Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant

4.2
1759 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
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ReedB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Terrific view, nice setting, and outstanding service, and the food was plentiful and clean and well presented, but the food was higher end catering/cafeteria-ish and in comparison to the other positives not worthy of the rest. And with the dining room being not that full on Saturday night and reservations being easy to get, perhaps I'm not alone in thinking this. The owners and chefs should try Cerviche in Wilmington to see what the highest standards for food could or as I say should be. Will be coming back for drinks and the fish tacos, but I'll skip on dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

They did a great job of managing reservations. Ours at least. We arrived about 20 minutes early of our reservation. The table was not ready but we were seated almost to the minute of the reservation.

I had the sea bass and my wife had the stuffed chicken breast. Both meals were excellent.

The waitress was friendly. She told us up front that it was only here second week and for the most part she did okay. The only reason I didn’t rate the service higher is because we felt like we were being rushed out. Kind of hovered over the table taking stuff away as soon as it looked like we were done.

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Cavy16262
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My group of four enjoyed our evening. The bartender was vey accommodating and friendly while my wife and I had pre-reservation drinks. When the other two from our group arrived they joined us at the bar.
Our server was a nice young girl who had to make numerous trips to our table with great patience while we talked and delayed choosing our meals. She was efficient, friendly and also very accommodating.
I enjoyed my visit and meal and look forward to returning on our next visit to the area.

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Paul
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

God food and drink selection, prepared well. Competent wait staff.

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vipDinerfromRaleighNC
Raleigh
19 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

I ordered the mozzarella grilled cheese sandwich and the mozzarella was barely melted. I love a good grilled cheese sandwich but this one was awful. My friend got the double cheeseburger but there was only one beef patty and it wasn't very warm. I've eaten here several times in the past and never had this poor quality of food. The only good thing I can say is that the views over the water when sitting outside are amazing.

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DeAnnaD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was outstanding, we sat outside for dinner and they even offer blankets on chilly nights so you can still enjoy the gorgeous view food was great

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Linton
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Food was good but a limited menu. Would have preferred many more choices for a dinner menu.

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BryanM
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our past experience at Persimmons has been great although this visit was a bit disappointing. This will not stop us coming in the future because one bad night out of many is perhaps expected,

Of the three meals ordered, two were fairly poor. The steak was ordered as medium well but was delivered very blackened and over done. I thought that the chef would have to have known the condition of the meal. One of the chicken dinners was also too well done while the other chicken meal was fine.

The service was great as usual though and that is also one of the main reasons for returning to this restaurant.

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Trandy
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We thought the food was excellent. An interesting spin on the calamari that I highly recommend. I got the NY strip steak special and it was very well prepared and delicious. Our server was great, if not a little short handed.

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Marrs4
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely views of the water, drinks and food were wonderful. Waitstaff friendly and welcoming.

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jamescp
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

1. Website menu and onsite menus are different, thus what I WANTED to order was not even available onsite nor anything close to it. Onsite menu very limited.
2. Morgan did an ok job as our server considered that we had to change our plans as to what made we were interested in (a special occasion turned into a dud!).
3. When domestic beers are ordered it is usually customary for the server to offer a glass (often chilled), did not happen.
4. Ordered shrimp which were very oily and “messy”, but had to ask for additional napkins?? (Shrimp were tasty!)

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was excellent!

JT
JamesT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Food is not worth the price they are asking.......Sea Bass is just rockfish and they charge an arm and a leg.....not sure how they are making it. We will never go back.

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AFood
Wilmington
15 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

A beautiful location with attentive service. One meal was fresh fish perfectly cooked., delicious. The other meal was so so.

JG
JimmyG
Wilmington
7 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great Views, Nice environment. The menu was fairly basic. From the pictures we expected a little more, perhaps a bit up-scale.

MW
MikeW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Your service staff was excellent from entry to exit. With most suffering lack of help during covid your staff was completely on point. Can't wait for our next visit to New Bern!

JG
JanetG
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Beautiful place. Wonderful service. Appetizer's were good but main food was below average. Fish and chips… fish was horrible and overdone. Fish tacos were just blah and shrimp and grits were not even really grits. Very disappointed.

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Maggie
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

If it wasn't for the view, I don't know that I would consider returning.
We went for brunch/lunch on Saturday. They don't serve brunch on Saturday which was disappointing and this wasn't clear based on our searches of the restaurant.

We had the fried green tomatoes and calamari as starters. The calamari was over-breaded, in large chunks, and a little too chewy. The fried green tomatoes were good but the dipping sauce was pretty thick. Both were served with the same assortment of pickled vegetables that were probably the best part of the dish.

I got the shrimp burger for my meal. By the time I got it it was nearly cold. There was about 5 over-breaded shrimp on the not so fresh bun. Based on the description I was expecting a lot of flavor but was super disappointed. There was not enough bang bang sauce and the slaw seemed to have a cinnamon element which made no sense. I got the regular fries (which were also cold) and they were nothing special.

