Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro

4.4
872 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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What 872 People Are Saying
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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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D
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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F
Washington DC
98 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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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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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
103 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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a
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

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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CC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

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

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Magnifique!!

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t
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

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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WF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

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

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MC
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Celebration

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KH
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

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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RB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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

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

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c
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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N
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

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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LA
New England
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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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l
Washington DC
123 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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JB
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extensive wine selection, professional staff, excellent food

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s
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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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KS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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B
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

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

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