Mussel Bar & Grille - Bethesda

4.4
660 reviews
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$30 and under
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Belgian
Here at Mussel Bar & Grille, sustainability meets affordability.

We serve incomparably fresh 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 Bethesda 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 fineest Belgians in the world). Check out our Facebook page for our wildly popular Oyster Fests and pig roasts.

Mussel Bar & Grille is a RW Group restaurant. www.rwrestaurantgroup.com
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Belgian, Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Monday-Friday 11:30AM-4PM

Dinner
Mon-Thurs 4PM-11:30PM
Friday-Saturday 4PM-1AM
Sunday 4PM-11:30PM

Brunch
Saturday & Sunday 11AM-4PM
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Phone number
(301) 215-7817
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Elm Street
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Parking details
The closest public parking is the covered garage right behind Mussel Bar (accessible from either Elm St. or Bethesda Ave.) Parking meters in front of the restaurant are for only one hour. Bethesda Row is offering valet parking nightly from 5-11pm across the street in front of Secolari (7251 Woodmont Avenue).
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Public transit
Bethesda Metro, short 3 block walk
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 660 People Are Saying
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VI
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great seafood and beyond! Mussel lovers’ heaven! Absolutely recommended.

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

This was a great dinner spot after a late afternoon movie. We asked for a booth and it was quieter than the main area and quite easy for conversation. The beer menu is amazing, both draft and bottles. I didn't even get a chance to check the wine list. It was a cold night, and the menu was filled with plenty of filling and delicious comfort food. Our table tried 2 wonderful appetizers, mussels, and one of the specials. All were absolutely delicious!
Service was unobtrusive but very attentive.
Looking forward to a return trip soon - this will be our go-to restaurant this winter--

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Best mussels in town!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Our server was exceptional. He really took care of us.

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AR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had french onion soup and mussells. Good food and good service.

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HH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing beer selection and they let you sample one or two before committing. Great service, delicious food. Fun vibe— I love the mussels because they’re fun to share and not heavy. Had a delicious cauliflower appetizer, too!

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R
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Mussel Bar is one part of the growing and excellent group of Wiedemeier restaurants. From the name, the specialty of the house is the mussels -- perhaps better than those I enjoyed in Belgium. Their Belgian beer selection is among the best anywhere. Go there and get your Belgian on!

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great mussels. Great service.

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G
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dinner, interesting menu, good cocktails and beer! Will return.

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M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The server was very busy but was still good and brought over a birthday dessert that was delicious.

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r
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Food was good. But nothing particularly outstanding. Atmosphere was simple and best for good food with bar atmosphere.

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T
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were early for the reservation but they seated us right away on a Sat. I liked the fact they said no problem.

The service was very good. Everyone was friendly. I had Choppino which was spicy. The wine was great. Great mussels and bread.

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LS
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Service was excellent and all of our server’s suggestions were spot on. Mussels and scallops were both perfectly prepared. Tried some new beer as well. Sat outside on a beautiful evening. What could be better?

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The mussels were great. Good see Rion of Belgium beers.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Will be going back

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A
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was only average. We were hoping for it to be better for the price.

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MT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mark made it a fab evening; great service and great food - loved the Spicy Thai mussels in curry and the char broiled calamari; felt like home

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A
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Roxy is the best waitress!

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JS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was delicious and the staff were very friendly. Worth the stop if you are in the area.

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

After previous visits where we enjoyed tasty salads and entrees, we were disappointed by the paella. Far too much ‘lobster broth’, 3 shrimp, a handful of mussels, and rice topped off with a single grilled fish - not recommended.

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MR
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

No one was there, which should have been a clue. Food was so-so. Waitress was nice, but never returned to our table to refill water.

Before we left, my husband used the restroom and discovered that the water was not working. Ugh!

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OT
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

My rating is influenced by the fact my wife and I got violently ill late that evening and through the night into the next day. I called the restaurant and spoke to the manager who said that she would get back to me after she spoke to the chef. No apology. She told me the it really couldn't have been the food. Yes, it could have been the food! It may not have been bacterial, but it could have been tainted. It has now been several days and no return call. I expected the courtesy of a response.
The waitress and service were very good. My wife and I ordered the same dishes, beet salad and cioppino.
Very unlikely to recommend this restaurant.

