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“Great food, nice music” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Captain Ratty's

Captain Ratty's
202 Middle Street, at 330 S. Front St, New Bern, NC 28560
252 633 2088
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Ranked #21 of 145 Restaurants in New Bern
Price range: $4 - $29
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
new bern, NC
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“Great food, nice music”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2007

While our experience was 4 out of 5 this is of course a 2 star restaurant.

Husband and I enjoyed this little restaurant without kids. We sat upstairs at the "piano bar" and a very talented young man played classical guitar tunes (no vocals) whilst we ate.

We drank the house red wine which was a grocery store brand (expected of a 2 star restaurant, totally OK with us).

Service was prompt even though our waiter had a full section. We ate the artichoke dip appetizer, salmon and an 8 oz steak. Steak was accurately cooked to our preference, med-rare.

This restaurant is going to serve you food that is American and easy to prepare, don't come expecting haute French cuisine or anything. The price is right and the place is perfect for a date night or with kids. We plan to bring them next time.

Price: We ate appetizers, entrees, two glasses of wine and dessert and tipped 20% for about $90.

It is not a noisy restaurant. The decor and walls absorb sound. It is dimly lit and the tables are pushed rather close together.

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“Fun Locale but So-so Food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2006

Captain Ratty's looks great from the outside, and even inside the decor and decorations are fun. But the food was mediocre at best, to me it seemed like boardwalk food at downtown prices.

I was there at lunch, I don't know if the dinner menu is more flavorful. Also, it looked like there was an interesting rooftop deck that could be fun. But all in all, I found the food to be less than what I expected/hoped for based on the location and the prices.

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“Food good - wait staff = expensive runied evening”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2006

At my 50th birthday celebratikon wait staff intent on glass of wine tasted by college age children repeatedly intervened in meal. If your intent is to be watched take sandwich and bag with Theunderbird wine and eat in front of local police station--much, much cheaper and police will probably act with greater discretion.

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“Great atmosphere but mediocre food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2006

Rattys does have great atmosphere - the piano bar on the second floor and the roof top patio are wonderful. Food is generally mediocre though and the menu has not changed in at least seven years. Fresh seafood is perdiodically better than average, but the sides are all generally disappointing. Service is hit or miss depending on how busy they are. Go later in the evening to avoid the geezer/tourist rush around 6-7. In keeping with most establishments in New Bern everyone is very friendly. For truly good seafood though head next door to MJs.

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“stopped on our honeymoon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2006

We stayed at a small bed and breakfast on the first night of our honeymoon. Captain Ratty's was the only restaurant that we ate at in New Bern before driving to an airport. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was great. Service was also very good. We ate on the 3rd story which is the piano deck. They had someone there playing the piano the whole time we ate. Would definetly recommend

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