Mussel Bar & Grille - Bethesda

4.5
816 Reviews
$30 and under
Belgian

About

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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Bethesda!

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vipDavidP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good solid restaurant best mussels in town great service

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Bdog
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Mussels were steamed perfectly but the crab dip was all cream cheese. French onion soup was so-so. Our waitress tried to shotgun our dinner orders to the point we had to ask her to send our food back to the kitchen. Also, coffee was served tepid and old. But our waitress had the good grace to take it off our tab without having to ask. Staff also did not appear to be trained on their considerable beer selections. I found this odd for a Belgian style restaurant. Overall experience was okay but not great.

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sallyfp
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Thai mussels were excellent, but you have to love spicy. We had margarita flatbread also, which was terrific. Others in our party had the Hamburger, which they said was perfect.
This is a great place for a casual dinner with friends.
If you are into beer, they have hundreds of choices.

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DCtable
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great mussels and fries, excellent beer selection. Great atmosphere.

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vipGreatdinner
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Disappointed. I indicated that it was my husband’s birthday when I made the reservations and then after a while we ordered deserts and indicated it was his birthday. When the desserts came there was NO candle. I asked the person who brought it how come there was no candle and he either didn’t know anything about it or didn’t care.

The waiter was very nice and polite but it did not extend to the service. He came constantly to get our order as soon as we sat down but once we had the order getting water refilled, clearing the shell buckets were not priorities.

Most disappointing was the candle.

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Fletch
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still my favorite go-to in Bethesda.

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TonyaL
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Our family loves this place!! We go for the mussels and the fries that come with it are always to die for!!

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vipashokk
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Waited over 15 min w no service. When I flagged someone and asked for our waiter, she came. No smile. No greeting. No Happy Valentine's Day to my date. First sentence she said was "what order can I put in for you". Really!!
Flagged the manager and asked to have my wait staff changed. Replacement was v nice and courteous.
There are too many choices for good food. Go someplace else.

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ManC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Some of the mussels had grit and sand. Disappointed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Brussels sprouts!

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TreyL
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

This was my first of what will be many visits to Mussel Bar & Grille. I was impressed with the beer selection both for bottles and draft beers. The food menu provided a great deal of variety of options. The bar staff was amazing and was even knowledgeable enough to help me select the best drink to match what I was in the mood for. As my partner and I arrived before our reservations, we managed to catch the last 30 minutes of Happy Hour. The Oysters on a half shell were to die for. We ordered a second batch before Happy Hour ended! Our server was quite friendly and willing to give us time with our friends to talk and catch up before we were ready to place our appetizer and dinner orders. I highly recommend the grilled calamaris with chorizo. We will be going back on a regular basis. Also, they have an oyster festival twice a year. We also plan on attending that event as well!!!

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vipFredH
Washington DC
109 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

First time but we will be back. Good food, good server, food prepared as requested, fun dinner!

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vipMark
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Terrance, our waiter, was very attentive without being overbearing. The mussels were great as always.

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WhoKnows
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We have been to Mussel Bar several times but this time the service was verrrryyyy slow and we had to ask for bread and had to ask the waitress if there were any specials. Hoping this was a fluke and doesn't mean the service is going downhill!!

Mussel Bar & Grille - Bethesda
Responded on February 5, 2020

My sincere apologies, If you don't mind could i get a description of whom your server was? I would like to have a coaching moment with them to make future dining experiences great instead of undesired. Please reach out to me at 301-215-7817. I thank you for the feed back. Andrew Dill General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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vipHollyH
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We love this restaurant. The calamari appetizer is fantastic, and the mussels are a feast. I want to sop up every drop with the bread. And the butter cake -- OMG. We'll keep coming back!

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Terry
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Portions were small, food OK, waiter was a beginner but nice enough, restaurant was COLD. I would recommend a lunch menu rather than a brunch menu on Saturdays.

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LoisF
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time here will not be my last time!! I came for dinner during Bethesda Restaurant week which made it even better because of the great price. Everything was 5 Star, food, service, environment.

