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Bistro by the Sea

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4031 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557-2926
+1 252-247-2777
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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258 reviews
205 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed October 18, 2015

We have been eating at Bistro by the Sea since it was located in a small space in Atlantic Beach. Libby Eaton, the owner, is committed to quality and sustainable seafood. The menu is varied. If clam chowder is available, go for it. On our most recent visit, one of our entrees was the almond encrusted chicken, a departure from... More 

1 Thank GWR757
Morehead City, North Carolina
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 15, 2015

Food was wonderful as usual. Excellent presentation as well as service. Over the years, never a disappointment. Libby and her staff actually care about your dining experience. Prices are very good and appropriate for the level of service.

Thank Jesse V
Havelock, North Carolina
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 11, 2015

I took a friend for dinner at your establishment. I wanted lobster and was very happy to see it on the menu. I was disappointed in the lobster tail as it had little to no flavor. I don't mind spending good money for excellent food, but this was just an average meal. The bill for two drinks and dinner for... More 

1 Thank Barbara E
Roanoke, Virginia, United States
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128 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed September 24, 2015

Three couples on vacay...by choice have been eating in all week, wanted to go out for a great meal. One of us wanted lobster, and this lace was serving lobster. Food was mediocre at best. Over salted with essentially overdone favors all round. Salads were overpriced. Bisque was ok. Trio special was marginal. Dessert was good, needed something to counterbalance... More 

1 Thank Roanokefoodie
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed September 20, 2015

A wonderful menu selection, great service, and perfect presentation of tuna and wahoo entrees. Also, recommend the avocado and crab small plate. The chocolate martini wasn't bad either. Lovely atmosphere...the pianist payed upbeat melodies from Broadway plays, but not so loud that you couldn't still have conversation and enjoy your meal. Highly recommend....

2 Thank DiningLinda
Pinehurst, North Carolina
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137 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed September 19, 2015

My wife and I wanted to eat at a restaurant close to our hotel. To our surprise this place was just a short walk across the parking lot. We were immediately seated (no reservations - but would recommend them on Fridays and Saturdays). Our cocktails were reasonably priced and perfectly made. The food was delicious - we both had Lobster... More 

Thank jartman65
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed September 12, 2015 via mobile

Rebecca was great! We told her it was our first time. She explained the menu and gave us time to study. We ordered two of the specials. Hope they have them the next time we go. And yes we will be going again. The desserts are made there. We got the mocha ice cream pie. OMG. Heavenly. Thanks Rebecca. We... More 

Thank mshill65
Boston, United States
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed September 4, 2015

We had more hope than expectation when we stopped at Bistro, which shares a parking lot with our hotel. The food and service were both very, very good. The trigger fish with a honey mustard glaze was perfectly cooked as was the grouper with bay scallops, and FRESH! We're from Boston and have missed truly fresh seafood since we moved... More 

1 Thank Patricia D
Morehead City, North Carolina, United States
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22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed September 1, 2015

always the best....every time you go the food is excellent!!! some restaurants are great some times....Bistro is ALWAYS great...the service, the food...their standards are always wonderful...never a bad or subpar meal....and the prices are fair...not gouging...always a wonderful night...Thanks Libby for such a great restaurant.

Thank Susan R
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed August 17, 2015

This restaurant is located in Morehead City, just a short drive from the Atlantic Beach area. It had a lovely atmosphere. We had seafood and prime rib. Both were excellent. It is a cut above most of the restaurants near the beach.

Thank johndoedoe

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $40
American, Seafood, International
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4031 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557-2926
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Morehead City
  • Phone Number: +1 252-247-2777
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