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Persimmon, An American Bistro

7003 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD 20815
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Ranked #49 of 301 Restaurants in Bethesda
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $35 - $50
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Leland & Walsh Sts.
Transit: Bethesda Metro on Red Line
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55 reviews from our community

72% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I had an amazing first experience here, sitting at the bar because the place was so full even on a Wednesday night. We had the bar specials, which included a $5 glass of French wine that was one of the best I've had in a while. The barman was stretched thin so a little hassled but still able to give... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We went there for Sunday brunch. The menu looked pretty good, and the food was OK. But the service was extremely unfriendly and even scary.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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89 reviews 89 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Though the dishes we ate were good they were not good enough to make up for the really lousy service. This was my first time here and I was expecting something special, as I had heard good things about Persimmon. We didn't really order that much, but what we had was nicely presented and tasty enough. Unfortunately, the most memorable... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We used to really enjoy Persimmon restaurant, so thought we'd try it again after several years. We remember it as having reliably delicious food and very pleasant service. I sort of like the new layout. The booths offer more privacy than all the tables so close to each other. However, it now seems noisier than I remember, perhaps now because... More

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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54 reviews 54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

I was treated to a special dinner here for my birthday. There were 9 ladies, and each one of us was treated like a princess, with fantastic service, super friendly staff, and great food. We all tasted one another's entrees and apps, and everything was over the top delish. There placed was packed but that did not impact service one... More

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Washington, DC
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

We went with some friends to Persimmon, our first visit. This is a small restaurant with white walls and a huge skylight. It seems to have a relatively-large staff for the number of tables. I had a wonderful empanada, and then the jumbo lump crab cake with bacon mashed potatoes, roasted corn hash and sweet corn sauce. For dessert we... More

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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We always enjoy Persimmon! The happy-hour is fun and going for the regular menu is a real treat. The mussels are always good. And the fried oysters are delicious. Actually, just about everything is tasty!

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Persimmon used to be a really nice place for a quiet dinner with good food. Unfortunately that's no longer true. The last two times I've been there the service was either rushed (at dinner) or very slow (lunch). Food is OK, but the prices don't really warrant the total package.

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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

I took my grandchildren for an early dinner. Food was wonderful, service was great. The kids gave it thumb's up so we will be back. It is a hidden gem if you do not live in the neighborhood.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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288 reviews 288 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Went to Persimmon for lunch with no particular reason other than it seems to be a popular place in Bethesda, and at 2 pm we gave up on finding a place for brunch (Persimmon has no brunch menu). It's a small restaurant just around the corner of Wisconsin and Walsh, as you enter the door, there's a dining section (with... More

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