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“A Guide for First Timers”
Review of Bistro by the Sea

Bistro by the Sea
Ranked #12 of 124 Restaurants in Morehead City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$40
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: Water Views
Reviewed 5 September 2006

I have eaten at Bistro on many occasions dating back to the days when they were located in a very small space on the island. The biggest reccomendation I can make for first timers is that the items on the menu are good but the Chef's specials are really what you want. Other than the she-crab bisque which is the best I've ever had the only thing else I order from the menu is the Prime rib on the rare occasions that I don't want seafood. The grouper and scallop dish on the specials board is legendary. If they have it, get it, you will not be disappointed. The pasta dishes on the menu are fine but that's not why you are there!! I don't usually get the dessert because I'm so full of bread, bisque and grouper there's just no room. I have ordered a dessert to go several times and found them to be just right . There are many very good restraunts in the Morehead City area. Bistro By the Sea was really the beginning of the trend in the area away from simple (but great) fried and broiled offerings to a more innovative and imaginative approach to the preparation of seafood available from local fishermen.

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Reviewed 5 July 2006

We had heard a lot about this restaurant, with some locals saying it is the best in Morehead City. We finally tried it and understandably went in with high expectations. Overall, it was pretty good, but not nearly as good as we had been led to expect. The ambience was nice; although other patrons are seated in very close proximity, the soft lighting and decor seemed to give it a bit more of a private feel than it actually has. One drawback is that patrons smoking at the bar cause some second hand smoke to drift over to some of the seats. This was bothersome for awhile, but fortunately they left and it did not ruin our meal. As for the food, a little overpriced for what you get and no culinary masterpieces, but good overall. We started with the bufalo mozarella and tomato appetizer, which was simple but delicious. The bread served with dinner is excellent; it had just the right amount of butter and melted, shredded cheese. My wife ordered crab cakes and felt that these were outstanding, served with fresh dill tarter sauce. The crab cakes come with red potatoes and cabbage which she also felt were excellent. We added a side of fresh steamed green beans and corn which were firm and flavorful. My entree was fettucine alfredo, with shrimp added. I wasn't particularly impressed with the fettucine; it was somewhat watery rather than thick and creamy, and the pasta was more like Chef Boyardee than al dente. Perhaps the lesson here is, don't order a pasta dish in a seafood restaurant in Eastern North Carolina? In any event, it came with three jumbo shrimp, and adequate but by no means impressive portion. For dessert, we had the homemade honey rum pecan pie. A rather tiny slice for the price, but no complaints whatsoever about the dessert; it was possibly the best pecan pie I've ever had.

Overall, this is a good restaurant. By Morehead City standards, it is very good. If you've eaten in better restaurants in large metro areas, don't set your expectations too high and you'll probably be pleased. The service was very good. For a total of $73, including tip, with no alcoholic beverages, I wouldn't call it a great value for what you get, but it was a fairly nice dinner for two. I wouldn't give Bistro by the Sea my highest endorsement by any means, but if you're in the area, you might want to give it a try.

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