North Carolina, United States Food Guide: 10 American food Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in New Bern

December 15, 2019 Viva Honore

Find out what American restaurants to try in New Bern. New Bern /ˈnuːbərn/ is a city in Craven County, North Carolina, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 29,524, which had risen to an estimated 30,242 as of 2013. It is the county seat of Craven County and the principal city of the New Bern Metropolitan Statistical Area.
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10. Carolina Bagel Co & Deli

3601 Trent Rd Ste 10, New Bern, NC 28562-2282 American, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service +1 252-636-0133 http://www.thecarolinabagelco.com
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4 based on 99 reviews

Carolina Bagel Co & Deli

Reviewed By Kathryn S

This one has the best Lox and Cream cheese/Bagel in town!! Thinly sliced onion, a sprinkle of dill, GOBS of fluffy cream cheese, a fresh bagle -- I prefer not toasted, and layers and layers of paperthin Smoked Salmon!! actually One Sandwich is enough for two people -- or lunch the next day! -- and if you're thinking about Breakfast the next morning ... their muffins float off the tray!! HUGE, fluffy, warm --- and add a cup of coffee and you're good to go!

9. Lawson's Landing Riverwalk Cafe

529 S Front St, New Bern, NC 28562-5601 American, Cafe Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Table Service, Takeout, Waterfront [email protected] +1 252-637-9307 https://www.facebook.com/lawsonscafe/
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4 based on 159 reviews

Lawson's Landing Riverwalk Cafe

Restaurant at the Tryon Palace Historic Center in New Bern, NC

Reviewed By Stucolco

Between touring Tryon Palace and the 2 houses that are also part of the package, my wife and I decided to eat here. We had one of the quiches of the day, ham and cheese which was very tasty. We also had strawberry lemonade which I feel is too costly at $4 a glass especially when there are no free refills. Our server Kayla was very good and did explain the no refill policy to us but I ordered a second one anyway. My wife got water instead.

8. Captain Ratty's Seafood & Steakhouse

202 Middle St at 330 S. Front St, New Bern, NC 28560-2142 American, Bar, Seafood, Soups Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night Reservations, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Takeout [email protected] +1 252-633-2088 http://captainrattys.com/
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4 based on 786 reviews

Captain Ratty's Seafood & Steakhouse

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner seven days a week. Located in 150 year old building at the corner of Middle ans South Front Street in Historic Downtown New Bern. In operation since 1999 as a restaurant. Building has been a clothing store, drug store, news sta

Reviewed By louann_for

Food is good, service is excellent. Location is good. They did a good job of accommodating two large groups (including ours).

7. Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant

100 Pollock St, New Bern, NC 28560-4941 American, Seafood Brunch, Late Night Television, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, [email protected] +1 252-514-0033 http://www.persimmonsrestaurant.net/
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4 based on 1186 reviews

Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant

Reviewed By Missshopper

We enjoyed dining here overlooking the river. The service was very good.The menu is limited with not a large selection. My husband enjoyed his fried green tomato /pimiento cheese sandwich and I had a brisket sandwich. Both were good. The house chips/sauce were just okay. Later on we went back to have a cocktail on the patio which was nice. Bartender did a good job with drinks as they weren't on the menu.

6. Beer Army Burger Company

313 Pollock St, New Bern, NC 28560-4944 Bar, American, Brew Pub, Pub, Gastropub Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Acce [email protected] +1 252-288-5814 http://www.beerarmy.com/
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4 based on 373 reviews

Beer Army Burger Company

The Beer Army Burger Company features a full menu and bar but specialize in fresh ground, never frozen burgers. We have 16 rotating taps and two house beers behind a 25 foot solid mahogany bar.

Reviewed By tombW3077AU

We had various burgers. All were good with good tasting meat including a turkey burger. The fries were battered and very tasty. The onion rings were ok. Wings were tasty and well cooked. Side salad was delicious with a homemade style dressing. Service was friendly. Interior was very interesting.

