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Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro
4401 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22203
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Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro Details
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
French American, Contemporary American, Contemporary French / American
J. Trent Conry
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Full service catering including alcohol for small to medium sized events.
Private Party Facilities:
Private parties can be scheduled at Grand Cru by contacting the restaurant. Groups are limited to 50 seats inside or 60 seats outside.
Ballston Metro Stop on the Orange Line. Exit and walk kitty corner through the courtyard with the Cosi and Potbelly Sandwich shops. Grand Cru is located in the next courtyard with the fountain.
Street parking on Taylor or lots at Ballston Commons mall or the Westin Hotel.
A word from Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro
Grand Cru is a French American Bistro and Wine bar offering fine food in a cozy European style atmosphere. One of the key advantages of Grand Cru is our on site wine store with over 450 premium wines from around the world. Any of these retail priced wines can be enjoyed with your dinner with a
modest on premise service fee. Grand Cru also features a selection of over 50 domestic and hard to get imported beers. The menu at Grand Cru consists of an impressive array of tapas items, world class entrees, fondue and hand crafted desserts. the idea is equisite food paired great wines at a price you can afford. But if you are in the mood to eat at home, stop by and pick up a bottle of wine to go.
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We're neighbors but had stayed
away, tired of the menu. However, we visiting after a year hiatus this weekend and found the food to be completely refreshed and outstanding. Service is great. Wine is yummy. Outdoor seating is the best around. Will definitely be back."
Dined on 7/5/2014
Both the lamb and scallop entrees
were perfectly cooked and very flavorful. The chef allowed the two of us to split a single serving of fondue and also get both bread and vegetables instead of making us pick one or the other. It is a wine store as well so you can pick out any bottle you want from the shelves, pay retail prices, and then pay a corking fee to enjoy the bottle with dinner which was great."
Dined on 7/1/2014
Dinner for 4 at Grand Cru was a
lovely, relaxing experience. I'm glad I found it on Open Table, because otherwise, I never would have known it was there, despite driving by a million times, since it's not visible from the street, & you have to walk back to the courtyard beside Vapiano's. Sitting on the patio with a view of the fountain was lovely, & my salmon followed by a pear dessert were scrumptious! Grand Cru also has a wine shop, and the price of wine with your dinner is the same as the retail price plus $7 corkage fee, without an extra markup, so it's pretty reasonable. Service was great too - friendly & attentive but not intrusive. We will return to Grand Cru before long!"
Dined on 6/25/2014
Lucky for us we live just a couple
of blocks from Grand Cru, and it has become one of our favorites in all of Northern Virginia."
Dined on 6/23/2014
A block from the Ballston Metro
sits this unassuming restaurant. The wine - in glasses, bottles, and flights - is a delight, the food ranging from small plates to full dinners (and lunches) can satisfy any appetite. This chef can cook. What a find! This is an example of Arlington reproducing the best of urban living - with energy and grace."
Dined on 6/22/2014
Have been here many times and love
the food and the wine choices. The normally cozy space was not so wonderful as there was an issue with the ventilation system. Might as well been cooking in the open. Burning watery eyes were the result."
Dined on 6/21/2014
I would definitely return. We ate
inside and found the atmosphere to be like a European bistro feel. The outdoor tables looked great too and we'll try them next time. Had the filet and salmon dishes...both cooked perfectly. Also had the mushroom strudel and tuna tartar...both amazing. This is a great tucked away place."
Dined on 6/13/2014
Went there Friday night, and then
again Sunday night with a small group. The group ended up ordering most of the appetizers as tapas to share. All the food was excellent, especially the scallops and the mushroom strudel. The gnocchi was unexpectedly great. The cheese plate and charcuterie plate were about what you'd expect, good but not fabulous. Same for the bruschetta. Oh and the wines - loved the flights. Reds are great. Keep in mind that if you order a bottle, there's also a corking fee, although modest."
Dined on 6/6/2014
Met clients for lunch there and it
was a great quaint location. Excellent wine shop."
Dined on 5/27/2014
Beautiful dinner. The staff had
the flowers I pre-ordered sitting at the table for us. This is my second time time coming here and the food was delicious. Never a disappointment. "
Dined on 5/24/2014
We ate here for dinner somewhat
spontaneously after the winemaker at Cobbler's Mountain Vineyard recommended it. The food was delicious. The flavors all complemented each other without fighting for attention. The wine list is extensive, and they have a lot of different beer as well. Our server, Lina, was very knowledgeable and attentive without being at all pushy. We even bought a bottle of wine on our way out! I ate my full meal and left feeling satiated, but not stuffed. It was great. "
Dined on 5/10/2014
Grand Cru Is The Best Deal In DC.
I Keep Expecting Them To be Discovered And Raise Their Prices!"
Dined on 5/3/2014
I recently went to Grand Cru for
dinner, had only been for lunch before. The food did not disappoint. I had butternut squash soup and it was very tasty. We decided to go the route of ordering appetizers and splitting them for dinner. We tried about three of them and all were equally delicious. The service we had was excellent and we received our food promptly."
