About Grapeseed – Bethesda
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 : 8772504730
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
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Grapeseed – Bethesda Ratings and Reviews
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!
Good overall ... restaurant was not very ...
Good overall ... restaurant was not very crowded at 6:30pm on the Sat evening we went, but still, the service was very slow. Staff were joking and gabbing around bar, and did not appear to be paying a whole lot of attention to guests; this has been a chronic complaint for last several years. Food is consistently good and wine/bar selections are very good. Can get very noisy out front by bar and kitchen; rear is a bit quieter, but can still become loud. We'll go back for food and drinks, but certainly not because of the service, atmosphere, or ambiance.
I found Grapeseed on OpenTable when I wa ...
I found Grapeseed on OpenTable when I was looking for a place to take my wife for our 19th Anniversary. I chose the listing based on the amount of wines that was mentioned which we both enjoy, and the proximity to where she works since it was a weeknight meet up for us. What I should have listened to but ignored was others mentioning the portion sizes, prices and the seating.
When we arrived there was literally no other diners in the restaurant and when I asked for a quiet both in the back I was told there was a large party sitting back there and it was unavailable, then I was shown to a table between the kitchen and the bar. This area is the worst seats in the house but the most convient to a waiter who didn't want to walk very far I guess. It was very noisy from both directions and not romantic at all. Needless to say there was no large party in the back in fact except for some apparent regulars to the bar no one came or went the entire 2 hours we were there. I definitly do not being lied to by the staff.
I will also have to agree with other posters about the size of the portions. While I will give props to the chef as the food was very good, just because you are trying to seem like a fancy resturant doesn't mean you really are one. For instance the appetizer was three fried muscles for two people...THREE, yet the people in the bar were wearing jeans, t-shirts and hats, come on now!!! That is something I would expect from a neighboorhood bar and grill like Applebees not someone charging as much as they do for a meal. Also the desert was two little melon ball scoops of a chocolate moose, that is not a desert more of a tease and you still wanted $10+.
All in all we enjoyed the main course, the wine and the company but for the price and for the atmosphere you should probably take your business elsewhere.
Our second visit to Grapeseed. The servi ...
Our second visit to Grapeseed. The service and the food were OK, but not up to the prices. The wait staff were often busy with a big party, but for the prices, the service should be better and the food should also be better, e.g., the fried oysters were not crispy on the outside. There are better choices in Bethesda at the price level. Sorry, Grapeseed.
Grapeseed has settled in to a comfortabl ...
Grapeseed has settled in to a comfortable groove that comes from 17 years of experience with the same owner/chef. The choices are innovative and well prepared - qualities that farm fresh, nouvous cuisine establishments brag about but often don't deliver on. There is a light touch to food preparation which is greatly appreciated. Gone are the go go days when it was THE restaurant in Bethesda. Competition is getting stiff especially with its off spring restaurant next door. It is an almost forgotten gem with tables available even during peak hours. Support local excellence and go go soon.
Food was mediocre...had the scallops and ...
Food was mediocre...had the scallops and they were surprisingly small and over cooked. Chicken dish was succulent, but price was too high for quality of food. Value is not worth the price. I certainly would not recommend based on relative quality and food options for much less at other dining establishments.
We celebrated our anniversary on a Wedne ...
We celebrated our anniversary on a Wednesday night the week of July 4. As expected, it wasn't very crowded. But the food was absolutely amazing and the wine pairings were perfect. My wife and I will definitely go back.
I hadn't been to Grapeseed in over a yea ...
I hadn't been to Grapeseed in over a year---it used to be a favorite. The food is still very good. The mushroom polenta is still insane. The service is not as good as it should be; it is SLOW. The wait-staff seemed young and inexperienced. The prices are still a little high.
Mother's Day 2016 - underdone & a over salty chef
Mother's Day is a tough day for everyone in the food service industry, but, still, there are some standards that shouldn't be passed on.
My daughter had the Chicken and Waffles. Looked good, although one mighty big problem - the largest piece of boneless fried chicken was raw inside (by quite a bit too). They apologized and took the plate. Should the expectation be a completely new dish? Mine is. Not what we got back from our server however.
We were seated near the open kitchen. We like open kitchens, so was glad to see when we first were seated. After awhile of being seated - not so much. The chef was having a bad day perhaps, as his salty language being used was much more appropriate for a kitchen way in the back instead of open. Not sure how he could be so unaware of people clearly in earshot of his word choices, especially it being Mother's Day and my teen kids being at my table (and younger ones nearby).
The menu was ambitious, the pricing of which was even more ambitious though. Not that it wasn't good food, just not comparable to what was charged in general ($35 for my mushroom and herb omelette from a menue and a first course pass thru at a modest buffet of biscuits, diced fruit and greek yogurt?).
