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Permanently Closed - Grapeseed – Bethesda

1598 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Drbry (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on October 4, 2011

Noisy. A lot of background noise.
No specials.
Was underwhelmed.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 1, 2011

Prices, espcially for the wine, are on the high side; but given the quality of the food and the wine, it's well worth it though costly if you go more than once a month or so.

viptthecht (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on September 24, 2011

The food was imaginative and delicious, but the noise level was so high that conversation was almost impossible.

vipCinnamon (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on September 21, 2011

I have been wanting to try to restaurant for some time and had the opportunity to take business associates to dinner on a Wednesday night. I think our experience would not be the same on a weekend night, as the restaurant was not full. Nevertheless, we had a very good dinner. The menu is limited, but each of us was very pleased with our selection. We also thought the wine menu had good value. Our server was adequate, but not especially knowledgeable.

I would return to Grapeseed.

FoodieDinesOften (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on September 20, 2011

Excellent food!!!! The waiter was also very attentive and made sure we were satisfied.

Definitely try the duck!!! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

vipDonnaV (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on September 17, 2011

The food was delicious and the wine pairings well-matched. The ambience was more elegant than last time I was there. These days, real linen without paper on top gets a nod of appreciation. The pace was leisurely but not slow. However, the service was somewhat perfunctory - at this price point I expect it to be more gracious. Still, I would come back again.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on September 10, 2011

While the appetizers and wine selection were good, the main dishes (duck and scallop) were extremely salty and essentially unedible. Overall, Grapeseed was disappointing. We will not be returning.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on September 10, 2011

great food and wine...but we found it a bit overpriced. Our waitress was fantastic!

vipDeanJ326 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on September 3, 2011

Try the chicken liver appetizer, it's terrific.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on September 3, 2011

Our food and wine was outstanding but the portions were very small. Normally we don't mind the smaller portions but we in this case they were so small we left hungry.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on September 3, 2011

Have dined there several times and it is always terrific. Lots of attention to the basics of good stocks. Menu varies to incorporate seasonal items and daily availability so we don't get bored with the food on future visits. Best we've found in Bethesda though Black's Bar and Grill is a close second.

vipChrisP (Austin)
2.0  Dined on September 3, 2011

Waitress was excellent, and the quality of the food was decent but significantly overpriced for the quality. My wife had 5 small scallops and I had a filet - both were priced about 30% higher than the quality and value would dictate. Nothing stood out about either dish. As one would hope, the wine selection by the glass was more extensive than typical restaurants (the reason we chose it) but also WAY overpriced - I know the retail and usual bottle price of several of their selections ,and they were overpriced by the glass in some instances by double what they should be. Will not go back - just not worth it.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 26, 2011

Everyone in my group thought Grapeseed was "awesome"!! The entree and wine pairings were perfect! We will definitely be back!

vipfriends (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 20, 2011

Food was great as usual. Server was prompt and accurate but not as knowing about the food or especially the wine as we normally experience. Nor did she offer to bring in the Grapeseed sommelier.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on August 19, 2011

This is a great place to eat. The food was good and the waiter was well informed about the dishes and wine pairings.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 19, 2011

We have always enjoyed Grapeseed. Our experience with it was as a wine bar - more tapas place. The rennovation of four years ago has made it a wonderful Restaurant experience. Our party of three had three dishes with two flights of wine and a bottel fo rteh main dish. Every serving of food was delicious, beautifully presneted, and accompanied by superb wine. Care and delicacy in preparation was clear without self-consciousness. The food was just terrific! Service was engaged, friendly, and unobtrusive.

OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on August 17, 2011

great food and service but somewhat expensive.

vipDrummeral (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on August 17, 2011

food can be great or not so great. Service same. Room is interesting, nothing to write home about. Still one of the better choices in Bethesda

Mar2017 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 16, 2011

Went for a Livingsocial certificate. I've been there before and the food never disappoints. It was fantastic! The service could have been better, but the overall experience was great. The staff was awesome and so attentive!

dopamine (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on August 15, 2011

Our waiter Justin was horrible. He only came around every 20 minutes in spite of only having 6 tables to cover. When the floor manager spoke to him about it, he became very irate and rude to her, very unbecoming for a supposedly upscale restaurant. The superb food does not make up for what Grapeseed lacks in terms of service.