Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro

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892 reviews
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$30 and under
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French American
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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Private dining
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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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.
Additional
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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Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Grand Cru offering Holiday Prix Fixe menu.

Monday, December 24, 2018

What 892 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This has been a go-to of ours for small group dinners for a while. I have other friends who have complained about the service here, but we didn't experience that at all this last time - our waitress was really on top of things. I did notice the manager walking around a lot and tending to things, so maybe that's the difference now. The burger was fantastic, and the wine selection is superb. Love the fact that you can buy your own bottle on site!

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F
Washington DC
95 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and ambiance are consistently MARVELOUS. While the service was a tad slow, the restaurant was packed (and deservedly so), which explained the longer-than-expected absence of the waitstaff. As the hour grew late, and diners left, we received the usual excellent service, along with a complimentary dessert for the birthday lady. Thank you for a WONDERFUL celebration.

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E
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

This is the third time I have had a business lunch at this restaurant, and never again! The service is consistently bad. Today, I ordered a Caesar salad with shrimp and my guest ordered the salmon salad with olive oil. I asked if they had romaine and the waiter said yes. Then he came back and said no. Then they forgot the shrimp and the olive oil. The coffee comes in a press, and they charge $3 each, and we had 5 presses so $15 for coffee. Then they charged me for the shrimp even though it comes with chicken, and did not give me a credit for the chicken. Ridiculous! We paid $56 for two small salads and coffee. Never again!!!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are there for Thanksgiving. The food and service was great!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty thanksgiving meal. Turkey was very tender and flavorful. Pumpkin cheesecake really tasted like pumpkin, not too sweet. Wine was reasonably priced, good selection. Want to return.

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MB
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful Birthday celebration here with family. They saved a quiet spot so my Mom could hear and the food, cocktails and wine were were outstanding. Great service and delightful menu.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went for a family get together of 4 people. Everything was delicious with the exception of the escargot, which was a bit salty. Highly recommend the lamb meatballs - divine!

The wait staff was great and very attentive. The ambiance was perfect and not too loud (easy to hear everyone). Also, there were several gluten-free (GF) options, which myself and my sister-in-law with celiacs enjoyed! All-in-all a fantastic experience!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was really good, cannot say enough about it!! Service was a bit slow, but would still highly recommend.

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OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town for our anniversary and this was within walking distance to our hotel. Glad we checked it out, everything from the cocktails to dessert was amazing. Melvin was our server and we have no complaints whatsoever in the service department. Everything was top notch! Highly recommend the cheese fondue and truffled deviled eggs for starters!

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n
New England
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

likely to go return, mores for bar and apps. across courtyard from our residence

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c
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was tasty, but I left with a bad taste for the place when I saw we were charged for a few pieces of bread - at a French restaurant?

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LR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great environment, and noise level, for a business meeting.

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HF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Great wine selection. Waiters were very friendly when they came around, but service was slow and the portions were very small.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great location with decor so artistic you could spend your entire dinner talking about it. never mind the added bonus of having great food and a staff that is as personable as it is professional!

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UN
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an awesome dinner. We ordered the red wine flight, the cheese board and I had the steak frites. Excellent meal and service.

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KB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Best restaurant in Ballston. Especially nice when the weather is warm to sit outside near the fountain.

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p
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every small plate we had was excellent. Attentive service and comfortable setting. Thanks!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We were seated in a section with only one other table. The service was extremely slow. We ordered apps and our main course. The apps came and then plates came five minutes later after we asked twice. The soup one of the guests ordered never came. Our steaks were over cooked and the potato pie thing was burnt on the bottom. We had to walk out but as a courtesy paid for our wine and apps.

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JK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Our server Chris was less than attentive. We had to waive at him to get his attention several times. We ordered 2 starters, 2 salads and 1 entree to split and asked to have the starters first and receive the salads and entree together. Instead we got the starters and salads at the same time and after about half an hour had to ask Chris where our entree was. He said he thought was waiting for me to ask for it. Also there was a rather loud and boisterous group celebrating a birthday next to us that made the experience not as enjoyable as possible. They were drinking shots and carrying on. We were relieved when they finally left and continued to party at the bar.

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SR
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Jocelyn was one of the best servers I have ever had. Sommelier, read the table, knowledgeable and friendly

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PR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were staying at the Westin and walked into the Gr4and Cru for dinner. It has a wonderful neighborhood feel, with excellent food and service. The wine flights are a great feature on the menu.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

I had a reservation, but they didn’t have a table ready. The hostess offered us a high top if we didn’t want to wait for the dining room, which we agreed to, but she must not have heard us because she then had us sit and wait. Like ten mins later she came back and said that she was sorry for the wait but if we wanted a high top, we could sit immediately. (...) we sajd that we had originally said we would do that, so she apologized and we were seated. It was another 10-15 mins for the server to come over. And it was a good 20 mins from when we started to ask for the check and when we got the check. Food was fine. Service was....not fine.

