Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant

4.3
1635 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 1635 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.3
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Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AlexZ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The glasses were incredibly dirty. The chicken was cold inside, the portion size of the fish was terribly small especially since we paid 8$ extra. We wished we had gotten a better experience for the money we paid.

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vipRaleighcuisinediner
Raleigh
66 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the view and service was great best Cuban pork sandwich I’ve had in quite some time!

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vipFamilyTimeWellSpent
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Katherine was our waitress for my birthday meal. She was friendly, outgoing, and very attentive. Food was fantastic. We had the hush puppies and brussel sprouts for starters. It was so very good. We had the jerk snapper special and the ribeye. Everything was perfect. The best night.

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Genevive
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience3

The food was very tasty. Our table was set with dirty plates and glassware, but our waiter quickly fixed the problem.

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DONNAB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would say this is one of the best restaurants I have eaten at in New Bern!!

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mibbica
Charleston
43 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We “loved” our server. She had a great personality. The hushpuppies were delicious! The drinks were also pretty good. Though the main dishes weren’t how we thought they’d be made, the entrees weren’t bad. Could have used more seasoning on the fried green tomatoes. The views from the outdoor dining were awesome, and it wasn’t buggy. Would come back again if ever back in New Bern.

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JenA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful view of water. Wait staff attentive and friendly. Food was excellent. Would definitely come back .

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NewMexicanfoodie
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

7-27. Great outdoor facility and atmosphere.

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EvanB
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Staff a bit too casual about water spilled leading into dining room from service area. Hazardous!

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vipKLB1
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice server and our food was excellent. Even though the evening was beautiful, we chose to sit indoors (the singer didn't sound very good). Persimmons is our "Go-To Restaurant" for ambience and excellent entree choices.

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Betty
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was good, esp the vegetable sides and desserts. Wished for more fresh seafood choices and less noise. Was uncomfortably warm inside on a hot day.

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JesseR
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, spectacular atmosphere and view, excellent service.

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vipMichael
Richmond
18 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining here and will definitely go back. Best calamari around, so generous and so fresh. The Tomato Pie was to die for as our wonderful serve Renee said it would be!! The view was breathtaking!! Don't miss if your in town!

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LindaD
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was tasty and sitting on the outdoor patio made for a lovely evening! We would come again.

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GaryR
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience5

This place is the definition of overpriced nonsense with a nice view. Average entree is about 30 dollars, add just 2 drinks and you will be around the $90 range quickly for a dinner for 2. This wouldn’t be a problem except the food is barely average at best. Food was lukewarm, both fish dishes (we had Mahi and Sea Bass) were Very Overdone and dried out bad! We didn’t even eat half of it, we didn’t send it back or cause a scene or anything. We also saw several other people returning their burnt chicken dishes, which is why we chose fish to begin with. Speaking of, the service is mediocre, staff halfway acts resentful you’re there bothering them. Place on the water is a beautiful setting, but I’ll never go back and I will definitely tell anyone in the New Bern area to avoid this money trap.

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Jose
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visiting the place and I’m impress with the place, location, food and staff. Definitely will visit and try the different food on the menu.

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MeeganD
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Calamari was excellent ! I had the fish tacos and several cocktails. Ate on the deck which was nice

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FayeG
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated on the deck and the view was spectacular. Everyone loved their meals and the service couldn't have been better. Since everyone has made New Bern their new permanent home, we will certainly be back.

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vipAMGVITO
Raleigh
22 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Persimmon food, staff and location NEVER disappoints!!!

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SamanthaF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It is a beautiful place with nice waitstaff. My vegan dish was fantastic but the other dishes on the table fell flat.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Definitely review the menus before going for dinner, not many choices. Food was not worth the price you will pay. I think if I ever go back I would stick to just ordering appetizers.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was our anniversary. After touring the town, we wanted to take a break and have a drink by the river, so we chose Persimmons. We got drinks at the bar and went outside to sit. There were 15-20 tables and only two were taken. We sat at a table for 2. We planned to order an appetizer, but a waitress never came by. Then, some woman from the staff comes by and says “These tables are only for customers who are eating. We’ll let it go this time, but next time sit in the other seats by the rail.” Totally unnecessary at 3 PM. We won’t be back.

