Persimmon
Persimmon

Persimmon

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.persimmonrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3016549860x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch & Dinner -
    Tuesday - Friday 11 am - 9:45 pm
    Saturday 5 pm - 9:45 pm
    Sunday 11 am - 9 pm
    Sunday Brunch 11 am - 2 pm

    CLOSED MONDAYS AND SATURDAY AFTERNOONS
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Damian Salvatore
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Persimmon can accommodate specialized catering needs.
  • Private Party Facilities: Persimmon can accommodate reservations for large parties and offers additional options for private and semi-private dining events.
  • Private Party Contact: Megan Darnall - Megan@persimmonrestaurant.com (301) 654-9860x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Leland & Walsh Sts.
  • Public Transit: Bethesda Metro on Red Line
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Metered public parking lot conveniently located behind the restaurant
    ***parking lot is free on Saturday and Sunday***
A word from Persimmon
Newly renovated Persimmon is bringing a more bistro vibe to the neighborhood offering up unforgettable favorites along with a handful of fresh new fares!

Bring an appetite for great food & wine, bistro design, and a few less dimes!

Let's Gather & Eat!


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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Persimmon reviews from OpenTable diners
88 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (58)fit for foodies (48)special occasion (22)great for lunch (21)romantic (8)notable wine list (7)great for brunch (7)good for groups (6)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (2)scenic view (1)hot spot (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Great food. Wonderful presentation. Nice atmosphere - good for conversation. Just great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Year in, year out, this friendly place delivers creative, high quality food and an excellent wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Persimmon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Persimmon is consistently wonderful from the service to the food to the ambiance. Whether we sit at the bar or at a table, we always have great food and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what it used to be
    eat2much
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This used to be a very nice restaurant. It's been redecorated and the menu has changed. Both are now much less interesting. We had dinner there a few months ago that was very ordinary. This past weekend we had brunch there only because they started serving at 11. I ordered the eggs benedict with salmon, orange juice and home fries. They were out of salmon, so they substituted prosciutto. I sent the OJ and home fries back, because the OJ was old and bitter and the home fries were soggy and drowning in oil. We won't go back.
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  • Well worth the walk from Metro
    pragmaticgourmetVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We schlepped over after work, before a Round House Theatre performance. Took about 10 minutes to walk down Wisconsin. The location is not great, which may be the reason we could walk into the place and around 6 on a Thursday night and find plenty of empty tables. The food and service were stellar, and were Persimmon located in the heart of happenings in Landmark Row, you'd have to reserve far in advance for prime time tables. The starters menu had some creative dishes that we plan to go back and try, but we stuck with a special entree and a standard--halibut with polenta and oyster mushrooms, and lamb chops. Both dishes were perfection. And served up by a friendly waiter who kept an attentive eye on us but never intruded. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diner friendly
    RWoodBVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    No MoCo restaurant does mussels better. Also very good are the salads, especially the beet and goat cheese. Ask if one can substitute something in a dish and be give several choices. The list of wines by the glass has some very good and reasonable priced options. The only think I would change is the coffee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Underwhelming
    gebair
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Having read a recent review from the Washington Post food critic that was quite positive, we are looking forward to a night out here. Boy were we disappointed. At 7:00 pm, the place was not all that crowded, but the service was slow and lackluster. For a neighborhood restaurant, the prices were high and the food only mediocre. The fried oysters were cold and soggy. The halibut was good, I will concede. With no dessert and a couple of glasses of middling wine, the bill was over $120. Dessert was not ordered. Bread came to other tables, but not to ours! We will not be returning anytime soon.
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  • Jacques
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Food and service were quite good. Wines were half-price the day (Tuesday) we went. We ate outside so there was traffic noise (not surprisingly). Can't really rate ambiance as we weren't in the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, lackluster service
    LadyDi
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    While the food at Persimmon is very good, the wait staff is indifferent at best, bordering on negligent. The servers change throughout the meal and seem unconcerned about one's dining experience. One example is that we had to ask for bread twice. But it's more a matter of general indifference. Also, the wine list is unduly pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant has changed
    mccall
