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Mussel Bar & Grille - Arlington
Mussel Bar & Grille - Arlington

Mussel Bar & Grille - Arlington Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.musselbar.com
  • Email: arlington@musselbar.com
  • Phone: (703) 841-2337
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch - Monday - Friday 11:30am - 4:00pm
    Brunch - Saturday - Sunday 10:30am - 3:30pm
    Dinner - Monday - Sunday 4:00pm - 11:00pm

    Bar - Monday - Sunday 11:30am - 2:00am ( food service till 12:00am)
    The Happiest Hour - Monday - Sunday 3:00pm - 6:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Belgian, Beer Garden, American
  • Executive Chef: Erik Foxx-Nettnin
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: NEW! Now Mussel Bar & Grille Arlington is offering gift cards which can be redeemed at any of RW Restaurant Group location. If you have any questions please contact us at 703 841 beer.
  • Special Events & Promotions: MUSSEL BAR AND GRILL offers dining capacity for up to 30 guests. Whether it is dining with a group of friends or celebrating an occasion, our menu is prepared and served as sharing style for your party to enjoy. Large parties are welcome for, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner and Happy Hour. Advanced reservations are required. For more information, please contact, Hanna Namysl at hanna@musselbar.com or +1 703 841 BEER.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wilson Boulevard
  • Public Transit: Ballston Metro Station
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Garage parking available in the building at a rate of $1 per hour, 9th street.
A word from Mussel Bar & Grille - Arlington
Chef Robert Wiedmaier's third Mussel Bar & Grille location, and first in Virginia.

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Diner Reviews
  • "I knew going into it that anything in Ballston wasn't going to be good and would be overpriced for what you get. Well Mussel bar lived up to my expectations. Chef is trying way to hard here to make this a hipster hangout but that appeals to the Arlington millennial. So when you walk in you get the vibe it could be good especially after seeing the beer menu and the cocktail list. But after that it all falls flat and the food is mediocre for the price point you are paying. You can pay the same price( or in some cases even less) in places such ad Red Hen, Roses Luxury, Granville Moores, Proof, etc in DC and get food that will blow you away and True Hipster Ambiance of 14th st, shaw, or H-street."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "dare i say it but this place was so great the first time around that we came back two weeks later because it was that great. Chef is top notch, even stopped by the table. Tuna Tartar and their app specials are always something to try out."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Great mussels and look like it could be a fun place esp in the good weather with their outdoor patio. Waitress were barely interested in u - never checked on refills for drinks, and no conversational skills - she is in the wrong profession - lackluster service. Noisy too. But the food was good, great selctions and specials and fun being close to the open kitchen and watching the chef garnish the plates. Will try again."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "I have been to the restaurant 3 times and have yet to try a bad mussel (Thai green curry, Provencal, and white wine). They are well cooked and have different flavors for all types of palates. Make sure you order what is right for you however. The complaints I've heard from friends revolve around the smokiness of the Mediterranean, but not the mussel itself (perfectly cooked and plump). Another rarity is the portion. Around these here parts (DC and VA), often an order can fit on a salad plate. Not at Mussel Bar. The servings are more like you would find in a Baltimore pub. That's a big pet peeve of mine- mussels cost a restaurant $3 for a large serving. Pass that on to the customer who is paying $15-$25. And, yes, the restaurant is LOUD."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Mussel Bar offers an excellent brunch! In addition to the regular lunch menu are a selection of superb breakfast items. We tried the steak and eggs, lemon soufflé pancake and 3 egg breakfast - all of which were delicious. Portions are just right (not over-the-top diner size) and prepared perfectly. All included either fruit or greens. Breakfast with gourmet flair - Mussel Bar does brunch right!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "should give open table points for lunch...too many other options that do"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Didn't try the mussels but the shrimp and grits were very good!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Took an out of town co-worked and some family members out for a nice weekday dinner. This was my first time, and the experience was wonderful - from the host, to the bartender, to the server and of course the food. We ordered the mussels and frites and a couple of the steak dinners, and everything was delicious. The service was very friendly, attentive and prompt! How simple is that, right?! Since I live in the area, I hope this will continue to be a regular dining choice for me in the future!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "We loved everything from beginning (Blue Crab dip) to middle (mussels) to end (and you really MUST end with the chocolate mousse ... it was fabulous)."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "food was awesome. Mussels, warm bread, sweet potato fries. Service was a little overbearing for me - checking on me all the time while my mouth is full....but maybe this is just my culture - not used to that. Pricey but not obscene."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Very happy that they opened a Mussel Bar in Arlington. The location is nice, and the food was great. Will come again."