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Permanently Closed - Grapeseed – Bethesda

1598 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Notable Wine List
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Grapeseed – Bethesda is a casual bistro that matches great food and wine together. With anywhere from 80 to 100 wines by the glass and approximately 325 bottle listed, we cater to the novice wine lover and to the experienced. We start with a bottle of wine and pick out the characteristics and nuances of the wine and then award winning Chef Jeffrey Heineman creates a menu item to highlight the flavors of the wine. So come in and relax, have a taste or a glass of wine and try something on our ever-changing menu.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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American, Contemporary American, Southern
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Friday 11:30am - 2:00pm

Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm,
Sunday: Closed
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Phone number
(301) 986-9592
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jeffrey Heineman
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Cross street
between Norfolk and Woodmont
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Parking details
Grapeseed is conveniently located near 3 public parking garages, there is ample street parking, and we offer valet parking for $7.
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Public transit
Grapeseed is located 1/2 mile from the Bethesda Metro stop on the Red Line.
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Special events & promotions
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 17, 2012

We love Grapeseed. It's a great place to celebrate a special occasion and it's a great place for fine food and drink. The sommelier is very knowledgeable and that's important to me. I know the type of wine my wife and I enjoy but I'm always open to new wineries. Grapeseed's wine list is good and the sommelier is approachable even if you know nothing about wine.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 12, 2012

Great place to dine with good food, great wine, and nice atmosphere.

vipDCDiner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 10, 2012

Great fried chicken livers and the soft shelled crabs were excellent.

uartgalley (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 10, 2012

Celebrated family birthday the staff was so nice about candles and balloons!I would enjoy eating there again and trying other dishes.

gburgcouple (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 7, 2012

The food was delicious and the wine pairings were excellent. Out server was pleasant, but inexperienced, and was not helpful with information regarding the types of wine listed. When out entrees arrived at the table, my husband's meet was a little overcooked and they didn't put the sauce on the side as requested. It wasn't very busy, and for such a nice place,that should not have been an issue! Otherwise, everything was delicious, and they even brought us champagne on the house for our anniversary :)

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 7, 2012

The service was very good and we appreciated the attentive waiters and staff. Of the 4 things we ordered, 3 were excellent 1 was ok and 1 was unimpressive. (wild mushroom fricasee, chicken livers for apps)and short ribs for a main rated excellent. The maple glazed chicken was ok but the rhubarb compote on top just didn't seem to meld with the rest of the dish, in my opinion. The lemon dessert with merangue was bland. Overall, a good meal but considering the price, not sure it's really worth it. On the other hand, the selected wine choices for each course, were outstanding.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on July 3, 2012

There is a set price for a two course lunch and a limited number of entrees. I asked that the first entree - salad - be served with the main course and the waiter was happy to comply. It's a nice, quiet place for lunch and good for hearing and conversing with each other.

vipBethesdaDiner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 30, 2012

It was our first time back after many months and we are not sure why we stayed away so long. Calamari appetizer was superb. Wine pairings were excellent.

vipwabadam (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on June 22, 2012

setting was just odd, very limited menu, my wife is vegetarian and they had almost no options for her. not worth the price.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on June 22, 2012

When we requested to be seated in the back dining room per review on opentable, the Maître de paused for a moment and denied our request. We were there from 7:15 to 9:15 pm. During that time, we saw that back dining room has many available tables. This ruins our experience at the Grapeseed restaurant.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on June 21, 2012

Wine recommendations were outstanding, course intervals were excellent and the server recommendations were spot-on.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on June 18, 2012

Food was fantastic and the service was outstanding. Decor is minimalist and a little plain but it is pleasant. It was very quiet but we were there on a Monday night and it wasn't crowded at all.

Tesa (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on June 16, 2012

I really like the grapeseed, I did the tasting menu. The the quail was terrific!

vipMarieMicheleL (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on June 16, 2012

If you want to have a a more "luxerious experience" on a special occasion, ask to be seated in the back dining room and not the front which is has a more casual feel

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on June 13, 2012

Grapeseed delivers a good meal at a very reasonable price for the quality of the food and the service. The dining room is pleasant and the tables are spaced well, so that we did not have a sense that we were "on top of" other diners. The waiter was friendly but some of his comments sounded rehearsed.