Permanently Closed - Brine at Mosaic

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This restaurant is permanently closed. With four generations of oyster expertise and a passion for farm-to-table dining, Travis Croxton's newest restaurant, Brine, sets Mosaic apart as a destination for seafood lovers.

Along with his family's famous Rappahannock and Olde Salt oysters at the raw bar, Croxton has enlisted renowned Chef John Critchley to set a menu leveraging the best of Mid-Atlantic bounty from seafood to regional meats and produce. Leveraging a wood-fired grill and rotisserie, guests will have a unique dining experience whether they're watching the chefs in our open kitchen, or talking to the shuckers at the raw bar. Expect to be wowed!
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vipRoseO
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The raw oysters were very good but the fried oysters were disappointing. Not well seasoned and somewhat soggy (due to sauce) , I would not recommend. My friend got the sword fish which was hammered and I got the squid ink pasta - shrimp was overcooked. For a seafood place that is a shame that they overcooked all their cooked seafood. The service was fine, our server definitely did not go any extra mile - not even an inch. When my friend mentioned the overcooked swordfish - I would expect her to offer to get another, but nope. Instead she agreed to bring a lemon or a lemon sauce. She never asked us for drink refills or asked how the meal was in general. Overall this is not the place to impress. I would say go for the raw bar get a drink and go somewhere else for dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I had a grilled fish dish. The fish was very bland. Like it wasn’t seasoned at all. And it was in top of a bed o lettuce leaves that had no taste as well.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Waiter was great. We showed up 12 minutes prior to the end of happy hour (which we weren’t aware was available) and our waiter did us a favor letting us know we still had time to get orders in under happy hour pricing.

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BCSuperfan
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We went for my wife’s birthday (which also happens to be NYE). She had raw oysters and me peel and eat shrimp to start. Both were excellent. For dinner she had catfish and me ribeye but the star of the show was the mashed potatoes - simply outstanding, best I’ve ever had!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Will definitely return again, best seafood in the Mosiac.

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vipLizL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience4

Food and service was less than stellar, not sure I’d even give it another try....

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RP23
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This is worth a try if you must eat in the Mosaic District, want seafood, and are willing to pay $24/main dish. Our trout was fresh and tasty, but the swordfish was overcooked. The roasted brussel sprouts were good, but you need to request them without the cheese topping. The biscuits are disappointing.

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vipAnonymous
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience1

Very cold inside the restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good atmosphere and great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Brian was very helpful with suggestions. The food was awesome!

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vipPickyBoater
Edinburgh
22 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a solid option when visiting the Mosaic district. We visited on a Friday night at 7pm after a movie. Most, but not all, tables were full and the bar was empty. As a result, the noise levels were not bad; I could see this being a very loud place if it were full and people were waiting for tables (high ceilings, cement floor, no sound-absorbing tiles). Our waiter was juggling quite a few tables, but still did a good job of keeping things moving. Oysters were excellent! We had the swordfish entree and a seared tuna salad. Both were good, but the clam/shrimp pasta and scallop dishes that the table next to us got looked better! Wine list is somewhat limited, although there is a reasonable range of wines available. Would definitely return.

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vipMere
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, high quality food and drinks. Great local beer and liquor options. Very attentive staff!

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vipArtfulDodger
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Brine remains one of the few restaurants in our area with no non-alcoholic beers. This is a shame because nothing goes as good with raw seafood as beer. And there are some excellent non-alcoholic beers being produced. Food delivery was slow, and the restaurant was less than half full. We can only assume that everything we ate was freshly made. It certainly tasted that way. Our food was excellent when it finally came. The waiter was attentive and the food is consistently good, so this is one of our favorite places in Mosaic.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was great food and service!

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ProfessorSnack
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We arrived at 11:30 when the restaurant opened for Brunch. In fact, we were about 5 minutes early and they were kind enough to let us in out of the cold. However, it seems that their start time is a little bit of a slow roll as butter for the rolls was still refrigerated and required heating under a lamp before we could have it at the table.

The oysters were excellent (we had 2 dozen for the four of us) and the chopped horseradish was a nice change of pace from the normal minced or creamed style often served with oysters. Also, their hot sauce was excellent.

Waiters were attentive if perhaps a little overextended in terms of work.

My wife's shrimp and grits while tasty were not warm and I suspect that it was either made ahead of time and reheated or had been placed into the bowl too early while the other food was cooking.

The avocado toast was presented well, however, it had been toasted (probably on an open fire grill) a little long and was a little overdone. It was very difficult to cut the toast with the butter knife provided. I'd recommend either lest toasting or a steak knife to cut with.

The salmon eggs benedict had fresh spinach on it which is a nice touch and the tomatoes were fair and to be expected this time of year. The issue is with the muffin which was barely toasted which meant there was no strong underlying structure for the dish and tasted mealy. The muffin could have benefited from the person that cooked the avocado toast taking a swing at it.

The pumpkin cheesecake was fantastic with a nutmeg flavored crust.

I'd go back for more oysters but would probably shy away from the brunch items and stick to items they cook regularly throughout the week on a more regular basis.

