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

Mussel Bar & Grille - Arlington

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.musselbar.com/
  • Phone: 7038412337x
  • 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: Beer Garden, Belgian, 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: 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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Mussel Bar & Grille - Arlington reviews from OpenTable diners
176 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (84)fit for foodies (76)vibrant bar scene (59)good for groups (59)great for outdoor dining (54)hot spot (38)great for lunch (37)great for brunch (28)special occasion (28)notable wine list (20)kid-friendly (18)late-night find (15)romantic (13)scenic view (5)Show More
  • Serious Service Issues
    LauraVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Decided to try this restaurant for the first time with a friend on a Wed night. We both were craving mussels, so it seemed like a great choice. We were sat at a table in the middle of a heavily trafficked loud portion of the restaurant... dissapointing considering we watched two parties before us without reservations get seated at the last 2 booths. We both ordered mussels (thai curry and white wine and garlic). We were both VERY pleased with the mussles. However, we never once had a waitress stop by our table and were eventually waited on the entire evening by the manager, who obviously was distracted by numerous other things. Bill time was uncomfortable for us, as we were torn with leaving a tip for a waitress we literally NEVER saw.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty brunch selection
    brunchdude
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Had the chicken and waffles for brunch and they were excellent. Plenty of space so there was no wait for a seat.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mussel bar for dinner
    MrCoffee832
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I was disappointed with the menu and the service. There were only 5 or 6 mussel entrees, and the menu did not offer any pizzas with mussels. The waiter told me it was not possible to add mussels to the pizzas. How could Mussel Bar not offer with mussel toppings for pizza?? The server was not attentive and did not bring us our bread in the beginning. The mussels were small, and several did not open up ( they were dead prior to being cooked). My bf got the white wine mussels, and I got the provencal mussels. The flavor of the white wine was excellent, and the sauce was great. The provencal sauce was good as well. The ambiance was very noisy, I felt like I had to yell to be heard across the table.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Five Mussel Dishes, Frites Extra
    QBickleVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    To our surprise the restaurant called Mussel Bar only has 5 mussel dishes ($24 each) and frites (shoe string style) are a dollar extra. The portion itself was rather small and our White Wine mussels, while not associated with an abundance of complex flavors, were bland. We did, however, enjoy the subtle flavor Blue Crab Soup, the lightness of Lamb Meatball and the char of the Salmon. Overall, there are an abundance of restaurants offering better mussel dishes and selection (a couple even in the same restaurant group) at better prices. We would not return to this location for mussels. Without factoring in the mussels, the restaurant makes for a good spot to occasionally stop in for Happy Hour at but generally not worth a detour for.
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  • Always Reliable and Very Good
    PabloVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I will continue to patronage Mussel Bar. Great happy hour specials. Great food. Great Service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pricey but good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This is a great place for a beer and some some bistro fare, however it is quite expensive for the make up of the menu
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for special occasions
    holly
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I made a reservation for my parents' 44th wedding anniversary and called ahead to see if I could leave a credit card number to pay for their meal in advance. I was a bit skeptical the dinner would actually get paid for, but the Mussel Bar did an over and above job of handling the reservation, the bill and the occasion. My parents reported that about 6 staff members stopped by their table to wish them a happy 44th. You don't often see that type of service anymore and I would like to commend the staff that were working on the evening of August 8th for making a special occasion very special. Thank you to the Mussel Bar staff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • delicious food & great service
    Jco71
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The mussels w/ mushrooms & bacon were amazing - just can't go wrong ordering unless you don't like tasty deliciousness! The sauce was so good we ran out of bread (which had already been refilled) to dip but didn't want to ask for more since we weren't wearing stretchy pants - ha. Server was super friendly, made a good beer recommendation & came over plenty of times to check on us. Close walking distance to mall to see movie afterwards. Overall very good pick. OK, now for the cons. Bad acoustics, the place was not crowded (inside - outside was pretty full) and it was VERY noisy. We luckily were seated in the far corner, so it was good but any other table would have been annoying. Also, the draft beer was a shockingly tiny portion size.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great happy hour
    VeryAuthenticVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This was a great neighborhood area restaurant, perfect place for happy hour until 7pm each weekday with great food and drink options. The mussels were all well prepared and very delicious. Would highly recommend trying more than one!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Better at Dinner-Time
    arlingtonfoodie
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I recently went to Mussel Bar for brunch. The food was great, but the service was awkward. There were only 2 other tables being served with a significant number of staff, yet our service was extremely slow, especially at the end of our meal. We waited 15-20 min from getting to-go boxes before having to flag down and ask a different server for our check (hadn't seen our own server for awhile). The manager stood next to our table during that time, yet never made eye contact or asked how our meal was/if we needed anything. I will say this experience was MUCH different than an experience I had at dinner a few months ago. Both food and service were terrific at that time of day!! Overall, I would recommend Mussel Bar - for dinner, not brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poorly managed
    mjr1110
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    BLUF: I would not go back to Mussel Bar & Grille - Arlington or recommend it to others. - After being seated, it took over 10 minutes for a waiter to pay attention to us. - The wine we served was awful, basically un-drinkable. We suspect it had gone bad but our wait service was so poor that we didn't even bother to complain. - My date started with their Cesar salad, which is supposed to have anchovies (per the menu). The waiter did not realize and actually did nothing about it even after we complained. Thankfully one of the chefs noticed the interaction and offered us some shrimp. - Considering the theme of the restaurant, the mussels themselves were surprisingly small. The preparation was good but there was not much to eat.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Becoming a Regular Stop
