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Grapeseed Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.grapeseedbistro.com
  • Phone: (301) 986-9592
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm,
    Sunday: Closed
  • 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 (877) 250-4730
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please join our mailing list on our website for up incoming events and specials!

Getting there

  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "Grapeseed 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 The menu design is outdated and takes a moment to visually order, the lighting bright, and the overall experience unimpressive.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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "used to be fine, now dreary. Wine list is only bright spot."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "I 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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Great special Tuesday lunch of soft shelled crab sandwich. Delicious! Saving Tuesdays!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Ingredients 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."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "They have a $10 lunch special now, which was an excellent value. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I 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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I 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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I 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."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "As always, I had a wonderful dining experience at Grapeseed. I will go back time and time again."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "For 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."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We 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. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We had not been there in some time. The menu offers some interesting choices. I appetizers are generous and provide some diverse flavors. The service was prompt, and not intrusive. We enjoyed a pleasant dinner. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Love Grapeseed, its a great place with consistent food a diverse wine list. I had the salmon- perfectly cooked and the little gem salad (we needed a bit more dressing). The apple "pie" was a great surprise and conclusion! I like trying the recommended wine if I am not familiar with it. They usually have something quite interesting- in this case Mothers Milk which was delightful. I happened to be there during an event so the noise level was very high and service was challenged- for those of us not at the event. I rated the ambience and service as modest for that reason. Won't stop me from going back!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "My friend and I enjoyed nice salads, a glass of wine, excellent salmon and scallop dishes, and lingered over cappuccinos for several hours before leaving. The wait staff was attentive but not intrusive and we were able to catch up on several years of conversation. Window seats, valet parking, busy tables but not too noisy. Perfect evening."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Charcuterie is a nice appetizer choice, though serving was a bit skimpy on rabbit terrine. Fried oysters were delicious but seemed to be missing the bacon. Cod particularly fine as main course. We skipped dessert. Suggestion: bite-size desserts for those whare are fully satisfied but want to end on a sweet note."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Grapeseed. Fresh, up-scale atmosphere, excellent wine selection, and top-notch food. We highly receommend Grapeseed for a sophisticated, fun night out on the town."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I have not been back to Grapeseed in many years....I wish I had. My wife and I had a wonderful meal and will definitely be back."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Great meal - excellent wine. OK service for a single server who also happens to be bar tending as well as hosting Was wondering where the manager was that evening."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We had not dined at Grapeseed for about 9 mos. and what a dissappointment. They always had great food and service. The soup was served 30 minutes after we ordered and was luke warm. The dry aged steak was tough and not cooked to the temp requested. We received sides that were not the ones we ordered. We got there at 7 pm and our food was not served until 8:20 and all of this going on under the nose of the Chef/Owner.....I'd hate to dine there when he was absent !"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Lovely mid-week lunch with surprisingly large selection of unique items with great wine pairings. Very affordable."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "One of my girlfriends and I met up for a last minute early dinner on a Monday night. The place was kind of empty but the food and wine were amaze balls. We had the Korean BBQ appetizer which was spicy and so good. We shared the salmon and the crab cakes...followed by the Greek yogurt cheesecake. Literally every single one of the plates on the table was licked clean. Such good food and nice portions so you don't feel too full and you can enjoy your meal. Love love love this place. And our server tyrese(sp?) was so knowledgable and really nice. All around a great experience. Definitely recommend this place."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Grapeseed has been one of Bethesda's and D.C.'s best restaurants for 20 years. It continues to be one of the very best and also freshens up the menu and beverage list frequently. I live in Bethesda and my wife and I eat out in the area once or twice a week. We return to Grapeseed often, especially for special events like a good friend's retirement celebration for this visit. They have an excellent wine list and offer great wine by-the glass. The menu and execution are both outstanding."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "dinner was fabulous and the service and atmosphere friendly. would definitely return."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The new steak menu was off the charts good, better than Morton's and capital grille. Ten points!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Always enjoy our visits here, been too long since our last visit. As always, food was wonderful, service spot on. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We all enjoyed our dinner & wine that evening. Waiter was kind enough to let one of my quests try three wines before she found the one she liked. Service was great and the scallops were cooked just right."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We've been here many times but this was our first time trying out the steakhouse menu. As with every other visit to Grapeseed, the food was fantastic."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "No complaints. Prices were a bit high but normal for the area. The food was very well prepared and portions were reasonable. The wine was not too expensive (for a restaurant) with a very good selection."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Although the price was a bit high, I felt that it was worth it for a special occasion. The service from the waiters reminded me of when I ate in Europe, in, that, I did not feel rushed. They were not hovering over us but were always available when needed. The food was excellent and I was amazed at the wide range of flavors. I don't normally love chicken breast but the one that I ate won a place in my heart as it was so juicy and succulent. I was tempted to ask them for their secret. My food choices were limited due to my gluten-free diet. However, the staff was able to work with me so that I could partake of some gluten-free choices. Overall, my boyfriend and I had a wonderful time and would return on a special occasion."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Entrees were great - appetizers were not. We ordered a cheese plate for desert which ended up being sliced Cracker Barrel. Would not recommend. Service was great."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Only my second time at Grapeseed but up to my expectations based on the first visit. Interesting menu that provides ample choices to satisfy anyone's pallet. Had to skip dessert, knowing I'd be back!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Crispy chicken livers - good, glad we tried them. Korean BBQ beef tips - pass, eggplant/nut to actual beef tip ratio is probably 5:1. Crab cakes - so so. The sauce was awesome, crab cakes had a little too much filler for someone from MD. Mahi mahi - pretty good Apple crisp - good apple crisp Greek yogurt cheesecake - this was very good, the honey and peanut brittle dust on it was a great compliment to the Greek yogurt flavor. Slightly disappointing that we were stuck in the front corner against two glass walls, especially bad with it less than 30 degrees. We had a reservation and there were open two person booths in the much quieter back."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Visited during restaurant week, with the 3 course special and the food was no less amazing than every other time I have been. I had the scallops which were perfectly done, but was ogling the pork chop that my friend ordered. I was lucky enough to be allowed a taste, and it was delicious. I was wishing I had ordered that, which considering how much I love the scallops is saying something. Our other friend went with the highly recommended filet and it never disappoints. The service was impeccable, the right amount of attention without any hovering. Great assistance in selecting a wonderful wine to enhance our experience. Jeff Heineman is a talented man, with a great team at the Grapeseed!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The food was good and the service was excellent. A very nice place."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "This was our first time visiting Grapeseed, and we were very impressed. For appetizers, we chose the cornmeal fried oysters and the grilled spicy broccoli. The portions were very generous. The broccoli was too spicy for me. We both really liked our salads: Caesar and Arugula with the bacon vinaigrette. (yum) Our entrees were the seared scallops and the salmon and they were fabulous. We enjoyed trying the suggested wine pairings. We look forward to returning to Grapeseed."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "I went with two colleagues during the DC restaurant week. Three courses for $20. I started with a fricassee/ pollenta that tasted good. The main entree was the mussels with Fries, good but a little bit too spicy for me. To finish, the dessert (cheesecake with greek yoghourt) was excellent. Portions could have been larger. The service was slow but the personal was friendly. The noise was OK."
    Dined on 1/16/2014