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Ocean Friendly Restaurant Monthly Roundup, July 2023

New and Renewed Ocean Friendly Restaurants:

333 Pacific
Del’s Hideout
Draft Republic
Duke’s La Jolla
Island Prime
Jake’s Del Mar
Karl Strauss (all locations)
Melting Pot
The Millers Table

Naked Cafe (all locations)
Pacific Social
Parakeet Cafe (all locations)
Red Marlin
Sea 180 Coastal Tavern
Sound by the Sea
Temaki Bar Sushi
The Prado
Vin de Syrah

Know a like-minded restaurant that may want to join the Ocean Friendly network? Send them here to register (it's free).

San Diego has 85 Ocean Friendly Restaurants and counting
View the most recent list here


Monthly Spotlight:

Notice the number of OFRs going up these last couple months? That's in large part to the Cohen Restaurant Group that renewed 12 of their restaurants as Ocean Friendly! 

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Comments from restaurants:

Staci from Millers Table: "Being right by the beautiful blue sea in Oceanside, The Miller’s Table is committed to ocean friendly practices. We have implemented eco-conscious practices such as using sustainable seafood, root-to fruit food use and waste practices and compostable packaging for any take home “left-overs". We source our seafood from local fishermen who use sustainable fishing methods to ensure healthy stocks of marine life. We also use eco-friendly cleaning products to maintain a clean and healthy environment for our staff and customers. Our commitment to sustainability extends beyond our restaurant and into our community, where we actively promote ocean friendly habits. We are proud of our commitment to ocean friendly practices and hope to inspire others to join us in protecting our precious oceans."


Upcoming events:

Monthly OFR meeting:
August 24th 6:30-8:30pm 
Dan McKinney Family YMCA
8355 Cliffridge Ave. La Jolla 92037

Register here

Ocean Friendly Restaurants program needs your help to reach our 2023 goal of registering 100 restaurants to be Ocean Friendly! Restaurants are ready and willing to be more sustainable.

  • Bring your ideas
  • Learn how to reach out to restaurants about becoming Ocean Friendly
  • Learn how to perform compliance checks
  • Get involved with OFR and policy work
  • OFR event planning

Monthly Beach Cleanups:
Ocean Friendly Restaurant volunteers will be tabling at both Encinitas (9am-11am) and Imperial beach (10am-12pm) on the 3rd Saturday each month. Come say hi and learn more about the program!


Other news:

A big thank you long time supporter of the Surfrider Foundation, Serea for donating to this year's Gala!!

There are lots of plastic alternatives for foodware on the market, some touting to be "biodegradable" or "compostable" when it's not exactly true, or only true in very specific (often hard to achieve) circumstances. This poses a big challenges for restaurants trying to do the right thing. Surfrider has created a handy "Foodware Guide" for folks to learn what's what.