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: 9103282000
  • 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
170 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (101)special occasion (85)neighborhood gem (82)notable wine list (55)romantic (50)hot spot (24)good for groups (17)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (2)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • Lucky
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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.
  • very good
    prm8VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Place is very good. Only priblem was the burger was very salty. Service was great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, little room
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The food was delicious-pricing a little high, but worth it. The only issue we had was the tight seating..very tight seating. To get to our table, that was along a back wall row of tables, we literally had to turn sideways to be able to fit through tables to get there. We're not large people. Everyone could hear each other's conversations we were so tight. As a mattter of fact, the table next to us heard my friend and I discussing going for icecream, then they started talked about icecream, saying that we were talking about it and mabe we know where to go. Soooooooooo, great food, tight spacing. I hadn't been wedged in like that since going to a steakhouse in NYC.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Bistro, expensive
    Dineout
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Nice bistro in Topsoil Beach, expensive for families and no kid options.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly and very good food
    ChrisSw
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Unlike some of the reviews, we had great service and thoroughly enjoyed the meal. It did get a bit noisy as the restaurant filled up, but we still were very comfortable. I highly suggest getting reservations. Remember that good food takes a bit longer to prepare. I would also like to say that there were not enough entrees without a bream base, which I am highly allergic to. We would come again as it is close to our new home
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    hampsteadlocal
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    A locals wish list restaurant but could not get a desirable time to dine on a last minute. I now know why as the food was delicious! The mussels and clams with the bread was wonderful! Wait staff were very well informed of the menu which was a delight, foodies will love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great beach dining
    Burton
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The service was very good. The food was delicious and the wait staff was good. The soup was average but everything else was fine. The noise level was high and a quiet intimate dinner would be hard due to the loud background. Otherwise we were very pleased with our dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    anniversary
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    food not memorable--canned beans on "Farm Fresh Salad"?? breading made everything taste the same. ribeyes were fatty and house made potato chips were limp, lifeless and no flavor.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AMAZING Experience!
    JohnGrey
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We arrived about 20 minutes before our 7:00pm reservation and sat at the bar. The bartender Katie was very upbeat, friendly, kind, and quick. She offered her opinions on drinks and dishes and was very easy and enjoyable to talk to. After about 30-40min of sitting there one of the hostesses came over to us to acknowledge she hadn't forgotten about us she was just waiting for another table to clear out. Awesome service, no restaurant ever "checked up" on me before to ensure they knew about my reservation. We had Matthew as our server and he was awesome too! Very friendly, funny, and helpful. The food that me and my fiancee had was the best food we have ever eaten. Not even kidding. 10/10 Perfect dining experience!!!! Thanks So Much!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Looks can be deceiving
    Gldnpw
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Service was lovely but food was not good. We ordered two kids steaks and they both had a spicy seasoning that our kids could not eat. This was not explained upfront and they do not have a specific menu for kids. I ordered the fish special which was grouper fish and it was extremely tough and seemed more like monk fish. It was honestly disgusting. My husbands dish was good, which was the scallops in a curry base. But because my fish was so disappointing we left with a "bad taste" and certainly would not return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find in Surf City!
    Elpee218
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great food! Serves all local North Carolina foods and wines. Huge wine list with so many options! The staff were very friendly and helpful. Will definitely return on our next visit to Surf City
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Focused on flipping tables!
    Spent300nowleave
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Dined at bistro Saturday August 17...two couples had 730 reservations. Seated 745 (per our ticket 748) ordered 4 cocktails, bottle of champagne, 2 apps, 3 soups and 1 salad, 4 entrees and 1 dessert...all of this with a bill on our table at 905...where we were told there was another party who had 900 reservations. If we could kindly pick up our Bottle of champagne/drinks and carry it to the tiniest little bar area (really) that would be great. So shocked and really astounded we actually did it. As we processed and after my husband left a handsome 22% tip we thought wow...so rude and in poor judgment. We're locals and visit here monthly, sorry to say never again! The focus is not on service simply flipping tables!
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  • Disappointing dinner
    local4usVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Not first visit however probably our last. The quality of food does not match the price. As a family of excellent cooks we appreciate quality and happily pay higher prices for deserving food. House-made potato chips (shared appetizer) were undercooked and already cool when delivered to the table. Corn-crab bisque flavors were muted and lacked the vibrancy of fresh corn. Salads were good but predictable - nothing unexpected or inventive. The tuna on an entree salad was OK - but had had a much better piece of tuna at Sears Landing. The best dish was the Wahoo special, the fish was well prepared, the sweet potato risotto interesting. We expect entrees priced at $25 and up to be creative and complex - unfortunately not our experience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food
    Harpman1
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I believe this is the best retaurant on the island. Never had even an average meal. All have been outstanding. A bit loud, but the food and the service are top notch.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    Beckhilda
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Everything we had was delicious. The wait staff was great...thank you Mathew. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. I will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal!
