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St. Arnold's Mussel Bar - Cleveland Park

199 reviews
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$30 and under
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St. Arnold�s Mussel Bar�s Cleveland location is a traditional Belgian beer bar and brasserie in Washington DC. The kitchen at St. Arnold�s Mussel Bar serves only market-fresh seafood and produce, and its full bar includes an extensive list of Belgian beers that are paired with the dishes on the menu.

Start your meal at St. Arnold�s Mussel Bar with some traditional steamed mussels in a white beer broth, or one of the other traditional Belgian dishes on the menu. Some of the standout choices include beef carbonade, a classic brasserie dish and an herb meatloaf. There are also Liege-style waffles for dessert.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Seafood, Contemporary American, Belgian
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Hours of operation
Sundays- 1100am - 1:30am
Monday -: 4:00pm - 1:30am, Tuesday-Thursday 12pm-1:30am
Friday : 12:00pm - 2:30am
Saturday: 11:00am-2:30am
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Phone number
(202) 621-6719
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
between N Ordway St & N Porter St
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Public transit
Cleveland Park Metro Station (Red)
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating
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Father (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on September 24, 2016

Mussels below average, with mediocre sauces. Beer selection good. Smell of floor cleaning fluids was also distracting...

vipDCJT (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on September 16, 2016

This is a great, casual place to unwind. Split a pot of mussels and a couple drinks with my partner. Really good flavors, reasonable price, decent service, and a comfortable outdoor space. We'll be back.

vipDCfoodie1 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on September 10, 2016

Service was poor - server called out, but it meant that no one even came to our table for 20 minutes and then each piece of the process was slow. Soup came out with entrees. Food was delicious.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 29, 2016

Love this place!
Great mussels, onion rings, beer - what else is there???
Oh yeah - fast, friendly service:)!

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 23, 2016

If you like mussels, this place is awesome. I was never a huge fan of mussels but went here with my partner because he loves mussels and I saw that it was near our house and was ranked by the City Paper as the 2nd best mussels in DC. Now I crave them! It's a small rustic beer and mussel joint with wooden tables, chairs, and a small bar. Thay have mussels in about 15 different possible sauces. I have tried several and all have been very good, but the St. Arnold's mussels and Eastern Shore mussels are exceptionally good. Great specials at happy hour every weekday and brunch on the weekend.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on July 13, 2016

went to St. Arnold's with a friend who also loves mussels. The mussels were good, not great, and the wine list was extremely limited, although the beer list was extensive. The salad that could be substituted for the fries that normally come with the mussels was "meh". was an ok dining experience, probably would not be my first choice for mussels1

vipJonathan (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 12, 2016

The food and beer was outstanding.

vipbobbie (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on May 28, 2016

service was not good. waiter did not speak english well and it was hard to get his attention for additional drinks.

vipKathy (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on May 18, 2016

Had a great time letting off some steam with coworkers after a meeting, and the trivia was a lot of fun. Some in the group wished the wine selection was bigger, and my Thai Curry mussels were not as good as i had remembered but all in all it was a good night.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on May 9, 2016

The mussels never disappoint! And the grapefruit beer was awesomesauce :-). The waitress was very nice and gave my sister a sample of the beer before ordering it. She also warned us 10 minutes before the end of happy hour to place last minute beer orders. I'll be back for sure

vipfeedme (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on April 17, 2016

Overall, very happy with our meal. Got some burgers, mussels, and the prosciutto and pears app. Burgers were cooked perfectly, very juicy. Mussels were great, decent sized. Will be back.

vipOpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined on April 15, 2016

A wonderful selection of different sauces for the mussels. Excellent selection of draft beers. I would recommend this restaurant to everybody.

vipOntheTown (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on April 9, 2016

Mike Scoglio on guitar and harmonica was amazing. What a musical genius! Went well with mussels, a couple bottles of wine and those yummy fries.

xoxo (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on April 9, 2016

Very lively social atmosphere, closer to a bar than a restaurant. A good place to get together with groups.

Bart (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on March 19, 2016

Fantastic experience at the Cleveland park location. Food delicious, great service, definitely will return.

Originally tried going to the DuPont circle location and they were very rude. Bad customer service. Will not try to go there again.

vipruthiet (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on March 15, 2016

I love St. Arnold's! Mussels are terrific, as are the appetizers, especially on Tuesday when they are half off (with entree). I have always enjoyed the salads, in particular the goat cheese with wild mushroom. We tried the pear salad and crostini with wild mushrooms this visit which were delicious. Looking forward to trying the other crostini preparations on future (Tuesday) visits. Oh, and Tuesday is also half-price wine night.

vipjoans (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2016

Belgian mussels. Great french fries. Good selection of beer and wine. Always fun. Best to go at Happy hours to save $$.

vipGFinDC28 (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on January 16, 2016

I'm not sure if there's any benefit at all to a reservation system if upon arrival the restaurant tells the guests that there isn't a table that can accommodate them. St. Arnold's should reevaluate their standard operating procedures.

ccmom (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 11, 2016

Best meatloaf I've ever had. Wonderful belgian waffles. My brother said the mussels were great.

viptgindc (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2016

Just can't beat Saint Arnold's for their mussels! Always great