Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant
Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant

Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant

  • 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
Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
47 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (35)great for outdoor dining (29)fit for foodies (23)special occasion (22)good for groups (13)romantic (12)great for lunch (6)neighborhood gem (6)notable wine list (6)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (2)hot spot (2)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Disappointed
    Sandisanwich
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Lovely place and very friendly. The food had mixed reviews. The snapper was considered delicious. The special striped bass was disappointing. The fried green tomatoes appetizer needed more flavor. The service from our wait person was excellent. But overall, the meal was less than excellent. We were just visiting; however, I doubt that we would return if we were local.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretty good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food was good. Was a little disappointed with the menu. I had seen the menu online and then they changed it by the time we got there. Service was good. Would definitely go back if I'm ever in New Bern.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • jhlptire
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Location was excellent. Parking a little inconvenient. Dined early somewhat noisy by the time we left. Overall appearance (outside/inside) was excellent. Food is outstanding. The waiter(Mike) was knowledgeable, friendly, attentive, relaxed and efficient. Would highly recommentd this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolutely awesome!
    Boatguy
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We were visiting the New Bern area for the first time and looking to celebrate a birthday with a special place for dinner. We were hesitant because the listing on Yelp said "No" in the kids column. I called the restaurant to double check my 7 year old daughter would be ok to come. Long story short they couldn't have been more accommodating. The staff was friendly, service was excellent, and the food was fresh and fantastic! Highly recommend Persimmons for a great setting, excellent food, and outstanding service if you are in New Bern!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great
    bellringer
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    It was too dark outside for the view, but the food was excellent. One in our party had a dairy allergy and the options were extremely limited - until they offered to leave sauces off fish. 6 people in our party and everyone ordered something different - no complaints from anyone!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't Miss This Place!!
    Iamzeke610
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Took my wife for her birthday. This was THE best meal we've enjoyed over the past several years. Every item was delicious and unique. Words are hard to find to tell how delicious tge food was. The calamari was light and tender... dusted in rice flour not to mention the unique Mardarin orange-based salsa. The citrus & herb scallops were noteworthy. The scalloped sweet potatoe side dish was phenomenal. And the creme brûlée dessert was to die for. Oh, did I mention the complimentary chocolate truffles served with the bill? Truly a memorable experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Dinner
    napnap
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Persimmons is always on my list of favorite restaurents. Jerry Fong is the greatest chef. You must try his " Fried Green Tomatoes"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view but food needs improving
    ENCFamily
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Expected too much from the food after a great crab dip appetizer. Very disappointed in our meals. Steaks were fatty, pasta and shrimp had little flavor. For the price we expected much better. Service and view were great, but for the price the food should have been outstanding.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • David D
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We went for a late dinner and were very pleasantly surprised. The ambiance is upscale, service was very attentive and the food was perfectly prepared and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Gem in New Bern
    NCfoodie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My husband and I dined at Persimmons on Saturday night for the first time and were really impressed. We love to eat out at great places in Napa, Chicago, and New York and were pleasantly surprised that Persimmons' food compared with some great places around the country. We had the filet and the lamb lollipops--both were outstanding. Service was very friendly and helpful. View of the waterfront was beautiful and romantic. The one small critique we had was that the regular wine list is just ok; that being said, when they were out of a bottle we ordered, the manager came back with a reserve list and cut us a deal on the last bottle of a fantastic Napa wine that was really delicious. We would highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classy
    Echo
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This restaurant was a fantastic find in New Bern! The view is beautiful and the food is fantastic. We loved the enthusiasm of our server (Demitrius) He knew the menu well and was very attentive without hovering. The food was classy without being over-done; the menu has nice variety. We chose to have the cheese plate for dessert - it was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Toward the end of summer
    Maureen
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We live in Trent Woods and have eaten at Persimmons many times since opening. Last Saturday nite a little disappointing: ahi was stringy and soft and cornflake crust over sweet and pasty. Hot sauce (tabasco??) on sushi rice clashed with wasabi bechamal. Veggies over-cooked. My companions had the gumbo which they said was very good. This restaurant strives for farm to fork but for this price ($25+/entree alone without even a salad) should not serve substandard produce or seafood even at the end of the summer. Wine list always has some fun surprises. You pay for location, there is nothing better than deck. Preferable to dining room when next table has screaming infant. Wait staff always great even when overwhelmed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great little gem on the Neuse River
    Dusty2dine
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Absolutely fantastic gourmet food that will satisfy anyone's pallet. The atmosphere and service are exceptional. The location offers magnificent views of the Neuse River front. If you're in the New Bern area, this restaurant is a must try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful setting; food just so-so!
    Tarheel
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I have had drinks at this restaurant in the past when visiting New Bern. This visit, I decide to have dinner. Was able to make a last minute reservation and requested outside dining. I believe I received the last table, which was right on the water. I ordered the crab cake sandwich, which was suppose to be made using jumbo lump crab. Maybe it was before they "minced" it. It was just okay. The Asian slaw side dish was not fresh. There was entertainment that night on the deck and two people came over to ask me if and when I was leaving so they could take my table. This is suppose to be a nice restaurant. Seems like they could handle this differently. I did not stay for dessert. Would recommend Persimmons because of the location.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Persimmons-Fabulous!
    HappyDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Service by 'Michael' was amazing. He was attentive, made excellent recommendations, friendly. Food was incredible - taste, texture, presentation. Atmosphere - Cannot say enough about how beautiful this place is! Highly recommend. I've seen bad reviews about restaurant, or not great reviews... I don't know where that could possibly be coming from. Every table that surrounded us you can overhear their comments of how wonderful everything was, and complimenting the chef or wait staff. My husband and I even said that we would definitely come back to New Bern just to enjoy this restaurant, the food, and atmosphere again. Love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Close to perfect
    SuzyQ
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We arrived a bit early but were seated within fifteen minutes at a rather small table but the dining room was crowded and there were only two of us. I ordered the rack of lamb and my husband had the petite filet. While we were waiting for our food I saw two orders of lamb being sent back to the kitchen for being "rare" when the diner had order medium. When our food came my husband''s was perfect and he really enjoyed it. My lamb looked well done on the outside but was closer to rare on the inside. I chose to eat it rather than return it. It was alright. Only complaint, very loud dining room, which detracts from the otherwise pleasant atmosphere. Our waiter explained he was new to the job but did very well in taking good care of us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very pleasant lunch experience
    Wilma
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    It was too hot to sit outside which normally I prefer, but the inside table was very pleasant not too noisy as sometimes this restaurant tends to become. The food and service were excellent A pleasant and relaxing lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Weekend trip to New Bern
    dennisdog
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We went here to celebrate my husbands' birthday. The whole dining experience was a delight! Loved it all!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great choices
    brewjack98
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Love that the foods are locally sourced! We tried several different dishes. The shrimp and grits were amazing, as was the peach cobbler!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TravelingSandy
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Seafood was fresh and delicious with a beautiful presentation. Pecan crusted shrimp for appetizer--yum!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bel emplacement
    holinoneVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Nous sommes allés dîner dans ce restaurant avec nos 4 enfants. Le dîner était correct mais pas exceptionnel. Le service idem, correct mais pas exceptionnel. Nous avons commandé une viande saignante, elle est arrivée trop cuite. Mais c'est classique aux Etats-Unis. Les desserts en revanche étaient excellents. Nous avions des coupons avec notre hôtel, mais le serveur a joué le jeu au minimum.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Real Pleasure
    GGman
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We visited New Bern for the day and had a wonderful lunch meal experience. The food was outstanding, in particular the "Trent" sandwich.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small Town Gem
    arda12
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    New Bern is a small City with many good eateries but only a few Fine restaurants. Fortunately Persimmons, one of the fine ones, has an innovative chef, great waterfront location and wonderful staff. Am never disappointed!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 100 reviews are from the Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant reviews archive.
  • A Favorite
    Mumzie
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    A lovely place to meet family and friends traveling through the area. Good food, good drinks, good service and good for conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Anniversary Spot
    JaxMahan
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We LOVED the farmer's lasagna and the scalloped sweet potatoes, but the crab dip was AWESOME! The fried green tomato tower was huge. The appetizers really do serve 2-3. ;)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Diamond in the East
    willcomeback
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The folks at this restaurant seem to do a good job of balancing between exploring new ideas and delivering on the tried-and-true. Love the local focus - which the kitchen executes well and the service delivers!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Underwhelming!
    EnteringNicknameisSillyVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Server was courteous, responsive, and attentive. The kitchen disappointed. Overseasoned and overcooked fish, and not enough of the rice or vegetable accompaniments. Not sure why. The fried green tomato appetizer was the best thing. Nice spot overlooking the water, but it must have been a real off night. Worth trying again because others (reviews) have said it was so good. Sunday nights are almost always a bad idea for seafood restaurants so will go again during the week or on a weekend day. Varied and nice wine menu but needs vintages listed for wines.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow
    NC717
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    What an amazing experience - beautiful food, fantastic service (thanks Kristen!) and awesome atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great view
    LarryB
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The best attribute is the view. Not a great place if you want to talk as the high open ceiling makes for a lot of noise. The burgers were good, as was the Cobb salad, but the prices are more "big city" than deserved.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood gem
    JimO
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waterfront Wonderful!
    Charlottevisitor
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    First rate dining on beautiful waterfront. Farm to table concept done creatively with Asian influence prevalent. Well coordinated waitstaff. Dockside boat tie ups available.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great waterfront restaurant
    DennisVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    This was a great find. While the calamari was breaded and fried, it was a most delicate breading and the calamari was fresh.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Congrats to Chef Jerry Fong
    Innkeeper215VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Wow, it is incredibly exciting that Chef Gerry Fong competed on the Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen and won!!! It's truly one of the greatest "foodie facts" for our town. My Crabcake Sandwich was excellent with lots of crab and not too much filler, the most common failure of Crabcakes. Salmon dish was also really good, a beautifully composed plate with Polenta and Brussel Sprouts. The sauce was mango bechamel and with candied ginger...very delicious. Service was good, but could have been better. Drink glasses were not always refilled promptly and at one point, I had to stop eating because I needed something to drink. The excitement of Cutthroat Kitchen has rallied interest in Persimmon and we'll return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Riverside Dining
    ricko
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not your typical waterfront spot
    csreview
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely dinner on the water
    NBFoodie
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious fried green tomatoes!
    encfoodie
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    kes601
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • By the water...
    Bythewater
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Great view by the water, with boats pulling up from time to time. Atmosphere was professional.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thursday nights in summer.....
    Steve
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic