$85 for a Three-Course Bistro Dinner and Wine for Two

Bethesda

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For many foodies, a dinner without considered wine pairings seems half-consummated, like pasta without sauce or a superhero without an origin story. That's why the chefs at Grapeseed American Bistro and Wine Bar create each dish with handpicked wine pairings in mind, ensuring that each guest enjoys a fully dimensional dining experience. This Reserve selection invites you and a companion to indulge in harmonious couplings with a three-course dinner that includes the following:

  • Choice of two appetizers
  • Choice of two salads or soups
  • Choice of two entrees
  • Share a bottle of the sommelier's selected wine

Grapeseed's menu changes on a weekly basis, but peruse the bistro's sample menu for an idea of potential offerings. The wine selection varies based on the season.

A regular honoree on the Washingtonian's annual list of the area's 100 Best Restaurants, Grapeseed assembles a seasonal menu whose classic American dishes are occasionally infused with Asian, Italian, and Latin inspiration. In building the ever-rotating menu, culinary showrunner Jeff Heineman and his staff have a simple process: nab a bottle of wine, evaluate the nuances of its flavor, and craft a dish that will accentuate those characteristics. So when guests look at the vintage listed beneath each entree, they see not only the dish's chef-endorsed counterpart, but its liquid muse. The experts suggest sipping a pinot noir from Burgundy, France, should you order the maple-smoked grilled chicken with goat cheese and mango chutney, or you can enjoy how the Hartford Court chardonnay balances the soy-ginger vinaigrette on the ahi tuna. The restaurant maintains a cellar with more than 400 bottles, so diners are also free to test their own Dionysian instincts.

Sunny, blond-hued woodwork characterizes Grapeseed's charming interior, where patrons can sit at tables swathed in white cloths or cozy up to a bar nestled beneath a canopy of bulbous glass goblets. Toward the back of the dining room, guests can perch at a portion of the bar that looks into the open kitchen, letting them appreciate the chefs’ artistry and ability to telecommunicate with each other firsthand.

Reviews

The mussels were the tastiest I've had for a long while. The portions were large too. I had the shrimp and grits which was also excellent.

Margaret C., 7/23/12

imaginative food with tasteful wine pairings. pretty surroundings and great service

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In a Nutshell

Acclaimed chef crafts each elegant bistro dish with wine pairings in mind, referencing a cellar with more than 400 vintages

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