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 Dining, 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
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!
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.
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