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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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4.2

service

4.0

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3.8

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Happy Hour (10)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Authentic (3)
Good for a Date (2)
Seasonal (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 26, 2017

Never again. Good food but now is buffet only. Bad service. Bad coffee. bad music.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 26, 2017

A real neighborhood gem. We went there with some friends and kids for brunch and we had a great time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 21, 2017

Excellent lunch at Mussel Bar. Started with small order of Mediterranean mussels to split between 2. Excellent and very tasty.

Moved on to herb-quinoa salad with chicken which was also first rate.

Our server was very attentive and friendly and did a great job.

Great place. I'd recommend it for sure; not just for lunch but dinner too.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 19, 2017

On a rare night out with my sister visiting from out of town, we decided to go to Mussel Bar for mussels. We arrived at 830, and were seated immediately. The waitress took our drink order and left us to look at the menu. When she came back to take our order, she informed us that there were no mussels. What, no mussels? I'm not sure why we made it all the way through the door, to the table, and had drinks ordered before someone told us that there were no mussels. Very disappointed!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 19, 2017

Every time I go to the Mussel Bar - Arlington it's a great experience. I've been there for lunch, dinner, drinks (dates) and its met or exceeded expectations every time. Their food isn't cheap, but its well worth the price. Great selection of beer and wine. The service is very professional as well and nothing has stood out there. Would definitely recommend Mussel Bar.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Wonderful dining experience! Great seafood too!!

thank you for making dinner a special night for us.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Pizza was great as were the mussles. Have gone several times and the food was great. But it is a bit on the noisy side.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Great mussels, excellent service, but the two place tables are just too small for two people to get mussels and sides.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Good food and service but too loud on a busy Friday night

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2017

I used to love this place but the price/quality ratio of the food was not good. My husband ordered the tuna entree and he finished it in 2 bites. He was still hungry. My Provencal mussels were not as tasty as I remembered them to be.

Service was average at best. Ice tea glass was empty the whole meal. We had to ask three times for bread. They used to bring it without asking.

Prices have gone up since opening but the quality hasn't.

Tags: Authentic, Live Sports
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2017

The scallops were PHENOMENAL! Arugula salad delicious. Shrimp remarkably tender and sweet.

Tags: Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Another wonderful meal of mussels!! Can't beat the happy hour prices though I wish they would add a different white wine.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2017

So loud you are unable to carry on a conversation. Mussel broth completely lacked flavor. Very disappointing from prior visits.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Service was a little "brisk" but I am guessing that is b/c people waiting for tables (i.e. our appetizers arrived before our drinks). Noise level was ok when we arrived but gradually grew upwards. Food was great (we had the mussels of course) but next time I am trying the hanger steak.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Food was subpar, but what really sucked was the service, including the male host who may have been a manager.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2017

Great service but food was lacking.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Went to eat while my husband watched the game.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2017

Good overall consistent food. Good choices. Muscles are great. Happy hour is something to go to. Very noisy. Hard to have business conversation but a good social place.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2017

A good restaurant usually, but service was very slow. They did come by and apologize, but it was a long wait. Just short-staffed, I believe as the waiter was busy! I do wish that they did not have the music so loud though, really ruined the evening.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2017

Our first time there even thought we live close. First is the atmosphere- large, open, airy space with customers from their 20's to 60's (us) with a very low bro ratio especially after Happy Hour. The background music was rock from late 70's and 80's. We started with a bowl of Mediterranean mussels which were excellent(1/2 bowls available at bar only) -added the frites for $2 plus asked for bread for dipping. Luckily we got the mussels before ordering anything else because split by 2 it was almost a meal. Just got 2 small appetizers and dessert after. Next time we'll skip the mussels so we can try some of the entrees. Pretty extensive beer list with a lot of Belgium selections. If I remember the HH menu there were cheap cans of PBR and a few bucks off other beers and wines.
Overall very good - note that it was pretty packed on a cold Friday night and the bar was full.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 3, 2017

We love this place, particularly on Tuesday nights, which is dollar oyster night. That and an order of the excellent sweet potato fries with sauces is great...plus if you get there before 7 you can have a half price glass of the terrific house rose. Our only problem was that their gift card processing system wasn't working, and I've never heard of this before. The service can also be spotty and it can be hard to get your server's attention, but Bob the bartender is great!

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 3, 2017

Great service, delicious food, convenient location.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2017

Can't say enough about this place. Gloria provided excellent service. Food was hot , delicious and delivered in a timely manner. It was a last minute decision for us as we live about 10 miles away. BUT always a pleasure.

