Food was excellent!
A little noisy and crowded, felt kind of hectic, but again the food was uniformly excellent, and prices were reasonable. Want to return soon!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food and service,
Excellent food and service, one of the top restaurants in Maryland.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a keeper!
Two couples went on a Saturday night and everyone loved it. The food was fresh and delicious. The atmosphere was laid back
and easy--a big difference from the stuffy Persimmon of old. There was a mix of ages and everyone seemed to be having a good time. To top it off, parking was easy as can be with a lot in the back (county lot). Definitely coming back again.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Persimmon is a predicatable bet on the always delicious category. Menu is well varied and always includes a new dish as well as keeping its wonderful regular dishes. The crab cake platter is "deliciously" filling,very tasty, and well presented. The rack of lamb platter was well enjoyed by those who ordered it. Our waitress was EXCEPTIONAL. Her advice on ordering, her attentiveness, including a soft drink which one guest asked to be brought later in the meal . This place continues to be a bright spot in Bethesda.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
great little spot
This was my first visit since the renovations, and the place still has "it" - that is great food, good wine list, and good service. It so happened that my girlfriend's birthday fell on a Tuesday, which is half-price select wine, sweetening the experience.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
when the front area was full, it was noisy and difficult to carry on a conversation.
food was great, service attentive. would go back.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Persimmon is back!
This was the best meal we've had at Persommon in years. The lobster roll, pate, and other appetizers were spot on terrific. We ordered so many appetizers that we decided to share a main course of snapper in a wonderful cream sauce. Good job, Persimmon!
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great meal. Too loud.
Love the food but noise level is too high. Hard to converse.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time at Persimmon
More casual inside than I expected. Excellent cucumber mint soup. The fish special was very good. The server was very witty and attentive. I plan to go back.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We ate lunch during the week relatively late in the day so the restaurant was empty and quiet. Also it was Bethesda's restaurant week so we were "forced" to choose a dessert, a good thing since the berries and sabayon were delicious! The staples on the menu, fish of the day with corn and bean salad, crab cake, were predictably well done. One of our go-to lunch spots, good value and flavorful food.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistently very good
We have never been disappointed with the food or service.
7/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Appetizers were great
Girlfriend, her daughter and I went there on recommendation by a friend from the area. We were't going to do the restaurant week menu, and only wanted to eat light. She had the smoked trout spring rolls. These were served on a double sauce decorating the plate of a peanut satay sauce and a sweet balsamic reduction. Unbelievable! And the smoked fish flavor really came through. Daughter had a salad..and as teenagers do..mumbled that it was good! ;-) I had the fish soft tacos and found a whole piece of wonderful fish in every taco. Was excellent. I'll definitely go back again!!
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was at its best, and
Food was at its best, and it was especially enjoyable because the restaurant apparently made its whole menu available as part of the Restaurant Week celebration.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great restaurant with a relaxed
Great restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere -loved the salmon and trout spring rolls. Salads were very good.
It was a birthday dinner complete with a candle in the dessert of chocolate mousse.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Persimmon is sweet
Recently remodeld, we returned to this neighborhood gem. The food, the Martinis and the service is excellent. We felt at home there and there is ample metered parking redily available, which is hard to find in busy Bethesda, MD. We definitley shall return.
8/8/2013 5:00:00 PM
Revisiting for the first time in 15
I made a reservation for Persimmon because I had heard that the food was still great AND they had changed the menu. I have no idea why we had stopped going there, but we did. The waiter was great! He made suggestions, and he was 1000% spot on. The food was stupendous. I had the Bronzini which was cooked to perfection, not a bone in it and on a bed of flavorful greens and potato. My wife had the Salmon, and quite honestly I have not seen Salmon cooked that well in a long time. Many other restaurants you ask for it medium rare and it either comes w the outside cooked and the center like sushi or it is too well done, there is a very fine line, but they got it right on! My friend had the Short Ribs and in a word, they were SPECTACULAR!!!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
There isn't one sound absorbing surface in the place. Next time I go I'll measure.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
I never have to worry about having a bad meal here. The food has always been excellent!
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Neighborhood Spot
My wife and I have been fans of Persimmon for some time. The food is fantastic; we always start with the Wasabi oysters. I had the lamb this time but usually try the fresh fish, the salmon and tuna are both wonderful. My wife loves the scallops but has also enjoyed the short ribs. The service is friendly and casual. It's a small restaurant so would not recommend for an imitate conversation over dinner.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is my boss' go-to lunch spot -- and where they chose as the destination for lunch with my husband and I.
