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St. Arnold's Mussel Bar- Cleveland Park
St. Arnold's Mussel Bar- Cleveland Park

St. Arnold's Mussel Bar- Cleveland Park Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://adamsmorganbar.com/St_Arnolds_Cleveland_Park.html
  • Phone: (202) 621-6719
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday, Sunday: 5:00pm - 1:30am, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:30am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between N Ordway St & N Porter St
  • Public Transit: Cleveland Park Metro Station (Red)
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from St. Arnold's Mussel Bar- Cleveland Park
St. Arnold’s is a popular Cleveland Park mussel restaurant. A must is the mussels cooked in duck fat.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Diner Reviews
  • "Amazing selection of mussels dishes and beers, including many on few me us. Salads are also lovely."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We've gone to St. Arnolds a few times. It's the perfect brunch spot to meet with our family who comes from nearly 5 surrounding areas to meet in the middle. Never been disappointed with the food or the beverage selection!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Very casual place but great food - if you like mussels. Common tables give you a chance to meet new people. We had three different types of mussels and all were wonderful. Loved the Mussels with Vodka Sauce - tender mussels with a mild sauce so you can taste the mussels."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Great happy hour specials! Of course we missed them, but it was still delicious and worth it! Yummy!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Mussels were delicious. Great beer variety. Glad to see rest room has been renovated & clean. Noise level very loud - hard to talk."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Great brunch restaurant in Cleveland Park for open-air, relaxed environment. They had good drinks (we had mimosas and bellinis) and the drug opera was delicious! Lots of food!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The staff was accommodating and available. Food and drinks were very enjoyable. Excellent selection and prompt timing for service."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I love this place and the selection of muscles they offer. However, I have to say, I do not appreciate the recent price increase."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Food was great, especially the mussels along with good beer turned out to be a great combo. We did not make it to much more on their menu as we kept ordering more mussels. The service was good, not great, but our server's personality and the restaurant's environment made up for it and we weren't in any kind of hurry. We definitely look forward to going back. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "If you're craving mussels and a casual atmosphere - look no further. All the rolling window walls were open on our recent stop so the springs weather was surrounding as we ate (small) mussels in good sauces(garlic& butter/Thai curry/curry cream/Italian). This is a perfect place for sipping beers and wearing a summer sundress, or jeans & a t & meeting friends. Unless you must meet your daily greens quota, no need for salad filled with crunchy rough cut celery/carrots&corn w/blamd dressing. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We had eaten at St. Arnold's several times before and this visit took advantage of the $11 special for mussels. While the preparation of the mussels was standard for St. Arnold's, the size of the mussels was disappointing. The quantity of mussels was the same but the size of the mussels themselves was much much smaller than before. I know that large mussels are tough, but these mussels with typically not much larger than the size of a pea. The beer selection remains fantastic and the prices for the beers are typically what ones would pay in Belgium."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I stopped off here for an impromptu happy when mussels are $11 and appetizers are half off. I had the classic St. Arnold's mussels with duck fat and they were delicious. The serving of bread is pretty tiny and we were charged an extra $3 each for I'm not sure what since each dish is supposed to come with fries, but the half-priced bottle of Prosecco kept me happy enough. I'd go back for that alone."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Our party of 6 were all overwhelmingly impressed with the food at this neighborhood gem. Great spot!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • " The menu highlight is a bucket of mussels in your choice of sauce.....everything from Thai chili to carbonara is offered, and everything we tried was delicious. Great way to unwind after a long week."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Three of us got mussels they were very good, nice variety on the menu. Belgian beer is emphasized. Very good server. Upstairs was pretty loud, downstairs was less loud but pretty dark - a sports bar atmosphere."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I've been here twice, once during weekend brunch and the other time during dinner on a Friday night. There was a pretty good crowd and energy to the place. Friday night was pretty busy, so noise wasn't super quiet (in case youre looking for quiet). They had the windows opened up on the top floor which makes it feel like your dining outside. They also have a downstairs section that has more of a pub/bar feel. The mussels were outstanding! Will definitely come back for more! "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "too noisy, inattentive waitstaff, and the stew had little meat but lots of bones"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "We enjoyed the house special mussels and the pesto mussels. Very tasty, reasonably good service and reasonable prices. Only complaint was the high noise level. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The service was awesome and the mussels are amazing! They had a great beer list too!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Nearly raucous by 7:00 p.m.; reservations recommended. A wide variety of European beers on-tap, at prices reminding you they are imported. Seemingly authentic food items; in hearty portions. Servers seem to want to be attentive most of the time. Everyone has their own tastes; many of the reviews rave about this beer or another--try something in a .3L serving, or, ask for a sample if you're completely unsure. The Classic White Wine Mussels remind me much of that same dish served in Brussels. Probably it was the atmosphere of Brussels which makes me think the Euro-mussels tasted better. My dining partner is a fan of the house-made meatloaf. He observes it's a pity that such a hearty dish is so under-appreciated by food snobs."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Always great food. Besides the mussels, the wings and fries are terrific, too."