We were sat in the back with
We were sat in the back with another large group who could not fit at their table because they had 3 people too many in their party. It made us uncomfortable and eventually left earlier than we liked.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Our family of five had 5pm
Our family of five had 5pm reservations at St. Arnold's. We arrived a few minutes early and were seated. While the restaurant was quiet at first, it quickly filled and we were glad for our reservations. The wait staff was incredibly warm and helpful and our food arrived promptly. The mussels were amazing. I ordered the Thai curry mussels and they were among the best I've ever had. My husband loved his Eastern Shore mussels just as much. Our kids enjoyed their pasta, waffle, and chicken wings. Although I would not categorize this as a "family" restaurant in the sense of letting one's kids run around and lots of kid activities, if your kids are used to dining out and behave accordingly, this is a great place to take your family.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good value, good time
Food was very good as was service. Prices were excellent value. We were a group of 9 and got attentive service. We would definitely recommend it and plan on returning.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mussel pots, bread, beer....perfect
I was with 10 people, and I had made the reservation, and I loved it. In fact, after being in DC multiple times over the years and eating everywhere, I'm going to go out on a limb and say this was my favorite place EVER. Small place, slightly below ground level, no frills inside, but amazing food and a tremendous selection of beer. I would go there on a nightly basis and order mussel pots and beer if I could. (Well, maybe not, but you get the idea.) Even though service wasn't the best (slow, not the most personable) and the place is very small, gave it an outstanding and will stand by it.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mussels and beer selection
Mussels and beer selection are great but don't bother with non-mussels.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We arrived at 6:15p on a friday
We arrived at 6:15p on a friday and our hostess clued us in to the fact that it was still Happy Hour(til 6:30)- $10 Mussels and $1 off beer!
We ordered 4 different mussels- Alsacienne ( a cream broth), St Arnolds (less creamy), Eastern Shore (broth w/ old bay) and Spicy Habanero(broth) -all excellent and served with fresh cut fries ( tasted like they are done in peanut oil) and bread for dipping. We also tried a waffle w/ Nutella-very good. The mussel and beer combo is a fabulous dinner, the service very quick. The place is busy and loud but has a great energetic vibe.
We will be back for sure.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've lived in Dupont for a year now and have been to St. Arnold's a number of times. Great mussels, great beer selection, and always a great time.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Food in a Basement
The food here was very good. The mussels were good, but not quite as good as Brasserie Beck. The fries were not nearly as good as other Belgian fries I have had (see previous comments about Brasserie Beck). However, the rest of their menu items were very good. We had some nice salads and a delicious crustini topped with blue cheese and poached pear. The restaurant is in a basement which would be great on a fall or winter evening, but a little depressing in summer when you want some sun!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Happy Hour!
This place has amazing prices for Mussels happy hour. One beer will be more expensive than the actual plate though! They should think about having actual drinks happy hour.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ok but not great
I thought the service was slow ...especially when it came time to get the bill. I was there with a large group and the wait staff was not enough to cover the patrons.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Mussels and beers
Have never had anything at St. Arnolds except mussels and beer, but have never been disappointed. They have about 20 saucings for the little black bivalves and all I've tried are very very good. I'm partial to the Spicy White Wine mussels, which are TRULY FREAKIN' SPICY but in a good way. They were very helpful in letting my cousing sample a few beers to pick the one she liked.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great dive bar/restaurant in DuPont Circle. We went for brunch on a Saturday morning. Great mussels. Fat and flavorful. Good fries and bread for dipping. Large variety of styles, I had pesto, wife had St Arnold's, friend had scampi. We all agreed that they were really really good. Friend's kid had french toast covered in berries which was also very good.
Good selection of Belgium beers including Rodenbach (if you like sour ales).
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Overly impressed with St. Arnold's
My wife and I brought a small group of our friends out to St. Arnold's for my wife's birthday (she loves Mussels). Making the reservation was very easy, as they had plenty of availability-- Reserving for Saturday night, made reservation Friday afternoon.
I was a little nervous as we walked up to the place, as the look from the outside wasn't stellar. But as soon as we got in, an amazing smell overwhelmed all of us! From the minute we stepped in, the night / dinner did not let us down. The food.... the food was amazing -- All of the food that came to us at St. Arnold's was as if they has JUST PULLED IT from the oven / stove. The beer selection blew my mind-- do not skip out on the 1L mugs, its an experience. WILL RETURN / RECOMMEND!!!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Such a good decision!
Mussels St Arnold are such a good decision when dining - can't go wrong with any of the Belgium beers on tap too.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Waited 20 minutes after original
Waited 20 minutes after original reservation time to be seated. No apology...
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM