4865 Cordell Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814Neighborhood:
Bethesda / Chevy Chase
AmericanPrice: $31 to $50
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.grapeseedbistro.com/
- Phone: (301) 986-9592
- Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm,
- Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
- Executive Chef: Jeffrey Heineman
- Dress Code: Business Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
- Private Party Facilities: Grapeseed is sure to become your favorite destination for all of your special events. Whether you are planning an intimate dinner in our Wine Room, a group of up to 34 in our Private Dining Room or reserving the entire restaurant for your special event Grapeseed has a room to fit your needs.
- Private Party Contact: Patrick Forest 8772504730
- Special Events: Please join our mailing list on our website for up incoming events and specials!
- Cross Street: between Norfolk and Woodmont
- Public Transit: Grapeseed is located 1/2 mile from the Bethesda Metro stop on the Red Line.
- Parking: Valet
- Parking Details: Grapeseed is conveniently located near 3 public parking garages, there is ample street parking, and we offer valet parking for $7.
A word from Grapeseed
Grapeseed American Bistro is a casual bistro that matches great food and wine together. With anywhere from 80 to 100 wines by the glass and approximately 325 bottle listed, we cater to the novice wine lover and to the experienced. We start with a bottle of wine and pick out the characteristics and nuances of the wine and then award winning Chef Jeffrey Heineman creates a menu item to highlight the flavors of the wine. So come in and relax, have a taste or a glass of wine and try something on our ever-changing menu.Continued
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- Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
- Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
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Grapeseed reviews from OpenTable diners
51 reviews since July 29, 2014
- Ambiance3.8Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (31)notable wine list (26)neighborhood gem (25)special occasion (19)good for groups (15)romantic (11)great for lunch (9)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (3)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
- Very Quiet LunchLocalMasterVIPDined on 11/19/2014The restaurant was nice and quiet, but COLD. The food was excellent/outstanding. The service generally very good with only one server for the entire restaurant. But around the edges it wasn't quite right. My "cup" of soup was about half full (4 oz.). I ordered a sandwich that supposedly came with a salad. I requested french fries in addition, not instead of. I got the fries, but never saw the salad. The portions overall seemed right for the ladies; but we were three old men. All this said, I'd go back. It was a nice place for lunch.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Changing its emphasis?TrappistLoverVIPDined on 11/14/2014We have always gone to Grapeseed for its outstanding appetizers and wine pairings. Recently they seem to be repositioning as a steakhouse, leading us to wonder exactly what they want the restaurant to be. The appetizers and wines are still great, which is good enough for us.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful!Willrun4wineDined on 10/24/2014Went with a group of five. Seated immediately. Everyone chose different wines and meals. We all rated it a 5. Thanks for a fun night.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Mediocre service, menu overpricedbethesdamomof3Dined on 10/17/2014To start, the lighting is too bright - turning it down a bit would help the ambiance. Our waiter was very mediocre. Had an unenthusiastic attitude, one of the ladies at our table had her entree brought LAST after a full 2 minutes of the other 5 being served. Whatever happened to ladies being served first? The pork chops were overcooked when medium well was ordered. The menu is pricey - we expected better service and flavor for the price.
- ImpressiveEnjoyableDined on 10/11/2014We found this restaurant online when we had a trip planned to Bethesda this past weekend. The menu was small but it looked good. We got there and were seated right away. We all had specialty drinks and were pleased. We then ordered appetizers. They were probably better than the main course. We had the Gnocchi with the smoked Tomato which was light, soft, and delicious. Another app was with polenta but it was a creamy white polenta and didn't taste grainy at all. It was fabulous. For dinner, we had the Seared Scallops which were a bit too salty but presented well. The mashed potatoes were very good. We also ordered the FIlet Mignon which was cooked precise. All in all the meal was very enjoyable.Special Features:
- A wonderful surpriseZiggyVIPDined on 10/1/2014We are often in Bethesda but had never heard of this restaurant -- it was recommended by a nearby shop keeper. It was outstanding in every respect, including willingness to adjust menus items and price. Although there were only two of us, we noticed that they have a great space for groups, too It quickly rose to one of our favorite restaurants in a restaurant-rich area, and we will surely return.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best restaurant in Bethesda!stevebVIPDined on 9/30/2014No restaurant in Bethesda comes close to providing fresh ingredients superbly prepared as does Grapeseed. Chef/owner Jeff Heineman also offers the best selection of wines in Montgomery County, no small feat given the outdated liquor control policies of the County. We have enjoyed our dozens of meals at Grapeseed over many years. Food and service are consistently first rate.Special Features:
- Delicious dinner, excellent serviceFitfoodieDined on 9/26/2014Loved the peach & ricotta salad, my date had a salad with edamame & bacon dressing that was amazing!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very good, low key restaurantAstrosfanmdDined on 9/20/2014Quietly one of the best restaurants I visited in Bethesda. Been there for dinner and lunch and the food has always been top notch. Not only tastes great but looks great too. They really do a good job here. The noise level is usually pretty moderate which is nice, except maybe on a really busy holiday night.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 9/20/2014As always, my favorite place in town. Great food, wine, service and atmosphere!Special Features:
- Uniformly excellent menunaomiDined on 9/13/2014Every time we dine here we discover new and wonderful dishes. A few recent ones: lightly friend oysters, wild mushroom ragout on polenta, mussels with smoked salmon, shrimp and creamy grits, chocolate salami with chocolate sauce. Best of all is the ability to order a taste (half glass) of a huge selection of wines, so one can have a small glass of chablis with mussels and share a bottle of cabernet sauvignon for the rest of the meal.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Food and wine lovers paradise!KarenDined on 9/6/2014Each menu item is paired with a wine, even dessert. Great service food dessert and ambianceSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- tough meatOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 9/2/2014I ordered the "butchers cut" Rare. The meat was over-cooked and tough.Special Features:
- Will not returnBobbieRayeVIPDined on 8/30/2014Not up to par.....knew we were in trouble when the server told us the chef was on vacation! Been going to Grapeseed for many years now, but will not return.
