Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Southern New England >
Jul 16, 2010 06:08 AM

Roberto's or Persimmon for dinner in Bristol?

Deliciousness of food trumps everything. Which is better?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
    1. Comparing Roberto's to Persimmon is an apples/oranges comparison. I have heard excellent things about Persimmon and will get there some day..... but I've got to standup for Roberto's!! Excellent Italian food in a casual setting. It is SMALL, but they do take reservations and without one you likely won't get in on a Saturday night. My husband and I have been 4-5 times and each time the food and service were top notch. It's a different vibe from persimmon, but if you want great reasonably priced delicious Italian food Robert's can not beat!

      1. Roberto's in my opinion is top notch. The pasta fagioli is excellent as well as the ceasar salad for starters. The Chicken Nina (Vodka Sauce) and San Remo (like a Parmesan) are out of this world. I prefer the Nina but the San Remo is still very good. Always have great service and a wonderful atmosphere. Make sure you call ahead for reservations on a weekend night. Enjoy!

        1. After reading many reviews , our group of 4 thought we had the wrong restaurant , the greeting was cold and barely a hello and the atmosphere was tense at best . Restaurant week seemed the perfect time to try Persimmon and the menu seemed inviting . Everyone tried a different entree with appetizer and dessert , from the cod , pork and veal . Massachusetts sea scallop , consisted of 1 tiny scallop sliced into 5 pieces . The entree of veal consisted of a miniscule , 2" square piece of veal on a plate with a strand or 2 of vegetable . In all my years of dining have never received such a meal . They assurred this was not a tasting but the complete meal . Enter at one's own risk .

          2 Replies
          1. re: piadagii

            It's usually best not to try a place during 'Restaurant Week' (which is happening a little too often now). I (and others) have found in the past that they do indeed give you 'samplings' of their dinners and try to pass it off as the real deal for a 'special price' - which it is not. Avoid at all costs.

            1. re: piadagii

              Maybe that's what happened to my wife & I. After hearing so much about Persimmon, we went (unknowingly) during Restaurant Week and were thoroughly unimpressed. Not BAD food, just expensive, unremarkable food. We might give it another try, but it will be a long time. Restaurants should be trying to impress during RW, not pass off mediocre fare.

              Next time we're in Bristol, it'll probably be the Beehive.

            2. Had a great experience at Persimmon last fall. In response to my niece's request for "the plainest thing on the menu" they brought her a bowl of pasta with bolognese sauce that was not on the menu. I was visiting this week and she is still talking about it. During this visit my husband and I ate at the Hourglass Brasserie. It was only us and another couple in the restaurant on a Thursday night. The chef sent out all sorts of little items to try gratis, like a shot of fresh cuke juice/berry juice combo. My fish and his veal were both super. Lots of little dots of various flavors on my plate. The chef likes to do 'foam' and my fish was accompanied by a garlic foam that was weird but not unpleasant. The service was perfect. We would go back there as well.

              Hourglass Brasserie
              382 Thames Street, Bristol, RI 02809