Dining Downtown!

Updated: May 23

Weather permitting there will be outdoor seating for restaurants between the 200-300 block of Middle St. and the 200 block Craven St. This is allowed from 5-11pm Friday and Saturday evenings. This will allow restaurants to serve customers in an open-air environment. Also, please note that restaurants will be following NC Health Dept. guidelines with only 50% capacity indoors, socially-distanced seating, and extra sanitization.


Below is a list of the downtown restaurants along with their opening status. Not everyone had their information posted by the time I created this list, so please be patient and check-in with their social media if you don't see them listed below. Also, as restaurants reopen please have patience with them. They have new operating procedures and adjusted seating charts so there will be a learning curve. Pretend like you're dining in Europe (pre-Covid) where no one's in a rush (after-all, it might even feel like Europe with all the open-air seating ;)):


Bakers Kitchen: They have not only a unique dinner menu at night on weekends but also serve beer and wine in the evenings. Their dinner menu consists of a few Italian classics along with their traditional Southern classics.


Bay Leaf: Carry out only.


Beer Army: Open with limited menu starting at 5pm for dining-in, Not accepting reservations, will use the "call-ahead" method. Option for "hands-off" dining where you can view food and menu online.


Bellas Cafe:


Blackbeard's Triple Play:


Brewery99: Carry out only.


Captain Ratty's: Curbside and take out, plus outdoor seating, disposable menus, breakfast-lunch-dinner served 7-days a week.


The Chelsea: The Chelsea is reopening (woah did I just hear a squeal of delight?). The Chelsea will start table service inside and street café at 5 pm today.  They will resume normal operating hours tomorrow @ 11 am (Mon – Thurs  11 am – 9 pm, Fri/Sat 11 am – 10 pm, Sunday – closed). Oh btw... Brewery 99 beers will be on-tap... holla!


Country Biscuit: Open for indoor and outdoor dining starting Saturday!


Cow Cafe: Dining-in and street cafe seating is starting this evening. They have a viewing window where you can watch the ice cream being made on ice cream making days and of course their freshly popped popcorn in a variety of flavors.


Crema Brew: Outdoor tables with umbrellas will be set up for extra space.


Cypress Hall: Open 12-10pm Thursday- Saturday, 12-9pm Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Reservation recommended.


MJs Raw Bar & Grill: Dining hours are Sunday-Thursday 11AM-9PM, Friday-Saturday, 11AM-10pm


Morgans Tavern: Will be postponing reopening until Wednesday May 27th.


Persimmons: Reservation-only. Open 11am-9pm Tuesday-Sunday.


Pirates Cove:


Tap That Brewery: Open and allowed to dine-in. They are a membership-based brewery that serves a selection of flatbreads and nachos.


Thai Angel: Carry out only.


If your listing is inaccurate or you have additional information you'd like posted, please don't hesitate to message us with your updated information: https://www.newbern-hdra.com/contact

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