A core group of volunteers here at the Jersey Shore Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation has been working diligently to get our Ocean Friendly Restaurants program off and running!


We want to spread the word to not only thank the volunteers and restaurant owners for the great things they are doing in our area, but to also bring the program to the forefront so that other businesses can see how to successfully enact sustainable business practices. In doing so, we will have created a grassroots solution to many of our region’s pollution and water resource issues.

Ocean Friendly Restaurants (OFR) aims to work with restaurants to institute self-regulated ocean friendly practices that reduce disposable plastic waste, which sometimes ends up on our beaches.

An article was recently written about the Chapter’s efforts here.

Currently, The Chapter has certified seven restaurants so far, which are listed below:

Potbelly’s Riverside Cafe, Rockaway

Langosta Lounge, Asbury Park

Pop’s Garage, Asbury Park

Asbury Park Yacht Club, Asbury Park

Whats your Beef?, Rumson

Labrador Lounge, Normandy Beach

Main Street Kitchen, Manasquan

To learn more about our OFR program, click here. 

To be certified as an OFR and get these benefits, your restaurant must meet specific requirements.

Restaurants participating in the OFR Program MUST follow these criteria:

1. No expanded polystyrene use (aka Styrofoam).

2. Proper recycling practices are followed.

3. Only reusable tableware is used for onsite dining and utensils for to-go food are provided only upon request.

4. No plastic bags offered for takeout or to-go orders.

And choose a minimum of three of these criteria as well:

5. Plastic straws are provided only upon request.

6. No beverages sold in plastic bottles.

7. Discount offered for customers with reusable cup, mug, bag, etc.

8. Vegetarian/vegan food options are offered on a regular basis. All seafood must be

a ‘Best Choice’ or ‘Good Alternative’ as defined by Seafood Watch.

9. Water conservation efforts such as low-flow faucets and toilets.

10. Energy efficiency efforts are implemented such as low-flow faucets and toilets.

Would you like to become a Ocean Friendly Restaurant? 

If so, please email