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AD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Terrible service, but decent food. Sat on the patio and the server clearly wasn’t paying any attention to us. We had to ask for more bread for our crab dip and it took her 10 minutes to get it, by which time the dip was cold. She never offered refills on our drinks, and we would have ordered another round of beer, boosting her tip, had she. The kicker was she dropped the check while we were still eating and our pizza was half gone! We didn’t ask for it, or want it yet. Then, after I paid, she finally asked if we’d like another round of drinks... some of the worst service I’ve received recently. Food was ok, but I’d be hard pressed to go back if that’s how I’m treated when spending $100 for two for dinner on a slow night.

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RM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Service was ok. Food was fantastic. However, the tables are way too small and too close together. You can fit wherein the table and feel comfortable. The last time I was there I felt the same way. Both time a glass fell and broke because there was no room. This time the person in back of me smashed her head into mine

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FD
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mussels were tasty and served in a generous portion. Trout (restaurant week special dish) was moist and tasty. Very much enjoyed the extensive beer/ale/cider “menu.” We look forward to returning soon!

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SS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of our regular go to spots for celebrations and date night. Knowledgeable staff, great beer list, and wonderful food.

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CT
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great meal during restaurant week with good service. We had the crab stuffed shrimp which were excellent. Mussels were also a great option but, since we've had those before (and they were excellent) we opted to try something new. Good wine list but, if you drink beer, the beer list is amazing.

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E
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We arrived breathlessly on time for a 6:45 reservation and were awarded an outdoor table. (Inside is “energetic” beyond our tolerance.) Service by Mark was prompt, friendly, helpful, and consistent: he never lost track of us. After an imaginative greens and apple salad for her, and a classic gruyere-topped onion soup for him, we ordered mussels beyond our white wine-garlic comfort zones. He the Spanish version with a sauce glowing with roasted red pepper, she a version with bacon and mushrooms. Both were worth the risk, but we’d still declare traditional white wine-garlic the real thing. A cold bottle of NZ Marlborough sauvignon blanc accompanied. Did we need dessert? Noooo, but an ice cream cake put him over the top while she sipped an Irish coffee. A friend with strong Belgian connections declares Mussels as Best of Breed. We agree.

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LH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

As rated, the food and service were well beyond average. Overall, this a place I will return to.

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l
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ordered way too much food for my husband and I, but everything was delicious. Started with the crab dip, then had the med. mussels and the short rib. The mussels were amazing, the short rib was cooked perfectly, and our waiter provided great service. Highly recommend!

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D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mussels are always great, with fabulous sauces! Not to mention crisp frittes!

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SK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lively with neighborhood feel. Lobster tails cooked to perfection.

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MD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Boyfriend and I went out for date night before heading over to another nearby venue to hear a few bands play. Wait staff was knowledgeable and available without being overbearing. The food was amazing. The chef and kitchen staff could not have done a better job with our meals.

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OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and staff.

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GP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Among bethesda's best food but Too noisy for dining.

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SS
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday and I made a note when I made reservations. I guess they don’t celebrate birthdays

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J
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We love the mussels here. They are always plump and yummy. Indoors is pretty noisy, so we’re really happy when the weather allows us to eat on the patio.

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PE
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our dinner was excellent. We were waited on by Allison, who is sharp, personable, and very attentive. (It's rare to find someone who actually knows the ingredients of every dish on the table AND can catch a "Hey, I need something" look out of the corner of her eye while zipping around to other tables AND can properly pour an English porter AND doesn't mind a request to take our picture.)

The starters - grilled calamari and cauliflower romanesco - were perfect. The calamari was a nice blend of chewy and tender, which is a difficult combination to make. The sauces were lovely. And the Mediterranean mussels were heavenly. We took home almost half of the entree and will be using the broth to poach shrimp and salmon.

I almost never give 5 star reviews. This meal deserved every star.

UPDATE: Next evening I poached some shrimp and salmon in the leftover broth. It was divine. I'd die a happy chef if I could make a broth this good.

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G
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was outstanding!! I took my boyfriend there for a birthday dinner and the seafood wowed us! Ingredients were so fresh, food was amazing, we are still talking about how delicious it was 3 days later!

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DJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

French Onion soup was delicious. Lobster roll was good, but for me a little too creamy, and the lobster was very chewy.

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