Dined on 4/30/2014
The duck wasn't very flavorful;
food came out warm, not hot. The cheese plate was good and so was the wine. I'd return for drinks and appetizers but probably not dinner. "
Dined on 4/29/2014
Thursday night, outdoor dining
open. Waited too long for ordering, food, and especially long to get the check. Noise level made conversation difficult. We gave been here several times before and wait time was even longer than usual."
Dined on 4/24/2014
Table had the mushroom strudel,
beet salad, and french onion soup for apps and cheese fondu, crab cakes and Filet of beef for entrees. The party was impressed with all of them, the filet being perfectly cooked and extremely tender and the crabcakes fresh crab. They lost us with dessert. Chocolate fondu was overly rich but generally whats expected with out any WOW factor, however the pear pastry had no flavor and was the texture of bread pudding and the apple tart was difficult to eat w/fragile phylo dough and thick apple slices with too much cinn. Overall, I'll continue to come back for entrees but get dessert elsewhere. "
Dined on 4/20/2014
We were staying at the Westin
around the corner from Grand Cru, and are so glad the concierge recommended it. We ate here a total of 3 times during our stay, and each meal was superb. We will definitely return the next time we are in DC."
Dined on 4/5/2014
Dinner at Grand Cru was
delightful. Everything we ordered was simply delicious. Prices were reasonable, especially the excellent wine selection. We loved it and cannot wait to return. How lucky this is only 2 blocks from us."
Dined on 3/29/2014
In meetings at the nearby hotel
until 8:00pm, so I was pleased to have gotten an 8:15pm reservation, as we had to catch very early flights the next morning. On arrival, the place was jammed, but the hostess noted that several tables were paying their bills, and estimated the wait at around 10 minutes. The diners proceeded to linger over their wine, and the 10 minutes became 30--with nowhere to sit, and nothing to eat or drink The hostess apologized repeatedly, and we were seated the moment a table finally opened up, but the delay put a definite damper on the evening. The service was friendly and the food was good, but I wished I'd gone elsewhere. Probably better savored when one has ample time to do so."
Dined on 3/22/2014
Great place for happy hour and
Dined on 3/7/2014
This is my second time here. I had
the cheese fondu and wild mushroom orzo. Both are great and not ridiculously expensive. The duck bruschetta is also very good. My only issue is the table we were seated at was back by the wine market which left browsers to squeeze behind our chairs. We had one guy stand over is for 10 minutes perusing and climbing over us. Although I know that's a statement of his rudeness and not the restaurants, perhaps they could assist customers when they are busy or move the table for more room. Other than that the food is great and I will come back, just request a different table!"
Dined on 2/28/2014
I made reservation through open
table as I have done many time before. Somehow they didnt have the reservation on their computer even though I got a confirmation from open table. I contacted open table for their comments and the process. However they didn't respond."
Dined on 2/27/2014
Had the V-Day menu with the
suggested wine pairings. Menu was excellent, execution lacked. Food was luke warm, the bisque was more asparagus than lobster and had an off color. Service was accomodating but made it feel like they wanted to turn the table after 90 minutes."
Dined on 2/14/2014
I love Grand Cru and tonight was
no exception (wish it had been warmer inside!). Their butterfish is really good. It used to come with two filets, but they have replaced one with 3 shrimp. I'd rather have more of the butterfish! Their dates are AMAZING and very rich. Only four come with the appetizer, but that's all you will need. And, it is a GREAT wine bar. They have several flight options, house wines that are a great deal (and taste good!) and of course they are also a wine store so if their list isn't long enough for you, browse around and have them open something. Dessert - pear tart or the hazelnut bar are the best!!!"
Dined on 1/23/2014
Needed a date spot with great wine
features STAT! Enter Grand Cru. It's a small place, but that's what lends to its charm. Staff were friendly and vapor when needed. The wine list is extensive and for wine noobs like myself, they offer several tasting flights to get you started (or finished). The plates were filling and perfect portions for one person, they offer a lot of different meals for all taste buds. I plan to come here again and again."
Dined on 1/23/2014
Now my favorite place when I'm in
Virginia. Reminds me of a small café in Europe. Wonderful charcuterie tray, foie gras, everything - yum."
Dined on 1/16/2014
I had an opentable dining check to
use and my roommate wanted fondu so we ended up here. Cute little hole in the wall and the waitress was more than happy to take the check. They let us include wine on the check which I thought was rare. We had the duck bruschetta which was good but the duck was kind of overwhelmed by the peppers. The gruyere fondu is not a traditional fondu but was very good and the wild mushroom orzo was marvelous! The truffle deviled eggs were not truffley and too vinegary for my taste. But as the only disappointment I will probably come back here again and try the French onion soup."
