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Mussel Bar & Grille - Arlington

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761 reviews
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$30 and under
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Belgian
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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

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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Belgian, Beer Garden, American
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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
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Phone number
(703) 841-2337
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Charlie Vogt, Chef de Cuisine
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Wilson Boulevard
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Parking details
Validated parking now available starting at 6pm in the Ace Street Parking Garage
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Public transit
Ballston Metro Station
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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.
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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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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

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.

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What 761 People Are Saying
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4.4
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5.0Dined 7 days ago

We had the mussels and it was delicious and fun the way they were presented in a cast iron pan for each person. Great waiter!

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Very tasty food, get beer selection, looking forward to going back!

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3.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Ordered steak Cobb salad. Steak was very tough and very undercooked. Also expensive for the portion.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Terrific Mussels! Fabulous service! Excellent selection of German Beer and an ever larger Beer List! We will be back to visit when in the D.C. Area. *

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Loved the food! Plenty of mussels! The extended beer menu was also great. Service was good even though he forgot to bring us our coffee at the end. Other than that everything was very good. We will go back!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We had a difficult time getting our server’s attention and when we did reorder drinks or ask for something, it took a while to get it. Food was delicious though and we enjoy Mussel Bar!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great place for lunch. Prices and menu are great. Service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Had a delicious meal of mussels (my husband also ordered mussels though I enticed him there as there were lots of good meat-lovers options). We both thought the food was delicious. Although we tried some more exotic mussel broths, which were great, next time I will order the traditional one - as I love that so much. The salad was very good - perfectly dressed and not over-dressed.
Waiter provided excellent service as well.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great mussels, fries, awesome veal burger (best I've ever had). A few hiccups with service, etc, but nothing major and we had a great time! Will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great environment, great service, fantastic food!

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Four of us enjoyed our dinner. The mussels are a great appetizer for sharing. The manager chatted with us about the large selection of craft beer, and pointed us in the right direction. We enjoyed his presence and advice. The food arrived hot from the kitchen. But one of us got the short rib which was so fatty and greasy...in retrospect, we should’ve sent it back. The fish entrees were fine.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

We met a friend who had moved out of Arlington to a place where seafood options were limited. We had dined here before she moved away and she asked if we could go back during her visit. We all had mussels, each a different type of sauce, and all were more than pleased. Tasty and well prepared. Service started slow, beers took awhile to arrive, but the food came promptly and subsequent service was excellent. The noise level made conversation easy.
This was our fourth visit and we will be back for more.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Amazing service and excellent food with a great beer selection

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

My sister and I went for Mussel Madness but the Brunch menu was so amazing that she had to get Eggs Benedict and Fries. I had the all you can eat March Madness Mussels and they were amazing !

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great casual dinner with boyfriends parents!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Food was excellent , service was great . Parking garage right around the corner. Over all very pleased with this restaurant. Will be back again.

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2.0Dined on March 23, 2018

We got a bit overcharged. Manager was very rude about it since it wasn't that much. It wasn't about the value, it was the principle.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Good food and service, they'll get you in and out at lunch time.

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

we got there at 4:30 for our 5 o'clock reservation and the restaurant is only serving at the bar and did not have a full menu. We purposely went for the all you can eat mussels and not available till after 5. The bar area was loud and had 2 TVs but couldn't get anyone to put on the basketball games. We ordered from the bar menu and the mussels were just ok. We were disappointed and will go to Bethesda next time.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Great mussels and great beer selection. Other entrees are also a hit.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Chicken salad was very nice but the chicken itself was dry and too well done.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Our son's favorite place for a special meal. The mussels are great (of course). Fries delicious. Recommend the half portion for happy hour. Plenty to eat. Also, the all-you-can eat mussels is only $4 more than the regular sized portion. Tried the steak for a change. Just so-so. Great beer selection, especially on tap.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Came for the mussels and it was all you can eat for $28! What a deal! Tried various flavors and liked the Mediterranean best. Like paella meets mussels. Beer was tasty beverage to accompany the mussels and frites. Nice place, great service, and good mussels.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

The mussels are plump and very fresh. The wait staff are pleasant and attentive. The varieties of flavors is very good and each preserves the subtle flavors and texture of the mussels. I only wish there might be an area for a bit less energetic noise in case I would want to exchange ideas with dinner companions.

