Restaurants in New Bern, NC

 

The wide variety of restaurants and dining experiences in New Bern, NC offer a true complement to its rich history and riverfront atmosphere. Rooted in Southern home cooking and seafood dishes, many of New Bern's downtown restaurants and wine bars offer fresh, local seafood options that can range from clam chowder and grilled shrimp to grilled tuna caught that very day.

Historic downtown, primarily down Craven and Middle Streets, only offers restaurants that are managed by single families or chefs, as there are no chain restaurants to be found. Fortunately that leaves plenty of room for eclectic dining spots with raw bars, candlelit dinners and rooftop cocktails.

Many of New Bern’s downtown restaurant spots have joined the growing trend of cooking with natural and locally grown food whenever possible. Surrounded by Eastern North Carolina’s numerous family farms, it’s not uncommon for restaurants to have a daily special that directly reflects what’s in season for the region. This bond can also be seen at the New Bern Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings, where chefs show up early to shop and choose their dinner specials for later that night.

This love for local and fresh food can also be seen for seafood and shellfish, such as oysters in the winter and a larger selection of meat fish in the spring and summer months.

Pricing at these restaurants can reflect the added effort it takes to provide carefully crafted meals from local farmers. While a fresh shrimp burger for lunch can run as low as $7, dinners with all local dairy, meat and vegetables can climb up to $38 a plate.

And just as restaurants try to maintain a unique and stylized menu, their atmosphere can be just as eclectic. Whether you’re looking for waterfront dining that borders on “gathering style seating,” or second-floor dining by the window that gives a broader view of downtown, restaurant owners are well aware that atmosphere is just as important to your dining experience as the food itself. These smaller restaurants, often tucked into a historic building, are not only intimate, they are limited in seating capacity. And once word gets out about a popular new dish, you’ll find it more and more difficult to find a table without calling ahead first to make a reservation.

The most important meal of the day, of course, is breakfast. Find the traditional and guilty pleasure of traditional breakfasts, complete with bacon, eggs and buttery, buttery biscuits, or search a little harder and you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find fruity flapjacks, fluffy omelets and mimosas.

Moving farther out of downtown, across the bridge and into mid-town, you'll find a wider choice of ethnic restaurants and familiar franchise names like Applebee's, Outback, Subway, IHOP, a Ruby Tuesday’s across the bridge in James City and talks of a Cracker Barrel on the way. Of course, New Bern is big enough to offer a wide list of fast food options as well, including Chik-fil-A, Taco Bell and Wendy’s.

Whether you're looking for a hearty deli sandwich, a Chinese buffet or a juicy steak, you're sure to find a menu in New Bern that caters to your taste buds.

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New Bern Restaurants

MJ's Raw Bar & Grille New Bern RestaurantsMJ's Raw Bar & Grille  $$-$$$216 Middle St.
New Bern, NC 28560 • map(252) 635-6890
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Fair prices and unique daily specials are one of the many reasons MJ's Raw Bar & Grille attracts New Bern locals for both lunch and dinner. Shrimp, oysters, clams, crawfish, scallops and mussels invite gourmet diners to the raw bar while blackened Angus, Mellow Mushroom burgers and Buffalo fried chicken sandwiches...more about MJ's Raw Bar & Grille

247 Craven Restaurant  $$$247 Craven St.
New Bern, NC 28560 • map(252) 635-1879

Ashley Moser, culinary school graduate, experienced chef and owner of 247 Craven Restaurant in New Bern, highlights fresh-cooked menu specialties in both Mediterranean and Southern styles. Manager Joseph Ayala meticulously trains staff to attend with equal care those with an hour for lunch and those with plans for lingering enjoyment of...more about 247 Craven Restaurant

The Baker's Kitchen  $-$$227 Middle St.
New Bern, NC 28560 • map(252) 637-0304

The Baker's Kitchen serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with generous portions, fair prices and outstanding service. Breakfast platters of pancakes, French toast, biscuits and gravy or eggs come with a choice of sausage or bacon. Or, any combination may be selected from a list of breakfast items any time of day....more about The Baker's Kitchen