    NFH1VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The rare ahi tuna and lobster Mac and cheese were both perfectly prepared and delicious. We also liked the sweet potato fries as an app. Rachael provided excellent service and several managers stopped by to ask about our experience. Be prepared for a larger check depending on how much alcohol you consume while if you enjoy that at home before your meal the cost here is reasonable at dinner or lunch..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Southiejim
    BallstonBooster
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    You were out of my favorite beer but I had a different one that was enjoyable. The waiter was distracted and there were long gaps in service. When we couldn't decide immediately on alternate drinks and asked for a sample before ordering, he vanished for a long time and seemed grumpy upon return. Things gradually smoothed out and he was fine by the end of our visit. We were seated on time at a table of our choice and received our drinks 40 minutes afterward.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Sushi
    Mussels
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The food and service made this a unique dinning experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Mussell Bar review
    Jax7
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had a 7 pm reservation on Saturday night. The restaurant called and left their number for a call back reconfirmation. I called back and re-confirmed our reservation. When we arrived, they had NO record of our reservation. The check in said it must have been an Open Table screw up, When I told them they had called me and I had called them back they just shrugged. Such is life. The food was good and the wait staff and the chef were fantastic. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Salty and oily food
    LoveToEatDCVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Went for brunch with my family. Ordered a mushroom pizza for the kids which came out very greasy and salty. We also ordered two different dishes of mussels and they came out very salty as well. With the many choices of restaurants in the area, I don't think we would be going back anymore.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better if it were not so LOUD!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I have been to the Mussel Bar six times. The food is terrific and fairly priced. But it is way too loud--plus they had canned music as well.. wait for a nice night and eat outside if you go.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid
    WFMC
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Food was good. Only two gripes are the bread came with the food (would be good to ahve earlier). Also, the soda was from cans? Made me feel like it would be a per-can charge rather than free refills but did not ask.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great!
    Eater
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Excellent mussels and filet!!! Will definatly eat hear again when in Arlington!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • uneven and mixed up
    debjimVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Sat outside took close to 10 min to be acknowledged by a surly waiter. The moved inside, given a new waiter, who was not told that we had been seated outside and ordered drinks at happy hour prices. Food came out fast with one dish and bread being brought to us by the chef. Kale Cesar very good, muscle were good. Personal pizzas were finished improperly but yummy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go To Spot that Needs Improvement
    BobDiane
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Mussel Bar is a close by spot that is both convenient and fun to go to. The food is pretty decent, but appetizers and salads turn us off for their small portion sizes. The Chopped Salad portion could fit in my hand, and while tasty, keeps me from ordering it again. Last visit we had a Lamb Meatball, and while tasty as well, $11 for one small to medium meatball is a bit steep. Mussels are always good, and they make a decent burger. Fries are good, but often underdone and floppy. Dipping sauces for the fries are excellent. The Short Ribs are a good, not great dish thanks to over-salting. Service is often spotty. Recently, bread was not offered until Mussels were served. Main courses are often served before appetizers are finished.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service+Food = An Enjoyable Evening
    ArlGal
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    hree out of four of us had never eaten at Mussel Bar & Grille, and we were meeting there because we wanted to try a restaurant in the Clarendon-Ballston area and one of us goes there regularly. What an enjoyable evening! When confirming the reservation we asked for certain accommodations; when we ordered, two of us asked for slight changes to a dish. Each request was handled with ease. Our waitress was training someone, and both were pleasant, helpful, and appropriately friendly. Our waitress recommended a draft beer, noting that it was on special during happy hour -- we liked it so much that we stuck with beer (rather than switch to wine, as we normally do). Overall, Mussel Bar & Grille made a great impression. We'll return!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • music is loud!
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Be sure you are in the mood for loud, sometimes blaring, hard rock music. It is piped throughout the restaurant. Appears they are going for the vibe of "muscle bar."
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Despite service, we'll be back!
    evonovichVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Absolutely LOVED the food - party of 4 - we had calamari and poached shrimp for appetizers, then one of each: steak, crab cake, tuna, and my favorite the mussels with tomatoes! We also had grits and truffle parm frites. Unfortunately my Husband's glass of wine was dumped in the front of our friend by the busser - to no apology, and we had to ask for a refill. Then we had to ask that it be taken off the check. It took forever to get our drinks (although I would highly recommend the gin/cucumber "Suburban"), to get dishes cleared, to get another round - but the food more than made up for the service issues, so we'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun atmosphere
    mommaVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner very much. Service was prompt and polite. We were enjoying ourselves so much, we ordered dessert just to extend our visit.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Medicore in Every Regard
    idearrVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The restaurant has a very nice buildout (comfortable booths, attractive bar et) but unfortunately looking around at your surroundings is the highlight. Mussel Bar is horribly noisy, food subpar and overpriced. Best food item is the free bread and butter (I don't mean that facetiously - the bread is really good). All downhill from there - chopped salad was tiny and tasteless, steak was overcooked & overwhelmed by unappetizing Bordelaise sauce. In fairness, the crabcake appetizer was pretty good - but small for the price. Can't really comment on service as there wasn't much of it. At this price point ($60 per person easily with one glass of wine) you should leave feeling like you had a special experience. I left feeling ripped off.
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  • Mussell Bar Arlington Good Food
    DenzelMogVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Mussel Bar Arlington has great food. I have eaten there a few times now, and I have always left very impressed by the food. Oysters are great, and of course Mussel too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mussels and Beer
    foodforthoughtVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Sat outside alone on a warm summer night enjoying spicy mussels and Belgium beer. I don't usually do this, but I not only finished the mussels, but ate every bit of broth they came in. The draught beer list is extensive and excellent. After dinner, I sat at the table another half hour enjoying the evening and my book. No one ever hassled me about leaving. The only criticism is that the bartender didn't give the beer time to settle, so when it got to me, the glass was an inch or two shy of being full. A small price to pay for an excellent meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    MikeT
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The Open Table reservation didn't go through here for some reason. Thankfully I called to confirm and she said I wasn't the only one to have that problem, but they still were able to hold a table for me. I took my girlfriend here for her birthday. We both loved it. The food was excellent. The drinks were great. I would highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great addition to the neighborhood
    lindsaysarahVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    I'm so happy to have discovered this new neighborhood gem. The mussels are fantastic, with a great beer selection as well. Our server was especially nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK, but nothing special
    Larry
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Main courses were good, we had mussels, tuna and salmon. My one real complaint were the French fries, limp and light in color, not golden brown and crispy. A Begian restaurant should do better. McDonalds are better. Prices also seemed high for what you got, no value here. Service was a little short as well, felt rushed. I had not completed my beer and it disappeared.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent mussels
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Ignoring the joke that "Mussel Bar" is next to "Protein Bar'... the food is outstanding. I've been there twice now and we've sampled three of the mussels options. The broths have been phenomenal. We've also had raw oysters, some veggie sides, etc. and everything has been great. While this is not a kid-specific place, there are enough side dishes to create a meal for most eaters and if you go during the earlier family dining times there are enough children there to not feel out of place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great desserts
    NinaVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The food was ok,the french fries in particular were excelent. The dessert,a warm chocolate cookie served in a skilet with a scoop of ice cream, was delicious!! The server was attentive. The restaurant itself is nice,but extremely noisy inside. So if you want to have a conversation over dinner,without screaming,sit outside...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun but loud
    ExArlingtonian2014
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    This is a fun restaurant with a great vibe, but very loud due to the open kitchen and banging pots and pans, which is fine, but don't expect to have a meaningful conversation with the noise in the background. We had the mussels and were disappointed in their size. You would think a place that is named after the crustacean would carry the best ones. I have had better and bigger in the frozen section of the grocery store! No lie. Oysters were also small for the price. Going out to dinner is not cheap at this place and I would expect more premium seafood. One exception; the shrimp were large and very good. Our server was excellent thank goodness! Our bread was served in a 'basket' that looked like a dirty hat, fabric and stained.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great outdoor seating for families
    Laxmama98
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We love taking our kids here to eat out. The outdoor area is great for kids to stay occupied. The menu offers many options for our little picky eaters.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jack
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Service was sloooooooow. It took over an hour to get our main course, after everyone around us got theirs first. We arrived a good 15-20 minutes before many of them.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mussels are amazing!
    Michelle
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Went there for brunch on Father's Day and it was a good pick for the special ocassion. Everyone's food was delicious and the outdoor patio was surprisingly quiet and relaxing even though it sits right on Glebe and Wilson. We had two young children with us--there was no kid's menu so I am not sure I would technically call it kid friendly but there were plenty of choices on the regular brunch menu that were appropriate for them and at least half the tables outside had kids at them. Mussels are the best I have ever had (though I am not a connoisseur I have had my fair share) and the french fries and dipping sauces are so yummy! Overall a great experience. We are definitely planning on returning soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was eh
    Amanda
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    My boyfriend and I came to this restaurant on Friday, and we were a little disappointed. We both ordered mussels, and I additionally ordered the cheesy grits. The grits were definitely the best part of the meal. Usually other restaurants say they have them, but they're more of a polenta. These were large grained amazing grits. Their mussels weren't as good as either of us expected. My boyfriend said that they were heavy on the cream, and whenever you ate one that was anywhere near a lemon, that's all the flavor you got. The service was great, they took plates away as needed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The chef makes vegan dishes
    Jessbice
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Although I have been to the restaurant numerous times, I did not know the chef would make special dishes for strict diets. We had a vegan with us this time and the chef did not dissapoint! He made three fantastic dishes specifically for our friend. Couple that with our awesome food and beer, and the experience was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steaks
    Luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Steaks unevenly cooked. They do try hard to please.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.