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Persimmon, Bethesda, MD

Persimmon

4.8
4.8
2542 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Persimmon is a beloved neighborhood bistro offering up unforgettable favorites!

Bring an appetite for great food & wine!

Let's Gather & Eat!


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (301) 654-9860

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Damian Salvatore

  • 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 Solomon - Megan@persimmonrestaurant.com: (301) 654-9860

  • Neighborhood

    Bethesda / Chevy Chase

  • Cross street

    Leland & Walsh Sts.

  • Parking details

    Metered public parking lot conveniently located behind the restaurant <br />***parking lot is free on Saturday and Sunday***

  • Public transit

    Bethesda Metro on Red Line

  • Additional

    Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,542 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    American

  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

    Best Overall

  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

    Best Food

  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

    Best Service

  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

    Best Value

  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

    Neighborhood gem

  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

    American

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  1. AS

    AlejandroS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We really love this place, the food is excellent, waiters and staff are professional and very kind at all times.
  2. d

    dcyum

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    food, service, ambiance all great!
  3. B

    Breeda

    Chicago

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, excellent service, lovely setting.
  4. KY

    KitY

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    Persimmon is our neighborhood go-to, offering smiling co-owner Stephanie at the front and a genuinely welcoming staff, consistently great comfort food at lower prices than elsewhere. The tuna tartare with avocado and wonton crackers is to die for! As is the lobster roll, when on the menu. Cocktails are fab; we love the gin gimlet made with fresh lime juice. Lots of regulars. The only reason we downgraded the usual pleasant ambiance was because we were sitting near a quartet of drunken people at the bar. First time ever that happened.
  5. RS

    RoslynS

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was excellent!
  6. K

    Kazf

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always a favorite. And everyone, every single staff , treat you as if they’ve known you for years.
  7. R

    Reds

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always wonderful!
  8. F

    Frenchfrylover

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I was celebrating a big birthday. We are at a few other local places over the weekend. We voted this the best food. It is a lively atmosphere and not fancy. But if you want delicious, hot food, then this is your place.
  9. KA

    KathleenA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice neighborhood spot with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Enjoyed the food.
  10. S

    Sandking

    Washington DC

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    This was our first visit to Persimmon in a few years and it is just as charming as ever. My wife ordered the lobster roll and I the daily catch (Branzini) --which was a bit dry--with a delicious mélange of veggies and shrimp. The lobster was good, not as tasty as we remembered. We both enjoyed are beverages (wine and beer) and were happy to have visited this gem of a restaurant in Bethesda.
  11. RV

    RobV

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As always, a pleasant, great meal. We have our “go to” favorites, but always have a hard decision when it’s just the two of us.
  12. LP

    LPG1

    Washington DC

    277 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    277 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfectly cooked duck and great service as always.
  13. EB

    EleanorB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Crab cakes were fabulous along with the mashed potatoes and corn. My cousin loved his fish. His soup and my Caesar Salad were mediocre. Excellent service and love the ambiance and the location. Will go back.
  14. DC

    DeborahC

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service are exceptional. The staff is so friendly. It never disappoints!
  15. P

    Pacha

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This is one of my favorite restaurants. Everything about it is terrific: food, service, ambiance, pricing is even fair. I try to go every 4/6 weeks and I live downtown!!
  16. C

    Cranberries

    Washington DC

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service, food very well prepared and presented.
  17. q

    quincy57

    Philadelphia

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely dinner and service. The scallops and chicken entrees were excellent. The passion fruit martini is also a winner
  18. MP

    MissyP

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Years Eve
  19. DY

    DebY

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tried this restaurant for NY's Eve. The owners were attentive, the staff was professional and the food was delicious. We'll be back.
  20. JM

    JohnM

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent meal on all counts. Mussels were very fresh, braised short ribs, rack of lamb, Branzino were all top notch. Waiter was a pro and the owner, Stephanie was gracious, friendly, and hospitable. We definitely will return! Cocktails were spot on too!
  21. JN

    JohnN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great, fine, wonderful, we will be back.....
  22. KG

    KrisG

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service from knowledgeable and friendly wait staff. Amazing consistent food with delicious flavors. Many choices ( we love the scallops and the short ribs and a fun selections of appetizers ) This is the best food in Bethesda.
  23. a

    abcparalegal

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Persimmon is always great! The food is consistently delicious, the service is always great-not one negative!
  24. DS

