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Mussel Bar & Grille - Bethesda

4.4
591 reviews
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$30 and under
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Belgian
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  • Casual
  • Great Beer
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
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Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 591 People Are Saying
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4.3
service
4.1
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4.1
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Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

This place is good for an informal dinner with good food and reasonable prices. Not anything fancy. Noise level was high.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Went there for the mussels and was not disappointed. My date had the Bronzino and loved it as well. The cool energy makes the place fun and relaxing. We will definitely be back soon.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Food was great as usual.
Pizza oven broken so that was disappointing. They probably should get that fixed.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Mark was an excellent server.

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Had a great time, menu was very food, food and wine were great, and service was above average with a brand new waiter (and oversight).

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Mussel Bar is a friendly, comfortable place. The mussels are outstanding and the sweet potato fries with the sauce trio are the best choice to accompany them. Excellent selection of beer on tap and we were able to taste when we were not sure which to order. Always a winner for a friendly place in downtown Bethesda. Just enough noise to feel comfortable yet easy to have a conversation. Can't wait for the terrace to open!

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Good food. Great beer. Great service. Fun all around.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Wonderful place! We really enjoyed our Saturday night out to Mussel Bar & Grille. It was our first visit and the place was busy. We were seated at a table versus one of the perimeter booths. The tables are close, but did not feel my personal space was infringed on. The seats are hard as a rock and a little uncomfortable; but as soon as food comes you forget.

Our server Steve was fine and quickly took drink orders and listed the specials. A ton of beer choices are available. We ordered the grilled calamari and Brussels Sprouts for starters. Both were amazing and I really loved the Brussel Sprouts. The food was served HOT like it was just off the grill.

During March, they have a March Madness special of All You Can Eat mussels. We did not think we could do that so we ordered regular portions of the Mediterranean. This has really great mergquez sausage and goat cheese in the sauce. You just can’t find the words to describe how much I enjoyed this... seriously good. It is a huge portion and I ate all of it.

BTW- Next to us was a young lady who was someone ordered the All You Can Eat and she shockingly ate 3 portions of multiple versions. On one had I was shocked and the other hand, I was very jealous I couldn’t eat that many because they are just that good!

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

The food was delicious, you get a lot of mussels for your $. Easy to share one order for 2 people. Lobster Bisque was delicious!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

This place has the best calamari I’ve ever had! The mussels in garlic wine broth is my favorite dish.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Excellent Mussel as always! Server was very nice. We arrived 15 minutes early and was seated 18 minutes later. A few tables were available when we arrived for 4 and 8 but we were only two. Their selection of drafts always excellent!!! The venue and atmosphere was perfect for a date night out.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Had the special rock fish with hot collard greens with bacon - excellent. My wife had the salmon salad - the salmon was cooked perfectly, but the salad had too much cilantro and not enough lettuce.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Overall good experience. loved the food and service. I would definitely come back.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Good food came back! Thanks guys!

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

While the food was great the seating leaves a lot to be desired, people keep cutting in between the seats and my seat was being hit by other customers and employees constantly. The tables are small and stack on top of each other.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Amazing beer selection with staff that was very helpful in finding you the perfect beer. Recommend- Thai mussels !!!

Great Service
Great mussels
Great beer

What more do you need out of a restaurant!

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

The signature mussels in the white wine sauce with the equally signature truffle fries are just divine here! If you want a special kick, add mushrooms and bacon. For those who love beers, there is a crazy selection from many countries. And not to forget, the service is great!

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines with my kids

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Food was excellent. A must stop every time I am in town for business.

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

We went for All You Can Eat Mussel Special 2/13/2018. Mussels were bland (White Wine). Tried the Provencal which were a little more flavorful. Kind of disappointing given the name of the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

A friend and I have a standing lunch a couple of times per month at Mussel Bar and we are never disappointed! In fact, we keep returning to mussel bar despite a ton of other restaurants in the area, because the service is fantastic (if you are lucky enough to have Roxie as your server- thumbs up, she’s knowledgeable and really friendly) and the food is excellent- quick and delish! The white wine mussels and fries are awesome and so are the burgers and pizza. Mussel Bar is a great place to come for an early lunch (not too crowded or loud-just before the lunch rush)! Finally, the music is always good- mid-80’s, some eagles and Grateful Dead- a great mix. Highly recommend!

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Food was delicious as always. High quality, well-prepared and perfect portion size (not too small but not overwhelmingly large). This is one of our favorite casual "date" spots. Our server was wonderful and offered a few good suggestions.

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3.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Mussels and oyster were good. Food was great. Tight space and loud being so close to next table. Service was okay. Nothing outstanding but not bad. Good place that could use some more space.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Place that you won't forget, Mediterranean Mussels that you will never forget

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Consistently good! Great service excellent beer selection and the quality of the food is superb. One of our favorite spots.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Delicious food, the curry mussels were fantastic. It’s loud so there were lots of laughs everywhere and 80s music that my teenager enjoyed. We loved it.

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2018

My second visit to this restaurant and the food and service are excellent. The dish I wanted had a spicy flavoring and since I can't tolerate spicy foods I asked them to tone it down, which they did. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys fine seafood.

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Roxie, our waitress was really great. She knew the menu and was able to guide our choices. The food was pretty good. Great pomme frites! Please shave slice the beets in the beet salad! Had a grapefruit crush. Tasty!

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Trying a new restaurant during Restaurant week - good food & service - would go back

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3.0Dined on January 19, 2018

The manager got in my face and yelled at me when I asked about the special on the website. :(

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

found this gem on open table. was looking for a restaurant to take my son while dropping him off to college. extensive beer list. delicious food. great ambiance! have been recommending it to all we know that visit the area. great vibe!

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

My server was great. She apologized for our drinks when they took long. The food was great and on time.

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4.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Convenient place for family dinner with 8-yo kid. Moreover if you like mussels and Belgium beer - both were good. Tuna tartare was good as well as crusty pizza taken by my son

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Best restaurant meal anywhere ever. Went at lunchtime. Beet salad was well constructed and super tasty. The mussels were perfectly cooked and delicious. Added fries for $1. Beef stroganoff was amazing. Not enough superlatives for experience. Go and enjoy a great lunch.

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5.0Dined on January 10, 2018

Great lunch. But Stomach upset after. May have been the salad. Should let restaurant know.

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Went here for my boyfriend's birthday. I requested a booth per some recommendations and they were able to accommodate us. We didn't get the mussels because they aren't my boyfriends thing, though I've had them before and they are awesome. We had a salmon salad and a flatbread pizza, both were really good. If you want an eclectic beer selection- this is the place to go. My only disappointment was the service. We waited for our second drinks and to get the check.

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

So impressed with the service - awesome hospitality. Great place if you're looking for a specialty beer, they have something like 150 different varieties and the bartenders are really knowledgeable about them. This is a pricey place, just be aware. We really enjoyed it!

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2018

Excellent food and service at great prices. We’ve been here many times and will continue to return.

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We had the slowest and most forgetful waiter. Unfortunate experience but the mussels were fantastic.

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3.0Dined on December 26, 2017

The Mussel bar is a favorite for us. Tonight the food was delicious as usual, and we appreciated the service although we met 3 servers. Apparently they were understaffed -We ended up dining in the bar which was a bit too bright. Seemed brighter that usual which diminishes the ambiance for us.
Overall, great food and service as usual which is wonderful to count on.

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