NEW BERN RESTAURANTS AND DINING GUIDE
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Mall, Hwy. 17
Victorian Nouveau atmosphere ...Prime Rib dinner or sandwich, Chef Salad,
Fettuccine, Hamburger, French Silk Pie, this restaurant has a very tired
interior, but provides a good meal --esp. ribs and fajitas!
well-known franchise. Ribs, burgers, all the fancy salads you could dream up.
Pastas especially varied. Quesadillas the best. Desserts yummy! Drink
specialties every day. Service always slow. Take a date.*
across from Harris Teeter. ¡HOLA, MUCHACHOS! Mexican restaurant is packing
them in! Live entertainment on weekends. Prices reasonable, menu
extensive, service improving, food typical with many combo plates,
Home cooking specialist under new ownership, enlarged and tasty food. Wonderful fried
chicken with all the trimmings, homemade breads, desserts--everything!
Specials every day, try the Dutch potatoes as a side dish and the Baker Square
croissant sandwich. Breakfasts are great, with amazing homemade
white bread toast! By an extra loaf to take home for the best toast and French
toast ever. Sweet potato fries.***
Middle St. Indian cuisine with lamb
specialties, Tandoori, Biryani. Chef's Lamb chops more
than worth the trip, try their Carrot Halwa dessert!
Where the New Bern elite meet to greet
and eat. Best bagels in New Bern- compare to best in NYC! Packs 'em in and
only the limited space holds it back. You'll love breakfasts here, you can get
the works (even pancakes), or their homemade gourmet bagels and muffins with a
variety of cream cheese flavors. Lunch is terrific too! No dinners here. ****
& S. Front
Ratty's is a
restaurant/oyster bar in the best location in town. Upstairs is a
piano bar with live entertainment several nights a week, plus a new rooftop bar
with river views. It has become the "in" place to relax and take friends
from out-of-town. Features excellent wine bar.
We consider it one of the top 3 best restaurant in town! Really handy
location after sightseeing, it features good specials every day,
A little pricey. Can take groups-if you call ahead.
Nice New Bern 1920's style atmosphere, where the Pepsi inventor Caleb Bradham
had a drug store. Upbeat. (seafood dishes are terrific, creative; they even have great
liver 'n onions!)****
809 Broad St. as you'd
expect, breakfast is their specialty. BUT local swear by the pork chop
dinner plates. They do have seafood and hamburgers, check it out for
good eats and very reasonable prices.
CAFE 319 Middle Street.
will love this home-made ice cream factory. Flavors ranging
from the ever-popular Moonilla to Chocolate CowPie. A New Bern icon,
you can watch the ice cream being made. South's best
barbecue is offered here, the famed Raymond's brand. Nowhere else in eastern NC
has this pork delectable! Great lunches with chicken, burgers and
dogs--salads too! MUST for all visitors. Holstein-themed---
You'll love the fun.
EL CERRO GRANDE 2503 US 17 next to Smithfield's. The
number 2 in Mexican food now. Small place, tasty and huge servings. Late
se habla español, y hay chimichangas y burritos extraordinarios!
2303 Neuse Blvd.
Traditional steak house. The Prime Rib is wonderful. They serve a cup of
soup-usually their prize-winning shrimp bisque with a great salad and the meal.
Lots of food--and great beef . Atmosphere has been upgraded; Sunday Brunch
Buffet is now offered and wonderful! Wine list. Banquet facility.***
247 CRAVEN STREET
Site of downtown's oldest operating
restaurant. Creative menu for a small restaurant. Crisp,
spotless, raves on the menu, no disappointments. **
big city prices.
Fried seafood and the usual Carolina BBQ. Very old gal shows her wrinkles,
food is OK, reasonable. Lots of it.
FAMOUS SUBS AND PIZZA 2210 Neuse Blvd.
The name says it all. It's known for the hot subs. Pizza
is top notch,
absolutely one of our favorites. Hot Subs are great too... Lunch and dinner specials.
