About The Bistro at Just Baked
Award Winning Farm to Plate restaurant on Topsail Island.
Wine Spectator Award of Excellence Winner 2015
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Sorry but due to the limited size of our dining room we are unable to accommodate groups larger than 10 people
Seafood, Contemporary Southern, Southern
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Sunday @ 5:30 pm
MENUS CHANGE DAILY
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High Point Dr.
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Parking lots in front of restaurant
Chef/Owner Bud Taylor
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
We will gladly book your special event on location.
The Bistro at Just Baked Ratings and Reviews
Ordered the duck dinner. Duck was good b ...
Ordered the duck dinner. Duck was good but whatever was served with it was overly salty and looked like it had just been brought in from the truck stop. Black, black, black. Overcooked and not good. The worst part was having the pleasure of sitting on what looked like outdoor metal chairs. Half the tables appeared to have padded thicker chairs and the others reminded me of the chairs I had in choir in high school 50 years ago. Chair behind be hit me on the back of the head all evening and there wasn't enough room for me to move away from it. This was our first trip to Bistro since your relocation. You went from our favorite high end restaurant to maybe 4th or 5th. Not impressed.
Wonderful food, interior fantastic. A li ...
Wonderful food, interior fantastic. A little loud, but not so much to distruput the meal. Only issue was the Sauvignon Blanc list was mostly from California and we paid $30+ for a $16 bottle of Kim Crawford since it was the cheaper of the two New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs.
I have eaten at the Bistro twice in the ...
I have eaten at the Bistro twice in the last three weeks and both times the food and service were terrific. The farm to Island approach to the menu was interesting and executed with thoughtfulness. I would return with guests with confidence that the menu would be relevant to the season and the atmosphere appropriate for fine dining.
Was turned off by charge to make reserva ...
Was turned off by charge to make reservation initially. Was not charged on open table. Had read many complaints about pricing and they were so wrong. Best place to eat at surf city. Eating there twice this week. Will always return. Excellent food and presentation. 5 stars.
We had heard about Burgers and Bourbon N ...
We had heard about Burgers and Bourbon Night at the Bistro for a long time, but the words didn't measure up to how really great this is. Special bourbon drinks (wine or others if you want) and gourmet burgers to absolutely die for. Just perfect sitting and looking out at the water. The hostess and wait staff were more than kind and attending to our every need.
The food was great as usual. Dinner at ...
The food was great as usual. Dinner at the Bistro never disappoints, and the seasonal menu changes provide new dishes to try. The cocktails are amazing and beautifully hand crafter with fresh ingredients. We went with a group of 4 on a Saturday night, and the only negative aspect was that our delicious cocktails took about 20 minutes to reach the table. On a Saturday night, the restaurant is always packed, but for some reason there was only one bartender. She was swamped with drink orders, which caused our cocktails to arrive with our main courses even though we ordered them when we first sat down. We love the Bistro though and would recommend it to anyone. Its great for groups of friends or for a romantic date night.
Pros: Great food~ Drinks~ outstanding se ...
Pros: Great food~ Drinks~ outstanding service! We will definitely return!
Cons: Issues getting reservation on line for larger party- keep defaulting to 2 people; ran out of entrees 2 people were planning on getting; extremely cold inside!
We are never disappointed with the food ...
We are never disappointed with the food at The Bistro. We have been multiple times and really enjoy the outside seating when there are no flies. This particular time we were sitting inside and there was a very load table with intoxicated patrons disturbing the entire restaurant with their loud voices. I kindly asked the hostess to see what she could do and she addressed the issue best she could.
The food is very good and has absolutely ...
The food is very good and has absolutely fresh products. The seafood was especially delicious. The dessert of key lime tart was to die for and every last crumb was eaten. Wine selections are good. Service was attentive,but not pawing. Would absolutely recommend it.
We were greeted by a hostess that seemed ...
We were greeted by a hostess that seemed surprised to see us which was strange because we made a reservation that carried a hefty fee ($25/person) if we canceled. We were told our table wasn't ready - the other reservation rule was that we would forfeit if we were more than 10 minutes late - so I felt like this was just a ploy to get us into the bar to buy drinks. And this is why the 4 star rating.
