Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro

4.6
1215 Reviews
$30 and under
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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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and the wine options are pretty good as well

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining space

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love that they don’t try to do everything. Very good at what they do. Limited but excellent menu. Full bar. Great service.

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EmilyC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Victor is amazing!

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Mary
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was nice weather so we sat outside. The food and service were excellent. I recommend the escargot and the cheese platter.

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vipTheresaL
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had our first date at Grand Cru in October 2015. Since then, we always go back every October to re-celebrate that special event. This year, the Grand Cru staff surprised us with a complimentary champagne and dessert to honor our celebration.

In addition to the great service, we love the menu - especially the duck breast and scallops.

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vipGuyC
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Grand Cru was very goog with outdoor seating and an excellent wine menu
Duck confit was very good
Scallops were very good
Shrimp andouille pasta was good expect something spicy kick
Brussel sprout salad was good

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DinerX
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Dining on the outside patio was lovely. The food was for the most part very good, though my rib-eye was just so-so. Service was polite and quick, and our waiter was very kind to replace without request and free-of-charge a specialty drink I did not care for. However, things like steak knives were not supplied and there were few opportunities to get the attention of the waiter when something was needed. The by-the-glass wine selection was great, and we really enjoyed sampling with the wine flights. We’d definitely go back again.

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pattygolfer
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

So disappointed. I live a block away and wanted to enjoy dining outside. I have been to this restaurant a few times prior and was never impressed but thought I would try again.
The quality of food was terrible which were suggestions from the server. The Beef Wellington was dry, over cooked and tasteless. Nothing represented beef Wellington with the presentation. Our other items ordered were not very good as well.
I ordered wines from the happy hour menu and the selections were not very good. The restaurant was very busy and the server seemed overwhelmed. She was very apologetic.
I would not recommend this restaurant, which is rare for me to say being in the business.

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vipJerry
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our only complaint was that service members were not wearing masks.

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vipCynthiaP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food, great wine, and great service. Been getting busier, but large outdoor space is fantastic. The lobster fritters, scallops, steak, salmom, chicken…::everything on the menu is fantastic!

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rtrdengr
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants. Food is always excellent. House wines are always very good. The cheese tray is a wonderful starter, the salmon was exceptional and the chocolate tort was the perfect end to the meal. (It is a mistake to get an extra spoon for your spouse.) Others at the table enjoyed the scallops.

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vipEllena
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

It is lovely sitting outside with a nearby fountain burbling away. The staff were friendly and efficient, but don’t offer the happy hour menu unless requested. Request it: great deals on wine and food! The wines were delicious and the cilantro yogurt sauce that came with the chicken skewers was sublime! A great place to spend an evening.

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vipHelaineW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Forgot our soup. We sat for 40 minutes waiting and wondering. Nobody checked on us until they brought the meal. Reasonable piece of salmon plus tiny portions of rice and green beans was not worth $27. Burger was huge. $20 for a glass of wine not even served at the proper red wine temperature was ridiculous.

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WINEandDINE
Shreveport
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The wine flights were exceptional! Great Anniversary dinner.

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vipgw4775
Atlantic City
60 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here four or five times...always great food and great service.

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vipMariaR
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, ambiance and service was fabulous. Loved the outdoor patio with the fountain adding to the experience. Can't wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The outside dining got a little noisy after a while which made the noise more like moderate and when we started at 5:45 it was low. Also the fire engines that came several times during our meal did not help

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vipDuckSoup11
Washington DC
164 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hadn't been to Grand Cru since before quarantine started last year. Last night reinforced what we remembered from earlier visits. Everything was delicious. Our appetizers were lobster fritters (small, super light and excellent) and duck strudel, also excellent. We had planned to split main courses, so one of us ordered Teres Major, an 8 oz beef filet with a wine reduction sauce, served with au gratin potatoes and asparagus. It was superb, although we ended up bringing most of it home. We both wanted to try their burger and fries because our previous favorite place to get a "grown-up" burger (sit down service, wine, etc) no longer makes good fries. So we shared the burger and fries,, and then couldn't manage to eat the Teres Major. Grand Cru is now our new go-to burger place. Burger perfect, fries outstanding. Service is fabulous. The selection of wines by the glass -- very good. So happy we were able to dine there again.

