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“Suprisingly Good With Some Hiccups”
Review of Bistro by the Beach - CLOSED

Bistro by the Beach
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Reviewed March 27, 2013

Bistro by the Beach is located in what I believe was the space formerly occupied by the Black Trumpet restaurant which moved to the Grand Hotel in Spring Lake. That said, the space isn't that attractive. It has very low ceilings and some carpet on the walls. When we arrived at the door, no one greeted us. After another customer announced us, we were seated by what appeared to be a 14 year old girl. The hostess then asked if our boxed Veuve Clicquot needed white wine glasses. I advised her that it was champagne. Once our waitress arrived at our table, everything improved. The waitress noticed our wobbly table and fixed it without being asked and served our champagne very well. The four of us ordered the coconut shrimp, the crabcake, the mushroom/onion flatbread, the brie en croute, a side of brussel sprouts, blue cheese mac and cheese and the bucatini. The waitress came back a little later and said they were out of the crabcakes. The shrimp was excellent as well as the mac and cheese which was very unique and tasty. The brie was delicious, but seemed to be more deep fried than en croute which was a little odd. We picked the outside off and enjoyed the cheese. The brussel sprouts were well cooked but not very imaginative. For dessert we shared the brownie sundae with the salted carmel gelato which was WONDERFUL. All the food was very fresh. The restaurant needs some service work and could do much to the space to make it more appealing, but the food was good and the prices very reasonable. An additional PLUS is the restaurant is BYOB.

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Thank lilacgirl41
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

Bistro was a wonderful surprise. A quiet, mid-week dinner turned into a real find by the shore. Mark, our waiter, turned out to be attentive and knowledgeable about the food and the area– as well as the recovery of Spring Lake after Hurricane Sandy. My wife's Burrata was "the best she had ever tasted" and that led into her marvelous Bucatini and Clams dish that had her drooling after a bite. My scallop entree was sweet and moist and spectacular. We were too full to see what Chef BJ had ready for dessert, so we packed the remainder of our wine (BYOB!) and went off to see the rebuilding that is going on all over Spring Lake. Bistro by the Beach is certainly worth the drive.

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Thank f3lance
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

My family hosted a rehearsal dinner at Bistro by the Beach. The owner/chef, BJ, was terrific to work with and made the most delicious meals. As other reviews state, they have a creative menu that hosts a wide range of options. From large, tasty scallops over a bed of wonderful and perfectly cooked couscous to seasoned salmon to crunchy chicken to lobster ravioli, this restaurant doesn't hold back on variety or options. We were all not only impressed by the quality of food, but also impressed with the menu selection and that they didn't make us choose from a short menu even with 20 people. The deserts were amazing, I was happy that the chef agreed to make me a 1/2 order of the cookie/brownie concoction with caramel ice cream. Simply delightful. It is a BYOB establishment and BJ was happy to meet us earlier in the day for us to drop off the wine and champagne (which needed to chill). The tables were all decorated very simply and classy with fresh flower vases, and had a separate table for the wine. It was a bonus that there wasn't a corkage fee (unlike in FL where it can be up to $10 per bottle). My only negative comment is that we wished the service could be a bit quicker at times, however, this paled in comparison to the overall experience. Friendly service (even if slow) and a very talented chef make this place a hit. I'd highly recommend it if you're in the Spring Lake area.

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Thank OrlandoJK
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

Enjoyed a creative price fixed menu on Valentine's Day; excellent unusual food. Everything was prepared well and served personally by the chef. We enjoyed a shrimp app and a pork belly app - both great. Entrees were Tuna over Soba noodles and a short rib braised and very tender. Desserts were three homemade Gelatos and two different creme brulee. The wine was great - it's a BYOB!!! Good-sized portions.
While we enjoyed ourselves, the service was modest and slow - one "professional server" and several very young helpers with very limited experience. I hope it changes in season. The room is also adequate - lower level of a B&B with seven foot ceilings and modest furniture. It was very clean.
We will return and enjoy it again.

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2  Thank JAR103
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

Everything about the entire experience was perfection. The hostess was plesant and took us immediately to our party. The atmosphere is intimate and romantic, but vibrant and welcoming at the same time. The appetizers were just the right size for sharing with a few friends, and reasonably priced so that you can try a few different things. The "Artie"choke francaise appetizer was exquisite, and you should only be so lucky to try the lobster bisque, with huge, tender chunks of fresh lobster. The unique dishes at Bistro By The Beach also allow for you to explore your taste, without going too far out of your comfort zone. One in particular is the Blue Cheese Mac and Cheese. It was suprising twist on a classic comfort food. For dinner I had the Panko Crusted Chicken. The fresh mozzarella was melted into the delicious tangy sauce and all came together perfectly for an upscale chicken parmesan type dinner. Also tried in our party was the pork, steak, lobster ravioli, scallops, and shrimp tempura appetizer. We tried to push ourselves for dessert, but everyone was too stuffed! To top it off, the BYOB feature definitely kept the cost at a very reasonable price for a large party of 12 people. We were able to bring all the wine and beer that we wanted.
I will definitely be coming here again, and recommending it to friends and family who are looking to go out for anything from a birthday, anniversary, spontaneous date night, or just to try some place new.

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Thank Danielle H
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