Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant

4.5
1396 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 1396 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and not my last, will be In town for 3 weeks. Had the Shrimp and grits. Excellent......

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Warren
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Restaurant overbooked; had reservations and yet still had to wait in excess of
30 minutes. Food was overcooked. There were a lot of menu items that they were out of, including glassware. Tables were not cleaned.

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KrisR
Wilmington
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It's a great place on the water with excellent food!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional! The wine and food pairing was perfect! Service was also top notch!

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DennisL
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Food, Great Atmosphere and Amazing Service!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
19 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sea bass exceeded my expectations and the sweet potato risotto was killer! I went in thinking the food would be average (for some reason) yet the meal delivered!

Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant
Responded on February 21, 2021

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RoxiK
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was excellent. The service however, was not as expected. We waited almost 15 minutes before the server came to our table.

Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant
Responded on February 21, 2021

Thank you for visiting us! We will discuss this issue with our staff during our morning staff meeting.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Persimmons has been one of our favorite restaurants. So when I decided to propose to my girlfriend on Valentine’s Day, I knew this was the right place. Using OpenTable to make the reservation was perfect. It was quick and easy. Also, I was able to make a special request to have the chef write “Will You Marry Me” in chocolate when my beautiful bride-to-be ordered her dessert. When I arrived to the restaurant (30 minutes early) the staff allowed me to choose the setting and they did it inconspicuously. My girlfriend had no idea what was going on. The entire staff accommodated my entire proposal. I picked the right place and the right app to propose. By the way, she said yes.

Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant
Responded on February 21, 2021

Thank you for visiting us! We are so excited you included us in your special day!

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Kyle
Charleston
29 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great drinks, service and food

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DH33
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Our table and chairs (they had crumbs on them) had not been cleaned and we were the first to sit at the table that day. The pepper shaker had syrup on it thus we know it had not been cleaned after the last diners. The table had water rings thus showing us that the table had not been cleaned and disinfected. The waiter took our water glasses as they were dirty and brought us new ones. We told the manager all of this and he said he was sorry. Our bill did not display any sorrow on his part. Oh for the entire brunch my wife kept her winter coat on as it was very cold where we were sitting

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DeborahB
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fabulous cocktails and food, service was excellent! Added more guests day prior and they were very accommodating. This is why I love New Bern~

Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant
Responded on February 21, 2021

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vipGREGB
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The atmosphere was nice and service was great!!

Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant
Responded on February 21, 2021

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vipTraveler
Greensboro
31 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Busy place! Even with reservations we were seated about 20 minutes later. Crowded and loud! Service was professional and pleasant. Sea bass delicious; brussel sprouts swimming in oil; wouldn’t order again. Appetizer calamari generous portion but underwhelming; not hot when arrived.

Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant
Responded on February 21, 2021

Thank you for your honest review!

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NancyW
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Valentine dinner. They tried but service wasn’t too good. What Covid? Place was packed The server really tried but the kitchen was all backed up. We will try another time

Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant
Responded on February 21, 2021

Thank you for visiting us! We will voice your concerns to our team and management during our next staff meeting.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience1

Very noisy and crowded. Over booked for sure! We had reservations and had to wait over 30 minutes. Very disappointed. Way too many people in the Re restaurant for Covid times, not much social distancing.

Food was not nearly as good as the first time we ate here.

Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant
Responded on February 21, 2021

Thank you for your review and will discuss your concerns with our staff and management.

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StephenV
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent selection of exquisite specialty dishes.
The Mountain Trout was exceptional.
The appetizers were very good and creative.

Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant
Responded on February 21, 2021

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NickM
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic waterfront restaurant, dinner was delicious and at an appropriate price point. Couldn’t have asked for better service. Looking forward to enjoying this location when the weather warms up and the patio is open.

Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant
Responded on February 21, 2021

Thank you for visiting us! We can't wait for the weather to warm up.

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Chad
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great value. Wonderful food. Waitress was friendly & and energetic. It was pack the evening we went there and it look as if the owners pitched in clearing tables.

Appetizer, main dish, coffee and desert, no drinks and the bill for 2, including tip, was under $100.

Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant
Responded on February 21, 2021

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LuisB
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love our visits to Persimmons. The atmosphere and service are top notch and the food is always phenomenal. I had the 45day aged New York Strip and my wife had the Cowboy. Both steaks were cooked to perfection. Definitely worth the 1+ hour drive to get there.

Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant
Responded on February 21, 2021

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BobP
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had Valentine's dinner with my beautiful wife....dinner was fantastic as was your staff as always

Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant
Responded on February 21, 2021

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Paul
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The staff does a great job in serving customers. The food we ordered came out pretty quick and it was delicious; if I didn’t have manners, I would have licked the plate 😆. Our waitress was amazing, she couldn’t have done any better. Some would complain on their hefty prices, but the food was worth every penny! My only knock on this restaurant is their accommodations. Due to COVID, seating is limited yet pretty tight, almost as if the minimum social distancing is being practiced. I would highly recommend this restaurant and plan on going back during warmer months so that we can experience their outdoor dining.

Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant
Responded on February 21, 2021

Thank you for visiting us! We can't wait to see you on the deck!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Five Star Review! Once again, Persimmons restaurant did not disappoint! Their Valentine's Day tasting menu was exceptional and paired with lovely wines. Our server, Ryan, was top notch and introduced each of 4 wines that paired beautifully with the food. We highly recommend it for a romantic evening!. They are offering the tasting menu Friday night for a reasonable price of $20.00.
We can't wait for the next tasting! We plan to have a standing reservation at one of our favorite spots in New Bern!

Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant
Responded on February 21, 2021

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JamisonS
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time and was a great experience!

Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant
Responded on February 21, 2021

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Food was t as good as expected

Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant
Responded on February 21, 2021

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JamesK
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We've been dining at this restaurant since it opened. Even during the lockdown it's maintained standards.

Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant
Responded on February 21, 2021

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KevinM
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was phenomenal! Peel and eat shrimp with smokey old bay butter was outstanding, perfect meal starter. Everything was superb.

Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant
Responded on February 21, 2021

Thank you for visiting us and I think you wrote us on Facebook did we ever respond to your request?

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RebeccaB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Service was great. I would highly recommend dinner here.

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keithrw
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just did small plates, but they were delicious, and the wine / bottle prices weren't bad for a restaurant.

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vipTerroirThyme
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I generally do not write reviews, but Persimmons is a gem. Very well managed all around.

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PamelaF
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had the cheeseburger at $16.00. I asked for medium rare, but they would only cook it medium. That was disappointing. The cheeseburger itself was good. I had a cocktail & it was very good, but lacked alcohol, when it was an alcoholic drink. The atmosphere was right on & our seat was by the window, so we could see the water. I would go back again.

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vipNewbern
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice setting , attentive service , crab cake came out cold but was promptly corrected

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JoshuaM
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place to go on a date and enjoy your selfs, and just have a great meal it is a little pricey but a great place to hust go and reconnect

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WadeW
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was great, but a very loud party of six ruined the ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect date night getaway, the first that my wife and I have had since our son was born. We cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough. The food was amazing and the atmosphere was very cozy but elegant. Our server Carly added to the experience by being very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu, as well as being extremely personable. She is an excellent ambassador for the restaurant.

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EDWARD
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Persimmons was great. I took my wife because we had a gift certificate. We were not disappointed. The food was great, as was the service. Our waiter was attentive, excited, and even told us about dishes not on the menu. We ordered the short rib ravioli and the clams and scallops. For desert we had the butter cake. All of these dishes was of top quality. We will definitely return soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our waitress was wonderful. Ambiance and food were good but not great. The outdoor area looks great.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice experience, food tasted fresh and delicious and the service was attentive.

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MaryT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Persimmons always has the best food and service, but with the virus, it is the best place to eat out. Social distancing is not a problem with lots of space. If the weather is nice. there is ample room on the deck overlooking the Neuse River. The service is the best in New Bern.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a chilly day. It still an excellent brunch as always!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Late getting a table even though we had a reservation, hostesses had masks below nose and chin 99% of the time. Tables were not appropriately distanced from each other and I felt uneasy being so close to unmasked loud talking diners. Hush puppy appetizer was good but entrees were mediocre. Mahi was mealy weird texture. Good service, good drinks, good wine, good appetizer.

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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 1396 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.