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.