The Bistro at Just Baked
The Bistro at Just Baked

The Bistro at Just Baked

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.topsailbistro.com/
  • Phone: (910) 328-2000
  • Hours of Operation:
    Serving Dinner
    Tuesday - Sunday 5:30pm - 10pm
    Sorry but due to the limited size of our dining room we are unable to accommodate groups larger than 8 people
    5% CASH DISCOUNT
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Southern, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chef/Owner Bud Taylor Exec. Chef Will Pegram
  • Dress Code: Resort Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events: We will gladly book your special event on location.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: High Point Dr.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking lots in front and rear of location.
A word from The Bistro at Just Baked
Sorry but due to the limited size of our dining room we are unable to accommodate groups larger than 8 people

Casual Fine dining restaurant in Surf City on Topsail Island, NC. Our menus feature contemporary takes on Southern and Coastal classics, from Shrimp and Grits to Blue Cornmeal Crusted Crab Cakes. Featuring fresh local seafood, and prime steaks and offering seasonal menus, this Surf City beach restaurant is coastal dining at its best.
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The Bistro at Just Baked reviews from OpenTable diners
129 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (78)special occasion (67)neighborhood gem (60)notable wine list (43)romantic (34)hot spot (17)good for groups (11)kid-friendly (5)late-night find (4)great for lunch (3)vibrant bar scene (2)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    This was the first time we'd eaten here in a couple of years. It was so much better than we remembered. We ordered the pretzel burger, vegetable platter and seafood risotto. All three were perfectly cooked and delicious. We're already planning our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    We went for a special occasion. Food was prepared fresh great sauces. We both chose a fish entree. The drinks and appetizer were very good as well. I really appreciate the gluten free options that are marked on the menu. The server was excellent and very knowledgeable . The website is also a plus to review the menu prior to dining. Went off season but will probably not get in during season as the dining room is fairly small. We had a great time and will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Lauren
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Everything was great, from the drink special to dinner as always!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Good burger. Massive portions, especially the appetizers. Restaurant was rather cold inside, and very loud, making it difficult to converse with dining companions.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Fabulous!!!!
    HappyFind
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    I have seen some of the reviews on different websites that had some negative remarks. I understand that restaurants sometimes have bad meals. I do hope that you give The Bistro at Just Baked another try. The dinner I had was one of the best I have ever had. Will definitely go back again!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Delicious
    Vacationers
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We eat here every time we visit Topsail, and they never disappoint. Great staff, service, food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    diner
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The salmon was very nice, but the collards were too sweet and portions of the potato medley were rubbery. The burger (that everyone had recommended as great) was just okay - far too much pepper. Pumpkin dessert was acceptable.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Good food, service, ambience ... and a variety of menu items and prices. Also appreciated that they staggered the reservation times to allow each party a comfortable experience. On our list of 'must do' and 'recommended' restaurants on or near Topsail Islland.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • small gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The Bistro is small, but the food is top notch. The service was excellent. We will be return customers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anniversary dinner
    bandj
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    judging by the prices of the entrees i was expecting linen napkins. we were seated at the worst two top table in the place although we had made our reservation a week ahead of time. there were numerous other couples seated at four tops. i ordered the ribeye which was grizzly and my plate was swimming in butter. my wife had grouper that was over cooked and dry. we were hoping to have found a great new place to go, but ended up very disappointed. on the bright side our dog appreciated the pricy leftovers.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • topsail1966
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Fantastic meal on Friday! Appetizers of soup, crab dip. steak, shrimp with grits and pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. All with a good bottle of wine. The appetizers are just the right beginning.The steak is fabulous and the shrimp and grits are perfect. Server was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • pinkturtle
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Visited the Bistro several times, each time for dinner. The menu is varied and includes some unusual items. I miss the fried Brussels sprouts. The polenta with shrimp and scallops was excellent. Service could not have been better. I am looking forward to returning to the Bistro.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FAB
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We make reservations every time we come to Topsail and it is ALWAYS EXCELLENT! Food~cocktails~service~FAB! Highly recommend~ won't be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really WANT to love it, but...
