Our Favorite on Topsail Island
This was our obvious choice to celebrate our anniversary near home. The dishes are innovative, well prepared and beautifully presented. The waitress was excellent. Our only concern was the table of nine near us with five noisy young children. Some people applauded when they left. Perhaps that is something that one must just put up with in a resort area in the summer. At least we got the corner table we had requested! Overall, a fine dinner.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Could have been all 5 stars
The food was excellent, although pricey. While waiting for the food, the waitress must have had pity on us sitting there with our water and she offered some bread. I would have thought that bread would have been standard fare with any order. Even so, our party of four ordered four different selections and we each thought we had ordered the best item on the menu. The restaurant could have gotten five stars. We had already decided that we weren't going to drink any alcohol and when we informed the waitress, there was an immediate and noticeable change in her attitude. I am not sure why, but we all noticed it. She ultimately earned an average 15% tip and if these ratings and comments matter, working on the attitude would be on the menu too.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fine Dining in a Casual Town
Of all of the online menus that I found for Surf City (having never been to the area), the Bistro offered the quality of food that I wanted most. My family and I have been following the Paleo/Clean eating lifestyle now for over a year, so it was much to my delight to find a venue that almost catered to our eating habits.
The food was wonderfully flavored and we enjoyed the variety of dishes that we could choose from.
My only complaint, or maybe wishful thinking opinion, is that I wish the prices were a little more affordable, especially when feeding a family of four.
Overall, we did enjoy the dishes that we had. Thanks!
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
So Lucky in Surf City
We have watched the Bistro grow from a small bakery into an outstanding restaurant. The food is definitely the star of this establishment and we always look forward to our next visit to see what taste treat has been added to the menu. Reservations are a must since their space is limited. Wouldn't you rather wait for a seat in an excellent smaller restaurant than be seated immediately in a larger restaurant with mediocre food? I wouldn't take children here unless they appreciate gourmet food and can remain quiet and mannerly during their visit.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, tight quarters
The food was excellent and not over priced, considering the portions were large. The service is spot on, and the food does not disappoint. However, the tables are VERY close together, so it's hard to have a private conversation. Actually, you can't. We felt as though we were sitting at the same table as those on either side of us, as we could clearly hear their conversation and they ours. That is our only complaint. We were celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary, so a LITTLE privacy would have been nice. Just not possible in such a small space.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Kind of a hip spot for a tourist town that could use a face lift. Food was great with a good selection.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
One word about The Bistro's food,staff, and service -FABULOUS!!! From the hostess-to the boubon & wine lists to the friendly, professional, attentive waitresses to the appetizers, entrees and desserts -all FABULOUS! For starters the blue crab soup and calamari are delicious. The fish specials are great and more than an ample portion-doggie bags a must- the key lime pie and flourless chocolate torte are divine! They also have extensive wine and bourbon lists. As restaurants go -The Bistro gets the dining experience. In our opinion it is the best food on the island! Don't miss it!
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Bistro at Just Baked is
The Bistro at Just Baked is a find! The food was fabulous, the featured wine was a great pick and very reasonable. Out server, Jordaon, was very attentive to every need. The scallops were perfectly prepared. The key lime pie was the best we have ever had. We followed it up the next day at their bakery , the Corner Sweet Shop and are still enjoying the cupcakes.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food and drink
We've been trying to find a restaurant that has a variety of seafood that is NOT fried. Well, we found it. The Bistro has an incredible menu and not just seafood. The glazed salmon was delicious and the sides that it was paired with were incredible (sweet potato hash and collard greens). My husband went for the seafood gumbo over grits - he said it was the best he ever had. Another person in our group had the seared scallops with grit cakes - Yum! We enjoyed several appetizers as well - one was better than the other : mussels and clams in a spicy sauce, egg rolls and friend brussel sprouts. Everything was plated so elegantly. The Bistro also has a very extensive beer and wine menu so you can't go wrong.
And don't forget dessert!
