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Mussel Bar & Grille
Belgian Restaurant$$
Today 10:00 am – 1:00 am
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Make Meaning 7262 Woodmont Ave Bethesda, MD 20814
7262 Woodmont AvenueUSMarylandBethesda20814
$$Belgian Restaurant, European Restaurant
Belgian Restaurant
European Restaurant
Seafood Restaurant
Sports Bar
Today 10:00 am – 1:00 am
Monday 11:30 am – 11:30 pmTuesday 11:30 am – 11:30 pmWednesday 11:30 am – 11:30 pmThursday 11:30 am – 11:30 pmFriday 11:30 am – 1:00 amSaturday 10:00 am – 1:00 amSunday 10:00 am – 11:30 pm
DC's master of Belgian cuisine, Chef RW brings savory mollusks, frites, grilled meats/seafood and Belgian beers to Bethesda in a low-down, casual, gastro pub.
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Hopping spot where mussels, frites & wood-fired tarts are served alongside Belgian brews.- Google
"Great mussels, good happy hour specials, HUGE beer list."
"Our server was knowledgeable about beers on tap."
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Brian Merrell
7 months ago
It's nice to have a Bethesda outpost of Wiedemeier's restaurant group. As expected, this one centers mostly around moules frites, though the menu is broad enough to satisfy everyone. Though perhaps not everything BB downtown is, it satisfies. The kitchen and service is prompt, there's Antigoon on tap, and it's convenient to my suburban friends. Definitely worth a visit if you find yourself that far out on the Red Line.
Mary White
12 months ago
My dad and I go here all the time and we LOVE it! I don't understand the complaints about service at all because we've had great service since we first set foot in the place. That being said, it is probably a good idea to avoid this place on Saturday nights if you don't like crowds because it can be crowded (but that's because this place is awesome!) I'm not a beer drinker but my dad is a beer connoisseur and he is a huge fan of Antigoon (the bar's specialty beer). All y'all who are coming in and complaining about the price of PBR need to get out and drink that shitty beer elsewhere. If you want to learn more about beer ask at the bar for Jason because he can tell you everything you ever wanted to know about different types of beer and how it's made. On to the food. I really don't understand people's complaints here either! The mussels are good, the pizzas are great, the burger is heavenly, and the sweet potato fries are TO DIE FOR. I'm not even joking. I LOVE sweet potato fries and order them everywhere I go and I have yet to find better sweet potato fries than the ones here. I once took a friend here and we ordered the sweet potato fries and when she tasted them she asked me if they were made of crack. They are THAT addicting! TL;DR The beer selection is great, the service is wonderful and informative, the food is good, and the sweet potato fries are god's gift from heaven.
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Jason Boothe
a year ago
This was a relatively good experience, with the exception of one thing. But it was one thing for me that's hard to overlook. However lets start on what went right. I need to travel into Bethesda late in the afternoon on a Friday for other business. As i had a bit of time to kill i figure i grab a drink or two and maybe a bite to eat. Now there are plenty of places in Bethesda to choose from and they run the gambit of tastes. However after doing some searching this place caught my eye. The Mussel Bar has a decidedly Belgian themed menu. Intriguing i though. When i went, being that it was just after 4pm and they had just reopened for dinner service (this is something to think about when i mention stuff later), so it was decidedly quiet. I pulled up a seat at the bar and was greeted in quick order. As beer selections go, this is one of the few places that i have seen that takes to the theme the way they do. The majority of beer in the case is Belgian or of a Belgian Style. And all of the taps are Belgian or Belgian Style. Which is pretty impressive. Tapped items are served in corresponding glassware of the brewer (DC Brau is in the shape and design of their cans, which makes me wish that i took it with me). I didn't have anything to eat, but the menu is small. Besides the Mussels they have cold and hot appetizers, brick oven pizza, Chartreuse, and some entrées. Price wise, well it's the high, but no different from any other similar DC establishment. Yes the service was fantastic, the drink was good, seems like i nice place. But one problem. I generally don't have an issue with bugs. For the most part bug happen, even when your indoors. However i do have an issue with one bug in particular, Drosophila otherwise known as Fruit Fly. After i ordered my drink, i turned my head to look at the taps (i should mention that the bar has an odd shape, like that of an eye) and what do i see but a mass of Fruit Flies hovering around the taps. I find them to be a horrible annoyance and it would not put me off, but it makes me concerned about the sanitation practices at the bar. Considering they were open for lunch, that a mass of flies like this collected that quickly, is well concerning. I know bartenders, my sister is one, and i happened to mention this to her. She said that in the summer fighting the flies is a constant struggle, but even she said that seeing them like this isn't really a good sign, and is very off-putting to customers. She said it shows a lack of initiative from management in fighting the flies, as there are easy ways to keep the number down. Would i go back, i don't know. Maybe in the winter?
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Nicole Harrison
a month ago
I love this bar.
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David Robbins
a month ago
Food was excellent and service was great. I was in early and beat the crowd.
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Felicity Ann Brown
11 months ago
Mussels are is reasonably priced for some interesting choices. Appetizers/salads are unique, but very tiny portions. Skip the profiteroles...the strawberry ice cream in them is good, but the pastry dough was stale.
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dan weingart
9 months ago
great mussels, good happy hour specials, HUGE beer list. our server was knowledgeable about beers on tap
Howard Drew
2 years ago
We have gone to Wiedmaier's Mussel Bar several times over the past 2 years. We find it superb! When you can sit outside it is truly magical. We sat inside on a recent Saturday afternoon and it was quite nice. There was music but it was not too loud. What is most puzzling to us is the Zagat rating of 20 for the food! In our view it should be much higher - maybe 26/27. Also the ambiance is quite nice. It is a real Belgian pub - not a yuppy bar.


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