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Persimmon

4.5
1951 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual
Persimmon is a beloved neighborhood bistro offering up unforgettable favorites along with a handful of fresh new fares!

Bring an appetite for great food & wine!

Let's Gather & Eat!


Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Monday - Friday
11 am - 5 pm

Dinner
Sunday - Thursday
5 pm - 9 pm

Friday & Saturday
5 pm - 10 pm
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Phone number
(301) 654-9860
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Damian Salvatore
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Private party facilities
Persimmon can accommodate reservations for large parties and offers additional options for private and semi-private dining events.
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Private party contact
Megan Solomon - Megan@persimmonrestaurant.com: (301) 654-9860
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Catering
Persimmon can accommodate specialized catering needs.
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Cross street
Leland & Walsh Sts.
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Parking details
Metered public parking lot conveniently located behind the restaurant
***parking lot is free on Saturday and Sunday***
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Public transit
Bethesda Metro on Red Line
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Special events & promotions
Join us for Sunset Dining 3-Course Tasting Dinner for $36!
Monday thru Friday 4pm - 6pm
Saturday and Sunday 5pm - 6pm
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1951 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
3.9
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Both my wife and I enjoyed the dinner, both having the seafood selections. Quite good, both prepared with a combination of ingredients and textures to satisfy any gourmet aficionado.
Service was fine. Noise level is high and decor and ambiance is average.

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Reliably good food. Went late Tuesday and felt we were rushed out

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Enjoyed returning to this restaurant; we were lucky enough to arrive in time for early dining 3 course special.

Our tuna avocado tartare and wedge salads were very good as appetizers. Desserts were delicious, especially the NY style cheesecake.

My Bouillabaise entree was ordinary. While the fish ingredients were fresh and not overcooked, it tasted like an unremarkable fish stew. Not sure i would order it again. That’s my only complaint.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We have been eating at Persimmon, in its varioue iterations, for years. We took out-of-town friends there for dinner, and they (foodies) were quite impressed. Impressive use of ingredients, reasonable prices.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Very good food and very nice wait staff.

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

The smoked trout spring rolls are completely amazing!

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Persimmon usually has good food. But the fish we had was overcooked, and especially at the price, it was not worthy of the restaurant. Service was good and waiters and staff were helpful. But I am always disappointed when a chef ruins a piece of fish.

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Food as good as ever but the service was a problem. We weren’t told that an item on the menu was not available until after we ordered it even though the waiter knew when telling us about the specials. Also, the dessert we ordered was taking too long. When we asked the waiter, he said we selected an item that took awhile. It was only later, after asking about the dessert again, that the manager finally said that there was a mixup in the kitchen. We should have been told the real reason right away.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

I always have the lobster rolls. This tome they were a bit under filled ( for$26). Could also use a bit of tasty homemade mayo or sauce. Accompanying salad was mediocre - tasteless. But I still like it

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Good tasty food, relaxed ambiance, excellent service!

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1.0Dined on March 31, 2018

I have patronized Persimmon on and off for many years and always loved the ambience in addition to enjoying their food. I cannot remember my last visit but I was dismayed on this occasion by the new rather bare white walls, the fluorescent lights in the ceiling and the lack of tablecloth on the tables. Altogether the changes give this previously charming restaurant the feel of a cafeteria and we will not be back, despite the excellent although somewhat pricey food.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Friendly & efficient. Food was excellent. A very good experience.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Always good food. We had fish of the day and duck breast, which was cooked exactly as requested. Half price bottles of wine make it even better. Except for one loud customer, very good noise level.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Love Persimmon. Great Food. Great Service. Wonderful Staff!!

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

I have always eaten well at Persimmon. The atmosphere is casual, but not sloppy. The service is very good and the food is always good. I usually have the lobster rolls but this time had crab cakes. Could have had more lump crab in them, rather a bit too much filling, but the taste was good.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The food is excellent. They really know how to do fish. Our catch-of-the-day rockfish and rare tuna were perfect. The wine list has a good price range and is full of interesting choices. Small size of the dining room helps keep noise down

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Food was delicious and service was excellent.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