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We realy enjoy this restaurant the food was absolutely delicious . The service was great.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good food with good size
Very good food with good size servings. The deserts are wonderful. The drink and wine list is long. We always get a good meal here.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food very good; had the risotta
Food very good; had the risotta dish with grilled shrimp and scallops....YUM! Other dish was Ahi tuna which was just right as well. Server very warm and attentive; very pleasant experience...
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best restaurant for fine dining
We had a party of 6 at dinner on a Thursday night to celebrate my in-laws anniversary. The calamari, ahi tuna and fresh chips were yummy. Two of us had shrimp and grits, 2 had scallops, one had risotto and one had chicken Caesar salad. All meals were outstanding. The greens with the scallops were especially delicious. Our server, originally from Seattle, was very attentive and paced the meal well. We had a very enjoyable evening and would definitely go back.
8/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Rare find on the island
One of the best meals I've had in Topsail since Latitude 34. Excellent and very friendly service, as well. We'll be back next year!
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was pleasantly surprised by this restaurant. Generally food on Topsail is ok but never great but the food here was very good and you could tell the chef was talented. The food was southern inspired but still elegant. I had mahi mahi which was cooked and seasoned to perfection. My wife had scallops which were cooked very well. The wine list was also very well priced. When the check came, I was happy to see the total. Almost $80 less than a comparable meal in DC/MD area. The only downside was the lack of views given its on the sound. This is a great choice (and one of the only choices) for a nice date out.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food, service, and knowledge
Food, service, and knowledge of wait staff about wine was outstanding. We highly recommend egg rolls with collards, shrimp and scallop risotto, mahi and shrimp, key lime pie, and chocolate peanut butter pie. We definitely will be back for more! The restaurant was small and noisy-may not be the best for a quiet, romantic dinner.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had excellent, friendly service and the shrimp and scallop risotto was outstanding... I will definitely return!
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
On our vacation we visted The Bistro. My husband stayed home with my 2 children so I could have a night out to eat. We ordered a "to-go" meal for him before we left and they charged us a "to-go" fee for getting something for him. To me this restaurant is on the high end (Average meal around $28). So with only around 4 people our bill was around $200 with meals and drinks. To spend that sort of money and then be charged a "to-go" fee without even being told seems crazy to me. We thought that this was a perfect addition to our experience on Topsail Island because they have great food and service. Now I will think twice before going back!
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Place on the Island to eat
Wonderful food and service. Moderately priced for the quality you get. Must go, definitely will be back every time I`m there. make reservations ahead of time, it is not a very big place and is very popular.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
fine dining at the beach
yes, it can be done - wonderful meal at the beach!! Four of us ordered different entrees so great selection on the menu. Lobster bisque and scallops done exceptionally well. Risotto fabulous as well.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Bistro at Just Baked
We went to The Bistro at Just Baked for our anniversary dinner and the food was wonderful! We started with the calamari for an appetizer which was very fresh and delightful. I had the shrimp and grits which was a spicy surprise. My husband went for the prime rib which was succulent. The wine list was excellent and I indulged in a pinot noir. The ambience was amazing. It was the perfect place for our anniversary. Just as good as the food was the service. We will definitely go back to The Bistro when we come back to Surf City, NC.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful dinner at The Bistro
Sorry we did not eat at this restaurant sooner. The food was absolutely delicious, Have lived in the area for 10 years and will be going back soon.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food Great Bourbon
My son and I enjoyed our dinner very much. The Four Roses Bourbon was an excellent choice and our food was, as always, delicious. A great place to bring out of town guests and for special occasions! Our service was excellent as well.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great time and dinner
We had a great time thanks to our server Kate and very good selection of food. Wonderful crab dip and ahi tuna. The steak was cooked to perfection. Great service and nice ambiance. I also liked the wine selection. Overall if u are in the mood for some good food and local hospitality, I would say give it a shot. They aim to please!