5. Bakers Kitchen

227 Middle St, New Bern, NC 28560-2141 American Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service +1 252-637-0304 http://www.bakerskitchennewbern.com
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4 based on 1016 reviews

Bakers Kitchen

Reviewed By tom4cats

Bakers Kitchen is always a must visit eatery. Our yearly visit to New Bern took us to Bakers Kitchen on the second morning. As always we we promptly greeted and seated. Staff feel like family. Restaurant is clean and well maintained. Food is fresh, hot and tasty. The butter syrup is great. Will go back again next year.

4. Cow Cafe

319 Middle St, New Bern, NC 28560-4928 American, Cafe Dinner, Late Night, Lunch Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible [email protected] +1 252-672-9269 http://www.cowcafenewbern.com/
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4 based on 450 reviews

Cow Cafe

Home made super premium ice cream made in store. Sandwiches and plate lunches. Lunch, Dinner. Gourmoo popcorn center--fourteen varieties of popcorn. Bovine Boutique featuring several hundred types of cow gifts. Childrens play area.

Reviewed By R1440WEdenniss

We stopped in for ice cream and wound up getting lunch after seeing their menu. The decor is soda Shoppe, but needs updating. There's a play area in the back for kids, so I guess the place is geared to them. The food was ok and they have a good selection of ice cream.

3. MJ's Raw Bar & Grille

216 Middle St, New Bern, NC 28560-2142 American, Bar, Seafood Lunch, Dinner, Late Night Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service +1 252-635-6890 http://www.mjsrawbar.com/
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4 based on 829 reviews

MJ's Raw Bar & Grille

Reviewed By tombW3077AU

Had dinner with friends. Three orders of the catfish and chips. Really good with the Jamaican kick to the tarter sauce which worked really well. One flounder and chips which was tasty. The fries (chips) were hand cut. Thinner and dusted with tasty spices. The final order was the Crabby Patty (melt). Tasty warm and filling. Located on the Main Street in New Bern. Lots of other restaurants in a several block radius. (Just down the block- drugstore where Pepsi-cola was “invented “)

2. Morgan's Tavern & Grill

235 Craven St, New Bern, NC 28560-2153 Steakhouse, Seafood, American, Bar Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, A [email protected] +1 252-636-2430 http://morganstavernnewbern.com/
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4 based on 1696 reviews

Morgan's Tavern & Grill

At Morgan's, our philosophy is simple – Provide great service in a casual and comfortable atmosphere with quality ingredients.

Reviewed By tmterie

Going into this restaurant was a pleasant supply. The outside is deceiving. It is much larger than appears. The ambience is great. Service was good except when time to pay, they forgot us! Luckily we were in no hurry. Though I had to watch what I was eating, the menu was diverse enough to find something mild. Had the fish taco and it was excellent. Would love to return and try some of the other menu items. Their Carmel sauce for the sweet potato fries is outstanding though a little sweet for me. Table mates really enjoyed it. Sandwiches are huge and can be shared. Would definitely return.

The 10 Best Things to Do in New Bern, United States

1. The Chelsea

335 Middle St, New Bern, NC 28560-4928 American, Seafood Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +1 252-637-5469 http://www.thechelsea.com/
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4 based on 937 reviews

The Chelsea

Reviewed By gilbertf49

Needed a quick light lunch during our day trip to New Bern. Docents at the Fireman’s Museum sent us down the block to Chelsea for their Shrimp & Grits. Bit heavier than we needed so tried the soup and salad. Crab soup was to die for. Apollonian salad was perfect and the crock of French Onion soup was more than delicious. Also tried the Chicken Salad platter. Just what we were looking for.Right after we placed the order, the lights went out. Krissyti never missed a beat and assured us the soups were already heated! The light open feel of the bistro was no problem with seeing and we never noticed when the lights came back on just in time to run our credit card. Need to come back and try those Shrimp & Grits!Jeanne & Gil & MarilynnThe Grey Gourmets

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