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The Bistro at Topsail

4.6
1005 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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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 1005 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.5
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipEliz (Wilmington)
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

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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LoisS 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

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

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OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Always delicious food and a great dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined 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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JJ53 (Miami)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
1.0  Dined 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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Sparrow (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

Wonderful!!

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Early Christmas dinner with family.

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DrStevenB (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined 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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maizie (Wilmington)
5.0  Dined 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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vipBen2 (Wilmington)
4.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

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

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IslandGrown (Wilmington)
5.0  Dined on November 30, 2017

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

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stevie (Wilmington)
4.0  Dined 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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Karen (Wilmington)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

Consistently good with excellent service and beautiful view!

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DeftonesFan (Wilmington)
5.0  Dined on November 24, 2017

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

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cladav (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined 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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vipMarlyn (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on November 3, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Wilmington)
4.0  Dined 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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Karen (Wilmington)
5.0  Dined 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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KimL (Wilmington)
3.0  Dined on October 21, 2017

TOO NOSY!!!! every visit this summer ,had to shout to be heard unless we ate on the patio

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DrStevenB (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

Best restaurant hands down on Topsail Island. Award winning Chef Bud Taylor rocks!!

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

My husband and I enjoyed our 39th wedding anniversary dinner at the Bistro. The service, food and atmosphere were Great! A perfect evening. Thanks

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Mike (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on October 17, 2017

Perhaps the best duck I've ever had, although I was disappointed to have to wait for my table even though I had a reservation.

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KrisKim (Greensboro)
1.0  Dined on October 17, 2017

From the beginning this evening was a disaster. I had an Open Table reservation for over a month for a 6:45 pm seating. When I made the reservation, I added a comment that we would prefer outdoor seating. The night of the reservation, the weather had turned cold and it was in the 50's outside. The restaurant basically said that since I had made the reservation for outside seating and we did not want to sit outside in the cold that we would have to wait for them to work us in inside. While we waited, we went to the bar. I ordered a cocktail from their menu and some of the ingredients for the cocktail they were out of . My companion ordered a glass of red wine. Guess what? THEY were OUT of it. When we were finally seated, I ordered the Swordfish (the only seafood on the menu except of catfish), THEY were OUT of! We left after the appetizer and went to Beauchaine's instead.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
1.0  Dined on October 14, 2017

Bistro has a great cocktail selection and the food is outstanding. Numerous gluten free options are available. Staff is extremely nice and attentive

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 13, 2017

We visit Topsail every year and this has been one of our favorites ! It a lovely place for a special occasion and celebration. Amazing cocktails and wonderful local food.

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