I communicated earlier in the day via OpenTable that one person would be in a wheelchair, and they had the table ready when we arrived, which was very nice of them - and shows the special requests are read!
The food was great, esp. the lobster rolls, and the service very good - kept up on drinks, asked if music was too loud, etc.
Will definitely return.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food but noisy
Great food, unique combinations of flavors!! Very noisy at dinner time, conversations were difficult to hear.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The remodeled Persimmon is terrific
My first time back to Persimmon after their remodeling and menu change will not be my last. The crowded feel of the old place is gone. Even though the space is small, the table spacing is pleasant. Best is the food. Nicely priced and inventive. The chicken liver terrine with bread at $4 is a steal and could not have been more delicious as an appetizer (although listed as a side dish). I had the half-rack of lamb, crusted and with some barbeque flavor. Excellent! I highly recommend this restaurant.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Once in a blue moon everything comes together and our dinner at Persimmon did just that. We have eaten at Persimmon several times and was always good but this time was really good. Everyone (3) was over the moon. Never have we had our dinner conversations overflow to the following day. This time was a first. We still can not get over how delish it was. The vegetables were 5 star, the rack of lamb, perfect, the rib eye to perfection, and the encrusted salmon melted in your mouth. Nothing left to say but please keep it coming. Even the Sancerre wine as chilled to perfection, which isn't easy, I am fussy.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thank goodness Permission reopened. Better than ever, seasonings on everything just perfect. The eggplant gnocchi served with the seared salmon were to die for, can't wait to come back and order try that same dish again.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my first visit to Persimmon and I enjoyed it. The food was very good--the two fish dishes we had were fresh and flavorful, with generous servings--and the service was good, too. My only negatives were the noise level, which increased as the evening went on, and the lighting, which decreased to the point where it was hard to see what was in front of us.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
A gourmets delight!
Well, it never ceases to amaze me how this restaurant keeps quality and service at such high levels. We always have a great menu choice and our selections did not disappoint. Our dinners were excellent and cooked to order. The service was spot on, as usual. Sometimes we get the same server, but they are all very attentive, informative and have a lot of patience. Sometimes we take a little longer to decide on our selections, and they are always pleasant. We try to come to Persimmon at least once a week, we really do like this restaurant and hope it continues.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dependably very good
Disappointments are rare at this restaurant. Every guest whom I have brought has become a regular.
9/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
Autumn Lunch in Bethesda
This is my favorite restaurant in Bethesda. Small, intimate....every dish is beautifully presented and excellent. Wonderful for business lunches as well as "date nights". A real perk is the parking behind the restaurant...(seems to be a lot yet undiscovered by the downtown hordes.)
At a business lunch on a brilliant autumn day last week our party sat near the windows with the light filtering in...and sat...and sat....not wanting to leave. Lovely afternoon after a beautiful meal concluding with evil-good desserts.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our first visit back since
Our first visit back since renovation. Though menu basically unchanged for the last decade, the food was really good. The renovations were disappointing and did nothing to improve the dining experience, especially the noise. Service staff was helpful and pleasant. Would go back there again
9/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had a delicious dinner
We had a delicious dinner the other night. My husband loved the oysters and scallops and the burger I had was one of the best I've ever tasted. We were too full for dessert but have enjoyed it on previous occasions. The only criticism is the drink I had was not very good. I ordered a cosmopolitan and it was a bit bitter. Other than that it was a very good evening!
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Persimmon always has an array of food selections that are expertly prepared. I was a little disappointed in the dessert choices which seemed spare. The usual cheesecake and chocolate mousse/pudding. We tried the peach empanada which had barely any peach filling but a nice thin crust. The caramel sauce was hard to detect there was so little of it. The entrees, however, were worth the visit. The red snapper had a wonderful accompaniment of fresh veggies and pieces of lobster too. Very tasty.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
We frequently eat here and the food is always very good. The pre theater menu is very attractive.
10/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
One doesn't need to travel all the way downtown to experience exceptional food. Persimmon can go toe to toe with any DC restaurant's kitchen.
The 4 of us all had different dishes -- seafood, beef and fish and each was convinced that he had the winning dish. My litmus test of a good chef is the simple crab cake--all wonderful crab meat not competing with heavy fillers or unnecessary chopped vegetables and herbs. Perfection!
The short ribs, ordered by the fussiest of our group, disappeared off his plate before I could get a taste. The portions were very generous and unfortunately, we were too full to sample dessert.
