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Mussel Bar & Grille- Bethesda
Mussel Bar & Grille- Bethesda

Mussel Bar & Grille- Bethesda Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.musselbar.com
  • Email: info@musselbar.com
  • Phone: (301) 215-7817
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 11:30am – 11:30pm, Friday: 11:30am – 1:00am, Saturday: 10:00am – 1:00am, Sunday: 10:00am – 11:30pm; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Belgian
  • Executive Chef: Robert Wiedmaier
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Entertainment: We periodically have bands, please check our facebook page or on twitter

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Elm Street
  • Public Transit: Bethesda Metro, short 3 block walk
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: The closest public parking is the covered garage right behind Mussel Bar (accessible from either Elm St. or Bethesda Ave.) Parking meters in front of the restaurant are for only one hour. Bethesda Row is offering valet parking nightly from 5-11pm across the street in front of Secolari (7251 Woodmont Avenue).
A word from Mussel Bar & Grille- Bethesda
We serve mussels & frites, wood-fired tarts (Belgian pizzas) with seasonal toppings, grilled meats and fish, salads, soups, sandwiches. As your server about our daily specials, we mix it up! We also have the largest selection of craft and Belgian beers in Bethesda! Happy hour daily with great specials and $1 oysters.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "We had a grilled squid appetiser that was better than expected - very tender and nicely flavored, not at all rubbery. My carbonnade was excellent, and a beer I tried for the first time was interesting. My wife found her mussels to be plump and tender, although she said the thai sauce was a little watery / underflavored. The free bread was great. The only disappointment was the frites which were seasoned and thick, not at all like the normal frites style. And the dips were cold and sort of hardended. Normally the frites would not go to waste but these were awful . . . I hope they revert to a normal approach. While I'm making suggestions, the draft beer list is trending in the wrong direction. Please get more / new Belgians."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "My husband and I always enjoy our meal at Mussel Bar. We often go for a more casual date night because the restaurant has a more laid back atmosphere. The food is always delicious and the food often comes fast. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We've been meaning to try Mussel Bar and decided to give it a try for Easter Brunch. The food was delicious and the staff super friendly. A nice, and different, Easter choice for us. The kids loved the mussels."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Being a vegetarian (albeit ovo-lacto), I was a little concerned about whether I'd have options at a mussel place. The brunch did not disappoint. Their 3 eggs anyway (I got two poached, one scrambled), were perfectly cooked and came with nice rosemary potatoes. They had a wonderful gazpacho on special as well. The place wasn't crowded at all, which I'm told is unusual. 5 stars and thanks for a wonderful brunch."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Daily special of soft shell crab was just as outstanding as the mussels- Excellent!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The food is exceptional. One must order the Mediterranean Mussels as a starter to share with others at the table. The lamb is top notch as well. If you are engrossed in your dining companions you will totally forgot that you're dining in a more casual atmosphere."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "My friend and I ordered the tartar to start then kenneth mussels and the pork chop special and shared the two dishes. They absolutely complemented each other! Both the server and the chef were very understanding about my dairy issues and was able to take out the cream from the kenneth mussel dish. It was still delicious! I would have drank the broth right out of pan if it weren't an embarrassing thing to do! I would have given the service a 5, but our server forgot our brussel sprouts in the beginning. Will definitely dine here again."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Unbelievably loud, slow service, really bland food."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "As someone with celiac disease who must therefore eat gluten-free, I was delighted with the assistance I received at Mussel Bar. I had included in my Open Table reservation that I would need help with gluten-free options. Without my saying anything to the hostess, the chef appeared at our table shortly after we were seated and asked who was eating gluten-free. He then proceeded to go over the menu with me, noting that many dishes were gluten-free AND they had recently started using rice flour instead of wheat flour in their mussel sauces. A few minutes later, the server verified with us that the chef had come out to talk with me. It was wonderful to have so many delicious choices and such an attentive team."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I live in this area and made reservations for my sister's birthday dinner. I only see her 2-3 times a year so it was important I got the reservations right!! The seafood was the focal point (excellent mussels of course) but the other plates were equally delicious! The beer menu is amazing and great for trying something new!