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Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant, New Bern, NC

Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant

4.4
4.4
2040 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Thu 11:00 am–7:45 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Sun 3:00 pm–7:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (252) 514-0033

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Antonio Campolio

  • Private party facilities

    Our private dining space offers a 180° view of the Neuse River with a private balcony lounge. The room seats up to 65 people comfortably and offers a service bar and a 45” high definition television for visual presentations. The upstairs level is handicap accessible with restrooms. We do occasionally rent out the entire building for larger functions such as weddings that will exceed 65 guests. Please let us know if you would like information for entire restaurant rental fees. Persimmons will provide the tables, chairs and basic glassware, china and silverware. Any additional decorations and or tablecloths would be up to the host to provide and cannot cause damage to our property. Parties of 16 or more will order entrees from a limited menu of up to 3 options predetermined by the host. Please inform us of any food allergies or dietary restrictions prior to the event so that we can accommodate these needs with accuracy.

  • Neighborhood

    New Bern

  • Cross street

    Front St

  • Parking details

    Self Parking in a private parking lot.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,040 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Great for Lunch

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Outdoor Dining

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Scenic View

  • Coastal North Carolina

    Most Booked

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  1. JG

    JeanneG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Beautiful setting. Ok food. Good drinks. Excellent service.
  2. AC

    AmieC

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    We were there for brunch and the fly's inside the restaurant were horrible. We sat by the window and there were probably half a dozen flying around. Brunch lacked something for the price. We brought out of town family in and we were very disappointed. Our waitress Tammy was great and very patient with all the questions from our guests.
  3. B

    Belgium

    New England

    135 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    135 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly & professional hosts. Outstanding service from the very first second. Excellent food. Beautiful outside seating. It was a perfect night.
  4. D

    Dale

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Location: easy to find, plenty of parking Food: was fantastic, absolutely delicious, their fried green tomatoes are a Must have. Our Server Mackenna P was fabulous, very friendly, inviting and welcoming. Beautiful views of the water!! Should we vacation in the area again we will definitely eat at this restaurant again. Highly recommended!!!
  5. NB

    NewBerner

    Wilmington

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We have a lot of great restaurants in New Bern. The food here is consistently OK, so for the price, we don't dine here very often. There are a few items on the menu which are fantastic but not all of them. It's a great location and when the stars align and we can dine outside on the back deck, you forget about the average meal and enjoy the drinks and company. But...if the meals were awesome we would be here a lot more often. My Mahi and Crab meal was overcooked, hard and dry with no sauce to improve it. The butternut squash puree was painted on the plate with a small brush. The bourbon butter shrimp appetizer was excellent! I've had this several times and it varies from Good to Excellent.
  6. C

    Christina

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Food was too salty, but other than that, we had a good experience!
  7. P

    Psul

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    The items we ordered were mediocre at best and slow service.
  8. MG

    MicheleG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Food was delicious. Views of the water were lovely and our waitress was great!
  9. JP

    JustPlainTom

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Very good food. Service was average. Asked for a bar menu twice and it never arrived. Waitress didn’t check with us all during dinner, then brought the check rather quickly Han asking about dessert.
  10. J

    Joyce

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lovely experience overall. But one diner felt the fish tacos, with catfish, should have been more seasoned. He stated the fish was bland. Also, our table was in the sun. It would have been nice to have had more shade on your beautiful deck.
  11. AK

    AKK7

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and excellent outdoor seating. Great ambience
  12. FP

    FPic

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed ourselves very much- beautiful location, great food and service. Thanks!
  13. A

    Andy

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The fried green tomatoes were very nice looking and tasty- but we were very disappointed to have their temperature barely lukewarm. I had the scallop and crab pasta entree. There were only 2 (although large) scallops and barely 2 tablespoons of crabmeat. They sat upon a small portion of angel hair pasta. My husband enjoyed his sea bass entree. We were not even offered dessert. The atmosphere was very nice- but I would not be inclined to go there again.
  14. KR

    KathieR

    Jacksonville

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect…the food, the service, the ambiance, and the weather on the deck. We are so glad we picked Persimmons.
  15. JT

    JackieT

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    The food was good. The appetizers are outstanding. We were a table of five and seated at a round table of six. We were seated right next to a bachelorette party and the noise level combined with our too large table made conversation impossible. I do like persimmons and I’ll give it another try.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went here for a birthday dinner and the food was so good! Crab dip was a table favorite. Waitress, Love, was amazing. Would go back in a heart beat!
  17. KB

    KarolynnB

    Wilmington

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience3
    The quality and selection have gone down since COVID. You can’t reserve outdoor seating which is rediculous.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are so glad we gave this restaurant a chance. Based on the reviews we were a bit nervous. Don’t settle for pictures of their menu. My wife talked to the manager and she stated about 75% of their menu is/can be made gluten-free. Our waitress was Kat (aka Hutch as there are several Kay’s there). She was phenomenal! She knew exactly what my wife (gluten allergy) could have. She ordered the crispy skin local sea bass. It was delicious and she did not have any reaction. I had upgraded the fish tacos to Mahi Mahi and they were very good. We will definitely be eating here again on future visits to New Bern.
  19. H

    Heatherh

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good food and service with a great view. We always enjoy Persimmons -the beet salad with salmon was the perfect amount of food. Good bar options as well.
  20. B

