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About Mussel Bar & Grille - Bethesda

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

7262 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Belgian, Seafood, American

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

Cross Street:
Elm Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(301) 215-7817

Website:
http://www.musselbar.com/

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).

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

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Mussel Bar & Grille - Bethesda Ratings and Reviews

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98% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Groups (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
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·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

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!

Tags: Fun, Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 6 days ago

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

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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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Comfort Food, Fun, Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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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 (Miami)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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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 (Austin)·Dined 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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 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.

Tags: Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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!

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined 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!

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Authentic, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 10, 2018

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 3, 2018

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

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Bar Seating, Live Sports, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Very enjoyable. Great staff. Good food. Calamari appetizer was pretty amazing.

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great place

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Had the same items I had the last time I was there. Not same quality. Is it because line cooks were doing the cooking, and their talented chef wasn't? I won't eat oversalted food. Had to send the French fries back. Replacement was a bit soggy. Disappointing.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Although what I'd seen online for the lunch menu was not available at the restaurant, I ordered the Avocado Endive Salad and it was AMAZING. I got salmon with it also, which was slightly overdone but nicely seasoned. Service was great, place was quiet enough for a conversation (Monday at noon), and even my parents were impressed. I think. LOL. I'd definitely go back!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Our waiter, Kevin, was excellent and really made the night.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 14, 2017

This was my second dinning experience at The Mussle bar and grille. The mussels are fantastic and the portion is super size! The mushroom and bacon variety is delicious... I could drink the broth and it pairs well with the tasty bread or fries offered.

Although the portions are quite big, I do think it’s a bit over priced in general. the drinks/cocktails are meh (and cost $12/13), loads of beer — like 80+, so if you like to mix it up they got u covered.

Also, I ordered a cocktail towards the end of dinner but it never arrived at our table. Although I did pay for it... that was a bit disappointing.

Overall, great place to group up with a friend or two, catch up, eat/drink and relax. If you make a reservation, be sure to ask for a booth. The are high back and roomy so it gives you some privacy and a little reprieve from the noise level, which can be quite loud between 7-9p.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Great Beer
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Food was delicious and service was great. Prices are a bit high (especially for beer/cocktails). We ended up splitting two appetizers and one pot of mussels, which was plenty of food and made the total pretty reasonable. Definitely recommend for a date night.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 6, 2017

The mussels were abundant portion and very tasty. The half bucket option permits trying differently prepared mussels. The service was attentive and efficient.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

A go to restaurant with very good food and service. One of the top restaurants for food quality in Bethesda.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Very salty fries, but good sauce for fries. Service was very good. Mussels(Portuguese) were excellent.

Tags: Happy Hour
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 22, 2017

First visit; great food and great time. Good music though a bit loud. Generous serving of mussels - you could share/supplement with other choices.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

While I've said yes I'd recommend this restaurant, if I ever go back there I'm not ordering my appetizer and main course upfront: I've had it with restaurants that bring the main course while we're still eating starters! Could someone pls tell all restaurant managers in the DMV area that their staff must clear everyone's plates at the same time, wait at least 5 minutes few minutes so we can catch our breath BEFORE bringing the main course? And if someone is having mussels as a starter, well yes that does take a bit more time to eat so pls factor that in! I've lost count of the number of times main course plates have arrived while we were in the middle of starters and then plates had to be deposited unceremoniously in our laps, practically. Shameful for a supposedly sophisticated city.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Food and beverages were exceptional. Service was not impressive. Our waiter did not seem to enjoy being there.Friday night was loud near the bar making it difficult for conversation, though as expected. Would absolutely go back!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Not as good as I remember. But still just as crowded.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Incredible beer selection, great food and service. Highly recommend the brussel sprouts, beef carbonnade, frites and of course, mussels.

Tags: Business Meals, Great Beer, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We had a booth next to us who was extremely loud, screaming every few minutes and ultimately banging on our partition - it was like a bunch if drunk college kids except they were 4 adults.

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