The Bistro at Topsail: Upscale, Casual Dining

Sometimes, I just need to celebrate and go somewhere nice — like to a wonderful restaurant and sit at a waterside table, order some really good food, share a wonderful bottle of wine and toast great friends, dear loved ones and good fortune. Then again, I may just want to impress someone special by taking them out to dinner at “just the right place.”

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If that’s the case, I’ve got a wonderful idea! Take them to The Bistro at Topsail in Surf City. The farm-to-place restaurant meets all the requirements for a coastal, rather casual, yet upscale dining experience right here on the island!bistro at topsail restaurant

Check out these awards listed on the website for starters!

  • 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
  • One of the Best Bourbon Bars in America 2016bistro at topsail restaurant

So…I guess you get the drift! This is a top-notch restaurant!

I first went to The Bistro at Topsail a few months ago with two of my cousins for a “girls night out.” We wanted to do something special and one of the girls, who had raved about how awesome “The Bistro” was, suggested that we eat there. She promised a great vibe and delicious food. She was right!

We made reservations online, which is highly recommended, especially during the summer season. We took the only reservation left for 7:00 p.m. – a table on the back porch by the water. The sun was setting and there was a pink glow on the water. It was hard to look at the menu because the view was getting all the attention.bistro at topsail restaurant

The wine, beer and cocktail menus were excellent and extensive. To celebrate, we ordered a great cabernet and settled in for a night of catching up with one another over good drinks and food.

For starters, we ordered four of the five offerings: Blistered poblano peppers with smoked chèvre, country ham dust, and summer herbs, (really delicious and different),  the most excellent crab dip, made with lump blue crab and artichokes with flat bread crostini,  I think I had ever tasted,  fried bread and butter pickles with green goddess dressing, and get this –  low country eggrolls with collards, andouille sausage, grain mustard and to top it off- house made peach chutney! I think that appetizer was my favorite.bistro at topsail restaurant

Honestly, it was WAY too much food but we were celebrating and it was all so delicious that we didn’t bat an eye when our friendly server carefully switched out our appetizer plates for our entrees. The 14 spice flat iron steak served with greens, roasted Yukon gold potatoes, charred tomato and red pepper sauce with black garlic and chive compound butter,  was truly a work of art and tasted fantastic! I had grilled grouper with a butternut squash puree, wilted greens and grit cakes. It was seafood at it’s finest with a southern flare.bistro at topsail restaurant

For dessert, we ordered the cheesecake with fresh strawberries and a chocolate cake that had a rich, yet delicate flavor.  We shared the special sweets and finished our night with a toast to “Cuzin love with food from above!”

I loved The Bistro at Topsail so much that a few weeks later, I made reservations for my husband and me to have dinner there on the back porch. The fall weather cooperated with us and the night was magical. I wanted Bill to enjoy the food and atmosphere as much as I had a few weeks earlier. He had grilled swordfish with butternut squash risotto, wilted greens, root vegetable chips and miso vinaigrette. I was happy that he loved everything on his plate. This time, I got the 14 spice iron steak and it was tender and loaded with flavor. We washed it all down with a good cabernet and decided we had a new “go to” restaurant for special occasions.bistro at topsail restaurant

My suggestion is that you make reservations every time you go. It seems as if The Bistro at Topsail is gaining loyal patrons and is busy year-round. For whatever reason choose to go,  Chef Bud Taylor will make you a meal you’ll not soon forget!

The Bistro at Topsail is located at 602 B Roland Ave, Surf City, NC 28445

Open Thursday – Saturday from 5:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.


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