South Sound

Ocean Friendly Restaurants

The Ocean Friendly Restaurant (OFR) campaign is made possible by restaurants who are taking the extra steps to do what’s right for the world’s oceans.  They’ve each worked hard to eliminate plastics in their supply chains, conserve energy, and reduce waste.

The Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Restaurants program is on a mission to reduce single-use plastics. This program offers restaurants an easy way to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability and ocean protection by adhering to a set of criteria including using absolutely no expanded polystyrene foam, not providing plastic bags for to go orders and using reusables for all onsite dining.

Restaurants can play a huge role in helping reduce the amount of garbage and single use plastic that ends up in our ocean, waterways, and on our beaches. 

The Ocean Friendly Restaurants program offers restaurants an easy way to show their commitment to making sustainable choices. Plastic pollution is suffocating our ocean and the many animals that call it home. This pollution is impacting our marine ecosystems, wildlife such as seabirds, dolphins, fish, and turtles, and plastic fragments are even displacing plankton at the base of the food chain. So what’s the best way to combat this global epidemic facing our ocean? It’s simple: we need to stop the problem at its source! The Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Restaurants program does just that. One restaurant, one customer at a time, increases awareness, drives change in behavior and ultimately creates scalable impact to reduce our plastic (and water!) footprint. 

October is the perfect month to visit one of our many local Ocean Friendly Restaurants that are continuing to show their commitment to reducing single-use plastics while providing incredible and safe dining experiences for their customers: Cosmonaut Coffee Co, Devil’s Reef, Dirty Oscar’s Annex, Gilman House, Happy Belly Eatery + Juice Bar, Mavericks Shave Ice, Millville Pizza, Peaks and Pints, Pickled Fish Restaurant, Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium’s Plaza Café, Primo Grill, Table 47, The Fern Room, The Camp Bar, The Social Bar and Grill and Zodiac Supper Club.💙

Check out the Ocean Friendly Restaurant Locator Map!
The map of Ocean Friendly Restaurants is a great way for the public to locate Ocean Friendly Restaurants in our region and across the country. Encourage your family and friends to use the map by clicking the link below to view an interactive map of Ocean Friendly Restaurants near you: https://www.surfrider.org/webapps/ofr-map/ 


If you’d like to learn more about the Ocean Friendly Restaurant program or to get your South Sound restaurant certified, contact Ranell at ofr@southsound.surfrider.org. Protect where you play. Protect what you love. Be the change.

Benefits of Being an Ocean Friendly Restaurant

  • Promotion to South Sound area consumers through:
    • social media
    • our website
    • email blasts
    • community events and beach cleanups
  • Optional collateral including: OFR window sticker, table-toppers, diner brochures, bill stuffers and poster
  • Collaborative promotions such as launch parties or coupon days promoted to our members
  • Train wait staff about campaign
  • Vendor pamphlet with alternative material sources and pricing, including negotiated discounts