Atlantic Surf Club Hopes to Draw Locals to Beach Place
The clean and modern décor of the Atlantic Surf Club is a stark contrast to the dark sports-bar-type aesthetics of the majority of Beach Place.
CandaceWest.com Clockwise from top: Tartufo pizza with roasted porcini mushrooms, pecorino, and garlic salsa blanca; lobster mac & cheese with Maine lobster, orzo, and bread crumbs; and tuna tartare, with spicy avocado, a sweet soy glaze, and cucumber ginger.
With varying shades of soft blues, pops of orange, warm woods, stainless-steel accents, and sea-glass-inspired light fixtures, the ambiance incorporates contemporary dining concepts for an atmosphere that is trendy without the pretense; beachy and inviting.
But it's the view that brings it all together; the space is encased by vistas of the Atlantic Ocean.
Transformed from Sonic Beach last June (a small takeout window for Sonic is still sectioned off to the side), the restaurant offers Beach Place visitors an upscale casual vibe with a prime view of sand and sea.
On a recent Friday evening, the restaurant was buzzing with Midwestern tourists in baseball caps and khakis, a few stylish professionals enjoying an after-work drink, and a table of 20-somethings barely covered in bikinis and board shorts having a bite to eat after a day at the beach.
"We're kind of something different in Beach Place," says general manager Christopher Torrillo. "We offer good food, a good dining experience, and a clean restaurant."
The menu features an array of fare at differing price points, with options ranging from burgers and hot dogs to thin-crust pizza and paninis to high-end seafood like grilled Branzino.