Tags: Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Outstanding Value, Late-night Find, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2017

My friends and I went to mussel bar for New Year's Day Brunch. We made our decision to go to this restaurant after viewing their Arlington menu and deciding that we want bottomless food with the option for cheap drinks. According to their online menu, mimosas were buy one for $5 get each subsequent one for $2. However, when we got there, the prices were stated to be $4 per mimosa. This does become an issue if you want more than 2 mimosas, and planned for the advertised pricing. When we showed then their advertised price, the waiter said they couldn't honor that because we were in Virginia...Strange since this menu was for the Arlington restaurant.

Prices aside, out waiter didn't clear our plates once. We had to ask his manager several times instead. It took about 15 minutes of us sitting around without any food or drink in front of us to get out checks....Oh and we were the ONLY PARTY IN THE RESTAURANT. No one else was there and the waiter, Cody, was just chatting with the man at the butcher table.

If you go out to eat and need to request for your table to be bussed, order your drinks at the bar because the waiter is no where to be seen, and wait 15 minutes with a virtually empty table at the end of your meal with your waiter 5 feet away avoiding eye contact.....It was bad service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Sent food back twice - so salty

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Stopped in at Muscle Bar for an early dinner NYE and, as usual, the food was delicious. I talked my wife into having the chicken schnitzel. She's a foodie and she loved it. We ate at the bar because it was an early dinner and our bartender/waiter was awesome, as always. Muscle Bar is a fabulous addition to the area... and it's best restaurant.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Pretty nice venue overall. Nice design and finishes, but as usual, hard surfaces reflect noise severely. Mussels were great as was short rib dish. Wine prices were pretty daunting - good choices but markups were pretty excessive.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Friends in town

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2016

The place has definitely gone a bit downhill.....at least as far as the mussels. There are skimpier portions than ever before. You have to ask (multiple times) for bread. You'd think that a mussels place would bring you bread to soak up your broth. There was one measly piece that came with the bowl of mussels. Also, we could barely understand our server, due to the language barrier. The place just isn't on its A game any longer. :(

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2016

Food and server were excellent, as usual. However - my party arrived in two parts and were seated separately for the same reservation. We finally found on another. Also, the bussers were trying to rush us rather than waiting for any sign that we were done. Finally, disappointed that parking validation is not clear - apparently parking at 5:50 pm means no validation as it starts at 6:00.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Great service and great food but we miss the amazing crème brûlée! Any chance you can bring it back?

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Our meal was delicious and our server, Cody, was terrific.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Excellent mussels! We had two orders and the Mediterranean were my favorite! Our waitress Jenna was on-point; I have not had service this great on a Saturday night in quite some time. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 12, 2016

Having worked Brussels, the Mussel Bar brings an authentic Belgian restaurant to Arlington. The selection of brews, the ambience, and the food is both exquisite as well as true to the best of European food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2016

It's a great place for a great dinner. We never hesitate to go to Mussel Bar and Grill, especially because they always have great service. The servers there are super nice and very attentive. Their specialty is mussels and fries, which we systematically order each time we dine there. However, this time, we decided to order from their other list of entrées. We had lobster over potatoes, which also came with frisé salad (my favorite). Our second dish was grilled branzino (whole fish! yum!), which was cooked to perfection. As I mentioned earlier, what really made the experience outstanding at Mussel Bar and Grill, was the server who was very pleasant. We will definitely go back!

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Cozy, Tapas, Fun, Great Beer, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2016

My wife and I eat out often. We frequent DC restaurants as well as N Virginia ones. Lately we have been disappointed in almost every restaurant in which we've eaten, many of which are favorites to many. Last minute, I went online and we went to Muscle Bar. It reminded us of why we eat out...great food, at a reasonable price served by people that smiled and were pleased we were spending money in their restaurant! Doesn't get much better than that!
Lobster special was super, and the chicken schnitzel ... the best since it was on the menu at Central. Loved the meal and every moment of the experience. Thanks Muscle Bar!

Tags: Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Casual, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Live Sports, Quick Bite, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 6, 2016

We love the $1.00 oyster night on Tuesday. While the service is a bit spotty and there seems to be a bread shortage, it is very lively. This time, the wonderful sweet potato fries were overcooked, but we managed to eat them all. And they have rose by the glass, which is a great plus!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2016

Food, ambiance and drinks are always great. I got the spicy thai green curry mussels (always delicious) and my fiancé got the steak frites, which he loved. The service however was very poor. The waiter never checked on us and I had to ask twice for multiple things.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2016

We were party of two and we both had the Burrata as starter. The taste was interesting and they forgot the Chicharrón until we were half way done. The Chicharrón was a little stale, not as crunchy. I have the Wild Mushrooms mussel, it was okay, a bit on the salty side. The Randall Lineback Veal Burger was much better. However, the fries for both dish failed. It was oily and lumpy that I had to send it back for a fresh batch.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 29, 2016

Very loud! And too many competing flavors that masked the mussels. Same with Brussels sprouts / too much oil, too much cheese. Very modest wine list.

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