Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro

4.6
1118 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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Cheri
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We enjoyed a balmy evening enjoying dinner with our friends. We really love the ambiance - especially the lights on the unbrellas. Nice touch! We felt like a private party enjoying each other, the food and a most lovely evening. The service is pretty good as is the food. This is a neighborhood favorite and we are just glad they can keep their doors open during Covid.

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vipJimF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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vipQueenoculture
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely patio area (not for cold, wet weather) in a courtyard off the street, delicious food, tables spaced apart

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asilva
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a delicious meal in a lovely outdoor patio setting.

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vipExcellent
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grand Cru's food and service are always great -- and it has the best outdoor dining setting that we have found during the pandemic.

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MichaelP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an incredible restaurant for those who very much enjoy wine. So many choices, from individual glasses to wine flights. Great service, fantastic food, exotic wines. Marvelous for my first date

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JasonB
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I love this place. A hidden gem. The food is amazing. We had the fondue to start then I had the rock fish (divine) and my husband had the braised short rib. There was nothing left on our plates which has to be a good sign! I have only given a “good” for the ambience because of the necessity of social distancing. This restaurant has to full and busy to appreciate it even more. Despite that, the lights were lowered which added to the ambience

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vipJimF
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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vipChrissyVA
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great outdoor dining with fabulous wine and food. The cocktails were great too!

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Cheri
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

This is our neighborhood place for meetups. The menu has something for everyone and they have a beautiful outdoor area with just the right number of tables. There is a fountain nearby and that adds to the ambiance.
Our service wasn’t up to par this time but perhaps they had some folks out sick. One never knows what’s happening behind the scenes.

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vipKate
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely evening outdoors, we could almost forget there is a pandemic. The wine was wonderful, the crab cakes too salty.

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Shelby
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food was ok. I can't believe they charge for bread. Service was good and price point was moderate.

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CarmenT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Steak Frit was amazing! Warm bread was so yummy!

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Jackson
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Super friendly staff and pleasant to dine outside - even with a little drizzle - best French option in Arlington.

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vipgordiani
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has a wonderful patio. Perfect for current covid-19 pandemic condition for outdoor dining, service is 5 stars and the food & wine is high quality. Love Gran Cru!

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vipShawn
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Ask if someone wants the check before just bringing it. I ordered a $100 bottle of wine, had dinner, and then, as it appeared it was gonna rain, I asked to move inside. The waitress looked at her phone and said “well it looks like it’ll be about 30 minutes before the rain comes” so I ordered desert. By the time dessert was over she simply brought the check. Keep in mind this was at 7:15pm nowhere near closing time. That’s unacceptable and a real disappointment considering I spent over $300 by myself at your restaurant less than a week ago.

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MaryroseC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Grand Cru was a wonderful experience - in terms of ambience, food and service. We arrived and decided to sit outside as the night was beautiful. We were socially distanced from other patrons and immediately our server brought us our water and silverware along with the menus. Oh, how to choose. I had to forgo my Champagne Cocktail for medical reasons (who actually has one on their menu these days?) and while we debated what to eat we had the utterly delightful and interestingly mixed bread basket with the unsalted (YEAH) butter. After a bit, my husband chose the Scallops, which came atop melted Leeks accompanied by roasted cauliflower, and capers, golden raisins, and shallots. I tried a part of his scallop and I have never had one sweeter. Because I could substitute Rosemary French Fries for the Beet Risotto, I had the perfectly cooked Salmon along with THE best green beans I have ever eaten in a restaurant. And the mustard cream sauce that went with the Salmon was just the right touch. The portions were perfect and did not leave us wanting. We were so dead tired we didn't even have dessert and the next day my husband even question why I didn't have my always desired French Onion Soup - something I never ever miss - just call it traveler's exhaustion. Next time, I'm having appetizers, soup and dessert by making a reservation for the second day we are in Arlington!

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WaverlyHillsMom
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating. Food is fresh and reliable. Service safe and unrushed.