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The mussels and frittes were awesome. If you like spicy, go for the Thai cilantro and green curry mussels, delicious! Servers were attentive and friendly. I will definitely return."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Good food, good beer list although rather expensive in spots. However, we went on a Saturday night and it was very, very loud. Almost uncomfortably o, but it is a great place for friends who want to eat and drink pretty well and yell at each other."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Love the decor, menu, food and the parking availability. The portions of food was perfect. The service was great too. Only diwn part of the dining experience was a rude guy at the bar who kept clapping while watching the basketball game. I guess rude behavior is to be expected when you have sports playing on many tvs. Overall, a great place for food in my neighborhood!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Their brunch food was actually pretty good. The service however could improve. Our waitress took a very long time to take our order and rarely checked on us to see if we needed anything."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We went for the mussels, which didn't disappoint! But we'll go back to try all the other fabulous looking food."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We had a light dinner before a sporting event at W & L HS during Happy Hour. It was good for that. Had mussels and the Brisket Burger. Both were good. Beer selection is outstanding. They need a sign out front. It was almost impossible to know they were there. I had to call to find them when I was standing on an opposite corner."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "While the service needs to uptick to meet their prices, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food and overwhelmed by the awesome feel of the establishment. Kudos to the folks that did their decor. It's not easy to make Ballston feel hip! I had the shrimp and grits, with some hesitation, having had the dish in the deep south. It was a win! The flavors were great and both the shrimp and grits were cooked perfectly. We had the mussels with the white wine - a creamy take on flavors that I embrace at home. Also very nice. Get the fries for a $1 extra and sop up the goodness."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Lovely dinner however, our group of 6 was seated near A/C vent blowing towards us. 2 of our group were already"under the weather" & we were all cold - we asked to be moved to the table for 6 that was beside us. 1st request, staff said they would turn down the A/C blower. However this did not help - cold air continued to blow. After we asked to be moved a 2nd time, we were moved to the other table - much more comfortable (not directly below the A/C vent). Delicious meal & server was very attentive. We did have trouble understanding her (strong accent) but she repeated things when asked & tried hard to help us understand her. This is my 4th visit to MB & will continue to dine there. We always enjoy it here & enjoy delicious meals every visit."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Full disclosure: location was a key factor in choosing Mussel Bar, as it was across the street from our hotel and time was precious. That said, I was not pleased when our table wasn't ready for an 8:45pm reservation, although the restaurant really can't predict how long patrons will take to dine. Once we were seated (20 minutes late), the service was attentive and responsive, and the food was good. Bread was great. Mussels were prepared simply but well, and the aioli sauces were inventive. Steaks got rave reviews. However, the noise level really took away from the experience. The rough-hewn industrial vibe is visually arresting, but very, very loud. Prepare for a 'wall of sound' experience if you venture here."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I original came for the muscles but got caught up onthe amazing beer list. It brought me back to the time I spent a broad in Belgium and was pleasantly surprised when I seen some familiar names. However the pleasantries went beyond the beer the food was amazing my friend couldn't stop raving about the brisket burger. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We had a party of five and all of us enjoyed the food and the service was good. The only negative would be the overall noise level which makes it very hard to have a conversation."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "this was my second time at Mussel Bar, and the food was just as great as I remember from my first experience! Two colleagues and I went a little early on a Thursday to beat the lunch rush. Since neither had been before, they opted for what I had on my first time there (Lamb Meatball Sandwich, which is amazing) while I opted for the steak sandwich special (incredibly tender meat, fresh bread, wonderfully caramelized onions). Food came out quickly, hot, and fresh. The service was also top notch. Friendly, quick, offering insights into the menu, and sharing laughs with our table. Since my office is so close, I will likely be returning a little more often. My colleagues and I also want to try their extensive beer list for happy hour!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "My friends and I had a great time here and the food was delicious and perfectly prepared, but the noise level was pretty crazy loud. We managed to talk but kind of felt like we were shouting the whole time."