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About Persimmon

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!


7003 Wisconsin Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20815
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch
Monday - Friday
11 am - 5 pm

Dinner
Sunday - Thursday
5 pm - 9 pm

Friday & Saturday
5 pm - 10 pm

Cross Street:
Leland & Walsh Sts.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(301) 654-9860

Website:
http://www.persimmonrestaurant.com/

Catering:
Persimmon can accommodate specialized catering needs.

Parking Details:
Metered public parking lot conveniently located behind the restaurant
***parking lot is free on Saturday and Sunday***

Public Transit:
Bethesda Metro on Red Line

Executive Chef:
Damian Salvatore

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

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Join us for Sunset Dining 3-Course Tasting Dinner for $36!
Monday thru Friday 4pm - 6pm
Saturday and Sunday 5pm - 6pm

Persimmon Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

3.9

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (48)
Fit for Foodies (36)
Good for a Date (32)
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Casual (31)
Cozy (23)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Special Occasion (18)
Comfort Food (15)
Bar Seating (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Great for Lunch (14)
Authentic (13)
Business Meals (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Happy Hour (8)
Healthy (8)
Fun (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Romantic (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Tasting Menu (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Seasonal (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Pre/post Theatre, Spicy, Disabled Access, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I made a reservation for 8:15 and when we arrived the place was mobbed obviously overbooked big time..the manager suggested we wait but I explained we had tickets to Blues Alley at 10 and couldnt wait lond 15 minutes later we left..i told the manager it was wrong to overbook and he snapped at me arrrogantly Good Night. have been there many times but wont be there for a long time to come.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We got "stuck" with a new/trainee/probation waiter. He did not know the specials, nor the liquor that the bar had on hand. Additionally, he did not have the ability to answer any questions about the food preparation.
Our salads and appetizers all came at once in a big rush. We were sharing apps, so our table was ridiculously crowded with apps, bread plates for the apps, salads, wine and water glasses. Not much room or a sense that we were welcome to linger. We got a sense that he entrees would be arriving any second.
Throughout the evening we gave out birthday cards and presents. The manager (?) came over a few times to gather up all the wrapping paper and empty envelopes. I informed the restaurant through Open table that we were celebrating a birthday. I expected a dessert with a candle to be a part of the meal, but nope. I ordered dessert so that all they needed to do was stick a candle in it - I was not asking for or expecting a free dessert.
After the bill was paid and we were putting on our coats, getting ready to leave, the manager came over and said "I heard it's someone's birthday. Whose birthday is it?" Sorry, but that was too little and much too late.
Knowing that we were there for a special occasion should have alerted the management to NOT stick us with a trainee and to have acknowledged the event way before we were ready to leave.

Persimmon will not on our special occasion list of restaurants to celebrate with our family or friends in the future.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

If I were in charge, I would have white tablecloths--at least at night--to lend a different ambience. It is rather hard edge. But I will return, because of the delicious food.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Persimmon is a gem in the heart of Bethesda. They have a daily three-course special before 6:00, which is a true value at $36!

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Zero complaints, all around great experience

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The hardest part about dining at Persimmon is deciding what to order!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

We took advantage for restaurant week in Bethesda and made reservations. They seated us promptly. The server was super nice and new the specials. I had the Mussels Provencal for an appetizer and they were amazing! I will go back just for them! My husband and both had the scallops for dinner with the mushroom risotto, equally as delicious! Dessert was good as well. We had the Chocolate Cream Pie Martini and the Molten Chocolate Cake.
I thought this was super nice. Two elderly couples came in without a reservation, but the host was able to get them seated in just a few minutes. My husband and I are already talking about when we can go back! Thanks for a memorable evening.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Enjoyed restaurant week. Nice casual restaurant for dining with friends

Tags: Great Beer, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We really always enjoy going to Persimmon. And this visit was during Restaurant Week, so that was a bonus. The food is dependably good and the service friendly. We will continue to go.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The food at Persimmon was absolutely amazing. I can not wait to eat here again.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The Restaurant Week fixed-price menu offered good options. The mushroom ravioli was delicious, but the portion was small given the fact that nothing accompanied the this entree. Dessert was fine. The restaurant should consider offering bread to diners. I would dine there again, because the food was good, but would order more food. Hopefully, dinner portions are slightly larger.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Good food, good wine, and nice staff. It’s a small restaurant, so better for date night or smaller party.

