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Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro

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837 reviews
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$30 and under
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French American
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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. Grand Cru also has a full bar with several signature cocktails and on draft 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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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French American, Contemporary American, Contemporary French / American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(703) 243-7900
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
J. Trent Conry
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Catering
Full service catering including alcohol for small to medium sized events.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Glebe
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Parking details
Street parking on Taylor Street and Validated parking in the underground parking garage off Taylor Street after 6pm and on weekends.
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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.
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Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Private parties can be scheduled at Grand Cru by contacting the restaurant. We have a large private dining area with a separate bar. Ideal for large get togethers, weddings, graduation parties and Professional events.

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What 837 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Extensive wine selection, professional staff, excellent food

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great neighborhood spot. Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable about both the wine list and menu. We found some great pairings. All of our appetizers and entrees were delicious. Highlights - brussels sprouts salad appetizer and monkfish topped with crabmeat and a savory sauce. People also loved the steak frites and the rockfish entree. Will definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Enjoyed the food and wine flight. Server was attentive and friendly.

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Afraid this is going down hill a bit. It was empty on a Sunday night, service was okay but nothing special and certainly not attentive, some food pairings were off. My monkfish was too salty. I'll still go occasionally but I'm going to try new places next.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Don’t use your points here. They don’t know how to use them.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Amazing food as always but the service could be a little better. Would definitely recommend!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

The four of us shared crab cakes - totally awesome.
We all had different entrees - fish and beef - and each was
so delicious. Eating outdoors there is always fabulous, and
the food and wine is always delicious. HIGHLY recommend it!

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3.0Dined on June 1, 2018

We are enthusiastic fans of Grand Cru, and they are generally very consistent in their offerings. Chef does a great job of delivering some of the best bites in Arlington.

However, on this Friday night they missed the mark. Our starters of Gaspacho and Spinich Salad were very good, but our entrees did not deliver. My wife had the Steak Frites, which was cut off the small end of the Rib Eye. It was, well, small, tough, and missing the wonderful flap that we love on a Rib Eye. I had the Short Ribs (hard to say that in a plural sense becasue there was so little served), which consisted of a Short Rib and a half, and a small offering of root veggies. We also enjoyed a great bottle of Tignanello which recued the evening.

Overall, not a great effort. Although I walked away ready for a snack, we will be back because we know what Grand Cru can deliver when they are on.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Great food, just don’t bring the main course to the table before appetizers and salad is finished and removed, especially on small tables.

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3.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Food was great and priced well. Our server was trying very hard but clearly stretched thin. Drinks were late. Appetizer on time. Then she asked us if we wanted dessert... after we were waiting 20 minutes for entree. That finally arrived. We asked for more wine. It never came. They were kind enough to comp us the first round of drinks after we drew this to server's attention. I think this place struggles with the problem of fitting in too many tables (extremely noisy) and not enough staff.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Easy access from Balston Metro. Large but intimate, even though a bit loud. Of course, it was Friday night! Dinner for four was near perfect. Sensible portions, plated and cooked with detail and fine attention. Scallops, Duck, Chicken, Mushrooms and Polenta, fabulous!

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

A lot of wines (that’s the concept), most of them by the bottle and few of them by the glass. The flight (three glasses of different wines) is an interesting concept.
The menu is classical but has some interesting meals (snails, frog legs, ...). The platter are thin though.
The atmosphere is cosy and the decoration based on bottles is pleasant.

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

All was good

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Grand Cru never disappoints, from a prosecco starter through a splendid finish w rich Illy coffee. A warm brussel sprout salad or Mediterranean Medley salad, wonderful duck breast or trim, healthy, perfectly done steak, and a thoughtful and creative list of wine by the glass, always leads me through an evening of near-perfect dining. Avanti!

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2018

We were there on a Monday afternoon and the restaurant was not crowded. Waiter was attentive. I had the onion soup and beet salad. Both were delicious.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We were there for mother's day and it did not disappoint. The food was excellent. Portions were as expected: not too much, not too little for the course. Drinks were very well made and the service was fantastic. All my guests agreed on the great quality and flavor of their dishes.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We had Mothers: Day brunch here with its special menu; there were choices for almost everyone and the food overall was good. My wife had eggs Benedict and enjoyed them immensely> I had the pasta with fruit de mer: I've had better pasta but the seafood was varied and tasty. While the service was good, two points irritated me: no bowl to use for the shells and no spoon to gather the tasty broth.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Food was excellent and service was too. Sparkling flight was well chosen and perfect for occasion (mother's day brunch).

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Food was outstanding and service was amazing. Perfect dinner spot to celebrate an occasion

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

We went during happy hour on Friday, and enjoyed a great selection of the low priced dishes, including mussels, sliders, chicken skewers, and a Mediterranean salad. Service was good and the wine paired nicely.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Great ambiance, even when the rain started we were quickly relocated indoors where the vibe was equally good. The waiter was friendly and helpful.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Such a great find, cannot wait to go back with friends and sit outside. Great selection of wine and the food was excellent. Our server was Melvin and he did a fantastic job.

