top of page



Lawson's On The Creek is located in the NC History Center along the waterfront. LOTC is one of the only waterfront restaurants in New Bern.

We offer  a Gourmet Deli-Style Cafe House-Made Sandwiches &Salads, a Waterfront Patio - Beautiful River Views - Focus on NC Craft Beer & Wine by the Glass - Always Fresh & House Made - Daily Specials - Catering Available.

Conveniently located in downtown New Bern you can stop in for a bite to eat and a refreshing drink and start your tour of New Bern and Tryon Palace.



Lawson’s Landing Café, nestled into the terrifically desirable location on the Trent river in the North Carolina History Center, is a deli-style eatery that offers fresh craft-made sandwiches, specialty paninis, and inventive salads. 

Owned by brothers Richard and David Williamson, the duo first came up with the idea to open a restaurant because they just wanted a place to eat some steamed shrimp and drink a beer on the New Bern waterfront on a Sunday afternoon. 

“I had a small deli in Wilmington years ago, and my family had partial ownership in the old River Bend Yacht Club, so David and I have wanted to open a restaurant together for some time,” says Richard.  “We hope that Lawson’s on the Creek is a place that brings people together for good food, drinks and entertainment.” 

The brothers are cooking up some Southern favorites like homemade chicken, shrimp and potato salads, house-made lemonade and orangeade, and yummy tater tots with a variety of toppings.  Recent guests have enjoyed the Ruben, fresh vegetarian options, the indoor and outdoor dining, as well as the attentiveness of the staff. 

“Our homemade soups are one of our specialties,” says Richard. “But we want our menu to be eclectic and casual, using local ingredients and fresh catch options as much as possible, because after all Tryon Fish Market is just across the street!  At the same time, we’re not above grilled cheese sandwiches and hot dogs for the kiddos.” 

The café serves various bottle beers and wine by the glass as well as NC craft beer on tap.

“We just like good food,” says Richard.  “Moreover, we enjoy cooking good food for our friends. My mother used to tell me all the time, if you do something you love, you never work a day in your life, so that is our approach in our new venture.  The way David and I see it, good things come to those who get up and go after it.”

By Anne Marie Byrd


Owned by brothers David (left) and Richard (right) Williamson, they set out to open a restaurant on the water that every one can enjoy!

Richard runs the ship most days & has the best smile that you're sure to see peak out from the kitchen to check on his guests! There's nothing he can't or won't do at LOTC - cook, serve, make drinks, bus tables etc.

He grew up in New Bern & graduated from New Bern High School. After college, he did some traveling abroad & decided to come back to his hometown to open LOTC & The PourHouse 222.

He enjoys good food, a cold beer or nice bottle of Merlot, cooking, swimming, water skiing, golfing & planning vacations! You'll see David behind the scenes too in the daytime but helps run their sister business 222!

bottom of page