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St. Arnold's Mussel Bar

$$ - $$$
Bar, Belgian, European
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3433 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20008-1304 (between N Ordway St & N Porter St)
+1 202-621-6719
17:00 - 01:30
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Fri - Sat 17:00 - 02:30
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Salem, MA
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65 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

Three of us. Each got a different serving (Arnold's Special, Pesto, Bleu Cheese). Just great! The sauce is the thing, of course. Served with exceptionally good fries and bread for "sopping up" (could have used more bread but didn't ask). Two of us had a "grapefruit beer". Beer snob here did not, sticking to a lovely dark lager, but tasted... More 

Thank readspeak
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We started off with onion rings and a meat/cheese platter. I gotta say, I've only seen a few times where the onion rings were cooked to a delicate yet crispy perfection that the onion broke along with the batter at the same time. In other words, you weren't pulling the onion out of the rest of the batter when all... More 

Thank travelstooofthen
Raleigh, NC
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115 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Great selection of mussels of different recipes. Other things besides mussels for non seafood eaters. Good beer selection. Very cool atmosphere. Nice place to go with friends. Good waitstaff, very attentive. Right off Connecticut Avenue just past the zoo. Well worth the time for a light meal or a cold beer!

Thank tvkelly
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Went for meal with a group (total of 6). Seating was a little tight for our group, but cozy. (The table of two next to us might not agree!) Great beer selections and something for everyone on the menu, although to be fair, it's the mussels you should go for. We shared a portion of the mussels St. Arnold- the... More 

Thank DGFarrell
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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112 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

There are probably 20 different ways you can get a pot of mussels at St. Arnold's and the several ways that I've tried have all been outstanding. I particularly like the chipotle mussels, but all of the flavors I've ordered (or sampled from friends) have been great. They have an $11 special for mussels at lunch, and you can add... More 

Thank dc_babs
Tallahassee, Florida
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175 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

The food at St. Arnold's was wonderful- we shared several delicious orders of mussels and frites in a tavern-like atmosphere. I really wanted to try the Belgian waffles for dessert, but unfortunately our waiter abandoned us and we left without dessert.

Thank CandieTravels
Silver Spring, Maryland
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267 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

We had to leave our originally chosen restaurant because of awful service. Checked out St. Arnold's, across the street This is a good, fun, very reasonably priced bar/restaurant. Elena was our server and she was great. Annette, the GM, came over to introduce herself - nice touch. Excellent mussels. Meatloaf very good. Frites and dessert Belgian waffle were both outstanding.... More 

Thank Steve J
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208 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016 via mobile

This was a great place. The mussels were very good. Try the French onion soup. The outdoor seating was perfect. The service was very efficient.

Thank Michelle2560
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100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

Large range of traditional style mussels to more creative selection of sauces - something for everyone! Cosy street side atmosphere. Today the weather was great and the rolling door style windows were open so it was a nice fresh environment. Large selection of beers to go with the mussels.

Thank WaynePod
New York City
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216 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2016

St. Arnolds is a Belgian Bar. It is European in the food they serve (great) and it is European in the service they offer (terrible). We had the crostini with olive tapenade (not good), Mussels (great), French Fries and Beer. The Mussels and bread were delicious, but the waiter forgot about our order and it took forever to finally get... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Bar, Belgian, European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Television
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Bar Scene
Open Hours
17:00 - 01:30
17:00 - 01:30
17:00 - 01:30
17:00 - 01:30
17:00 - 01:30
17:00 - 02:30
17:00 - 02:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3433 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20008-1304
    (between N Ordway St & N Porter St)
  • Public Transportation: Cleveland Park Metro Station (Red)
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: +1 202-621-6719
St. Arnold’s is a popular Cleveland Park mussel restaurant. A must is the mussels cooked in duck fat.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?