Our server was amazing and super sweet! The view saved the experience for me.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Very odd to have no specials on a Friday night.
We had to go get our drinks at the bar because our waitress was nowhere to be found even though the restaurant was pretty bare. The table next to us had to do the same thing. We want to love this place because of the location but it’s never hit it out of the park.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed Persimmons!! The food and service were excellent!

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RickA
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We eat at Persimmons every time we go to New Bern 1-2 times a month. I have never been anything but impressed with everything !!!

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SherylJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

There was a long (15min?) wait for a server. However after she arrived, service was great. View was great. Food courses came too fast. Had three courses in front of us at one time. Food was average and menu was very short.

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jeffp
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We really do enjoy Persimmons, but they just can’t get the wait staff up to par. The blond floor manager does a great job trying to fill the holes the staff leaves. I’m not sure if it’s a revolving door of people but the wait staff by and large is very subpar for the money we pay to eat. I would love to say I’d recommend this place, but until this issue gets worked out I just can’t.

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DianeL
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Despite being asked to sit by a window for the view, we were placed against a wall, near the deafening sound of the beer bottles being thrown into the recycling bin in the bar. Very slow service. Very limited selection, no specials even on a weekend! Highly overrated.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Seated outside as requested but under a bright light on upper area so we couldn’t really see the view. Note: the menu has changed from what is posted on the website. No biscuits. Boo. Crispy black bass was delicious!! The flavor of the sweet potato risotto was good but the texture was a bit pasty. All in all a good meal. My husband had a scallop and crab pasta. Again, good flavor but runny. We will return and know how to request seating. We’ll also try the Brussel spouts. Service was excellent!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

awesome al fresca waterfront dining in New Bern! the service and food was excellent, especially enjoyed the tomato pie!

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John
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Waitress said "I'll give you time to eat your starters before I order your entrees".
Entrees showed up less than 10 minutes later - we weren't half way thru the starters.

Entrees were sea bass with sides of risotto and "green beans". Beans were inedible, almost black, couldn't cut them with my knife. Pointed it out to waitress, whose solution was to offer us more "green beans". We declined.

Key lime "pie" dessert turned out to be two tiny tarts - more crust than custard.

Nobody died, but we ain't going back.

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BrianW
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect night. Food was great along with service. 10 out of 10

BF
BethF
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Maybe not a bad place if you are looking for appetizers or a sandwich, but steer clear of anything more complicated than that.

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todds
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great waterfront view, best in New Bern.

JF
JanetF
Wilmington
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were outside on the deck facing the water. Just beautiful!

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LyndaL
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful views, great service and food. A must visit when in New Bern.

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Maygar
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a beautiful setting, wonderful food and a great server.

EA
EvaA
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about this place. We will be back!

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Mary
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience5

Although this has been our "go to" place in New Bern, our most recent experience was bad. Our server was inattentive, leaving us (and surrounding tables) for long periods (15+ min) at a time, and forgetting items we requested (more bread, my father's coffee, more water, dressing on the side, etc.). Despite an apparent back up at the bar, which admittedly was not her fault, she never once said "I'm sorry for the wait." Nor did she bother to apologize for her prolonged absences. I wish wait staff would realize that a simple "I'm so sorry for the delay" goes a long way. After 15 min of waiting for her to appear, the table next to us left. Our bill was also incorrect.

We were also quite disappointed in the food. We have always found the food to be delicious but this time, my pasta (with scallops and crab) was terrible--the scallops were smaller than a dime, the crab was claw, and there was way too much oily pesto sauce. My father's crab cake and fried green tomatoes were also underwhelming, despite the fact that I got them myself less than a month ago and they were delicious.

And, while I hate to pile on, this is my 3rd visit where the women's restroom door doesn't work; in addition, two of the three toilets were broken.

To their credit, when I was finally so irritated that I got the attention of a manager who was wandering around, he did apologize profusely and gave us a gift card for our next visit.

I am hopeful that the issues with the food and service are a one-time thing. I also know (from experience) that being a waiter is not easy--customers can be jerks when service is perfect. But I also know that it's not hard to smile, be pleasant, apologize for mistakes and delays, and thank people. The manager did restore some of my faith in Persimmons, however, and hopefully they can get the rest of their act together soon.

While I will still recommend Persimmons and will return at some stage, it was a very disappointing visit all around.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The restaurant has a wonderful location on the Neuse River, with great views of the water. We sat outside, and I would recommend the outside deck weather permitting. The noise level inside was much higher.
The seafood was very good and our server was very knowledgeable and friendly.

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OhioVisitor
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, good food and service. The menu was limited, but all we ate was delicious

DW
DavidW
Wilmington
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drink with an expansive view of the Neuse River.

KS
KellyS
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must visit restaurant if you're visiting Nee Bern. Right on the water, great ambiance, terrific food.

Service was exceptional.

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Kimberly
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place to gather with friends. Very cool setting with wonderful view

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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 1759 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.