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Grapeseed Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.grapeseedbistro.com
  • Email: info@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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "Grapeseed is a wine bar. They know what they're doing, take their word for it on the pairings. If wish to explore food and wine pairings this is the place to do so. You'll be in excellent hands. The food is wonderful and the wine perfectly matches it. This is an excellent place to start an evening as half pours will allow you to sample the wine and still be able to continue your evening elsewhere for example at a concert -- Strathmore is mere miles away. Grapeseed is my "go to" restaurant in Bethesda, MD."
    Dined on 6/7/2013
  • "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
  • "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
  • "dinner was fabulous and the service and atmosphere friendly. would definitely return."
    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
  • "The new steak menu was off the charts good, better than Morton's and capital grille. Ten points!"
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The food was good and the service was excellent. A very nice place."
    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
  • "The cuisine is very good, diverse and refined. We enjoy it each time again. The service was unobtrusive, yet very effective, so we were able to focus on our conversation and the enjoyment of the food. None of the boiler plate interruptions that betray lack of confidence, like: Q: "Is everything all right?" A: "I assume not, since you ask the question." Q: "Are you still working on it?" A: "I don't "work" here. Could I "enjoy" now?" Q: "Can I get you something?" A: "Did you forget something?" Good waiters don't interrupt to ask these questions. Instead, they are very attentive to the slightest raising of the hand or eyebrow if and and when a patron signals for attention. Our waiter at Grapeseed displayed that quality."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "We met an old friend (a foodie) there on during restaurant week. We had an outstanding meal, to include appetizer, dinner and dessert. We did not know if Grapeseed participated in advance so it was a nice surprise for the three of us. The service was excellent, the wine and drink selection good, and it was allaround the best choice for us. I had not dined there in a while and will definitely come back soon."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "I encourage people to take advantage of the services of the sommelier when choosing a wine - it's free, and his knowledge and recommendations are fantastic! The food is a delicious combination of perfect preparation, good portion size and exciting ingredients. The atmosphere is good... but the decor a little dated."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "First time at this place and had 4 courses off special menu. The service was very slow, probably because the restaurant was full. Standouts: amuse bouche, lobster tart, gnocchi, and desserts. Filet mignon came out lukewarm and overcooked (asked for medium-rare), but was flavorful. Pork chop also somewhat tough, but was a generous portion and flavorful; sides with the pork chop were delicious. Kitchen ran out of the chocolate dessert (choco cremeaux) by the time we got to dessert (a long time), but the alternatives were outstanding (butterscotch panna cotta and greek yogurt cheesecake)--BUT the cake with the panna cotta was dry, and I felt the cheesecake could have benefited from additional garnishes (fruit, more textural components, etc.)."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Went there on New Year's Eve. Very good prix fixe dinner. Meats are always cooked to perfection."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I have dined many times at Grapeseed in the evening and always had a good experience, with interesting well prepared food. We visited at lunch time for a work related holiday lunch, thinking that the menu would be similar, just scaled down with more "lunch type" fare. But the menu was mostly very basic sandwiches, salads--little in the way of lunch entrees. We could have been dining anywhere--no Grapeseed touches, boring menu and not the unique, special fare offered in the evening. And a large holiday party came in--very loud, standing around the tables. The food was okay--just not twhat we expected from Grapeseed."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "My husband and I went here on a Living Social deal and were impressed with the ambience and food. Lovely restaurant that's also set up nicely for private groups. We each ordered an appetizer - Mussels (great) and calamari salad (also very good). The entrée selection was limited for us (due to it being a Living Social deal) which was my only negative. From the prices, this didn't make sense and I think it doesn't work in their favor. I understand certain limitations but to only offer about 3 entrees doesn't work well. That being said, I had the shrimp entrée (excellent) and my husband ordered the hanger steak (which was good but not exceptional). The only other criticism was the price of beer and wine - on the high side."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Disappointed. Food seemed to be marked up for the special living social purchase...nothing special. do not recommend"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "We had a nice meal accompanied by a bottle of Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay. The waitress who is normally a bar tender was very knowlegeabale about wine, experienced, low key and sophisticated."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "The food was good but pricey. Except for a few, most tables had no tablecloth. It was busy but only 2 waiters. Granted, it was a very cold Monday night."
    Dined on 12/9/2013
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "I have dined at Grapeseed for many years and was extremely disappointed by our experience. Bread was never served at our table, we needed to pour our own wine, and refills on water had to be asked for. The food was mediocre; only a chicken dish and dessert stood out. We were a group of 4 who each had 3 courses, order a couple bottles of wine and had after-dinner drinks - we spent extremely good money but left knowing that we would not be coming back."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "While the food was well-prepared it tends toward very heavy and ordinary. Do not get their living social deal because the menu is extremely limited and they are completely inflexible--wouldn't consider offering other dishes even with upcharge. Server was friendly and casual but often absent when needed. Prices are sky high."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Really appreciated the place... food very good... pricey... but it was worth it... loved the half price bottle of wine night treat! thanks... JW"
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "I was extremely disappointed with the limited menu that was set forth for the Living Social deal; the appetizers were much more appealing than the 3 options for entrée. The paella was really just rice with meat in it and the chef should indicate that dark meat will be included as part of the chicken portion. The portion of salmon was rather small."
    Dined on 12/2/2013