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Washington DC
80 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Steak frites was excellent, cooked as requested. The lunch special was reasonably priced. Service was courteous and friendly. Definitely a ‘must’ return for good foods.

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SB
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service, and good wine. Would definitely recommend

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Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great.

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DL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service, food, and wine selections were excellent. They have a wonderful menu and the staff worked to even get creative on our behalf. The concept of picking your wine from the many shelves surrounding the seating area is an interesting one. The only suggestion we would have for improvement would be to add some padding to the bench seating - we were able to move to a table with all chairs so we were very comfortable. We will definitely be back and will be recommending the restaurant to others.

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F
Washington DC
99 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some friends and I went, and had great food, good wine in a non-rushed quiet environment. It’s not five starfine dining but very solid and A lot better than most similarly priced options. I wished I live closer, or I would go there frequently. I think it’s good for special occasions too

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b
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We had a really positive experience here. We shared a charcuterie plate, my husband had a burger, and I had a couple of small salad dishes. We each tried several kinds of wine, which we loved. Our waitress was knowledgeable and attentive. The reasons I gave less than 5 stars: the burger was quite charred, despite being ordered medium; the patio is so serene except the chairs make a *terrible* noise when dragged across the stone patio; it took us a while to get our check when we wanted to leave.

The outdoor patio really is beautiful and quiet (other than any time someone moves a chair) and the wine selection was fun to try. We will be back.

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L
Washington DC
104 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I have had the 'executive lunch" here in the past and this time, I met an out-of-town friend for dinner for my first time. It was a most pleasant experience. Sitting outside on one of this summer's few inviting days made it clear that having the entrance and patio in a courtyard rather than on the street is a definite plus.

Our server was full of excellent information and positive attitude. We split a delicate brussel sprout salad. I then went with the monkfish medallion and my companion had the steak filet. Both of us were positively impressed. We chose from the house wine list and I found my pinot grigio to be complex and refreshing. Finally, the chocolate desserts were a tad less amazing but more than serviceable.

We were able to sit for a long time and visit without feeling rushed. When dishes were cleared, we were asked if we were ready.
I look forward to returning.

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L
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and wine, as always. Went twice in one week for two dinners with friends/colleagues. Lamb chops, lamb meatballs, artichoke dip, hummus, and chicken skewers delicious, as were the Brussels sprout salad and spinach salad. Wine flights are a nice way to taste a few and order a full glass of your favorite with your meal after. Desserts also very good. Weather outside was perfect both evenings—shaded courtyard so even in August, it was a nice temperature.

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GP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

If you like salt this is the place for you!!! Service has really slipped in last few months. I won’t keep trying.

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JS
London
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were seated outside on a pleasant night. The food was amazing and was delivered to the table in a timely fashion so we never felt rushed or had to wait for the next course to arrive. Our server was knowledgeable and provided impeccable service without hovering over us. The restaurant includes a wine shop with a large selection of good wines which you can purchase and have served with your dinner. Will definitely be back.

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AM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Have to give it TWO stars because we had good experience there before with their regular menu. The Restaurant Week menu that we tried was poor, not a lot of choices and boring. The appetizers OK, but pretty simple and limited to 4, The monk fish main course was a bummer - the fish was OK, but just plain fish with not much "French" in it. The sides were plain bad - roasted vegetables barely edible and the "lobster infused pasta" looked like porridge and tasted even worse. Looked like the entire dinner was a line cooked product, just to "participate" in the Restaurant Week with not much thoughts for quality. The regular menu items we had last time was a lot better. The restaurant week $35 dinner was, in my opinion, not worth even half that price.

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, everything was delicious! Plus the service was just as great. We were there for restaurant week so we got a great deal but will definitely be back again.

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SH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were greeted and seated by Jocelene. What a lovely lady! We were there for restaurant week and it did not disappoint.
Jef was our server and was very attentive.
I had mussels first and then steak for my entree. The mussels could have been my whole meal as such a large portion. My mango dessert was to die for. It came with honey basil sorbet on mango custard with raspberries. WOW!
This was my first time at Grand Cru and I will be back.
Thanks for such an enjoyable evening.
Sandi

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BH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The food was undercooked and when I sent it back I was given french fries and no real apology... The server was very inexperienced.

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l
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our mom’s birthday and found everything to be excellent as usual and better than before. The crab cakes and roast chicken were excellent and the desserts, including the standard creme brûlée trio were superb. If you’re in Ballston, Grand Cru is your best choice and you can even select your own wine from their wine cellar.

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FG
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful casual restaurant with excellent food. Wine list is great and waiters know how to help.

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MJ
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate outside, as it was a nice evening. The outdoor seating is very nice in a large courtyard with a nice fountain. Waitress was excellent and the food was delicious.

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Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great perfect bourbon Manhattan, best we have had in several months. Sunday evening is a quiet time for the restaurant where many guests are from a nearby retirement community. Wait staff is top notch, attentive and helpful. Food is, as always, well prepared and tasty. Definitely a must stop. Only negative, they charge for bread. Why?

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