Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant

4.2
1801 Reviews
$30 and under
Farm-to-table
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1801 people are saying
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ThomasD
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bartender made old fashions and they were perfect. Magi dinner was great with just the right heat and spice. Staff was pleasant and accommodating. Excellent night out.

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DAVIDS
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Great ambiance on the river, and good food. Not great, but reliably good.

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vipMissy
Wilmington
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Excellent service!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service.

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TonyaQ
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Crab and Scallop dish had very Few pieces of crab and scallops. For the price, expected more.
Sea bass very tender and good, sweet potato risotto very terrible and undercooked.
Fish and chips were tasty.
Restaurant score of B was Disturbing.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was excellent !! Super timely and helpful starting from drink options, to appetizers, entrees and desert!

We are just moving here to New Bern from Buffalo NY and every dish we had was spectacular!!

Highly recommend!

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LyndaL
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Friendly hostesses. Outstanding service and timely delivery of food. Very attentive servers. The food is tasty and complaints about variety of food, but the portions appear to be getting smaller. Dessert was good but Hershey chocolate drizzle was not what I expected with the cake. A real fudge topping would taste better.

Overall, this waterfront restaurant is enjoyable. I would recommend reservations for quick seating.

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SherylF
Tucson
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent fish tacos, wonderful tasting key lime pie and great views! Attentive wait staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Pinehurst
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding take on classic New Year’s eve fare.

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KLR7
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best sea bass dinners I have ever experienced. The key lime pie was also sublime.

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RobertH
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Not a terrible restaurant but it is not a premium restaurant although they are charging premium prices. The menu needs revamped - I would suggest hiring a menu consultant. The food is just very average.

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BarbaraG
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Persimmons never disappoints! The food was fabulous and the service was outstanding. My family and I plan to dine there again, and again, and again.

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DebiOIB
Tahoe
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and awesome sea bass. Outdoor seating on Dec 29 beautiful place to dine.

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vipKimberleyS
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Get the fish tacos! Amazing! Worth the trip from wherever you are.

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vipAndrewF
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Quality of food was just ok. Recipes need upgrading for more flavor

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great view, great service- what’s not to love. Our server Katie was awesome! We’ll be back

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anna
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Christmas Eve dinner! Great atmosphere. Would recommend!

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BobD
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food

Excellent staff.

Beautiful ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Renee was a wonderful server!

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OpenTable Diner
Pinehurst
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Server was friendly and efficient.

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AprilD
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved Persimmons! We ushered in Christmas on the eve of, and in a lovely way…sunset waterfront view, friendly and helpful server (Bailey), welcoming staff, and scrumptious food. Tried the fave Fried Green Tomatoes, which were very well-prepared, and sampled two seafood entrees—sea bass and mahi-mahi—and we enjoyed both, including the tasty accompaniments, i.e., grits and greens.
We recommend Persimmons as an all-around satisfying dining choice—fine foods served in comfortable surroundings.

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PeterP
Wilmington
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I come here occasionally but disappointed that menu rarely changes. A while back I and guests had Tuna sushigrade Enjoying it we came back and had it again The third time it was no longer available

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EddieL
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience4

I have been dining at Persimmons for quite a while, the food and service has always been excelent. I was there this past Saturday night 12/20/21 and the food was fair...the biggest letdown was when I left and saw the sanitation grade...it was 88-B...this is a five star dining facility....i found it hard to believe and was very disipointed the grade was a B and our meal was expensive...i dont mind paying for good food, just want it to be safe......I wont be eating there for a while until things improve....

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Gigi
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We sat outside by the water under a full moon so the ambience was wonderful. We were disappointed that no bread is served with the meal unless I asked for and we did not know we needed to ask for bread with a meal. Were used to most restaurants bringing bread to your table as soon as you sit down. Food was OK but that was about it. Bathrooms were extremely hot. Very disappointing when we saw that the Health inspection rating for the restaurant was at 88.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Fastest we’ve ever received our food at this location. Need more waitstaff, but overall, solid service and delicious food!

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BillT
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice dinner. Loved being outside and enjoyed the views. Our waiter was very attentive. The food was delicious and the drinks were great. I would highly recommend Persimmons.

