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Restaurants in New Bern, NC

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Are there any great (or even really good) places to eat in the New Bern, NC area? Recommendations anyone? Thanks in advance.

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  1. We own property there and hope to retire there in a few years. We haven't found any great restaurants but here are some good ones.
    Chelsea on the corner of Middle and Broad is very good.
    Captain Ratty's is good.
    Fred and Claire's is good for lunch or early dinner.
    Never been but the Berne is supposed to be good.
    The Sheradon has a restaurant that is good.
    There is one in a B&B that I cannot remember the name of, that is supposed to be excellent.
    I know there is a good pizza, ital, very casual place in the little mall off Rt. 17, behind BooksAMillion, Paula's, that is fairly good.
    I know there are others that we've been to but I just cannot remember them.

    1. If you are willing to drive to the beach try Bitro By the Sea or Island Grill. We have enjoyed both very much, make reservations.

      1. Found my book with all the restaurant notes from New Bern.
        The Berne Restaurant: Great for Sunday Brunch
        Port City Java: Good coffee and ... Breakfast sandwiches are good.
        Fred and Claires: A luncheonette but has great lunches and early dinners.
        The Chelsea: Excellent dining
        Cow Cafe: cute luncheonette next to the dairy. Watch them make Maola ice cream while you have a burger or cone.
        Nikola's Restaurant is good, in the Bridgepoint Hotel

        Hope you enjoy your time in New Bern!

        1. Many, many years ago there was a good steak & lobster restaurant, The Flame (?). It was always packed. I don't see it recommended for any of the New Bern posts. Is it still around? Has it lost its touch?

          1. The Henderson House, downtown, is a 1st-class restaurant. Bring lots of money.

            1. Nikola's is now located on Glenburnie Rd. Very good Italian

              Famous Subs & Pizza is a great casual restaurant--salads, pasta, subs, and pizza.

              Spunky McDoogle's has the best burgers in town.

              4 Boys is a must. It's a tiny hot dog restaurant. They have over 40 different ways of preparing a hot dog. This place is usually packed!

              The Flame is still around but is nothing spectacular.

              I've always been underwhelmed at the Chelsea. I'm not sure what all the fuss is about.

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              1. re: marshmallow78

                I agree about the Chelsea - my mother lives in New Bern and we often end up there - but the food is only so so - though I do remember a very tasty artichoke appetizer. When I was there last Christmas, there was a very good Thai restaurant, but unfortunately I don't remember the name of it.

              2. Oh, how could I forget about the Thai restaurant? It's called Thai Thai and is VERY good. They have a lunch buffet Monday-Friday for about $7.00.

                1. I agree with Shugga's posting. The Sheridan has a very good Sunday night prime rib dinner for reasonable money. The B&B with restaurant (Beef Barn) across from the Sheridan gets a failing grade. While the environs are attractive and the service is good, the over seasoned food and chef's attitude isn't. Small, little, in-town restaurants all warrant a try. Most are good and reasobaly priced.

                  1. Morgan's Tavern on Craven St. in the historic district (just dow the block from the charming "Mitchell's Hardware store) is excellent in atmosphere, food, and service.
                    For "real" home made Italian pizza, George's Pizza in Bridgeton is fabuloso!

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                    1. re: steel4ever

                      Heading to NB for the holidays - any other recs?

                    2. Captain Ratty's (mentioned above,) especially on the roof on a balmy day! Marina Sweets Cafe on Middle has absolutely scrumptious breakfasts. The omelet and biscuit breakfast is beyond sinful and the casserole offerings are always good. Browsing the windows along Middle St. is a favorite pastime. I hear that Chef Bruce (Italian) on Trent Rd. and Flounders Seafood on Hwy.17 are also very good but haven't tried them. There is a litte Chinese buffet in the Food Lion plaza on Glenburnie that is very popular-can't recall the name.
                      The quiche and fruit lunch at Fred & Claire's, also mentioned above, is yummy. Fred & Claire's is the New Bern restaurant mentioned in one of Nicholas Sparks' books.

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                      1. re: steel4ever

                        Thanks - I've been to Captain Ratty's - didn't realize they had a roof. Will report back after visit - though I tend to also do a lot of cooking as my Mom doesn't get/do much home cooking anymore.

                        1. re: MMRuth

                          Ratty's has 3-4 levels. Morgan's is our new favorite, as we live in New Bern. The Mediterranian chicken salad is really delicious, but I've heard good things about everything they offer.

                          1. re: steel4ever

                            Thanks - will be sure to check out Morgan's - hoping to avoid the Chelsea this time.

                      2. Ghent's Sandwhich Shop on Pollock St has GREAT breakfasts on a budget. Not a huge selection, but excellent prices. 1 hotcake and coffe is like 3 something. Each hotcake is the size of a dinner plate (no kidding) so 1 fills me right up.

                        Sea Glass Cafe has very good breakfasts and lunches. Open until 3pm. On Glenburnie.

                        Michelle's Picnic Basket has to-die-for chicken salad. Also on Glenburnie.

                        1. I went for pizza and subs at George's Pizza in Bridgeton (on US 17 South) -- great pizza (best we have found in the New Bern area) and subs. It used to be located in a bus, but is now in a small strip center. Although it is a carryout, George accommodated us (2 adults and 4 kids) by setting up a "table" (upside down plastic storage bin) and chairs outside, and providing plates, cups, etc., so we didn't have to go eat back at our hotel room.

