Persimmon

4.6
2192 reviews
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Persimmon is a beloved neighborhood bistro offering up unforgettable favorites!

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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful menu, well prepared imaginative dishes and attentive, but not intrusive, service. Only minus is that the wood floors and booths tend to magnify noise during crowded times. I suggest dining early (lunch and dinner) and enjoying the calm.

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A
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Persimmon is always delicious and consistent in great food and service.

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s
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Good and creative entrees and attentive servers. The place is looking run-down, however, and could use some noise reducing materials.

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c
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've lived in Bethesda for 26 years and this was our first time at Persimmon. It was wonderful. Food, wine, service: perfect. We'll be back for sure.

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DZ
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice local restaurant, good choice for something different

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i
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

When we said we’d share the wedge salad, it came plated for two. That’s service. It’s why we keep coming back in addition to the food.

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NK
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best kept secret in the area

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SP
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great consistent food and great drinks. Bartender Lee is a trip.

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KB
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Persimmon is a neighborhood gem. A small bistro that sweats the details. The wait staff is engaged, knowledgeable and attentive but never intrusive. The food shines. The menu items are always supplemented with specials. I have been three times now and have never been disappointed.

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DC
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Kudos to the staff at Persimmons (Liz/Hostess and Ash/Waiter on our most recent visit) knowledgeable, friendly, obliging, and dedicated to customer satisfaction. We are creatures of habit and often order the same items. The Antipasto Board of Meats, Cheeses and Chicken Pate is more than enough to split between 2 diners as a single appetizer: sinfully indulgent. Steamed PEI Mussels Provencal Style were delicious; they should use the broth as a sauce in other fish dishes! (Really. Please think about it...) The crab cake is good, although not exceptional for the DC area. Our "Daily Fresh Catch" (red snapper on this visit) with a mélange of shrimp and vegetables is always terrific; regrettably on this visit the snapper was overcooked --- it was whisked away and replaced without complaint (always the sign of a smart kitchen and a fine-dining experience.) Desserts are always interesting, but we were so full, we took the cheesecake with top-notch house made whipped cream home! A solid B+/A on every visit.

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E
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been coming to Persimmon maybe once every three years for about fifteen years. The food has been consistently excellent, fresh, imaginative, beautifully prepared.

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DB
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Food and service were excellent. We mentioned to the hostess that we thought the decor was a bit harsh. Could do with the old persimmon warmth and some table cloths. She said they are planning to repaint very soon. I expect they get frequent comments like this from long time fans such as we. They also could use some sound absorbing materials as well.

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D
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

A/C was very cold. Wrong food delivered - tuna on Nicoise salad instead of salmon. However, food was delicious, service attentive. Deservedly one of the better places to go. Easy parking behind restaurant.

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j
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love our neighborhood restaurant. Food is always excellent. Menu has great variety for all tastes and eating restrictions . Service is always excellent. I can’t say enough about my favorite go to restaurant:)

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently delicious food and great service! This is one of our “go to” restaurants for birthdays, anniversaries, etc., and it doesn’t disappoint!

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LP
Washington DC
231 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tuna tartare/avocado starter was the standout on a delicious dinner.

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R
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything from start to finish was amazing....oh the food, excellent!!!

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T
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous lobster rolls. I look forward to them all the time. And crispy fries! The food is always good here. I love their tuna tartare and their empanadas. But those lobster rolls are the best!

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s
Charleston
61 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everyone enjoyed what they ordered! Nice evening!

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NS
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Persimmon. We’ve been going there since it opened 21 years ago and plan to keep enjoying the food (especially the tuna tartare and daily fish specials).

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m
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I picked this place randomly for a date night with my husband, and it was amazing. The staff is great and very attentive. We both got fresh fish (scallops for me, salmon for him) as well as a chocolate dessert. Everything tasted incredibly fresh! I would highly recommend this place to go with a friend/family, or a casual date night, or for some good food.