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    My husband and used to go to this restaurant all the time. For awhile they were closed-I think a change in management. We went back recently and it just wasn't the same. We felt the staff was very cold. The food was still good, but the overall service has changed. We were very disappointed.
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  • Very good for seafood
    RWoodBVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Persimmon does a particularly good job with salmon, tuna, scallops, and mussels. The ingredients are very good and the kitchen knows how to work with them. The wine list is brief, but well chosen and reasonably priced. The service is attentive, but not intrusive
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had not been to Persimmon since they remodeled Loved the new casual atmosphere. All of our meals were DELISH! Waiter was engaging and fun. Will definitely dine here again very soon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Always a treat to dine at Persimmon. Excellent wait staff and food marvelously done. Cheers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistent
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    It would be nice if the menu could change periodically.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    They handed us silverware that hadn't run through the dishwasher and most of the food was either under-seasoned or tasted store bought. Very overpriced for the quality.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Wow finally an excellent restaurant in Bethesda! Most are so average. We hadn't bee to Persimmon for a long time and were just so pleased with everything. Every dish we and our friends ordered was fabulous-good job!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasteless tilapia
    RWoodBVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I have had the fish tacos before, but they were disappointing on this occasion because the fish had been overcooked. The selection of wines by the glass was very good, and reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Passable Sunday brunch
    KikiVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We visited the remodeled Persimmon for the first time for a family Sunday brunch. The decor was pleasant, the vibe, relaxed, and the service, (too) prompt. (We would have liked a slower paced meal.) The eggs benedict (one with proshiutto and one with smoked salmon) were carefully prepared, nicely soft and runny with a pleasantly tart hollandaise sauce. The waffles were nicely browned, but the fruit topping seemed canned. We also ordered a fruit plate which was passable if unimaginative and stingily sized. With coffee and tip, this pleasant enough brunch set us back about $80. I might take out of town guests back some day. But Cafe Deluxe in Bethesda offers a similar experience for a few dollars less,iwith a better street view.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New and Improved
    Fit4foodiesVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    we have now had two or three meals here since it's reopening....we've enjoyed each one! I always find several things on the menu that appeal to me and have to make a decision.... it's more comfortable than it had been and I like the food selection better..... it will definitely be one of my go to places in bethesda which is where I live
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anneVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    llGreat lobster rolls with plenty of lobster. Good place to be able to talk (booth)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delish
    PJaesMom
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We ate outside at tables on Wisconsin. Quiet, despite traffic. So many menu options, we must return to try more. Cocktails, empanadas, oysters, crab cakes, catch of the day--all were delicious. Service was impeccable. So convenient to Quotidian Theater (Writers Workshop), I know I'll return. You should try it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Where is the old Persimmon???
    dtssfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Just had lunch here and was very disappointed. Both with my meal and the service. And the ambience is now cold and uninviting; not a great make-over if you ask me. I won't be coming back to what used to be one of my favorite lunch spots.
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  • Birthdaygirl
    judigee
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    As always, the crabcakes were exceptional. Large lump backfin, no breading or heavy spice. Dessert is always difficult to choose because all are delicious, but this time we had the chocolate cake with molten center, topped with a dollop of whipped cream. Delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • satisfiedVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The rack of lamb is excellent and nice that you can order a half rack. Short ribs also excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Persimmon Fine for lunch
    NB41VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    This is a good neighborhood lunch place, although I miss the old menu, which was more creative and careful. Yhis is OK !
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Persimmon has become a bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    This restaurant has gone downscale from its earlier existence. It aspires to emulate the Bistro model but it is no Diplomat. The menu is quite limited, the wine list is heavy on South American and African and the wine by the bottle is overpriced. The food was tasty but a far cry from the "old Persimmon.
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  • Kick back and enjoy!
    Nancster