Our server was very pleasant and did her best, however, we are still waiting to be asked if we wanted any beverages with our meal other than what kind of water we preferred when we were first seated.
They have been open for several years, and Bethesda is a tough town for a restaurant to operate I imagine as many come and go quickly, so they must be doing something right overall I suppose.
Don't go there for Mothers Day Brunch. A ...
Don't go there for Mothers Day Brunch. All the food tasted and seemed pre made. Not worth the 35$ charge per person. Also the Bloody Marys (12$) were bottomless and we didn't even find out until we saw that on the bill!
This was my second dinner at Grapeseed in as many months. Each time I was not just pleased, but really wowed by the quality and preparation of the food. Everything, and I mean everything, was exceptional. We had eaten just two nights before at a well known high end restaurant downtown, and the food didn't compare to Grapeseed. The beef was tender, the sauces delicious but not overpowering, the fish beautifully presented and not overcooked, and the dessert wonderful. Portions were generous as well. Service was attentive without being overplayed. Wine selection is hard to beat. Valet parking available. My new "go to" place in Bethesda.
Nice dinner - too noisy
This is the second time I have dined at this restaurant. The food is very good and the wine list has a lot of choices for wines by the glass. However, this is also the second time that the reception has seated me in the front near the window where it is loud. I specifically asked to be seated where it was quiet in my reservation and asked again when I got to the restaurant. The reception said that they weren't serving in the back (quieter) part of the restaurant, but there were people being served there after we came in. Given that our reservation was for 5:30, there is no reason to ignore a specific request. My husband has hearing aids, which I mentioned, and it was VERY loud in the front near the bar. Not as pleasant an evening as I was expecting.
Otherwise, as I said, the food and wine was very good.
The only note about the food is that I selected a dish with a risotto cake. I expected a gluten free meal, but the risotto cake was battered and deep fried, so I could not eat it at all. Those things should be noted on the menu.
I'm afraid this is not the Grapeseed I r ...
I'm afraid this is not the Grapeseed I remember. I went several times years ago when we lived in Bethesda and it was excellent. Our meal was not excellent but average nor was the service. There was a large party in the glassed off reserved section which had people running in and out for 1 1/2 hours, servers and guests alike. But really the big issue seems to be consistency. Some dinners have had great meals others... not so much. Why take the risk, there are so many choices. in Bethesda. I hope Grapeseed gets their act back together again. Might try them again if I start seeing more consistent good reviews.
We have eaten at Grapeseed since it opened and took our family over the weekend. I sent back not only my wine but also my mushroom fricassee. My beet starter was tiny, the waygo beef was stringy, manhattan dull and overall just disappointed -- especially for $179!!
Salty April Fool's
The staff was wonderful and the food had a great presentation. However I think some one must have added salt into every single spice mix/ingredient or had a heavy hand. My husband who never makes the comment that his food is too salty told me it was very salty. I drank more water at dinner because I was so dehydrated from the amount of sodium in everything and actually had to continue to drink water when I got home. He ordered a steak and I had scallops so I don't know if there was something wrong with the food that so much salt was added. We had also ordered bbq shrimp as an appetizer that was very sweet and again exceptionally salty.
We were the only people in the restauran ...
We were the only people in the restaurant! Went for my dad's 70th birthday celebration. Food was fine but not great. Service was good. Food was underwhelming and certainly not abundant, given the steep cost. Now I know why we were the only people there. Very disappointing
We live in Bethesda and eat out a couple ...
We live in Bethesda and eat out a couple nights per week. However, this was our first time eating at Grapeseed. The food was outstanding. Definitely our best experience in DC. We ordered the chef's tasting menu. The attention to detail in the look, texture and flavor of the food was something we haven't found in a Bethesda restaurant. The service was impeccable. From our waiters Lenora to the owners/ chef coming by multiple times to check on us and the food - it was quite the culinary experience! Highly recommended!!
Brazilian Prix Fixe
All of the dishes included in Grapeseed's recent Brazilian prix fixe menu were outstanding. Pacing was perfect. At $45 for 5 courses, also a great value. Our server was knowledgeable, and the host and staff were all gracious and welcoming.
Great experience again. Had apps of cornmeal oysters, rock shrimp & BBQ pork belly. All terrific. Entrees of duck breast, ribeye and the grilled chicken. All cooked perfectly to desired temperature and really delicious (chicken a bit peppery). Really good wine selection (it is Montgomery County though). Will be back soon.
not on my list of best restaurants
Expensive fare, but not extraordinary enough to warrant the cost. Too heavy on sauces. More French than American. The back room should only be used for storage, not dining, as it has the ambiance of a barely refinished basement.
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