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The Chelsea

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335 Middle Street, New Bern, NC 28560
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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New Bern, North Carolina
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100 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My favorite "upscale" restaurant in New Bern. Their shrimp & grits, steaks, burgers, and numerous specials are always very good. I never hesitate to bring guests here for a great meal. The only thing I have ever been dissatisfied with is the lack of variety on their dessert menu; it remains largely unchanged year after year and I never find... More 

Thank Shanan G
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food, great service! Everything was great! The Pepsi braised short ribs and coconut cream pie were excellent! Right in the heart of downtown New Bern.

Thank Tara V
New Bern, Nc
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You can go for lunch or dinner and you will not be disappointed. The large menu can satisfy everyone's tastes. The service is always outstanding. The food is fresh and top notch. Small or large parties, Chris and his crew are always accommodating. Prices are reasonable for what you get. Love their Brown Butter BBQ chicken and their fried green... More 

Thank maurbetta
Raleigh, North Carolina
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Even though we had made reservations well in advance, our 15+ group had to wait to be seated and to get food. A simple dinner turned into a three hour wait. I wish the restaurant would put more wait staff on duty when they know they will have large groups. Commenting on the food seems unfair sinc it was delivered... More 

Thank RaleighGirl714
New Bern, North Carolina
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248 reviews
220 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The food was good and the service was good. I would classify our experience as average for such a highly recognized and recommended restaurant.

Thank robert f
Chocowinity, North Carolina
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We had friends visiting from Texas. We took them to the Chelsea to taste a southern classic "Shrimp and Grits". From start to finish the meal was wonderful and our server was wonderful. We would suggest that everyone give this restaurant a try.

Thank Denise S
Hilton Head, South Carolina
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363 reviews
218 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I pass through New Bern about once each summer (Hilton Head Island to the Eastern Shore of MD) and this was my 4th visit... The food and service have been consistently excellent... Today was no exceptions... Potstickers and Brussel Sprout salad to start and two different pasta dishes as mains... Bread pudding for desert all accompanied by a nice bottle... More 

Thank DocHarrisHHI
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16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you could just have one meal in New Bern to experience what this small town is about, it should be The Chelsea. Shrimp and grits, brown buttered chicken and steaks to die for. Fresh local seafood, blue cheese dip, yum. They always have a good wine section and the service is usually excellent.

Thank LaFoodie75
Apex, NC, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Tryon Palace box office recommended this for lunch before our Trolley tour (the trolley starts right across the street). Great atmostphere (used to be a pharmacy), great food (salmon was wonderful), friendly service and we made it back in time (once we told the waitress that we only had 45 minutes). Highly recommended.

Thank Angelique T
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111 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a sweet looking spot. The hostess acts like she is doing you a favor by seating you. No eye contact whatsoever. The waitress Morgan was warm and genuine. The food is average at best. And an expensive special. $30! I'd skip this one.

Thank DMZ56

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$4 - $20
American, Gluten Free
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Bar scene, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 335 Middle Street, New Bern, NC 28560
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  New Bern
  • Phone Number: 252-637-5469

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?