The food is very good. Serving proportions are good too.
Service is excellent. As far as I could see, it was just one server, but he is a real pro, even though he is very busy, we did not wait for anything.
The decor is not attractive and rather cold. the wooden chairs are quickly uncomfortable and the few booths are old and although spacious, not inviting or cozy. Definitely not a restaurant for a date. There is nothing sexy about this place. you go for a good meal and leave to go have dessert or after diner drinks somewhere else.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Celebrated my stepdad's birthday at Persimmon and it was phenomenal. The empanada appetizer was delicious. Crisp, golden brown, flaky exterior with juicy, impeccably season chicken. Highly recommend. Apparently, the stuffing changes regularly but I'm sure they are all delicious. For entree I ordered the short ribs which melted in my mouth. They were paired perfectly with the polenta. The rest of the table ordered crab cakes, filet mignon, and lamb chops and everyone said their dishes was great!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

food is always delicious and nicely presented. We always ask for Zikki (sp?); he is a wonderful server and well-informed.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

A great find, never knew it existed. Very good food, more than a bistro, quiet with a nice ambiance. The service was excellent. Happy to find it. Will most definitely eat there soon.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

our food was delicious. We all cleaned our plates.
Our waitress Tanya....was attentive and delightful.
We had a great meal!

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2018

I met friends for lunch and we wanted everything on the menu. We settled for empanadas (very good), steak frites (excellent and generous), and halibut (awesome). For dessert we shared a chocolate pie martini, which we all loved. It is a little noisy, but more energetic than obnoxious.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

One of our favorite restaurants. Appetizers are particularly good and varied. Tonya is an outstanding server.

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3.0Dined on March 6, 2018

The food is good but the venue is charmless. There is nothing 'soft' about being there and all around us people were straining to hear one another. It would be so easy for this to be improved so that the ambiance matched the food.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We had two dinners. My companion ordered the tuna which he enjoyed. I ordered the special, the brook trout on a bed of spinach, and it was just terrible. Over cooked and dried out. I
considered sending it back but we had a curtain to make. I had eaten at Persimmon once before and enjoyed a nice fresh salad lunch. So I would do lunch again. But not dinner.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

As per usual, the Persimmon did not fail to deliver again this past weekend. Their "tasting menu" is unique (at least to me) in that they allow you to choose anything on the menu to make up your three selections-- appetizer, main course and dessert. Service was prompt and friendly, and diners get the impression that the staff really enjoy working there. If I only lived closer this would be my #1 neighborhood hangout. Excellent in every respect.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Excellent food, both in taste and presentation. Great service.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

The food here is really delicious. Since we were there before a show, and eating early, we took advantage of their "sunset dining" which allows you a starter, entree, and dessert for $36. We both had the lamb chops, which were outstanding. My friend started with the onion soup, which she liked very much. I had the smoked trout spring rolls, with a lovely peanut sauce - yum. Our desserts were the apple crisp and the molten chocolate cake - both excellent. The place was very busy, even early on a week night, so reservations are advised. A parking lot in back is very handy. Great place for a delicious meal in Bethesda.

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4.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Tuna tartare is one of my favorite appetizers, and no restaurant in the area does it better than Persimmon. It consists of a layer of chunks of tuna on top of which rests a layer of chunks of guacamole. That preserves the flavors much better than mashing each of the ingredients.
The bistro beet salad with chicken is also very good. Persimmon is one of the best restaurants in the area. Four stars is a high rating for me; I have given five stars to only a dozen or so restaurants in the country.

While I am not a fan of the decor, the tables by the large windows bring in much natural light.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Solid food, always good. We eat here several times a year.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Excellent food and excellent service this restaurant has gotten better and better

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

My sister and I went to Persimmon for lunch. I had the bouillabaisse, my sister had the crab cake sandwich. Both were very good.

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4.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Food is always very good. Mostly, it is an ambience that is good for conversation. The best restaurant in Bethesda!

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

The staff went out of their way to welcome us and checked continually on our satisfaction.
Well done!

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Entry was excellent. The dessert was mediocre. The service was very good. It is not inexpensive.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Have driven by this place a million times but would have never stopped. It's a great find right in the neighborhood. Highly recommend it.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Persimmon consistently serves excellent meals that make you want to return, again-and-again.

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Way too noisy for an intimate dinner at 7 pm. We could hear each other across the table by 8 pm. Food was very good but not exceptional for the price. Service was excellent.

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1.0Dined on February 9, 2018

The ambiance is spoiled by the overhead recess LED lights, therefore no cozy atmosphere. Branzinni grilled fish with rice noodles was greasy, lacked taste and did not look appetizing. My friend's Bouillabaisse seemed messy, lacked aroma. Other friend's fish dish was also disappointing she mentioned.
Dessert of profiteroles was way too sugary, cream puffs were old. Warm Apple crips also too sugary, too soggy.
Very disappointing overall. Service was ok. Would not recommend this place at all!

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