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“Good oysters, nice atmosphere” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mussel Bar & Grille

Mussel Bar & Grille
7262 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814
301.215.7817
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Ranked #31 of 296 restaurants in Bethesda
Cuisines: Belgian
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Elm Street
Description: We serve mussels & frites, wood-fired tarts (Belgian pizzas) with seasonal toppings, grilled meats and fish, salads, soups, sandwiches. As your server about our daily specials, we mix it up! We also have the largest selection of craft and Belgian beers in Bethesda! Happy hour daily with great specials and $1 oysters.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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74 reviews 74 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Good oysters, nice atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013 via mobile

Stopped in on a cold day for a Belgian beer, ended up getting a cup of coffee, a quick snack and a half dozen oysters at the bar. I really like the atmosphere of MB, and the bartender was very friendly. Glad we stopped in, and we'll be back.

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DC
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Overall good experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

When we return it will be during the week.Our first was on a Saturday night and it became too noisy though we were on the booth side.There is a side door which should be locked because cold air kept rushing in when opened.There were a lot of children which is surprising since this really is a bar and prices are not cheap.Servers very good with great attitudes.We ordered 2 kinds of mussels,the Classic needed more flavor but Thai was quite good.These are large portions and can be a meal or shared app.Ask for bread to soak up sauces!.Lobster roll and beet salad also very good so will venture away from mussels next time and try some other entrees.Oh, one more key point...music, though hard to hear was spot on for our age (50's)Thank you!!!!!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Los Angeles, CA
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170 reviews 170 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 76 cities Reviews in 76 cities
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
“A surprisingly inventive menu”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013 via mobile

There are lots of menu options here, or you can just go with the mussels. The calamari appetizer was excellent, perfectly grilled with a very flavorful sauce reduction. We had a tasty beet salad which could have had a few more greens. We ordered two pots of mussels, the shroom and chorizo, and both potato and sweet potato fries. The chorizo flavor was almost a bit too powerful for the mussels even though offered a full balanced flavor. Great if you love chorizo. I much preferred the shroom sauce. The beer menu is equally tempting, many choices, all excellent, and also cider and wine. The menu only has the beers in bottles. Check the board for the draft beers. You may have to ask for bread for soaking up the sauces. There's a plain baguette and a multigrain - both have good flavor and a crunchy crust. Ask for a booth if you want to have a conversation. The restaurant is very popular and the room can get loud.

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“Definitely not gluten friendly!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013 via mobile

Heather was our server and pointed out what was gluten free, however the food was cross contaminated and was definitely not gluten free. I became VIOLENTLY ill from eating what was claimed to gluten free mussels.
If you have serious food allergies like me, stay away from this place.

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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69 reviews 69 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
“Restful and friendly”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Do not expect sophistication in style or decor, but do expect good value in an informal ambiance. I had the mussels in ham and mushroom sauce - absolutely delicious and with wonderful bread, my wife had the lobster roll and she loved it. Plenty of parking nearby.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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