Capt. Ratty's Seafood & Steakhouse  $$-$$$202 Middle St.
New Bern, NC • map(252) 633-2088

Open daily, Capt. Ratty's menu features a variety of seafood and steaks cooked just about any way you want. Owner Tom Ballance says the restaurant serves some of the best steak in the state, due partially to Capt. Ratty's high standards for cut selection. Crab, shrimp, clams, mussels and oysters are...more about Capt. Ratty's Seafood & Steakhouse

Carolina Bagel and Deli Company  $Village Square Shopping Center, 3601 Trent Rd.
New Bern, NC 28562 • map(252) 636-0133

The Carolina Bagel and Deli Company, opens Monday through Friday for a great breakfast at 6 AM and through lunch until 3 PM. Saturday Jeff opens at 7 AM and is there until 2 PM. Tucked away in Village Square on Trent Road, The Company offers fresh-baked bagels all day, topped...more about Carolina Bagel and Deli Company

The Chelsea Restaurant  $$$335 Middle St.
New Bern, NC 28560 • map(252) 637-5469

The Chelsea Restaurant serves fare for the discriminating palate at lunch and dinner daily except Sunday. Appetizer selections include Shrimp and Crab Toast — shrimp, crab and a blend of cheese on French bread, pan-fried in butter and served with a port wine reduction. A Turkey Pita Club sandwich combines smoked turkey,...more about The Chelsea Restaurant

China Wok  $-$$McCarthy Crossing, 3321 Dr. M. L. King Jr. Blvd.
New Bern, NC 28562 • map(252) 636-5288

China Wok offers pork, chicken, seafood and beef in Chinese sauces, some, but not all hot, with varied vegetables and, of course, steamed or fried rice. Chinese isn't fast food, but at China Wok, it is quickly prepared and served in generous portions to sit-down as well as take-out customers. The ambiance...more about China Wok

Christoph's on the Water Restaurant and Lounge  $$-$$$100 Middle St.
New Bern, NC • map(252) 638-0305

Christoph’s on the Water, located at the Hilton New Bern Riverfront, is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant offers a contemporary casual dining experience on the beautiful Trent River waterfront. Christoph’s features hand-cut steaks and seafood to tempt any palate and offers the only outdoor waterfront dining in...more about Christoph's on the Water Restaurant and Lounge

Country Biscuit Restaurant  $809 Broad St.
New Bern, NC 28560 • map(252) 638-5151

Country Biscuit Restaurant opens at 5 AM, Monday through Saturday and 6AM on Sunday, serving steak, ham, tenderloin, sausage, bacon and cheese biscuits or breakfast plates to include eggs and grits or hash browns. The lunch menu offers sandwiches such as cheeseburgers, and plates including a side of vegetables. Country Biscuit...more about Country Biscuit Restaurant

The Cow Cafe  $319 Middle St.
New Bern, NC • map(252) 672-9269

The Cow Cafe in New Bern's historic downtown specializes in ice cream made on on-site and other desserts especially pleasing to children. The menu features a full line of sandwiches, hot plates, soups and salads, all whimsically named in the bovine theme. Patrons may try Moo-chos, Save-A-Cow barbecue baskets, Grazin' Garden...more about The Cow Cafe

El Cerro Grande  $$2503 M.L. King Jr. Blvd.
New Bern, NC 28562 • map(252) 638-8938

El Cerro Mexican Bar and Grill has an extensive menu of authentic Mexican food including combination, vegetarian and children's dinners. Sample chalupas, chile rellenos, enchiladas, tacos and burritos with chicken or beef fillings come at a great price with the combination dinners. Diners find generous portions and Mexican or domestic beers,...more about El Cerro Grande