I hadn't been to Persimmon in a couple of years -- just kind of forgot about it- hiding in plain sight. Dessert next time.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quiet space with delicious food
A lovely brunchh one Sunday at Persimmon with an elderly family friend. It was quiet
so we could all have a lively and inclusive conversation and the lighting
was good so we could all read our menus without problems. Service was
friendly, not too slow and not too fast so we could all enjoy our time
together without the stress of needing to eat and leave. Food was tasty
and prepared as each of us had requested. Parking was easy and we
left confirming that we would go again.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful dining experience
My sister and I brought my parents to Persimmon following a matinee show at the Roundhouse Theatre on Sunday. Initially, the restaurant was quiet because we arrived so early in the evening. By the time we left, the restaurant was full. Newly renovated, the restaurant was small but open, fresh, modern and clean. Our waiter was friendly and funny in a dry sort of way, attentive but not intrusive. We ordered: the sake tuna I ordered was delicious, cooked rare, sushi grade and set upon a bed of Israeli couscous seasoned with roasted red pepper, red onion, snow peas in a sweet chili sauce. Yum! My father ordered the pan seared salmon with potato gnocci. Also yum. The wasabi crusted oysters with cucumber relish was to die for.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Getting better and better....
My friends and I enjoyed our meal at Persimmon very much, and the service was very good indeed. We are regular customers at Persimmon and found the food to be better this time than ever before. Well done!
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always very good
I never hesitate to take a friend to Persimmon. All of those for whom it was the first time have gone back later, as did my most recent guest. The restaurant does a particularly good job with fish. The wine selection, while relatively small, is well chosen and reasonably priced. I only wish they would get a more reliable espresso machine.
10/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Worth a Return
When I checked online to see what people thought of the newly reopened Persimmon, the reviews were grim: "It's too dark, it's too cold, it's too noisy, the menu is full of sandwiches."
I don't normally write OpenTable reviews, but in this case I feel it's worth the effort, because Persimmon has not jumped the shark. Yes, the wood paneling and furniture is dark, but I didn't find it offensive. The restaurant was not cold; it was not noisy. And they still have Rockfish on the dinner menu, so we left feeling more than satisfied.
This is a younger, trendier Persimmon, but it's still worthwhile.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've been to Persimmon before and liked it a lot. But the meal we had on Saturday, with friends, was excellent in every respect. We enjoyed every dish we had immensely. The food was flavorful and nothing was over-salted, a frequent flaw in restaurants we've patronized. The service was as good as the food. The waiter was knowledgeable, imparted all the necessary info (including the prices of all the specials), he was funny and he wasn't intrusive. The food came promptly and the hot dishes came that way. And we weren't hurried in the least.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food as always was excellent.
The food as always was excellent. The wine list is very good, but a bit pricey. The service was excellent. The restaurant, like many in this day and age, I find it somewhat noisier than I would like. Perhaps most people would would be less critical of this than I am.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
A night out
Generous servings of great quality.... have been here several times and never have been disappointed with menu and various specials...
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect Neighborhood Restaurant
We really like the new incarnation of Persimmon. It suits out needs and tastes perfectly. Good food, perfect menu and wonderful server.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Exceeded our expectations!
We drove past Persimmon on Wisconsin Ave because it has a low-key, nondescript kind of facade. But the ambience inside is neat and cozy for this remodeled, slightly pricy bistro, which exceeded our expectations in the quality of its food. We ordered the Smoked Trout Spring Rolls, Tuna and Avocado Tartar, Blackened Fish Soft Tacos and Sautéed Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes - all were excellent! Persimmon also has a wide-ranging wine list. We will definitely return!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lovely, quiet dinner
A compact place with a very solid menu. We shared the antipasto/charcuterie which was wonderful, and easily could have been a starter for four. Both entrees were good, to the extent I ate maybe a bit too much. The wine list skewed a bit on the pricier side than expected. We would definitely go back.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a favorite
Hadn't been there in over a year, but it's delightful as always. Great food and staff!
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Can be variable but was quote
Can be variable but was quote good tonight. Some menu changes orote specials would be welcome
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was terrific! First time
Food was terrific! First time I ate at Persimmon since it opened after teh remodel.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Keep going back
The food, service and experience is always great at persimmon. This is my 5 visit and plan on many future diners there. Have eaten at the bar which I highly recommend.
12/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent Dining during the week
We really enjoy the food, but find the noise on weekends unbearable. Recommend a both on a weekday.
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had never heard of this restaurant but received a gift card. Nice service and food, smallish tables but sat at the window which is always nice. Waiter was efficient and pleasant. Announced specials by heart and order was correct and timely. Nice evening.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM