247 Craven

4.7
559 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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About

Local chef, Ashley Moser, opened 247 CRAVEN in July of 2010. Utilizing only the freshest, most local, and seasonal ingredients, Chef Moser prepares some of the most uniquely creative food of any restaurant around.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Southern
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am -2:30pm
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(252) 635-1879
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Ashley Moser
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Private party facilities
247 CRAVEN can accommodate up to 40 people for a private on-site event. Please call Chef Moser to inquire about various menu options.
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Private party contact
Ashley Moser: (252) 635-1879
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Catering
247 CRAVEN will be happy to cater any event you may have planned. Please give us a call at 252-635-1879 to discuss your party's needs.
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Cross street
Pollock
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine
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LA
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Hasn't disappointed yet! Great food, good service, outstanding bartender. Looking forward to our next visit.

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RS
Savannah
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot! Food is always excellent. Great wine list.

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JO
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Can’t wait for the new location to open. Always have a great meal.
Only complaint is the noise level. If any large group is seated then their conversation seems to bounce off the walls.

That said we will still be spending all of our special occasions at 247 Craven

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B
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The lamb shank was excellent and the scallops as well!

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BH
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent as usual. Noise level should go down when they move in October.

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c
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our third trip to New Bern and had been wanting to try this place. Glad we made reservations for a Saturday in August, as we didn’t realize how tiny it was. We were informed by our attentive and knowledgeable waiter that they will be relocating soon to the next block ( which will necessitate a name change!) - hopefully a larger space so more folks will be able to enjoy the delicious, creative cuisine, artfully presented. Eclectic list of wines by the glass for which I was grateful since the rest of our party was drinking craft beers. Can’t wait to try this on our winter visit in their new location!

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LB
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and staff are always great. They have a nice wine list and full bar . Their menu is different from the usual and always delicious.

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RD
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered the special of the evening and it was fabulous!

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Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best cocktails in New Bern. Service was very good. Food was creative, well executed and plated. Definitely will return.

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L
Western NC
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is OUR favorite restaurant in New Bern. It's small (they'll be moving in the Fall to a larger location), the bar is very well-stocked and has an awesome bartender (Christina), and the food is outstanding. We've had traditional gazpacho, perfectly cooked pork chops with blueberry compote, crispy flatbread pizza with country ham and asparagus, whole black bass . . . the list goes on and on. The menus change frequently and there's always a taste surprise awaiting us.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome! Amazing service. Great food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good experience all around!

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G
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner Saturday night was excellent. I had the pork chop, one of the best I'd had in recent memory. We sat outside on a perfect Saturday night. It was great.

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DT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The manager was rude but the server was awesome.

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C
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

247 Craven takes southern comfort food, local food and spins it together into an incredibly unique and surprising taste. I have had 6 meals there over the last 4 years and every time it's fantastic.

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J
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last Day of Vacation. Everyone and the meal were great. Customers and staff were pleasant and having plenty of fun. Dinner came quickly.

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Our second time at 247 Craven, previous time was over a year ago. We came back because we had such a great experience our first time. This time that was different.. Main course had cooled quite a bit when we got it. One person's main meal didn't get brought out until 5 min later. Our waiter was professional, but obviously over worked. The other waitresses looked out of place in that they didn't seem to know what they were doing (like reversing the knifes and forks on the side of the plates). Type of service I would have expected at Denny's, not a higher class establishment... Unfortunate since it was a birthday celebration for my wife. Not coming back again..

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BM
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Except for the loud drunk at an adjacent table, the food was great and the service outstanding. Please reconsider not over-serving drinking patrons, even though that’s where your profit margins are highest.

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AW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had 4 adults and 2 15-year-old boys, and decided to have the tasting menu. It was utterly fantastic. Four savory courses, largely comprised of their specials, followed by a wonderful strawberry layer cake, homemade by the chef’s grandmother. I am an avid home baker, and this cake was heavenly. We all agreed the tasting menu was a very good value and each dish was delicious.