Gina's Pizza  $1904 S. Glenburnie Rd.
New Bern, NC 28560 • map(252) 633-9000

Gina's Pizza's two locations (this and 1904 US Highway 70, New Bern 672-9063) carry an extensive menu of salads, hot wings and Italian dinners for delivery or to eat in. Specialty pizzas such as Veggie Gourmet and The Works Gourmet offer samplings of all toppings every day at bargain prices. On...more about Gina's Pizza

Harvey Mansion Historic Inn & Restaurant  $$$221 S. Front St.
New Bern, NC 28560 • map(252) 635-3232

Harvey Mansion Historic Inn & Restaurant is a bed and breakfast on the shore of the Trent River, with an onsite restaurant and nightclub. Diners select from seafood, beef, poultry or lamb dishes in one of six dining rooms, including the Green Room, originally the formal parlor with ornate woodwork and...more about Harvey Mansion Historic Inn & Restaurant

Lawsons Landing Cafe  $$$529 South Front Street
New Bern, NC • map(252) 637-9307

This waterfront cafe is part of the North Carolina History Center addition to the Tryon Palace Complex. Named from New Bern history, Lawsons Landing, a Riverwalk Cafe brings visitors to the center into the experience with coffee, lattes, teas and light fare for breakfast, and lunch by the river. Pastries, fruit...more about Lawsons Landing Cafe

Moore's Olde Tyme Barbeque  $3621 Dr. M. L. King Jr. Blvd.
New Bern, NC 28562 • map(252) 638-3937

Since 1945 Moore's has specialized in eastern North Carolina chopped barbecue pork. Eaten on the spot or taken out, the food at Moore's is good. A meal of pork or chicken barbecue is served with cole slaw, french fries and hushpuppies. There are shrimp burgers or seafood plates with shrimp, flounder...more about Moore's Olde Tyme Barbeque

Morgan's Tavern & Grill  $ $$235 Craven Street
New Bern, NC 28560 • map(252) 636-2430

Morgan's Tavern and Grill in the Historic District of New Bern presents casual dining with great service and excellent lunch and dinner fare. Open Monday through Saturday at 11 AM and Sundays at 10:30 AM, Morgan's offers a quick lunch option with tasty items such as a barbeque meatloaf sandwich,...more about Morgan's Tavern & Grill

Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant at Skipjack Landing  $$-$$$100 Pollock St.
New Bern, NC 28560 • map(252) 514-0033

The theme of the menu at Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant at Skipjack Landing is "Southern Bounty," and that means lots of local produce, aged beef and fresh seafood. A full wine list, as well as imported and local microbrewed beers complement each entree item. Persimmons is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday...more about Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant at Skipjack Landing

Trent River Coffee Company  $208 Craven St.
New Bern, NC 28560 • map(252) 514-2030

Trent River Coffee Company, inside and out, yanks old-timers back to the coffee bars near every college campus during the '60s. Some evenings, always pre-announced, folk artists and other local or imported entertainers communicate informally and effectively. Regulars watch for announcements of entertainment on the Trent River Coffee Facebook pages. A...more about Trent River Coffee Company

Tryon Palace Seafood / Stingray Cafe  $520 S. Front St.
New Bern, NC 28560 • map(252) 638-2280

Open Monday through Saturday, Tryon Palace Seafood sells fresh shrimp, oysters, flounder, scallops and catches of the day to those wishing to prepare a seafood supper at home. Next door is The Stingray Cafe, where pre-ordered shrimp and oyster burgers, soft-crab or crab-cake sandwiches and fish and chips may be picked...more about Tryon Palace Seafood / Stingray Cafe

Around New Bern

Gypsy's Cafe New Bern RestaurantsGypsy's Cafe  $104 E. Jones Street
Trenton, NC 28585 • map(252) 448-1138
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Gypsy's Cafe offers a homemade bakery complemented by a varied and rich selection of coffees and teas, breakfast items, great luncheon sandwiches and delectable desserts. Gypsy, the cafe's owner, invites guests for occasional "reservations only" evenings with live music and full dinners in the comfortable dining room, which offers a unique...more about Gypsy's Cafe

 
 
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