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This place is great and the menu changes periodically so it is great for special occasions."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Had a great evening--waitress was extremely knowledgeable about menu and beer! Great evening!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Always fun to choose imported cheese, bread, & meats for starters then top it off with mussels. Their cocktails are fun too. I had a Hendricks Flower - quite tasty! I highly recommend this place for a good meal and fun experience. The waitress even put a candle on our cheese platter!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We ordered several sides to go with our entrees but they did not arrive with our meal. We asked several times and were told it was coming by the time they came, we were almost done eating. Luckily our waiter understood our concern and removed them from our bill. The manager even stopped by to apologize and to reiterate that we would not be charged."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The MB steak was delicious but on the small side and the accompaning salad was skimpy, it looked more like a garnish Short ribs were also very good and the chicken had great flavor with very tasty vegetables. The sweet potatoe fried were awesome but added $2 for the substitution. Deserts were awesome. There were 3 at the table and everyone raved. Cookie in the castiron skillet was unique and tasty, with the largest portion. The sampler was awesome and the chocolate mouse cake was heavenly. Our server, Steve, was excelent; personable, efficient, courteous and professional. If it hadn't been for a gift card we probably would have passed due to cost. Review menu on the website first."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "very large & diverse beer list interesting cocktail list, too. tried the pink salty dog-excellent Traditional, Provincial & Spicy Peanut Thai mussel entrees were ordered at our table. Thai mussels were the best."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Been here a,few times. Food is always good. Service is usually very good, lively and personable. This time, it was awkward and we felt rushed. We took our after dinner drinks elsewhere."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Brought some friends I had not seen in a while to Mussel Bar. It did not disappoint. Great service, food, and beverage. The specials were incredible!! Belgian beers on tap are out of this world!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Restaurant was very crowded. But they seated us ontime thanks to our reservation. Server Christine was wonderful; friendly and effecient. Mussels were very good even though I prefer a provencale without cream. Would recommend this for mussel lovers"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We love the Mussel Bar. The mussels are fantastic and we have not tried any that we did not like. The Mediterranean style is great. My wife and I both loved our soups and, the service as always was excellent"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Way too loud. Lots of young groups who seemed to enjoy shouting at each other. Food was good but my one suggestion would be to serve the hot entrees on warm plates. My salmon was delicious but cooled off quickly because the plate was cold!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "The best service in Bethesda Row! Ask for Ross, he is the best."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Great as always. I went for mussels but everything was well prepared and presented."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We love the Mussel Bar! It's our go to place for family reunions. Our kids insist on going there every time they come to visit and, of course, we love it too. Service is great and friendly, food is always consistently delicious. We always only get mussels, but it looked like others ordered other dishes that looked equally delicious. They have an unbelievable variety of beer, wines are also abundant. Noise level is vibrant, but don't let that deter you from going. In the summer eating outside can't be any more wonderful."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "For our V-day make-up, my wife and I chose Mussel bar. We got a private booth in the corner, I arranged for some flowers and candles. All in all it was a perfect setup, enough privacy with good people watching if we wanted to view out and see what folks were eating/drinking. The food was absolutely delish. The salmon was out of this world, perfectly cooked and seasoned. The Mussels were a bit smaller than usual, but understandable given the season. We had them Mediterranean-style, so they were a bit spicy and tangy - absolutely delectable; The sauce was easily sopped up by the fresh baked bread. The beer on draught was Widmer Brothers Brrrrbon - perfect balance with taste, color, and effervescence. Job well done!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Great service, nice place, cool bar, and big portions. Just wish the broth was thicker and had more flavor."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The four-course tasting menu served on Valentine's Day was excellent. We normally only come here for the mussels and beer, but we were very impressed with the chef's range on this special occasion and look forward to trying other menu items in the future."