Mussel Bar & Grille - Arlington

4.4
868 reviews
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$30 and under
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Belgian
Top tags:
  • Great Beer
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
Here at Mussel Bar & Grille, sustainability meets affordability.
We serve the freshest fish and seafood from around the region and the world, including the best mussels in the region — and the beauty is you don’t have to make it an occasion to dine with us!
Because our volume is so high, and because of the buying power that comes when a prominent chef owns multiple, acclaimed restaurants, we’re able to keep our prices low — making Mussel Bar Arlington a destination where you can go gourmet every day.
Join us daily for happy hour, oysters, great specials, and our selection of — count ’ em — nearly 160 beers (including the finest Belgians in the world). Check out our Facebook page for our wildly popular Oyster Fests.
Mussel Bar & Grille is a RW Group restaurant. www.rwrestaurantgroup.com

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51 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It is easy to over eat! Food and service were great

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

We are big fans of the food at the mussel bar, and love the beer selection.
However, to say this restaurant is inconsistent would be an understatement, and this past experience left us concerned as to whether we should get our jones for mussels satisfied elsewhere. The mussels tasted fine, but they tasted like mussels and the great flavors Of the white wine and garlic and other broths in which they were supposed to have been cooked were missing. 4 of us had but a thin layer of sauce in which to dip the mussels, and one serving had to be sent back because of a complete lack of the white wine broth it was supposed to be cooked in. Make a better effort mussel bar, at least from our perspective you are on notice.

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OT
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

Food was a bit salty and the music playing is way too loud for thoughtful conversation

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BL
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 4

First HORRIBLE experience at Mussel bar after a hiatus of about 6 months from the last bad experience. Mid-meal they changed the wine menu in the computers and we were overcharged by $11. Had this been the only issue, I would have overlooked the snafu, but in the order of the evening: First glass of wine served was old and turned. Asked for a replacement and was served the EXACT same glass and wine a second time, as if I wouldn't be able to tell. Completely unprofessional. (Was also charged for the first and second bad glasses of wine, which were taken off when I had to point it out.) Ordered French onion soup and asked to exclude the fried onions and croutons due to gluten sensitivity, and both came out incorrectly. My girlfriend and I both ordered Steak Frites. For some reason, the waiter wouldn't sub fries out and had to have him ask a manager to get approval. My steak came overcooked (ordered Rare, received Medium well) my gf's was undercooked and neither had the sauce or any seasoning. Her fries were cold and overall the server was flippant and seemed annoyed we had any complaints at all. Manager came at end of meal to see how things went and took care of the wine problems, but overall, poor experience after a previously poor experience. Would only come back for happy hour, if that.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have a lot of food allergies but felt so welcomed and supported by the staff who made sure nothing was in my food that would make me sick. Will definitely be returning to the Mussel bar!

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M
26 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great wait staff and food was wonderfully prepared and presented

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DM
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

This has been a go-to place for me for the mussels and beer selection. Unfortunately, this time the service was slow (but the waiter was super friendly so that made up for the slow delivery of food and drinks). Also, the quality of the food was below my expectations from prior visits. Many of my mussels didn't open and my fries were mostly small greasy bottom of the fryer pieces. Not good. I am willing to give a pass on this visit hoping they return to form on my next visit. Otherwise, I will go elsewhere.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

The $24 mussels were tough and a small portion. The $28 steak was tiny and overwhelmed by the mountain of frites. We regularly eat Belgian and French food and have lived in both countries. This was not a fair representation and way overpriced.

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DC
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Had a great time, they always do a nice job of placing us in a quieter area due to hearing g impaired person in our group and with a nice window view. We really appreciate how helpful they are with this, great job! Thank you. This is our second time and plan to be back again soon!

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AN
7 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Food was great. Excellent calamari, cauliflower, mussels. Just a little pricey.

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CB
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

The food was mediocre at best, while the service was poor and inattentive. We were there for lunch, the restaurant wasn't busy but the kitchen and staff were slow and otherwise engaged with things other than their guests.

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LD
60 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

The short rib entrée was exceptional!! Our first two wine choices were not available, but the menus indicated they were available, yet nothing was said by the waitress that some wine by the glass may not be available. This is the second time in our last two visits that we've encountered issues with the wine menus, i.e. what is on the menu versus what is actually is available for sale.

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EE
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Looking for a great happy hour option? Highly recommend Mussel Bar! They have great cocktails, draft beers, and food perfect for any occasion!

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m
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for special Birthday dinner, a Saturday at 5:30pm, had made reservation but restaurant was not crowded. The waiter was excellent, very knowledgeable on beer and wine selections. Also gave good advise about food choices. Mussels with Sweet Potatoes Frites were excellent. Pork chop, lamb chop and scallop entres also very good. Will definitely be back again.

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s
5 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

I come here a lot. Unfortunately this was my worst experience and it’s why I am giving it a low rating. The waiter did not know what he was doing. He had to ask questions to other people for everything we asked about. The drink orders were wrong. The beers were flat and tasted funky because they were apparently switching out lines in the middle of our dinner. We had to send all of our beers back. Then I thought my dinner of green curry mussels would be perfect as always and this time they had so much sand and grit in them I chewed into most of the mussels and spit them out due to the sand. I was not very happy with this experience and may very well affect my going back there ever again.

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S
24 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

So glad to have found this inviting neighborhood gem. First, the service was outstanding. Dennis could not have been more friendly, efficient and accommodating. The food was quite good and included a greater array of options than the name of the restaurant might suggest. Nice ambiance -- lots of booths and interesting lighting, with open kitchen and bar. At first, seemed festively loud, but once seated in our booth, the noise level was not obtrusive. Not inexpensive, but not bad for a high quality local restaurant option. We will be back!

