we got there at 4:30 for our 5 o'clock reservation and the restaurant is only serving at the bar and did not have a full menu. We purposely went for the all you can eat mussels and not available till after 5. The bar area was loud and had 2 TVs but couldn't get anyone to put on the basketball games. We ordered from the bar menu and the mussels were just ok. We were disappointed and will go to Bethesda next time.
Great mussels and great beer selection. Other entrees are also a hit.
Chicken salad was very nice but the chicken itself was dry and too well done.
Our son's favorite place for a special meal. The mussels are great (of course). Fries delicious. Recommend the half portion for happy hour. Plenty to eat. Also, the all-you-can eat mussels is only $4 more than the regular sized portion. Tried the steak for a change. Just so-so. Great beer selection, especially on tap.
Came for the mussels and it was all you can eat for $28! What a deal! Tried various flavors and liked the Mediterranean best. Like paella meets mussels. Beer was tasty beverage to accompany the mussels and frites. Nice place, great service, and good mussels.
The mussels are plump and very fresh. The wait staff are pleasant and attentive. The varieties of flavors is very good and each preserves the subtle flavors and texture of the mussels. I only wish there might be an area for a bit less energetic noise in case I would want to exchange ideas with dinner companions.
Did not care for the selection or content of the food at all. Not going into a lengthy explanation, just know do not recommend it and won't be back, ever.
This is one of our go-to restaurants in the Ballston neighborhood. We all enjoyed our food, 2 people had mussels, which happened to be all you can eat that night, with the luxury of trying different means of preparation. Others had steak frites which was good, and the mushroom flatbread very good. For the table we got truffle fries and Brussels sprouts both of which were very good. We enjoyed our cocktails and beer and wine. My only small complaints were that the water glasses weren't filled often enough and there was confusion using 2 award/rebate cards and splitting the rest of the bill between 2 credit cards. We ended up using the awards cards and one of the credit cards after our bill was brought back telling us our $5 award card took care of the bill (?). Of course I went to clarify what had been done and a different manager took care of it.
Super good food! My boyfriend is from France and were looking for a good mussel place and so happy we found this one! Almost as good as France! Food quality is great, taste is superb, and our server Benjamin was super knowledgeable, funny, and warm personality all around. Definitely coming back soon!
I normally love this place, but for this specific outing the service was very slow even though the restaurant was pretty empty. And I found out they don’t split checks which is super painful and should be noted at the beginning of the meal.
My new place to go. Awesome mussels
The food was excellent for lunch. My Salade Niciose with seared tuna was cooked perfectly: raw in the middle and seared with a peppery crust around the edges. My brother had the special brisket sandwich with sweet potato frites and 3 dipping sauces. However, the brisket was way overpriced at $36 for a not THAT "special" sandwich, plus server didn't mention the price when first describing it. While I would still recommend Mussel Bar and go back myself, guests should definitely ask ahead for prices of specials.
Best muscles around / great beer selections / great expediting!
Beer selection is out of this world. If you are craving Belgian beer this is the place to go. Mussels were awesome, huge and flavorful. Great place for dinner with a large group but can still be a nice place for dinner for a couple.
We ordered the scallops and rock fish. Delicious. The baba rum dessert was dry. Service was excellent and attentive. The waiter didn't charge us for the baba rum because of our complaint. Bar scene a bit noisy but after happy hour, it quieted down. Good place to meet a friend, catch up and have a good meal. Recommend it. The service, at least our waiter, was amazing.
Expect to speak loudly during and after happy hour as there is no sound dampening and all tables are near the bar. Food was delicious.
This past valentines day, Mussel Bar & Grill offered a Lobster special. If you like the atmosphere of a zoo, more of a loud watering hole than a restaurant, this is your spot.
The lobster was a complete disappointment, previously frozen, chewy, with an herb topping to flask the freshness and taste.
Lobster should never come with a masking topping and non-clarified melted butter.
Stick with the real restaurants.
