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Grapeseed

4865 Cordell Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814
301-986-9592
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Ranked #33 of 292 restaurants in Bethesda
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $31 - $50
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: between Norfolk and Woodmont
Transit: Grapeseed is located 1/2 mile from the Bethesda Metro stop on the Red Line.
Description: Grapeseed American Bistro is a casual bistro that matches great food and wine together. With anywhere from 80 to 100 wines by the glass and approximately 325 bottle listed, we cater to the novice wine lover and to the experienced. We start with a bottle of wine and pick out the characteristics and nuances of the wine and then award winning Chef Jeffrey Heineman creates a menu item to highlight the flavors of the wine. So come in and relax, have a taste or a glass of wine and try something on our ever-changing menu.
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LaCrosse Wi
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

My daughter and I went here for a light meal. Just soup, appetizer and wine. It was the most expensive meal of the weekend. The portions were modest. The appetizer mushroom in a cream sauce was barely warm. The cream flavor over powered the mushrooms. The soup also lacked flavor and was warm not hot. We will not be back.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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246 reviews 246 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

Date night and an on-line deal had my wife and I at Grapeseed once again. This place is just shy of the main bars, but far enough that it doesn't get much of the spillover crowd. The crowd here is older and a bit more gentile. Perfect place for a date, or to grab a glass of wine during a... More

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Herndon, Virginia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

We had a reservation for an early dinner (at 5:00 pm on a Saturday) before a concert. We arrived a few moments before 5 and a handful of restaurant staff were about and they were all friendly and had us sit near the bar it took until about 5:15 pm (in an empty restaurant) before we were seated. Although off... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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104 reviews 104 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

We have been here twice. The food is good but not exceptional. The wine list is great but not a value. The servers were stretched. Did we like it tonight? Yes. The dishes were all at least good and played to a foodie palette.

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Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Our dining experience at Grapeseed in early October 2013 was disappointing. While some of the dishes are very good, others are not (avoid, for instance, the pasta with pork and crab; to the restaurant's credit, they discounted that dish from the final bill after I complained.) Even more disappointing was the service and the attitude of the staff. There were... More

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Gaithersburg
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013 via mobile

All of the food was inventive and delicious. The Chocolate Cremeaux was possibly the best dessert I have EVER had!

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md
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

we had the exact experience sat. night. including the service. I would think when a restaurant offers a marketing opportunity, that they would want it to be a good experience, so that people would come back and pay retail. our experience was average food at a very high price , with average service. for the money you could go to... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

We loved dinner! It was quiet on a Monday evening, which was a bonus. The server provided us with just the right amount of attention. The food was cooked and seasoned perfectly - I had the redfish, and my spouse had the filet mignon. The recommended wine pairings were excellent! A must try is the cornmeal fried oysters. Oh my!... More

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Bethesda, Maryland
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80 reviews 80 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

we got 2 apps, 2 entrees and 2 desserts for $44. It was ok, but that's what it should cost. The bill came for $110-value-$110 deal so I was left to leave a $17 tip plus $7 tax and I would say spending $68 ($44+17+7) bucks for what we got wasn't that great. we both got good appetizers, maybe worth... More

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Bethesda, MD
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130 reviews 130 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

We attended a New Zealand wine dinner with six wines paired with excellent small plates, a mini crap cake, chicken, and lamb shepard's pie among others. Each was outstanding, despite the wine being only acceptable.

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