Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant

4.5
1465 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 1465 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall1food3service1ambience2

We booked a reservation for 8pm. Waited 35 minutes for a table because they were “over booked.” We were finally seated upstairs where there were plenty of tables and it was cold. Took 20 minutes to order food. Our appetizer came out cold and right when our entrees did. Our waiter was to busy attending to a party to give us water refills of check on us. Will definitely not be going back.

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Cliff
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time, came in to celebrate my wife’s birthday. We had an infant, and were having an early dinner. They were very accommodating. The food was wonderful, and reasonably priced.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Way surpased my expectations. Maybe as some say not as much food for the cost but the amount was fine to me and that's not the only thing you are paying for. The calamari and grouper & shrimp had flavors that came together like nothing I have tasted before while at the same time I was able to pick out individual flavors. A big thank you to the chef and crew for showing my taste buds what truly good food tastes like. Palate nirvana. The service was outstanding. I wish I would have gotten our server's name. He was very attentive to our needs and we never felt left alone to fend for ourselves. Thank you to him also.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and presentation. Server most attentive and friendly.

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vipPollyS
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food5service2ambience2

I chose on Open Table the option for outdoor dining. On arrival, I was informed we would have to wait 45 mins. There didn’t seem to be anyone in charge to question. So, we could wait 45 mins or take crowded indoor seating, which we did. We immediately ordered drinks and appetizers. ONE HOUR later we asked where our appetizers were. Our waitress was very nice and said she thought they had been delivered and would go check. While she was checking, our entrees came. Awhile later appetizers came and we jokingly said “dessert”. She didn’t ask if we still wanted them.
This restaurant needs a floating manager desperately!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We sat outside . Was thirty minutes after being sat with reservations , that anyone acknowledged that we were there. I went and found someone and asked for a server . Appetizers were good . Two of us ordered steak . Mine was medium rare and another person well done . He ate half my steak before he noticed it was cool inside . We changed plates at that point since he had my food . The steak was quite rare . I told the server I could not eat it and there was no apology or offer to get me another or even cook it ! The bill was 238.00 for 5 people . Usually I have good food and good service here .

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isasc
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good service and very well flavored food. Outside dining spacing was OK and
noise acceptable.

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JoelR
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful waterfront location. Great menu. Request an outside table!

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JamieG
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

OK chicken salad sandwich. Side of Brussels sprouts very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location. Awesome food. Cat provided great service. What a pleasure

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AmaryllisW
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our experience, we definitely will be back.

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RobertW
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and views, would highly recommend for lunch or dinner.

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ScottH
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

They didn’t seem to have their act together. The waiter tried to talk us into getting other dishes then what we wanted. The quality of the food was not tip to our expectations for the price and it took a very long time to get our order.

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LindsayJ
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! My favorite restaurant! I can’t wait to go again!

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CrystalL
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was great. The service was fairly slow and it took a while for our food to come out but we didn't mind because we enjoyed the view.

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KyleH
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very nice restaurant. Good food. Great service.

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KathleenH
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We met friends visiti g from out of town. Ate outside on the deck overlooking the water. Beautiful view, excellent food, lovely evening.

Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant
Responded on April 18, 2021

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VirginiaP
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Nice spot on the water but the food was quite expensive for what we got.

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Responded on April 18, 2021

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food with amazing views! Who could ask for more for a lunch date with friends!

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Responded on April 18, 2021

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Nana
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holly, our server, was fantastic and the food was amazing!!!

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Responded on April 18, 2021

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great location, good food, awesome views.

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Responded on April 18, 2021

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience- best food and atmosphere we found in any restaurant on our trip to New Bern. Will be back before we leave!!

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Responded on April 18, 2021

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vipNeurad1
Raleigh
40 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

My wife always orders the tomato pie and would recommend that. I love the fish tacos, but I wish they would hold the horseradish as it seems too strong for a fish dish, IMO.

The restaurant has the absolute best dining location in this town. Always a delight to have a meal there.

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Responded on April 18, 2021

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Kat1
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside on a beautiful day. The fish tacos were great. We had a choice of mahi-mahi or catfish. We had the mahi-mahi. Hostess and server were very nice.

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Responded on April 18, 2021

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travelerg
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We had a nice evening, but there are very few choices for none fish eaters and the service was a little hit or miss. Very slow.

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Responded on April 18, 2021

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Uncg83
Charleston
21 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service and food was poor. Best thing is the location and drinks.

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Yoda
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, exceptional service. Very enjoyable experience.

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Brian
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

One of the premier restaurants in Eastern North Carolina on a wonderful riverfront setting. They have many gluten free options for those on a gf diet.

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EmmaEl
Wilmington
14 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

We live locally and are regulars. On this particular evening, the restaurant was very busy and it was very loud inside. Portions were smaller than usual and food prep appeared less careful than usual. Just one of those nights?

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mikem
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience5

Sat for 30 minutes watching people who came after us be served. Would have left but other restaurants were busy. Took another 15 minutes to tell us they didn't have the wine we ordered. Ambience was gteat. Food ok.

Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant
Responded on April 18, 2021

Mike thank you for leaving a review. We have amped up our staff since your last visit.

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MaryS
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food was great, view was incredible, waiter was less than stellar. Maybe he was overwhelmed but he could have asked if all was well when he dropped off things. He also royally messed up our checks.

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JoshR
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to enjoy a nice spring lunch overlooking the water.

Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant
Responded on April 18, 2021

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely evening to dine outside. Everything was on point. The cocktails, wine and food were delicious. Our server Piper was great! Thanks for a great date night.

Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant
Responded on April 18, 2021

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SteveP
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, good food, beautiful setting. Fish tacos were very good.

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Responded on April 18, 2021

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ScottI
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Meal was very good and view/ambience was outstanding.

Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant
Responded on April 18, 2021

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JaniceM
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful setting, wonderful food and service, bathrooms not very clean

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Responded on April 18, 2021

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tammin
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

As the only waterside restaurant in New Bern, the view are spectacular!
We love the pimento cheese hushpuppies! Yum.

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Responded on April 18, 2021

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Binrmb
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First meal out with our friends in over a year and Persimmons didn’t disappoint! Great food; great service and wonderful Bloody Mary!

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Responded on April 18, 2021

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AmandaM
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Persimmons and Renee is an amazing person and our favorite waitress! She always is one step ahead and that is priceless when you have small children at a restaurant.

Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant
Responded on April 18, 2021

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vipMissy
Wilmington
10 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food was average for the mahi-mahi and good for the lamb with excellent service. However, as an Open Table member with frequent dining, the manager, Ryan, refused to honor my $25.00 Open table dining reward card with the comment, “We don’t participate in that.” He wasn’t friendly, didn’t introduce himself (We requested his name.), and he didn’t offer to call Open Table or even consider working this out.

FAQs

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 1465 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.