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About Mussel Bar & Grille - Arlington

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

800 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22203
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Belgian, Beer Garden, American

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

Cross Street:
Wilson Boulevard

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(703) 841-2337

Website:
http://www.musselbar.com/

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.

Parking Details:
Validated parking now available starting at 6pm in the Ace Street Parking Garage

Public Transit:
Ballston Metro Station

Executive Chef:
Charlie Vogt, Chef de Cuisine

Additional:
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

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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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.

Mussel Bar & Grille - Arlington Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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4.1

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4.0

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3.8

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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·Dined on January 4, 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.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 4, 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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·Dined on January 1, 2018

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

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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

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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Fun, Happy Hour, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·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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vip
 (Washington DC)·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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vip
 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·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!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quick Bite, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Lovely venue--shiny bar, great services--and great sauces for mussels. Fries are great too, especially the sweet potato version!

Tags: Business Meals, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 4, 2017

What a pleasant surprise! Our first visit. We will definitely be back! The pizza and mussels were excellent! The bread was simply outstanding!!
Great service!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Great Beer
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Mussels & salmon were very good & service was very nice. We enjoyed our dinner very much!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Attractive restaurant. Mussels were outstanding. Good service. A splendid addition in the Ballston area.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

First trip to Mussel Bar and we were really pleased. Good service with a beer list that has something for everyone. Mussel sauce options were great and the actual mussels were large and good quality. We also did a flat bread which was really good. Good casual date night place or being a group of friends. Great option if you are fed up with crappy service at Rustico.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

It was a busy night but service was great. Our food and drinks were served very quickly. The food was delicious. Mussels were cooke perfectly. Order steak frites and was cooked exactly medium rare as requested. Overall great experience.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Our waiter was nice, but completely incompetent. Lack of attention, not just attention to detail, but basic attention, dominated the evening.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Good food and service...fun place to a get together with good friends.

Tags: Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Would recommend considering expanding the menu. Not a lot of options.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Quick Bite
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Everything was great - definitely not the place for a private conversation though. We had trouble hearing the other side of the table and it was a Sunday night

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Service wasn’t on par but the food is always great.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We were across the street at the Westin for the evening, so the location was ideal. We literally just walked across the street. We came in late but the restaurant was still pretty full and lively and stayed that way until we left. The layout of the floor, due to it being the corner side of a newer building in this part of Ballston, is a tad unusual which makes it interesting and fun, adn the acoustics and deco are great. The beer selection is pretty large, and the seafood was fresh and just what we were looking for. We ordered east coast oysters, blue crab dip and chilled shrimp and it was all delicious. This part of Arlington has undergone SUCH a renovation in the last decade, and it's worth the slight pain of trying to find parking on a Saturday night to make the effort to visit; this restaurant/bar is a nice stop.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We went for the oysterfest event, which was definitely worth the money! The oysters were being shucked at multiple stations around the restaurant and all of the stations were buffet style. We also got the mussels and truffle fries which were also delicious. We will definitely be back!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Not what it used to be. Understaffed and some staff not well trained. Friday evening where restaurant should en rocking and maybe only 2/3's full. What 15 mins for drinks to be served as only one bar tender. Food was good but expensive.

Recently we not tl RW's new restaurant, Siren, which was very good. RW needs to pay that attention to his established restaurants as well.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We've had dinner here many times. It was unusually slow this particular Saturday night, so it was quiet and we managed to snag a booth by the window. It's much louder when it's packed. I order one of the mussel dishes, which this place is known for and does an excellent job with, so no disappointment there. I also had a delicious beet salad and a very good Rose. Everyone enjoyed their dinner!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Always a reliable fun place to go! They seemed to have changed their menu since the last time I was there and I didn’t find quite as many things that interested me. But I was happy with my mussels and appetizers and they have great drinks and a fun relaxed atmosphere.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The service and food was outstanding. The waitress and manager were incredible at making us feel at home.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Food was very good however, the service was extremely poor. Our server made a number of mistakes that we had to pay for plus he was inattentive.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Lively and energetic (and with that you get loud)
But the food is superb and the service is friendly !!

Tags: Fun, Live Sports, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Chef Fisher is a genius! He interprets the menu deliciously!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 8, 2017

We've gone to this restaurant a few times, but the last time, it was so loud that it really hurt my ears! The noise wasn't "energetic" it was painful!

They had placed us near the bar right next to a very loud group - it was okay at first, but over time it was just too much. We will think twice on the time of day when we will return.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 31, 2017

The food is excellent, but bring a sweater. Most tables experience a draft.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 30, 2017

A niche restaurant featuring Belgian beers and five different styles of mussel platters, along with other seafood options. We were served by a cheerful and attentive bartender. The Thai Curry and Mediterranean mussels were both tasty.

Tags: Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Fun
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Food is always good service is always good not much else to say.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Wells (?), our waiter, was great! Really creative food. Brussel sprouts are a must! As Wells said "these brussel sprouts will make you love brussel sprouts." Unusual Belgian beers list - a few you don't normally see. Kid's menu and choices.

Tags: Fun, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 18, 2017

I had the mussels which were perfect. Decent wine list. The frites were great. Service efficient.

Tags: People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Not bad - they didnt give me my dining points, so, that sucked.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Great food. Is a little loud, don't plan for a quiet environment. Mussels and the sauces are great.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 28, 2017

The mussels are amazing! I've had 4 of the 5 types and they're all delish. There are no words that describe how much I love the warm bread and broth. Def my fave mussel place in the area.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Excellent dinner an service! Appetizer special was a califlower dish. Just awesome!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 15, 2017

I was not happy with the service or the extra $2.00 for extra ice. Will not return back.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch
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