Mussel Bar & Grille - Arlington

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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, 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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JH
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious. Went here for hubby who loves mussels. He had two kinds of mussels he loved them so much! I used to live near Penn Cove and the freshness of the mussels was still on point here in Arlington. Drink menu was good, but bartender didn't know how to make several drinks on the menu and it showed. As in, he wanted to watch me drink it, which was weird. There were some unfortunate substitutions on the menu that night, but I had the risotto and it was amazing, really really good. Didn't do dessert because dinner was already ridiculously expensive for two of us, but enjoyed the night out. Seemed to have great happy hour specials, food and drink, and drink happy hour went late at the bar. I'll be back for sure.

a
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Perfect neighborhood restaurant / bar for any occasion.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was so great! He recommended great food (mussels) and brought out fresh bread frequently to eat with the sauce. At the end of the meal he told us the best days for deals to come in if we wanted to go back. 10/10 would go back!

BB
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

I surprisingly very good meal from start to finish. Service was super slow but it was New Year’s Eve so it was expected. The ambience is very loud. But overall it was a really good meal

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My friends and I had a great time celebrating a birthday and the new year. There were some issues at the bar which lead to a wait for drinks, but our waiter was very open and filled us in so that we didn’t feel like we were forgotten. Everyone got something different and we all loved our meals. I enjoyed the west coast oysters that tasted so fresh and indulgent. Overall, we had a wonderful night and can’t wait to go back.

R
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet. Restaurant almost empty. Perfect setting for meeting old friends. Mussels were delicious. The hamburger huge an dc c poked to order. Service impeccable.

M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

There was a mistake and a bit of a delay with a couple of our orders (we were a party of 8) but our server and manger worked hard to make it right. The food was delicious and we will definitely return again!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

They were out of the beer I ordered. When the waiter came back to tell me, he didn’t have a recommendation. They have a large beer selection and I think the staff should be able to offer a recommendation when they’re out of something that is on the menu.

OT
Memphis
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible!

J
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Food was great, service not. Had to ask three times for water, four times for bread. We had our three year old and one year old and they forgot the three years pizza. Previous times have had great service, and they understood need to get out quickly for little people, here they forgot about the little people and big people.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

John was our server and he went above and beyond.

DE
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and fun time!!! Was a little disappointed that the draft beers I wanted were out but the waiter’s recommendations were fantastic.

TB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a nice table for our party of eight, near a window and away from other parties; service was attentive and food was good!

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant ever!!!

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AS
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The mussels were fresh and delicious as were the drinks and staff! We will be going back.

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mark and John took phenomenal care of us. Three generations were at the table celebrating and they managed to keep everyone happy - not an easy task with large groups! Service was quick and friendly. Food was great.

ID
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent advice from the sommelier! Very enjoyable

S
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Once again, a restaurant with no acoustics. Thank goodness we went late and it wasn’t too bad. The mussels were great and the truffle fries also.

L
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Really nice vibe and great selection of seafood. The mussels are a must. Fun cocktail selection and decent wine list.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Henry was very kind and patient.

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The west coast oysters are delicious but a bit pricey! The Wednesday special 1/2 price wine bottle made up for it! Mussels are always good. Will be back with the gift card promotion $100 for $130!

DK
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious and prepared with care. We all ordered the fixed price restaurant week menu and it was top notch. The chef is wonderful. Every single thing we ordered was fantastic. Very reasonably-priced for the quality of food.

CZ
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I was so disappointed with the lack of service and food at Mussel Bar. I had heard great reviews from personal friends, so I convinced a friend of mine to try it out. The host seemed nice and tried to make small talk. Our waiter Henry was just ok or less then. We don't drink so we asked for water, he brought our room temperature water in half filled glasses. I asked for ice, he brought a cup full of ice and sat it on the table. I really wanted to get mussels but every ordered of mussels that passed by smelled really fishy so I opted for the tuna. The tuna was the most flavorless tuna I have had. My friend ordered the salmon, the piece of salmon was tiny. We did order dessert was the chocolate mouse tart which was so hard to cut, it seemed like we needed a chain saw to cut the crust. The icing on the cake was when my friend was still eating the dessert, and the server, not Henry just took her plate and she said she was NOT finished. The whole evening turned out to be less than optimal.