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Ray57
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Almost always a very good experience at Persimmons. Had made a reservation, did not have to wait. It was busy and I felt a little rushed like they were trying to turn the tables a bit too quickly. Trying to have a leisurely conversation with my fellow diner over drinks who I had not seen in some time but kept pushing for order. Food was good, but had to repeatedly request ketchup and tartar sauce for my fish and chips. Was half done with the meal before tartar sauce arrived. Still would recommend to anyone, anytime.

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JasonB
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Little long to get seated even with reservation, but just had a drink at their bar. All good in my opinion. I will be back.

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CindyM
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and views. The food was excellent. The tomato pie was amazing. Very enjoyable evening.

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ram112
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience2

We got there right on time for 715 reservation. We were seated about 15 minutes later.
Very disappointing the noise level for the better part of our meal it was almost too loud to each other talk. Tables very close together along a booth-like bench.Our server-Love
Was very prompt and seemed to be however in somewhat of a hurry to get us out of there.Overall probably my least favorite experience at the restaurant in the eight years we've lived here. Perhaps they just had a bad night

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PERRY
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Food should look good. Smell good. Taste good. This place didn't even get past #1.

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vipOhanaOf4
Raleigh
43 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Never lets us down. Been to Persimmons several times and always loved. Great dining room and outdoor dining layouts. Food is consistently good. Plenty of parking. Beautiful views. A fantastic go-to.

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PattyP
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my friends from PA here and as usual Persimmons did not disappoint. The staff was friendly and accommodating. The atmosphere was relaxing and the food was delicious

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MarisolD
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Coming from the Boston area I was hoping this would be on the same level. It was even better! Our meal was on the same level with many Boston restaurants but at lower prices! Our waitress Sara was the best. Very friendly and knowledgeable. It was a breezy beautiful evening so we sat outside. The place was packed on a Saturday night so I highly recommend reservations. I am very picky about my bloody marys, this one was excellent. The calamari appetizer is a must try. We also enjoyed an angel hair pasta with scallops and the sirloin with crab cake. They were fabulous. Although we were stuffed we could not leave with out trying the brown butter cake. So glad we did! We will definitely be going back...as much as possible!

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JameeshaH
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great services. I will recommend others.

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KW1988
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great time at Persimmon’s! We went on a Friday evening and sat outside. There was a great breeze so it wasn’t too hot.
We went at peak hours so service was a little slow but that’s understandable given how busy our server was, and he was very friendly. Food was delicious, although the angel hair pasta entree was mediocre, everything else was great.
Would definitely come back!

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JennieA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Flies when eating on the deck are a given. Service was great. Ambience with breeze and river view was excellent. Fish tacos tasted good but the taco shells got soggy fast.

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Adam
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Came for brunch on Friday morning but was dismayed to find out brunch is only on Sundays. Nowhere on their website nor on their menu do they mention brunch being only available on Sunday. Food was honestly not that great. Had the shrimp & scallop pasta as well as the crusted Mahi. The Mahi was flavorless and the arugula in the shrimp pasta had stems that were uncut, making it hard to eat. Also they do not have an espresso machine, just plain drip coffee. Would only come for the view, not worth coming back for the food.

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BrendaC
Tucson
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great experience! The food was amazing and the drinks and service were great. The people that worked there were friendly and accommodating. We sat outside on the water and the views were just perfect. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The waiter was very good. Appetizers were delivered quickly and were very good. Dinner showed up almost an hour later and every meal was cold. Decent flavor. The outdoor entertainment was overbearing and made conversation difficult even in an outdoor setting. It came highly recommended. I will assume we just caught them on an off night.

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RobbyC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the atmosphere. Food was delicious. The sweet corn pimento hushpuppies were the best.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Shrimp and grits were unique and fabulous! The fried green tomatoes an instant favorite! Nice spin on local traditions.

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Scoobydoo
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Wait staff were grumps. Food portions were small for the price, but tasted good. Menu online was not the menu at the restaurant. the view upstairs was pretty.

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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 4.3 stars by 1635 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.