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The Bistro at Just Baked
The Bistro at Just Baked

The Bistro at Just Baked Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.topsailbistro.com
  • Email: budtaylor@topsailbistro.com
  • Phone: (910) 328-2000
  • Hours of Operation: Serving Dinner Tuesday - Sunday 5:30pm - 10pm 5% CASH DISCOUNT
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Bud Taylor
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Offering Live music during the summer season.
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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
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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "My husband and I dined at the Bistro on a Thursday night and they were very busy, thank goodness we made reservations! The service was great! The server made great recommendation and our meal was fantastic from appetizers, to entree, to dessert! However our cocktails were made by a heavy handed bartender and as someone that works for a Spirits supplier I prefer a well made cocktail with the perfect amount of liquor than one made with too much alcohol! Crafting a great cocktail is definitely an art! the table across from us had an obnoxious woman that yelled through our entire meal. It was almost impossible to carry on conversation with my husband! However if you are looking for a great meal with great service the Bistro is for you!! "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "The bistro has an amazing menu. I had a sashimi grade tuna seared on the outside and rare in the middle with lime juice and seasoning that was to die for. The service is excellent as well. The only draw back is the noise level was so loud I could not talk to my date without almost yelling across the table."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Last minute decision to go to the Bistro on my sons birthday, made reservations and was seated promptly upon arriving. There was only a few tables available, but we were never neglected. Our server was most pleasant and we will ask for her on our next visit."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Food and service were excellent. The poor acoustics make it very loud and difficult to have a normal dinner conversation. Customers at the tables around us seemed to be having difficulty hearing each other as well."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Overall I have been pleased with The Bistro during the past six years I have lived in the area. It is definitely one of the better restaurants on Topsail Island. However, the menu has not changed in the past six years, and needs updating badly. Also ask the cook to go easy on the salt. Some of dishes had a heavy amount of salt added to them, which wasn't always mixed in very well."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "This is one restaurant that is always consistent with their food. Wasn't planning to have dessert but since my friends ordered a peach dessert and was brought a spoon...I tested it. Should have ordered one for myself! Totally delicious! I refer my clients to this restaurant and nobody has complained....everybody loves the food."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We recently moved to the area only to be disappointed by the lack of quality restaurants. I was overjoyed to have been recommended this spot. The food was amazing!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "As always, great food and service. Best restaurant east of I-95 in North Carolina."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Food IS Great ! I have been several times and never been disappointed!!! If you are near Surf City it worth it!!!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The food was excellent! I have been craving a good steak for a LONG time and your filet mignon was perfect. Our server was very friendly and helpful as well."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I brought some colleagues to my house on who were from around and we had a fabulous experience. The food was outstanding, service was incredible and we had a truly great time. We stayed after dinner and enjoyed some of the great bourbons at the bar."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Customer service was great. Food was awesome. Highly recommend others to go see."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We are locals with a background in the food service industry. We have dinned at all of the Restaurants in the area and the Bistro is the best. We do not go out often but the bistro was all we hoped it would be. We used to dine here on a regular basis but have not been to the bistro in over a year. we will be back soon. The service the Server and the quality of the food was outstanding. We will tell our friends."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The Bistro at Just Baked is THE best restaurant on Topsail Island. I wish we had one in Raleigh. We crave the burger Cooked Bud's Way all week long until we can get down there. Bud's homemade chips melt in your mouth, the low country egg rolls make you moan with pleasure and the genius bartender will satisfy any wish for that special cocktail. If I don't have the burger, I'll get the steak salad. It is just a stand up steak salad, no gimmicks, with perfectly cooked steak bites and crispy fresh greens. A friend of ours almost always get the chicken dish so it's gotta be delish. The rib-eye entree is to die for. Prices are reasonable and comparable to any good eatery. I highly recommend making reservations on Friday or Saturday."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "This is true at the Bistro. Enjoyed the drinks, the ribeye steaks were excellent, sides tasty and our waitress delightful. It is a small place and could be noisy if full but the numbers there that evening allowed our conversation. Would recommend to anyone for a lovely fine dining experience."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "The food is ALWAYS OUTSTANDING. The service is ALWAYS OUTSTANDING. This is a very popular adult restaurant with very limited seating, so reservations are necessary. If you are looking for a 'Carolina Fried' restaurant, the Bistro is not for you. If you want food that is interesting, beautifully presented and delicious, go to the Bistro."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "This was only my second visit; the first for dinner. I had quite possibly the best salmon I've ever eaten. I have already recommended The Bistro to someone who will be visiting the area in May."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Best restaurant on the Island. Bar area is small, but great atmosphere and service."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Most of the food I've had in the Surf City area has been mediocre, at best. That's not the case with The Bistro. They have creative dishes made with local ingredients. A small gem in the area."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The place was small but comfy. The service was quick but didn't feel rushed. The food was REALLY good. It is priced above my normal ability to eat at regularly but the quality is there despite that. We've driven by a few times and the only thing I would recommend changing would maybe convert the parking lot to a solid material instead of rock somehow squeezing more space up front. TB is relatively crime free but complete piece of mind is hardly a guarantee in this day and age."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our recent dinner at the Bistro. We have been there many times and are never disappointed. We were happy to see that they have added more winter hours to be open. It is our "go to" place for a real treat!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Our dinners were the best my wife and I have had in recent memory. Not only were they well presented but they were delicious. And the service was equally as good. Nice people, good food - we look forward to our next dinner at The Bistro."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We dine here often & always enjoy it. If you want to go in a Sat. Be sure to make your reservations early. Everything on the menu is great, especially the seafood. Good cocktails too!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My wife and like a god place to eat and this is one! Best food we've had on Topsail Island! ! Staff was good, food was great, not to large. If your looking for intimate dinning this may not be your spot. But for great food and good service and reasonable rates this IS the spot. The 12 seasons steak is soooo good! Try the bourbon sampler while you're there..."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "From the moment we walked in our party of four was warmly welcomed. Settled on a lemon basil martini after reviewing their extensive wine,bourbon and drink menu. It did not disappoint. We had a very short wait and were seated for our Valentines dinner. The waitress explained all the specials and any menu items we were interested in with great detail. All appetizers and meals exceeded our expectations especially the Chefs Special of shrimp over a perfectly cooked filet with a caper sauce over mashed potatoes. The other 2 in our party enjoyed their desserts and all agreed it was a fabulous dining experience! ."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great meal, as always!! Crab Dip and Tuna appetizer was incredible! Excellent Steaks!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Food has a pleasing presentation and is always good. Portions are large."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "First rate service and an imaginative menu. Superior attention to detail. We eat here frequently, and they're consistently better than anyplace else on the island."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Crab dip was way too much strong cheese - couldn't taste crab at all. Had the prime rib. Huge and delicious. Cooked perfectly. Potatoes were excellent. Server was exceptional. Flourless chocolate cake was really good. Only problem is atmosphere. The place is just too small so you are too close to other diners and it makes it difficult to hear each other. At least that was the case where we were seated Other than that, was a very good dinner."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Whenever I visit Topsail I always look forward to dining at The Bistro. Their Ahi Tuna is my favorite, but their chef makes every dish 5 star. Anything on the menu is delicious. The wine list is acceptable and the bartender is exceptional. The atmosphere is noisy and tables are so close that there is no privacy if you are looking for a quiet romantic dinner you would be disappointed. Perhaps a few hanging sheer drapes between the extremely close tables would add to the ambience. Wait staff are friendly and attentive."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Took our son out for his 36th birthday. Two had the ribeye steaks, one had the shrimp and grits, and I had the filet mignon. All were excellent!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We both had the chef's special and it was AWESOME."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Excellent service, ....will request the same server next time...best we ever had! always welcoming...."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We have eaten at this restaurant a number of times, and it has always been a very good experience. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "food and service excellent. We were celebrating our anniversary and there are no cozy secluded tables. our table was so close to the tables beside ours that I felt like I had offer our neighbors a sample of our appetizer."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "We had great food as usual. I don't think you can go wrong there. The service was just a little off I thought, very slow, also a smile would have been welcome. Although it wasn't crowded our appetizers took longer than normal and arrived almost the same time as the entrees. We tipped 20% but would have gone higher if it had been better. That would never deter us from returning as the menu is outstanding, as is the presentation."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Party of six and everyone loved their meal. Seating for six is not the best (two had to dine on crack between two tables) and the wooden chairs are uncomfortable. The food was exceptional, great overall dining experience."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "We had our family holiday dinner here and was truly wonderful. Great food , great service!! Appetizers were amazing! Try the fried brussels and tuna! Thanks so much for a great experience!"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Bistro provided a phenomenal date night. Bistro is a great place for an up scale outing north of Wilmington. Simple and elegant with a great beer and bourbon selection. Would recommend to anyone in the area seeking a quiet romantic night in the Topsail area."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "I WENT THERE ON MY BIRTHDAY AND WAS VERY HAPPILY SURPRISED! THE FOOD WAS GREAT AND VERY GOURMET SOUTHERN STYLE AND DIFFERENT IN A GOOD WAY. THE BEST RESTAURANT I'VE BEEN TO SINCE MOVING HERE FROM D.C. DELICIOUS, SOUTHERN, DIFFERENT AND GOOD."
    Dined on 12/14/2013