Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday for dinner 5 PM to 9:30 PM, Friday and Saturday 5 PM to 10 PM, and Sunday 5 PM to 8:30 PM. Open Monday through Friday for lunch 11:30 AM to 2 PM. Open Sunday for brunch 11 AM to 2 PM.
Best Dishes A crisp salad of haricots vert and prosciutto; crab cakes with bacon mashed potatoes; hoisin-glazed salmon and shrimp dumplings in miso broth; a trio of chocolate.
Price Details: Lunch appetizers, $5 to $9; entrees, $8 to $12.
Dinner appetizers, $7 to $10; entrees, $19 to $27.
From January 2006 100 Very Best Restaurants
THE SCENE. One of a handful of Bethesda spots with fine-dining ambitions, Persimmon has a loyal following and is one of the area's most likeable date spots. The pumpkin-painted dining room, outfitted with Americana, is convivial and warm. Chef/owner Damian Salvatore's cooking has its moments.
WHAT YOU'LL LOVE. Atmosphere, atmosphere, atmosphere plus cheerful and capable service.
WHAT YOU WON'T. No matter how much you want to love the place, what comes out of the kitchen is uneven. And there's a downside to a small dining room--when a tipsy diner screeches to her waitress, "Can you bring me my wine in a sippy cup?" you hear it, too.