Mussel Bar & Grille - Arlington

4.2
900 reviews
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$30 and under
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Belgian
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

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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Highly recommend the mussels, as the name implies.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food! Although we sat at the bar, we had great service!

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E
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

The incredibly slow service was shocking for a lunch crowd. Food was ok but we had to rush through it in order to be out within an hour.

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MA
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I'd classify Mussel Bar and Grille as mediocre as far as mussels are concerned. The mussels are served in a deep frying pan so there's a lot of surface area and the mussels cool quickly. Other restaurants serve mussels in a pot so that the broth is keeping the deeper mussels warm. The mussel size was reasonable, portion size was reasonable (and could easily be shared) but the broth lacked any distinct flavor. The frites came to the table lukewarm, not hot out of the fryer. I sent my frites back and asked for a warmer batch. I'm comparing Mussel Bar to St Arnolds in DC. I think St Arnolds has more flavorful mussels.

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DB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Horrible. This place was completely unprepared for a Mother’s Day crowd. Food was grossly delayed, and a steady stream of folks kept stopping by to untruthfully tell us that our food was “coming right up.” This either is or is not the case, and after the third time hearing this lie, we left. I spoke with two managers, who had no excuses for the failures of the kitchen or why it was necessary for staff to keep lying to us.

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EH
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful brunch at Mussel Bar & Grille. The highlights where the frites and the Bloody Mary's.

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GL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic meal Saturday night (early evening) this place is a jewel - we have been there about 15 times and have never had a bad or mediocre meal. I grew up eating mussels and everyone knows, if you get a "bad"one it just ruins the whole meal. That has NEVER happened here, and that is impressive - if you eat a lot of steamed mussels you know what I am talking about. Our waitress, Yoan, was fantastic. Don't miss an opportunity to visit - not just for the mussels, I had scallops which were delicious and my spousal unit had the salmon - OUTSTANDING.

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KM
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new favorite restaurant! Always great service and delicious!

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PJ
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mussel Bar & Grille gets it right every time! Our server Robert went out of his way to help me make the perfect selection of hard cider, and the entire staff always make guests feel welcome. The mussels and frites are my go-to favorite, but the menu has wonderful options for everyone. These are just some of the reasons I keep coming back!

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DC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It has been a while since I have been to this restaurant and was glad to have the chance to go back. However, it was unusual for me to be there on a Sunday evening with the place mostly empty. That was a good thing because the acoustics in the place make it very noisy. Also, I thought we might have more attentive service, but not so. While our server was very nice and asked a number of times if everything was okay, I was surprised that 1) the food took a long time to come out, 2) we had to ask for bread, which in the past had been automatic when we sat down, 3) they were very slow to clear the dishes from the table (the server walked by once without even glancing to see if we might need some table clearing) and 4) we had to flag down the server in order for us to get our check. The food was very good and I would certainly go back, but I hope this review might make them aware that something is missing compared to the many times I have been here in the past.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Most of our orders came out incorrectly...worst experience we’ve ever had there.

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T
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Decided to get dinner spur of the moment. They had room outside and the weather was lovely; nearby traffic a bit loud, but not terrible. Enjoyed the mussels with white wine and crab cake dinner. Both dishes were great. Didn’t realize we had to request bread, which was good when we did ask for it. Will likely go back!

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BB
New York Area
118 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was very good. Our waiter, Dennis, was exceptional.

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b
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I have been “collecting” Robert Wiedmaier restaurants since New Years when we had dinner at Marcel’s. The Mussel bar it true to form, excellent food and service. Very casual setting with friendly and attentive service. This is an excellent place for every day, happy hour and casual dining. Would go back, highly recommended

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d
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

excellent food and service- great value - a half order of mussels was gigantic - tasty - nice pizza too -

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C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

we wait for over an hour for our entrees, customers were moderate.

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HW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service! We had mussels and frites and they were awesome. The server has very polite.

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P
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The restaurant itself is one of many in Arlington that sets out to appeal to the younger (happy hour) crowd. When we visited it was empty on a Saturday morning, and stayed that way until after lunch time. The service (Cody) is fine, and there is no problem there, and the mussels are fine, but I would prefer them in something other than the large pan in which they came. Other customers may like restaurants that are all glass and pipes, but if I'm having seafood of any kind I would much rather have lots of wood and a fresh fish market in the building or close by.

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OT
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We sat outside with our dog and our server was exceptional

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L
Washington DC
108 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Slightly revised menu -- some better, some not.
I go for the mussels which were frresh and tasty. A new addition - snap peas, as a shared plate - was surprisingly delicious.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

$26 for a single soft shell crab. WTF?

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VC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The mussels were excellent. My wife and I were full by the time we ate the appetizers. Definitely going back.

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g
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and the wine selection. My husband couldn’t find a beer that could be available but they gave him one on the house. Oysters were amazing and walking distance from the hotel.

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DS
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Extremely loud. Crazy music. Too loud to ever come back.