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Starting off with the warm welcome and followed quickly by a perfectly chilled martini, our evening at Persimmon was just what we needed after a stress-filled week. We've long been fans of the sister restaurant, Wild Tomato. There's a lovely neighborhood vibe to both places where you can just sit back and linger over drinks, the meal, dessert, coffee….bliss. I enjoyed the empanada starter. My main, the beautifully cooked, presented, and amply served scallops were delightful. I should have followed the gentle lead of our server when he asked if I wanted the starter portion…would have been a more proper serving size for me as I had to auction off the last of the scallops having eaten my fill. Wonderful profiteroles for dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • horribly noisy
    PaulBVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Difficult to have a conversation the noise was so loud..........and we were in a quiet location, by the bar
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner treat
    easierthancooking
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Great service, and no issues with accommodating my diet regimen. Server was only around when needed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food restrictions
    tryit
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    One of the things I appreciated about Persimmon was their willingness to adapt the dish I wanted to my gluten and dairy intolerance. Made it feel simple. My scallops were still delicious even with the modifications
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LannieVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The BEST crab cakes! Held together with NO filling! Really excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great experience.
    HarryfVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Food is always fantastic. Not noisy and too busy. Newly redecorated to accentuate the bar, but I'm not sure that is what most look for., It may be better for the folks who drink and have to wait for their tables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yummy Rack of Lamb
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The rack of lamb was as good as always, although I asked for the Mashed Potatoes, Onion Strings, and Spinach setup that usually comes with the short ribs instead of the Au Gratin potatoes. The Chicken Pate with Grilled Baguette was a really tasty appetizer. The 2011 Sivas Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon that was one of the featured red wines was really good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 55 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1252 reviews are from the Persimmon reviews archive.
  • Food was Really Good
    Gail
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    The Empenada's are excellent and the duck salad plentiful. Just a little slow on the service. Would go back again for sure
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food & Service
    kre8or
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I never realized that service would play such an important role in how enjoyable a meal may be. I thought the food was aceptable but not outstanding on something I felt was not difficult (eggs benedict) but our server was unattentive and sloppy as well. I don't know if I would go back to Persimmon's.
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  • Persimmon has slipped...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Persimmon was my first choice for a mid-week birthday dinner for 4, but the place has changed. We chose a booth, but this isolated us from the body of the restaurant, and our server. Drink order was delayed, leaving us waiting to toast. Wrapped napkins held salad forks, undersized for dinner. Our initial server was brusque and indifferent. Things improved when the food arrived: tuna tartar was a high point, while arugula salad with hint of fennel and sliced ricotta was absolutely unremarkable. Excellent rock fish fillet over cilantro rice and red snapper with asparagus and orzo. The food almost made up for the remarkably poor service, which left a bitter taste. I won't return and, sadly, it was clear that restaurant could care less.
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  • sammyVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    I hadn't dined at Persimmons in the last few years. Unfortunately, the waiter was so bad and rude. I won't go back.
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  • Bp
    Barry
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Good food with a nice variety. Service was a little slow but very friendly. No kids menu
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My go to place.
    Hard2please
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We have eaten all over the world. We've also eaten all around town for forty years. This is where we go for good food,always, pleasent wait staff, and a friendly atmosphere. It's a neighbor gem. Is it small, yes, is it noisy,yes, is the food fantastic, yes, when you walk in the door are you greeted with a warm hello, yes. Its a fabulous neighborhood restaurant. What else can one ask for?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LesTVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I have eaten here many times. The food, as usual, was very good. (I love their Smoked Trout "spring rolls.") My companion and I shared an order of the spring rolls. Then I haad a very nice Cesar salad followed by the "fresh catch", a white fish. Very good! My compaion had a special - soft shell crab. Again very good. The wine list is interesting. No dessert - we were on our waay to a concert. We had a New York State Riesling from a winery I had not heard of. It was very good. I think it is great when a resaurant show some imagination about where their wines come from.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate