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About Mussel Bar & Grille - Arlington

Arlington's destination for mussels, beer and fun. Many other great menu items including steaks, raw bar, soups, salads. Expansive beer list inlcuding many iconic Belgian and American craft brews. Fabulous space with a center bar, flat screen tv's, open kitchen, lots of natural light. Arlington is one of three Mussel Bar locations, other locations in Bethesda and Baltimore. A RW Restaurant 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, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, 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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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.0

ambience

3.8

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (2)
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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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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

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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·Dined on July 2, 2017

overpriced small portions. I got a can of Guinness! It was flat. I ordered a pork belly dish and it was tasty but it was over before I knew it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 28, 2017

The drink menu online and the dinner menu don't match once you arrive. Specifically we wanted to try the bourbon drink call train wreck and it was not on the menu when we arrived. Also the chicken schnitzel seemed to be gone too. A bit disappointed since we looked ahead and were excited about a few items.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Weekend buffet is good option if not spectacular. The meats are the star of the show followed by skillet dishes and veggies. Pancakes and French Toast were cold; you are better off with the breakfast breads and muffins for carbs. Worth a visit if you are I. The neighborhood and like buffets. Probably not a "destination" on its own.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Food was good and tasty. Noise level was the only negative issue. Too high decibels for my taste. Nice view, service was good and a little pricey for mussels.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Service was very poor. Have eaten here many times before, so very disappointed.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Our waiter was great. Joanna, the hostess, was wonderful, seating us in the bar area to help us take advantage of happy hour. The manager on duty seemed to feel it was appropriate to dress her down in front of our table for something she was already handling.

The mussels Provençal were amazing and so were the white peach and guava sorbet.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Awesome food. Great beer list. Our server was all to eager to rush us out of there when the restaurant was still full. She really lacked attention to our table. Had to ask her for a refill for my club soda. Then she disappeared for 30 minutes. It was a shame because the food was on point.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Went here as was recommended to a friend. What a disappointment. Food was poor, specially mussels which was a surprise as this place's specialty is mussels.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Good: mussels, location. Bad: 1) waiter seemed to be having a very bad day, and at every interaction w/ our table & seemed distracted & not that interested in his job; 2) manager seemed overworked & rushed, checked in w/ our table, and unable to help much; 3) coffee can be a good flavor in some dished, but their coffee roasted beet salad was not an effective mix of flavors.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 3, 2017

The food is so so, mussel was over cooked, the pizza is very grassy, I have been eating the same thing in Belgium, it is completely different

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Great bartender (thanks John!) Bright bar space. Spacious patio. Lovely dinner overall. Would recommend!

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 28, 2017

One of our favorite family places in the area! Will be going back soon!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 20, 2017

The quality of the ingedients this kitchen is working with is top notch and the presentation is great. However, the execution was a bit disappointng to us. My wife ordered coffee ground smoked beet salad which sounds interesting/strange and is. She said it tasted like Oreos and spent time separatng the grounds from the rest. The garden greens I ordered were lovely and fresh but over-dressed. She ordered the mussels in white wine which were plump, tender and cooked just right, but not very tasty. The steak frites looked better than it tasted, too. The steak was tender and served medium as requested, but a bit saucy and oddly sweet rather than savory. The frites weren't crisp and the aioli was more like a salad dressing than aioli experienced elsewhere. Lively and comfortable space but the music was a bit loud for us. Service and pacing were fine, which shouldn't be noteworthy but, sadly, is these days. All said, would like to put this place in the rotation so hope the feedback is useful. Very close to being a winner.

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