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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.
Bethesda, MD 20814
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:
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Grapeseed – Bethesda Ratings and Reviews
We have been going to Grapeseed periodically for years. The food is always very good. The menu is interesting. There are alway interesting weekend menus. The wine list is great, varied and reasonably priced. There are interesting wine pairing suggestions with each menu item. We always wonder why we don't go there more often. It is easily one of the best restaurants in Bethesda right now.
We were a bit skeptical when we entered as the restaurant was completely empty save one table, but our waiter was incredibly warm and welcoming from the instant we entered. They are known for having an extensive wine list, and it did not disappoint. We ended up having an excellent bottle of Trocken, probably about half the appetizers on the menu and some really wonderful softshell crab. Our waiter was friendly and attentive, the food was great, and we plan to be back soon.
The food and service at Grapeseed were excellent. I started with Mushroom Fricassee which was delicious. My companion went to a Risotto dish with asparagus while I opted for Salmon with Brussels Sprouts. Good. Good. Desert was a Chocolate Cremeaux which was better than ice cream! All in all, a tasty meal.
Consistently good food and service. Excellent wine list. Outstanding meats, vegetable options and presentation. I particularly enjoy when they present a frequent customer's family recipes that Jeff makes with his own flair! The addition of a couple draft beer choices is a nice addition.
Love, love , love this place. We were greeted and treated like royalty. Everything from the warm bread to the delicious soup, salad, ribeye and chicken was delicious. Amazing wine list as well. The service was outstanding and my husband and I had a wonderful date night out. We cannot wait to go back.
Went for the 17 anniversary special menu. Arrived to discover all sold out. Expected a great meal but immensely disappointed with the regular menu. Chef-owner said i should have reserved the meal when I made the reservation with OT ! Really?
We went to Grapeseed for our anniversary and requested - and got - one of the quiet booths toward the back. Not quite as nice as the main room but very quiet and cozy. Service was excellent; waitstaff quite informed about the menu and wine list and attentive throughout meal. Wine list is extensive and lots of interesting options. We each had an appetizer and a main course and shared a dessert - more than enough. The food was wonderful - creative but not too much 'out there' just to be different. We will definitely return.
I ordered the Grilled Cauliflower Steak for $24. The others in my group ordered meat and fish entrees for similar prices. I am not exaggerating when I say that I was served TWO cauliflower florets. They were delicious, but the plate was embarrassingly void of food! I had to keep assuring my host that I was fine and it was plenty, but we were all shocked at the portion. I could not complain since I was a guest. But for $24!!! I always order vegetarian options and usually, they are quite plentiful. Not the case here. Very disappointing and frankly, shocking, that they thought they could get away with this. Also, I ordered a hot tea for after dinner and the waitress, who was very pleasant and good, forgot to bring it. So it was not a win for me that night. Everyone else in my group thoroughly enjoyed their food and their portions were a good (normal) size. And we are not looking for huge portions, either.
Grapeseed was sensational as usual. On this most recent ocasion I went there for an intimate dinner with my wife who accompanied me to a meeting in the Betheda area. The food is exquisite! Plates are prepared with fresh ingredients and the combination of flavors make Grapeseed one of the best restaurants in Bethesda. The selection of wines to accompany the different food servings is simply stellar!
Service is top! You feel that you are the only client having dinner there.
I can not wait to visit again!
I recommend this restaurant for special occasions and business meetings.
I just want to say that I may have just gone on a day that isn't popular. They did mention Mondays are not their busy day, I am fine with that. I think being that it had such an extensive wine list the waiter would have been more engaged with us to explain the wine list or at least have alot more input based on what flavor profiles we said we liked. Being that we were the only ones there, they had just opened for dinner, I guess I just expected a little more expertise on behalf of the waiter. I would try this place again at a better time and hopefully will have a different result. Also, I did not have any food but this review system made me select something before I could move on. For that I apologize.
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The food is amazing! From appetizers to dessert everything was great. If I come back to the area I'll definitely be back for seconds!
I applaud the waiter for getting my wife to try something she always refused to eat. Duck!
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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