Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro

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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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kristysvn
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great options on menu and entree and dessert were fabulous but the artisan cheese platter wasn’t the best bang for the buck with high me u price and very small portions of cheese

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TedJ
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A good casual place for food nicely prepared and served. Brussels sprouts salad was delicious and generous enough for two to share. Scallops and salmon very good. Loved sitting there with all the shelves of wine selections as backdrop. Nice place and comfortably quiet until about 6:30 when it got busier and noisier.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great wine selection and entrees were so good - recommend the roasted chicken. Nice ambiance

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Service was very inattentive

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Delicious
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great resturant/wine shop near Balston Mall. Will visit again.

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7daysaweek
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great neighborhood place. Nice bar area and we felt lucky to be seated in a back booth. Service was excellent. We also enjoyed choosing our wine from a nice selection in the wall display. We will return.

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RichardK
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was really very good. Wait staff was attentive but not in the way. I didn’t feel like I was rushed before or after dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing every dish we had was an experience. We will male this a once a week stop.

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Marcia
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was great. Food wonderful and the staff were all very accommodating. I’ll be back!!

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vipDeborahG
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a cheese platter and really enjoyed the interesting selection of cheeses. Also had the Lamb and Pappardelle pasta and it was amazing! Would definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was a surprisingly excellent restaurant. The food and service were superb.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a quiet corner table. The service was friendly and attentive but not intrusive. A very memorable date night.

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vipLeoD
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The Valentine's Day Prix Fixe was excellent. The Scallop starter, Chateaubriand for one, and the Prosciutto Wrapped Pork Tenderloin were outstanding. Additionally, the Build Your Own Wine Flight allowed us to pair wines with each of our meal selections. Finally, the Chocolate Fondue for two was a great finish to a wonderful meal!!

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AnnieK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I don't know how the food was. We left after 45 minutes waiting for the waitress to take our order

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vipSusanO
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of 6 on a Saturday night and thoroughly enjoyed our meal. We had the Artisan Cheese Platter and Charcuterie Platter. Both very good. Most at our table had the salmon which was delicious. Would highly recommend coming to this restaurant.

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SonyaS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place to really chat over good food and wine. Service was prompt and friendly, and the variety of menu options perfect for a group with varied diets . We all had as wonderful time visiting over shared fondu and choosing meals to suit us all.

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vipG444
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service!

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vipCarolynC
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is uniformly excellent. I had the beet salad and rockfish, hubby had lobster thermidor and mushroom orzo, friends had salmon and divers scallops. All so good.

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davidd
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

The management needs to deal with large tables of loud customers, exceptionally loud, far beyond acceptable

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and nice location

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vipTheresaD
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had our first date at Grand Cru and we regularly go back to enjoy the great food, wine and service, while reminiscing about our romance. Grand Cru will always have a special place in our lives.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice quiet place with good drinks and decent food. I went with my roommate and seemed to be the only non-couple there. Good date spot

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randomdine
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite places in Ballston. The service is attentive and considerate. It is nice to pick your wine off of the shelf. The wine prices are reasonable and their license allows you to take wine if you don't finish the bottle. I really enjoy the Filet here.

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vipKarenL
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dinner! Awesome wine selection!

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NewYearsEveSpecialDinner
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

New Year's Eve dinner with wine pairing was grand. Good choice of entrees, we had bouillabaisse and rockfish. First course of butternut squash soup and stuffed oysters was delicious. And the assorted dessert plate continues to be the best thing here next to the entrees. Wine pairing was also a hit.

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JodyR
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We have eaten here a few times & loved it! I was so looking forward to eating there for New Years eve, however was disappointed with the limited menu options. There was truly nothing on the main entree I was even interested in. I ended up with the soup, butternut squash which was delicious. The area we sat in was quite dark. Service was so so, started out ok, but my soup came way before the rest of my party had there meals. I will go back but not when they only offer the limited menu. When we were ready to order desert the wait was quite long.

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vipLeoD
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The New Years Eve menu with its wine pairing was wonderful. The two starters and three entrees were exquisitely presented and absolutely delicious. The Grand Cru dessert sampler was scrumptious, an epicurean delight!!

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vipAntoinetteW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Solid, but noise level is distracting. Service good, but could be better.

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jbaum517
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience with quick service, preparation, and great food. Nice and very affordable wine selection. Would come back again

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner and wine! Service was impeccable! We’ll be back! Thank you for a wonderful evening.

SJ
vipSantoandJohnny
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have dined her many times because you pick out your own wine from the shelves. They can provide guidance/advice/recommendations if you want it. The food is good and the specials are particularly interesting.

The staff are very helpful, courteous and you don't feel rushed. The bar area has seating both at the bar and high top tables. They also have a more private section for private parties but if the room is not engaged you may sit in that area as well.

Recommend reservation, particularly during the holiday season.

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vipDCGuy
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time visitor and I was impressed. Was there for lunch and had the executive lunch special. Service was excellent and attentive. The onion soup was tasty and the chicken/mushroom crepe was a much larger portion than I had expected, which was nice because often crepes are very dainty affairs. I didn't order wine but hope to go back soon to sample their other fare. Quite a warm, welcoming place.

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ArnelaI
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing, delicious, quality dinner - the portion of my steak and frites was absolutely huge and my SO really enjoyed the mushroom orzo. We had the lamb meatballs and ahi tuna for appetizers and we thought they had amazing touches. The best part was our waitress - Jocelyn I believe her name was. She was a delight and answered our questions thoughtfully.

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RameshT
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I liked the idea of picking a wine bottle by browsing. The wine collection was outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The duck, salmon, and steak frites were fab, not to mention the great service and allowing our table of 6 to have a small birthday celebration for an 11 year old! We love having great wine choices at reasonable prices and the wonderful cocktail suggestions and service by Melvin behind the bar! Kudos to all!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time with an amazing menu, wine selection, and ambience. Also, the staff was very accommodating to a small child, which we very much appreciated!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, great food and great selection of wine

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silverbeech
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I ate at Grand Cru for the first time. We’ll definitely return. The food was outstanding. French onion soup, charcuterie plate, Brussels sprouts salad and crab cakes were on our menu. I had the crab cakes, which had great chunks of crab meat with little filler. We enjoyed our server and found the atmosphere pleasant. My only concern was the high noise level, but that’s pretty common in all eateries these days.

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vipOSI1966
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service.

LD
vipLeoD
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The French Onion soup was excellent. However, the risotto and lobster appetizer was not even warm when it was served, requiring it to be returned and redone, thus delaying arrival of our appetizer. The coffee granita with doughnuts was a fabulous dessert.