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The Bistro at Topsail

4.5
1022 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
Award Winning Farm to Plate restaurant on Topsail Island.
Winner James Beard Foundation BBP 2017
Open Table Top 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America
Finalist North Carolina Best Chef 2017
Wine Spectator Award of Excellence Winner 2016
Wine Spectator Award of Excellence Winner 2016
One of the Best Bourbon Bars in America 2016


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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary Southern, Southern
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Thu–Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(910) 328-2000
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Resort Casual
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Executive chef
Chef/Owner Bud Taylor
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Surf City Swing Bridge
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Parking details
Parking lots in front of restaurant
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Special events & promotions
We will gladly book your special event on location.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1022 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We have eaten at the Bistro many times but usually select it for special more intimate occasions. The service is outstanding and we never feel rushed.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I hate to say it cause reservations are hard enough - but we are regulars and this time did not disappoint.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Wonderful farm to table menu especially for gluten free folks!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Excellent! Catfish was superb! It is like flounder/sea bass / mahi combo! Just outstanding sauce and flavors! I never eat catfish! Salads are great!

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2.0Dined on April 5, 2018

We were disappointed! Second time we have been to try their award winning burger and they were out. Odd because it was the first day of the week that they were opened and had only been open for two hours, yet already out of items. The crab dip was delicious, but we won’t be going back as the other food was “ok” and not really worth the price.

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1.0Dined on April 5, 2018

72 hour steak was not cooked right and it was tough. Waitress missing in action.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Excellent food, very tasty and large pork chop! Wife loved the beets and appetizers

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Everything was on point except for the bar service— super slow. We had tilefish, ribeye, and duck as well as the crab dip starter and they were all amazing

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

From the moment you walk into this beautiful restaurant it’s all good. Excellent service, fabulous food,and a water view that can’t be beat! I highly recommend The Bistro!

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Have not had a bad meal here. The blue crab dip is great. The view is fabulous.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

We love having dinner at the Bistro. I love the way you can taste all the individual ingredients in each dish and how all the flavors blend so well together. Kudos! We will be back.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Everything was amazing! We absolutely loved the grilled broccoli. Who knew? A wonderful spot to celebrate our anniversary. The shrimp and grits were fabulous but the fried chicken was even better. We have already planned a night out with the sister and brother in law to check out next season's specialties.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great food; great service;Great food; great service;Great food; great service

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Best restaurant on Topsail! The food is always outstanding! The service is always great! This is our "go to" place for a really fantastic, unique dining experience!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Food and service was excellent

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

The food was absolutely amazing. We enjoyed every bite. Our server was very aware of whatever we needed. The view was gorgeous!

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Love this place. Try the duck & grit cakes!

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

The food was, as always, fresh, delicious and creative. Our young waitress was enthusiastic and provided very good service. My two suggestions would be to have a friendlier hostess , who genuinely wanted to make you feel welcomed and please get rid of your unbelievably uncomfortable metal dining chairs.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

The Bistro is the best kept secret on Topsail Island. Can't wait for our next visit.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Always delicious food and a great dining experience!

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Excellent service and food. Such a great place to dine and just visit. Wonderful atmosphere. Lovely view through the windows looking onto the water. I can easily see why it is recognized for awards. We will continue to patronize.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

This is one of many times I have eaten here and the Bistro never disappoints. The staff is always polite and accommodating and the food is amazing. The views during the summer time are to die for. The experience is always consistent as I have eat there for over 5 Years!

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Steak was over priced and under cooked otherwise the dinner was good.

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1.0Dined on December 29, 2017

The Bistro is a 5 star restaurant in pretension. If you have a problem with your meal the manager "might" come to your table 15 minutes after the server asked if "everything" is okay. Probably, not. Don't by any means ask for ANY changes to the offerings on the menu. The staff will inform you that the chef will not comply with a request because the change will destroy the "composition" of the meal. And that information will come 10 minutes after you placed the order, so if you are dining with others, you could all eat at a different time. Bottom line- save your time and money. Go 100 yards or less toward the mainland and go to Sears Landing. It is more fun, the food is better and the staff and management actually wants the diner to enjoy themselves.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Wonderful!!

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2017

Great drink and menu selection. The service and staff was very professional and friendly.

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4.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Early Christmas dinner with family.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

I ordered the Duck...Something I never thought of trying till 6 months ago. The Duck at the Bistro is simply AMAZING! I have since gone to several of Raleighs premiere restaurants and also ordered the duck, and honestly, their duck wasn't even in the same league. Great flavors, super tender, just a masterpiece of a dish IMO. I have had it 6 times now, and can't wait to go and have it again!

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

The Bistro had but one flaw, and we considered it major. Half or more of their chairs in the dining room are metal, cold and narrow. They are also used outdoors. The lack of good seating should scare away anyone who is of medium or larger girth, or who doesn't want a cold derriere, unless you want to eat at 5:30 because we were told the chairs were first come- first serve.

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4.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Food was excellent. Service has been slower than expected the past few visits.

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5.0Dined on November 30, 2017

Overall..... wonderful!!! Only recommendation is more space between table and chairs.

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4.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Way too dark, no lighting on table. Too cold on a chilly nite, easier to read menu. Restaurant is way more impressed with themselves than we were with the restaurant. Chef has a bad attitude if asked for dressing on the side. Enough said.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Consistently good with excellent service and beautiful view!

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2017

Awesome dinner as always! Top notch food and service, every time we dine at the Bistro.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

We love The Bistro. The food is excellent and the service is friendly and accommodating. When we arrived at 7:15, the noise level was a little high but by the time we left, it was easy for my wife and I to converse.

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Excellent food and server. Martini made to perfection. Fried pickles to die for. My husband enjoyed the catfish and I enjoyed the fresh fish of the day. We shared the bananas foster for dessert..also very good!

Every course was executed perfectly. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on November 16, 2017

Chef Taylor has done everything right. The restaurant overlooks the waterway and there is outdoor dining in addition to beautiful views from inside. The menu has just enough selection of meat, poultry and seafood. Everything is locally sourced and the meals are so delicious. My favorite is the pork chop and my wife loves all the fish dishes. The wine selection is excellent. The atmosphere is hip and the service is outstanding. This is the best dining experience and if you haven’t tried it go right now.

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

Excellent food and service, as usual. The Bistro consistently serves fresh and delicious food.

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4.0Dined on October 28, 2017

Delectable food...every bite full an explosion of flavor. Crab dip, a swordfish special, Bistro's version of bananas Foster and chocolate torte were our selections. Perfection!

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

Highly recommend! Excellent food with a beautiful scenic view. Suggest making a reservation. Small room open to the restaurant with a water view that sits 10 people. Great place for a small group!!

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