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Persimmon, An American Bistro

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7003 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD 20815 (Leland & Walsh Sts.)
Bethesda Metro on Red Line
301-654-9860
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Today
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Reservations

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  • 24
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  • 25
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Very lively crowd in a cozy setting makes this a fun gathering place for friends. The noise level wasn't too bad. Service was very friendly, if a tiny bit unpolished. Well, it is billed as a "bistro". The menu reads really well with a nice variety of all food types. The combinations sound really... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 12, 2015
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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English first
Washington, DC
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51 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

This was our second trip to Persimmon. We liked it very much the first time, but I think we liked it even more this time. They have a $33 tasting menu before 6:30 which, the server told us, has smaller plates. Given that many restaurants serve ridiculously huge portions this was not a problem. This was also not a problem... More 

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Laurel, Maryland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

I was excited to take my mother their to celebrate my birthday, but it turned out to be terrible. I made a 5 o'clock reservation, but arrived early. I read on the window out front that it opened at 4 o'clock until 9 o'clock, so we thought being a half hour early was not a big deal until the waiter... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 via mobile

Went on a Sat night with 4 teenagers for dinner. We chose to sit at the bar since tables were full. The manager brought the girls a lunch menu for burgers, etc. I had the crab cake entree which was wonderful. We also ordered desserts. Service was great and all of us thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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93 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Really, really successful restaurants stick to their knitting and focus on what they do best. Persimmon is a case study of this by focusing on a set menu and doing all 20+ options really well. Hands down the best, most consistent restaurant in Bethesda. Head and shoulders above the nearby mediocracy. Persimmon does fish, scallops, and mussels exceptionally well. Makes... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We hadn't been to Persimmon for several years, but received a gift certificate so decided to have a birthday dinner here. The food was above average, except for the tilefish which was very bland. Service was good a bit difficult to hear the waiter even though he spokes in a booming voice. We enjoyed our meal, there is a nice... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Very lively crowd in a cozy setting makes this a fun gathering place for friends. The noise level wasn't too bad. Service was very friendly, if a tiny bit unpolished. Well, it is billed as a "bistro". The menu reads really well with a nice variety of all food types. The combinations sound really good, but not all of them... More 

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Washington, DC
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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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Washington
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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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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

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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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7003 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD 20815
    (Leland & Walsh Sts.)
  • Public Transportation: Bethesda Metro on Red Line
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Bethesda
  • Phone Number: 301-654-9860

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 35 - 50
  • Cuisine: Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?