food is always delicious and nicely presented. We always ask for Zikki (sp?); he is a wonderful server and well-informed.
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.
our food was delicious. We all cleaned our plates.
Our waitress Tanya....was attentive and delightful.
We had a great meal!
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.
One of our favorite restaurants. Appetizers are particularly good and varied. Tonya is an outstanding server.
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.
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.
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.
Excellent food, both in taste and presentation. Great service.
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.
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.
Solid food, always good. We eat here several times a year.
Excellent food and excellent service this restaurant has gotten better and better
My sister and I went to Persimmon for lunch. I had the bouillabaisse, my sister had the crab cake sandwich. Both were very good.
Food is always very good. Mostly, it is an ambience that is good for conversation. The best restaurant in Bethesda!
The staff went out of their way to welcome us and checked continually on our satisfaction.
Entry was excellent. The dessert was mediocre. The service was very good. It is not inexpensive.
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.
Persimmon consistently serves excellent meals that make you want to return, again-and-again.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Still great after all these years. Great combination of flavors, tastefully presented.
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.
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!
Zero complaints, all around great experience
The hardest part about dining at Persimmon is deciding what to order!
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.
Enjoyed restaurant week. Nice casual restaurant for dining with friends
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.
The food at Persimmon was absolutely amazing. I can not wait to eat here again.
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.
Good food, good wine, and nice staff. It’s a small restaurant, so better for date night or smaller party.
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...
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
Persimmon remains our favorite restaurant in Bethesda.
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.
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.
We had a great time. Food was very good. We enjoyed the restaurant week menu, we defiantly come back.