One Restaurant at a Time

The Ocean Friendly Restaurant (OFR) campaign works with San Diego County restaurants to institute self-regulated ocean friendly policies that reduce disposable plastic waste. By reducing disposable waste, restaurants have the power to greatly reduce their impact on San Diego’s ocean and beaches. Instead of punishing restaurants that have wasteful practices, San Diego Surfrider Foundation’s Rise Above Plastics committee will instead support restaurants that take it upon themselves to be ocean friendly. By engaging the restaurant community in a conversation about ocean friendly practices, we hope to significantly reduce disposable waste in our ocean and on our beaches.


Restaurants participating in the OFR Campaign MUST follow these four criteria:

  1. No styrofoam use
  2. Only reusable tableware is provided for onsite dining
  3. Proper recycling practices are followed throughout the restaurant
  4. Plastic bags are not used to carry out food

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

  1. Plastic straws are provided only upon request
  2. Takeout food and beverage containers are recycled, recyclable, or compostable
  3. Takeout bags are provided only upon request, or pickup customers are asked to bring their own takeout bags
  4. Disposable utensils for takeout food are provided only upon request
  5. No beverages sold in plastic bottles.
  6. Discount offered to customers who bring in their own cup, mug, container, bag or other reusable item.


  • Show your support by frequenting our certified Ocean Friendly Restaurants and let them know you found them on the OFR webpage
  • Say “no straw” whenever you order a drink (even take-out and drive-thru), and take the No Straw Pledge
  • Ask for water and other drinks in a reusable glass instead of plastic
  • Bring your own reusable cup for takeout coffee, and remember to  ask for a reusable mug when ordering “for here”
  • Bring a reusable water bottle to avoid purchasing plastic bottles of water
  • If you think you may have leftovers, bring your own reusable container instead of getting a disposable container from the restaurant
  • Always bring your own bag when picking up takeout food


Anyone can become part of the OFR team and certify restaurants to be Ocean Friendly.  Join us at a committee meeting to find out exactly how the process works.

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Benefits of being an Ocean Friendly Restaurant

We offer restaurants several incentives for their Ocean Friendly practices.

  • Promotion to more than 30,000 San Diego County consumers through:
    • social media
    • our website, and future mobile app
    • emails
    • community events and beach cleanups
  • Optional collateral including: OFR window sticker, table-toppers, diner brochures, bill stuffers, 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


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Soy Leaf Cafe

An OFR as of May 24, 2016 Juice Bar & Healthy Grill 330 Magnolia Ave El Cajon, CA 619.401.2667 Garden Cafe 14860 Olde Highway 80 El Cajon, CA 619.938.33331 From The Soy Leaf Cafe: Here at Soy Leaf we think eating healthy should be easy and delicious! Our menu is...

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Fish 101

An OFR as of April 22nd, 2016 1468 N Coast Hwy 101 Leucadia, CA 92024(760) 943-6221 Monday Closed Tuesday - Thursday 11:30am - 9:00pmFriday - Saturday 11:30am - 10:00pm Sunday 11:30am - 9:00pm  From Fish 101  At Fish 101 we are serious about...

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Breakwater Brewing Co.

An OFR as of Feb 15th, 2015 101 N Coast Hwy Ste C-140 Oceanside, CA 92054 760.433.6064   Monday - Thursday 11:00am - 11:00am Friday - Saturday 11:00am - 12:00am Sunday 10:00am - 11:00pm Oceanside: 215 N Coast Hwy Oceanside, CA 92054 760.435.0042  ...

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Barrel Republic

An OFR as of Feb 15th, 2015 Pacific Beach: 1261 Garnet Ave San Diego, CA 92109 858.270.9922   Monday 4:00am - 12:00am Tuesday - Saturday 9:00am - 12:00am Sunday 10:00am - 12:00am   Oceanside: 215 N Coast Hwy Oceanside, CA 92054 760.435.0042   Monday -...

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Mission Avenue Bar and Grill

An OFR as of Feb 15th, 2015 711 Mission Ave Oceanside, CA 92054 760.637.2222   Monday - Friday 11:00am - 1:00am Sat - Sunday 9:00am - 12:00am Saturday 10:00am - 1:00am   From Mission Avenue Bar and Grill The team...

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Union Kitchen & Tap

An OFR as of Feb 15th, 2015 Gaslamp: 333 Fifth Ave San Diego, CA 92101 619.795.9463   Monday - Thursday 11:00am - 10:00pm Friday 11:00am - 12:00am Saturday 10:00am - 12:00am Sunday 10:00am - 10:00pm   Encinitas: 1108 S Coast Hwy 101 Encinitas, CA 92024...

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