Mussel Bar & Grille - Bethesda

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Belgian

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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, 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
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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Oyster Fest was fantastic.

t
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Inside, the noise level was too loud (at 7:45 pm), and so was the music. We asked to be seated outside to be quiet, but halfway the meal, they turned up the volume of the music outside... The food was good, apart from the mussels with white wine my husband ordered: the mussels looked as if they were not prepared fresh, but had been reheated: all dried out, shriveled and tasteless; the sauce did not taste like a white-wine sauce... The friendly waiter apologized when we asked for the bill and didn't add the mussels to the bill... fair deal. I think that in the hot of the Summer, no restaurant should be serving mussels, like it used to be the case in Belgium and the Netherlands (I don't know what they do today).

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We have been here several times before and it has changed. The service tonight was horrible and the food was not good. We asked for bread that never came, mussels were sandy but the big issue was very poor service. No one came back and we had to ask repeatedly for things. The food was marginal and certainly impacted our anniversary. The four of us all felt that it had gone downhill and certainly was not worth $25 for mussels and $16.50 for a Cosmo. Last time we go there for sure. It was overpriced and bad food with poor service.

JS
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The mussels were delicious. Other items on the menu were good, but a little on the salty side for our taste.

f
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Extremely loud restaurant; difficult to have a conversation. Other than that, nice place.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Nice place , probably better at the bar ... the food is great, service great, but the noise in dining room is overwhelming , was about to leave ...
no need tv screen in dining room .
Mussels are great 😜

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

I was quite shocked at the level of service here- hard to believe. The food is also certainly nothing to rave about. But what really lowers the bar for me is the unprofessional servers and the conversations among them and the woman who looked like a manager. It seemed like they were having such an important conversation with some profanity being thrown around while they were an earshot from us. We were neglected for a while so we had time to listen in- Is it really that hard to find professional people who have SOME sense of customer service? this isn’t the typical dinner date I aspire for. Will skip.

EW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service are always great, menu a bit different from the rest of the nearby fare, and service as good or better than any around.

L
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal!
Need to request a booth!
Very loud - can’t hear your companions!

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always enjoy a good meal here. Extensive beer menu and food is terrific.

m
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Very disappointed that our reservation appearance was not recorded by the establishment so that we can be awarded our 100 points from Open Table !

JS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

White wine mussels were divine and so was the short rib pappardale. Emily took great care of us.

TD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique and way tasty menu with a beer snob’s dream beer list. Great place for a group get together or meet up after work. Friendly and knowledgeable staff.

b
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Portions just the right amount. Highly recommend for lunch

W
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place for food and excellent beer list.

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

Loved the mussels, even though they are not quite as plump In August. And the truffle fries are sinfully, exquisitely special!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Food was too salty, over cooked and just terrible . The manager tried to make it up to us with the tiniest desert I’ve ever seen and the bill still came out to 100 bucks . We normally are regulars but I don’t think we will be back .

OT
New England
14 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Everything was great except for inattentive, delayed service.

R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

Definitely get the mussels in wine sauce with the frites. The mussels were delicous and so fresh and the frites were crispy. When you finish with that..... leave or if that was an appetizer and you want to order a meal DO NOT order the Cioppino! Words can't describe how bad it was. Everything in the dish was bad including those unbelievably delicious mussels. The tomato sauce/broth is terrible. Two out of 4 ordered it and neither liked it AT ALL. Struggled to eat it. Service is wonderful, everyone is very friendly and on top of things.

OT
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was great, however it is very loud due to how the restaurant is laid out.

h
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Place used to be great. The mussel sizes have greatly diminished. They used to have the biggest plump mussels now they are tiny very tiny. Also the server was not very good. He knew little about the oysters. Additionally the menu on their website is totally wrong. Beer prices are very high. Off night?

p
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

No matter where you sit (except for the outside tables), the noise is so loud you cannot hear the person accross from you

OT
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

The service, location and ambiance were all good. The food was a little strange. It had powerful spices that were not a great combination together.

A
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quite, great service, fantastic food. I hesitate to rate for fear it will become too popular.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience, through and through.

DF
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Didn't have A/C on and should have. It was a very hot and humid evening!

SO
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The mussels were tasty, but not the best I've had in the DC area. The portion was very generous.
I had the Thai mussels (pleasantly spicy) and my husband had the ones in white wine sauce. Beer is a big feature of this restaurant, and we don't partake, so I can't review that. The interior of the restaurant is noisy because of the bar scene and the construction, with little to muffle the sound. We ate outside on a lovely
early evening, and that was very pleasant. The frites were delicious and the single sweet potato fry
that I had (as a sample), even better. Service was good.

r
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The grilling on the patio was a great promotion for June. Hope it is continued for July.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely best prepared Mussel & squid dish. Great tasting beer. Hostess, Roxy, was delightful and a pleasure to discuss dishes, preps, and beer mixes. Definite plans to visit again.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall satisfied with the night with an engine dinning with us but noise level was high due to where we were seated

j
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Service wasn't great. A lot of Bones in the fileted fish. We didn't complain but was unexpected.

NM
Greensboro
39 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

The food was mediocre, extremely overpriced for what you got, and I really didn't enjoy being seated right in front of the kitchen hot lamps when it was already oppressively hot in the restaurant. If you come with kids, count on being shoved in thur back of the restaurant by the kitchen.

RM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Extremely rude front of house greeter. The chubby faced clean shaven guy at the front did not greet or welcome our party, very obviously deliberately delayed our seating time and lectured us as we showed up 15 minutes late for a reservation, even though we had texted as such and received a reply confirming our table was still available. Very rude to my wife when she politely asked to see a menu while we were waiting (30 minutes, despite the table we eventually sat at being open the entire time). Ruined our experience. That chump should not be in the service industry.

p
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

MB is always reliable with great beers on draft, mussels and other Belgian fares.
The disappointment was that unlike advertised in their email "Weekend Grilling on the Patio" which showcases the following:
JUNE'S WEEKEND GRILL SPECIALS
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11am to 10pm
$19 per person
DRAFT BEER HAPPY HOUR PRICES! June 7-9th
Per our waiter this was not happening or only during the day (vs night?). I'm still not clear why this was sent out via email and advertised in the bathrooms when it was not really taking place. Oh well... we did not want it to ruin our evening, but MB should have retracted the email if this info was not correct.
Thankfully we had a great waiter, sat outside and had a great meal, albeit disappointed not to get the Lam shoulder or hanger steak from the grill....

TR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Great beer. Average food. Too noisy for easy conversation.

H
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible and abundant food, the best tasting mussels dish was with tomatoes, basil and capers; the clams with linguini was another of my favorites,

CS
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is just so amazing. Service is always wonderful, the food is always fresh and amazing. And with so many drink options you can never go wrong!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 2

Told we were celebrating a birthday and server did not respond.

KA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

I used to dine in Mussel Bar and Grille alot, but the quality of their food is not as good as it usual to be. The Mussel is not over cook, and they are not as fresh. We won't be dine with Mussel Bar and Grille anymore.

MS
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was very good; service good, but noise level was very high.

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