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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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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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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 27, 2017

Very sad that this place is closing after all these years

vipfoodiewannabe (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 24, 2017

Very sad that this gem of a restaurant will be serving their last meal 7/29. Every entree or app has a wine Pairing. The risotto was amazing!

vipHarryf (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 22, 2017

Too bad it has now closed. One of my favorite spots. Good wine paired with great food.

vipDavisOK (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 22, 2017

We love Grapeseed and are so sad it will be closing on July 29th. We will go one last time. We hope owner Jeff Heineman lands at another restaurant soon -- after his hip replacement.

CNLBethesda (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 21, 2017

Heard Grapeseed was closing and stopped in for a goodbye meal. Was a regular at Grapeseed the first ten years or so after it opened, but not as much recently. This meal was back up to par with those of the first few years. Tasting menu was delicious, though it would have been nice if the chef/owner would have allowed me to substitute for a food allergy. Will miss Grapeseed.

vipsteveb (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 21, 2017

We're heartbroken that the best restaurant in Bethesda is closing a week from today.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 20, 2017

Grapeseed is our favorite restaurant in Bethesda. It's consistently great food, friendly and approachable staff, and general ambience routinely make it our go to restaurant. We'll be heartbroken to see it close at the end of the month.

TLATLA (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 14, 2017

Perfect in every way. Thanks for a great run!

Oldtimer88 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 13, 2017

The food is superb, and the service great. Elias, who has been with the chef, Jeff, for a long time, is one of the most professional and helpful staff we've met at the various restaurants in Bethesda.

vipchat3 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 8, 2017

I've always enjoyed dinner at Grapeseed. It's been awhile since our last visit but food is still very good. We enjoyed their steak specials. Wine was also discounted so we had one of the best Bourdeaux's I've had in many years - a 2010 St. Emilion.
It is so sad that Grapeseed will be closing the end of July. It's been a wonderful mainstay in Bethesda. Will definitely go back again before the end of the month!

vipJuancho (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 8, 2017

So sorry to see this neighborhood jewel go. Get in now for great deals on wine. The mushroom fricasee was outstanding. We both had steak (hanger and filet). Both were delicious and cooked to our taste. We splurged on wine since it is now 33% off. The Oregon Pino Noir was delicious with the chocolate dessert. We wish the owner the best in whatever life holds next for him.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 29, 2017

Grapeseed never disappoints. The menu changes to allow for enough variety to keep it interesting while still providing the signature dishes for which this chef is known. Their pairings make your dining choices effortless.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 24, 2017

We arrived expecting a more upscale atmosphere, being located in Bethesda and the fantastic reviews this restaurant has received. But the food was delish and did not disappoint. I ordered the salmon and my partner ordered the filet mignon. The salmon came with brussels sprouts and a sauce that was to die for. The filet was melt-in-your-mouth tender. It was a wonderful experience overall.

donna14200 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 23, 2017

The special three-course crab dinner was amazing. The best soft shells we've had in eons. Nice fat high-quality crabs. Not fried but still crispy so you can really taste the shellfish. The crab cake and crab spring roll were Stellar as well.

TheRices (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 22, 2017

What a GREAT night at Grapeseed. Elias was an amazing and attentive server who never missed a step or beat. The food was all perfectly prepared for a party of 10! Truly a fantastic evening.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 17, 2017

really excellent food. great service and not noisy! A+++

vipmary (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 17, 2017

We have been going to Grapeseed periodically for years. The food is always very good. The menu is interesting. There are alway interesting weekend menus. The wine list is great, varied and reasonably priced. There are interesting wine pairing suggestions with each menu item. We always wonder why we don't go there more often. It is easily one of the best restaurants in Bethesda right now.

ByronFelt (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 15, 2017

We were a bit skeptical when we entered as the restaurant was completely empty save one table, but our waiter was incredibly warm and welcoming from the instant we entered. They are known for having an extensive wine list, and it did not disappoint. We ended up having an excellent bottle of Trocken, probably about half the appetizers on the menu and some really wonderful softshell crab. Our waiter was friendly and attentive, the food was great, and we plan to be back soon.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on June 9, 2017

On a recommendation I ordered the cornmeal crusted oysters and they were so chewy I was very disappointed. We decided to end our stay after the appetizers

llkm (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 6, 2017

Going away luncheon