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cserv
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The menu was amazing as well, it was hard to decide. My only criticism is that the cheese board only had 2 kinds of cheese. I think there should more that 2 types of cheese.

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vipCKMGEM
Raleigh
23 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening at Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro, celebrating a friend's birthday! The weather was great, wonderful waiter, fabulous wine list and excellent food. We could not have asked for a nicer time!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service! I wish I would have remembered our servers name because she was PHENOMENAL and SO thoughtful for our anniversary! She really made an incredible experience and we will be coming back

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SunnyCyn
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and the food was excellent. We had appetizers, salads and main dishes and all were delicious.

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Stanz
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

The food was sub par. We ordered Brie in a dough, and the dough came out browned, but the Brie was cold. This can only mean the Brie was frozen. They denied it was frozen. We also ordered the escargot. It tasted like cardboard and my shy spinach. We sent everything back and were too afraid to order anything else.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed Sunday night special fondue/

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Outdoor seating is probably the nicest in Arlington. Felt very safe during COVID times.

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vipclrinDC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. My wife and I celebrated my birthday there and it was great. Of course, with pandemic, there were only 3 couples dining, no issue with social distancing. Of course with only 6 people, there was no problem with noise, etc.

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vipDebbiedoesdctoo
Washington DC
110 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a hidden gem!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best food, wine, and service :)

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BasilEleutherios
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Food was too expensive for the portion sizes. Also, the quality of the food was not on par with the price of the food.

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vipDebM
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

A long-time favorite, and though we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner, we did experience an unusual disagreement with management over the wording on the wine list. Unfortunately, I did not take a photo of the section clearly headed "Or Just Buy a Bottle." This section of the menu was in the middle of the wine-flights section, nevertheless, was clearly titled. When we inquired about a bottle of Sav Blanc listed but unavailable, we were told a substitute would be the same or a lower price ($17). Imagine our surprise when our bottle was listed on our bill at $34. After discussions with management, they conceded that the menu labeling might be misleading but did not adjust our bill; we still paid $34. This was a very rare unpleasant experience, and I do hope the restaurant clears up the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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vipDmbrown
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely courtyard dining area. Wonderful food, terrific wine list.

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disappointing
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

My husband and I were looking forward to the evening.
Food and wine were good, our server was great.
After paying and receiving our check, my husband noticed that my credit card wasn't returned. I asked our server about the card, she went back to find it, but my card was gone! Jessica looked, I helped looking for the card and the manager.
The manager didn't seem to be to apologetic, she told me that I would have to call the bank and work it out with them. She took my phone number and told me she would call me if the card would show up, she never did. She just wanted to get rid of us.
Very disappointing and non professional behavior.

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vipdkfcleve
Cleveland
61 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Onion soup is the best in town...

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KieferM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service, this best spot in town for wine!

Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro
Responded on August 2, 2020

Hi Kiefer! Thank you for taking time and writing review! We appreciate it!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made a reservation for outside. But when I called to reconfirm they would not confirm the outside table. Why make a reservation if they cannot be honored? You should fully disclose that reservations for the outside cannot be made but it’s on a first come first serve basis.

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BethB
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My 90 mother lives in the Jefferson, so nice to have a great restaurant that she can walk too. Service is always with a smile, love this place!

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vipTheresaL
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Grand Cru. My husband and I had our first date there and we have been going back ever since.

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Terri
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently delicious with helpful waitstaff. The french onion soup is fantastic, and we love the mushroom orzo! The wine flights are fun.

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vipBobDiane
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

We are long time fans of Grand Cru, and went to eat on their lovely patio for our first “social distanced” dinner out during this pandemic. Their wonderful chef Trent died late last year and they recently announced a new chef. Sadly, the food is not as good. My husband had a poorly charred steak that was topped with a rock hard mound of her butter (it didn’t melt!). I had the cauliflower gnocchi. The dish was tasty but the portion barely appetizer size - and it was an entree. Our first takeout with the new chef a few weeks ago was equally disappointing. The service and ambience are still as wonderful as ever.

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 4.6 stars by 1118 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.