Fodor's Expert Review Persimmon

$$$ Bristol Modern American Fodor's Choice

This intimate neighborhood bistro just off the main street seats only 38 patrons, so reservations are essential on summer weekends. Neutral walls, white table linens, and simple but elegant china focus attention on the artfully composed dishes of chef and co-owner Champe Speidel, a four-time semifinalist for a James Beard Foundation Award. The meats, bacon, and sausage on the seasonal menu come from the restaurant's own butcher shop. Pan-seared Hudson Valley foie gras is an excellent appetizer, well followed by bread-crusted Atlantic halibut, if available, accompanied by a ragout of brussels sprouts, celery root, mussels, and clams. The wine list isn't huge, but it is impressive.

Modern American American Intimate Dinner $$$ Fodor's Choice

Quick Facts

31 State St.
Bristol, Rhode Island  02809, USA

401-254–7474

www.persimmonri.com

Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Mon., and Sun. Jan.–Apr. No lunch

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