    Unsure
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I love the idea of The Bistro, and the food is local, and pretty, and funky and very expensive. Took my son who was visiting, just back from Italy. Expected veggie medley with my swordfish/2shrimp meal - nope. Son had mahi/shrimp combo. Mahi was tasty, but waayyy over cooked - he left about half. His specialty Manhattan (glass 2/3 full) was $14.50 - as he said, "That's worse than Europe." Might try one more time, but maybe not.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The restaurant was freezing. The food was only okay - definitely NOT worth the money, and I have no problem dropping some cash on good food. Everyone at the table was charged $4 for a cup of coffee. The adult beverages we ordered seemed to have no alcohol in them whatsoever. One friend ordered a medium steak - only to receive a steak that was purple-red throughout. She asked it to be cooked more. It came back the exact same. The service was pretty good. Our waitress was knowledgable and appropriately attentive. Lastly, two out of the five of our group had stomach problems immediately after eating here. I don't think I will be returning.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lunabella
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I love this place! I come to Topsail every year and this spot is always on my list of places to go. The cuisine is creatively delicious, traditional southern style with modern execution. Our server was delightful and caring, and made sure our meal was wonderful. Loved the scallops and grit cakes! For dessert, the standout was the pecan pie bread pudding...just can't rave enough about how absolutely luscious it was! Only disappointment was the fact that they recently discontinued the fried brussel sprouts appetizer that has been a long standing favorite of mine. Literally best brussels ever, and trust me, I NEVER eat deep fried food, so this is a true testament to how incredible this appetizer is. Please bring it back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Annual visit
    FoodieGirl
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We always dine here when in Topsail 2-3 times a year. Cocktails are fun and creative - love Pimms cup. Food always good - except the chips. They used to be my favorite thing but last two visits they were limp and tough, definitely not crispy. I won't order them again. Burger is delicious, but way too juicy to be served on a bread board with a hole in it. Service always warm and friendly. Wonderful addition to Topsail dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Excellent food and atmosphere! But a little noisy. Unfortunate that it is so small and it is hard to get in, but if you have the ability to mark reservations, the food and service are definitely worth it!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic food, fantastic service!
    Donna
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We've been coming here a while and each time the food just keeps getting better. Went over the weekend and really enjoyed the shrimp & scallops w/ risotto. The seafood was cooked perfectly and the risotto melted in your mouth. Also had the clam & mussel appetizer and that was delis has well. Topped is off sharing a piece of the pumpkin cheesecake. Oh so good!!! The service is outstanding!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Joseph
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The Bistro is continually fantastic! The food is on point and the staff are incredible people!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd time even better
    fishingfoodieman
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This was our second time at the Bistro and I didn't think the first visit could be topped but it was. The atmosphere was warm and inviting, the staff are friendly and welcoming, the food is superb. My 12 year old isn't much of a foodie so I knew we found a gem when he smiled after each bite. If your on the island and looking for awesome food, top notch service, and a relaxing atmosphere then head for the Bistro, your taste buds will thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Consistently really good food and great service. Our favorite place to eat in the Topsail area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1965blueheron
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Allways good. Kate the BT is key to the success in the bar. Always friendly and hospitable. Food was quality and well served
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Excellent! Our first time at the restaurant. It definitely will not be the last. In fact, we are going back tomorrow night. We are new to the neighborhood and it will definitely be a regular for us when we are in town!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quaint but high end
    JetSker03
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The food was delicious. Definitely comparable to a 4 star restaurant in a major city. Only thing to get that 5th star would be upgrade the service to white table cloth, etc. But for a beach restaurant, this was a great dining experience if you're looking for high end seafood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful night at The Bistro
    Food4thought
