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About Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant

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.

100 Pollock St
New Bern, NC 28560
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Farm-to-table

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday-Sunday 11:00am-3:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday-Saturday 5:00pm-9:00pm Sunday: 5:00pm-8:00pm
Monday: Closed

Cross Street:
Front St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(252) 514-0033

Website:
http://www.persimmonsrestaurant.net/

Executive Chef:
Antonio Campolio

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (42)
Waterfront (41)
Great for Outdoor Dining (29)
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Local Ingredients (27)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Special Occasion (25)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Good for a Date (21)
Romantic (19)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Worth the Drive (18)
Casual (15)
Great for Lunch (14)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Fun (12)
Good for Groups (12)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Business Meals (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Seasonal (10)
Authentic (8)
Bar Seating (8)
Great for Brunch (8)
Healthy (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Tasting Menu (6)
Great Beer (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
People Watching (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Organic (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Cozy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Live Music (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food. We loved the prompt seating and friendly service. Only problem was that my daughter ordered the market steak and it was s short rib. We complained and they did give us dessert.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent food and service. Reviews say expensive, but it was worth every penny. We will be returning.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Delightful experience dining at Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant. The food and the service were impeccable. Tasty food and friendly, efficient service and a scenic setting all add up to a satisfying, highly recommended meal.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Scenic View, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Fun, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

This restaurant was within walking distance of our hotel, and the location on the water is beautiful. It was comfy and quiet, and the service was great.
Food was delicious! My husband had the short rib with white truffles; pricey, but he really enjoyed it! I️ opted for the fresh catch (grouper) and it was also amazing! Sauces nicely flavored, and we had plenty to eat without additional sides (although we both ordered a small salad; not on the menu). Vanilla dressing was very nice. And decaf coffee was a great way to end this truly special meal

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 (Greensboro)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The server was ok, but she was constantly disclosing items the restaurant did not have; no oysters, some dishes unavailable. She did miss a few instructions. Salad come out beautiful, but was ordered without onions. On the redo, salad came back half the size. The calamari is worth it. Try it. Friend tomatoes were good, but heavy on the breading flavor. The steak was cooked to perfection. As this was dinner for four, and my cost of $250, restaurants like this should never not have any ingredients though. They don’t run out of items at Chipotle and dinner for four costs $220 less. I mean if you’re missing mushrooms for the steak, get your but over to Piggly Wiggly or whatever you have to do to get it done, right? I’m not sure the location is something I would go back to unless I really had to. It’s a tough decision.

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·Dined on November 1, 2017

The food was delicious, the waitress was outstanding, the view is awesome.
Just a little pricey we thought. Paid $5.00 for a cup of coffee. All in all, yes I'd go back.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We had some wine left when it came to thinking about dessert. We had a very creative cheese plate where the relishes were as great as the cheeses. Very nice!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We ate outside in an unseasonable warm October, and it was delightful. Our server was a bit too smiley and chatty, but that’s better than being ignored. We ordered pretty ordinary fare (soup and sandwiches, fish and chips), so can’t judge the more creative offerings. We had reservations for a Saturday lunch, but I’m not sure they would have been necessarily. The outdoor patio area has only a couple of tables that are on the same level as the restaurant. The other areas require stairs. I observed several people with canes and a walker who apparently wanted to eat outside and had to opt for indoors.

Tags: Good for Groups, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Sunday Lunch
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Always enjoy taking out of towners to Persimmons. Great view, great food and great service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Persimmons never fails to deliver amazing food and service.... It's a can't miss....

