Mussel Bar & Grille - Arlington

4.4
823 reviews
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$30 and under
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Belgian
Here at Mussel Bar & Grille, sustainability meets affordability.

We serve the freshest fish and seafood from around the region and the world, including the best mussels in the region — and the beauty is you don’t have to make it an occasion to dine with us!

Because our volume is so high, and because of the buying power that comes when a prominent chef owns multiple, acclaimed restaurants, we’re able to keep our prices low — making Mussel Bar Arlington a destination where you can go gourmet every day.

Join us daily for happy hour, starting at 5, with $1 oysters (TUESDAY ONLY), great specials, and our selection of — count ’ em — nearly 160 beers (including the finest Belgians in the world). Check out our Facebook page for our wildly popular Oyster Fests.

Mussel Bar & Grille is a RW Group restaurant. www.rwrestaurantgroup.com

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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Belgian, Beer Garden, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch - Monday - Friday 11:00am - 3:00pm
Brunch - Saturday - Sunday 11:000am - 3:00pm
Dinner - Monday - Sunday 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Bar - Monday - Sunday 11:00am - 11pm
The Happiest Hour - Monday - Sunday 3:00pm - 7:00pm

Validated Parking Ace Street Parking Garage starts at 5:00pm on Weekdays. 10:00am-2:00pm & 6:00pm-close on Saturday/Sunday
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Phone number
(703) 841-2337
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
David Merritt
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Wilson Boulevard
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Parking details
Validated parking now available starting at 5pm in the Ace Street Parking Garage
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Public transit
Ballston Metro Station
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Entertainment
NEW! Now Mussel Bar & Grille Arlington is offering gift cards which can be redeemed at any of RW Restaurant Group location. If you have any questions please contact us at 703 841 BEER.
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Special events & promotions
MUSSEL BAR AND GRILL offers dining capacity for up to 30 guests. Whether it is dining with a group of friends or celebrating an occasion, our menu is prepared and served as sharing style for your party to enjoy. Large parties are welcome for, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner and Happy Hour. 1 703 841 BEER.
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

MUSSEL BAR AND GRILL offers dining capacity for up to 30 guests. Whether it is dining with a group of friends or celebrating an occasion, our menu is prepared and served as sharing style for your party to enjoy. Large parties are welcome for, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner and Happy Hour.

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What 823 People Are Saying
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lunch with clients. Food was good and service was excellent.

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n
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

first time and will repeat. Good choices, reasonable service, very good food. Maybe best sea scallops I've ever had, mussels also quite good...

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R
Washington DC
82 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a first rate stop in Arlington!!! The Mediterranean mussels will make you day!!

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S
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was outstanding! Great selection of beer and wine, service was impeccable two days in a row. Reservations are recommended as tables fill up quickly

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G
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

They were slacking on the oysters Rockefeller and fried wasters toward the end.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was very good. Music was way too loud. Had trouble with getting the check right, but fixed in the end.

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LD
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The recently revised menu provides some great new options. The Apple & Pear Salad, new on the menu, was very tasty and beautifully presented. The new Chicken Fricasse entrée on the menu was outstanding. Very moist chicken with lots of flavor.

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VF
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A nice meal to catch up with friends - low key, great service and good food

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KL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We are regular patrons of this restaurant and usually it is very good. We like the Tuesday Happy Hour with half price drinks and $1 oysters. This time, the oysters weren't very good (with a sort of yellow liquid around them), and the sweet potato fries were not up to par -- tired and soggy. The young man who took us to our table told us that drinks were half price but only at the bar, and he wasn't sure about the oysters. The very nice waitress confirmed that until 7 pm all drinks in the bar area (including the tables) are half price and the oysters were definitely a dollar. (We've been coming here form years, and we knew that.) Aside from the fact that this place is unbelievably noisy, we usually love it. Not so much this time.

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MY
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Well first open table messed up my reservation, the couldn't find so that was s big embarrassing. Two the server did not hear that both guess wantedca salad, then there was a bug a dead fly in my wine. I was told that they would comp the salads, but in fact paid for the entire meal a total of $88.

That's where the messed up, no salad comp the a bug in my wine.

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M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best mussels

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PL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

I almost never write reviews, but since you asked...if you are a mussel bar, you should know how to cook and serve mussels. They tasted off, and were overcooked. Charging extra for frites was an unwelcome surprise given that the mussels were $28. When the mussels came we had no plates or discard bowl. It took 2 requests to get them. The waiter was friendly but the service was uncoordinated.

Ambiance is sports bar-ish, with a dash of cheesecake factory. There are plenty of places in the area that are better options for this kind of food.

A pet peeve not limited to this place—a full page of bottled beers on the menu, but no drafts listed. Bring the list of draft beers out with the other menus so I don’t have to ask for it. Why is this so common?

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NC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Usually good, but service was terrible this time and order messed up.

