REDUCING PLASTIC WASTE

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.

WHAT MAKES A RESTAURANT OCEAN FRIENDLY?

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.

HOW CAN I HELP?

  • 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

CERTIFY YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANT

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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BECOME AN OFR

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

OUR NEWEST OFR’s

Indigo Grill

Little Italy is the new Date Night hot spot. Grab that special someone (or your best friend) and join Indigo Grill for our Tuesday Date Night Menu.

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The Prado

Prado gets you to the show on time! Join us at The Prado on Sundays and Wednesdays for our 2-course Centennial Theatre Menu.

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Beerfish

Opened Summer 2016 on Adams Avenue between North Park and University Heights, Beerfish is a casual seafood and beer concept styled after the seafood shacks of New England.

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Red Card Café

Red Card Café is a family-owned and operated gastropub in San Diego’s Bay Ho neighborhood serving the world’s most popular street foods and contemporary fare inspired by the far reaches of the globe.

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Ambrogio15

Ambrogio15 is a gourmet pizzeria in North Pacific Beach offering unique Milano pizza made with the highest quality ingredients – including the restaurant’s signature paper-thin dough – from small farms in Italy.

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Wheat & Water

Wheat & Water specializes in wood-fired pizza, shared plates, healthy salads and charcuterie. Featuring a variety of beer from local and national breweries, wines ranging from California and Europe and a cocktail list of originals and our favorite classics.Nestled...

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Ocean Friendly Restaurants in Tijuana!

Did you know that Tijuana has 12 certified Ocean Friendly Restaurants? Last year, our chapter partnered with Tijuana-based environmental non-profit PFEA (Proyecto Fronterizo de Educacion Ambiental) to assist their launch of Restaurante Amigo Del Mar, which is mirrored...

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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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