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Persimmon, An American Bistro

7003 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD 20815
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Ranked #21 of 296 restaurants in Bethesda
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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51 reviews from our community

76% Recommend
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English first
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
38 reviews 38 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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
39 reviews 39 reviews
31 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 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
Top Contributor
288 reviews 288 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
112 helpful votes 112 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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Dallas, Texas
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

I ate at Persimmon TWICE in my week in Bethesda. both meals were wonderful. I recommend the crab cakes and the profiterole dessert. Wine flights were generous and excellent. Service was professional but connected and pleasant. highly recommended.

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Top Contributor
131 reviews 131 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

Persimmon is an ok restaurant that is spoiled, at least on Saturday night, by a noise level that is obscenely loud. Indeed, I measured the noise and it hit 92 dBa, which is considered to be dangerous for hearing in an extended exposure. I even found myself shouting so others at our table could hear me. Problem is that the... More

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Bethesda, Maryland
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

This is one of those places that you really like to have in your neighborhood. It's an intimate place and while the service wasn't on point with everything they were courteous. My sesame crusted tuna was wonderful and the sauce had just the right amount of spice. They also have a really nice wine list. It's been a while since... More

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Potomac, Maryland
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Caught the tail end of happy hour on a Tuesday evening. Happy Hour is at the bar only. Nice long bar. The entire restaurant was fairly empty. It is a small restaurant, so I could see how it could fill up fast on a weekend. There were maybe four other bar patrons with two barely attentive/ aloof bartenders. There was... More

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