Opened in August of 2010, Persimmons is a locally-owned waterfront restaurant located on the shores of the Neuse River in New Bern, NC. We feature an elegant yet casual atmosphere and three distinct dining venues: our downstairs great room, our private upstairs dining room, and our picturesque outdoor waterfront dining area.
We are proud to serve innovative dishes designed by our award-winning chef, Kirsten Mitchell, made almost exclusively from locally-sourced ingredients. We make a concerted effort to use local and sustainable produce, herbs, meats, and seafood whenever possible. We purchase over 80% of our ingredients from local farmers within a 90-mile radius. We believe this commitment makes a big difference in the dishes we bring to your table. A special thanks to our farmers! We hope you enjoy the quality of the menu items we serve.
The most-asked question here at Persimmons is “what is the origin of our name?” When our building was originally constructed, we dredged the adjacent marina and found several submerged logs that likely date back to a nineteenth-century lumber mill and turpentine distillery which used to be on the site. One of the logs that was found was a persimmon tree. We took the persimmon log down the street to Bill Nelson of Precision Molding, who milled the wood, which was used to create what is now our host stand found at the entrance of the restaurant. Persimmon trees are found in North America and Asia and are one of the only fruits native to Eastern North Carolina. The Roman name for persimmon means “fruit of the Gods.” We also found an enormous log of liquid amber, also known as red gum, which Bill Nelson fashioned into all of our table tops in the restaurant.