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    My wife and I went here on our honeymoon. We made reservations which are highly recommended as the dining area is fairly small and fills up quickly. Service was attentive and quick. Our waiter although not entirely familiar with the menu was very pleasant which we found to be enjoyable. We started with the crab dip appetizer which was hardy and delicious. I ordered the salmon with tea glaze, collards, and sweet potato medley and my wife had the shrimp and scallop risotto. Both were amazing and you wont find food with any fresher ingredients on the island. For dessert we had the pumpkin cheescake which put an exclamation mark on the evening. Overall a great experience and would definately return again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    GREAT FOOD. PRICEY BUT WORTH IT. Casual, quiet. friendly service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food: 5 out of 5, Ambiance: 0
    Moochiecatlovedthefoodbut
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This young restaurant is "food fabulous." The appetizer, the steak, the duck were superb. The vegetables were absolute perfection. The wine recommended to my husband was truly outstanding and my Manhattan "On The Rocks" was one of the best I've ever had at a restaurant. But the small, strip mall, conversion doesn't work for the restaurant. There was a party of six young "20 something" ladies celebrating something, and they ruined not only our anniversary dinner, but irritated everyone else in the place. No one in the place can get away from something like that. Also, this level of great food, needs a water view. They need to move to a better loco, ASAP!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tuesday Dining
    JimB
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Excellent service. Especially appreciated the fact that vegetables and entrees are essentially home grown. A little disappointed that a good non-alcoholic beer (Beck's or St Pauli Girl) was not available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!
    Gew1
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Starting off with wonderful service from Katy to wonderful crab dip to wonderful Shrimp and Scallop Risotto, I am so glad we chose this spot for our one night out during the week! Our party of six also had a filet, the duck entree and two burgers. The burgers were voted "best burger ever" by two 24 year olds that have put away quite a few burgers in their young lives! We'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly
    DesertWolf
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Friendly staff, prompt seating, pleasent atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    JanDT
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    This was our best meal while at Topsail for vacation. The guys had the pork chop special, and the gals had salads - everything was wonderful! Salads were fresh, interesting, and filling. The men loved the sauce with the pork chops. The bourbon list was the best we've seen, and the wine list covered all the bases. Our waitress was fun and attentive, but not hovering. Thanks for a memorable dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Experience
    Jeremy
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Booked last minute reservation for my wife and myself. Was pleasantly surprised...the service was good, drinks where great, and the food was amazing. Bring your wallet, but well worth the splurge.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lucky
    Sucker4sushi
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Best food I have ever eat in my life!!! Cooked and prepared to perfection. Nothing can touch it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always
    loveseafood
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We always come to the Bistro while on vacation in Topsail. After deciding to try The Bistro after going to Beauchaine's for many years, you became our favorite restaurant. As always, the food and service were amazing, making our last night at the beach special. We plan on returning on our next trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best spot on the island
    Dineanddash
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    After having only OK meals on the island, we finally hit the jackpot at the Bistro. Great cocktail and wine list. Great food. Small space could be noisy on a busy night, but the food is worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Absolutely exceptional customer service match by a good variety of unique seafood offerings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So good we went 2xs on vacay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Fantastic food & luv that it's all locally grown. Their grouper over sweet potato risotto was to die for. Great cocktails and wine list! The staff are all very professional, knowledgable about the menu/ingredients, efficient, and friendly! I wish I had room for dessert Bc I'm sure it wouldn't disappoint either!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Easily the best restaurant on Topsail Island. Given the limited number of choices, that may not be sufficient praise: this restaurant is consistently excellent and compares with the best destination restaurants elsewhere. Reservations needed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food so good
    luv2dine
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We attended because someone we know works there and we had heard what delicious food they serve. The wait staff was pleasant and knowledgeable. Our food was delicious and well plated. Although the entrees were expensive ($30), they were worth it. Their salads and soups are extra, but with the abundance of food on our plate, we did not need anything extra. We had reservations and were seated immediately upon arrival and service began just as quickly. We were not hungry when we arrived, but we ate every bite on our plates. It was indeed a good dining experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.