Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro

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985 reviews
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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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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
39 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
8 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
1 review
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
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
5 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
125 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
13 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
15 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
47 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.

JS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

We had reservations for 645 and were promptly seated. We were not approached for cocktails and appetizers until almost 715. Our appetizer arrived around 725 but not our cocktails. I was getting up to search for them when they finally got there. Around 730 they took our entree order. . We didn’t receive our main course until almost 8 o’clock. And then They forgot about us. We finally flagged down someone Upon request they did bring the check, but then didn’t come back to collect the payment.I had to go seek someone out to hand them the credit cards and the check. We finally got out of there around 8:50. We won’t be going back.

t
Washington DC
126 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have had dinner at Grand Cru three or four times in the past months, finding the location, the food, the service, and the later hours very convenient. My only wish would be for a few new additions or seasonal changes to the menu - everything is good but a new offering or two would be good.

K
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love going here. Best French onion soup around

c
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very relaxing outdoor patio. When the weather is nice, no one eats indoors. It's a lovely atmosphere. Only thing to watch out for is that when the sun is setting it moves across the tables. We had to move to a different table to escape the right sun around 6 pm.

There is an extensive wine bar area where you can choose your wine. They throw it in a vat cooler and in 5-7 minutes your wine is chilled--great opportunity. The food is very good. Scallops quite tender, though only 5-6 ocean scallops and little else with it The duck breast was moist and tasty. But surprisingly, best of all, was the Steak Frites. Now this is not at all what you would get in Paris--it's better. The steak is not the thin pan fried French version; it was a thick steak cooked to perfection with a wonderful seasoning and charcoal broil.

We'll be back.

AS
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love grand cru! The food, drinks and service are always amazing. The menu is changed frequently with new and interesting choices.

JA
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our anniversary dinner. Initially my husband called to make reservations but was told after being on hold for awhile that they had no availability. I got on Open Table and was able to make reservations immediately! We had the cheese board which was good. Good crackers instead of bread & some nuts added would have made it great. I had the scallops which were awesome. My husband had the filet & liked it. We shared the chocolate mousse for desert and it was great. Portions were perfect! I never eat an appetizer, main meal, and desert! We’ll definitely go back. Hoping they have chateaubriand next time!

MJ
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hard to beat good wines, a nice choice of small plates, and a pleasant evening. Greatly enjoyed!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Disappointed with Steak Frites. Requested medium and steak was med rare and extra chewy. I generally do not send back steaks, but should have.

k
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall great. Only complaint was we ordered appetizers and they did not give us time to enjoy them. Entrees came out just a few moments later. We have been here several times and will continue to come back.

HB
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

It’s was Mother’s Day, the service was slow but the waiter was friendly and polite. I hadn’t been there for several years and was surprised at how much larger it is. Everything was okay, just not quite what I had hoped for. My mother said she’d come back just for the dessert. She loved her pear tart! Also, none of us drank wine, so I can’t speak to the variety of those offerings.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service is very blasé. French toast said it came with home fries (??) and they actually pushed back a bit on giving me a little fruit instead.

SU
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We dine here often and take friends and out of towners too! Great food, great ambiance..good time!

S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My pork medallions came from the kitchen after the other plates were served and were warm - not hot.

WR
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great location great wine selection And good food. The service was spectacular.

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

Very nice restaurant and ambiance. I will be coming back....

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