Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro
Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro

Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://grandcru-wine.com/
  • Phone: 7032437900
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French / American, French American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: J. Trent Conry
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: 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.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Glebe
  • Public Transit: 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.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: 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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Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
47 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (35)neighborhood gem (32)notable wine list (31)fit for foodies (23)romantic (17)special occasion (13)great for lunch (11)good for groups (7)late-night find (7)great for brunch (4)scenic view (4)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Great first experience
    FredHVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This was our first exposure to Grand Cru...and we will be back. It is a great combination for us...walking distance, good menu, and ok wine.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food
    Wooly
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Le Grand Cru does have an outside dining area on a patio tucked away from the Ballston traffic in a courtyard. Probably would have been a nice choice given the lovely weather but it was full so we ended up inside. In some ways that was even better as the interior is charming, filled with racks of wine bottles befitting the name. Nice and quiet so no problem holding a conversation, always a plus. And I thought the food was first class amazing! Excellent quality, creatively and perfectly prepared. We had butterfish and duck for our main courses. I would highly recommend either. Wonderful dessert and reasonably priced given the quality. If only the service, which was inattentive and almost unpleasant, had been nicer!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Executive lunch special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The executive lunch special is a wonderful deal, combining a soup/salad, sandwich/crepe and chef's special dessert
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • REturning to Grand Cru
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lamb and Scallops
    DP2014
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Peaceful hidden spot in Ballston
    Marisa
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure
    DebMVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • urban feel
    DCfromSAVVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A broken ventilation system
    Nova
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grand Cru is a Winner
    ArlDiner2
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, wine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    NGrandVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Met clients for lunch there and it was a great quaint location. Excellent wine shop.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Romantic Outing
    BirthdayGirl
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasantly surprised!
    mogley
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • magnificent dinner at Gand Cru
    velodiner
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Grand Cru Is The Best Deal In DC. I Keep Expecting Them To be Discovered And Raise Their Prices!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 429 reviews are from the Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro reviews archive.
  • Great for lunch or dinner
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as previous times...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • family dinner
    luv2dine
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We had a nice quiet family dinner here. Great food and not too chaotic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service slow
    360opinions
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Apps and Entrees, meh dessert
    LemonyPersnicketVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Out of Towners
    WineArtVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A neighborhood treasure
    DebMVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Things one can't control...
    MaryLVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go to fine restaurant in Ballston
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    My wife and I always enjoy dining here. She is from France and misses it every once in awhile. Out of all the French-style restaurants we have tried, this is by far the best in terms of balancing quality, authenticity, and price. The majority of French restaurants in the Washington D.C. area are incredibly over priced for what they serve. Grand Cru is much more affordable for special occasions, and they do not compromise on quality. The servers are exceptionally friendly, and the wine list is excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food & great wine
    SumertimeVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Great place for happy hour and sharing appetizers.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and prices,strange layout
    LemonyPersnicketVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A problem with open table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • V-Day
    Birthday
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, late-night find
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful as always
    Lex20VIP
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mid-week date spot
    traveldocfoodie
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    BaconloverVIP
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Now my favorite place when I'm in Virginia. Reminds me of a small café in Europe. Wonderful charcuterie tray, foie gras, everything - yum.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice hideaway cafe
    LemonyPersnicketVIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for drinks, conversation
    Robinmommy
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing service and selection
    maryVIP
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Great food and very interesting atmosphere. Wine options are great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A hidden gem
    DAytVIP
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    Very good food at reasonable prices- my favs are crabcake as well as mushroom strudel apps, along with duck and a well-prepared filet.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Christmas Eve at Grand Cru
    Ksmiller
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A crush on Grand Cru
    Geeze
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We always enjoy Grand Cru
    EleanorM
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    Great for lunch and happy hour. We wish they would have some wine events/tastings.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique
    CharmingVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    Great atmosphere and food is terrific. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.