Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro

4.3
906 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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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.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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LR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service and ambiance. Will return!

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r
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wide selection of wines. The food was very good.Service was very good

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Really great restaurant. I’ve had dinner here three times and each was very good.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a lovely NYE dinner at Grand Cru! The food was delicious and the wine expertly paired! We stayed until midnight and the sweet staff poured champagne at the bar for our group and all the staff to ring in the new year! It was a wonderful experience! 🥂

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

It's a wine bar! You expect to go for a glass of wine and a nosh. It was news years eve and Grand Cru only offered an over-priced fixed price menu. I felt ripped off.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Limited menu with poor choices, so didn’t even order food. Good wine selection.

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TN
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed the New Year's Eve special dinner with optional wine tasting. The menu had a generous choice of three courses, plus the dessert sampler. Pine Smoked Salmon appetizer was delicious. Main courses of seafood soup and surf and turf were also great.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic waitress and the food was great. The Pre-Fix menu had a lot of great options and everything was very tasty.

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v
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We dined at Grand Cru on NYE. The fixed price menu had ample offerings and our selections were nicely prepared and presented. Good value for the cost.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

My wife and I have been to this restaurant several times and love their menu. However, we made a reservation for New Year’s eve at 5:45. We knew that the New Year’s Eve dinner menu started at seven and was hoping to be able to order off the general menu since we got there before that time. My wife and I are not big eaters and did not want to take advantage of the holiday three or four course meal. However, the only option we were given was to order ala’ carte off the New Year’s eve menu. Which gave us very restricted choices. Thank you.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

They did not have enough wait staff. Once we ordered I did not see a waiter/waitress until it was time for dessert and the waitress told us they were short handed and if we ordered another drink or dessert it might be awhile. So we left and went somewhere else for dessert. Too bad we really enjoyed the place last time we went.

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VS
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was really good for the location. We had a large group and the service was okay.. I've been there in the past with large groups and service has been good so I wonder if it was just the individual serving us.

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AF
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice wine bar with good food if you find yourself in sterile Ballston

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Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
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
96 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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DD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Gourmet food/service/ambience at affordable price. Rustic Mac & Cheese to the Crepes...all great.

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E
Washington DC
4 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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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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a
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
17 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
8 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
14 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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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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3
Washington DC
24 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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