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2.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Did not care for the selection or content of the food at all. Not going into a lengthy explanation, just know do not recommend it and won't be back, ever.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

This is one of our go-to restaurants in the Ballston neighborhood. We all enjoyed our food, 2 people had mussels, which happened to be all you can eat that night, with the luxury of trying different means of preparation. Others had steak frites which was good, and the mushroom flatbread very good. For the table we got truffle fries and Brussels sprouts both of which were very good. We enjoyed our cocktails and beer and wine. My only small complaints were that the water glasses weren't filled often enough and there was confusion using 2 award/rebate cards and splitting the rest of the bill between 2 credit cards. We ended up using the awards cards and one of the credit cards after our bill was brought back telling us our $5 award card took care of the bill (?). Of course I went to clarify what had been done and a different manager took care of it.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Super good food! My boyfriend is from France and were looking for a good mussel place and so happy we found this one! Almost as good as France! Food quality is great, taste is superb, and our server Benjamin was super knowledgeable, funny, and warm personality all around. Definitely coming back soon!

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3.0Dined on February 27, 2018

I normally love this place, but for this specific outing the service was very slow even though the restaurant was pretty empty. And I found out they don’t split checks which is super painful and should be noted at the beginning of the meal.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

My new place to go. Awesome mussels

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

The food was excellent for lunch. My Salade Niciose with seared tuna was cooked perfectly: raw in the middle and seared with a peppery crust around the edges. My brother had the special brisket sandwich with sweet potato frites and 3 dipping sauces. However, the brisket was way overpriced at $36 for a not THAT "special" sandwich, plus server didn't mention the price when first describing it. While I would still recommend Mussel Bar and go back myself, guests should definitely ask ahead for prices of specials.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Best muscles around / great beer selections / great expediting!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Beer selection is out of this world. If you are craving Belgian beer this is the place to go. Mussels were awesome, huge and flavorful. Great place for dinner with a large group but can still be a nice place for dinner for a couple.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We ordered the scallops and rock fish. Delicious. The baba rum dessert was dry. Service was excellent and attentive. The waiter didn't charge us for the baba rum because of our complaint. Bar scene a bit noisy but after happy hour, it quieted down. Good place to meet a friend, catch up and have a good meal. Recommend it. The service, at least our waiter, was amazing.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Expect to speak loudly during and after happy hour as there is no sound dampening and all tables are near the bar. Food was delicious.

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

This past valentines day, Mussel Bar & Grill offered a Lobster special. If you like the atmosphere of a zoo, more of a loud watering hole than a restaurant, this is your spot.
The lobster was a complete disappointment, previously frozen, chewy, with an herb topping to flask the freshness and taste.
Lobster should never come with a masking topping and non-clarified melted butter.
Stick with the real restaurants.

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3.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Good food - very respectable octopus which I value greatly. My one BIG complaint is the markup on the wine. I could not find a bottle of Rosé (typically well under $20 retail) for less than $60. I knew a few of their reds, and they were in the neighborhood of 400 percent markups. I will go back and will either brink my own wine or drink beer.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

The servers seemed to be rushing us all night long, clearing away our plates, etc very quickly. The restaurant was empty so this made no sense to us.

Service aside, the food was terrific. The blue crab dip was rich but delicious. The mussels in Mediterranean sauce were amazing - better than what we've had in France and PEI.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

well-done contemporary take on french-belgian bistrot, very good food, friendly & efficient service.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

The mussels were excellent with perfect service.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

The mussels are the best. I miss the grilled calamari but the octopus has been a nice replacement. I also like the Moscow Mules. Service was well timed and friendly. Wine prices was reasonable.

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