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“Good restaurant in Bethesda” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Grapeseed

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Ranked #178 of 342 Restaurants in Bethesda
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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.
Washington, DC
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92 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Good restaurant in Bethesda”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

I enjoyed the food here, as did the other 4 in my group, though it was somewhat of a mixed bag. The Ahi tuna was outstanding. The bean soup was so-so, and served too cold. The dessert menu was limited; we got the cheese plate which was ok, but I've had better elsewhere.

I found the ambiance a bit disappointing. The restaurant was kept too cold for my comfort, the music was a bit too loud, and the lighting a tad too bright.

Overall, a high-quality place with some fantastic food, but a notch below similarly priced places in DC.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Carlsbad, California
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“great little wine bar”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

Excellent wines by the glass in a neighborhood bar atmosphere! Food was tasty and the wines well thought out.

Visited October 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Excellent and imaginative food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

As others have said, Grapeseed is a great choice for foodies. Not inexpensive but good value for what you get. To cut costs, here's some advice: The beef-tip appetizer is a good-size portion. Go during Restaurant Week (both DC and Bethesda RW are twice/year), look for Groupons, and try their lunch deals, either 12.00 or 18.00 for appetizer and entree.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank travl4fun2
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Boyds, Maryland
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37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Always excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

Grapeseed never disappoints. Food and service are always excellent. Good wine selection. Shared appetizers and each had delicious entrees. We eat here 5-6 times a year and love it every time.

Visited October 2012
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Washington DC
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Average food with above average prices”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

The good: My filet was cooked perfectly and tasted amazing.
The bad: The horseradish mashed potatoes had no flavor
The ugly: The tomato and mozerella was JV at best. The tomatoes were cut in an unintentional wedge shape and the mozerella balls were clearly purchased from the Giant down the street.

If I pad $50 for this meal it would have been great. Having paid over a hundred I need to write this post to remind myself to stop coming back to this place every couple years!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank broyer1
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