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About St. Arnold's Mussel Bar - Cleveland Park
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.
Washington, DC 20008
Seafood, Contemporary American, Belgian
Hours of Operation:
Sundays- 1100am - 1:30am
Monday -: 4:00pm - 1:30am, Tuesday-Thursday 12pm-1:30am
Friday : 12:00pm - 2:30am
between N Ordway St & N Porter St
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Cleveland Park Metro Station (Red)
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating
St. Arnold's Mussel Bar - Cleveland Park Ratings and Reviews
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Having a reservation didn't seem to matter as the only table that was offered was the end of an overcrowded communal table. The downstairs bar had space but they seemed hesitant to let us sit at the tables that they only offered after asking despite the fact that they were not hostess managed. After sitting we were ignored for a long time and even after that were treated poorly. We ended up having to leave before even ordering dinner. Very unfortunate experience since I've had good experiences at the Dupont location although I haven't eaten there.
The food was pretty good- I had the salmon entree and my friend had the chicken entree (which seemed to come with a lot more food, for some reason). The bar tender was very friendly and it was relaxed atmosphere, though I'd expect anywhere to be relaxed on a Tuesday. There was some local stand-up comedy which might have been fun except I hadn't seen my friend in years and we wanted to catch up. So it was hard to talk while someone else wanted everyone's attention. The beer was good and the menu had several varieties I'd never had.
Overall, I'd say this is a good option if you're in the area and don't want something too expensive, but I wouldn't make a special trip to eat there.
LOVED the food, service, ambiance and beers. We sat (and highly recommend) downstairs in the bar area. The bartender and manager was attentive and willing to adjust the tvs to the channel we needed. Took my mother who was in town and it was a great choice for visitors.
Went with a friend for brunch as it was a Sunday and my preferred spot, Ripple, is closed on sundays. I thought their brunch menu wasn't all too exciting. Had breakfast burrito which was tasty but nothing too spectacular. My friend had breakfast flatbread which was actually a better choice. Bloody mary was 1/2 off at $5 but was watered down compared to what I am used to. We shared a mussels appetizer and that was pretty good.
Staff's service was a-OK. I wouldn't go out of my way to come here again for a brunch but when craving mussels.
St. Arnold's was a good find. It's got a good location right off the Cleveland Park metro, which negates the fact that parking in that neighborhood can be a challenge at the best of times. The mussel selection is good, and while the pots look smaller than other restaurants, they're packed with more than enough mussels to make a filling dinner. Our server checked in quite a few times to see if we needed more bread, which is a nice touch, since both the Thai curry mussels and the Mussels St. Arnold (made with duck fat) have sauce that's worth sopping up after the mussels are gone. The beer list is not the biggest, but it definitely is filled with quality beers.
mussels were top notch, and the seating area by the open windows was perfect for a relaxed dinner with a big group. the st arnolds mussels were excellent with a huge portion. but the service was slow and straight up strange. i think they had some issues with their management and servers splitting bills a certain way, but it wasnt handled so politely!
I was in the mood for a plate of mussels and what could be more perfect than a mussel bar! I have never seen nor heard of a mussel bar, so this was not only a find, but the perfect place to be on a Monday night, which was "all-night happy hour"! There were generous crocks of steamed mussels in every flavor imaginable. If you are a beer lover, there were tons to choose from. If you are a wine-drinker, like myself, the wine list left much to be desired. I would've liked some refreshing options like a great sangria or ice-cold margarita, as well as higher quality wine options, to go with my mussels. The atmosphere and patio were perfect with the high-top tables and open balcony. I would highly recommend it!