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Really enjoyed the fresh local produce used. The hanger steak was cooked to perfection, scallops were huge, and the brussels sprouts were excellent. Also, great cocktails made to perfection. We enjoyed everything.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

I loved the atmosphere. The food was good.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Sat outside on riverfront. Dinner was amazing

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Two weeks ago we were their and they ran out of decaf coffee. This visit they were out of Grey Goose Vodka. A restaurant of this caliber should not run out of these common items. On our previous visits the food was good. This visit not so much. They dinner music was good until half way through out dinner they shut if off. We will return when the weather permits comfortable outside dining but we will expect better.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

A perfect setting for a really good lunch. We picked the ideal day for outside eating. All three of us had soup with half a sandwich. It was very good. Bloody Mary was WONDERFUL. Disappointed that frozen drinks (margaritas or daiquiris )are not available. We had good service. The lunch menu is quite varied, but we just all happened to choose the same thing! From past experiences there I know the crab cakes are delicious!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Food was great and they really were accommodating for my husbands birthday!

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We had an excellent experience at Persimmons. The bar staff was very attentive and mixed high quality cocktails. We had two main courses; shrimp & grits; and a hanger steak with vegetables. We will definitely visit Persimmons again!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Spicy, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

As always, the service was superb, and the food exciting and delicious! The appetizers were so delightful most of us ordered more for dinner. We just didn't have room for the main dishes. But I did and the steak was perfect, the sauce as good as it gets.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Dining experience overall was a big disappointment. You better like pork belly,its in almost every dish on menu. Service was slow, timing of our courses was off. We were still eating our appetizers when they wanted to bring our main course. As a result my meal was tepid at best. Our server disappeared, we had to flag down another server. Management did comp my main course but by that time all we wanted to do was leave.
So many better restaurants in New Bern to enjoy

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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 4, 2017

We had dinner on the deck. It was a beautiful night with a full moon rising over the river. Our server, Jason, was very welcoming. The food was delicious. We will definitely eat at Persimmons again.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Casual
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 1, 2017

I really want to love this place and rate it 5 stars, but my last few visits have left a sour taste in my mouth. Their menu is great and uses fresh and local ingredients whenever possible. The waitstaff is always very nice and attentive without being overbearing. However, the execution of the dishes really has left something to be desired. We had dinner here about a year ago or so and were not super impressed. I don't mind paying $30+ a plate, but I expect it to live up to that price. Since then, we've done brunch a number of times. The last two times, we've had issues with our order - which I understand happens, but it seems to be a pattern. In the first recent visit, I asked for my burger medium-rare - and the patty came out looking like charcoal. They did the right thing and replaced it with something else, but it's still disruptive to the meal to not get what you order. The most recent visit, I was brought the completely wrong dish (shrimp and grits) when I ordered the tomato pie. They kindly left me the shrimp and grits to snack on while waiting for my food with everyone else having theirs (side note - in grits/pasta dishes, I don't understand leaving the shrimp tails on - seems like a choking hazard or mouth cut waiting to happen). My wife ordered a steak medium-rare, and again, the meat was cooked to well. That's not to say it wasn't good, but it wasn't what she ordered. They did offer to replace it for her, but by that point we just decided to keep eating since we didn't want to wait longer. I'll probably give this place another shot in a month or two, since there aren't many options in New Bern, but I'll definitely wait to have dinner there until the lunch/brunch game is tightened up.

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 (Greensboro)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Awesome experience. not our first visit and will not be our last

Tags: Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Delicious food! Try the tomato pie and the Brussels sprouts! You will not regret either!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Scenic View
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Food was surprisingly delicious, took a little time to receive, but the rating reflects that.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Everything was wonderful. Exceptional food! It was our server's first night. She had a couple slip-ups, but was on top of just about everything. She'll be a great server with a bit more practice. The pricing is reflective of the menu and presentation. I recommend highly!

Tags: Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Scenic View
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We enjoyed dining at Persimmons--the food was overall tasty and of fresh quality. The fish was truthfully fresh, ice cream was genuine (e.g., the rum raisin really did have rum and raisins), etc.
The eve we were there, our table was sandwiched between two others, and we ended up conversing with the people at those two tables, so it was a friendly and sociable ambiance as well.
Service was slightly erratic (e.g., appetizer arrived before bread basket) and at time a bit slow, but otherwise the server was friendly and accommodating of our requests.
View was lovely too, on the river, easy to get to, available parking, etc.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We selected the location as a birthday celebration. We desired an experience to remember. We were not disappointed. The brussel sprouts were fabulous. Our server was terrific in helping us decide on the meals. The food was unbelievably good. The coffee service consisted of a special roast just for Persimmons. The desserts were wonderful. From the moment we arrived, we knew we were in for a treat. We were not disappointed. Thank you, Persimmons for making a birthday dinner extraordinary.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The fried green tomato appetizer is amazing. I chose it for my meal and couldn't even finish it!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great waterfront setting and good food. Our waitress Fiona was excellent.

