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“Very disappointing visit” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Chelsea

The Chelsea
Ranked #4 of 167 Restaurants in New Bern
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$4 - US$20
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
North Carolina
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148 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Very disappointing visit”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2014

After reading several great reviews about The Chelsea, we decided to make a reservation for dinner on a recent business trip to New Bern. The restaurant has two levels: the lower level for more casual dining and the upper for what one would assume was more fine dining. We were asked to follow the hostess up the staircase. Let it suffice to say that her skirt should have been at least a foot longer if she was going to "lead the way". We were seated at a lovely corner table and were quickly welcomed by our server, Amanda. She was an absolute delight throughout the meal. She was friendly, courteous, neat, and knowledgeable. She was, in fact, the highlight of the evening. There was a large, loud party that made conversation for other diners difficult. Amanda did try to improve the situation by pulling a curtain divider.
We had been lead to believe that since the lower level was "casual" that we would be dining with folks who wanted a more sophisticated atmosphere. Not so. Shorts, tee shirts, and baseball caps were the norm.
My husband ordered a fish dish which was dry and boring. I ordered chicken bruschetta which arrived with two fillets topped with tomatoes and cheese that had been melted but was now solidified. I did eat one of the fillets and found it to be acceptable but not exceptional. When I checked the second one, I found it to be completely black on the bottom. Not only had the "chef" burned the meat, but then decided to hide it by putting the burned side down...as though the customer would not notice it. The manager did adjust our bill: by subtracting the cost of one half of the dish (after I declined a free dessert).
Overall, it was a total waste of our time and money.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
1 review
“Last minute Decision”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

What a plesant surprise in downtown New bern. I had 1 of the best NY Strips ever, along with the bacon wrapped scallops (6or8 of them) Step Mom (picky eater) ordered 2 appetizers soft shell crabs and the tuna ...11$ each, it was a meal in itself, wife had what they called a cheesecake, it's 0ne of there specialies, a seafood dish with shrimp scallops and crabmeat, she's still ranting about it. This is wonderful find with GREAT FOOD-GREAT SERVICE..We'll be back again..

  • Visited June 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 Jack W
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United Kingdom
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30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Fantastic place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014

Superb menu. Normally I find 3 or 4 items that I really like on a menu, with the rest just sounding okay. Here, I could happily have sampled almost everything. The special coconut-crusted grouper was superb. Very friendly staff too. I'll be back there during this trip.

Visited May 2014
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Thank Legs E
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Saskatoon, SK
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88 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Great Experience at The Chelsea”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014

Was in New Bern for the first time, on business. Both the hotel and client recommended The Chelsea as the #1 spot to hit first. Our team of 7 walked over from the hotel - restaurant is easily located. Everyone shared and enjoyed appetizers: pulled pork potato skins, bacon wrapped scallops, fried green tomatoes. I also ordered a starter of the Cream of Crab soup. All starters were incredible. My entrée was the shrimp and grits, a very popular menu item judging by the slogan displayed on the shirts being worn by staff. Unbelievably delicious. Everyone at the table had a wonderful experience - portions are plentiful and food is truly southern - rich and hearty. Atmosphere and service was top notch. If you like southern food and non-chain restaurants, this is the place. Plenty of options, and features seafood, steak, chicken, and pork. Prices very reasonable - high end menu for mid-range price.

  • Visited May 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MrJeph
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Kinston, North Carolina
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Good Stuff.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

We always eat at the Chelsea when we visit New Bern. The food is always good. Best to go when it's "not peak" lunch and/or dinner time. Reasonable prices.

Visited April 2014
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