Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant

4.4
1317 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.
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Jesse
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, the staff was very attentive, and the location can't be beat.

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Boosie
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and our waiter was very pleasant and helpful!

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KarenB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

This was my second time dining at Persimmons. I took my adult daughter for her birthday dinner. The food is a solid 5 for sure and service also. It's definitely not a quiet restaurant but I knew that from my first visit. My daughter had the prime rib and I had pumpkin seed crusted salmon; both were delicious! If you're looking for a quiet, romantic dinner I wouldn't recommend it. But, if you want amazing food then I highly recommend this restaurant. I'll be back again!

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JudithM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful outdoor setting with great food. The service was impeccable.

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GarryR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food in a pleasant setting. Consistently good.

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FrankF
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Skimpy wine list.

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Hungryfoodie
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

This place has a fantastic setting. So lovely, and weekend outdoor bar as well. Wonderful water views from many tables. My seabass was cooked to perfection; but the risotto with it was too cheesy and salty. My husband's fish and chips were outstanding. And he is from England, so that is saying something. The service however was sketchy. Hostesses not really very friendly or concerned, and the waitress seemed absent. When my food was delivered I asked for a glass of wine, and she did not show up with it till we had finished and another server had graciously cleared our table. When I politely told her I didn't need it then, she seemed irritated with me, and when she brought the check she never said sorry, goodbye or thanks. It's still a great place; but that was our second poor customer service experience. Next time we will ask for Jason, who was the pro who cleared our plates and was so friendly. He's been there 6 years, so I bet he's great!

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OpenTable Diner
Greensboro
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful three course dinner - heavenly Scallops Rockefeller, scrumptious Pumpkin Seed Crusted King Salmon, and delightful Pumpkin Cheesecake!!!

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ninax5
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Our evening was great until our check arrived. The check contained our food, but the name of another person. We finally got the attention of our waiter who replied, oh you know computers aren't perfect. After we showed him our message from our card company, which stated that our charge was .01 did we get some attention? He ran our bill again and charged the correct amount to our card. We are checking with our card company to see what was charged.

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tracyd
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved the appetizers - especially the calamari and Brussel sprouts ...But my beet salad was more lettuce than beets

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ThomasB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Outside dining was great with view of the river. Food was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Mobile
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, the server did a great job.

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JuliaK
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Wasn't impressed with the food. Ordered 12oz sirloin, that had 8 oz of pure animal fat on it. Mashed potatoes were cold and sour. Cajun shrimp was very good though. Servers were trying to do a good job, but needed better training. To their credit I should say it is next to impossible to pour iced water in a glass that small and narrow. Of course you would have spilled water everywhere! Venue is very nice with great water views. Just do not expect a 5 star service with a 5 star view. Comes with a 5 star bill though.

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Jeffs
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

The service was not good at all. 2 tables that came in after us got there food along time before we did. The food was cold but since it took so long to get it that we didn't want to wait any longer. The waiter was ok but he kept getting side tracked in what he was doing. Our reservation was at 7:30 which we go seated right away at 7:20 pm and we got the place I asked for but from that point on everything went down hill. We finally got our main meal at 8:55 pm. It took approx. 25 minutes to the appetizer which came with 5 little small crackers with the artichoke dip. 20 minutes later we asked if she could get some more crackers and that took another 20 minutes. Then another 20 minutes to get the soup which was the only thing that was hot and it had sat on the burner all day on on high heat. Then I got bits and pieces of my meal straggling out. Then my wife finally got here meal. When she got here meal her salad came right after she got her entrée. The mashed potatoes were lukewarm at best. It was not a good night there. They weren't that busy when others around us got there food way ahead of us. It was our anniversary dinner which wasn't very good at all. When I got the bill I was shocked at how I was charged for my stuff. Oh well live and learn. Nice building though.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect!

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Ednaluvsfood2
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! Fish tacos and hush puppies were delicious!

