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“great date place or dinner out” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Grapeseed

Grapeseed
4865 Cordell Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814
301-986-9592
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Ranked #19 of 296 restaurants in Bethesda
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.
bethesda, md
Top Contributor
243 reviews 243 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
“great date place or dinner out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

I love this place...definitely off the beaten path, but so worthwhile to go to. The food is delicious, service is terrific and all reasonably priced. We keep coming back to this place!

Visited August 2012
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English first
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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Could have been great”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

Attended a business/social dinner here mid-week in the wine cellar private room. It was hit and miss. Pros: Nice atmosphere, food flavor was good, presentation was nice, solid wine list, creative menu, and very well-coordinated staff serving courses for 10 people. Cons: Waiter opened and served a 2nd bottle of same wine without having anyone taste it and he poured it into glasses containing wine from 1st bottle (basically a wine no-no that was sadly ironic in the wine cellar), one dining companion located a long black hair in her entree about 75% of the way through (waiter quickly took the plate away & she declined the offer of having him bring something else), and I had a short white hair in my dessert. The waiter was clearly frustrated and uncomfortable with the hairs in the food, but his demeanor ultimately made the dinner experience even more awkward. Our hosts are relatively frequent diners here and they were upset with how it was handled. I wanted to like Grapeseed more, but the image of a 10 inch black hair held up in the air with food dangling off of it is sticking too strongly for me to go back.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Bethesda, Maryland
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43 reviews 43 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Designed for wine pairing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

Good food, pleasant atmosphere. Food is fresh and nicely presented. Wine pairings are recommended.

Visited March 2012
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56 reviews 56 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Good value, if you choose carefully”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2012 via mobile

A nice place where you can get some very good dishes at an affordable price if you choose right. I got 2 very tasty appetizers (wild mushrooms; beef tips), and a glass of wine and was plenty satisfied. Sit at the bar and check out all the wines on offer. Service was friendly but not terribly knowledgeable about wine.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Washington, DC
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57 reviews 57 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Busy and noisy but the food is good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

Obviously a popular neighborhood place in the "uncool" part of Bethesda. This is fine because it's also less difficult to find a parking place on a Saturday night. Highlights: chopped tomato in olive oil and garlic as a dipper for the delicious bread, sauteed calamari with capers and lemon juice, fricaseed exotic mushrooms in a cream sauce (could have skipped the polenta but that's me) and the soft shell crab (2 big ones). Server was knowledgeable but a little casual and then focused on a large party but my water glass was filled often (a pet peeve of mine when it doesn't happen) and we enjoyed the wine pairings. I'd come back and maybe sit at the bar, which seemed full of locals/regulars.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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