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SeriousFoodie
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Went to Brine for a small family dinner; all of us are foodie/cooks. Loved the industrial farmhouse decor, the local sourcing, and fresh seafood. Bonus points for the light, warm dinner rolls which are terrific. The bar is good on execution, but really slow. All the dishes are good, some very good, but the catfish with butternut squash was a low point; too much cornmeal breading and way too much squash on the plate. Recommend for a nice dinner.

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vipPennyMaybe
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly service & a relaxed atmosphere - Brine is the whole package and has made it on our regular dinner rotation. Super find!

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vipMangalaM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was amazing, while service was a bit slow for a very slow Monday night. Also, our sides were not put in, but the manager quickly rectified it by taking it off the bill.

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vipRaisedInNYCFoodie
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the best new restaurants we’ve been to recently! A creative menu with well-sourced ingredients. Great service and atmosphere. The scallop dish was to die for! We can’t wait to come back.

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LisaP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful drinks, wonderful oysters!

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vipLizG
Washington DC
78 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious, fresh seafood --especially if you like whole fish (not filleted). The arugula salad and beet salad are wonderful starters. The service is especially good.

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JessicaV
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was fantastic and the food was delicious!

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vipLilleth
New York Area
116 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went during the middle of a slow period between lunch and dinner. Kiernan was the only server at the time but was attentive and kind. The food came out quickly. The oyster chowder was really delicious! Nice gem of a restaurant located in the heart of a nice little area.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect quiet Birthday lunch. Best seafood offering in the Fairfax area by far. Have to go to the coast for anything close.

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vipDeborahS
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

There is a limited choice of vodka nothing top shelf. The drinks are very small . The shrimp cocktail was awful and swordfish was not very good.
Overall it was a huge disappointment .

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vipAliJ
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and drinks! The Rappahannock oysters were delightful, especially at happy hour price and with bubbly. The seared tuna salad and sea scallops are not to be missed! Wonderful service and simply amazing food made for a wonderful night out!

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Martin
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

If I could have done 4 1/2 stars, that would have been more appropriate. Service started off slow, and it was odd that three different people tended to us before settling on one. There was also the time that the young lady whose job was to refill the water glass, literally leaned across the table over my wife’s food to grab the water glass. I didn’t say anything at the time, but I could tell by the look on her face that she was able to read the look on my face, because she put the glass down on the side closer to her - she could have walked around my wife to put it back where she picked it up from, but regardless. Other than that, overall, it was really good. Totally enjoyed the oysters (appetizers), also, the side Brussels sprouts was reeeaaally good.

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vipDd421
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Brine is our favorite seafood restaurant at Mosaic. We are glad that it has been around a while and hope to return again soon. Get the brussel sprouts!

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Jeff
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We were one of the only indoor tables. Took a while to realize why we were getting ignored repeatedly - there were a ton of tables outdoors. I mean we were sitting waiting, over an over, for minutes and minutes for the next step (greetings, drink orders, apps, dinner, check) . We had to waive at the guys when they were at the register ringing up other people.
Food was pretty cool but for the price, portions could be larger and more full featured.

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Leighatsea
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food and drinks were very well made, and service was fine. The wood grilled swordfish and tuna tartare both were excellent. Oysters fresh and good.

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KOLB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very good food, appropriate proportions. The dessert menu is a bit light.

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vipSumraA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and the raw bar was amazing. I would definitely come back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Happy Hour Oysters @ $1.25 each are good.

Everything else was just okay and we ordered just about everything on the menu. Menu needs a reset with some more inspiring options or this will be our last visit.

Bottles of wine are overpriced as well. Beers were filled 8/10ths of the glass.

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FoodFan
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food is excellent. It would be nice if they periodically changed their menu. Some new items would be nice.

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vipEFoodie
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, fun night !

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vipSteve
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner with friends on Monday evening. Very few diners then so noise level was low. Excellent menu and food quality high. Very attentive and friendly service. Would like to re-evaluate on a busy weekend evening. We do expect to return.

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JessiK
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I definitely recommend Brine at Mosaic! In fact, when my family comes to visit, that is where I will be taking them. The service was friendly and fast, and the food was exceptional. My youngest son tried swordfish for the first time and loved it. My husband ordered the squid ink linguine (for the first time here in the US) and said that it was every bit as good as the squid dishes he loved in Sicily. My scallops were cooked to perfection and they were very good at accommodating my dairy-free preference. Our oldest son had a burger that was devoured much faster than he should have and declared it extremely good. I also tried the oysters. They were good and I appreciated that you could order them one at a time. If you are going to try oysters for the first time, it is good to do so at a place that has 117 years of history with the mollusks.

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TTAS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had brunch and the food and service was amazing. The Shrimp and Grits were perfect.

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Wendy
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience2

Our tuna tartare was extraordinarily delicious. Lovely flavors and a mix of textures. The crostini were divine! So yummy, dessert was not necessary. Our waiter was awful. Inane. Asked if we'd decided what we wanted to order 15 minutes AFTER we'd given him our orders. And on it went like that. Everything that came out of his mouth was surprisingly senseless. He was going to pour more wine. I told him the bottle was empty. He poured (nothing) anyhow. He had no business being a waiter.

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vipMcLeanCouple
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service and good food.

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Permanently Closed - Brine at Mosaic is rated 4.4 stars by 704 OpenTable diners.