Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant

4.3
1738 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 1738 people are saying
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jeffp
Wilmington
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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BethF
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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.

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EvaA
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about this place. We will be back!

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vipMary
Washington DC
11 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.

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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

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DavidW
Wilmington
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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

JM
JenniM
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good restaurant but upstairs is very noisy.

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DebraM
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We went for our anniversary, the server was very nice, we enjoyed the ambiance, we were not as thrilled with the food, my husband got the fish tacos with Mahi, he said it was ok, but did not like the corn tortilla they came on, he was only able to eat one. I got the scallops and crab pasta, the pasta tasted like it was overwhelming with balsamic or red wine vinegar and had way too much feta cheese, I ate maybe a 1/4 of it, save the rest but ended up throwing it away because the next morning my stomach was tossing and turning.

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PeterP
Wilmington
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The menu never changes and the date ordered the Scallop and crab pasta. Big mistake she did not enjoy it at all

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Met all expectations on a Rainy but busy weekend, cheers to team Persimmons!

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SueR
Greensboro
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor seating with a water view, friendly service, and great seafood and southern fare.

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vipJohnU
Minneapolis
38 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The atmosphere sitting outside was exceptional but there was an issue with a meal and did not appreciate the attitude from the waiter.

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langberrydining
Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was outstanding, service started out amazing but as they got busy, no follow-up and I had to flag someone down to get the check.

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mindyk
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious. Unfortunately the kitchen neglected to make gluten free the dish ordered but the server was so V gracious and removed from the bill. She offered great service despite the mishaps.

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Rick
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, everything was perfect

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SuzanneJ
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food! Great location.

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WayneT
Romania
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

our server was working hard but never made us feel like she had her attention elsewhere. Exceptional. The food was also very good, worth coming back for another meal.
Price a bit high but not unreasonable.
But the after dinner drink was unbelievable and not in a good way.
So, eat the food and skip the bar unless you are ordering beer.

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Stacey
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a delicious fresh piece of crab cake along with green fried tomatoes. Wonderful shaded outside patio with a view on the water. My Gysband enjoyed the Mahi Mahi with collards. Will definitely be back

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TerrenceB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Noisy- no tablecloths, drapes, carpets…to absorb sound…resulted in a very noisy dinner experience. My wife was delighted that they could prepare one dish with gluten free pasta (she has allergies). However…the pasta was not cooked all the way…it was actually crunchy. Also, the pale was served with two pieces of bread (not gluten free) on top of her pasta dish. My stars are extremely generous.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Unhappy with quality of my burger. Very thin. Service was great though and nice place. Just food wasn’t as good as should be. I know that it was just a burger but still not good.

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DAVIDS
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

These guys were swamped by people yesterday, but we were told when we made our reservation (for our anniversary) that we should arrive at least 15 mins early to get a table on the waterfront patio, and then when we got there they said we'd have to wait until the reservation time. It may have been means to get us to buy a drink in advance, but it was a bit frustrating to have to wait in a crowded area when we specifically wanted to be on the open-air patio.

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Rebecca
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Hushpuppies were overcooked and dry and cost $9,00
Food in general was ordinary.
Hostess were rude and unfriendly.

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PatB
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Persimmons is always good. However, we had made a reservation well ahead for 4 for a special occasion and specifically asked for a table outside. When we arrived we found that people without reservations were being seated outside ahead of us and when we got to the hostess she said we would have to wait 25-35 min for an outside table. If it is the policy that outdoor seating is first in line each day gets the table, this should be clearly stated on website. It is not fair for folks with disabilities that make it difficult to stand in line. We were very disappointed. Food and service ok.

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ValerieM
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience1

Made a reservation for 6:30, and we arrived about 6:15. We were seated right beside a couple with a newborn baby when there were about 4, 2 person tables available. Our waitress took our drink orders, and my husband got his beer about 15 minutes later. They were out of the wine I ordered. I ordered the sirloin steak with a crab cake, and my husband ordered the scallop and crab pasta. He said it was not good. My steak was tough, and the crab cake was way too salty for me. The waitress finally brought me a steak knife when she saw that I couldn’t cut my steak. Ordered calamari, which was delicious, and brussel sprouts which were very bitter. The waitress took the brussel sprouts off the ticket, they were inedible. Other than that, the restaurant was very loud, nothing like it was last year when we visited. We won’t be back.

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vipSharonH
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience4

Hush puppies tasteless and hard. No sweetness like you would expect from Southern cooking. shrimp and grits not good. Waitress couldn't remember order and when food came to the table it was wrong. Only great part was views are spectacular. I would go to another restaurant for dinner and go hear for drinks and views.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We were the last seating on a Friday night. Wait staff was very friendly, however halfway through our meal, they began to close the dining area, upturned chairs on tables to clean the floor, etc. Made us feel a bit rushed. Fish and vegetables were a bit over done and the risotto was a bit under done, but had good flavor.

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vipDanB
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in New Bern! Their shrimp appetizer is delicious. The staff is outstanding! Sit outside, you won’t regret it!

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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 4.3 stars by 1738 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.