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Mussel Bar & Grille - Arlington

4.4
732 reviews
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$30 and under
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Belgian
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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 $1.25 oysters, 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 6:00pm 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
Charlie Vogt, Chef de Cuisine
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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 6pm 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 732 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.3
service
4.1
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3.9
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NOVApatron (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

The food was excellent for lunch. My Salade Niciose with seared tuna was cooked perfectly: raw in the middle and seared with a peppery crust around the edges. My brother had the special brisket sandwich with sweet potato frites and 3 dipping sauces. However, the brisket was way overpriced at $36 for a not THAT "special" sandwich, plus server didn't mention the price when first describing it. While I would still recommend Mussel Bar and go back myself, guests should definitely ask ahead for prices of specials.

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Fxhaddad (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Best muscles around / great beer selections / great expediting!

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Alwayshungry (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Beer selection is out of this world. If you are craving Belgian beer this is the place to go. Mussels were awesome, huge and flavorful. Great place for dinner with a large group but can still be a nice place for dinner for a couple.

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vipArlington (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

We ordered the scallops and rock fish. Delicious. The baba rum dessert was dry. Service was excellent and attentive. The waiter didn't charge us for the baba rum because of our complaint. Bar scene a bit noisy but after happy hour, it quieted down. Good place to meet a friend, catch up and have a good meal. Recommend it. The service, at least our waiter, was amazing.

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vipAndi (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Expect to speak loudly during and after happy hour as there is no sound dampening and all tables are near the bar. Food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

This past valentines day, Mussel Bar & Grill offered a Lobster special. If you like the atmosphere of a zoo, more of a loud watering hole than a restaurant, this is your spot.
The lobster was a complete disappointment, previously frozen, chewy, with an herb topping to flask the freshness and taste.
Lobster should never come with a masking topping and non-clarified melted butter.
Stick with the real restaurants.

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vipWesty (Denver)
3.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Good food - very respectable octopus which I value greatly. My one BIG complaint is the markup on the wine. I could not find a bottle of Rosé (typically well under $20 retail) for less than $60. I knew a few of their reds, and they were in the neighborhood of 400 percent markups. I will go back and will either brink my own wine or drink beer.

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vipalexandriagirl (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The servers seemed to be rushing us all night long, clearing away our plates, etc very quickly. The restaurant was empty so this made no sense to us.

Service aside, the food was terrific. The blue crab dip was rich but delicious. The mussels in Mediterranean sauce were amazing - better than what we've had in France and PEI.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

well-done contemporary take on french-belgian bistrot, very good food, friendly & efficient service.

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vipBBQ5 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

The mussels were excellent with perfect service.

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ThereseH (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

The mussels are the best. I miss the grilled calamari but the octopus has been a nice replacement. I also like the Moscow Mules. Service was well timed and friendly. Wine prices was reasonable.

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vipWashDCGuy (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

The mussels were of good quality, taste and appearance. At the same time, the flavors of the dishes were bland. We had both the Mediterranean and Thai Curry versions and both were not too spicy. If you are going with a group; you only need to order one order of fries and that is enough for 2-3 people. However, the mussels were still amazing.

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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

We love, Love this place. My fiancé and I come here all the time for the wonderful mussels!! Our bar attendant Ben, was absoutetly wonderful. Great place, would definitely recommend this bar & grill

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vipJanis (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on January 22, 2018

As it was a few years back when we visited during travels, very delicious dishes and fresh ingredients.

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vipLadyshrink (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 22, 2018

Reliably delicious (and varied options) of fresh mussels and fries. I've not explored the menu further.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Very good food very goid service wide selection of drafts. Wine by glass could be better. French onion soup. Brussel sprouts mussels in Thai curry. All delicious

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JENN (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Great food and nice atmosphere. Went for Sunday brunch with the family Everyone enjoyed the mussels and the appetizers. Good service, too.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

The wine and garlic mussels were fantastic! Great services and food

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NArlDiner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Great restaurant. The food was spectacular. Service was good with a couple of small blips. Too loud for my taste, but the food was worth it. We will be going back.

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vipNovaLulu (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

The Hot Toddy cocktail was actually hot an quite tasty. We had the salmon tartar with avocado mousse appetizer and that was very good. I had a pan of the white wine mussels and they were fine. My date had the seared scallops which were quite nice -- although the hostess accidentally dumped a glass of wine on the FIRST plate of them. They were quickly replaced and the dish and glass of wine were comped. If you love mussels, this would be the place to go. The space is nice and there is parking in the building.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

Although a little pricey, the food was good. Their web site advertises that they purposely do not serve PEI mussels, but that is what they, in fact, serve (this is actually a good thing).

I would return if the occasion was right.

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vipCarper (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

We really liked the food, especially the salmon and the octopus appetizer. The mussels were of course really good though I don't know that I'll order the Thai seasoning next time, it mostly tasted of the usual white wine. Still tasty, and the frites were great. Service was friendly but a little spotty--a bit slow, an appetizer was forgotten. But we had a great time.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

My go-to place all the time!!!! Keep rocking guys!!:)

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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

Food was outstanding as was our service. We’ll be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

Super sized portions!! Loved it!

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vipPoorServer (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Server either ignored us for extended periods or was very anxious to clear the table every few minutes before we were finished without offering drink refills, etc. Unusual as the service is usually very good.

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vipKmbs (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

Love the spaciousness of this place.....but we go for the mussels and the short ribs! The wine list is also well priced.

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vipAlexandra (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 18, 2017

I typically enjoy coming to this place. I think that the ambiance is nice, especially when you are able to sit in a booth by a window. I was a little disappointing with our last experience, as there was a hair found in my french fries. I noticed this right when the server put this on our table and immediately sent it back (while they were still there) and asked for a new one. I did not make a big deal of this, but the restaurant did not apologize for this or offer us any consolation. It made my meal a bit challenging to eat after seeing the hair on the fries- and it didn't look as though it had just dropped onto the fries, it looked as though it had been cooked with them.

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vipNussbob (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 14, 2017

We have been to the Mussel Bar & Grille - Arlington several times and it is consistently enjoyable. The Mussels, of course, are delicious. The Fries are always perfectly cooked and worth adding to the Mussel order.

I have had the steak frites several times and it is served exactly as ordered. My wife had the schnitzel and my son had the short ribs, both of which were great.

Will definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 14, 2017

There were 10 of us including a toddler for a family birthday. We had a great time sharing dishes. The only drawback is the noise level -but it meant everyone was having fun!

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