Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro

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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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L
Western NC
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great knowledgeable and friendly waiter. Delicious food

KF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We appreciated the low noise level because we were trying to conduct some business. The wait staff was attentive without being overbearing. The food was very good and the Executive Lunch special is a good value.

CC
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for a weekday happy hour. Excellent wine selection, good value on HH food choices.

GC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 3

I enjoyed the food but did not enjoy the interaction with the hostess. I didn't feel the hospitality and was bluntly told that the reservation on opentable did not work for whatever reason. It was an offputting first impression.

b
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Great outdoor seating. Adorable indoor restaurant. Delicious food. Fantastic house wines. My favorite restaurant in Ballston.

G
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great onion soup. Tuna tartar very good. Halibut delicious.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good experience, great neighborhood spot. They have a robust wine selection (reasonable priced) and well crafted cocktail program, never disappoint.

AM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a neighborhood gem. My husband and I recently tried Grand Cru for a rare night out and loved it. The service was fantastic, the place was cozy and not too loud, and the food was incredible. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. We plan to go back.

Z
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Service was mediocre; took a long time to get a waiter; he wasn't particularly friendly or helpful. Food was ok, not great. I had mentioned on Open Table that this dinner was a special occasion (which it was--our son had just been given a NASA leadership award), but the waiter/restaurant ignored this fact--why ask if nothing will be offered in recognition. Overall, we didn't receive the value of our dining cost and I only tipped 15%--a rarity for me as I believe good service always deserves at least 20%.

MS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were a party of three, dining outdoors in the lovely courtyard area next to the restaurant. This is a very nice area to dine in on a nice summer evening. This is an inner courtyard area surrounded by several large buildings, which means than street noise and sidewalk traffic are minimized. Unfortunately, this night we were next to a large, boisterous happy hour group, so the sound level was higher than usual. I have dined at Grand Cru many times over the years, and have found the food to be consistently good. I had the scallops, and my colleagues had the salmon and a hamburger. We were all pleased with the quality and the presentation. I sampled the French fries from my friend’s burger dish and thought they were some of the best I’ve had anywhere. My scallops were perfectly done and the sauce and purée complemented the scallops very well. All of us were happy with our choices. The menu is somewhat limited, but most people will find choices they will be happy with. While we were not there to drink, we each had a glass of one of the featured wines and were happy with these offerings. For wine by the bottle, there is an extensive list of options. Service was relaxed, so we had ample time to chat and enjoy the ambience.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly and professional service, consistently fresh and well delivered food

OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The service was so slow and took 15 minutes just for someone to take a drink and appetizer order and then another 15 minutes for drinks and appetizer to arrive. Ordered an Aperol Spritz which was Aperol and water- onion soup arrived Luke warm and charcuterie platter arrived with stale bread that wasn’t crostini’s just stale bread. We decided NOT to order mains and continued on to another venue for the remainder of our dinner.

T
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A Friday evening go-to place. Wish they had more outside seating. Inside is a little loud for us. But consistently good food and service

F
Washington DC
103 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The location is superior, and outside seating is perfect! The food, the waitstaff, and the wine selections = first-class dining. We are so lucky to live very close by so we may frequent Grand Cru often. One of our favorite places!

SJ
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food. Service was decent at the bar. Was not that busy on a Friday. It's a tad bit pricey, but worth a try.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we had was delicious except the deviled eggs (truffles do not actually make everything better). The cheese selection was delicious, our salads were delicious and well dressed, and the entrees were outstanding. Cocktails were a delight and the Shiraz I tried was gorgeous and my friend was thrilled by his sparkling wine flight. Lovely night with excellent service and a great atmosphere.

TH
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food quality and variety of choices. Service was prompt and paced for proper digestion.

s
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Joslyn, our server was very attentive and we had a very pleasant dining experience overall. Our entrees and desserts were nicely presented and cooked. Next time, I'd skip the cheese plate - it would be better to have fewer cheeses and larger portions of each and the bread with it was too hard and dry. Not the best presentation.