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was great - the burger
The food was great - the burger ranks as one of the consistently best you will have anywhere!!! The only minor improvement in food is some folks will want their homemade chips cooked a tad longer (this is one of those areas it will be hard to please everyone). Amanda and service was great as always. The bar is creative, experimental, bold, traditional, and engaging - a perfect bar tied with a great restaurant!
9/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Made reservations for a romantics
Made reservations for a romantics dinner and was seated between two large noisy groups. The food was good and so was the service but the noise level was ridiculous for a small restaurant
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've eaten @ The Bistro several times and always find it top notch. The food is always good, with excellent appetizers and salads. Love the fried brussel sprouts! They have a lot of grilled fish entrees. Wish they would offer more of their fish broiled or pan fried. Not a huge fan of smoky tasting fish. My husband ordered shrimp & scallops over risotto and the risotto was so good. Nice bourbon selection. They have a small bar that's nice to have a drink at before or after dinner. The bartender Kate is great and can make some great cocktails!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of our favorites
A lovely dining experience but you will always need a reservation as it quite popular. Delicious food and a nice variety on the menu.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lobster Bisque / Shrimp & Grits
Crab Artichoke dip was very flavorful. Lobster Bisque was a bit too salty and contained no Lobster! Shrimp & Grits were super delicious as was the Lime Pie!
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Scrunched In - Too few Veg options
Our reserved table for two on a Friday evening felt like Grand Central Station between two walkways and the closest to the kitchen. We each had a cocktail -- the special strawberry margarita for me and Fire and smoke for him. We shared an order of the fried Brussel sprouts -- yum! I would have liked to try the collards that came with a local seafood dish but it was prepared with pork - glad I asked. The portobella mushroom dish was the only vegetarian option and very delicious. My dining partner had the Mahi and shrimp and enjoyed it immensely. The wine feature (a Chardonnay from Washington State) worked well with our meal and a shared piece of key lime pie a delightful ending to our dinner. Next year we'll come on a weeknight.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fresh and Delicious!
Our party of four chose this restaurant based on the great reviews on Trip Advisor. We only had a couple of days at the beach and we wanted to have one really nice dinner to celebrate. The Bistro at Just Baked more than lived up to their outstanding reviews! I had the Mahi Mahi over mashed potatoes with shrimp and a corn coulis sauce, and it was excellent in every way. Two of my party had the stuffed portabella mushrooms, and one had the sea scallops. You get more than enough fresh vegetables on the side, so you won't go away hungry. The vegetables are locally grown, the herbs are grown on-site, and the fish is local as well. You can't get more fresh than that!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Treasure of Topsail Island
The menu offered a good selection from steak, pork chop, several fish dishes and even vegetarian selections. There was also a nice selection of appetizers and salads. The crab and artichoke dip was scrumptious. It contained lumps of pure crab meat and artichoke--very flavorful with a little bite without the excessive grease that usually accompanies a dish like this. The grilled Mahi and shrimp melted in your mouth with the perfect mix of spices to bring out the flavor of the fish and not be overwhelming. The Bistro had an adequate wine list with nice by the glass selections. The wait staff was very attentive and friendly but not overbearing. I recommend this restaurant highly and will surely make this a dining must next time I'm in town
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wanted to try a bit of eveything!
Our experience was really good!
Starting with the service!! Our waiter treated us like home!
very informative and accomodating.
Food was excellent! great risotto
and the eggrolls...to die for!
a must visit
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Recent Visit with friends
We had company for the week end and we wanted to take them to a nice restaurant. This turned out to be a pleasant experience for all. The service was great and the food was wonderful .
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best on the island
We have been coming to Topsail Island for vacation for several years now and just discovered the Bistro. The food is absolutely wonderful and our server was delightful! I noticed that the service was the same at the other tables as well. If they have apple crumb cheesecake available, be sure to order it! We will definitely be returning to the Bistro!
