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Mussel Bar & Grille
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Ranked #12 of 364 Restaurants in Bethesda
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Belgian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
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.
The Villages, Florida
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71 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed May 20, 2013

Food was fair and quite overpriced. Music was so loud we could not hear the waitress describe the specials and she had to go and ask the manager to turn it down, If you are a beer drinker there is a huge variety and you would enjoy that.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank kcarbfaith
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  • Dutch first
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English first
Rockville, Maryland
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great Beer, Pretentious Staff”
Reviewed May 2, 2013

Awesome beer, and what used to be great service. But, our last outing changed my perspective. After ordering a good deal of appetizers and some good conversations with friends, we came to realize that our "45 minute wait" had become an hour and a half. When we brought this to the attention of the hostess and manager, we were dismissed. So much so that numerous other parties were seated ahead of us again. We calmly let them know that we had been waiting for some time - only to be dismissed once more. It was a busy night, sure. But for a place that asked for my cell phone number, gave me a pager and then ignored my place in line to show zero remorse makes me feel like my money would've been better spent across the street at a more friendly, attentive restaurant.

  • Visited April 2013
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1 Thank Gavin P
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Zug, Switzerland
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87 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Not Bad And Not Terrific Just A Restaurant”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

OK, love seafood that is well prepared and like to eat where you can carry on a conversation.

To start had to wait 20 minutes for a menu and by the time the order was taken and the food was delivered it is one (1) hour - yes one hour. Never waited so long to be acknowledged at a restaurant. The waiter was attentive, but did not know if we were in his area or not. So, where was management - at the front after they seat you.

Ordered mussel's and when they came at least 8 were not open. If the mussel is not open after cooking you should not eat it. The other party had salmon - arrived warm. When you are hungry you will eat anything.

If you expect to carry on a conversation at dinner you can forget that because the acoustics are horrible. We would hear the conversation of a group 5 tables away. They may have been loud but with all the other distractions being heard it was not a pleasant meal and it was useless to carry on a conversation.

Best place to park is at the public garage not far away.

This is one of those places you go to drink, eat and be merry. Not a place for business meetings.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank travelermir
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69 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Hard to find outside of Belgium or France”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

Well-prepared mussels in many different types of sauce/broth. Very filling for the price. Yes, beers are a tad expensive, but they are Belgian or microbrews that are expensive in the shop as well. Not out of line for Bethesda. Bar service was efficient if not effusively friendly.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank DavidOrtiz
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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Excellent Belgian Mussels and Beer”
Reviewed March 5, 2013

This is another place in downtown Bethesda where one can get a pretty decent meal without breaking the bank--although beer prices are, frankly, awfully high. Mussels are what one comes here for, and their preparations are outstanding. There are eight different preparations, and all are delicious. My favorites are the classic, the wild mushroom and bacon, and the Thai. For about $20 one gets a large bowl of mussels, bread to soak up the broth, and pommes frites with a homemade aioli. As I said, beer prices are steep, with the cheapest draft running $7, but there is a tremendous variety of Belgian beers and ales, and as long as you don't drink too much the meal price remains quite reasonable.

Visited February 2013
1 Thank TBSIII
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