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The Bistro at Topsail

4.6
1039 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Waterfront
  • Local Ingredients
  • Scenic View
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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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 1039 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Always a pleasure dining here with friends and family.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

The Bistro never disappoints! Food, atmosphere and service are always on point!

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Service was very slow at the beginning. It improved during our meal. One meal of five came out quite a bit later than the rest; unfortunately it was for the person we were honoring. The pimento cheese appetizer was amazing, served on a hot skillet with housemade potato chips. I had a strawberry salad with a side of red drum which was also delicious! The catfish and shrimp dishes also received high marks. The pork chops were tough. The wine selection was awesome and our Pinot Gris from the Williamette Valley was cold, crisp, spot on, and a compliment to our meal. Would return for drinks and apps!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I found this restaurant when I bought a vacation home at North Topsail 4 years ago. Any time someone visits, I make sure we have reservations at Bistro!

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Clearly, the kitchen staff knows what they're doing. The ever-changing menu is well executed. The front of house staff falls short of the incredible food served. Given more focus on thoughtful customer attention, this restaurant would be five stars all around.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Food was creative, fresh and excellent! Service was very professional, timely, not intrusive.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Absolutely delicious meal from start to finish!Each plate was gorgeously presented as well. I highly recommend eating here. Best meal I’ve had in a very long time!

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Excellent meal with view over the marsh behind Topsail island. Great beer list with something for all tastes.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Food and wine service was excellent however cocktail service was slow due to the bar being short one bartender. Drinks were very good...just slow to arrive but our server let us know the situation which we appreciated.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

We had heard a lot of buzz about The Bistro at Topsail, and I must say our first experience did not disappoint! The ambiance is lovely, and of course there is that view .... I would certainly recommend having dinner early in order to enjoy the view for as long as possible. Service was impeccable, the staff obviously well-trained - a very important aspect of the food service industry that is too often overlooked and can ruin an otherwise wonderful meal. The wine list is extensive without being overly pricey or condescending. We had salads to start, the beet salad and the strawberry with micro-greens. Both were nice and fresh. My husband ordered the catch of the day - Swordfish, and I had the roast duck, which was very nice. Our one critique would be that it is not necessary to put country ham into everything that comes out of the kitchen in a Southern restaurant. Overall, a very enjoyable experience, and we will be back!

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Lovely atmosphere, especially if you’re seated outside. Food is very good. Not great as expected, but very good.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Phenomenal restaurant. My favorite restaurant anywhere (East Coast, West Coast, Big City, Small Town). I enjoy the season menus, the delicious meals, the scenic view of the sound, the ambiance... I haven’t had a poor or even average experience here and I’ve been going there for years. As long as they keep it up, I’ll continue going for years to come.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We’ve been here a bunch now. I’m vegan but on dinners out or special occasions I’ll splurge on a vegetarian item or something with a little cheese.

The menu here changes based on what’s available, local and fresh. We had the Pimento Cheese Dip and chips and it was delicious. In fact, we ran out of chips it was so good and the portion a healthy sizd for the three of us.

My husband enjoyed the flank steak sandwich, my son the fried chicken. I got the Cauliflower steak which I usually love here, but this time it was more sweet than savory and I missed the chefs pesto creation.

The drinks here are fantastic!!!! The menu of wines and liquor - amazing !!! We will always come back to this eatery. The staff is wonderful. Great ambiance and we enjoy both the outside dining and inside. Unfortunately, it’s a tough place to frequent with only one vegetarian option - I don’t order salads out because I live on them at home. Definitely worth any special occasions celebration.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Simply the best restaurant on the island, Period! It is our go to choice when we want the best food available. I had the duck, it was the best duck I have ever eaten anywhere, and yes, that includes the big easy! (New Orleans)... Spectacular....

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Everything was excellent with one exception. Only one bartender for the entire bar and restaurant making for a very long wait for beverage service while waiting to be seated. The bar was standing room only. There should at least be two bartenders

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

We have been here several times while visiting Surf City and Bud never disappoints us! Can't wait to come back.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

We sat on the deck outside. Two years ago we sat inside for our anniversary & it was too loud. Having a soft voice I couldn’t carry a conversation with my spouse. So, I prefer deck seating plus the water view is just phenomenal.

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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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