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4.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Overall very good experience. I will go back.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Charming neighborhood restaurant. Food was delicious service attentive and even the chief came to talk with us about our order Don't miss the doughnuts for dessert totally worth every calorie!

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Had a really lovely dinner with our team - great options for all tastes. We loved sitting in the red wine nook so that we could shop for our bottle for dinner. Wonderful selection of wine - very curated.

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Even though I love the place, management is very poor, slow service, and no wine glass in Wine Bar! Waiters are not attentive. You need to get up and pick up your own wine from the wine cellar, and restaurant adds $12-15 (if I am not mistaking) on top of the price on the bottle. I am not sure what the logic was behind that! Anyway food was Ok. Will we go back? do not think so!

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We enjoyed our evening at Grand Cru. It was a lovely night, so we were able to enjoy the outdoor patio seating which is great. Do know that even if you request this on Open Table, it is still first come first serve for the patio. The service overall was good, and our waiter was friendly. We all tried different things, and I would recommend the Brussels Spouts Salad and the mac’n cheese. The short rib was not a good choice. It is normally one of our favorite dishes, bit this was filled with gristle. I have been there for lunch, too, and the crepes are delicious.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We went to Grant Cru for a date. The ambiance was pretty nice, and the food was excellent. We shared the gnocchi as a starter - i was surprised by the different textures and flavors it had -- it was lighter and more flavorful than typical gnocchi. I had the warm Brussels sprouts salad and it had a lot of great textures and flavors and was not too big. For dessert we shared the molten chocolate torte a la mode, and that was great too. Overall very tasty food and decent vibes.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

I enjoy this lively place with the wine bottles displayed. The lamb shank and breast of duck are outstanding. The wait staff is very attentive without being intrusive. We have been here three times in the last two months and never been disappointed.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The service was terrible. Our server never introduced himself- just asked if we wanted drinks. Being a wine bar, we were excited to try new wines. I told the server the type of wine we liked and he presented us with two bottles- just held them up, like he just pulled two rabbits out of a hat and said nothing. Crickets. After an awkward pause, I asked to speak to the Sommelier and he said, "We don't have one, just me". Sweet. We ended up ordering a flight of wines to sample since he was no help. He then just dropped off the wines and proceeded to walk away leaving us to guess which was which before we had to flag him down. We ended up ordering a bottle of wine we already had before and liked- so much for trying a new wine. Same thing with the cheese platter- have fun guessing which cheese is which. The food was actually decent, but there are plenty of places around with good food and GOOD service. We will not return.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Mesl was well prepared and great in uniqueness of presentation. Service was good; but not outstanding; even though not very busy.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Love everything about this restaurant. Very creative food. We chose from the tapas selections foie gras - the real thing - tuna on wontons, and brussel sprout salad. All excellent and artfully presented. Extensive wine selection reasonable priced, with many below $10 a glass. Retail wine by the bottle available for diners, that you can choose right off the shelf. Attentive server who knows and can describe the menu. Very good value for quality of food. The bonus is validated, underground parking in the same location after 6, where street parking is limited. Can't wait to return.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

French-style cuisine, beautiful presentation. The quality and taste of the food was great. They prices were reasonable (though we didn't like having to pay for bread). There were several steak options, which we did not get, but they looked wonderful at the next table. The mussels as appetizer were fantastic. We got chicken and duck. Both were excellent! There are a billion different wines to chose from, and the house wines ($7) were great. Definitely recommend for a date. They also have a happy hour where wine is $5 and they serve appetizers.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Was there on for a business meal. The food was outstanding. We ordered several appetizers: deviled eggs, brie baked in Phylo dough and crabcake. I had duck for my entree which was outstanding. The fillet and boullabaise also were terrific. The fondue dessert was outstanding. And the waiter was great and the coffee hot. Really a great dining experience.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great place, as always for us. We'll be back again!

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1.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Unfortunately two of us ordered Caesar salads and there was something wrong in the kitchen with the Romaine lettuce. We offered to substitute with spinach, and got two salads with plain spinach, a few croutons, and a piece of cut up grilled chicken on the top. There was no Parmesan cheese as I would have expected. The dressing was very fishy-tasting, more so than usual, and was on the thin side. Service was okay, the waiter forgot to pour my coffee but otherwise was decent. I think they should have reduced the price or something in exchange for not having a real Caesar salad available, or offered a free desert or something. It was pretty awful.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Grand Cru is a well-kept secret. Chef Trent Conry knows what he is about, and is skillful and creative, with a deft touch. Try the duck, the deviled eggs, the lamb, the filet, and whatever you want on an imaginative wine list. Or shop for a bottle on site. It is the best restaurant in Arlington, period.

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3.0Dined on March 15, 2018

I have been a regular for the past 10 years and have seen how this restaurant has evolved from a neighborhood gem into an average restaurant. Currently is too expensive for the quality of food and service provided.

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3.0Dined on March 15, 2018

I was not incredibly impressed with the food really. Flavors were ok but not great.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Skimpy pour of Pinot Noir. Bread basket was very delayed (server forgot) and when it did arrive it was stale. Short rib beef was overly fatty, even for that cut of meat. My expectations were too high, so I was disappointed

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