- What Happened?JenniacbDined on 8/30/2014We had not eaten here in awhile and remembered it to be delicious. Food was average and our waiter was awful. Just a mediocre evening at best. Won't ever return. Sad what happens to restaurants sometimes.Special Features:
- Consistently good foodGeriDined on 8/22/2014As always, the food and service were excellent. The people in our party had the mushroom polenta, gnocchi,fried oysters and crispy shrimp appetizers. For the main course we had the salmon and risotto dishes. Each of us truly enjoyed our meals. This is a place we intend to return to more frequently.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Oldtimer88Dined on 8/16/2014We were delighted with our meal, and are so glad we finally visited this wonderful restaurant. As my huband said, the chef really knows what he/she is doing! We will definitely be back!Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 8/16/2014It's a great restaurant week place to go, because they offer the whole menu (and only a few items have up-charges on them). The new cocktails on the menu are great! And the portions are very large, which is a rare and welcome treat.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not great ambienceAngb77Dined on 8/15/2014We decided to try Grapeseed because it was doing Restaurant Week. Even with that, it's expensive. The food was fairly interesting, the service was on the slow side but okay. My main complaint was with the atmosphere - the decor is basically nonexistent and the chairs are these cheap, ugly metal jobs. Despite the fact the restauarant was not full and we had a reservation we were seated in what looked like a function room,that had four glowing red exit signs and a wall mounted flatscreen TV (turned off) with a cord hanging out the side. Anyone who walks in the place will immediately see what I mean. The atmosphere is not a lively one and it's just not decorated at all. So weird.Special Features:
- FoodophileFoodophileDined on 8/14/2014Wine lists must be updated! Grapeseed? Really? What happened? Heard you used to have three wine lists. Where are they?Special Features:
- Amazing dinnerMcIeatsDined on 8/11/2014The food was fabulous. The staff very attentive. Wine pairings, at least the one I had, not anything special; recommend you go with own choice.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Grape seed bistroCakeloverDined on 8/9/2014Very good food but expensive. I was surprised to see several families with small children there--there is no kids' menu and the portions of what we had, anyway, aren't really big enough to share.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good food but priceyCatherineDined on 8/2/2014Enjoyed a nice dinner with some good friends last night. Appetizers were good, dinner was good, wine very good but must say I didn't feel we got a good value for the money spent. At over $300 for 4 people I just felt it was a bit pricey. It's not that we left hungry and in full disclosure, we ordered 2 drinks each, 2 appetizers for all of us, 4 entrees total and 1 dessert but still can't say I felt at the end of the meal that it was a good value. Sorry Grapeseed!Special Features:
- The following 1316 reviews are from the Grapeseed reviews archive.
- Very good experience at GrapeseedgolfkingVIPDined on 7/25/2014Been here a number of times. This time was very good. The service was good and attentive. the food was prepared very well and tasted good. The wine list is good and they have a number of wines by the glass. It is nice to try different wines. Overall a very good experience. We will go back soon.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- , Sauces too expensive.LovebirdDined on 7/24/2014Good clean location. Tenderloin delicious. NY strip ... It could be better. Desert outstanding!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Steady as She Goes in BethesdaanonymousbrunetteDined on 7/19/2014Grapeseed has always delivered wonderful food. A great meat selection and perfectly executed mains. Unfortunately the disinterested service still (over the course of the last eight years) falls short of their culinary achievement. The menu design is outdated and takes a moment to visually order, the lighting bright, and the overall experience unimpressive. We've always felt as though they have so much potential but they keep missing the mark on seemingly basic things (staff enthusiasm, clever dining options, ambiance.) Sad to say that it was near empty on a Saturday night. Aside, they've nailed it on the music front.Special Features:
- Lost its mojoBethesdaFoodCriticVIPDined on 7/1/2014used to be fine, now dreary. Wine list is only bright spot.