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BarbaraA
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We were at the Mussel Bar and Grille for an early lunch and sat at a booth on the side of the bar. It was quiet at this time of day. The service was attentive and the food was good. The choices of beer were the most varied I had ever seen in one place. Although it was mostly bottled beer, the draught choices were fewer but very good also. It was our initial visit, but it will not be our last.

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viprobins
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect for restaurant week. Options presented were great. Am going again for lunch the end of the week.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun date night; good delicious as usual - delicious beer and good service!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It's fine. No complaints.

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vipDavidB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Terrific place for comfort food. Very diverse offerings. In addition to the mussels the flatbreads and salmon burger are outstanding. A bit noisy but quieter in booths near the back.

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vipJanet
Washington DC
194 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Super lunch value during restaurant week. The sunchoke soup was exquisite.

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vipKiwiBubbles
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service is extremely slow - water glasses sit empty for most of the meal, one entree pot ordered between two people came out after a long wait, forgot to bring bread even after being asked. The server made sure to say that the salad we ordered came with X and Y ingredients but those ingredients weren’t actually in the salad that was brought to the table. Very odd. Good mussels and frites but a strange dining experience.

Mussel Bar & Grille - Bethesda
Responded on January 14, 2020

Greetings, My name is Andrew and I'm the General Manager of Mussel Bar Bethesda. I am deeply sorry to hear about your dining expereicnce with us being less than our standard. I do wish for two things. 1) Please reach out to the restaurant and ask for a Manager or myself, so we can figure out whom served you for individual coaching and help us create a better dining expereince in the future! 2) Give us a second chance to make things right and let us serve you and yours again.

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AnneD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful birthday dinner with mussels, onion soup, burger, salmon, and desserts. Service was so perfectly attentive. Even my picky friends eat here. I am going to make it my regular place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mussel Bar is our “go to” restaurant on Saturday night. We love the food and the service. The beer selection is amazing! We try new beers each week from around the world and from local breweries. When we book on Open Table and request a booth, the host works hard to accommodate us.

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vipAmir
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is great. Staff is wonderful. Always a favorite place to dine!

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vipAmir
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch at Mussel Bar is always a nice treat.

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vipJakeL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

All the food was bad

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vipAprilG
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The mussels were great as well as the salmon burger and oysters. Large selection of beer and wine. The service was great and although we were not there at the right time of day, their happy hour specials looked awesome!

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LeslieB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The food is great - the noise is deafening. You go to a restaurant with friends to hear them talk, and at this place you should learn sign language instead. While the industrial vibes are trendy right now, they can make dining out a pretty miserable experience. Food and service are great - if you can read lips.

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vipPurple
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great fun to sit at the bar, indulge in wonderful mussels and chat

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vipBethesdaveteran
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our go to place for the buzz, beer and the vibe. Food not bad too.

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UncleLolo
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Not all dishes created equal. The grilled squid had an odd flavor, and seemed less than fresh. The mussels with mushrooms and bacon was excellent. The mushroom pizza was very nice as well, although cheese was not applied in a uniform manner so that some slices had barely any cheese, while one slice was overloaded with cheese.

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vipdcluv2dine
Washington DC
79 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience1

MB&G flooring at the table were sitting was quite dirty, it as obivous a family with children were the previous guests, food, crayons and napkins were under the table, as well as, all over the floor. I asked the waiter to clean the mess, but he was to busy to do so.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Liked our meal and server v much. Table was too small and room was v loud, but overall pleasant experience. Will return.

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vipDCFre
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our meal, despite screaming fans watching the Nats game, and rather aggressive wine prices.

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vipAMDE
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always very good food! Service is sometimes very good, sometimes ( on 10/11) pretty poor. It all depends on the waiter! Ambiance is great to go out with friends

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Mussel Bar & Grille - Bethesda offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 215-7817.

Mussel Bar & Grille - Bethesda is rated 4.5 stars by 816 OpenTable diners.

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