TL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service in a convenient location with parking next door. Portions were good size. We ordered several kinds of mussels, oysters on half shell, and linguine with claims. Mussels and oysters were tasty. The claims were a bit chewy.

h
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mussels did not disappoint and the truffle fries were delicious!

l
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

All in all - enjoyable and food was delish. Started off rocky, however, when host informed us upon arrival that we would have to be out in less than an hour - due to a party that bought out the entire restaurant. (We were a party of 5 and did have a reservation.) The manager had to intervene and assured us we could finish our dinner w/o rushing. Food (mainly oysters and mussels) was outstanding. Beer and wine selection was good. Service,although good, was bit chaotic - we had multiple people taking our orders. The noise level was extremely high. The chaos was probably due to the upcoming party. Not exactly the most relaxing diner, but I intend to return - perhaps at an earlier time.

L
Charleston
44 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were in town for business and we chose Mussels based on location, menu and reviews.
It did not disappoint! We shared the Provençal Mussels, truffle fries and the lamb merguez flatbread. All were delicious! Food was delivered quickly and nicely presented.
If there was a drawback, the service was too attentive, trying to clear the table quickly.
The manager stopped by as soon as we were seated and stopped to check on us during our meal. Well worth a visit, we will be back again!

I
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The selection of mussels and fries was excellent. Service was attentive and helpful at all times. Great value!

OT
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

This was our second visit to this restaurant. We had a very good experience the first time, having sat at the bar for a late weeknight meal. Our bartender/server was very attentive, informative and engaging. It was quite busy/crowded that first evening we tried Mussel Bar & Grill. Our most recent experience on a Saturday night was quite the opposite, including less diners and bar patrons. We were barely acknowledged after taking seats at the bar, intending to have a cocktail and oysters before dinner with our son who was visiting from Chicago. The “bartender” and a manager (perhaps) appeared to not want to turn their heads toward a customer. We went back to hostess stand to ask for a table, which happened immediately. While service was slow, the food was good and at proper temperature- we all received appetizers and meals as ordered. There was a mistake with two of our cocktails, but given the unengaged, lackadaisical bartender, we were not surprised. Overall, I’d say if you’re wanting to dine there - try a week night experience. Its much better than one you’ll have on a weekend.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone from hostess to server to manager were incredibly wonderful

s
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Host didn’t have our reservation. Took a long time for the server to show up. Took forget to get our drinks. Check was wrong and had to be sent back. I’ve had better experiences there. Must have been an off day.

J
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Service was very good. The food choices were ok. Some definitely better than others. Ceviche didn’t seem to have much flavor.

C
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Excellent Arlington restaurant. Everyone enjoyed our lunch. My Thai spicy mussels could have been spicier. Service could have been a little more diligent (water glasses not refilled). It's a go-to spot I love to introduce to others.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Arrived at the restaurant, was seated but no be came by to our table for 15 mins. Wasn’t a busy night so didn’t understand the delay so we left

FT
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience2

We decided to try this restaurant based on the online brunch menu, but when we arrived, approximately half of the dishes listed online were not actually available, resulting in limited options for our party. The food we had was good and the staff did a good job, but based on the number of menu items, we will not return.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Seems like Mussel bar has gone downhill. The past two times we have been food was just ok, service slow, and bartender couldn’t make a cocktail (martini dry).

Y
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent and friendly service, didn't feel rushed.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was fabulous. I had a salmon filet that was cooked perfectly. My husband enjoyed the mussels. There is something very wrong with the bar service. Our poor waitress tried to get the bartender to pour a Stella for us for about 5 minutes. (The restaurant was empty) The waitress was finally given the beer. I watched the bartender pour it from a regular glass into a Stella glass? Our Waitress was honest enough to say this isn’t Stella ...not sure that was the plan of the bartender. This is the second time we have seen very slow serving of drinks at this restaurant.

DM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and very impressed with offerings. We had mussels Provençal and the Thai inspired ones. Both were very well prepared. Baguette crispy...it’s the real deal.
Recommend the grilled octopus as appetizer, oysters were good.
Service was amazing and very helpful when trying to navigate the 157 beers they offer.
Will definitely be back
(Outside dining available for the brave ones)