialize while watching boats sail in and out of the harbor. Children are allowed until 9:00 pm with a parent or guardian.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 93 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.0based on recent ratings
3.7
Food
3.8
Service
4.4
Ambience
3.8
Value
Noise · Moderate
73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

They could have played some music.

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vipNicoleG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience2

The server seemed disinterested in our table. The restaurant was not crowded or busy but the service was still extremely slow. The bathrooms are run down and a lot of the fixtures are broken. We ordered the veggie burger, lobster sandwich and fries. The food itself was good but nothing special. The beer was a little too warm for our preference.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience3

It was good. And a warm day

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yumyum
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

The hostess didn’t greet us right away and wasn’t friendly once she did. Many of the beers on the menu they handed us were unavailable bc they are seasonal beers (maybe update the menu?) We ordered crab fries when he came back said they were out of crab (!) but gave us fries on the house...entrees were good. Server was friendly and apologetic...just expected better

JM
JodieM
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience5

This was my first visit to this establishment. I was seated quickly. Our waiter did not come back to check on us fast enough. We were also charged twice on our credit card.

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LOVE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time there, but it won't be our last. Beautiful view, delicious food, great service!
Seafood platter was enough for two! Wanted to go back the next day (their last day for the season), but knew we couldn't get a reservation. Now we have to wait until next year.
Wish we had discovered it sooner. Highly highly highly recommend!

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allymack
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall3Food1Service2Ambience5

great ambiance great energy horrible food

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Amby
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience5

Food doesnt taste fresh. Drinks arnt strong at all on purpose to make you buy a $2 shooter with every drink. The only good thing about this place is the view.

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CSmith
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience4

We were the first ones there, and it was clear that they were not ready for us. There was no toilet paper to be found anywhere in the entire restroom, and it took over 30 minutes for our food to come which wasn't hot.

IH
IhesiaH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place to have dinner and fun with friends.

LA
LeaA
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

The ambiance hands down is beautiful if you enjoy water views. Definitely visit Surf City Bar on a warm day/evening if you plan to dine outdoors. Free parking in Jersey City is a plus. The food was mediocre. It's a new establishment. Hopefully, next year they will revamp the menu.

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CarolineC
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience1

It was too chilly to dine out by the water. The restroom was beyond nasty. We were very disappointed. Photos of the restroom says everything.

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TonyaB
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

I have been there twice the first time wad great the second I continually had to search for my waitress

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a great experience..I wouldn’t mind returning for another gathering

JB
vipJacquiB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience5

I was very disappointed at Surf City.

I understand none of us have control over weather, however, the restaurant would benefit from HEAT LAMPS - especially when the temperature dips at night. It was mid 60s - the first night of cool temps in September 2020. Server suggested the Lobster Bisque - 10 minutes later she returned - they ran out... Server suggested Clam Chowder - 10 minutes later she returned - they ran out... Server suggested Crab Fries.... she brought to the table and said I had received the last order... I guess I could be more understanding if it were later in the night... but I had a 7:30 p.m. reservation! How can you run out of soup on your VERY LIMITED SEAFOOD MENU?

Very disappointed first time...

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Ames1012
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Staff didn’t check on us not once, seem to be over worked but food was good

LM
vipLegoMyEgg0
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall1Food1Service5Ambience5

The food and drinks were just subpar. There was no seasoning on my sandwich. The frozen drinks tasted chemically and had no alcohol. The location is really nice though.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall1Food2Service3Ambience2

When I book this restaurant on OpenTable it had asked me if there were any special occasions and I selected yes which was my wife’s birthday. There was no mention of a birthday nor did anyone acknowledge it at all throughout the whole dinner. It also did not mention that IDs are required at the door even to eat dinner which one of our party did not have their license as it was in her other pocketbook and they almost did not let us in. This is definitely last time I’ll book this dive..

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StephanieR
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

Service was horrible. Fold for the price not worth it.

First time there and my salad came with a hair, so I personally won’t be back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

The hostess was not welcoming or helpful to accommodate our large party even though we made a reservation. Thankfully our server made up for her rudeness and incompetence.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Last hurrah of summer. No Labor Day plans and a birthday coming. I loved that the reservation allowed us dockside views. So much more convenient than a ride to the shore or City Island. I will be back.

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Kennyken
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Surf City was fun, so much fun that our group will be going back before the end of its Season.

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Raul
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience4

I made a reservation that was not honored because they were already "at capacity". It was a birthday celebration.

MM
MaaMaa
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

This the 2nd time this week I went and really enjoyed myself ❤️

RP
RobertP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Always nice to eat on the water.
Don't expect something fancy but don't miss this place.

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BonnieF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was a great spot with great music and food... we did make a reservation on open table and when we arrived they did not have our reservation ... they still accommodated us

KR
KarenR
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great place will be there again this weekend . Thank you

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Love the ambiance and beach feel. Felt like i was in another state. Food was good and service was ok.

IH
IhesiaH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great location and the good vibes.
However, it was very windy so, hold on to your food and drinks because they will spill over!!!

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BeautifulB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Exactly what a relaxing Sunday calls for.

DA
DanielleA
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

Terrible service. Would not recommend people visit this establishment. Waiter service was nonexistent and they got our order wrong.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall3Food1Service5Ambience5

Food was terrible. Microwaved rubber essentially.
Ambiance was cool.
Recommended for drinks ONLY. Good bar.

TT
TonyT
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall4Food3Service2Ambience4

Our waiter Matthew i believe was his name was just okay

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great place to hang out to eat and drink. Views were amazing, wait staff was great. Food and drinks were good as well, very filling, I couldn’t eat all my food. Only thing is the bathrooms need to be better kept. Overall I enjoyed the place

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love it here more recommend to more ppl

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Kevin
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall5Food3Service4Ambience5

Great services and the location has precaution sign to keep distances.

TM
TatiannaM
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience4

Nothing was available on the menu. The drinks had to make myself. I went for my birthday and it rained and they did nothing to make me help feel comfortable

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Sherry
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience3

The food was horrible the cheese burger and lobster rolls were bland. The drinks were watery the crab fries had too much Obay seasoning. It was waste of $115.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great location and good food and service

KG
KeemaG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Great scenery and the service was great. Food was just ok in my opinion but the drinks are good

FAQs

Surf City is rated 4 stars by 93 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.