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Brine at Mosaic - Permanently Closed

4.4
4.4
704 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
With four generations of oyster expertise and a passion for farm-to-table dining, Travis Croxton's newest restaurant, Brine, sets Mosaic apart as a destination for seafood lovers.

Along with his family's famous Rappahannock and Olde Salt oysters at the raw bar, Croxton has enlisted renowned Chef John Critchley to set a menu leveraging the best of Mid-Atlantic bounty from seafood to regional meats and produce. Leveraging a wood-fired grill and rotisserie, guests will have a unique dining experience whether they're watching the chefs in our open kitchen, or talking to the shuckers at the raw bar. Expect to be wowed!

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 280-1000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Diego Moreno

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Brine at Mosaic can accommodate all your special event needs. We have a semi private additional dining room as well as a large bar area perfect for Happy Hours, showers and meetings.

  • Private party contact

    Cara Craig: (844) 242-7978

  • Neighborhood

    Merrifield

  • Cross street

    Merrifield Town Center

  • Parking details

    There are numerous spaces in garages behind most Buildings in the Mosaic District. On street parking is limited. The two garages best used are behind Avalon apartments and behind the Moderna building off of Merrifield Town Center Drive. More info on ease of parking and directions can be found on www.mosaicdistrict.com

  • Public transit

    The Mosaic Shuttle runs approximately every 15 minutes to and from the Dunn Loring Metro Station with 3 pick up locations throughout the District. The stop is located on the intersection of Gallows Road and Park Tower Drive across from the WMATA bus stops.<br /><br />

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 704 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. RO

    RoseO

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The raw oysters were very good but the fried oysters were disappointing. Not well seasoned and somewhat soggy (due to sauce) , I would not recommend. My friend got the sword fish which was hammered and I got the squid ink pasta - shrimp was overcooked. For a seafood place that is a shame that they overcooked all their cooked seafood. The service was fine, our server definitely did not go any extra mile - not even an inch. When my friend mentioned the overcooked swordfish - I would expect her to offer to get another, but nope. Instead she agreed to bring a lemon or a lemon sauce. She never asked us for drink refills or asked how the meal was in general. Overall this is not the place to impress. I would say go for the raw bar get a drink and go somewhere else for dinner.
  2. s

    sandrab

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2020

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    I had a grilled fish dish. The fish was very bland. Like it wasn’t seasoned at all. And it was in top of a bed o lettuce leaves that had no taste as well.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Waiter was great. We showed up 12 minutes prior to the end of happy hour (which we weren’t aware was available) and our waiter did us a favor letting us know we still had time to get orders in under happy hour pricing.
  4. BC

    BCSuperfan

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We went for my wife’s birthday (which also happens to be NYE). She had raw oysters and me peel and eat shrimp to start. Both were excellent. For dinner she had catfish and me ribeye but the star of the show was the mashed potatoes - simply outstanding, best I’ve ever had!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service! Will definitely return again, best seafood in the Mosiac.
  6. LL

    LizL

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    overall4food3service2ambience4
    Food and service was less than stellar, not sure I’d even give it another try....
  7. RP

    RP23

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    This is worth a try if you must eat in the Mosaic District, want seafood, and are willing to pay $24/main dish. Our trout was fresh and tasty, but the swordfish was overcooked. The roasted brussel sprouts were good, but you need to request them without the cheese topping. The biscuits are disappointing.
  8. H

    Helena

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    overall1food3service2ambience1
    Very cold inside the restaurant
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good atmosphere and great service.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter Brian was very helpful with suggestions. The food was awesome!
  11. PB

    PickyBoater

    Edinburgh

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This is a solid option when visiting the Mosaic district. We visited on a Friday night at 7pm after a movie. Most, but not all, tables were full and the bar was empty. As a result, the noise levels were not bad; I could see this being a very loud place if it were full and people were waiting for tables (high ceilings, cement floor, no sound-absorbing tiles). Our waiter was juggling quite a few tables, but still did a good job of keeping things moving. Oysters were excellent! We had the swordfish entree and a seared tuna salad. Both were good, but the clam/shrimp pasta and scallop dishes that the table next to us got looked better! Wine list is somewhat limited, although there is a reasonable range of wines available. Would definitely return.
  12. M

    Mere

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, high quality food and drinks. Great local beer and liquor options. Very attentive staff!
  13. AD

