The atmosphere at St. Arnold's Mussel Bar is lively and inviting, and it's not hard to see why this place is usually so packed. It's well located in DC's Cleveland Park neighborhood and caters to the local population's love of quality seafood.
The mussels themselves come in nearly two dozen different flavors, so there's sure to be something that suits just about any palate. Go for a traditional taste with mussels steamed in a white wine sauce, or try something a bit more adventurous with a rich curry cream sauce. All mussels come out with a generous helping of bread, which regulars say is good for sopping up every last bit of broth in the bowl. If mussels just aren't your thing, though, never fear: the menu includes everything from Caesar salads to premium steak. During the summer months the entire front wall of this restaurant rolls open to turn the whole place into an al fresco experience, so be sure to mark your calendars!