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "excited to try MB in Arlington after REALLY enjoying MB/AC a few weeks ago. Had reservation for 3 at 8:45 on a Sat.night...wasn't seated until after 9. Table comfy but located in bar area- so loud, I literally could not hear the person sitting next to me much less the person sitting across from me. Resulted in a mostly non-speaking meal. I appreciate a 'vibrant' scene, but it was completely ridiculous. The industrial interior (boring) of high ceilings w/o any insulation results in little to no noise deafening capabilities. As for food, the oysters were good but really over-priced. The mussels were tasty, but a different presentation than expected even though they had the same name as AC post. Burgers were better than most."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This restaurant had some good write ups so I thought I'd try it. I was disappointed in the salads, not much there and over priced. Grilled calamari was very good but not very hot. Cappuccinos were very good."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "There were six of us for dinner. The service was great, the cocktails were creative and spectacular, and food was delicious! We had a great time and will definitely be back. I can't wait to try the outdoor patio when it gets warmer."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Just ok, and a bit dissapointing bc I really like Robert Wiedemeier's other restaurant, Brabo, that I have been to several times. The bread at the beginning of the meal was the best part. Tuna appetizer was decent, Calamari was ok but was sitting in a lot of sauce. The mussels, which is what I would have imagined they did best, was really not that great. Now, to be fair, I ordered the white wine mussels, which the waiter said was the most plain, but even for these, I would think they would have been at least flavorful (read: salted). While we had a booth in the corner, it was really loud in the restaurant - which would be great for groups and kids, not so much for date night."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Excellent food and good service. It's a great addition to Ballston. However, it's just too loud. It was hard to hear over a regular sized table and conversation was a real effort, which is unfortunate at a restaurant where we would otherwise be frequent diners."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Spicy Thai Green Curry Mussels outstanding. "Make your own Bloody Mary" bar is very good idea and concept (during Brunch)."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Was in on a Wednesday night. Place was so loud you could not hear the waitress, and she couldn't hear order. Maybe that's why the drinks showed up at the end of our meal. Doesn't help we were crammed like cattle in the main seating area."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "For a restaurant whose name is Mussel Bar, it cooks a poor mussel. The kale ceasar and beet salads were delightful. The mussel broth was scrumptious, but the mussels were so overcooked, they were the size of peas in the shells. They were so overcooked they had no taste of their own. They should never have come out of the kitchen. I should have sent them back."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Service and food were great! If you like mussels you must try this place!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Excellent mussels as well as other items on the menu. Very good cocktails, wine list small although we had an excellent spanish wine."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We had Valentines dinner here and had great time. The food was fabulous, our server was pleasant and attentive. We had the mussels in a white sauce and the red snapper. The Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand was awesome and a nice complement with our meal. This was our first time at Mussel bar and grill and we will definitely return!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I often make mussels and usually won't order something that I make myself. I a so glad that I decided to order the mussels. I had the mushroom bacon mussels and they were delicious. Our friend had the white wine mussels and they were superb. Cannot understand the comments about the excellence of the food or the service. Our waiter was charming and the service was very good. Can't wait to go back and try other dishes."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Great beer selection and good muscles. The happy hour deals make it a great value. Regular dining is ok, but the portions are not large and the entrees are a little pricey"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I've eaten there twice and have nothing but great things to say. Their mussels, obviously their strong point given the name, are fabulous. Served in large pans with savory sauces, they are clean (no grit), fresh and delicious. Easily enough for a filling meal. Last time I had the Shrimp and Grits which was also fantastic! This is a new favorite!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Among other great food orders, we had three of the mussel varieties; all were delicious! The service was top notch; our waitress was professional and friendly. I had put on Open Table that it was my son's birthday dinner and the staff recognized it in a low key but special manner. I had not said anything beyond putting it on the reservation request."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "I am sometimes surprised at the comments people make about their food and service. The mussels with Spicy Thai Green Curry were fantastic. Of course there are several options for the broth or liquid of choice but we can only address the one we selected. It was wonderful. The Penn Cove Mussels are always very delicate in flavor and not even the slightest bit fishy. A strong sauce can overwhelm them but the Thai sauce was perfect. I want to go back soon and try something else but these mussels are so rare on the east coast that I will probably never have anything else. Our server was friendly, helpful, observant and made sure our every need was addressed. Yes, I will be going back...and heck with the waistline, I'll have the fries too!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014