Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant

4.5
1333 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 1333 people are saying
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Hudson
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my parents and girlfriend to eat at Persimmons because of the amazing atmosphere and menu. Ryan served us and as much as it is cheesy to say, the evening was magical. Ryan was knowledgeable about which wines would pair well with the appetizer and entrees (which were all amazing) and the rapport we had with him made it such a fun time! The food was beyond our expectations, most notably the casino scallops and the sirloin with crab cake. We also had martinis with Mother Earth gin to finish with our meals! The entire night made for an incredible memory and made me proud to have brought my family and girlfriend there. Ryan, if you read this, you are the man and we appreciate you so much for making the evening so great!

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Steelers2020
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Page was outstanding and the food was fabulous. It was our first visit to New Bern and we will be back for sure. The outside seating on the water was breathtaking and just a wonderful place to kick back and enjoy a few drinks under the sun. :-)

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LindaN
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the restaurant! Good food, excellent service.

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Dorsey4502
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our lunch on the deck. We both had grilled Mahi (on apple/beet salad & tacos). Delicious! Great service.

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Jacks
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Overpriced. Meals were subpar. What was supposed to be Bernaise sauce was brown gravy. I’m skipping this place.

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SMiller
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time in New Bern and of course first time at Persimmons. The Restaurant is FIVE STAR, location, ambiance , service and food. Perfect setting for a Romantic Dinner.

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KathyG
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love Persimmons!

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vipJillB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Enjoyed our dinner! Service was friendly, beautiful setting, fresh seafood!

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JenT
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous place to enjoy a birthday lunch! Incredible view!

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Ncardin
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very relaxing and beautiful day outside on the patio. Our server (Holly) was very personable. Food was excellent.

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bobgolf
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice menu, a little on the high side for price but the food was very good with a nice display. Service was excellent and not crowded .

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Mike
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, food and experience was great. I believe our servers name was Timmy

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We've been dining here for 8 years and they have never disappointed... Every aspect of the experience is consistently great....

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TinaC
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the upstairs view at sunset and loved it. It was Friday night and some parties came in that got a bit loud but nothing that ruined our evening experience. The food was amazing, drinks were perfect and the waiter did a fabulous job - we will be back for certain. I loved it.

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Jesse
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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KarenB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is a such a beautiful setting overlooking the River. The staff was very attentive. The food was presented beautifully. This is a must stop in New Bern

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Boosie
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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KarenB
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
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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BruceD
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside on a beautiful day. Service was excellent and the food scrumptious.

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JudithM
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
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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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 4.5 stars by 1333 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.