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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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Great food and very interesting
atmosphere. Wine options are great."
Dined on 12/27/2013
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
tucked in a courtyard is a small
but charming little bistro with great outdoor seating, a wine store, and an eclectic but delicious menu. Who knew? not most people, and i have a feeling those who do would like to keep it a secret."
Dined on 7/5/2013
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
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 10/27/2013
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 10/29/2013
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 10/27/2013
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 10/27/2013
Grand Cru has a feel of a real
French cafe mixed with a Napa wine tasting experience. The food is excellent and the menu interesting. They took fois gras off the menu, but its probably not for the masses in Arlington. They have interesting wines for their flights. Some are highly rated. They were great about swapping out a wine in the flight when one was pretty bad. This is not a place for kids but makes for a great date night away from the kids."
Dined on 8/2/2013
Met up with a friend for drinks
(great happy hour) and enjoyed it so much decided to stay for dinner. Excellent food. If there was one down side, they ran out of Pinot Grigio . Will return. For sure."
Dined on 10/2/2013
This has become a "regular"
restaurant for my husband and me--frequently with our teen children and/or friends. The service is excellent and the food wonderful. Great wine choices too."
Dined on 9/28/2013
The restaurant was not crowded
when we arrived and they were very accomodating about letting us select a table. They were gracious about pacing the meal (we were not hurried to order). The servers were very pleasant and not overly-attentive (in a bad way). This is a nice small restaurant with a french vibe."
Dined on 9/29/2013
Probably the best
inexpensive/mod/expensive wine selection in town, where you in essence get your wine at retail price, a stunning saving. Server was very attentive and knowledgeable about wine and menu. We had scallops, duck, and pork loin and all were superb. The noise level is a bit high, so chose your table wisely if conversation is important."
Dined on 9/6/2013
I was looking forward to the
organic chicken but it ended up being rather dry. This place has a great wine list though, and the outdoor seating is lovely. I recommend sticking to the wine and appetizers - delicious deviled eggs."
Dined on 8/15/2013
Love this small, hidden away from
the busy Ballston streets, fabulously delicious restaurant. My 6 year old loves the Mac n cheese, her parents enjoy the small plates and al fresca dining with fountain view. The staff are accommodating and the wine options can't be beat."
Dined on 8/20/2013
After reading all the reviews, I
was excited to try this place. The wine was delicious, but that was it. The sliders had no flavor. Our duck was over cooked, chewy and inedible. To compensate for the duck, the manager sent out 3 deserts despite me assuring him that we'd just like the check and to go home. The gesture was kind, but very definitely an act of desperation for a struggling restaurant. The restaurant is also in the middle of a few very tall buildings in Ballston, one of which must be a nursing home because there were quite a few elderly people I'm pajama-like attire observing us while we had dinner. Overall, the experience was not great."
Dined on 8/12/2013
We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves -
everything was delicious & delightful!"
Dined on 7/30/2013
We had eaten there before, twice.
This time it was a bit disappointing. I ordered the olives and nut mixture that had been outstanding before. This time the nuts seemed stale and there wasn't any real flavor. Also, the food wasn't paced right so we ended up with everything at once. The second course was taken back but it was unsettling. And, wasn't as tasty as previously. We were disappointed because we would like to have this interesting wine bar be better. The waitress was delightful, wine is always great, just not the food."
Dined on 7/12/2013
I try to get here at least a few
times while the weather is good to enjoy the outdoor dining. The setting makes you feel slightly removed from all the concrete of Ballston with the relaxing fountain and shaded area. The happy hour menu is a fantastic deal which we took advantage of. The house wine is good, and the ceviche tacos and crab cakes were memorable and priced right. I have eaten here before and still remember the wild mushroom orzo (which is still on the menu)...amazing!"
Dined on 7/11/2013
This was my 2nd visit. 1st visit
(lunch) I’d been underwhelmed by my sandwich but wowed by the onion soup. This visit (dinner) onion soup was still outstanding (light on cheese; great depth to broth). Excellent lamb. Very good coffee. Very good mousse and creme brulet. Bread—which must be ordered—is uninteresting. One issue: I ordered “Hawaiian Butterfish.” My 4 requests of the waiter to ask the chef for another name for the fish were ignored. It was only, when leaving, I asked someone directly outside the kitchen to inquire, that I learned, as I suspected, the fish was walu. Walu (or escolar) is a very tasty fish, but a diner should read about risks before eating it. (I’d been careful not to eat much.)"
Dined on 7/7/2013
After 3 visits, Grand Cru has been
a consistent pleaser. The food is something special. The wait staff is friendly and made great wine. recommendations."
Dined on 7/2/2013
The food was good but our service
was sub-par. The menu was unique and the fondue was quite tasty. There is a 5-7 dollar uncorking fee for their wine which is ridiculous considering you buy it from their shop but, otherwise, an overall good experience."
Dined on 7/3/2013
I stumbled upon this place about a
year ago. Finally lunched there with a friend recently. Prices very reasonable, ala carte items or better, the "Executive Lunch" for $12.95 (soup or salad, sandwich or crepe, and small, perfectly sized desert. House wines for $5/glass just right for lunch. Other wine options available. Service was solicitous, not unctious. Reuben sandwich particularly good, as was the seafood crepe (both served with some side salad, so if you do the 3course lunch, get a soup). French Onion soup always available for additional $2 but worth it. Bread not part of the table set-up at lunch, so if you need bread at lunch, you'll pay extra, but really you don't need it. Will definitely return."
Dined on 7/2/2013
The French onion soup and tomato
soup du jour were the best parts of the meal I shared with 2 friends. Someone in the kitchen needs to include a sauce for the vegetables inside the crepes and not just put a dollop on the outside. My friends' sandwiches were dry both inside and out. The wine, of course, was great. A good 3-course lunch deal if the main thirds of our meals were as good as the soup and dessert."
Dined on 7/1/2013
We tried Grand Cru for the first
time Sunday and were very happy with the food and the friendliness of the staff, however it took 30 minutes to receive our appetizer. The waiter and maître de both apologized after we waited about 20 minutes and comped two glasses of wine, which was thoughtful. The wine selection was good but not great – I was expecting a little more from a bistro that doubles as a wine store. All in all we had an OK experience. Because the food was quite good we'll definitely try Grand Cru again to see if the slow service was just an off night."
Dined on 7/1/2013
The wine selection is
extraordinary, and the food menu is designed to be paired with the wines. All together Grand Cru offers a delightful experience where everything is designed to enable a celebration of great wines. The flights are a great way to try several different wines at a reasonable price."
Dined on 6/27/2013
Once you find the place, you won't
be disappointed. Yes, it is tucked away and a little bit hidden with no easy parking access. But is worth the "trouble". Great wine selection to choose from and the low corking fee makes it even more attractive. The food selection is reasonable and extremely good. And to add to the experience all this comes with a very attentive service and friendly wait stuff. We will be back .."
Dined on 6/23/2013
The food was great, portions on
the small side though. Wish they gave bread at least for free. Im not into wine as much as others, wish they had a regular bar so I could of had a real drink."
Dined on 6/20/2013
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