Old time New Bernians have always loved this place with their own special
spaghetti sauce. Greek or Italian style. ***
King Blvd (US 17) N of Wal-Mart.
You know the drill here, if you need to feed a lot of starving people, and are
not interested in fine dining--they're always crowded, which should tell
you something. Very popular breakfast all-you-care-to-eat buffet Thursdays
through Sunday 'til 10:30am (Get there early!). Other buffets and a la carte
dining lunches and dinner. *
US 17S at McCarthy Blvd. Our
first real sports bar, with 26 TVs, the booths all have their own
small screen that you can program to whatever melts your butter.
Extensive bar, limited but well chosen menu, with wings the way you
like them, (and by the tub if you have a crowd!) There are
salads, ladies.Every kind of outdoor activity that could be called a
sport is on one of the high screens.**
3200 ML King Blvd (Hwy 17), 2600 Neuse Blvd, and 2317 US 70 Hwy E.
Local fast food chain, renowned for its homemade-as-you-wait orangeade and
lemonade (Yum! But unless you love drinks REALLY SWEET, you might want to tell
them to lighten up on the simple syrup. They have great chili dogs, cheeseburgers and
cheese steaks, all the '50's style diner food--even a blue plate special! Fast and
James City on US
"all bases covered" restaurant. Somehow they serve tasty food quickly
while boasting a very extensive menu with full choices ranging from
sandwiches to a mashed potatoes and gravy laden entrees!
Try the homemade potato chips with ranch dip. Good
fried shrimp and scallops
and barbecue ribs.**
(next to WalMart)
Newest eatery in a great location. this one
will make it, great prices, fresh veggies, extensive menu,
vegetarians will make is a habit. Sushi lovers> first choice.
Front St. Waterfront
authentic 17th C waterfront mansion has lovely ambience, in one of Carolina's
oldest mansions. Pricey and usually worth it. Beef dishes
a specialty. Appetizers are fun and different.
GRILL next to Gold's Gym on McCarthy
Blvd. AMAZING diversity in a one-price restaurant.
choose from steam tables or have them make your choice. everyone can
find something to eat here, even teenagers!
HOUSE OF PANCAKES
Corner US 17 and McCarthy Blvd.
...a calorie lover’s dream. Under new management, so it's OK for breakfast...still
seems to have staff problems. Good coffee.
70 East, New Bern.
Part of the national chain selling deli-style sandwiches and hot and cold subs. Fast service for multi-taskers.
Cheese steaks, hot and cold subs, soups too. *
KITCHEN ON TRENT
2500 Trent Rd.
is a very good place to eat! Warm, welcoming, the
chicken salad is to die for! Low-fat muffins. NOTHING FRIED. The
tastiest healthy eatery in town. (No comfortable seats though...eat fast). You'll like their
style; low fat choices are Super!. Desserts, breakfast goodies...must try.
Catered treats make a party****
Sheraton( downtown waterfront.)
Great atmosphere and good food in this restaurant, but it can range from
a good night out -to
OK. Service spotty. Prices reasonable, ties not necessary.
1822 S. Glenburnie
Authentic NY and Sicilian pizza. with wide sandwich/salad
selections. Eat out.
TAVERN & GRILL
235 Craven Street,
Great restaurant in a
historic building with great steaks, seafood,
and bar. They also have
an all-crab no-bread crabcake- YUM! Try the lunch soup and salad combo with
lobster bisque, or the dinner scallop entree. Awesome salads!
Our Current favorite****
Hwy. 17 S.
If you haven't tried barbecue North Carolina style-start here.
Don't expect beef slabs with a tomato sauce, shredded pork is the only TRUE
barbecue. Fried shrimp sandwich also a good choice. No frills, (to understate
the case). Try the shrimp and fish platters... Moore's serves food, not fancy.