    DSH1

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food quality, temperature, and service. Outstanding as always.
  25. L

    Lover2eat

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious, our waiter was attentive while we ordered and received our food and left us alone to chat afterwards. We did not feel rushed. The maitre de, had no personality, so did not feel welcomed at first, but the waiter made up for it. While parking behind the restaurant was very convenient, there was no information on website that indicated you needed a parking app. It took us 15min to figure it all out.
  26. D

    Drummeral

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Exceptional food. Best in Bethesda. Fair pricing. Attentive service. Almost always full.... Book ahead. Terrific all the way around, great small venue.
  27. F

    Foodie125

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice atmosphere, can be loud if you eat in the main dining room. The booths and bar are a bit quieter. The staff is amazing so attentive and just a great little bistro in bethesda.
  28. SP

    StevenP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Persimmon was excellent, as always. Great food, very good value.
  29. B

    Bridgette

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, had a great dining experience at Persimmon. Service was excellent and the food delicious. Two of us had the spare ribs and the other two the ahi tuna. Yum! Finished with coffee, which was good too!
  30. S

    Stan

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s my favorite place to dine with my friends - food is outstanding , wonderful wine selection, relaxed atmosphere and incredibly attentive service.
  31. DD

    DearDivorceCoach

    Washington DC

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Persimmon is the perfect neighborhood bistro with top quality food and service. With a reservation, we were given the premium window table and felt connected to both the warm inside vibe of the restaurant and pedestrians outside too. The empanadas were delightful--crispy, filled with beef and the dipping sauce is excellent too. The crab cakes and spinach accompanied by mashed potatoes was good too. The roasted chicken is also excellent. The star of the show was the mushroom risotto which was, hands down, the best we've ever had. A simple dish but a hard one to get just right. We appreciate the attention to delicious cocktails, variety of wines and beer too. It's a great place to sit at the bar or a table and enjoy excellent food at a fair price accompanied by consideration and service that isn't rushed!
  32. F

    Frequentdiner

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the tuna entree with couscous, great seasoning and flavor. It was so delicious and, although the dish was a good size and filling, I couldn't stop eating and I usually take part of my entree home but I ate every morsel. I also had the empanada ( large ones) came as an appetizer, split with my friend. It was wonderful too. My friend had the catch of the day which she thoroughly enjoyed. So much good food to choose among. Our server couldn't have been better, very helpful, welcoming and generously helped me with coins for parking from elsewhere. Restaurant doesn't have coins. There is lots of convenient public parking behind Persimmon but it requires a local App ( which I didn't have) or coins. At 6 :30 parking opens out front on the street.
  33. L

    Luvyoga11

    Washington DC

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What can I say?! This is my favorite restaurant. I came on my birthday to have my all time favorite dishes. Goat cheese walnut and apple arugula salad and the seared tuna. Topping it off with the best profiteroles that I’ve ever had. Service impeccable. Of course I will be back!!
  34. CW

    CarltonW

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is absolutely fantastic!!!
  35. NG

    NormanG

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Good good and excellent service.
  36. E

    Ellen

    Washington DC

    169 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    169 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great return. Wasn’t there since COVID. Wonderful experience.
  37. v

    valueman

    Washington DC

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Short ribs are AWESOME ! The char is great with a nice red wine
  38. AR

    AlvinR

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent restaurant all around! Simple, non-assuming place yet great food and relaxing ambiance
  39. i

    itsmyturnnow

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a lovely dining experience at Persimmon--unpretentious--and with fine food and drink. Not trendy for those who care but there's a reason it's often fully booked.
  40. B

    Bridgette

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My scallops and my partner’s steak were both tender and juicy. The sides of mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach were delicious too. We sat in a booth for a 5:30 reservation so it was as nice and quiet. Service was very professional. Persimmon has been a consistently great go to for me.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Persimmon offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 654-9860.

Persimmon is rated 4.8 stars by 2542 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Google Map for Persimmon

7003 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD 20815

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Leland & Walsh Sts.

  • Neighborhood

    Bethesda / Chevy Chase

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Metered public parking lot conveniently located behind the restaurant <br />***parking lot is free on Saturday and Sunday***

  • Public transit

    Bethesda Metro on Red Line

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Damian Salvatore

  • Additional

    Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (301) 654-9860

  • 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 Solomon - Megan@persimmonrestaurant.com: (301) 654-9860

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