Tags: Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Food was excellent but the people seated to our left - who arrived 30 minutes AFTER we ordered got their entrees (identical to ours) while we sat waiting for ours to arrive. Watched another table who was seated as our salad plates were removed, be served their entrees before ours - their order was also identical to ours.. Manager was neither friendly nor apologetic. My guest's wine was ordered within minutes of our having been seated, was requested to be served with the entree yet arrived halfway through her having finished her entree - which arrived 65 minutes after we ordered... and 30 minutes after we had eaten the first course. I was never asked if I wanted a second cocktail or a glass of wine with my dinner... I would have opted for either one had the waiter been any good...

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Manager was very rude and disrespectful to us. We had a open table gift card and she would not accept the gift card because she did not know how to enter the information into the system. She was very rude and due to her I will not be going back to this establishment

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Persimmon remains our favorite restaurant in Bethesda.

Tags: Business Meals, Healthy, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Went for Bethesda Restaurant Week. Food was amazing- they offered most of their usual menu for Restaurant week so there was a nice variety and plenty of great options to choose from. Service was a little slow (they were pretty busy because- Restaurant week) but overall everything was great. Would definitely recommend this place.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Food was, overall, delicious. However, the total lack of ambience, mediocre service, and ridiculous noise level, made Persimmon a big disappointment. Will not be returning or recommending.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 15, 2018

We had a great time. Food was very good. We enjoyed the restaurant week menu, we defiantly come back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Business Meals
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Always a pleasure!

Walking in and having the staff remember you when you haven’t been there in months, finding out that it’s Restaurant Week including the whole menu, an extraordinary meal...what more could you ask for when going out??? The staff is knowledgeable from wine selections to gluten free preparations. You can’t go wrong when wanting a lovely dining experience!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Casual, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fun, Bar Seating, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Ambience not the best which is why we haven't tried, but walk in the very welcoming door and experience exemplary service and totally fantastic food!
Want to go there again tonight and was there last night!!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

One of our favorite restaurants in our Bethesda neighborhood. We have been going there for years. The food and the service are consistently great.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We’ve dined at Persimmon a number of times and always had a wonderful experience. The food is delicious and the service impeccable. A special treat is that their Restaurant Week menu was the whole menu, not limited selections like at many other restaurants.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Went for restaurant week and was impressed with the vast selections on the menu. Food was good but the atmosphere just kills this place.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Excellent fish tacos. Can't wait to go back.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

restaurant week lunch...reminded me how good Persimmon is...it has fallen off my radar but is now back on...but atmosphere needs upgrading.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 8, 2018

All entrees were good; wine servings more generous than most other Bethesda places; service attentive and ambiance pleasant. We'll be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Excellent food and service. I was expecting it to look a little more upscale inside as there were no tablecloths, so it looked very informal. Presentation was beautiful and food was absolutely delicious!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Although we usually go to Persimmon during the week, we had out of town guests and went Saturday night at 7pm. Kudos to Persimmon. Both service and food were excellent. Recommend a booth if you can to keep the noise down. And Tues half price wine night is a treat.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We were last at this restaurant probably 11 years ago. It changed from a white cloth tablecloth to bistro setting. Still lovely. Food EXCELLENT.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

This was our second time here and we were not disappointed. We were the first one’s in the restaurant and were immediately greeted, seated and made to feel welcome. Our server was very attentive. The tasting meal was a good value with more than adequate portions. The weakest part of the meal was the desert which wasn’t bad, just mediocre compared to the rest of the meal. Our overall all impression was excellent and we would definitely go back.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 5, 2018

I always love eating at Persimmon. Looking forward to my next visit.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Persimmon is a great neighborhood restaurant (although we live in DC). The food is great, service is friendly and pleasant, and you can actually hold a conversation over a meal.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 3, 2018

The best kept secret in Bethesda. Great plates to share, excellent staff.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Great neighborhood restaurant with fine selection of dishes. Friendly competent service.

Tags: Casual, Organic, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Healthy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

A superb dinner. Smoked trout spring rolls were hot & crispy & the best we've had there. Rockfish was pristinely fresh and perfectly cooked.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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