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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Mussel Bar & Grille - Arlington reviews from OpenTable diners
158 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (73)neighborhood gem (72)great for outdoor dining (55)vibrant bar scene (50)good for groups (47)hot spot (37)great for lunch (26)special occasion (25)great for brunch (19)notable wine list (16)kid-friendly (13)late-night find (13)romantic (9)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Energetic doesn't begin to describe
    MillsVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The food was terrific. Everyone at the table had lived in Belgium and knew the dishes they ordered (carbonnade, mussels, etc.). Sweet potato fries were great, but my whole lobster was minute. Service was very slow. I had requested a quieter table...a booth or a window seat, and set the reservation for 7, thinking there would be fewer people. Wrong. The noise level was already at decibels, and no booths were available. All the tables in the center were unoccupied. Then a booth became available in the bar area, so we took it. The bar crowd wasn't being noisy, but between the TVs blaring, the music, and the unbelievable noise level from the adjacent room we were shouting at each other. Unacceptable in a restaurant with such good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, but VERY LOUD
    Diner100VIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Good food, but noise from the bar area (and, we were there on a Thursday at 6 pm), was VERY NOISY. Hard to have a conversation.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mussel Bar
    DenzelMogVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Food is always great here. We enjoy the mussel's and fish dishes are really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious and great service!
    Khonor
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    First time here for lunch. We came to squeeze in an early midweek lunch to celebrate a friend's birthday. Great service and delicious, fresh tuna salad sandwich!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Calamari dish was great
    GWR1VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The mussels were very good but the dish of the night was the calamari. Cocktail menu is interesting.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good but a tad pricey
    Carly
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Mussel bar is excellent, nice place to go to watch a game at the bar or have a nice dinner for a special occasion. All the food is delicious but a bit pricey in my opinion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love their sweet potato fries!
    laddcVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    love their sweet potato fries! along with many other things
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Meal
    Kmerch
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The lobster mac & cheese is incredible! I'm a big eater and I had to bring some home... Our party of five enjoyed everything about the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Get the pork belly
    LemonyPersnicketVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Skip the grits. I was hopeful that they might do grits right here but once again the northern restaurant failed me. The French onion soup was a little greasy and piled too high w onion straws. However pork belly was great. dean burger please my boyfriend and he shared his yummy fries. The server was most gracious about taking the grits off our bill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    Galah
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great cocktails, mussels were great, calamari appetizer was awesome but was VERY noisy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, terrible service & slow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great food, terrible service and a very slow kitchen. Good beer list but it was outdated and so the menu was useless. Short ribs and mussels outstanding.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but those were not frites
    ArliVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Tried this place recently for the first time and was sorry I hadn't tried it sooner. The food was great, and the mussels, the house specialty were pricey, but very good. My one observation would be that the "frites" are no such thing, and are instead matchstick fries, served with some tasty dipping sauces.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cuttingboard
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    My wife and I visit Mussel Bar a couple times a week and the food, wine, beer and service is outstanding. The only complaint that I have about the restaurant is that the portions have gotten very small in the past couple of visits, especially fish. My wife ordered the salmon the other day and she received a piece of fish that very small (2"x 3"). The peppers wrapped in prosciutto is a great appetizer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An Improvement
    SandLVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Fourth time there. Food always good. Last time service was deplorable, we complained later, impressed we received profound apologies from management later. This time all good. Place is noisy given poor acoustics, but love the open air and bar area. We'll return.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great new addition to Ballston
    Youngretiree
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Group of three family members had a great early dinner. Service was excellent; as was the food, particularly the beet salad and the scallops appetizer. Quality of the wine list and food presentation was higher than other popular spots in Arlington. Very commendable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Some kinks to work out
    HappyJax
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Way too loud. Went with a group of three people and one person couldn't hear the conversation between the kitchen noise, other diners, and the music. The music was way too loud and the music selection was 80's hard rock (I don't mind rock, but they need to work on their acoustics first). Service was a little slow and the mussels, while good, seemed over-priced. Oh, and the women's bathroom doors are so unusually heavy that it was a challenge trying to open the door to exit (a first for me, never been stuck in a bathroom before). The layout is small and the floor was slightly damp, so i keep slipping into the door, I finally had to put my leg up on the sink in order to wedge the door open.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Great food and creative drinks but the server rushed us through dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good mussels but loud
    DCDiner
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    They do mussels very well, as you would expect. Go with a simple sauce because some of their creations overpower the mussels. Happy hour prices are good but the daily drink special was a bit weak. I think happy hour prices are only available at the bar, but we got mixed messages on that. VERY loud inside and outside so not a great atmosphere for a date.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
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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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.