- Not what it used to besequoiaVIPDined on 6/28/2014I used to frequent Grapeseed 6-8 years ago. Used to love their food and wonderful wine list and the fact that their wines by the glass were excellent and varied. I have been there twice in the last 6 months and both times I was disappointed with the food. Two of our dishes were too greasy (korean beef and fried shrimp). And the menu selections unexciting. Moreover the descriptions in the menu were inaccurate or misleading. The wine selection continues to be good and the service too. It's sad to see this restaurant has lost its edge.Special Features:
- Fancy Food/Relaxed AmbienceJCBethesdaDined on 5/30/2014We went to Grapeseed hoping for a delicious and creative meal in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. We got what we came for. The food is excellent. The portions are perfect (generous, but not overwhelming), the choices varied. The chef makes good use of local ingredients and the combinations are inspired. The atmosphere is friendly (not at all stuffy), very casual, neighborhood feel. We loved our server (friendly, capable, attentive, not intrusive), space was very comfortable and we lingered at our table for quite a while after dinner. The wine selection was another plus -- lots of interesting choices and most dishes (including desserts) are listed with a recommended pairing, which I love! We had a wonderful evening.Special Features:
- Yummy!paokansasVIPDined on 5/27/2014Great special Tuesday lunch of soft shelled crab sandwich. Delicious! Saving Tuesdays!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Food quality varied in prepOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 5/17/2014Ingredients are high quality, but of our three diners, one had dishes previously eaten at Grapeseed and they were just not as well prepared. It was disappointing. The other dishes were up to par. Given the prices, it makes me wary of returning. That said, the wine matches are outstanding.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great value lunchDCGourmetVIPDined on 5/13/2014They have a $10 lunch special now, which was an excellent value.Special Features:
- A Special Mother's Day brunchVandigoDined on 5/11/2014We took advantage of a special that Grapeseed offerred through its e-mail list. It was not the first time we did this; these specials are special, indeed. This was for a prix fixe Mother's Day brunch. The first course was a biscuiit, granola, and fruit. The main course included numerous options. The shrimp and grits was excellent, eggs Chesapeake--with crab meat--and a hamburger were also quite good.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Ridiculously overpricedAnonymousDined on 5/11/2014I took my mother for their Mother's Day brunch and it was a travesty. On the menu, they promised a family sized serving of biscuits, fruit, yogurt and granola. What arrived at our table was two dry and nearly burnt "biscuits" which were more akin to pieces of cornbread. There was maybe three spoonfuls of yogurt, a handful of granola and a handful of fruit. In fact, it appeared that they took one strawberry and cut it into several tiny pieces. It was definitely not worth the 30 dollars per person that they charged. The entree was okay but definitely not a toe curler. All in all, I would not recommend them. I felt completely short changed and the meal was not at all memorable.
- Very disappointingOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 5/11/2014I took my mother here for Mothers' Day brunch. Service was abominable. Although there were only two other parties in the restaurant when we arrived, it took more than 10 minutes for the waiter to come over to take our drink order. There were long long waits between the courses. Crabcake was burned on the bottom. Eggs Chesapeake were barely lukewarm when served, eggs over cooked, and the english muffins they were on had an odd, unpleasant consistency and were tasteless. At $30 a person for fixed price menu, would have been nice not to have been charged an additional $2.50 each for coffee and tea. I can understand charging for alcoholic drinks but not normal brunch beverages. Not at all a good value. Won't try again.
- Brunch not their thingMonicaDined on 5/11/2014We have eaten dinner at Grapeseed a number of times and the food is outstanding. Grapeseed seemed to have missed the mark for their usual standards of excellence at brunch this past Sunday. Stick with Grapeseed for dinner; we've had some great nights there with groups in their special event rooms.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- disappointing second visiteat2loveDined on 5/3/2014I thoroughly enjoyed my first visit to Grapeseed with a friend. The second visit, not so much. The service was inattentive and slow, my bass was over-salted, and my friend's chicken was so-so. Especially considering the price of the entrees, I expected more.
- an old favoritefoodielizVIPDined on 4/22/2014As always, I had a wonderful dining experience at Grapeseed. I will go back time and time again.Special Features:
- Wonderful BrunchAnitaDined on 4/20/2014For this Easter, Chef Jeff whipped up a marvelous brunch. It had everything from granola and fresh fruit to eggs Chesapeake with an orange hollandaise sauce. The hangover potatoes were a special throw in treat. Davan, our server, was there when you wanted him and gone when you didn't. I only have one negative to offer. If you have difficulty walking, don't go on the special occasions. Grapeseed normally has valet parking but they don't on Sunday's and Bethesda's infrastructure is notoriously hostile to people with disabilities. Chef Jeff accommodated us very well but one can't count on that all the time.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Slow service, below average fooddcdinerVIPDined on 4/20/2014We went here for Easter brunch with some friends. It was empty - 2 tables of 4 or 5 people (including us) and it took them FORVER to bring our appetizers - almost an hour. I think they forgot they were part of the menu and brought them sooo late we were starving. Then when they remembered they brought everything all at once and there were so many plates there was no room on the table for everything. we had to ask for coffee probably 5 times, and only got refilled 2 times. Either the restaurant wasn't ready to open when they said they were or there was some major malfunction in the kitchen. They weren't able to make the side potatoes without bacon, so we were forced to order fries, which were mostly burnt and tasted like salt sticks.