**** RIBS ON SATURDAYS (ONLY) dry style!
MJ'S RAW BAR and GRILL
Middle St. Nice understated decor, set up for eatin'
the good stuff! No tables for 5 or more. Crabcakes are good, Lots of well done seafood entrees for a step up from fried
everything. Middle St. is becoming the gourmet eaters paradise. ***
2041 S. Glenburnie, behind Harris Teeter. Japanese Steak &
Seafood. Good theater and a fun atmosphere. Very heavy on the veggies
here: a nice night out*.
OSAKA EXPRESS GRILL.
(252) 637-0444. Japanese
fast food... Popular lunch spot.
Carry-out is running hard.
111 Howell Rd. Next to the Bridgepointe Hotel. What can you say? It's the best. Coconut shrimp
is at least as good as the steaks....the absolute best pork
chops anywhere! ***
1713 Red Robin Lane,
fronting on US 17S Popular neighborhood
eatery, good pizza, Italian specialties. They seem to
have their ducks in the proverbial row---except for the salads. Good food, fast
service, friendly personnel; It CAN be done, Paula's proves it. Seniors delight!
Voted best pizza in town!? (We don't agree but that's what makes the world
PERSIMMONS-On the Neuse
Pollock St. .
One of our top 3!
Nationally recognized chef creates big-city tastes. Eat inside
"cut-to-essentials" decor, or outside on the river, where nature provides a
spectacular view. A "happening" experience!****
242 Craven St.
our first wine and dessert bar! Classic cocktails and fantastic
appetizers. A "Got-to-try" spot!!***
1004 Highway 70 East:
New Bern, NC: 252-638-5696. Part of the well known national chain, they are
known for their enormous salad bar and equally enormous serving sizes.
Sandwiches, pasta, ribs, American food.*
SEA GLASS CAFE & BAKERY
2600 S. Glenburnie Rd. (252) 634-2327. good menu, with a
bakery Wonderful tomato basil bisque!
Serving breakfast and lunch, plus fantastic Sunday brunch. Lots more breakfast choices; some creative things and some well-done usuals.
520 S. Front St. We think it's the best fish house in
town. Not fancy, small, friendly, perfect for your shrimp fix.
37TH ST. PIZZERIA 2402 Neuse Blvd.
with a late bar scene, Italian food and more Italian food, if you're not hungry
for delicious old-style Italian, go elsewhere! Good lunch menu, calzones
specialty. Pizza really tasty. Draft and wine. Delivery. **
TRENT RIVER COFFEE COMPANY
A favorite stopping -and listening place- with almost nightly live
music in all categories!. Wonderful coffee and
conversation too. (Hot Chocolate is not a good choice.) Terrific
atmosphere, and a great spot to read your morning paper; a real
The TEXAS STEAK HOUSE
17S, (near the Wal-Mart/ Twin Rivers mess of intersections). Noisy, noisy,
with the required "Yee-haws". The onion appetizer is enough for 6 people! Prime rib is a great memory maker. Perfect for your beef fix.
we love this one. Authentic Thai cuisine, with a light hand on the
spices for the American palate. Nice atmosphere, Thai
wait staff with manners and charm; this is a fine dining experience.
Sunday and lunch buffet. (Outstanding "Crispy Duck"-ask for less gravy!)**
3335 US 17S.
Lunch here. You'll be satisfied and immediately decide to come back and try
other things. Our favorite: those little pizzas. Don't pass up the Reubens or
the Original Combo mini pizza... Internet access.**
S. Glenburnie. A really truly "watering hole"!! Short orders done right. Great lunch place, good food
and service. Lots of nightlife at the large bar. Fish sandwich. Prime rib
night is standing room. ***
STARBUCK'S is here! We have
3 actually, One stand-alone in front of the mall. One is in the Harris Teeter Grocery Store, where
you can actually buy a cool guilt-free salad bar lunch and indulge in a Starbuck's as a
reward. The second is in the newly enlarged Target.
