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Persimmon, An American Bistro

7003 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD 20815
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Ranked #49 of 302 Restaurants in Bethesda
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $35 - $50
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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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  • English first
  • French first
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English first
Washington, DC
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We went to Persimmon for my wife's birthday with our daughter. I checked out the menu on line and it has a pretty extensive fish offering, which my wife prefers, so we decided to give it a try. There is ample parking right behind the restaurant, which is a big plus in Bethesda. The space is small-ish and noisy. It's... More 

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We tried Persimmon for the first time on Christmas Eve. After come confusion about our which waiter was assigned to our table, we were informed about tonight's special and quickly shifted gears to the Lobster rolls. They were beautifully done! We may have found a new tradition for dinner before the midnight service.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

This is my third trip to this tiny restaurant; from the cheeseburger to the eggs Benedict with Prosciutto , the cuisine is consistently excellent. You'll also be surprised at the large wine selection (by the glass, 1/2 bottle and full bottle).

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014 via mobile

Took out 5 family members for dinner while in town. The service was good and the setting very nice. We had 4 different main course dishes. One was very good and the others were very mediocre especially for the prices. Very disappointing. There are better places.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Persimmon has become a Bethesda establishment given its longevity, high standards, and consistency. As we've all experienced, restaurants typically decline over time for all sorts of reasons. Persimmon has stuck to its knitting and churns out a well scrubbed menu with consistent quality and flair. We frequent it quarterly and it hasn't missed a beat in all these years. You... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Persimmon used to be the place where I would "celebrate" in Bethesda. Food is usually great if expensive. Wine selection is good but very expensive. However noise level has become a deterrent, especially since they redecorated. This apparently was done on purpose to make it sound more like a New York Bistro.

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
12 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
12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
121 helpful votes 121 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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Additional Information about Persimmon, An American Bistro

Address: 7003 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD 20815
Phone Number: 301-654-9860
Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Bethesda
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 35 - 50
Cuisine: Contemporary

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