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A
Cleveland
17 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Disappointed: We've always liked Persimmon -- as long as we could get a booth, so we could actually have a conversation without shouting & lobster rolls on the menu. Last night we DID get the booth, but service & food seriously off. No lobster tolls. Sigh. No one gave us menus -- had to ask. OK, no biggie, but waiter took drink order for one of us, didn't wait for pal to figure out what wine by the glass she wanted, he'd be back, said he. My campari & soda sat at the end of the bar as he rushed back & forth, avoiding eye contact & finally I got it myself. Eventually came back for food order -- my pal by then HAD decided on wine by glass. I ordered glass of wine with dinner. Her bouillabaisse not good. My scallops & risotto -- might have been good once but had waited too long under, I guess, a heat lamp Im half way through the main course when he does the routine "how's dinner" stop by & I say I'd like my wine to go with my main course, please. Apple crisp was underwhelming, as was "special" pineapple empanada, about which only thing that was special was a stingy smear of caramel sauce. Takes a lot to put us off a restaurant, but this evening pretty much did it for us.

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OT
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent except the noise level. Way too loud!

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DC
Washington DC
386 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

A real disappointment. The cold cucumber soup was distasteful and my baked chicken nothing to write home about. Prices are high for the quality and originality of the dishes. Stick with the hamburgers and you might be okay. Service VERY slow.

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DJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Persimmon never disappoints! It is always reliably good. We took my mother-in-law therefor dinner and she was so impressed she wants to go back for lunch.

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K
Washington DC
104 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Persimmon has been a family favorite for years. Good for all occasions.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

High school Graduation celebration

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KP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was good, but not great, and the portion of each of our fish entrees was small. We don’t require huge portions when we eat out, but I arrived home hungry.

The server was curt, inattentive and not terribly friendly - except towards the end of our meal (when he was probably thinking of his tip.)

I have gone to Persimmon for lunch and felt that I got better value for my dollar.

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SS
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was really good. Super loud and service was not great, you got the feeling someone called out sick.

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L
New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Food was okay, some things better than others, but not at the level you'd expect for the relatively high prices. The duck was the weakest part, not very tender. The ambiance was also pretty poor. It's brightly lit and feels more like a loud diner inside, complete with 90s music, not at all what I was expecting.

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HA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first trip to Persimmon. My husband and I saw an article in Bethesda Magazine and decided to dine there. We are so glad that we did! Everything about the experience was 5+ stars! Honestly, it was that good! We wanted to go back to dinner at Persimmon the VERY NEXT NIGHT! LOL ~ but we thought that was a little crazy, so we'll wait a few days before returning and trying other entrees. Fabulous food, vibe, service, and value. Truly ~ the BEST!

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LP
Washington DC
231 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is our favorite Bethesda restaurant. Yes, that's a pretty low bar, but we really like Persimmon especially the simply prepared fish and the short ribs.

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H
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner was delicious. Dined outside on a beautiful Saturday night. Halibut was perfectly cooked and crab cakes were perfect. I noted when I made the reservation that my husband was celebrating a birthday but had to remind the restaurant. They also charged us for the dessert....overall wonderful restaurant and we will be back!

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k
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Persimmon is consistently fantastic. It’s a neighborhood gem that offers a delicious menu, fabulous cocktails and great service. Phil and his staff are top notch. Love this place!

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MS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just discovered this jewel of a restaurant in my friends neighborhood. If I lived close, I would eat here at least once a week!

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DA
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and very attentive service! Persimmon always comes through.

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r
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and great service!!

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PJ
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I dine at Persimmon occasionally. The food is always excellent and this visit didn't disappoint. First of all, we like the menu--a number of good choices in appetizers and main courses. We never have a problem in finding something we really enjoy. We shared the fried oyster appetizer and beet/lettuce salad. For the main course I had the filet of halibut special and my wife the mussels meuniere. Add in a glass of wine each and we had two very good meals. The service is very attentive, though maybe not as comfortable for lingerers. My only complaint is the small dining room which can feel a little packed in.

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l
Los Angeles
90 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! Was such a great find, close to our hosts home. Excellent crab cakes/fabulous lobster rolls (for those that like lobster!
If we return to DC, we'd be back!

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SP
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Persimmon has consistently excellent food at a fair price. I especially like their rack of lamb, bouillabase and catch of the day.

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