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great place where you can spend couple hours with your special person, friends or guests. The service was awesome, the food was outstanding and the atmosphere fantastic. Right in the heart of Bethesda, very convenient parking. Highly Recommended"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Nice, but need larger tables to fit the large pans of mussels, etc."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The mussels taste like special care was taken in preparing them. They are better than anywhere else I have had them. In addition, I don't like beer and they have several alcoholic beverages that satisfy my taste. Plus we needed somewhere that served dinner late and they provided us with that option. And the live music was an added plus."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The meal began with great beer, good appetizers and a fun and engaged waiter.Then the mussels arrived and were placed on the table even though my wife was still eating her soup and had to hold it to her chest to keep it from being taken away while the servers maneuvered for space to put down the main course.We managed through our astonishment to insist on keeping the tops on the mussel pans to keep them hot while she finished, and I moved her mussel pan on the table after they left so she could put her soup down.The manager came over and apologized, but never said anything specific about why he was apologizing. The waiter didn't apologized, and in fact ignored my wife the rest of the time. An extraordinarily good evening turned extra bad."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We had a cozy corner table for our first visit to this bistro. It was early but the noise level was already amping up. One of us is a mussels fan and really enjoyed the Kennett Square mushroom preparation, plump and an ample amount. The other savored a nicely prepared burger w/quirky toppings: tomato jam and arugula. The beer list was very impressive, we sampled several. Only disappointment was that no points were given for an Open Table reservation."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Food and service were both great. Will go back and highly recommend. Seemed to be good for kids too as there were a lot of them there."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We loved the choices on the beer list (especially having previously lived in the Netherlands and been exposed to wonderful Belgian brews)! All of our party had mussels and thoroughly enjoyed them - Mediterranean was the group favorite and the Spicy Thai Basil was also delicious. The ability to choose sweet potato fries over regular fries was a nice addition. We plan to come back for more beer and mussels!!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Recently had reservation for 5 people. Food and service are great so no issues there. It's just that the tables (suited for four people only) are bolted down which means that to accommodate the extra person they simply put a chair on the end. Not a problem you would think. But it is! The mussel dishes are served in large dishes so if everyone orders mussels there is simply no room for frites, drinks etc. No option to simply slide another table across. No idea how they'd accommodate 6! There is one large table in the place that sits a large group but on the night we went it was being used by 2 people. Great place to go, provided your group is 4 or less."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "I love mussels and this is one of the best places to to get great mussels and outstanding beers, most of which come in their own signature glasses. I haven't had a bad meal here including non-mussel entrees, The sweet potato fries and regular fries are great. The service is always very good and the staff enjoys having fun with customers that want to have fun. The owners also own Brasserie Beck who plan on opening in the former O'Donnell's in Kentlands hopefully by April. Can't wait!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Stop at mussels and a beer. I had the Thai mussels which were very good. Their beer lost bottle and tap also excellent. The rest of our food was average at best. The most distracting element was the awful Pandora sound track. I don't care for journey, Bon Jovi, etc and when played so loud you can't here your dinner companion, it's just plan rude. Overall staff worked hard and did good job, but just stop at mussels and a beer. We were there in a busy Saturday night, so off peak nights might be better."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Overall enjoyed the food, mussells a must. Great service"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "We hit the Mussel Bar & Grill on Saturday night after the movie for a 9 pm reservation. The joint was jumping, full of folks and energy. A little loud, but a great fun feel. They seated us a little early in a booth in the bar area. We had terrific service -- prompt and responsive to questions without being at all intrusive. Started with a wonderful mushroom soup and had the mussels -- superb. Also tried a new beer on the recommendation from our waitress. Was just as advertised. My lovely bride had a wood fried pizza which was terrific as well. All the while got to watch the Caps complete a crushing of the Canadiens in Montreal. Could not have been better dinner to top off a great evening."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Good place for Belgian food and beer lovers. You can have a great time."
    Dined on 1/24/2014