Dined on 1/12/2014
A friend and I were meeting for
dinner and drinks on a Friday night, and wanted a place where we could catch up. The atmosphere at Cru was perfect; casual, not too loud and a nice by the glass wine selection. The restaurant was filled with small groups (3-5 people) and couples, with tables well positioned and spaced for carrying on a conversation. There was good variety on the menu, but service was rushed (our entrees arrived when we were less than half way through our appetizers) and the quality of the food was a bit underwhelming. Overall Cru is probably best suited for drinks and appetizers or dessert."
Dined on 1/10/2014
For a wine bar, the selections on
the wine flights were less than appealing. My husband and I each got different flight and none of the six wines were very good. Same for the menu - menu hasn't changed in 2 years. The service was also disappointing. There seemed to be no dedicated section for servers. We waited about 15 minutes before anyone came to the table. During our meal, I was prepared to order another drink, but no one came back to check on us."
Dined on 1/10/2014
Great food and very interesting
atmosphere. Wine options are great."
Dined on 12/27/2013
Very good food at reasonable
prices- my favs are crabcake as well as mushroom strudel apps, along with duck and a well-prepared filet."
Dined on 12/26/2013
Four of us wanted a new dining
experience on Christmas eve, somewhere with good food and a rich assortment of wines. We found it at Grand Cru. The relaxed atmosphere and excellent food, made for a great pairing with the wines they had on the menu. Extra bonus, since Grand Cru is also a wine store, you can pick any bottle of wine, pay retail for it and have it with dinner for a $7 corkage fee - which is very reasonable. We will visit again!"
Dined on 12/24/2013
My wife and I like Grand Cru in
Arlington so much we look for excuses to take friends and relatives there. The menu is brief but its content is terrific. The chef, Trent Conry, is creative and thoughtful and has created wonderful meals for my wife, who has some significant limits on what she can eat. Among the menu winners: Deviled eggs (creamy and piquant too), the Mediterranean Medley salad, mushroomy orzo, and especially the duck, so tender, so wonderfully flavorful. And don't miss the New Mexico brut (yes, New Mexico) at the top of the wine menu. It's pretty much all you could want for a bubbly kick-start to a great meal. Go to Grand Cru any time you have a chance! Hank Street, Arlington"
Dined on 11/27/2013
Great for lunch and happy hour. We
wish they would have some wine events/tastings."
Dined on 11/26/2013
Great atmosphere and food is
terrific. Will definitely go back."
Dined on 11/10/2013
The food was delicious. We ordered
a few small plates: Brie with honey, beer sliders, olives and nuts, and escargot. All came out wonderfully. We were still a bit hungry so we got the mushroom orzo, which was amazing. Very rich, but delicious. The wine flights were great but our server didn't seem too knowledgable about the wines. He struggled to even pronounce the names. Afterward we checked out the wines for sale but we found them overpriced. (We saw a few bottles that were also sold at Whole Foods for half the price. You know that's vastly over priced if even Whole Foods is cheaper!)"
Dined on 11/7/2013
The menu isn't huge, but
everything on it is good. The bread basket - yum! We ordered a few appetizers and a bottle of wine. Also tried a wine flight, and tried the third glass and really didn't care for it - they offered to exchange it for a different one! Great place in Ballston. When the weather is nice, the outdoor seating is a must!"
Dined on 10/28/2013
Grand Cru provides excellent food
and wine in casual atmosphere with tables spread among wine racks and a bar--adding up to a pleasant and relaxing dining experience. Making reservations was easy; the hostess was friendly and helpful ( particularly when I called to ask where to park--the Mall), and the waitress was knowledgeable and forthcoming with suggestions about menu choices (the Mediterranean and Beet Salads were not disappointing) and wine pairings. Note: Parking can be a problem on weekends, so allow time if you have a reservation."
Dined on 10/26/2013
We came for dinner and ended up
sharing a bunch of small plates. Standouts were the prosciutto-wrapped dates, truffled deviled eggs, and the French onion soup is to die for! Sliders and wild mushroom strudel were pretty good also. Wine by the glass can get pricey here, so it seems like the flights are a better value, as the pours are decent size. Desserts are not as small as you might think so definitely consider sharing these. Trio of creme brulees was very nice, as was the one with the chocolate bars. it's a cozy restaurant tucked into a courtyard hidden from the street. Food was solidly good, not mindblowing, but very good. Our server was fine, not memorable, but they were prompt with clearing plates and refilling water."
Dined on 10/26/2013
First time visit for dinner. The
food excellent -- outstanding spinach salad, lamb shank, and duck. Also of note -- braised beef sliders -- a smaller plate but if you prefer tapas rather than a large entre go for that plus a salad and maybe soup. Wine was (not surprisingly) excellent; even the house pours are good (and less expensive). Consider one of the wine "flights". The best was the Grand Cru wine flight ($24) -- 3 decent 2.5 oz pours of very high end wines. But even the less expense flights (between $14 and $17) were spot on. Service helpful and non-intrusive. We ate on the early side (645p) and thus could easily converse. But once crowded (by around 745p) the noise level did start to play a role. Even so, high marks."
Dined on 10/26/2013
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