Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro

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859 reviews
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$30 and under
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French American
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  • Notable Wine List
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
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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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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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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3.0Dined 4 days ago

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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4.0Dined 5 days ago

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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2.0Dined 6 days ago

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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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

So glad to have this neighborhood gem. I had not been to Grand Cru since the move and menu expansion. I thoroughly enjoyed the dinner and I hope to be a regular.

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3.0Dined on July 27, 2018

It was too noisy. The service was a little slow, but the food was good.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Magnifique!!

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3.0Dined on July 19, 2018

The food, food service and ambiance were great. We did experience bugs/gnats flying around our table incessantly during our meal, however, which took away from the overall experience.

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4.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Nice outdoor dining area and atmosphere. Lamb was good; fingerling potatoes were grossly overcooked.

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Food is always great, but the last few visits the service was very average.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Celebration

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4.0Dined on July 13, 2018

The food and drinks were great. Especially the lamb meatballs! Our server was nice,but inattentive. My husband arrived after I did, and it took probably 10 minutes for the server to ask what he wanted to drink even though he walked by our table several times. The same was true when we wanted to order more food.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

We had a red wine and sparkling flights. Both first rate. The food was also excellent.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

very nice place. quiet, great food and service. a bit pricey.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

The food here is simply amazing. The menu is so unique and we didn't have a single complaint about anything! I highly recommend getting a wine flight to pair with your meal.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Great service and food quality. Pricing a bit high but probably consistent with area.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

We had a little trouble finding the restaurant because it does not face street. The menu has interesting wines by the glass. Wines by the bottle are on shelves in dining room for your selection. Noise level from bar was very loud. Our server was attentive and pleasant. The duck breast, rock fish and salmon fillets were delicious. Validated parking is available nearby under the office building that contains the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Very good food, almost impeccable service especially from the senior staff, and you can eat a "standard dinner" (app, salad, entrée) or go "tapas" style, ordering a few small dishes and/or salads. I had the house shiraz and it was quite good. Very relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. The one weird note was that on a night when they weren't super busy, the bus folks were a little too eager to clean plates off our table. They kept hovering and buzzing us and I got more and more protective of my food (maybe they thought I had had enough before I did?). So other than that bit of tension, the atmosphere is quite relaxed.

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4.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Good food and service. Good place to meet client for lunch. Always meets expectations for lunch.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Extensive wine selection, professional staff, excellent food

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

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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