How Serious Are We About Seafood?


Here at Surf we are serious about seafood – fresh seafood. How fresh?


Everyday our team of chefs work with our seafood buyers to source the best quality seafood.  Our standards of excellence start with the selection of the top of the catch each day and often our daily specials are sourced from local fisherman who know where to send the best fish of the day.

We go to such lengths to secure the freshest seafood for one reason – our high standards of excellence demand that every ingredient we use is the best. Although we can tell you how fresh our seafood is, the only way to really know is to taste it.

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Since opening in 2002, Surf has set the standard in New Hampshire for fresh, exquisitely prepared seafood. Guided by Chef and owner Michael Buckley, Surf has built a reputation for truly imaginative cooking using only the very freshest fish and shellfish. This commitment to freshness can be tasted in everything we prepare. Voted Best Seafood in New Hampshire, Surf offers a wonderful combination of service and culinary expertise in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. We invite you to browse our online menus, sign up for our Loyalty Rewards, and join us for an unforgettable dinner this evening. We look forward to seeing you.

Chef Michael Buckley

Widely acclaimed Chef and owner Michael Buckley first entered the restaurant scene in 1995 when he opened Michael Timothy’s Urban Bistro, Wine & Jazz Bar on Main Street in Nashua, NH. Critically acclaimed for its upscale atmosphere and cuisine, Michael Timothy’s quickly became one of the region’s premier dining destinations. Best Chef and Best Restaurant are counted among the many distinctions awarded to Chef Buckley.

Prior to opening Michael Timothy’s, Chef Buckley cooked at some of the most prestigious restaurants in New Hampshire, including the former Levi Lowell’s in Merrimack. He also spent time in Europe working under a master chef. When Levi Lowell’s closed, Chef Buckley and his wife Sarah decided to open Michael Timothy’s.

Today, Michael Timothy’s has transformed into MT’s Local, featuring the same high quality cuisine, warm hospitality and a refreshingly creative menu that is keenly focused on local foods.

More About Surf

Building on his success with Michael Timothy’s, Chef Buckley opened his second restaurant “Surf” in 2002 just across the street from the urban bistro. Devoted entirely to creatively prepared and seriously fresh seafood, Surf continues the tradition of excellence set by Chef Buckley. Surf has been voted Best Seafood Restaurant in the state by New Hampshire Magazine’s Readers Poll numerous times.

Nine years after Surf’s initial unveiling, Chef Buckley has opened a second location in the beautiful seaside community of Portsmouth, NH. Here, Chef Buckley will introduce his unique concept of fresh seafood to a new region of the state.