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

St. Arnold's Mussel Bar- Cleveland Park

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://adamsmorganbar.com/St_Arnolds_Cleveland_Park.html
  • Phone: 2026216719
  • 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.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
St. Arnold's Mussel Bar- Cleveland Park reviews from OpenTable diners
37 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (28)great for outdoor dining (19)good for groups (17)fit for foodies (12)vibrant bar scene (10)great for lunch (6)late-night find (4)great for brunch (4)special occasion (3)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (2)romantic (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • just great!
    joans
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    If u love mussels, you must go. Ambiance is warm and friendly. The mussels and frites are outstanding. We were a group of five and all enjooed it. A bit hard to hear sometimes with the buzz around, but not so bad. Best to go for the special hours and Monday else it is pricy, but good quality. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good muscles and beers
    bzfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    St Arnold's has a great variety of belgian beers and muscles. Downstairs bar area seems to have a smaller selection of beers than does the area up top.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Unwelcoming Staff
    BrandonF
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Really thought the food was good but the host at the front door was discourteous and unwelcoming. The food server was also discourteous and abruptly placed the food at the table. Beers are good but a bit expensive for the small portions received.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Grayson
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This little place escaped my notice for the longest time, but it is the loveliest place to settle down for a beer (or three). The high row tables along the windows are great for 2 or groups, and when they open the screens on a nice day/night the ambiance and lighting is so laid back and lovely that this is now my go-to in the neighborhood. The staff is also friendly and helpful - thanks for the namesake mussel recommendation, the duck fat was truly fantastic!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another great location
    Fulltrend
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were looking forward to visit the CP location and were not disappointed. Food was just as great, atmosphere very relaxed and friendly. Thank you St Arnolds!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Took way too long to do anything
    CoCo
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We got there and had a reservation. It took them 10 mins to acknowledge we were there, another 10-15 mins to take our drink order and another 30 for our food. Funny thing is that the wait staff were all there standing around. The food was incredible, but the service was lacking. I will still go for the food, but not when I want to share a nice place with someone.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hustle for Mussels
    LWinDCVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Even though the great bargain, Mussel Mondays, has gone up in price (from $10 for mussels and frites to $11 for the mussels and an extra $3 for the fries), it's still a great deal and the 20+ selection of sauces and broths the mussels are cooked in are all tasty. And the $5.00 New Belgium and Ommegang beers are also a steal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • would go back
    food4me
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our party of five ,all enjoyed the mussels. We each ordered a different sauce and shared. It was kind of noisy but we were able to converse by doing a little shouting, lol.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dissatisfiedVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Reasonable mussels, otherwise terrible food. overpriced beer.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CupcakeWonkVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Mussels went up $1 in price! Service downstairs was pretty weak, but had to sit there because only place in restaurant with air conditioning. Mussels were great, as usual, but there were definitely fewer mussels in the pot than I remembered.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly focused-excels in specialty
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Amazing selection of mussels dishes and beers, including many on few me us. Salads are also lovely.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent mussels and beer!
    JPinDCVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    St. Arnold's isn't fancy. It's homey and friendly where you might be seated family style, maybe in the funky basement or perhaps upstairs when the weather is right and the walls are all opened up for a breeze. The food is excellent, affordable and tasty. No pretense with the mussels, and you get a decent helping plus fries. The staff know their beers well, and I tried the Rodenbach Sour Ale from Belgium and loved it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 117 reviews are from the St. Arnold's Mussel Bar- Cleveland Park reviews archive.
  • New Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for happy hour
    DecadentDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Great happy hour specials! Of course we missed them, but it was still delicious and worth it! Yummy!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun, relaxed open-air dining
    Foodie123
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lively visit
    Grits25VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The staff was accommodating and available. Food and drinks were very enjoyable. Excellent selection and prompt timing for service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stacy441VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lisa
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Mussels were delicious. Great beer variety. Glad to see rest room has been renovated & clean. Noise level very loud - hard to talk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfectly casual and good
    LuvgoodfoodandwineVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Snowgoose
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Mussels
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extensive Mussels Menu!
    GemmyVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mussels and more mussels
    foodie
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Our party of 6 were all overwhelmingly impressed with the food at this neighborhood gem. Great spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Good Experience
    AnnM
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great mussels
    LLWF
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for mussels...but ...
    Sigg
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    too noisy, inattentive waitstaff, and the stew had little meat but lots of bones
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant!
    aslow
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The service was awesome and the mussels are amazing! They had a great beer list too!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • hungrynDC
    HungrynDCVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Always great food. Besides the mussels, the wings and fries are terrific, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Come for the beer, stay for food
    DisplacedTarheel
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great spot
    joans
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was Terrible
    dpbeach
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • YES - Mussels
    JEB1VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little gem
    Musselite
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    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?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Mussels!
    NAnderson
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a good choice
    XandraPi
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Great food, great service, and a lot of room downstairs... St. Arnold's is always a solid choice for a random Thursday night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A 2 review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We liked it!
    DCJoe
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A basement with charm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.