Good food - very respectable octopus which I value greatly. My one BIG complaint is the markup on the wine. I could not find a bottle of Rosé (typically well under $20 retail) for less than $60. I knew a few of their reds, and they were in the neighborhood of 400 percent markups. I will go back and will either brink my own wine or drink beer.
The servers seemed to be rushing us all night long, clearing away our plates, etc very quickly. The restaurant was empty so this made no sense to us.
Service aside, the food was terrific. The blue crab dip was rich but delicious. The mussels in Mediterranean sauce were amazing - better than what we've had in France and PEI.
well-done contemporary take on french-belgian bistrot, very good food, friendly & efficient service.
The mussels were excellent with perfect service.
The mussels are the best. I miss the grilled calamari but the octopus has been a nice replacement. I also like the Moscow Mules. Service was well timed and friendly. Wine prices was reasonable.
The mussels were of good quality, taste and appearance. At the same time, the flavors of the dishes were bland. We had both the Mediterranean and Thai Curry versions and both were not too spicy. If you are going with a group; you only need to order one order of fries and that is enough for 2-3 people. However, the mussels were still amazing.
We love, Love this place. My fiancé and I come here all the time for the wonderful mussels!! Our bar attendant Ben, was absoutetly wonderful. Great place, would definitely recommend this bar & grill
As it was a few years back when we visited during travels, very delicious dishes and fresh ingredients.
Reliably delicious (and varied options) of fresh mussels and fries. I've not explored the menu further.
Very good food very goid service wide selection of drafts. Wine by glass could be better. French onion soup. Brussel sprouts mussels in Thai curry. All delicious
Great food and nice atmosphere. Went for Sunday brunch with the family Everyone enjoyed the mussels and the appetizers. Good service, too.
The wine and garlic mussels were fantastic! Great services and food
Great restaurant. The food was spectacular. Service was good with a couple of small blips. Too loud for my taste, but the food was worth it. We will be going back.
The Hot Toddy cocktail was actually hot an quite tasty. We had the salmon tartar with avocado mousse appetizer and that was very good. I had a pan of the white wine mussels and they were fine. My date had the seared scallops which were quite nice -- although the hostess accidentally dumped a glass of wine on the FIRST plate of them. They were quickly replaced and the dish and glass of wine were comped. If you love mussels, this would be the place to go. The space is nice and there is parking in the building.
Although a little pricey, the food was good. Their web site advertises that they purposely do not serve PEI mussels, but that is what they, in fact, serve (this is actually a good thing).
I would return if the occasion was right.
We really liked the food, especially the salmon and the octopus appetizer. The mussels were of course really good though I don't know that I'll order the Thai seasoning next time, it mostly tasted of the usual white wine. Still tasty, and the frites were great. Service was friendly but a little spotty--a bit slow, an appetizer was forgotten. But we had a great time.
My go-to place all the time!!!! Keep rocking guys!!:)
Food was outstanding as was our service. We’ll be back!
Super sized portions!! Loved it!
Server either ignored us for extended periods or was very anxious to clear the table every few minutes before we were finished without offering drink refills, etc. Unusual as the service is usually very good.
Love the spaciousness of this place.....but we go for the mussels and the short ribs! The wine list is also well priced.
I typically enjoy coming to this place. I think that the ambiance is nice, especially when you are able to sit in a booth by a window. I was a little disappointing with our last experience, as there was a hair found in my french fries. I noticed this right when the server put this on our table and immediately sent it back (while they were still there) and asked for a new one. I did not make a big deal of this, but the restaurant did not apologize for this or offer us any consolation. It made my meal a bit challenging to eat after seeing the hair on the fries- and it didn't look as though it had just dropped onto the fries, it looked as though it had been cooked with them.
We have been to the Mussel Bar & Grille - Arlington several times and it is consistently enjoyable. The Mussels, of course, are delicious. The Fries are always perfectly cooked and worth adding to the Mussel order.
I have had the steak frites several times and it is served exactly as ordered. My wife had the schnitzel and my son had the short ribs, both of which were great.
Will definitely go back.