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great lunch! The beet salad was phenomenal! Really enjoyed the river view as well. We will definitely return our next trip to New Bern!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Beautiful location on the river, delightful food and service. Our handicap friend in wheelchair had no problems with the ramp access, server even brought her service dog a bowl of water without being asked. A fabulous meal!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Healthy, Happy Hour, Organic, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Casual, Fun, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Great for Lunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Great location at the water front. Great and friendly service. Good food at a decent price. Pleaseant for meeting with friends without a lot of background noise. In short: an excellent choice.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

I had been to Persimmons several times in the past and was disappointed. However, with the most recent change in chefs, the meal was amazing! As a New Bern resident, I am very familiar with the local farmers and to know that Persimmons uses their products is pleasing. For apps, we shared the brussels sprouts and fried green tomatoes which were large enough to have been a light meal. All 4 of us had a different main course: diver scallops, tomato pie, shrimp and grits, and hanger steak. These were not the typical regional dishes; each were prepared with a special chef's touch (pimento cheese purses, geechee grits, etc.). Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the recipes and seemed proud to describe and present them. Oh, then there was the homemade ice cream (some requiring proof of drinking age!). We were celebrating our son and daughter-in-law's anniversary, and the special touches to the meals were celebration appropriate! They had a great selection of microbrewery beers and novel summer cocktails. Yes, the menu items were on the expensive end, but the serving sizes and preparation were well worth the cost!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Scenic View, Romantic, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 31, 2017

My husband and I drove out to New Bern from Charlotte for the weekend. Persimmons was on the short list of restaurants that we wanted to try. When we realized that it was walking distance to our hotel, it went to the top and we are so glad!!! The food and service are amazing. Farm to table food done in innovative ways. Live music as you sit outside and view the water. If you are in New Bern, you must go!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 26, 2017

It was our 56th wedding anniversary and we were assigned Brittany as the server to make the night special and she did a wonderful job even involving other staff to see that every detail was taken care off. Our food was served just a the right time. We were neither rushed nor had to wait. The food was excellent. We shared appetizers and enjoyed two different ones. The ahi tuna was the best we have ever had. Don't miss the coffee.

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·Dined on August 23, 2017

Took my husband and friends for my husband's birthday . It was outstanding ! Best food in NC !
Loved it !

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

I had a friend visiting from out of town....wanted her to experience Persimmons....she loved it; she liked the quiet where we could talk to one another without music blasting in the background...the views are wonderful, the food always a awesome surprise...it has a touch of class but you can be casual or dressed up and not feel out of place...our server was so wonderful, brought us bread, the truffles for dessert were a nice surprise and all we could handle after our dinner...it was a fantastic meal and a wonderful memory for both of us...have pics but they are on my phone..thank you for making a lifelong memory..

Tags: Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Organic, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 20, 2017

This was my first visit and I loved it! The Tomato Pie was exquisite! I am already looking forward to my next visit!

Tags: People Watching, Casual, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 19, 2017

My wife and I ate dinner there. She had swordfish which tasted as if it were a few days old. Starting to get gamey. I had three types of pork, and the meat was good. However the preparation was over-complicated, too sweet, and the sauce over powered the taste of the meat. The appetizers which included steak tartare, were very good.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Small portions for the price.
Our waiter was exceptional in that he worked with us to change tables from outside to inside bc of the heat , asking for something off the menu for our child and bringing out truffles which are only served at dinner.

Tags: Casual, Scenic View, Waterfront
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