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JeanA
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Daughters birthday

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vipJimF
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had dinner with our daughter who lives in Ballston. We brought our dog too. Everything about our meal was good. Great service and very friendly too. I highly recommend Grand Cru!!

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SuburbanFoodie
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, good food, sophisticated, good service, outdoor seating under a tent so you could comfortably sit outside even if it's raining. A bit pricy. Excellent place to splurge.

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JamesJ
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very well done in every respect. We would be delighted to return anytime.

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Christian
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have nothing to complain about. I've been to Grand Cru before.

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Sobelle21
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great meal, dishes were delicious and well prepared. Service was great.

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MarjorieH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great meal with excellent service with good friends. A lovely evening.

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vipCowboyGirl
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grand Cru is always the perfect spot when you just don’t want to cook another meal at home. Whether you want a couple of appetizers, a light salad, or a three-course meal there is something for everyone and it’s all good!

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EllaV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and ambiance! Food and drinks were delicious. Highly recommend for anyone looking for a nice date night.

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Paul
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner with a friend I hadn't seen since CoVid hit. Food, service and ambience were tremendous.

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Paul
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great business lunch for four. We each had a different lunch--and everyone commented on how excellent their meals where.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing wait staff. Thank you!

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vipNicknameFoodie
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Large outdoor space with a few creative dishes on the menu. Service was terribly slow, but when we had service it was great.
Not a place you would return to but if you are in the area give it a try.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem!

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JeanneB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

You can't beat an outdoor table on a beautiful June night. And it was crowded. But service was good and the food was ample.

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vipMedved
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First visit. Outdoor seating is a nice setting. Despite lovely weather, it was not crowded. Server was helpful and attentive. My guest had a salad, which was fine. My steak frites was perfectly done, though a bit chewy. Molten chocolate cake dessert good, though not great. Overall, a quite satisfactory experience.

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vipGwennP
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My colleague and I opted to eat outdoors and it was a perfect evening to do so! We enjoyed the variety of menu items available, including the plethora of specialty cocktails. We will return!

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vipPashminaChic
New England
21 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Go for a terrific by-the-glass experience, but don’t expect a bottle list because they don’t have one, which shocked us, given that they have many more choices in bottles than in by-the-glass. Instead of a bottle list, you are supposed to walk up to a wall of wines displayed in the middle of the dining room and squint in dim light to read labels to identify what you might want. You might have to bend over or get on your knees to read bottles shelved at lower levels (shelves reach all the way to the floor). And there is a table for 6 right in front of this shelf, so you’ll have to excuse yourself and squeeze in, if there is a party seated there, which there was the night we dined. The bottle you pick will also be served at room temperature, not cellar temperature, a problem. And sadly, displaying these bottles standing upright and in exposed to daylight pouring into the restaurant windows, is wine abuse.
A shame because this place had great promise to be something a little more than just a wine bar.
The apps could be entrees themselves, as they were generous. Food is delicious, the fondue making a great pairing with glasses of red we ordered. The duck strudel was disappointing as there was almost no duck in it, but the puff pastry was tasty. A beef wellington tart app, was more than enough for one of our entrees, the beef tender, with plenty of beef and mushrooms. The duck entree was tender and flavorful, even though the duck was cooked medium instead of the promised medium rare. A dessert of chocolate mousse was rich in chocolate but light on the tummy, perfect with glasses of dessert wine.
Service lacked competence, but at this time, it is still hard to find restaurant staff. Our specific complaint - the waiter tried to serve us our entree choices after we’d only taken 2 bites of our apps. Restaurant was only half full so this was not due to trying to turn the table. Dining room was comfortable, large windows overlooking a courtyard with fountain, outdoor tables.

Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro
Responded on June 28, 2021

Pashmina, Thanks for the comment. Over the years we occasionally get comments on the method for selecting bottles at Grand Cru. In response we put together a book with our entire selection. It was about 14 pages long, and had to be reprinted every few weeks since the wine prices change every delivery or so. After all this effort and cost to maintain, we would have about 3 persons per year order from the book. The rest would just browse the shelves. We abandoned the books.

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PeggyD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this was my first in-dining experience in 15 months!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! Food and drinks were great! My favorites were the lobster appetizer and duck entree.

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Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 243-7900.

Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro is rated 4.6 stars by 1215 OpenTable diners.

Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.itson.me/widget/74-2095-grand-cru-wine-bar-and-bistro#/merchant/2095.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.