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 business meeting.
Our appetizers were: Butternut Squash Soup with Goat Chees Crostini which she said was absolute delicious. I was offered some, but declined as she was enjoying it too much. I had the mussles - Blue Bay Mussels in a Thai Green Curry with cilantro sauce. Sounds weird, but the spiciness of the curry sauce countered the blandness of the mussels very well. And the portion was excellent - could have even been an entree with 6 more mussels added to it.
Our entrees: My wife had the shrimp scampi, and although she's not usually a fan of this dish (we had 3 choices from the price fix menu), she thoroughly enjoyed it. My Steak Frites (hanger steak) with fries and house-made steak sauce was good. The fries were a bit of an oddity as they were of the generic shoe-string variety. I'd recommend that they made home-made steak fries, as the steak was tasty and the sauce had the perfect consistency and tanginess.
For dessert: We shared the apple crisp with oatmeal raisin ice cream. If they had added two scoops of the ice cream instead of one, I'd give this dessert 5 stars - but alas it only gets - 4.5
Wines -- I enjoyed a smooth Tempranillo, and a French dessert wine with the apple crisp. My wife wasn't drinking that night.
Service: Perfect and personable
Ambiance: Think smooth jazz
Food: (see above)
Wines: Too many to pick from
Prices: A bit pricey, but it is Bethesda
Parking: Nearby lots, street, or valet on Fri & Sat nights
Would recommend: Definitely
Would patronize again: Without hesitation
- Have some lower end wines for those who want to experience Grapeseed, but don't want to pay $50 for a decent bottle. $7.50 for a glass is ok... but a few drinks at $10+ add up quick.
- Feature some Virginia wines.... (they did have a few MD wines)