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St. Arnold's Mussel Bar

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Belgian, Bar, European
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3433 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20008-1304 (between N Ordway St & N Porter St)
202-621-6719
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5:00 pm - 1:30 am
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 1:30 am
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 2:30 am
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Raleigh, NC
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111 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great selection of mussels of different recipes. Other things besides mussels for non seafood eaters. Good beer selection. Very cool atmosphere. Nice place to go with friends. Good waitstaff, very attentive. Right off Connecticut Avenue just past the zoo. Well worth the time for a light meal or a cold beer!

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Thank tvkelly
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Went for meal with a group (total of 6). Seating was a little tight for our group, but cozy. (The table of two next to us might not agree!) Great beer selections and something for everyone on the menu, although to be fair, it's the mussels you should go for. We shared a portion of the mussels St. Arnold- the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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100 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are probably 20 different ways you can get a pot of mussels at St. Arnold's and the several ways that I've tried have all been outstanding. I particularly like the chipotle mussels, but all of the flavors I've ordered (or sampled from friends) have been great. They have an $11 special for mussels at lunch, and you can add... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

The food at St. Arnold's was wonderful- we shared several delicious orders of mussels and frites in a tavern-like atmosphere. I really wanted to try the Belgian waffles for dessert, but unfortunately our waiter abandoned us and we left without dessert.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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227 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

We had to leave our originally chosen restaurant because of awful service. Checked out St. Arnold's, across the street This is a good, fun, very reasonably priced bar/restaurant. Elena was our server and she was great. Annette, the GM, came over to introduce herself - nice touch. Excellent mussels. Meatloaf very good. Frites and dessert Belgian waffle were both outstanding.... More 

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Thank Steve J
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110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016 via mobile

This was a great place. The mussels were very good. Try the French onion soup. The outdoor seating was perfect. The service was very efficient.

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Thank Michelle2560
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016 via mobile

Large range of traditional style mussels to more creative selection of sauces - something for everyone! Cosy street side atmosphere. Today the weather was great and the rolling door style windows were open so it was a nice fresh environment. Large selection of beers to go with the mussels.

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Thank WaynePod
New York City
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188 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2016

St. Arnolds is a Belgian Bar. It is European in the food they serve (great) and it is European in the service they offer (terrible). We had the crostini with olive tapenade (not good), Mussels (great), French Fries and Beer. The Mussels and bread were delicious, but the waiter forgot about our order and it took forever to finally get... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016 via mobile

I've been here a million times and will keep coming back! The St. Arnold's mussels are pure heaven. I've traveled the coast and had some pretty good mussels... and none come close to these! $19 for a huge pot with frites. The bar is cozy, the beers are yummy, and the staff is great. It's the best $19 you'll ever... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

A huge selection of mussels, great broth, full of flavor, also a wide variety of beers, The salmon dish was outstanding. All in all a very good dining experience. Not much on atmosphere, kind of like a beer pub. But the food was well worth it and the service was outstanding, our waitress Annie was excellent as was the rest... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $30
Cuisine
Belgian, Bar, European
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 1:30 am
Monday
5:00 pm - 1:30 am
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 1:30 am
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 1:30 am
Thursday
5:00 pm - 1:30 am
Friday
5:00 pm - 2:30 am
Saturday
5:00 pm - 2:30 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3433 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20008-1304
    (between N Ordway St & N Porter St)
  • Public Transportation: Cleveland Park Metro Station (Red)
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: 202-621-6719
Description
St. Arnold’s is a popular Cleveland Park mussel restaurant. A must is the mussels cooked in duck fat.

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