The Ocean Friendly Restaurants program offers restaurants an easy way to show their commitment to making sustainable choices for our ocean. Interested in becoming an Ocean Friendly Restaurants member? Sign up below!
Based on the recent recommendations regarding COVID-19, our head office is closed, which will cause delays in the processing of new and renewing Ocean Friendly Restaurants memberships. We apologize for the inconvenience and sincerely appreciate your patience during these difficult times.
Are you located in the Great Lakes region? Visit our Great Lakes Friendly Restaurants page for more information.
Restaurants participating must follow the first five criteria:
No expanded polystyrene use (aka Styrofoam).
Proper recycling practices are followed.
Only reusable foodware is used for onsite dining.*
No plastic bags offered with take out or to-go orders and utensils are provided only upon request.
Paper straws are provided only upon request.*** Foodware includes dinnerware, drinkware, silverware, and ramekins/containers.
And choose a minimum of two of these criteria:
No beverages are sold in plastic bottles.
A discount is offered for customers with reusable cup, container, bag, etc.
Vegetarian/vegan food options are offered on a regular basis.
All seafood is ‘Best Choice’ or ‘Good Alternative’ as defined by Seafood Watch, or certified as sustainable.
Water conservation and pollution mitigation efforts are implemented.
Energy efficiency efforts are in place.
Restaurants who meet all of the criteria are recognized as a Platinum Level Ocean Friendly Restaurant.
Interested in becoming a Surfrider Ocean Friendly Restaurant Member?
Check out this Quick Guide for Restaurants for ways to meet each of the criteria.
- NEW - Use our Ocean Friendly Foodware Guide to help you choose sustainable products for your restaurant.
Straws should be provided to anyone who needs one, including people with disabilities. Read more here.
Researchers estimate there are now over 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean with the number continuing to grow every day.
An estimated 100 billion plastic bags are used ANNUALLY in the United States.
49.4 billion plastic water bottles were sold in one year’s time with only 31.1% recycled, leaving roughly 34 billion plastic bottles that were littered or went into a landfill in 2015.
Restaurants use an average of 5,800 gallons of water per day
Plastic does not biodegrade so virtually every piece of plastic ever created still exists in some form today!
The Ocean Friendly Restaurants program offers restaurants an easy way to show their commitment to making sustainable choices for our ocean.
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 here.
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.
And you'll receive these incredible member benefits:
As a member of the Surfrider Foundation, your Ocean Friendly Restaurant demonstrates to your customers and community your commitment to our environment and ocean.
Want to learn more about the Ocean Friendly Restaurants Program? Click HereThe 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.