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Fred
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Our waitress was suburb, very knowledgeable, and friendly.
The location was great. Right on the end of the pier. Plenty of parking and handicap friendly. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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krispy71
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Been wanting to eat there for quite sometime. I live in atlantic beach and liked to go downtown and to the waterfront . I will definitely be back to eat at persimmons. It was everything I had hope and more.

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MiaC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Service was a little slow but we were there during peak hours for dinner. Service was quicker later in the evening

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Eric
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there and it was amazing!! Food was incredible and service was wonderful! Highly recommend!

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TomR
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice lunch during a pandemic. Staff very friendly.

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CaroleB
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting from Myrtle Beach, we found Persimmons for lunch, and it was so good, we came back for dinner. Delicious food, wonderful ambiance. Highly recommended.

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MaryD
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I made a reservation for outside because of Covid. As soon as we arrived we were escorted to our seats. The day was beautiful, our surroundings and our food.

We had generous portions which we took home. Mary Dougherty

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Shantele
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good music. Amazing food. Attentive waitress. Will definitely be back.

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Scout
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding. Highly recommend the fish tacos. Very, very good.
Waitstaff was very good. Everyone wore masks. No tables were skipped for social distancing, but didn’t seem to be a problem. Noise level was very high. Nothing to soften it. Beautiful view of the Neuse.

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BarbaraC
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place on the water. Food was incredible and our server was attentive and friendly!

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vipGlennandJR
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Location on the river is great. They do have outdoor seating weather permitting. We found the food to be ok; our server was very nice. Overall, for the area it's a good place to go, just don't expect to see stars with the food.

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LouiseD
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the outdoor dinning. Food was exceptional as well as our service. We enjoyed it so much we went back on Sunday morning for brunch. Again, highest quality of food and service.

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rhondap
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place! Every time we come in town especially if we come in with friends, we have dinner here. The staff is extremely professional, kind, and accommodating.

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DeeM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I found Persimmon's through TripAdvisor because I wanted to eat at a restaurant on the water on our way to the beach. It was a great find! Lots of parking, right on the water, covered areas to eat outside. They are known for their fried green tomatoes and brussel sprouts, so I tried them both with the crabcake. It was all fantastic! We referred other friends, who also tried it and loved it. Would definitely go back next time we're in the area.

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owlman
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, prepared well with a nice presentation.

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Traveler
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The Food is good, love the open air deck and the Sunday afternoon music.

JM
JeannieM
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The service was slow. Part of our order was not given to us. We were not charged either. The drinks were very overpriced for the amount of alcohol actually in the drink. But it was a nice setting and the food was good.

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DustinR
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience5

I was really excited to try this place but was disappointed. I had the country ham wrapped chicken pasta. The chicken was not cooked all the way. The service was horrible. Probably wouldn’t go back. The only good thing was the view, but not worth it

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TamZ
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The experience was perfect for celebrating my mother’s 74th birthday. She enjoyed the outside seating and watching the boats. The food was excellent.
The service was a bit too casual and allergies were not recognized.

RD
vipRaleighDave
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The entrees were the equal or better of anything available in the Raleigh/Durham food-haven. At our table there was one seafood appetizer and two seafood entrees accompanied by very creative and well-balanced farm fresh produce. Quite good.

The trappings that one finds with food at the top level were not available, notably the service, which at the table was okay, but took an unacceptable time to get a wine refill, and a reported 15-minute wait for a cup of coffee. I think for $35 entrees there should be a tablecloth on the table.

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JohnM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This was a great experience. Food was outstanding. Atmosphere was great. Service and value were wonderful for a small town upscale restaurant. Only thing was men's bathroom, had strong odor,only bad thing I can say. Will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought guests from out of town to dine on the deck and they loved the view, service and food.

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Nancy
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! We could have eaten outside, but chose indoor dining and felt entirely safe during this pandemic. Jae was an excellent server and the food was fantastic.

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LisaH
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service! I highly recommend this restaurant. Fresh catch of the day was fantastic.

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Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 1317 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.