About Grapeseed – Bethesda
Bethesda, MD 20814
Grapeseed – Bethesda is a casual bistro that matches great food and wine together. With anywhere from 80 to 100 wines by the glass and approximately 325 bottle listed, we cater to the novice wine lover and to the experienced. We start with a bottle of wine and pick out the characteristics and nuances of the wine and then award winning Chef Jeffrey Heineman creates a menu item to highlight the flavors of the wine. So come in and relax, have a taste or a glass of wine and try something on our ever-changing menu.
American, Contemporary American, Southern
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Friday 11:30am - 2:00pm
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm,
between Norfolk and Woodmont
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Grapeseed is conveniently located near 3 public parking garages, there is ample street parking, and we offer valet parking for $7.
Grapeseed is located 1/2 mile from the Bethesda Metro stop on the Red Line.
Private Party Facilities:
Grapeseed is sure to become your favorite destination for all of your special events. Whether you are planning an intimate dinner in our Wine Room, a group of up to 34 in our Private Dining Room or reserving the entire restaurant for your special event Grapeseed has a room to fit your needs.
Private Party Contact:
Jeff Heineman, Chef/Owner : (877) 250-4730
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Please join our mailing list on our website for up incoming events and specials!
Grapeseed – Bethesda Ratings and Reviews
The money we paid with the service, we w ...
The money we paid with the service, we will not come back to this restaurant. We have been to several similar level restaurants, never need to ask 3 times for bread and butter. The waiter only filled up the water glass next table, but my husband's glass was empty, he did not even bother to check. Not worth to go back again.
I do not like to have to send the bill b ...
I do not like to have to send the bill back because I was overcharged by $4 for my entree. If this is a pattern then they probably make a lot of money assuming patrons won't notice or won't remember the price on the menu.
We have been here a few times and food, ...
We have been here a few times and food, service have been superior. This visit was during Restaurant Week and the deal here was excellent. Unfortunately, the service was well below what it should have been. Wait staff seemed stressed. Had to ask for obvious things like water, missing place setting, etc. Food not ordered was brought to our table by mistake. Nothing momentous in isolation but it adds up. This is not an inexpensive restaurant and service should match prices. In the past it has, so this might have been an anomaly. Food was excellent and this is a comfortable place to dine so we will return.
My friends and I enjoy eating at Grapese ...
My friends and I enjoy eating at Grapeseed with the creative and changing menu that includes excellent meats and seafood along with suggested wine pairings. My dinner included local scallopes and another guest had shrimp. Both dishes were exceptional well prepared, seasoned, and cooked to the correct temperature. The appetizer included fresh and well prepared oysters. The wine pairings were appropriate for and enhanced each course. Service was exceptionally good and efficient especially on a busy Saturday night. Grapeseed is a lovely neighborhood restaurant that accommodates the needs of the patrons.
This visit was for dinner during Bethesd ...
This visit was for dinner during Bethesda Restaurant Week. The selections were very inviting and the food was delicious. We also enjoyed a couple of nice wines with our dinner. The service was adequate but we had a few service issues. We have dined at Grapeseed several times and have not had these issues previously.
Food was good but not great. Loved the s ...
Food was good but not great. Loved the signatue mushroom appetizer, but the shrimp and grits was nothing to talk about neither was the fried oysters. Ran out of wine we were drinking after 1st glass. I really liked the atmosphere and the hostess and waiter were great. I also loved the bathroom. I always check out the bathroom, if not clean figure kitchen is not either. Your was good!
This was the second time in a week that ...
This was the second time in a week that we visited Grapeseed. Restaurant week. My husband had the same meal he had before, the fried oysters and the salmon. I had a salad and steak frites. We asked for bread and was told they would not be getting any in until 3 p.m. We are diabetics and my husbands meal and few cards, hence the request for bread. My appetizer choice was a salad. The amount of greens on the plate was so small it didn't deserve the word salad. I should have said something, did not. Seems that unlike other restaurants in the area the quality is not consistent. Prior to these visits had not been in Grapeseed ub 2/3 years. The reason was that of five of us only two were satisfied with the entrees.
The meals were excellent. My husband ha ...
The meals were excellent. My husband had salmon and I had shrimp and grits. Husband loved the salmon. My plate had 5 good sized shrimp on grits with a creamy sauce. Very good. The appetizer was oysters in corn meal breading over a pepper jam. Tasty but just a touch too much breading for me. We plan to go back tomorrow! Service is good, no hovering over the table; pouring water when needed. We have been to Grapeseed many times since they first opened. Always enjoyable.
I have been going to this restaurant for ...