    ArtfulDodger

    Washington DC

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Brine remains one of the few restaurants in our area with no non-alcoholic beers. This is a shame because nothing goes as good with raw seafood as beer. And there are some excellent non-alcoholic beers being produced. Food delivery was slow, and the restaurant was less than half full. We can only assume that everything we ate was freshly made. It certainly tasted that way. Our food was excellent when it finally came. The waiter was attentive and the food is consistently good, so this is one of our favorite places in Mosaic.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was great food and service!
  15. PS

    ProfessorSnack

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We arrived at 11:30 when the restaurant opened for Brunch. In fact, we were about 5 minutes early and they were kind enough to let us in out of the cold. However, it seems that their start time is a little bit of a slow roll as butter for the rolls was still refrigerated and required heating under a lamp before we could have it at the table. The oysters were excellent (we had 2 dozen for the four of us) and the chopped horseradish was a nice change of pace from the normal minced or creamed style often served with oysters. Also, their hot sauce was excellent. Waiters were attentive if perhaps a little overextended in terms of work. My wife's shrimp and grits while tasty were not warm and I suspect that it was either made ahead of time and reheated or had been placed into the bowl too early while the other food was cooking. The avocado toast was presented well, however, it had been toasted (probably on an open fire grill) a little long and was a little overdone. It was very difficult to cut the toast with the butter knife provided. I'd recommend either lest toasting or a steak knife to cut with. The salmon eggs benedict had fresh spinach on it which is a nice touch and the tomatoes were fair and to be expected this time of year. The issue is with the muffin which was barely toasted which meant there was no strong underlying structure for the dish and tasted mealy. The muffin could have benefited from the person that cooked the avocado toast taking a swing at it. The pumpkin cheesecake was fantastic with a nutmeg flavored crust. I'd go back for more oysters but would probably shy away from the brunch items and stick to items they cook regularly throughout the week on a more regular basis.
  16. SF

    SeriousFoodie

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Went to Brine for a small family dinner; all of us are foodie/cooks. Loved the industrial farmhouse decor, the local sourcing, and fresh seafood. Bonus points for the light, warm dinner rolls which are terrific. The bar is good on execution, but really slow. All the dishes are good, some very good, but the catfish with butternut squash was a low point; too much cornmeal breading and way too much squash on the plate. Recommend for a nice dinner.
  17. PM

    PennyMaybe

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, friendly service & a relaxed atmosphere - Brine is the whole package and has made it on our regular dinner rotation. Super find!
  18. MM

    MangalaM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was amazing, while service was a bit slow for a very slow Monday night. Also, our sides were not put in, but the manager quickly rectified it by taking it off the bill.
  19. RI

    RaisedInNYCFoodie

    Baltimore

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was one of the best new restaurants we’ve been to recently! A creative menu with well-sourced ingredients. Great service and atmosphere. The scallop dish was to die for! We can’t wait to come back.
  20. LP

    LisaP

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful drinks, wonderful oysters!
  21. LG

    LizG

    Washington DC

    78 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious, fresh seafood --especially if you like whole fish (not filleted). The arugula salad and beet salad are wonderful starters. The service is especially good.
  22. JV

    JessicaV

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was fantastic and the food was delicious!
  23. L

    Lilleth

    New York Area

    120 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    120 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went during the middle of a slow period between lunch and dinner. Kiernan was the only server at the time but was attentive and kind. The food came out quickly. The oyster chowder was really delicious! Nice gem of a restaurant located in the heart of a nice little area.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect quiet Birthday lunch. Best seafood offering in the Fairfax area by far. Have to go to the coast for anything close.
  25. DS

    DeborahS

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2019

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    There is a limited choice of vodka nothing top shelf. The drinks are very small . The shrimp cocktail was awful and swordfish was not very good. Overall it was a huge disappointment .
  26. AJ

    AliJ

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and drinks! The Rappahannock oysters were delightful, especially at happy hour price and with bubbly. The seared tuna salad and sea scallops are not to be missed! Wonderful service and simply amazing food made for a wonderful night out!
  27. M

    Martin

    San Antonio

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    If I could have done 4 1/2 stars, that would have been more appropriate. Service started off slow, and it was odd that three different people tended to us before settling on one. There was also the time that the young lady whose job was to refill the water glass, literally leaned across the table over my wife’s food to grab the water glass. I didn’t say anything at the time, but I could tell by the look on her face that she was able to read the look on my face, because she put the glass down on the side closer to her - she could have walked around my wife to put it back where she picked it up from, but regardless. Other than that, overall, it was really good. Totally enjoyed the oysters (appetizers), also, the side Brussels sprouts was reeeaaally good.
  28. D

    Dd421

    Washington DC

    55 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Brine is our favorite seafood restaurant at Mosaic. We are glad that it has been around a while and hope to return again soon. Get the brussel sprouts!
  29. J

    Jeff

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    We were one of the only indoor tables. Took a while to realize why we were getting ignored repeatedly - there were a ton of tables outdoors. I mean we were sitting waiting, over an over, for minutes and minutes for the next step (greetings, drink orders, apps, dinner, check) . We had to waive at the guys when they were at the register ringing up other people. Food was pretty cool but for the price, portions could be larger and more full featured.
  30. L

    Leighatsea

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food and drinks were very well made, and service was fine. The wood grilled swordfish and tuna tartare both were excellent. Oysters fresh and good.
  31. KO

    KOLB

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Very good food, appropriate proportions. The dessert menu is a bit light.
  32. SA

    SumraA

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service and the raw bar was amazing. I would definitely come back.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2019

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Happy Hour Oysters @ $1.25 each are good. Everything else was just okay and we ordered just about everything on the menu. Menu needs a reset with some more inspiring options or this will be our last visit. Bottles of wine are overpriced as well. Beers were filled 8/10ths of the glass.
  34. FF

    FoodFan

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The food is excellent. It would be nice if they periodically changed their menu. Some new items would be nice.
  35. EF

    EFoodie

    Washington DC

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, fun night !
  36. S

    Steve

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had dinner with friends on Monday evening. Very few diners then so noise level was low. Excellent menu and food quality high. Very attentive and friendly service. Would like to re-evaluate on a busy weekend evening. We do expect to return.
  37. JK

    JessiK

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I definitely recommend Brine at Mosaic! In fact, when my family comes to visit, that is where I will be taking them. The service was friendly and fast, and the food was exceptional. My youngest son tried swordfish for the first time and loved it. My husband ordered the squid ink linguine (for the first time here in the US) and said that it was every bit as good as the squid dishes he loved in Sicily. My scallops were cooked to perfection and they were very good at accommodating my dairy-free preference. Our oldest son had a burger that was devoured much faster than he should have and declared it extremely good. I also tried the oysters. They were good and I appreciated that you could order them one at a time. If you are going to try oysters for the first time, it is good to do so at a place that has 117 years of history with the mollusks.
  38. TT

    TTAS

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had brunch and the food and service was amazing. The Shrimp and Grits were perfect.
  39. W

    Wendy

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2019

    overall2food5service1ambience2
    Our tuna tartare was extraordinarily delicious. Lovely flavors and a mix of textures. The crostini were divine! So yummy, dessert was not necessary. Our waiter was awful. Inane. Asked if we'd decided what we wanted to order 15 minutes AFTER we'd given him our orders. And on it went like that. Everything that came out of his mouth was surprisingly senseless. He was going to pour more wine. I told him the bottle was empty. He poured (nothing) anyhow. He had no business being a waiter.
  40. ML

    McLeanCouple

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great service and good food.

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Brine at Mosaic - Permanently Closed is rated 4.4 stars by 704 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Merrifield Town Center

  • Neighborhood

    Merrifield

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    There are numerous spaces in garages behind most Buildings in the Mosaic District. On street parking is limited. The two garages best used are behind Avalon apartments and behind the Moderna building off of Merrifield Town Center Drive. More info on ease of parking and directions can be found on www.mosaicdistrict.com

  • Public transit

    The Mosaic Shuttle runs approximately every 15 minutes to and from the Dunn Loring Metro Station with 3 pick up locations throughout the District. The stop is located on the intersection of Gallows Road and Park Tower Drive across from the WMATA bus stops.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Diego Moreno

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (703) 280-1000

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Brine at Mosaic can accommodate all your special event needs. We have a semi private additional dining room as well as a large bar area perfect for Happy Hours, showers and meetings.

  • Private party contact

    Cara Craig: (844) 242-7978

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