                          1. A few suggestions are:

                            Baker's Square (downtown on Middle Street) and Pete & Nikki's Sandwich Shop (it may have a new name now) on Pollock Street are greatly liked by the locals I know.

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                            1. re: Rand


                              don't eat at the restaurant in the Sheraton Hotel; you get horrible service paired with horrible food, and then for dessert they usually attempt to overcharge you (at least that's how it was one or two years ago when I last stayed there)

                            2. Since moving to New Bern in August of 2008, I have had the chance to try many of the restaurants and haunts in and around the city. Kitchen on the Trent is excellent for lunch especially. Pias is a greek restaurant for dinner also on Trent that is amazing! I did not care for the Chelsea or Capt. Ratty's as they are both mediocre at best, and inconsistent overall. Almond Street Cafe for breakfast or a scoop of ice cream is always a great find as is Baker's Square (no Sunday or Monday service). Ghent's Sandwich shoppe is great too for a good sandwich as is the Sea Glass Cafe which is now located on MLK JR near Wendy's.

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                              1. re: englishgeekgirl

                                Have you been to the Thai restaurant - Thai Thai? I think it is some of the best food in New Bern. Also apparently a new place is going into 307 Middle Street - my mother lives above it - but I can't remember what kind of food it is going to be.

                                1. re: MMRuth

                                  My boss had a 3 day training in New Bern a while back and ended up eating at Thai Thai for lunch every day.

                                  I thought I'd posted about it in here, but I had a really excellent scallop burger and fish stew at Tryon Palace Seafood. Without a doubt, the best seafood that I've had in the area that I didn't catch myself. The owner is a former fisherman who gets fresh local seafood; there's also a seafood market on premises.

                                  1. re: Naco

                                    I think I saw your post about Tryon Palace Seafood on another New Bern thread. Is that the place on Front Street? Near the antique store?

                                    1. re: MMRuth

                                      I'm not sure if there was an antique store nearby, but it was on Front St. The fish market is called Tryon Palace Seafood, and the restaurant is called Stingray Cafe, IIRC. They're in the same building, though.

                                      1. re: Naco

                                        I looked it up now and it's the place I was thinking of. I didn't realize the take out place had it's own name. Can you eat in there?

                                        1. re: MMRuth

                                          Yeah, it's a full service restaurant.

                                2. We stopped at Half Time Pub last evening for dinner. I had a very good Filet Mignon with veggies. A friend had the Philly Cheesesteak sandwich and said it was good.
                                  This restaurant, pub, is located in the strip mall with CVS and Food Lion on MLK Blvd.
                                  The chef/owner used to be the chef at the Country Club. The food is good. They only allow smoking at the bar and have some very efficient smoke eaters above the bar area.

                                  1. Just came across the health ratings for restaurants in Craven County. Worth a look.


                                    The Chelsea didn't do too well.

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                                      1. re: Naco

                                        Does anyone know if there is a relatively new restaurant jutting out on a pier by the sheraton? I can see the building driving over the bridge down 17 and heard it was going to be a restaurant. In case anyone's interested in my opinion, my three experiences at Chelsea were mediocre, mediocre and bad.

                                        1. re: veganhater

                                          I'll ask my mother. I gather that there are new condos being built next to the Sheraton, but haven't heard of a restaurant on that side. On the other side - but past the park with the gazebo, there's convenience store etc., and, I believe, a planned restaurant that hasn't panned out. Will report back though after checking in w/ Mom.

                                          1. re: MMRuth

                                            Yes there is a new building that was supposed to end up a restaurant jutting out from behind a gas station. It is located up East Front St. and is immediately past the Comfort Suites Hotel. There is also some new condos located beside the Sheraton, and they are called Sky Sail.

                                            As for The Stingray Cafe, it is one of the best places to really get what you pay for. The portions are very adequate and there is no question that the product is the freshest around, after all the seafood market is just right next door. I actually have to admit that i eat there about once a week and time and again it has really impressed me. As for the atmosphere, you couldnt ask for a better place. It truly is a family run business, it has been owned by the same family for 30+ years, and they really put forth an effort to make you feel welcome.

                                            1. re: theset74

                                              I just tried to go to the Stingray Cafe last night; even though the sign in the window says they're open 'til 9pm, the door was locked (and staff were putting the chairs up) at 8. So, call ahead and make sure they're actually open, I guess.

                                              Instead, we went to MJ's, and were really impressed. The catch-of-the-day mahi mahi was fresh and perfectly broiled, with a tasty-but-subtle garlic-pepper rub. The crab cake impressed my patriotic-Maryland-native fiancée. The crab dip appetizer was excellent, too -- not too mayonnaisey. Even the mashed potatoes were delicious. Would definitely go back.

                                    1. I'm no expert on New Bern, but The Old Siam in Jacksonville will give you some of the best Thai cuisine you've ever had. I'm also not big on hibachi restaurants, but the Shogun in Jville has the best sushi in the area (never been in the hibachi dining area...just the sushi bar).

                                      1. I love to eat at Moore's BBQ on Highway 17 and Baker's Square Downtown