Now for the good. Easily the best food we've ever had in Topsail. Upscale, freshest local ingredients, different choices. The menu changes everyday so this will only be a guide.
For appetizers we had the crab dip served with crostini. Yum. And the fresh homemade bread with Gorgonzola butter and a peach chutney. Amazing. Not a fan of paying for bread with a $$ meal but it was delicious. Snapper was served over a bed of greens on a cauliflower purée that was spicy/sweet. Incredible. Waitress named it as the favorite and she was right! Our group also had the duck and pork chop to rave reviews. We even had the hamburger which was cooked perfectly and stacked with cheese, tomatoes, and lettuce. Stacked.
Dessert was beignets - more like fried dough balls - with cinnamon and sugar. A good dessert to share.
All in all a great experience. A little more southern hospitality would make this place a 5.
Everything was great except we were the ...
Everything was great except we were the only 4 top where they say is and we had one seat that facing the entry into the bar and a wall what a let down. They should know better for a restaurant that is on the water considering every other table whether there were 2, 4, or 6 guests did not have that problem. Another experience like that and I will not go again.
Not a good experience. Got a reservatio ...
Not a good experience. Got a reservation for Sat night at 8:45......was the best we could get. Got there and it was almost 30 minutes till we were seated (note there were MANY tables open but uncleared) and when we went to order, they were OUT OF everything we wanted. We should have walked right then. Dinner came....,.not very good and spent $63 (only 1 beer) so we will not ever return. One of os had a salad with shrimp and the other a pork chop. Had to ask several times for our waitress to come by our table. We have choices, and this will NEVER again be one on the options.
We are locals and have been patrons of t ...
We are locals and have been patrons of the Bistro for a couple years. We have always had excellent service, drinks and food. This time the service was subpar, food was average and prices had gone up. Very disappointed.
The view of the sound was awesome. The r ...
The view of the sound was awesome. The restaurant facilities are excellent. We have dined there five times and the food and service is always first class. The staff are very attentive to your needs. Great menu that changes to offer new choices. Great mixed drinks. The portions are ample.
I've been going to the bistro since it h ...
I've been going to the bistro since it has been open, this was one of the best dining experiences to date. They accommodated me with a beautiful vegetable platter, that was so excellent! The outdoor dining they have added this year, really makes it a special dining experience. Our server was the best server i've had at the bistro as well. The new bar area looks amazing as well, great job! I will always recommend this restaurant to others as the best place to eat on the island.
Beautiful job on the new spot!
They have two types of chairs in the din ...
They have two types of chairs in the dining room - the soft, cushioned type and the hard metal type. My first time there we were seated in the metal chairs and it was most uncomfortable. I mentioned this to the receptionist on the way out. This last time we were seated in the softer chairs and it was excellent.
Food was fabulous. Special cocktail, Sea ...
Food was fabulous. Special cocktail, Seaspray, was so-so. We started outside but got really chilly before the food came and were accommodated and allowed to move in. Portions are ample so order accordingly. Shrimp and grits were likely the most flavorful I have had. The vegetables included in the dish were fantastic. Boys had the rib eye and also gave rave reviews. So glad to see the focus on locally sourced food at Topsail and attention to bold flavors and seasoning . Well worth the cost.
We had a nice time, the staff was very h ...
We had a nice time, the staff was very helpful. However, they had next to none of the craft beers on their list, and one of us had catfish that wasn't fully cooked. They handled it well, but seems a strange misstep. The ingredients are all fresh and that's the real draw here, and with the exception of the catfish, everything was prepared well. But the dishes seem a little less imaginative than we had hoped.
Lovely setting. The fish dishes are typi ...
Lovely setting. The fish dishes are typically well prepared. Our experience with several different meat entrees has been disappointing, given the price point. The Bistro Salad with the added topping of prime rib yielded a very ordinary salad with strips of overly seasoned (heavy Cajun from a jar?) mostly raw meat, which I had ordered medium rare. The meat was almost inedible and the cost of the salad was $27-$28. On a previous visit a meat entree needed to be returned due to it being raw and cold. Unfortunately, the unevenness of the cooking causes us to question whether we will return.
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