    Belgium

    New England

    136 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    136 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    First time here (we just moved to NC). Awesome location. Service was attentive but a bit too pushy. Food was truly excellent. Small portions though. Same with wine by the glass. Next time we'll definitely sit outside.
  21. MH

    MichaelH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, and great atmosphere. Food was excellent, both presentation as well as taste. A little pricy for the quantity of food that you receive, but is made up for in the service , atmosphere and quality. But with price in mind, this is not your every day restraunt, but rather a special occasion place. I would definitely recommend this place to a friend and would return again.
  22. CR

    CarolineR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambience alone was worth going, but the food and drinks were outstanding. The tomato pie was absolutely delicious and exceeded my expectations. The red fish special was perfectly cooked! We will definitely be back!
  23. A

    Anonymous

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    The service here is awful. The waitress was very rude and I cannot this place to anyone
  24. c

    cap10mc

    Philadelphia

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great location with good food and service. Creole Bourbon shrimp appetizer was excellent
  25. BC

    BarbaraC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is excellent and being right on the water offers a wonderful view. The only complaint in had was the chairs in the outside dining area. They have holes in the seat and I am not very big. It was very uncomfortable. Our kind waitress brought me a blanket to place in the chair and sit on. Then all was well.
  26. R

    Raleigh84

    Raleigh

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Took my sister there because I’ve eaten there frequently and it was very good each time. She and her husband ordered the mahi/crab dish for $30. The fish was served as fish sticks that were very dry with a sprinkling of blue fin crab over the top. The sweet potato purée was a smear on the plate. Very underwhelming and I was embarrassed after talking about how great it was. My husband ordered fish tacos and the tacos came out with what looked like whole sides of the fish. In addition all the food was over cooked including my sister’s appetizer. I on the other hand had one of best pork chops I have ever eaten. It was cooked to perfection and was very tender and moist. Looks like Persimmons had a less than stellar night. Now I hesitate to take my friends back. It was my special go to place. The ambience is charming and overlooking the river is special for my guests. I’m sure I’ll give it another try and hope it was just a night off the norm.
  27. BG

    BeachGoer

    Greensboro

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outside on the deck was lovely with a view of the river. Our server, was very friendly and eager to be helpful. A wonderful stop in New Bern on our way to the beach.
  28. MG

    MGM2018

    Birmingham

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We were visiting our son at Camp LeJeune and wanted to celebrate his promotion at a nice dinner. Persimmons was recommended and it truly lived up to the hype. Delicious and unique menu items, wonderful service and great weather on the deck made for a memorable evening.
  29. DS

    DavidS

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to Persimmons with my wife and my 90 years young Mom. Sat outside on the patio near the water, and it could not have been more perfect of an evening. Food, service, atmosphere, and weather were all outstanding! Would highly recommend! We even drove down from Goldsboro!
  30. KK

    KKent

    Richmond

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great place to go staying at courtyard Marriott.
  31. Y

    Yoda

    Raleigh

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Excellent service and enjoyable outside lunch experience.
  32. S

    Sweetpea

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fresh , seasoned perfectly, the waitress was energetic and friendly.
  33. HC

    HaleyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service,view, and food were amazing! Highly recommend! We will be back!
  34. JA

    JillA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated my birthday at Persimmons, we loved the menu and the photos looked very appealing. We were pleased when the experience surpassed our expectations. Everything was spot on and our server Holly was excellent!
  35. SS

    SandraS

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent! Great food! Good service! Highly recommended.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall2food3service5ambience5
    Drove about an hour to flash back to 2019 festival that we happen onto. The wait staff were excellent. The coffee was great. The butter cake was good. Also had ate a full meal.
  37. S

    Sheila

    Wilmington

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We were seated quickly. The waitress was attentive. The food was very good. I would gladly return.
  38. RA

    RobertA

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We’ve eaten at Persimmons probably 8 times since 2014 and this was our best experience. Service was excellent. Server was cordial and we never felt rushed. Prices were reasonable for what we got.
  39. S

    Sparkle

    Western NC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently one of our favorites in New Bern. Awesome view, excellent service, and delicious food. They are always very accommodating of my gluten and dairy allergies.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 4.4 stars by 2040 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant

100 Pollock St, New Bern, NC 28560

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Front St

  • Neighborhood

    New Bern

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Thu 11:00 am–7:45 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Sun 3:00 pm–7:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Self Parking in a private parking lot.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Antonio Campolio

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (252) 514-0033

  • Private party facilities

    Our private dining space offers a 180° view of the Neuse River with a private balcony lounge. The room seats up to 65 people comfortably and offers a service bar and a 45” high definition television for visual presentations. The upstairs level is handicap accessible with restrooms. We do occasionally rent out the entire building for larger functions such as weddings that will exceed 65 guests. Please let us know if you would like information for entire restaurant rental fees. Persimmons will provide the tables, chairs and basic glassware, china and silverware. Any additional decorations and or tablecloths would be up to the host to provide and cannot cause damage to our property. Parties of 16 or more will order entrees from a limited menu of up to 3 options predetermined by the host. Please inform us of any food allergies or dietary restrictions prior to the event so that we can accommodate these needs with accuracy.

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