St. Arnold’s Mussel Bar | Washington, Washington DC
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St. Arnold’s Mussel Bar
Exceptional based on 4 ratings
Type: Restaurant

1827 Jefferson Pl NW
Washington, Washington DC United States 20036 [ print map ]
202 833 1321

starnoldsmusselbar.com

Hours: Sun - Thu 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM; Fri - Sat 11:00 AM - 3:00 AM


Mayor: radagast83 (2) | Taps: 14 | Bottles: 40


St. Arnold’s Mussel Bar

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Beer Available At St. Arnold’s Mussel Bar (arranged by most recent)
Maredsous 10 Tripel 97, Hofbräu München Original 42, Hofbräu München Dunkel 69, Chimay Triple / Blanche (White) / Cinq Cents 99, Rodenbach 93, Rodenbach Grand Cru 99
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4 reviews for St. Arnold’s Mussel Bar
 Ambiance  80%
 Service  78%
 Selection  65%
 Food  80%
 Value  67%
 Overall  70%
 Rating  73%


72
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321  (263) Hoboken, New Jersey | June 5, 2014
Not incredible, but a solid little Belgian bar. They have a nice selection of beers, not an amazing selection, but a plenty serviceable list. We didn’t eat so I can’t speak for the food, but the menu looked enjoyable. We enjoyed the outside area, as the weather was pretty nice. I’ll have to rate the ambiance off of that. Service was good too.
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83  (174) Fairfax, Virginia | September 19, 2013
Made it there for an after-work happy hour. Place was busy, but not packed. The location is narrow, but quite cozy. Beer was a bit pricy and while there wasn’t anything out of the ordinary, it had a nice selection of pretty common Belgian and German brews. The food was amazing. The mussels were fantastic, the frites were great. Soup as a starter was good as well.
70
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr  (1521) Washington, Washington DC | August 22, 2012
This place is tucked into a very characterful side street just a block or so south of Dupont Circle. It was full of locals (in the DC sense) when we visited, but was not overly bust. The bartender was nice enough but inattentive. The mussels, though, were amazing. Beer selection was OK, with nothing all that special. Definitely worth a look.
68
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
GT2  (598) San Diego County , California | June 7, 2012
Very lively place for a Wednesday night essentially all night. Super crowded and mega loud. When I was here the restaurant was definitely beyond capacity. Only about 15 small tables or less and a small bar tucked in the corner. Small overall. Beer list is decent and the tap seems to rotate extremely slowly or not at all. The beer list online is NOT up to date, but is pretty close to what they have. Taps were Ommegang Witte, Bavik Pils, Steenbrugge Tripel, Palm, Hofbrau House Dunkel/Helles, Ayinger Hefeweizen, and a few others. The place is strange to me because it is Belgian themed but they have a lot of German beers that are served in typical German portions. The SMALLEST size available for the German beers is 500mL and the next size up is 1L enormous beer hall mug. Absolutely insane but a lot of people were ordering that size. Food was pretty tasty- our giant table ordered a ton of the frites, onion rings, and mussels. The St. Arnold’s mussels were the group favorite. Onion rings were tasty, but very greasy. The frites were okay- disappointing. More like American fries. There is a full on menu here as well but we stuck with mussels shared with the table.

So atmosphere: fun, loud, lively. Food was good to mediocre. Service was prompt and staff were pretty knowledgeable about beer and courteous. Prices are okay: about $7 minimum for drafts going up to about $12-$15 for 1L mega pours. Bottle list included $9 341mL bottles of Unibroue stuff like Trois Pistoles, Don de Dieu, Maudite, La Fin du Monde. I had a pretty decent bottle of Lucifer. The tap beers overall seemed off. The Hofbrau House stuff was detergenty and soapy. The Palm draft was old, bland, and metallic. Not sure how often their tap system is cleaned or how their kegs are stored but I just saw full kegs sitting around the restaurant bathroom area. Last, there were only two unisex toilets for the entire restaurant even though the capacity is around 100-120 people.

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