I have been going to this restaurant for some time, it is always a great pleasure to have a new dish and a new taste (from so many different cultures) and I have never been disappointed. Servers are always so friendly, knowledgeable and prompt to attend your requests. My wife and I had our private wedding celebration here. so intimate and cozy, we loved it and keep coming back... thanks Elias our favorite waiter...
The restaurant was not very busy the eve ...
The restaurant was not very busy the evening we dined but heavy metal rock music was blairing -- we thought an odd choice for this type of restaurant. Our group was 20-somethings and parents all of whom agreed about the music. We did ask our server if the music could be turned down and he readily obliged but still the music was very distracting. We had not dined there in some time and perhaps they are going for a different vibe than we had anticipated -- the food was very good and some of the dishes were outstanding, but the music was a major detractor.
This was an unusual visit to Grapeseed, ...
This was an unusual visit to Grapeseed, where we often eat. On a Saturday night in Bethesda, the place was virtually empty. I don't know whether it is losing its appeal, or whether it is a statistical quirk.
Our meal was very good, but not over the top outstanding, and the wine was excellent. No complaints, and I hope the empty dining room is not a permanent condition.
A completely satisfying experience from ...
A completely satisfying experience from ambience to menu to service to food & wine. I drove from Baltimore to meet a DC-based friend for dinner. While it goes without saying that visiting with my friend was wonderful, meeting at Grapeseed was the icing on the cake! I am honestly looking forward to the next opportunity to go back. I had a sea scallop dish with chickpeas and romesco. DEELISHUSSS!!
The food at Grapeseed is superb. We had ...
The food at Grapeseed is superb. We had their regular favorite mushroom ragout/polenta appetizer. I can't praise it highly enough. There was also a new entry on the appetizer menu: grilled cabbage with lime and other seasonings. It was also delicious. We split the filet with oxtail ragout as a main dish. Again it was superlative. I'm still thinking about it now. The server mixed us up a delicious cocktail: the filibuster. This is a wonderful restaurant.
Four of us had a marvelous meal at Grape ...
Four of us had a marvelous meal at Grapeseed in Bethesda. Everything was delicious and fresh, from the daily tasting menu (4 dishes for $35), to appetizers (wild mushrooms on polenta; grilled romaine salad), to entrees (halibut with artichokes and olive tampenade; grilled scallops), to dessert (a chocolate mousse-like dessert).
The ambience was calm and upscale with background music that was not too loud and decor including racks of wine bottles. Wine pairings were suggested for all menu items. They were not close to full though it was Friday evening.
With 2 alcoholic drinks each (including suggested wine pairings for two of the dishes), the bill came to $255 (not including tip), which we thought was great value!
Grapeseed provides quality dining in Woodmont triangle, which unfortunately does not have very many upscale restaurants. One might call Grapeseed a hidden gem.
Not the restaurant it used to be. No amu ...
Not the restaurant it used to be. No amuse bouche/lagniappe of peppers in oil. No bread offered. They asked us to keep our forks between courses. Terrible fishy/iodine smell coming from kitchen, making me wonder if that was coming from my scallops! Probably it wasn't because they were just okay, pretty flabby and tasteless. No nice crispness that a hot pan should give seared scallops.
Cornmeal-fried oysters were good.
Went there for Bethesda restaurant week. ...
Went there for Bethesda restaurant week. Liked the avocado toast with pulled pork appetizer, but their version of shrimp 'n grits isn't quite up to par. It was very soupy, with too much tomato taste to it.
Server, Lenore, was especially attentive. Wonderful asset to the place.
The restaurant needs a facelift. The car ...
The restaurant needs a facelift. The carpet is old and looks like carpet in a café. The lighting in the main room is also poor. The tables in the back and the wine cellar look great. Its just the central dining room that was disappointing. Food and drinks were awesome though!!
We took advantage of the restaurant week ...
We took advantage of the restaurant week menu and it was excellent. The appetizers-salad and entree were rated 5stars by all 4 of us who went. The gnocchi appetizer was our favorite. The Brick Chicken, Scallops, Filet and Salmon did not disappoint.
It turns out that the $16 Restaurant Wee ...
It turns out that the $16 Restaurant Week lunch represents a saving of $1.00 from their normal lunch special! More importantly, the food was mediocre at best. The mushroom and polenta appetizer was far too rich, swimming in a probable mixture of butter and olive oil. The seafood stew, masquerading as cioppino, was bland and uninspired. The waitress was excellent.
The salad that we ordered is mixed with ...
The salad that we ordered is mixed with bad leaves and not so fresh greens. When we tried to ask waitress, she insisted that's nothing and the salad is always like that. Well, that means this type of low quality salad is their standard of food. Won't visit again for sure!
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