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The Bistro at Topsail

602B Roland Ave, across from Soundside Par, Surf City, Topsail Island, NC 28445-6689
+1 910-328-2000
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good16%
  • Average19%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible7%
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“duck” (7 reviews)
“steak” (10 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
602B Roland Ave, across from Soundside Par, Surf City, Topsail Island, NC 28445-6689
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had my first meal here curtesy of my neighbors and I was so glad I went. The menu was extensive and my meal was amazing. We had a beautiful view of the water and truly enjoyed the evening. I will absolutely eat here again. Reservations...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank juliee526
Reviewed 2 October 2018

My family treated me for my 60th birthday to a nice dinner here. My children live out of state and they bought me a certificate on line for me. My husband made reservations for us and they seated us at a table inside with a...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Inspiration779020
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

This is a great place for couples, families or singles. Food was awesome with a farm to table menu. Make reservations before you go to avoid any problems. They also have outside seating that is on the water. Great Atmosphere!

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank James M
Reviewed 19 August 2018

aside from arriving 15 minutes early for a 7:30pm reservation for two, and assuming the hostess checked us in and would come get us in the bar where they asked us to wait (like 6 steps away in a separate room) we had to go...More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank Thom C
Reviewed 12 August 2018

Food and wine were very good. Steak is enormous! View of the waters on the sound were fantastic--worth a visit in Topsail. Nice option, more upscale, compared to the beach food elsewhere in Topsail.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Hamid F
Reviewed 6 August 2018

Sit on the deck; you won't regret it! The food was delicious as were the cocktails. I enjoyed the bourbon smash and the swordfish. Both were excellent.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank klaudicina
Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

Topsail generally lacks in the area of dining. However, this restaurant is a gem for tourists and vacationers. The food is locally sourced and cooked to perfection! Their NY strip is delicious and is a great choice! Definitely come here if on Topsail; we ate...More

Date of visit: July 2018
1  Thank mitchellskolaris
Reviewed 27 July 2018 via mobile

Love this place! Staff is wonderful! Chef superb! Salads are amazing with local grown fresh veggies! Shrimp always fresh and excellent. Beautiful restaurant! Outside seating in the water is perfect!

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Rkrw1964
Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

The Bistro has been our favorite place to dine at topsail for many years. However, this visit was a disappointment. While two of the three dishes were excellent, they were out of burgers an hour after opening for dinner. When our one burger arrived overcooked...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Linda E
Reviewed 19 July 2018 via mobile

The price would have been fine, if the food lived up to the price. The worst for me was the price of the prize New York Strip. ($44). I was glad to fork up the price until I actually ate the steak. If I was...More

Date of visit: July 2018
1  Thank dbmangus
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1 March 2018|
Response from MermaidKu | Reviewed this property |
I would celebrate here any time.
15 September 2017|
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Response from MermaidKu | Reviewed this property |
This place has gone under an entire transformation! Kind of like rusitc chic. This is their NEW location. The entire place is NEW! All new beautiful chairs and tables. Amazing view. Handcrafted cocktails. Farm to Table menu... More
21 June 2017|
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Response from MermaidKu | Reviewed this property |
Yes... I sit at the bar a lot and have my meal there without reservations.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$ 18 - US$ 36
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 602B Roland Ave, across from Soundside Par, Surf City, Topsail Island, NC 28445-6689
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Topsail Island  >  Surf City
  • Phone Number: +1 910-328-2000
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Chef Bud Taylor, influenced by his family’s cooking, creates a menu that is truly unique to Topsail Island’s dining scene. Drawing inspiration from local and seasonal ingredients as well as his childhood memories, Chef Bud puts his own self-taught culinary spin on classic Southern and Coastal foods. The Bistro at Topsail’s menu changes daily, allowing Chef Bud to take advantage of the freshest, local and seasonal ingredients. The result is satisfying, comforting dishes with unique yet familiar Southern flavors.
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