Persimmon

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Persimmon is a beloved neighborhood bistro offering up unforgettable favorites!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
230 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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R
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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T
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
16 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
5 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
383 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
34 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
230 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
31 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
3 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
49 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
19 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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P
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Persimmon is really a great local restaurant. It has become a friendly and easily accessible local favorite among the many restaurant choices available in Bethesda. Their menu offers a good variety of options and each of the many choices available are well prepared and quite tasty. The servings are generous and satisfying..from a great burger to pasta choices or to a favorite of mine salmon, over orzo. The menu items are fairly priced and very reasonable especially in comparison to some the newer restaurants nearby. Their wait staff are all very friendly and accommodating. The kitchen serves up all orders on a very timely basis. Parking can be a real problem in Bethesda, but the restaurant location which is adjacent to public parking lots and some available street parking easily solves that problem for Persimmon. Their desserts offers are things you don’t find on other menus and each of the ones we have tried are all freshly prepared and quite good. Our neighborhood dining group often chooses Persimmon as our dining choice. We often take out of towners here also for a good meal. The restaurant is quite popular and you will need to make a reservation whether for lunch or dinner. When the restaurant was updated a few years ago the changes made include a choice of seating. There now are very roomy and comfortable booths, also plenty of bar seating and there are several tables in an open space with views of the busy and vibrant Wisconsin Avenue. Because the restaurant has become quite popular and often times can be filled to capacity with diners, the noise level can be a bit boisterous but that is not a deterrent to the value of this sweet spot in the abundance of restaurants now available in Bethesda. The management of this restaurant has obviously has paid detailed attention to that which makes a successful business in what is recently become a very competitive choice of restaurants that are available in Montgomery county and Bethesda in particular.

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D
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Slightly overpriced drinks. Easter Brunch menu was a welcomed change and the food was excellent.

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R
Washington DC
149 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had excellent service and delicious food. Can’t wait to return soon!

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f
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The service was extremely slow and indifferent. We had to ask for bread even though we were sitting with no food for a very long time. The excuse was “the kitchen was backed up.” The waiter made no effort to explain the problem nor did he apologize for the delay. In the end, the restaurant comped the desserts, but the meal was compromised by that time. Will have to think very carefully before deciding to go back.

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l
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

We both had crab cakes which had absolutely no taste/flavor. The poor food rating was because of this dish. Wouldn’t know what we were eating if we closed our eyes.

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OT
Washington DC
72 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had an anniversary dinner at Persimmon. The food was good and service good. We will go there again and sit at the (small) bar for happy hour

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My experience was great. For me the noise level was too high.

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d
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating to dietary needs and extremely attentive service. Food was great

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RB
Washington DC
643 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

No matter what else I order, I always start with the tuna tartare. the two chunky layers , one of tuna and one of guacamole retain the natural flavor of each ingredient. A little bit of seaweed adds a nice touch. While I like the way the kitchen prepares mussels, they were disappointing this time, not because of the sauce, which had just the right amount of garlic, but because they were less plump and moist than usual. on this occasion. I hope the restaurant will not offer them on the menu when it has not been able to obtain good ingredients. Another reason to like Persimmon is the large metered parking lot behind the restaurant. I have never failed to find a space. For those who like natural light while eating lunch, the tables by the large windows are great.

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K
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always good and the service is very good. Trout fir appetizer, halibut for main didh and profiteros for dessert.

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J
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great as always. Food is fresh and inventive and service is great. Just wish the sound level could be a little lower.

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b
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

I had been to Persimmon before with friends and had a positive experience. It was my son’s 21st birthday and I’d hoped it would be a memorable meal. It took a very long time to get our drink orders, apps and had to request bread several times. The waiter was very indifferent to our needs. When it came time to order dessert, the waiter was not around. I will not return again as there are many other restaurants in Bethesda that have superior service and know how to make customers feel welcome.

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EF
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite neighborhood restaurant - a place where you can get a table, share a laugh with friends and have good food. We are always confident that we will have a great experience at Persimmon.

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K
Washington DC
104 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We (and our guests) love this restaurant. Food is not your ordinary fare (it is creative) but is always excellent. Portions are large. Parking lot (meters) is behind the restaurant, so you don't have to suffer the normal Bethesda parking difficulties.

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