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“Big praise for small town restaurant!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Chelsea

The Chelsea
Ranked #4 of 167 Restaurants in New Bern
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $4 - $20
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Richmond, Virginia
1 review
“Big praise for small town restaurant!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2014

Pleasant surprise passing through this small town. Party of 7 and everyone was happy. I had the crab cakes and I must say Maryland has nothing on you! All meat not too rich or too spicy. Perfect. Tasted wife's shrimp and grits also outstanding. My friend across the table had the brisket sandwich and couldn't stop licking his fingers. Service was 1st class even had a visit from the chef, nice touch. Can't wait too come back and try the steak.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mike T
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English first
Newtown, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“A Good Choice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2014

Following a recommendation by our B&B hosts, my husband ordered the Shrimp and Grits. Being a Yankee the word "grits" struck fear in his heart, but he's adventurous and went ahead and ordered it. This dish was absolutely amazing! The flavors blended beautifully and the grits were creamy and delicious. Don't be afraid - try it. It won't disappoint!

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Judy S
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Randolph, Vermont
Level Contributor
271 reviews
210 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Over the Top ... Way Over”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2014

I sampled four dishes at The Chelsea and found all four suffering from trying to be too wildly creative, rich and excessive. This is a trend in contemporary restaurants, but it is really a smokescreen for what should be the essence of good cuisine, which is to serve high quality ingredients, immaculately prepared, in complementary combinations.

I had never experienced Southern style shrimp and grits, so this was a first. The grits were rich and creamy and smothered in bacon chips and a sauce that made the shrimp seems like an afterthought. It was tasty, but so loaded with fat that it killed my appetite for anything that followed. Ditto the Caesar salad. The fried green tomatoes were served with a half-inch doughnut of mozzerella cheese (?) filled with an unidentifiable sauce. As for the tangy acidity that makes this a dish worth eating, it was no where to be seen. And where does a restaurant get green tomatoes in early March?

A redeeming factor was the cheerful, upbeat service from an anxious to please staff. Tell the chef to relax, guys, and to develop recipes that accentuate, not obliterate, the southern cuisine.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank StepMorris1
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New Bern, North Carolina, USA
Level Contributor
32 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Convenient”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2014

It's far enough "up the street" in downtown New Bern, that you don't have to wait long for seating. Food is creative and well-prepared. Top-of-the Heap" for New Bern which is certainly no food paradise! The bar is very unwelcoming, but the servers are well-trained and very pleasant.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank rfdorse
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New Bern, North Carolina
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71 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Very nice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

One of New Bern's better restaurants. Until well, the one over the water.. opened it was our go to spot. Never had a bad meal. Have had slow service but it was always busy. Very good food. Parking can be challenging. Have been for lunch, dinner, & special events. All were done tastefully in every sense of the word.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kitamon121
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