Mussel Bar & Grille - Arlington

4.5
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
946 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Belgian

Top Tags:

Great Beer
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

avatar copy

Private Dining

Book your next event with us

View details
What 946 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
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
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Henry was very kind and patient.

OT
Washington DC
9 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
5 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
4 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
2 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
2 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!

Report
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)

a
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was fabulous but it’s noisy there.

AW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food - our server was excellent. It’s always a positive experience going and you can’t beat the mussel’s and frites.

RM
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable evening with colleagues. We frequent the restaurant often

MK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made reservations for lunch. We were able to have free parking in the building which was convenient. I ordered the lunch special which was a lobster roll, fries and frisee salad plus a glass of wine. My friends ordered the 1/2 size order of mussels which were fresh and plenty for lunch. There was bread for the table.

GD
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

As usual, the food was excellent! Unfortunately, the service was simply bad. Drinks and food spilled on us. The highlight was when the wait staff made physical contact between the patron (me) and the absolutely scorching hot cast iron skillet in which the mussels are served. That was a fun moment...

Apparently a relatively new waitress who had no training, no knowledge of the menu, and no basic server skills. It really detracted from the great food. Hopefully, restaurant management will improve their staff training so that we can go back to enjoying the combination of great food and great service that we are used to at the Arlington Mussel Bar & Grille.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Good food as usual but overall service was uncharacteristically different compared to previous, very good dining experiences here.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal, perfectly cooked scallops and swordfish plus the desert was to die for!

A
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food at Mussel Bar and Grille was wonderful. And the restaurant is attractive, and not so noisy that one cannot talk. Our only criticism was with our server, who never checked on our table, and who seemed not to know that he should ask us if we wanted coffee, tea or dessert. We had to prompt him to do this!

CL
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Wait staff was challenged but did their best under the circumstances. Great food, sat outside for the first time because the inside gets noisy. All in all a very good place to dine.

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

Food and service were outstanding!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Highly recommend based on beer selection and menu variety. Service was excellent and the mussels were very tasty.

LD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really creative menu. Friendly service. Mixed drinks are really good. I would go there again.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We love this restaurant! Fantastic food and great service, always. We love to sit right next to the kitchen so that we can see all the dishes come out. We went as a family of three, with a teen and an adolescent. We shared a crab cake main dish and the mussels with bacon and mushrooms. We were licking every plate. Then we really indulged with three desserts, which was a little too much. But all of it was table-pounding delicious!

K
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was absolutely amazing and not overbearing. We had the calamari, crab dip and flat bread for appetizers and ordered the mussels, crab cakes and burgers for dinner; everything was absolutely amazing and the service was top notch! Will definitely be back!

SM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Three of us ate at Mussel Bar & Grille for a business lunch. We sat at a booth by the window, and had no issues with noise. Service was very good without hovering.

WD
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I'd recommend the one in Bethesda instead - better ambiance and faster service.

j
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The calamari were too heavily breaded but the scallops and mussels were excellent.

s
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The mussels were the low point of the meal--while it was a great portion size, they came out fractionally overcooked. My friend's tuna, the calimari, and the crab dip were excellent, though. Service was good, though we had to flag our server down a couple of times for small requests. Would love to have the mussels when properly cooked.