A Surfrider Foundation program recognizing restaurants that reduce plastic waste and implement ocean-friendly practices.
Criteria for becoming an Ocean Friendly Restaurant:
NO EXPANDED POLYSTYRENE
AKA STYROFOAM, all take out containers must be compostable or recyclable.
Proper recycling practices are followed.
To the extent available in the community.
Only reusable tableware is used for on site dining.
Utensils for to-go food are provided only upon request. .
No plastic bags offered with take out or to-go orders and utensils are provided only upon request.
* Foodware includes dinnerware, drinkware, silverware, and ramekins/containers.
Paper straws provided ONLY upon request.
* Exceptions may be made for alternatives made from other naturally occurring materials and reusables. Straws should be provided to anyone who needs one, including people with disabilities. Read more here.
Choose at least 2:
Plastic Straws are provided only upon request.
No beverages are sold in plastic bottles.
Discount offered to customers with reusable cup, mug, bag etc.
Vegetarian/vegan food options are offered on a regular basis.
Water conservation and pollution mitigation efforts are implemented.
Energy efficiency efforts are in place.
All seafood is ‘Best Choice’ or ‘Good Alternative’ as defined by Seafood Watch, or certified as sustainable.
Ocean Friendly Restaurants marketing collateral including window stickers, brochures, table-tops, and bill inserts to show your membership to your customers.
Use of Ocean Friendly Restaurants logos for restaurant menu, website and other restaurant marketing materials.
Restaurant listed on Surfrider national and chapter websites.
Restaurant included in Ocean Friendly Restaurants national map on Surfrider national and chapter websites.
Launch parties and collaborative promotions with your nearest Surfrider chapter.
Access to national vendor discounts on sustainable restaurant and to-go products.
Association with a nationally recognized nonprofit with thousands of members and supporters working hard to keep our ocean healthy and protected!
The Ocean Friendly Restaurants membership fee is based on a sliding scale ranging from $125 to $175 annually for local businesses based on the number of employees at the restaurant.
1-20 Employees – $125 Annually
21-40 Employees – $150 Annually
41+ Employees – $175 Annually
Do you own, manage or can you recommend a restaurant that you would like to register as an Ocean Friendly Restaurant? Join us as an Ocean Friendly Restaurants member by joining below.
The Surfrider Foundation acknowledges that we cannot claim that all listed Ocean Friendly Restaurants are 100% in compliance with our standards at all times, but that the Surfrider Foundation strives to diligently review compliance on a regular basis. If an Ocean Friendly Restaurant is found to be out of compliance, they are removed from the website as quickly as possible. Such a restaurant will not be reinstated on the list of Ocean Friendly Restaurants, until the compliance issue is remedied.