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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
Arlington, VA 22203
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
$30 and under
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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.
Validated parking now available starting at 6pm in the Ace Street Parking Garage
Ballston Metro Station
Charlie Vogt, Chef de Cuisine
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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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
Delicious brunch with many vegetarian options - asparagus, orzo salad, broccoli rabe, french toast, eggs with spinach. Many meat and seafood options too, of course, like paella, salmon, mussels, sausage. The mothers day brunch was a bit expensive with no drinks included, but very satisfying. Bright atmosphere.
I went to this place first one night for dinner with my parents; we LOVED the mussels (the mushroom and the spicy green Thai curry are delicious) but our server was not attentive at all - we had to ask for water multiple times, had to ask him to clear our empty dishes, etc. things that you would kind of expect your server to notice - especially considering the mussel containers are huge and with the additional bowls for shells, we were seriously struggling for space. The good food though got me back a few weeks later with friends for brunch - which confirmed that this was not a one-off bad experience with a server, it was debatably worse the second time around. Again our food was great, although very limited selection for brunch as they have changed to an 'all you can eat' for $32 a person which we didn't want, and the a-la-carte basically left nothing else to choose from but mussels and oysters. We did the exact same order as before, and again it was a crowd pleaser. We waited at the front for at least 5 minutes before we were greeted and an equally long wait once we were seated to actually be noticed and attended too. Not sure what is going on with this place, but think if they want to be successful they REALLY need to reevaluate the service.
Great place for dinner at 9pm on a Friday. It was still quite busy so glad we had a reservation. All of the food looked great - the chicken schnitzel I had was really tasty and perhaps even too large. The service was a little bit off but nothing out of the ordinary for a busy night so we got through that. A great neighborhood place and I'll be back soon
The first night I went, I took my two children (10 and 9 years old). The food was great, but the service was equally as outstanding. Corie was our waitress and she aimed to please the entire evening. She explained everything in detail and made everything sound delicious. The manager, James, is also incredible. He came over several times to make sure my children and I were satisfied. The dinner was so enjoyable that I brought my husband back two nights later. We sat in Corie's section again and she was just as good as the first night we had her. My husband loved it. I highly recommend this restaurant. High praise to Corie and the manager James. Keep up the great work. I also have to say that a waiter in another section was also so friendly and nice. He stopped and talked to my children a few times. He made them laugh. He didn't need to stop, as it was clear from his running around that he was super busy. Yet, he took the time to say hello. Very nice. All I know is that he is from Tennessee. So, great job to him too!! Go, you will enjoy it!! We are looking forward to going back again.
Got a last-minute reservation for six friends and they took great care of our whole table. We each ordered something different and everything was super tasty, especially the daily specials we tried. Everything coming out of the kitchen looked great too and we'll definitely be back!
Not big mussel fans but the menu is full of alternatives. French onion soup was great but filling; we both ended up boxing half our entrees. Some staff confusion as to how to validate garage parking; what they gave us as a validated ticket wasn't so we paid for parking ourselves. Minor inconvenience. We'll be back (when the weather improves we'll walk).
We often take advantage of the Tuesday night $1 oysters during Happy Hour (house wines $5 a glass). It is always buzzing. They are one of the places that offer rose by the glass. Unfortunately they were out of it, and had been for several days according to a waiter. It's a hot beverage so they should keep it flowing. Also, the sweet potato fries (normally delicious) had been sitting around for awhile. Otherwise, the service was good and the noise was as usual very loud. This is sort of our neighborhood "go to" place for all occasions.
My wife really wanted mussels for dinner to celebrate her birthday. We picked Mussel Bar and Grille based on a recommendation of a friend and we were not disappointed. We had an early (6:15) reservation on a Saturday night (going to a movie afterward), and were immeidately seated. The place was full but not packed. Of course we had mussels; my wife had the white wine, which were mild but tasty and I had the Mediterranean mussels which were very tasty and flavorful. We were too stuffed for dessert so no comment there. Looking forward to coming back.
We were in and out in 1 hour. Food was just average at most. Risotto has no flavor, mussels were average, nothing special. I enjoy Brasserie Beck much better. The logistics of parking and getting into the restaurant is not worth the elevator, and walk around the building. Very disappointed.
The restaurant was very busy, and there was no receptionist when we arrived, so we finally had to ask the chap behind the bar if he could find someone to seat us. The waiter was attentive, friendly, and amusing. We ordered cocktails but they sat on the bar in plain view until I finally asked the waiter to bring them over. It would have been nice to drink them before the food started arriving. I also had to tell the waiter that we wanted the cocktails before dinner and then wine with dinner (we didn't particularly want to drink sweet Manhattans with fresh oysters!). But never mind, the food was delicious. The noise level was high, making conversation difficult. But I would go again and would recommend to anyone else to go.
We have been going to this restaurant since it opened and have never been disappointed in the food. Usually the service is good, too. However, we had a bad experience the other evening. We were there for the Happy Hour (wines at $5 a glass) and $1 oysters. We have done this many times and usually it's fairly quiet and the service is good. That evening it was exceptionally noisy and crowded (spring?). We ordered a dozen oysters each, the excellent sweet potato fries and asked for bread. Only one platter was delivered, along with the fries. We had to tell two people before we finally got the waiter's attention. Because we each wanted our own platter, we waited, and waited and waited, devouring all the fries in the meantime. The bread never came. There appeared to be only one waiter serving the entire area and a lot of busboys. The manager appeared, but we got no better service from him although he promised to get the other oysters "right away.". All in all, not what we expected. If it happens again, we'll think twice. It would be too bad. We love this place.