Restaurant/Sports Bar 111 Williams Rd off US 70E.
all the usual fare shrimp burger pretty popular, as is
READERS' CHOICE (A
new category that Alan B. of Greenbrier suggested
(inadvertently) when he wondered why his personal favorite wasn't
included. So if you have a favorite you want
listed OR feel it need more stars (or less) let us know.
Front St. Grill
in Beaufort. "...if you haven't been there. It's our
absolute favorite for food and view."
Delilah K. of Craven Co.: Choice: Sting
Ray Cafe for the black
Patsy M. of New Bern: Choice: Clawson's
in Beaufort for the crab cakes
FAVORITE FAST FOOD FRANCHISES
Even though these are national chains, somehow they "seem southern."
on US 17 just past Hotel Drive.
Open April through October, it's the
place to get your "brain freeze" or family ice cream fix on a sultry night.
on Neuse Blvd near intersection with US 17 (next to the hospital).
Very popular for your 1950's drive-in fix. Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner,
sundaes and shakes, with "Happy Hour" slushie drink specials from 2-4pm.
locations- Glenburnie Rd near the Food Lion, US 70 in front of Food Lion,
and US 17 South toward Jacksonville.
Go for that spicy chicken and lots of fixin's, and all-day breakfast biscuits
including country ham.
Chicken & Barbecue on US 17 past Hotel Drive.
Go here for
the best fast food southern fried chicken in town, including potato salad,
baked beans and other fixin’s (great for picnics and beach lunches)
Oriental, NC Restaurants
Oriental, NC, is a 40-minute drive from New Bern on Route 55 east--across
the bridge, past the Fairfield Harbour entry on US 55, and follow signs.
ORIENTAL MARINA RESTAURANT
Hodges St. (On the harbor)
Most varied and interesting seafood menu around. Steaks are good
too, if you want it. Lots of care in the preparation of each dish. Reservations
on weekends. 249-2204 ***
City and Beach Restaurants
#70E, 45 minutes later you'll dead-end at Morehead City and the ocean!
There are gobs of restaurants on the waterfront to the right of US 70.
"Sanitary" is a good fried seafood place that is a curiosity. Lots of
"Captains'" places, most are ho-hum, but here are our favorites:
BOURBON ST. CAFE
20 Atlantic Station (Over the causeway, turn right), Atlantic
Reservations a must, and you'll love the food. Creole yummy. **
Atlantic Beach 252 247-2777
Great eating experience. You'll think you are in a 5 star! Always
crowded and you'll wait even with reservations. If slightly late, you'll lose
The SANITARY RESTAURANT
Family seafood spot with an interesting history and name, at one time (as
recent as a dozen years ago) all staff wore spotless white neck to toe
aprons and hair nets....hence the name. Mostly fried seafood, mostly delicious and a great
view, in summer prepare for quite a wait between 5:30 and 7pm.
Beaufort, NC Restaurants
Take US 70-East from New Bern through Morehead City and over the main bridge,
following signs to Beaufort. Turn right at signs toward waterfront.
Lots of good restaurants in town.
there are so many choices and most are passable. But
there are some outstanding restaurants-try:
on Front St. One of the oldest, and most popular lunch places. Charming decor, noisy, and
handy--right in the center of the action.
Crabcake sandwich !*
The BEAUFORT GROCERY COMPANY Queen St.
will you love this food! The yacht crowd has made it into a real winner.
You'll like the ambience altho it's very noisy... it's in an old grocery bldg.
lots of wooden walls and floors. Everything we've tried there is
good, Cobb salad is a real nice surprise, pies are the best anywhere.****
is right on the water,
views would be wonderful if they kept the windows cleaner. Eat outside if
you can---seafood of course.
THE SPOUTER INN.
Forget about what it was years ago. This is a clean, well-run,
dockside restaurant that serves up-scale seafood. Outside dining
available too. **
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