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Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant
Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant

Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.persimmonsrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (252) 514-0033
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Saturday and Sunday 11:00am -4:00pm Dinner: Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday 5-9pm Friday and Saturday 5-9:30
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Southern
  • Executive Chef: Gerry Fong
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Front St
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant
Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant in Historic Downtown New Bern offers an Award Winning Chef featuring foods from our local farmers, and New Bern's only waterfront dining with exquisite river scenery located on the Neuse River.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "The food and service is excellent. You cannot go wrong, regardless of your choice from the extensive menu. The outside dining, on the the water is very romantic."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "First rate dining on beautiful waterfront. Farm to table concept done creatively with Asian influence prevalent. Well coordinated waitstaff. Dockside boat tie ups available."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This was a great find. While the calamari was breaded and fried, it was a most delicate breading and the calamari was fresh."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Persimmon's was a wonderful surprise! the interior is clean-lines, letting the great view do the work. No nets and crabs on the wall. whew. and the menu is a great change of pace. everything seemed prepared with fresh ingredients and care. local black grouper special was cooked perfectly. didn't care for the chutney but just moved it to the side and thoroughly enjoyed the entree. Nice wine selection and lovely staff. They even brought a yummy chocolate treat because I mentioned that I wasn't a fan of the chutney. The place seemed to be a mix of locals and visitors. We were there on the early side so there were several families. The outdoor deck area is lovely, but can be very windy."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Good food, great views but a little expensive especially for cocktails. The lower deck outside makes you feel like you dining on your boat. A little noisy inside."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We are regular diners here and as usual, the food was excellent, and the sunset on the deck was superb. Location, location, location! Fried green tomato stack and fish tacos were delicious and, unlike most fine dining restaurants, all portions are more than ample. Highly recommend persimmons for either lunch or dinner. Now that it is summer, my only suggestion would be to have the bar and outside deck open earlier than 5:00, say maybe 4:00. I don't want to lose an hour of that gorgeous view!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We had a great meal -- delicious caesar salad, Scottish salmon, and local burgers, among other items. The fried green tomato special was yummy too! The only thing lacking was the usual chocolate truffles after the meal -- we love those!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Enjoyed our dinner so much the first night we were in New Bern that we went back the second night we were there. Awesome find, looking forward to making it back someday."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Great view by the water, with boats pulling up from time to time. Atmosphere was professional."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Might not be the best night. Very busy with live entertainment on the deck. So busy that my before dinner drink never arrived because the bar was "slammed." One of the downsides of interior dining here is the noise level. I can't imagine having a romantic, intimate dinner when one has to practically shout. That aside, the food was creative and delicious and the wine superb. We had the tomato tower special and a very intriguing pulled lamb dish with a delicious polenta. Our server was engaging and did an excellent job of managing the wait times for food, etc."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Four diners: three happy and one disappointed. The fish tacos were almost nothing but frissee lettuce on three corn tortillas. A tablespoon of black beans and a few grains of corn. One tortilla had one small bite of fish, a second tortilla had two small bite-size pieces of fish, and the third tortilla had NO fish at all. Other diners' burgers and fish and chips were quite good, but don't order the fish tacos."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Greatly enjoyed an evening here while visiting New Bern. Lovely river views but did not get to enjoy the Thursday evening band or eat on the outside deck due to thunderstorms. The service was friendly and excellent even with a large crowd. There was no push to turn the table which allowed us a long leisurely evening with good friends and great food. The drinks from the bar were good but the mixology varied over the evening as the crowd in the bar increased. Our group enjoyed the Scottish salmon, the ahi tuna and a grouper special, all of which were deliciously prepared with very appealing visual presentation. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We went to Persimmons for dinner. When we left home to go the weather seemed fine, but when we got to the restaurant the wind had really picked up. We had requested outside seating but were questioning our choice. However, the air conditioning was so cold, we opted to stick with the outside seating. We froze in the wind and had some lettuce leaves actually blow off the table. The food was well prepared, the view was very nice and the service was friendly. Just remember to take a jacket or sweater if you go."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I appreciated the fact that they purchase food from local farmers as much as possible. The food was excellent. You can't beat the location and view. It was a little chilly to be outside but the view was amazing from inside as well."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Food was good. Our waitress was very friendly but the food was very slow to come out. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "My husband and I were in town celebrating our anniversary and decided to have a nice dinner at Persimmons. The hotel we stayed in also gave us a card for a free dessert with the purchase of an entree. We made a reservation on Open table and requested an outside table which cut down our waiting time from 45 mins for walkins to just 5 mins. The view of the river is great. The service was slow and our waitress seemed to disappear at times, I think it was definitely our waitress and not the staff in general. Our food came out on time, but our drinks and bread basket took longer than normal. Our meat entrees were charred on the outside, and cooked inconsistently on the inside. Overall the food was good, but room for improvement given the cost."