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Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Unusually quiet evening at Craven. Great food always.

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JH
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, attractively presented, attentive service. Restaurant is small, so security of OpenTable reservation was comforting.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great place, great atmosphere!

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OT
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful scallop special. Absolutely fresh and firm and tasty.

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l
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

pleasant, but unusually slow for sandwiches (almost 40 minutes after ordering)

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RD
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is great and interesting!

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LG
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We arrived for our 7 o’clock reservation and were sat at a tiny table between a loud table of 6 and 2/3 duces. We noted the other side of the room was empty and we would have asked to move. However we sat well over 10 minuets with no service or menus. No one even acknowledged we existed. We decided to leave without talking to anyone since it was clear no one even noticed us going. Clueless was my husbands description of the evening. This place came highly recommended by our friends and they were shocked at our experience . Perhaps it was an off night but they really need to work on the acoustics and their staff’s attention to new tables. A simple “we’ll be right with you, can I get you a beverage, give us the menu would have been appreciated.

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NZ
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We're never disappointed ! Always something new to try!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mother’s Day

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JE
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had Mother’s Day brunch here today and it was very nice, comfortable and fun. The staff is always attentive and friendly and quick to offer help and suggestions. The food was outstanding and is always changing. Today’s favorites were the lemon ricotta pancakes with blueberry compote and the blue crab hush puppies!

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M
Wilmington
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and food. Spoke with other happy dinners, also.

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BH
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was excellent as usual. The recipes are very inventive and use many local, seasonal ingredients.

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D
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We have considered this our go-to restaurant when visiting this area in the past. This visit however, was nothing but disappointment. Service and coordination was the worst with our appetizer served immediately after our cocktail and having to wait for our wine. The bar was out of tonic as well as the wine we ordered. When the wine was served, it was the wrong variety, and when they brought the right variety, it was from another winery, not even in the same region. When notified, they admitted that they hadn’t corrected the wine list and apologized. They did correct the price as they should have.

The food quality was inconsistent. The flatbread was nothing but a bad pizza, and the salmon dish would have been better if they would have just served a piece of salmon without all the confusing and tasteless constituents.

We truly hope they will get back on track since we have really enjoyed this establishment in the past. Perhaps some more effective management.

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CA
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

The pork tenderloin was so hard and dry (and tasteless) that I could barely cut it. The same could be said about the greens. The grits cake was very good.

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LA
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We discovered this restaurant and keep coming back.we also celebrated our friend's 75th Birthday here! We highly recommend it to our friends. Our servers are always friendly and helpful and do Is is excellent!

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PP
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu. Food prepared and displayed well on plate. A bit too noisy, but management has no control over it.

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MP
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this restaurant. It is known for being a bit loud, but this is not the loudest small restaurant I've ever gone to by far! When it's full, it's definitely bustling. The waiter apologized for our food taking some time, but we hadn't even noticed ....that is to say they thought they were letting us down but hadn't. I have not complaints.

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BM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent brunch on Sunday. Photo shows Salmon Benedict.

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NB
Wilmington
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

As locals, we’ve dined here many times. The food is always superb. Our dishes were salmon and a seafood medley with grits—interesting and excellent. The waitstaff did a fine job, but they had a lot to contend with: meals were sloooow coming out of the kitchen. I watched a family wait and wait, the parent trying to be patient (“there was no one in here when we got here....”) and the server was good with the kids, but.... Another table was on its second bottle of wine (well, it was a sizable group) before their entrees appeared. Another couple seems to have left the place in frustration with the pace, but other diners got their “small plates” promptly. While this restaurant provides true bistro menu and ambience, it’s cafeteria-loud when busy. Love the place, want it to succeed, so I hope this off night is not representative. Oh: brunch and lunch are great.

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OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service!

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Raleigh
19 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place for Sunday morning brunch.Chicken and waffles tasty but would have preferred maple syrup instead of hame gravy. Perfect Bloody Mary

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