    Donna
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We enjoyed all the food. Especially the crab dip & strawberry shortcake
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We had a great meal here. We were visiting form NY and our brother in law lives in hampstead but had never been it was great. I had the Sweet Tea Salmon which was perfect. My husband had the filet amazing and my brother in law had the chicken dish. Eveything was cooked ,flavored and prepared perfect. Presentation was also very nice. Christina was our server and excellent we were never looking for her and she provided us with whatever we asked :)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little pricey!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We enjoyed the food very much but felt it was very pricey. We did not even receive fresh bread without being charged. I am not sure why that should be extra. I also felt that if you advertise that you are using local foods then you should cook local foods! lentils and kale are local?that is what's in at the moment. Where were the butterbeans , squash and corn that is in season. As well as flounder and grouper. Waitress was very nice as well!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Their food is outstanding!! If you're vacationing on Topsail Island this is a good place to go for a special meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best shrimp and grits (spicy)
    Gloria
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The shrimp and grits at The Bistro are the best on the island, off the island, and anywhere else we've ordered it. The tasty, spicy vegetables and andouille are a great compliment to fresh shrimp and perfectly cooked grits. Their other fish dishes are equally well prepared and they have some delicious appetizers and salads. Their service staff is knowledgeable and efficient. The restaurant is very small, so make a reservation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Food!
    suzie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    A wonderful Rib-Eye Steak Salad at the bar is a great Sunday evening meal. Kate, the bartender, provided excellent service and menu suggestions.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The Bistro at JustBaked is absolutely wonderful. We ate here on a date while on vacation and it was perfect. The food was some of the best I've ever had. I couldn't stop talking about it later in the week and wish I could go back. My husband had the ribeye and it was quite possibly the best steak either of us have had. We shared an Ahi Tuna appetizer that was out of this world. The spices were delicate and the balance with the apple mango salsa was perfect. I had shrimp and butter poached crab and am still dreaming about that dish. The service was great- attentive without being overbearing and even noticed I was cold and offered me a shawl. This place is 10 out of 10.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food Superb!
    girlsweekend
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Found this spot this in September and the food was wonderful. It did not disappoint when I returned this August. The Maui with shrimp was grilled and seasoned perfectly. The shrimp and scallop risotto was creamy and flavorful. Also enjoyed the calamari with a spicy mustard dip and crab dip with crostini. The portions were generous. The wine list was long with many choices to please everyone. Our server was new and seemed nervous but another server helped him through the evening to smooth out any difficulties. The tables are very cramped and noise level high but the food is definitely worth it. Best restaurant on the island!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kids
    notakidsplace
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This is a very nice restaurant and we love having a place that's upscale and will take reservations. We did have kids arounds us who were noisy and this is not a restaurant for small children. Don't get me wrong, we have 8 grandchildren and love kids but sometimes we seek a dining experience where it will be quiet and conducive to conversation.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    UVaTravelers
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food is amazing. Specialty cocktails are delish. The service was excellent. We enjoyed ourselves so much on Thursday evening that we took a 9pm reservation for Friday night. Reservations are definitely a must. Wonderful local, farm fresh, savory meals! I want those fried brussel sprouts right now...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Excellent food! Knowledgeable staff. Very friendly. But still feels like Topsail. Great new cocktails
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Born2hunt
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Make reservations!! Everything was outstanding, from start to finish. Made reservations and had to wait a few minutes. Watched them turn away countless walkins with no reservations. Can't wait to go back again!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Local Classic
    mplaut
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    This is clearly our favorite restaurant on Topsail Island annd within 20 miles for that matter. The cuisine is very creative and always beautifually prepared and presented. Our waitress (Alissa?) was superb. This is the second anniversary in a row that we have enjoyed there
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find on Topsail Island
    Cgswildcat
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Our family has struggled for years to find a nice, non-fried food restaurant on the Island--we love Topsail Beach, but need a night off from cooking! This is a nice casual restaurant where everyone can find a great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We had a wonderful evening at the Bistro. We enjoyed drinks and the calamari appetizer in the bar followed by a great dinner. The wait staff in both the bar and dining room were knowledgeable and attentive. Good wine list. Finished off the evening with French press coffee and shared the flour less chocolate torte. Would highly recommend. Reservations are a must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, tiny restaurant
    AbbyG
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food was great and the service was pretty good, but I was really disappointed we had to wait to sit at our table until our friends got there. The table say there empty while we waited so it didn't make any sense. The restaurant ended up losing out on a little money because my husband and I probably would have ordered a drink while we waited, which we didn't want to do standing in their tiny entry. If it weren't for that, they would have gotten 5 stars.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great beach dining
    fundining
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    A great place for dining at the beach. Clean environment - friendly service - great food and presentation. Will return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the price
    norm80jidge
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    One meal good (salmon) other MEAL (rib eye) ordered Med came rare--recooked tough and grisly.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Trendy, high-quality dining
    touristtotopsail
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Why go here? The very well prepared and trendy dishes. It's basically the opposite of the Breezeway. The menu is short and fairly original, while the wine/beer list is huge. We started with the low-country egg rolls and the French onion soup (both great). Then we had the shrimp+mahi mahi and a vegetable platter. We liked it all, but the shrimp were the best. Appetizers and salads are priced normally, while entrees are $20-30. One issue: The air conditioner was right over us. We asked about this and they raised the temperature, but still having a draft over your $30 plate is stupid. Ladies, bring something to cover yourselves. Also they offered a 5% discount for paying in cash (effectively this removes the tax). Nice.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.