About Us

Persimmon is a beloved bistro located off the beaten path from Bethesda's bustling downtown. Chef and Owner, Damian Salvatore, grew up in Bethesda and worked in local restaurants his entire life, all-the-while crafting his passion for creating genuinely good food. In 1998, Damian and his wife Stephanie opened their very first restaurant: Persimmon. It wasn't long before Persimmon's menu and charm grew to be well-loved by loyal guests, and became a Washington-area favorite.

After many successful years, Persimmon closed for renovations in August 2012. The restaurant re-opened its doors in February 2013, featuring a sleek new look. The newly-renovated Persimmon showcases a lively bar, cozy booths, and walls that dance with bright paintings. The updated design offers a more casual vibe to the neighborhood bistro, but continues to serve unforgettable favorites, peppered with a handful of delicious new dishes. So come join us for great food and wine, and leave all your worries behind.

Our Staff

  • Chef Damian and Stephanie Salvatore

    Chef Damian and Stephanie Salvatore


  • Megan Solomon

    Megan Solomon

    Director of Operations

  • Elmy Lemus

    Elmy Lemus

    Sous Chef


7003 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20815

Phone: 301-654-9860

Persimmon has been a Bethesda favorite since it opened its doors in 1998 and has flourished ever since. The charming bistro ambience, excellent elevated American cuisine, extensive wine list and knowledgeable, professional service make this bistro stand out from the rest. Extra perks include the sunset dining tasting menu, happy hour, and half-price wine on Tuesdays. Persimmon is the ideal place to gather with family and friends to enjoy great food, good wine and have a fantastic time!

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