Our waiter was not good. He would show up and disappear for a long time. We ordered drinks - half the table got them and it took 5 minutes for the other half to receive theirs. Our appetizers arrived and our waiter never came by to take our dinner order and remove our menus so we were eating on top of the menus. Two of the three appetizers arrived, while it took another 10 minutes for the 3rd to come. It was French onion soup and it had to be sent back because there was no cheese on top. The food was good but too much salt was added to the Salmon entree and the calamari.
Love the mussels! We ordered White Wine & Provencal. Both were excellent. One member of our party ordered the slow smoked ribs~ very disappointing! Extremely salty! Couldn't even finish them. The manager did adjust our bill for the ribs. Brussels sprout side dish was delicious and the frites are always great! Huge beer list. We'll be back for more mussels!
Lively atmosphere with terrific food. Especially the mussels and oysters. Most of the party drank beers - amazing selection and informative, friendly servers. I was happy with the wine options. Although we've been several times I can't comment on other dishes because we just can't bring ourselves to order anything but the mussels, frites and oysters! They are really amazing.
I'll preface this with--I've been to MusselBar for Happy hour before and its been great, so my comments below are directly related to my experience during Sunday Brunch.
The meal was overall very disappointing last Sunday during what should be the height of brunch 1230. The mussels and other food was great, but the service really soured the meal altogether. At arrival, noone was at the hostess stand waiting. After standing awkwardly for 10 minutes,an annoyed looking lady emerged from the back, eating a fruit cup. Apparently she was the hostess. She showed us to our table. Our waiter,EJ, came over and took our intial drink order while we waited for the rest of our party to arrive. EJ did a good job throughout the meal--but I think he got screwed in several ways by the other service staff. For example, we ordered several courses (mussels followed by brunch entrees), EJ asked us if we wanted the mussels first and then the entrees. We agreed that was a good plan, however a couple moments later half of our groups entrees arrived, no mussels in sight. EJ rushed over and corrected the delivery guy who had apparently brought someone else's order to our table. Drinks were a big hold up as well. We were seated near the bar, so I could watch the bartenders chat with each other for well over 10 minutes while we were still waiting on our brunch cocktails. The mussels were great and most of the entrees were as well, but we had ordered a side of biscuits, which came 15 minutes after the rest of the food because "the kitchen was still making them". When they arrived they were cold. When were finally ready to leave, we went to validate parking and it took 10 minutes to get the ticket back from the guy who took it. Overall, it took over 2 hours to brunch. And it wasn't because of us taking our time or the restaurant being crowded (it wasn't). It was because of delays with the kitchen staff, miscommunications with the delivery folks, and a slow as molasses bar staff.
We enjoyed the valentines 2016 fixed menu, but feel it was overpriced for the fact that all the courses were shared. We originally started with the lobster salad, but has to send it back because it was way too salty. We got the oysters instead, which were nice, but slightly annoying because they served them with the oyster still attached to the shell, and then covered with some micro greens. And some oysters had bits of shell. We got the NY strip for our main course. It was good, but there was some sort of chimcurri or butter we didn't quite know what to do with. It looked like a pate almost. Finished with the chocolate lovers dessert (forget the exact name) but it was excellent, no complaints there. Overall we love mussel bar and will come back for their good beer list and standard menu. But this fixed menu definitely left something to be desired for the coin we dropped.
Mussel Bar is consistently a winning choice for a night out. We came in on Valentine's Day for a dinner and drinks. We chose to forego to the Prix Fixe menu for mussels and frites. My fiancé chose the spicier mussels with merguez sausage and harissa while I chose the Mussels Provençal. Along with the fries, it was more than enough to eat. Our waiter Billy was great--very personable and attentive, without hovering. Only downside is that the tables are placed quite close together which makes it difficult when your food is being served.
My husband and I were really looking forward to celebrating our 28th wedding anniversary at the Mussel Bar. We don't often try new (new to us, that is) restaurants, and we were excited to try this one out. Unfortunately, it was a huge let down. We arrived promptly at 7pm for our 7pm reservation only to wait 20 minutes before we were seated. It was very frustrating to see numerous parties arrive and be seated before us and to see the hostess and a manager walk by without acknowledging that we would be seated soon. Another manager just happened to walk by and checked on our seating, but did not have the courtesy to stop by our table and apologize. We decided that we would let our first impressions go and enjoy our evening. That lasted until our server arrived. She was awful...very unfriendly and only checked on us once after we got our food. The food was a disappointment as well...the calamari had no taste and was over fried, my husband's steak was nothing special and over half the plate had a bunch of fries with watercress plopped on the top to give it some color. My scallops were not bad, but the roasted cauliflower and cauliflower puree left a lot to be desired. The house chardonnay was watery and bland, and I'm not a picky drinker. Overall, it was a below standard meal and experience and definitely not worth the $100 dollars we spent!
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