Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro

4.5
1236 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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere. We ordered the beef and the lamb, both exceptional and presented very nicely.

Will be coming back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Great food!

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vipJanetD
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening at Grand Cru. The service was outstanding, and the food amazing. There were 4 of us and we each got something different. My salmon was perfectly cooked. Can't wait to return!

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KelR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

First time having an espresso martini and it was delish! Their happy hour is also awesome at great price point!

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vipAntoinetteW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I had requested outdoor seating through Open Table, but it turns out that was not available.

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Sushi
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

executive lunch under $20 for french onion soup and an entree - what a deal! the soup is among the best I've ever had - and I lived in PARIS!!!
great lunch and happy hour spot.

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vipAlexandraW
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Good menu choice ms and tasty food. Service slow - wine ordered to enjoy with the entree ended up arriving after the entree was eaten.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was great, server helpful. Only issue was lack of outdoor seating which OpenTable offered.

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vipLambert
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there, we had a wonderful experience! Our server Victor was very good. They had some staffing issues and everything including dessert took 2x as long to come out. Plus the restaurant was very busy because it is a popular spot in this area. It is a cozy dinner spot specializing in French style offerings and a wide selection of wines, of course. Victor was apologetic about our long waits but when the food came out it was worth it. Starters, salads and the main course were all prepared great. Blending and layering of flavors was well done and the sauces were terrific especially in the garlic shrimp. Terrific presentations as well. The dessert we tried took forever to come out and I was a bit dissapointed in the overall texture (came out soupy or watery) and flavor of the Coffee Granite was not as intense as I was expecting. Victor took off the dessert to make-up for the long wait times between courses, so we appreciated his effort. It was overall a great date night and we will be back to try the other delicious looking items on the menu.

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vipLikestoeat
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the menu. Many choices, both small plates & regular.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Date’s birthday

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Katelyn
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great ambience, attentive service!

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Arlmar
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and a quiet place on an afternoon at 1:00. Lovely for chatting with friends.

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Todd
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second time I have chosen Grand Cru for a business dinner and it is excellent. Great location, terrific food and excellent service. Perfect!

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Ilikefood
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated an anniversary- quiet and romantic. Delicious food from appetizers to entree.

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vipalexxx101
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

This is our first time going to Grand Cru in years. We remember when the place was very tiny and it was super cozy. This time, the food arrived lukewarm at best. The fondue was lukewarm and did not taste one bit like Gruyere cheese. The escargot were tasty. The duck was terrible. The sweet potato was cold. My wife's lamb shank tasted like it had gone from frozen to microwave. It just was not the same experience we had previously. We will not be returning.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Don’t ever have Turkey dinner at this place. The meat was dried, stuffing wasn’t moist, the gravy was not flavorful. On top of that we waited over 35 minutes for the entree which should have been pre-prep despite only 3 other tables with customers. WTH

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Ludmila
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice place - excellent service, good food. Would recommend

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you’re looking for the perfect date night spot this is it. I was pleasantly surprised with this place. Good food, good wine, not as expensive as I was expecting.

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DonaldF
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife came in later than expected at Reagan and we used OpenTable to find a nearby restaurant. We had never been to Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro but now cannot wait to return. We had a lovely table in a quiet corner of the restaurant - on a Saturday night no less - and the server was pleasant, helpful and available but not too available as to be obnoxious. The wine list was good and the two different Pinot Noirs we had were each good. We both had duck, me a duck breast with sweet potato puree and Brussel sprouts and my wife a Duck and Mushroom Strudel. Both were superb as was the shared warm Brussel sprout salad and the volcano cake with vanilla ice cream for dessert. The cost of the meal was reasonable and we wish we lived nearer Grand Cru as this could easily be a frequent stop. Just like MacArthur, we shall return.

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2foodies
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the food and wine selection. We definitely will come again.

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TedRCo
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, as always! We sat outside and the weather was beautiful. Martinis, charcuterie and cheese made an excellent dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience1

Food was just nasty!

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LiamMcG
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Main course was delicious. My girlfriend and I had the lamb and duck. It was cooked perfectly. We had the garlic shrimp with chickpeas as an appetizer. It was just the right amount of food to keep us hungry for the main course. I enjoy how they have wine bottles around the entire restaurant, all for sale too. I would definitely go here again.

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geril
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal on the lovely patio. It was a little chilly and our server explained that they are unable to put out patio heaters - some fire hazard. Such a shame. It could be perfect thru the winter with just a little bit of extra heat. But we will be back for either a warmer evening or once we feel comfortable dining inside.

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Theotis
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Inattentive service, fairly mediocre food, decent outdoor seating. I am understanding of challenges restaurants are facing but it is what is. Not very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

We waited over two hours for our order. With a 6pm reservation! When we politely
Inquired about the status, we were told there were delays. It was a party of four and two of the entrees were salads! Unbelievable. We finally got the order to go - but debated just paying and leaving without the food. Terrible service. Unbelievably slow. Don’t go to this place if you expect to be served food. Awful.

Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro
Responded on October 19, 2021

Very sorry for your experience. Despite having had an ongoing ad for cooks for several months, we have been unable to find any qualified. On Saturday the one we had coming for a stage didn't show up, and one that was scheduled quit, leaving one sous chef in the kitchen for the whole restaurant. He is quite good, but cooking for several hundred people by yourself is beyond anyones skills. You can tell from the other reviews that it is an anomaly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
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
20 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
14 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
15 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
4 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.

FAQs

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 4.5 stars by 1236 OpenTable diners.

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.