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MJ's Raw Bar & Grille
Ranked #4 of 162 Restaurants in New Bern
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout
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Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were looking for Oysters and everyone recommended MJ’s. Upon approaching the restaurant we looked forward to sitting outside but were met with a couple extremely loud local women who made it their business to “speak” to everyone that approached the restaurant. This chased us inside close to a window to take in the sights. There was only one type of oyster offered which is different for a “raw bar”. We enjoyed a dozen oysters and ordered the infamous Bloody Mary that was featured in the Wall Street journal. The presentation was amazing, soft shelled crap, olives, celery, shrimp etc...however the actual drink was sub par, thin, too much hot sauce and barren of horse radish. Waitstaff was very pleasant and told us we made a solid choice by sitting inside as these “local women” are nearly a daily occurrence. Will not be going back!

Date of visit: April 2021
Thank X1230MRmaureeng
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Reviewed 6 April 2021 via mobile

Very busy place! The food was pretty good, a little pricey but it’s right downtown so justifiable. Service was slow but not terrible. Solid American seafood lunch, would come back!

Date of visit: October 2020
Thank TravelDoorsOut
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Reviewed 29 March 2021

A local told us about MJ's and we are glad we took her advice. The service was prompt and the staff very nice. We both had the flounder fish and chips, a good meal.

Date of visit: March 2021
Thank JeanneM74
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Reviewed 28 March 2021

Great fried oyster and shrimp basket and seafood pot pie. Salads were large and fresh. All was delicious and promptly served. This is an appropriately crowded and noisy place. We loved itl.

Date of visit: March 2021
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1  Thank JeanB867
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Reviewed 12 March 2021

We went for an early dinner on the rec of our innkeeper when we asked about local seafood.

It was very disappointing. I don't care that the owner and guests were all scruffy-looking. I don't care that the food wasn't fancy. I've eaten at many a dive with SUPERB food. The owner was sitting at the next table with a wine merchant on a call, visited with everyone who came by, but the kitchen turned out crap food.

I care that the food was not made with care. I had crab cakes ($30 for two) that were the place's specialty. Hmmm. They were, indeed, mostly crab, but the rest of the cake was something like Old Bay seasoning. The crab was BROWN it was so heavily seasoned.

Atrocious.

Date of visit: March 2021
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1  Thank Dixie S
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