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DP
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food. Noisy, and service spotty. Will go again and again.

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KT
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious, but my father was very sick for two days after.

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AH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

I've been a patron on Mussel Bar since it opened. My visit in April 2019 was a huge disappointment. The service, food and value all fell. The Happy Hour menu used to be great, it was pretty much done away with. The happy hour wine selections are undrinkable and service staff to not understand their own menu. The prices are off when comparing the bar and restaurant menu. After many years, I won't be back.

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TD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Overall need to work on brunch menu, and service. Always been for dinner, first time brunch, need to improve overall.

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AB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

Server was awful, uninterested, and tried adding drinks to our bill that we didn’t order. Disappointing, been here several times and never been treated so poorly

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C
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is easy to over eat! Food and service were great

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We are big fans of the food at the mussel bar, and love the beer selection.
However, to say this restaurant is inconsistent would be an understatement, and this past experience left us concerned as to whether we should get our jones for mussels satisfied elsewhere. The mussels tasted fine, but they tasted like mussels and the great flavors Of the white wine and garlic and other broths in which they were supposed to have been cooked were missing. 4 of us had but a thin layer of sauce in which to dip the mussels, and one serving had to be sent back because of a complete lack of the white wine broth it was supposed to be cooked in. Make a better effort mussel bar, at least from our perspective you are on notice.

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LD
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The new menu was a surprise to those of us who frequent the Arlington location. Some of our favorite starters and sides, such as brussel sprouts, cauliflower, sunchoke soup, and Tempura shrimp, were missing from the menu and was a disappointment. However, a couple of our favorite entrées were available to satisfy us. The new preparation of the short rib with the egg pasta was very good, but the previous preparation with just root vegetables was better when one wanted to partake of the great baguette bread served with meals. The steak and frites continues to be a wonderful entrée for our group who prefer less well-done piece of beef. The butter cake dessert and strawberry tart dessert were a big hit at the table. As always, Chef David provides sumptuous food with exquisite preparation and presentation. Benji provided great service. And, Jeremy is always helpful and truly interested in feedback. Mussel Bar & Grille - Arlington is one of our top dining choices!

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T
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Overall Mussel Bar was good. Very loud and hard to hear others at the table. Our server was very nice, the meal was served promptly and we didn't feel like we were rushed. Kind of on the expensive side though.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

Food was a bit salty and the music playing is way too loud for thoughtful conversation

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BL
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

First HORRIBLE experience at Mussel bar after a hiatus of about 6 months from the last bad experience. Mid-meal they changed the wine menu in the computers and we were overcharged by $11. Had this been the only issue, I would have overlooked the snafu, but in the order of the evening: First glass of wine served was old and turned. Asked for a replacement and was served the EXACT same glass and wine a second time, as if I wouldn't be able to tell. Completely unprofessional. (Was also charged for the first and second bad glasses of wine, which were taken off when I had to point it out.) Ordered French onion soup and asked to exclude the fried onions and croutons due to gluten sensitivity, and both came out incorrectly. My girlfriend and I both ordered Steak Frites. For some reason, the waiter wouldn't sub fries out and had to have him ask a manager to get approval. My steak came overcooked (ordered Rare, received Medium well) my gf's was undercooked and neither had the sauce or any seasoning. Her fries were cold and overall the server was flippant and seemed annoyed we had any complaints at all. Manager came at end of meal to see how things went and took care of the wine problems, but overall, poor experience after a previously poor experience. Would only come back for happy hour, if that.

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p
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have a lot of food allergies but felt so welcomed and supported by the staff who made sure nothing was in my food that would make me sick. Will definitely be returning to the Mussel bar!

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M
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great wait staff and food was wonderfully prepared and presented

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DM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

This has been a go-to place for me for the mussels and beer selection. Unfortunately, this time the service was slow (but the waiter was super friendly so that made up for the slow delivery of food and drinks). Also, the quality of the food was below my expectations from prior visits. Many of my mussels didn't open and my fries were mostly small greasy bottom of the fryer pieces. Not good. I am willing to give a pass on this visit hoping they return to form on my next visit. Otherwise, I will go elsewhere.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 4

The $24 mussels were tough and a small portion. The $28 steak was tiny and overwhelmed by the mountain of frites. We regularly eat Belgian and French food and have lived in both countries. This was not a fair representation and way overpriced.

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DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a great time, they always do a nice job of placing us in a quieter area due to hearing g impaired person in our group and with a nice window view. We really appreciate how helpful they are with this, great job! Thank you. This is our second time and plan to be back again soon!

Mussel Bar & Grille - Arlington
Responded on March 12, 2019

Hi Doug, thanks for leaving us such a wonderful review. We are thrilled that you loved your experience; our staff will definitely be happy to read what you wrote. We put customer experience and satisfaction as our priority, and your review reaffirms the hard work we put in every day. So thanks for your kind words and we look forward to seeing you again. Jeremy George General Manager

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