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BlakeA
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My wife and I came from out of town for a date night and made reservations at Persimmons. We arrived 10 minutes early to get a drink at the bar but were sat immediately at our table. The hostess provided menus and a glass of water upon being seated. We waited 15 minutes for someone to take our drink order or appetizer. The restaurant was not busy as the waiters/waitresses were in the break area talking amongst themselves while we quietly finished out glass of water. We gave the servers another 5 minutes to visit our table and did a count down... After 20 minutes we quietly walked out the door and past the hostess who sat us... I would not recommend this restaurant as the service is non existent!

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OpenTable Diner
Greensboro
9 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening for date night! Service was fantastic food was fantastic, we had a great time!

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LyndaE
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was absolutely a great evening. Service was excellent and the food was amazing.
The birthday celebration was enjoyable.
Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
26 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

We were very disappointed in last nights dinner. For the amount we paid for meals I would expect a much better experience. The only thing that came out in a timely manner and hot as expected was the appetizers. All four of our entrees were cold. And I am not saying they were warm. They were cold.
My wife ordered a salad with Mahi on top and side of vegetables A $9 side salad size salad, $9 piece of Mahi, and 5$ side of vegetables were ordered. The smallest salad I’ve ever seen with a cold piece of Mahi was delivered to the table. Vegetables weren’t delivered. Waited another :10 for the side of vegetables. Those were hot (obviously didn’t get ordered by the server).
We were hoping to get some redemption and ordered two slices of key lime cheesecake for dessert. We waited over :20 for those. The manager brought them and said they were on the house. I would hope so…
Got the checks and paid. No explanation from the server as to why it took 2 hours for us to eat. And they weren’t that busy as we saw all other tables be seated, eat, and leave while we waited.
Will never go back.

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CraigB
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

We were recommended to try this restaurant. I hesitate to give criticism due to the nature of restaurants being understaffed but spending $150, I think it is fair to give my thoughts. Food was really good, friendly staff, service was fair, front staff enjoyed being on their phones, had to ask a couple times for drinks to be refilled, our tables were too close. I would go back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Waiter was great, but spread thin. A lot house recipes, which fantastic. Seems like a lot of food is cooked ahead of times. Had to send fish back, which we never do. Replacement was satisfactory. We’ll be back. Enjoyable but not exactly blown away

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OpenTable Diner
Pinehurst
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Overall, a great place. They did run out their special after I ordered wine to pair. However, they didn’t charge me for it. Second choice was great. Wines by the glass were not stellar They need to upgrade. Up stairs was loud because they use it as a group venue. If you want something more romantic, ask to be seated downstairs. Cocktails were noteworthy, both opening and desert ones. Chocolate martini to kill for.

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SusanS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I visited Persimmons with my husband and 2 friends. We had a reservation at 7 and were seated right away even though it was a busy pre-Christmas weekend. Our table looked out on the marina and river. Each of us had something different to eat and we all went back to the hotel happy and stuffed!

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vipNcfoodie
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

This restaurant could be described as cutting edge with its "takes" on traditional food. Example fried green tomatoes with yellow peppers. Admittedly the pepper spices the dish but is too big a flavor. The fried Carlimari did not need the olives and other additions. Again too strong against the seafood. These "takes" throughout the menu were off putting.
Also it is a very noisy restaurant. The room and setting are really nice. This was a second visit. Will not repeat

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SharonW
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We have eaten here before Covid several years ago and were excited for our return trip. When I walked in the door and saw the B sanitation rating I was turned off. The menu was very limited. Our waitress seemed a little less than enthusiastic. Her dangling long braids and super long acrylic nails also turned me off. I like to think food service workers should have their hair bound or covered and close cut nails. We were certainly sad. I had made reservations many months ago for a mother daughter weekend and Persimmons was very much anticipated. I can't say we will be back.

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DeeS
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It’s always a nice experience at Persimmons. Our server was very nice and the food was delicious! We will definitely visit again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Menu was too limited.
Food was mediocre.

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JoanneV
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good dinner on a Sunday night when other restaurants in area are closed.

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Suzi
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Sunday Brunch was good. Need to get Egg White Omelets on menu, please! Food was tasty.

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You can order delivery directly from Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant using the Order Online button. Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (252) 514-0033.

Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant is rated 4.2 stars by 1801 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.