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T
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Meal was great—learned that our three year old loves mussels in white wine sauce! Sword fish also great as was charcuterie. Service was fabulous—very welcoming to our whole family and great with our 3 y/o daughter. Nice margaritas, wine and beer selection. Only criticisms: tables near side door were very loud with regular banging of door by waitstaff, could use some sound-dampening as very loud with hard surfaces and bathrooms are dark and dreary. Could be refreshed.

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W
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with 2 friends for lunch. Surprised it wasn’t more crowded. We all enjoyed our meals and the service was excellent.

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B
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for lunch on a Saturday. Was seated immediately and the food and service was awesome. Austin our server was great.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great Food and Service

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NP
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Despite being half full, our waiter and the bar seemed slammed. We learned to order our next drink when one was delivered, knowing that it was at least a 15 minute turnaround. Very good oysters, the kitchen delivered. Our waiter was just gone a lot

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CC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Service and Food Superlative! Mussels Provencal...YUMMY! Lot of fun, great people watching too!

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OT
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Anniversary date night dinner on a Friday night. The restaurant is concrete and glass with wood tables so nothing to absorb any sound. There was a large group at the bar which spilled out and made for a very loud evening. The staff was empathetic and moved us to another table when one became available but this resturant is not one for a date. The calimari appetizer was nice and the mussels were excellent. The staff was friendly and fairly attentive.

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F
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

So-so. Extremely slow service considering we arrived at 5pm on Labor Day. No greeter at the host stand, stood with others for about 5-7 minutes before anyone took notice that there were customers waiting. Table service was slow. Waiter recommendations were ok. I had the scallops, which were tasty but few. the asparagus in the dish was diced up tough bits. My stepson's steak frites were fair but he enjoyed his Caesar salad. I chose because of ease of getting to from National Airport, where i was picking up my stepson an proximity to a metro stop so he could get to his hotel in DC. Might try again.

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m
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Poor waiter was one of two and he could barely keep up. Not good to be under staffed.

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MT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went during happy hour and had a great early dinner

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SQ
Washington DC
120 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I’ve been to Myssel bar several time before and while the s revive was very good the food wasn’t the best I’ve had. Mussels slightly overdone and definitely on the smaller side. Pork chop dish was highly recommended by our waiter but it truly was over done and as were the other fish dishes.

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CL
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’re always very happy dining at the Mussel Bar, a local favorite of ours in Arlington. The mussels are always excellent but don’t neglect the pizzas, crab dip, oysters and other great options. The beer list is comprehensive.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun environment

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E
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Unsure what has happened to this place lately. We had three separate waiters come up to our table and say that they were taking care of us that evening, before we even got a glass of water. Once they finally brought our drinks, my G&T had a dried up old lime stuck to the side. We were there on a Sunday night, and the menu seems to have changed, and not for the better. We used to go there regularly, but we probably won't be back anytime soon.

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MC
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Great service!! Reception and the wait staff was outstanding. Food / salads were sufficient. Crab dip was unremarkable/ somewhat bland.

Overall an enjoyable evening!

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W
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Staying nearby so we decided to try Mussel’s. Food and service was great. Only negative for us was the noise level.

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HE
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

As always, the food at Mussel Bar is excellent, as are the drinks; the service is attentive, too. I think this was the first time I had their "pizza" (really more of a baked cheese tart); it was the Kennett Square Mushroom and it was delicious. The portions are rightsized for dinner (don't expect to need a takeaway box) and presented very attractively. I had the peanut butter bar for dessert- very dense, with an amazing sweet/salt balance. The look of the place is sparse and industrial, and it can be noisy- we lucked out with a corner booth and could actually hold a conversation, but at other tables the sound levels can be a problem.

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DW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good beer selection. Authentic Belgian style food with exception of desserts.

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GG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great service!! :) Can’t wait to return!:)

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p
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Friendly service, appealing menu. Great bar and wine list. Only negative was kitchen’s tendency to oversalt.

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MM
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great experience overall with good food , nice drinks , helpful and friendly servers.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

This was my go to favorite. Unfortunately the menu is now boring. There is only the veal burger option for burger eaters. The beer list is sad if an IPA is what you are looking for. Service is now slower for 6:30 on a Friday. 1 year ago this place could do no wrong.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

New waiter. Never brought bread. Never brought frites with mussels.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Service was OK but the food was really unremarkable. Had steak frits. The steak was cooked correctly but had little flavor and the sauce was bland. My son had salmon which also was lacking in flavor. All in all it was disappointing

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A
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered 3 mussle dishes (Thai, classic & Mediterranean). Fun place, nice service.

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GD
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

We have eaten at Mussel Bar & Grille many times before. As usual, the food and drink selection was spot-on. The service this time, unlike previous visits, was terrible. The waiter was intermittently attentive (usually when his manager said something) and extremely slow in delivering drinks. Too bad because the food was excellent.

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JM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

service was horrible. Wanted to split check between couples (which we asked for prior to ordering) when the meal was over, was handed the bill and asked to divide it up ourselves....crazy.

Also saw a guest at another table walk up to the bar and grab their own drink which was waiting for delivery.

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