Details

Grapeseed

4865 Cordell Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814

301-986-9592

Neighborhood: Bethesda/Glen Echo

Cuisines: Modern, American

Opening Hours:
Open Monday through Saturday 5 to close. Closed Sunday.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Nearby Metro Stops: Bethesda

Price Range: Expensive

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Recommended

Website: http://www.grapeseedbistro.com

Best Dishes:
Roasted piquillo pepper with goat cheese; fried oysters in beurre blanc; smoked trout with pears and crème fraîche; mushroom fricassee; calamari with chorizo and lemon; lobster in caramel sauce; roasted balsamic chicken; grilled quail; braised short ribs;

Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Valet Parking Available, Party Space, Good for Groups

Scene: Food Specials

Happy Hour Details:
Monday through Friday 5 to 7 $5 appetizers, $5 select wines and premium rail cocktails.

Happy Hour Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

The Needle: Grapeseed

Before wine bars became trendy, chef/restaurateur Jeff Heineman was pouring by the taste, glass, and bottle and changing his menu by the season at his Bethesda bistro. An early-spring dinner showed he’s caught up in another fad: recession cooking. The bread tasted like a holdover from the day before, its airy pockets belied by a leathery texture, and the ramps and mushrooms with gnocchi were meager. But a deeply smoky/spicy broth holding rings of sautéed calamari and coins of chorizo offered a glimpse of the seafood skills Heineman mastered at Kinkead’s. And down-economy dishes can have their upsides, too: Heineman’s deep-fried chicken livers are a preparation even the squeamish should like.

This article appears in the May, 2010 issue of The Washingtonian.