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g
19 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had a lovely, quiet lunch at the Mussel Bar. I had the salmon burger, which was delicious. The salmon portion was quite large and the bun was a brioche type. My friend ordered the Thai Mussels and found them tasty too. Good service and they validate parking too!

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SM
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Valentine's Day dinner, my wife and I enjoyed our date. The food was delicious. One more scallop and one more lamb chop would've matched the costs for the entrees. Benji was a good server. The host/hostess were very gracious. Parking validation is also a big plus. We will date there again.

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J
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Went here for Valentine's Day. Service was a little slow due to it being crowded, but food was excellent and ambiance was good. Nice place for any occasion.

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LS
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

This is one of my favorite restaurants in the area. I have been here a couple dozen times and will continue to return. Food is very good and consistent. Usually the service is outstanding, but on Valentines it was a bit hurried . I would like to see them offer more gluten/dairy free options especially in the desert menu (there are none other than sorbet).

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OT
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Our server was amazing!

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LD
60 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Chef David really outdid himself with the Valentine's Day Pre Fixe Dinner Menu! The Scallop Crudo was wonderful with sweetness of the scallops brought out by the acidity of the citrus (lime) bits coupled with the slight bitterness of the sesame toast. The Lamb Rack entrée was prepared precisely as ordered, and the lamb marmalade really made the dish "explode" with flavor. The Chocolate Terrine was a spectacular finish to the meal, so much so that we ordered a second pieces to share.
As always, Cody provide 5-star service for us!!
My only complaint was that the wine menu specify vintage dates, which were not in stock for either of the two wines for which I inquired. If the specified wine cannot be kept in stock, then the menu shouldn't specify a vintage. This would prevent patron disappointment. The wine I ultimately chose was very good, but I know that the year earlier vintage was better, so I had to "settle."

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S
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I took my girlfriend there for a valentines brunch and we had a wonderful time. The food was delicious and the staff courteous and friendly.

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SD
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nice, casual restaurant and bar. The mussels were a very large quantity and were very good. My husband had the steak and Fritz and it was perfectly cooked medium rare. He was not a fan of the peppercorn sauce that accompanied it, but each to his own. The beer tao selection was outstanding as well.

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JG
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Where to start? We asked for bread and never got any. We ordered wine, and two glasses came right away, while two didn't come until after the food. The kale salad had romaine lettuce, not kale. We had to ask for spoons to go with the soup. Our validated parking tickets were not properly validated. Our waiter disappeared for about a half an hour while we were waiting for the check.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 2

Service was Terrible yet food was good once we got it

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R
9 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Muscle bar seems to have peaked as a restaurant. It’s stll a great bar scene, but the food is no longer outstanding. It’s a value during happy hour, but at regular dinner hours it’s an average value.

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TC
23 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Poor service. Poor Service. Poor Service. Poor Service.

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S
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Oysters were great! The calamari was ok, didn’t like the curry sauce. Server took a while to bring us water and take our order.

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CW
3 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Good spot for comfort Belgian food. Parties are welcome, and couples will find the restaurant lively - if you're looking for quiet, this isn't the place for you.

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VT
52 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A lunch date! Super service and great mussels! We also shared Oysters Rockefeller. Everything was outstanding.

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EB
4 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The mussels and scallops were wonderful. One of our party thought the bouillabaisse was too salty, but overall we loved the food, service, and atmosphere for a festive holiday meal.

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LD
60 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

As always, the food was outstanding with wonderful flavors and great presentations. Cody provides attentive, cordial service. Cody is one of the big reasons we always gravitate back to Arlington's Mussel Bar & Grille. Additionally, we love the creativity and well thought out menus entrees and desserts prepared by David, the head chef.

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n
14 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 1Food 4Service 3Ambience 1

Disorganized, bad drinks, slow service, overpriced, horribly noisy: what's not to like? Spare yourselves and go elsewhere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 5

Bf’s parents were in town. It was a super odd experience from the moment we walked it. I checked in and then 2 minutes later the hostess didn’t remember checking me in which made for an awkward interaction.

I got the bouillabaisse and was not impressed. There was barley any broth and one little crustini. It felt like more of an appetizer. The man that took our order (not a waiter-was wearing a suit) didn’t seem to know how to answer any questions about the menu. Maybe he was filling in for someone or a new manager? In any case I wish he would have just said he didn’t know and would have gotten what I got last time instead of trying something new.

We’ve been here many times before and had pleasant experiences. Maybe it was a busy Saturday and they were overwhelmed.

We’ll come back again during the week. Just wanted to share some constructive feedback!

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L
6 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I took my dad here for his birthday. He is still raving about the food three days later.

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C
43 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great lunch spot. Excellent service. I love the Thai mussels!

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F
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

The food was good. We went on a very busy night and we enjoyed our evening

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R
70 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

A colleague and I went for lunch during the workweek. It's a pretty restaurant and the booths at window are comfortable and fun. I had the salmon burger which was delicious--cooked perfectly, nice dressing and garnishes (the cilantro was a tasty surprise and I loved the spicy pickles and carrot shreds). I'm not a huge French fries person, but theirs are exceptional. The assorted alioli were delicious at first but after a handful of fries it felt like too much grease. As for the service, the host was wonderful but the waitress wasn't as attentive as she should have been. We found ourselves waiting for her too long at each point in the meal--what should have been a one hour lunch dragged out to 1-1/2. I'll go back.

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GD
21 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent as always. Love this restaurant. The 1/2 portion happy hour deals on mussels are great! Great food. Great beer list.

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