BE
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The wine was excellent. The food was very good. The only downside is the waiter was slight (very slightly) pushy in trying to get us to order. We were talking and taking our time, he seemed a bit impatient, though the indoor section was nearly empty.

R
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Mom and I had a wonderful time at Grand Cru. My scallops were possibly the best I've had and the halibut was delicious as well. We both had wine flights and enjoyed all the selections. We would definitely go back. Joceyln, our sever, was very professional and attentive.

DA
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Slow service from beginning to end. Good food.

E
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Good food, good wine, good atmosphere, rude and confused servers.

BC
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was a great dining experience. Our server, Josyln, was outstanding. The food was both artfully presented and cooked to perfection. The selection of wines will fit any taste and the assistance we received from the staff helped us pick a perfect wine to complement our meal.

R
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and wine selection. We ate "light bites style." The beet and timatoe salad is plentiful with lovely citrus surprise. The lamb meatballs were the highlight against some magnificent cheese dishes. Worth a visit to explore the menu and wines! I'll be back.

H
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Will come back. The rabbit dish was so so but the mussels were so yummy

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! A++ wine list 🍷🍷🍷

CW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was OK, not great. My Bistro Burger was overcooked to almost dry, some of the apps were again alright - no distinct flavors

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Steak was over cooked (MW instead of MR). Server asked as he saw my face looking at it but I said I would keep it. My fault, but I didn’t want to wait. Cheese plate was boring with several flavorless items and dry break that wasn’t really for cheese. Good wine and decent prices but now I remember why it has been a while. The outdoor seating is really great.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Invited friends for dinner and Grand Cru delivered!!

C
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The main course food was very good for each of the three of us and the quiet outdoor courtyard made it possible to visit and converse. However, the deficient bread to start was just bizarre. They charge for what was supposed to be a basket of varied breads. We ordered it because none of us found the possible starters appealing. But the bread did not appear. And when it finally did after multiple further requests, we wished it had not. Just one type of bread -- stale French bread toasted on a grill.

OT
Key West
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food and ambiance.

MS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant lived up to my expectations. I booked them for a quiet, romantic dinner, at it was worth the reservation. The meals were delicious, and creatively prepared, and their service was wonderful.

AF
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great menu, good variety to select from. . . one of the quieter restaurants in the area.

t
Washington DC
127 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Although we have eaten at Grand Cru several times for dinner, we had not been there for lunch. The $14.00 menu offers a salad or soup followed by any of the several sandwiches or crepes on the menu. A la carte options are certainly available but the menu is very good and the terrace is ideal on a good weather day.

OT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A group of friends met up at Grand Cru for lunch for our first visit. We were pleased with the ambience and menu selections. Service was at a relaxed pace and could have been a bit more attentive since we were on a schedule. Food was well prepared. Overall an enjoyable experience.

A
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Our waiter was just plain grumpy with us. He did not want a table of 7 and he knew he would get a 20 percent automatic tip regardless of his service, which made a bad situation worse. Very disappointing. I had to shield my guests from his behavior all evening.

GG
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at the restaurant and it was wonderful. Great wine selection and great food. A very enjoyable evening.

j
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Waiter was not very pleasant or helpful.

FU
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a business lunch. I had a side salad and some duck breast crepes and my guest had the French onion sup and a salad. Everything was perfect. It can be noisy, but I expected that, as it is a popular lunch spot in Ballston.

C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

We ordered the following items:
* Mussels - Good
* Foie Gras - I did not expect this to be sweet and fruity.
* Escargot - The was no garlic the butter for us to dip the bread.
* French Onion Soup - The soup was not hot. It was just warm. There was no color on the cheese.
The first waiter was so rude. He treated us like we couldn't afford to dine here. I had to give him my credit card first. The manager had to send in a second waiter. After the appetizers, we did not want to order anything else and we paid and left. This was suppose to be my birthday dinner from my wife. This restaurant used to be one of my favorites but not anymore.