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Fun place to go, Lively and friendly. Staff polite and speedy even though newbies. Mussels in more recipes than I have ever seen. Classic version is solid and a decent size serving. Will go back for sure."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Great mussels. Fabulous fries. Great beers. Good value at Happy Hour and specials. Otherwise, it does get pricy if u like beer. St. Arnolds is absolutely worth a visit."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Food & beer were good - service was terrible. One person at our table didn't get their food until everyone else had finished eating. Requested items (refills, utensils, napkins, etc) forgotten about. They need a waiter downstairs rather than relying on bartender to wait on food customers."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The occasion was an 80th birthday (for a very cool lady who has lived in the neighborhood all her life). A really wonderful time was had by all. Staff were absolutely amazing - incredibly attentive and accommodating. And ohhhh those St Arnold's mussels... The only complaint was - how come it has taken her so long to find it?"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "We enjoyed a birthday dinner for a group of 12 people at St. Arnold's. The service was very attentive and handled our larger group well. The mussels and frites were fantastic and a nice change of pace. We probably should have taken their original suggestion and had our dinner down in the abbey but the upstairs was a lot of fun too. I definitely plan to go back for dinner again sometime."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Great food, great service, and a lot of room downstairs... St. Arnold's is always a solid choice for a random Thursday night."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Four of us had a great "mussel" experience at St. Armand"s. Delicious, and great choices in Belgian beer. Two concerns: 1) They charge for extra dipping bread. This seems like an annoying and unnecessary charge. 2) So noisy you really cannot converse at your table. (There is a downstairs Abbey bar that is quiet--too quiet--because nobody goes down there. Anyway, it is a neighborhood gem that is well worth the visit from time to time."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "2 cold. No double door to keep the 30 degree weather outside. 2 loud. Music was WAY too loud for a restaurant/bar 2 little cheese on the French onion soup and the onions were't caramelized. Barely cooked 2 be honest Mussels were tasty but 2 small 2 inattentive was the service This was 2 bad because we were really looking forward to Brussels style mussels and frites. Actually the frites were tasty, but by Belgium standards the portion was 2 small."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "St. Arnold's Mussel bar had great food i.e. the mussel dish selection and a great beer selection. I liked to old style wooden table and benches. However, the dinning area can get a bit loud with large crowds. There is a separate bar area downstairs that I did not get try. Maybe next time!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "My third time at this small DC chain, the Abbey - that is - the basement bar, proved full of character. Food menus are the same: it's about the mussels and the burger. Beer menu varies based on location, so be attentive if you are after one Belgian brew in particular. Service was a bit lax, perhaps ambivalent is more precise, which is fine when one is there to chill for the evening, but especially with the large assortment of unfamiliar beers, it would be better to interact with someone who wanted to share his knowledge and opinion. Overall, a swell spot. Downstairs is a quiet haunt to which I'll return"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We've been to St. Arnolds a few times and never have a bad experience. Their happy hour is great, with the mussel buckets and beer. We usually get a few pots and share as a group. Service is always spot on, there to get you more pots, but not overbearing. And it's a neat corner in Cleveland Park, sort of hidden, though enough know about St. Arnolds to find it. Looking forward to my next meal there!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "I always enjoy this place. The wait-staff is great, the foods nice, and the beer is wonderful."
    Dined on 8/18/2013
  • "The happy hour mussels special is awesome. Recommended for an early dinner or office happy hour."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "Great, friendly, welcoming place to enjoy excellent mussels and beer. Don't forget to visit the Abbey downstairs for a drink before or after dinner or lunch."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "I'm a recent transplant to DC from New York, and St. Arnold's is quickly taking its place as my favorite neighborhood dinner spot. The mussels are consistently excellent, the service is always accommodating and friendly, and the beautiful high wood tables add an appropriate old-world ambiance to this local gem. I highly recommend the L’Alsacienne mussels; the bacon and cream sauce are a perfect antidote to the winter chill. Though it can get a bit noisy during prime dinner hours, the food is well worth it."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "Food and service were excellent but noise level was VERY LOUD, even at an hour when few people were in the restaurant, and even in the basement (which was relatively less loud than upstairs). If you don't care about the noise level, I highly recommend St. Arnold's Mussel Bar. If you care, or if you have a hearing problem, you might want to find somewhere else to dine."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "The building is unassuming from the outside, but the food and ambiance are very authentically Belgian. The mussels menu is long and everything looked fabulous. We got three different kinds and they were all delicious. The beer list is short but is all quality Belgian beers on tap. They even use the correct glasses. The wait staff was very nice. The restaurant is EXTREMELY loud so it's fun for going out with friends but don't expect to have any intimate conversations."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "The thing that made St. Arnolds work so well for us was the location & laid back atmosphere. We took metro down to meet with our adult kids and had an easy walk to the restaurant and planned to head over to the zoo afterwards for the holiday ZOOLIGHTS. St. Arnolds is casual and comfortable and the waitstaff were all pleasant. The mussels were great as were those frites with that amazing garlic aioli. The beet & orange salad on arugula & fennel was very fresh and tasty. Others commented that the burger and the wings were just okay. Great beer selection too. We'd return more for the location and comfortable setting than anything else ... but if you like mussels with different seasonings, give this place a try!"
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "Great food (as usual), but server didn't check on us only once for water refill ALL night (we had tea)."
    Dined on 12/6/2013