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Had a wonderful experiencing docking the boat at the restaurant and enjoying dockside dining before heading back out to the water. Service was prompt, food was delicious."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We are regulars and last Sat was as expected busy but good as always. Melissa has been our server several times and is always an absolute hoot!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "One of the best meals I have ever had when looking at ambiance, great wine, well - prepared seafood, and reasonable prices. I would eat there again and again! "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We were disappointed because it came highly recommended. Service was slow and while the food was good not worth the price."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We were in town looking to buy a second home in New Burn and made sure we tried this place. At first the service was a little slow. The waitress mentioned that they had given he a table of 15 that had just sat down about 2 minutes before us. But the manager jumped in had helped and we had a very nice chat with our waitress at the end of the night. The food was very good and the outside dining is beautuful. A must try."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Enjoyed a beautiful evening on the water with live music and terrific food and service. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Overall the wait staff was great, great ambiance (sat outside right on the water). Food service was very slow, about 45-60min for our food. But loved that the restaurant had blankets outside for outside tables to use if it got cold outside. Didn't like that my tortillas were a little soggy and the tacos fell apart. Felt as if the lettuce was more of the taco than the actual fish."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Michelle was proficient, friendly and attentive. Kitchen accommodated slight changes to menu items and the food was innovative, high quality and served hot. What a view of the River!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Lunch on the deck at Persimmons was perfect. The salad with crab cake was wonderful and so were the fish tacos. We could not have asked for better weather and a great lunch...."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "We sooooo enjoyed our meal at Persimmons. Our server was so enthusiastic and incredibly knowledgeable about the foods and wines. The caesar salad was crazy good (enough for 2 people though). We also tried the stuffed pork chop (juicy and tender) and the rib eye. Everything exceeded expectations and we can't wait to return."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "This restaurant is different from others in town. It is a bit more upscale and the food is way more upscale. Great mix of Southern with a touch of Oriental, just a touch. I had the best lamb shank I have ever had with a wonderful sauce which is where the oriental showed up. By far the best place in town."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Without a question, the Persimmons is the best culinary experience in New Bern, or for that matter the Eastern North Carolina region. Highly recommended. Chef and Owner Jerry Fong is a Master Cook and the way the meals are presented is superb...."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The building is pretty to look at from the outside. If you can't get there early enough to park on the asphalt, you better have a 4x4 because the dirt parking lot is a rough ride. The inside of the restaurant seems to have a bit of an identity crisis. It wants to be a fine dining experience with the large wine selection and the $25-30 entrées, but the bar is too close to the rest of the tables and the tables are really small. The food was good, but not really any better than the food at places costing half as much. More attention needed to be paid to acoustics when the place was built. I don't personally care to hear every conversation in the restaurant."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Have been going to Persimmons since their opening. Chef Fong always delivers! Saturdays Spring-Fall always BUSY so make reservations well in advance. Quieter in winter, but have noticed quality falls off somewhat. Note: appears to be getting a lot more vegetarian friendly! Do try the Pick Four Sides option, but the Butternut Squash "lasagna" (no pasta!) is great too! There is ALWAYS room for crème brulee!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "It's always a little loud downstairs and we had hoped to eat upstairs where it is quieter. There was an event upstairs, however, so we were in the main dining room. Not as loud as other times, but still a bit on the loud side. Food was quite good. Waitress was excellent. Took a long time to get the appetizer, however, once that came out, the rest came along at a reasonable pace. Would recommend to anyone looking for a nice place to dine out in the New Bern area."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Great outdoor dining fantastic views. Love the new lunch menu."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The steak was absolutely perfect, and the service was fabulous. We arrived late on a Sunday night and we were treated as though we were regulars that were expected. I have had the pleasure of dining at all the downtown restaurants, but this one takes the cake."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "While maybe a bit pricier than I'm used to, Persimmons does deliver and it's worth the cost. The food combinations are mouth-watering - kudos to the chef! - and the staff is extremely accommodating and friendly."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Enjoyed a great group Birthday dinner for a friend who had a big birthday. The service and food were great, and we really enjoyed ourselves."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend here for Valentine's Day dinner. We got a table with the best view in the house on the second floor near the window to checkout the full moon rise. I had the venison and lobster special which was outstanding. My girlfriend had the duck which was also excellent. The chocolate chip cookie sandwich was delicious and the service was great. My only gripe was that the wine seemed a tad warm and that it wasn't in a wine fridge or cellar."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Salmon was outstanding, however the polenta was high in salt"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food here was amazing as was the service. Wish it would have been warmer so we could dine dockside but the wife and I loved it"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great evening with a table of ten! Waitress Natalie was on her game! Excellent food, diverse menu, well prepared and presented. Will return!"
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "unfortunately service still leaves much to be desired. Small things, but definitely annoying. Things like having to remind the waitstaff you ordered a salad; wine delivered halfway through the meal; plates just plunked down in front of you when you haven't finished the first course. If the food wasn't so good we would never go back. BUT we do go back for the food, and order a stiff drink and hope for the best."
    Dined on 12/12/2013