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
amazing food,small venue
my wife and i ordered the ahi tuna app and it was excellent and alittle spicy(just the way i like it). It was seared perfectly. Next, we tried the crab bisque soup. I am not really sure what bisque is supposed to taste like, but I think this soup was top notch. For entrees, my wife had a 16 oz steak(awesome) and I had shrimp and grits. The portions were huge and everything tasted amazing. It was my first time for shrimp and grits, but I have a feeling it would be hard to top. It was somewhat pricey for the normal diner such as myself. However, if you are going to splurge this is the place to be for awesome food. My only two complaints were the seat were very close together, and the drinks were pricey (31.00 for 3 mixed drinks and a beer).
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is always fresh and so tasty! I love the use of fresh local vendors .
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have experienced the Bistro on several occasions and we were impressed with the knowledge of the bartender upon arrival and her openness, the staff was very friendly and took a lot of interest in us to insure we were delighted with our selections and how they were prepared.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the better restaurants
One of the better restaurants in Surf City. Food is still of exceptional quality, use only fresh locally grown items. The ribeye sandwich is a special treat, wonderfully prepared and spiced. I go to this restaurant every time I am in Surf City. The prices seem to be quiet a bit more expensive than the last time I was there and the restaurant is not near as busy, is there a connection??? Extensive wine list and very knowledgeable waitress to make suggestions.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
food was great - tables too
food was great - tables too close together - staff Very nice, helpful, patient...
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great date night spot!
Even though we've lived in the area for over 3 years, we hadn't been to The Bistro before. Friends had told us that while the food was good, it was a little pricey, which was originally a deterrent, but it isn't any more expensive than other nice restaurants we've been to. Our waitress was very sweet, and the food was fantastic! We will definitely be eating there again!
10/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
great food, no view
We really enjoyed everything we ordered at the Bistro. It's just a shame that they are not able to take advantage of the wonderful marsh view behind the restaurant. Instead the view is of the street and parking lot. They have done a nice job of decorating the inside. The food was really great.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We vacation every October on Topsail Island. We found this restaurant 3 years ago and dine here every time we stay.
The food is incredible and the wait staff extremely knowledgeable about what they serve. We will be back again!!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have eaten here several times and have never been disappointed. The food is so good and you can't begin to eat all of it plus they make the best drinks!! I'm very picky about my drink and they made it just perfect!! Oh!!! The Key Lime pie is to die for!!
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Topsail island best
Best food on the island is the vote of the 80s set, the 50s set, and the nyc based 30s set. A bit noisy, particularly for those who have hearing problems. A+.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for the island
We have visited this restaurant often and each time it gets better. The beer, wine and bourbon list are eclectic but very good and a great value.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Superb dining experience
Four of us ate dinner at The Bistro this past weekend for the first time. I had heard that this was good restaurant and we were not disappointed. All four of us selected a different menu item plus dessert. All dinners were exceptional in every way. The service was outstanding. It is a little pricey which would keep us from eating there more than once a month but it's still a good value based on the overall dining experience.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
A dining experience
Great place to eat. Great service and food. Try the Thursday night burgers.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Second time.. And not the last
Went for a girls night the first time, and LOVED it. Actually considered going back the following night. We shared the appetizer special which was a stuffed pepper. We enjoyed it- and it was perfect sharing sizes. I had the dinner special, tuna, rice and grilled vegetables. Hands down the BEST tuna I have ever eaten. Was perfectly prepared. Hoping they add this to the menu. My next time I went, my husband and I enjoyed it- only complaint was the lighting. The lights were flickering which gave my husband a headache. He even tried closing his eyes. Our food was delicious. I again tried the special. This time was salmon. It was so buttery soft and extremely delicious. It was served with mashed potatoes which were a tad salty, but still good.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
We are big favorites of The
We are big favorites of The Bistro and once again they reminded us why we like the Bistro. They added new appetizer items of which the best one is a seafood stuffed lightly fried pablano pepper - crisp and tangy pepper with great flavors. Their soup was an artichoke and crab soup that was fantastic. Katy is a skilled mixologist and the bar recipes are as good as the food menu. Once again The Bistro is a great place for drinks, food, and gathering.
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM