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About Mussel Bar & Grille - Arlington
Arlington's destination for mussels, beer and fun. Many other great menu items including steaks, raw bar, soups, salads. Expansive beer list inlcuding many iconic Belgian and American craft brews. Fabulous space with a center bar, flat screen tv's, open kitchen, lots of natural light. Arlington is one of three Mussel Bar locations, other locations in Bethesda and Baltimore. A RW Restaurant Group restaurant, www.rwrestaurantgroup.com
Arlington, VA 22203
Belgian, Beer Garden, American
Hours of operation:
Lunch - Monday - Friday 11:00am - 3:00pm
Brunch - Saturday - Sunday 11:000am - 3:00pm
Dinner - Monday - Sunday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Bar - Monday - Sunday 11:00am - 11pm
The Happiest Hour - Monday - Sunday 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Validated Parking Ace Street Parking Garage starts at 6:00pm on weekdays. 10:00am-2:00pm & 6:00pm-close on Saturday/Sunday
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
NEW! Now Mussel Bar & Grille Arlington is offering gift cards which can be redeemed at any of RW Restaurant Group location. If you have any questions please contact us at 703 841 beer.
Validated parking now available starting at 6pm in the Ace Street Parking Garage
Ballston Metro Station
Charlie Vogt, Chef de Cuisine
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
MUSSEL BAR AND GRILL offers dining capacity for up to 30 guests. Whether it is dining with a group of friends or celebrating an occasion, our menu is prepared and served as sharing style for your party to enjoy. Large parties are welcome for, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner and Happy Hour. 1 703 841 BEER.
Mussel Bar & Grille - Arlington Ratings and Reviews
We were across the street at the Westin for the evening, so the location was ideal. We literally just walked across the street. We came in late but the restaurant was still pretty full and lively and stayed that way until we left. The layout of the floor, due to it being the corner side of a newer building in this part of Ballston, is a tad unusual which makes it interesting and fun, adn the acoustics and deco are great. The beer selection is pretty large, and the seafood was fresh and just what we were looking for. We ordered east coast oysters, blue crab dip and chilled shrimp and it was all delicious. This part of Arlington has undergone SUCH a renovation in the last decade, and it's worth the slight pain of trying to find parking on a Saturday night to make the effort to visit; this restaurant/bar is a nice stop.
We went for the oysterfest event, which was definitely worth the money! The oysters were being shucked at multiple stations around the restaurant and all of the stations were buffet style. We also got the mussels and truffle fries which were also delicious. We will definitely be back!
Not what it used to be. Understaffed and some staff not well trained. Friday evening where restaurant should en rocking and maybe only 2/3's full. What 15 mins for drinks to be served as only one bar tender. Food was good but expensive.
Recently we not tl RW's new restaurant, Siren, which was very good. RW needs to pay that attention to his established restaurants as well.
We've had dinner here many times. It was unusually slow this particular Saturday night, so it was quiet and we managed to snag a booth by the window. It's much louder when it's packed. I order one of the mussel dishes, which this place is known for and does an excellent job with, so no disappointment there. I also had a delicious beet salad and a very good Rose. Everyone enjoyed their dinner!
We've gone to this restaurant a few times, but the last time, it was so loud that it really hurt my ears! The noise wasn't "energetic" it was painful!
They had placed us near the bar right next to a very loud group - it was okay at first, but over time it was just too much. We will think twice on the time of day when we will return.
The drink menu online and the dinner menu don't match once you arrive. Specifically we wanted to try the bourbon drink call train wreck and it was not on the menu when we arrived. Also the chicken schnitzel seemed to be gone too. A bit disappointed since we looked ahead and were excited about a few items.
Weekend buffet is good option if not spectacular. The meats are the star of the show followed by skillet dishes and veggies. Pancakes and French Toast were cold; you are better off with the breakfast breads and muffins for carbs. Worth a visit if you are I. The neighborhood and like buffets. Probably not a "destination" on its own.
Our waiter was great. Joanna, the hostess, was wonderful, seating us in the bar area to help us take advantage of happy hour. The manager on duty seemed to feel it was appropriate to dress her down in front of our table for something she was already handling.
The mussels Provençal were amazing and so were the white peach and guava sorbet.
Awesome food. Great beer list. Our server was all to eager to rush us out of there when the restaurant was still full. She really lacked attention to our table. Had to ask her for a refill for my club soda. Then she disappeared for 30 minutes. It was a shame because the food was on point.
Good: mussels, location. Bad: 1) waiter seemed to be having a very bad day, and at every interaction w/ our table & seemed distracted & not that interested in his job; 2) manager seemed overworked & rushed, checked in w/ our table, and unable to help much; 3) coffee can be a good flavor in some dished, but their coffee roasted beet salad was not an effective mix of flavors.
The quality of the ingedients this kitchen is working with is top notch and the presentation is great. However, the execution was a bit disappointng to us. My wife ordered coffee ground smoked beet salad which sounds interesting/strange and is. She said it tasted like Oreos and spent time separatng the grounds from the rest. The garden greens I ordered were lovely and fresh but over-dressed. She ordered the mussels in white wine which were plump, tender and cooked just right, but not very tasty. The steak frites looked better than it tasted, too. The steak was tender and served medium as requested, but a bit saucy and oddly sweet rather than savory. The frites weren't crisp and the aioli was more like a salad dressing than aioli experienced elsewhere. Lively and comfortable space but the music was a bit loud for us. Service and pacing were fine, which shouldn't be noteworthy but, sadly, is these days. All said, would like to put this place in the rotation so hope the feedback is useful. Very close to being a winner.
My boyfriend and I came back here after an amazing first date months before. This place didn't disappoint again. We got the mushroom mussels, sweet potato fries, Brussels sprouts and the salmon tartine. Everything was delicious except ONE mussel was full of mud. Everything else was delicious!! Service could've been a little better if the dishes came out in a staggered manner but everything same out at once and one appetizer after all the others.
We love the Tuesday Dollar Oyster night. On this visit the oysters were particularly good, the sweet potato fries outstanding, the rose terrific and (for a change) the service excellent. There is a high turnover of servers here, and some are good, some not. The noise level from the music was as usual grating, and at least the waitress succeeded in getting it turned down a little.
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