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For 2
Date
Sat, 2/24
Time
8:30 PM
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Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro

4.4
793 reviews
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$30 and under
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French American
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French American, Contemporary American, Contemporary French / American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(703) 243-7900
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
J. Trent Conry
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Catering
Full service catering including alcohol for small to medium sized events.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Glebe
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Parking details
Street parking on Taylor Street and Validated parking in the underground parking garage off Taylor Street after 6pm and on weekends.
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Public transit
Ballston Metro Stop on the Orange Line. Exit and walk kitty corner through the courtyard with the Cosi and Potbelly Sandwich shops. Grand Cru is located in the next courtyard with the fountain.
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Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Private parties can be scheduled at Grand Cru by contacting the restaurant. We have a large private dining area with a separate bar. Ideal for large get togethers, weddings, graduation parties and Professional events.

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What 793 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.3
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JoeL 
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Very good food, friendly staff, beautiful artwork. The mac and cheese was delicious

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BrittaniM (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We went for Valentines Day. They had a Valentine Day menu prepare! We had the rockfish & steak meals. Absolutely amazing

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The Valentine's menu was great the combination of everything made us feel like back in Europe

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Server and wine sommelier were great - we really enjoyed our Valentines Day dinner.

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vipWazza (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Nice to know that this place is in the neighborhood! Very nice atmosphere, good food and great wines!

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Mathew (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Grand Cru is a wildly under-hyped and wonderful restaurant. Uniformly splendid cooking, every time we go. Trent Conry puts together a creative and thoughtful menu every night, the wines are varied and reasonable, and I always leave happy and with a sense of having eaten very well indeed.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

A very good dinner with very good service. Will definitely visit again.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Family in from out of town

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Alex (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

While the food was good, the service was slow and not very attentive. When we first arrived at our reservation time of 6:00pm they seated us next to the door. I asked if we could be seated further away from the door. They replied that unfortunately all the other tables were reserved. So we sat next to the door. In the hour and a half while we were there all the other table were not being used. As I walked to the restroom I notice there were people sitting in a separate section of the restaurant (far away from the door) I asked a staff person if that area was available, he said that it was for private parties and for when they have full reservations in the main dining hall they overflow to that room if it's not in use. We'll the main dinning room was not full by any stretch so I'm a little unhappy that my request to be seated somewhere away from the door was dismissed because they were full when they definitely were not. Even if they had reservations scheduled we were still there at 6pm and should have had a more flexible choice of tables.
The food was good, but the service was slow in all aspects. Slow take the order, not very attentive to ask if we needed anything else. We had to basically grab the waiter to get our check.

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vipChloeBelle (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Everything was delicious and well presented, from the appetizers to the soup and salads. A lot of wine choices and almost all reasonably priced!

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Amazing mushroom strudel; the ribeye steak and frites was sumptious!

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vipDevon (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

Best onion soups, steak frites, steak tartare, delicious desserts

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SK79 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

We called before making a reservation and were told they DID have their regular a la carte menu or we could do the prix fixe New Year’s Eve menu. The NYE menu wasn’t even working on their website, but as we could do the regular a la carte menu (which we love), we went ahead and made the reservation. Well we get there and are told they only have the NYE menu which we can order from a la carte. I told the server that we specifically called about this but he said there was nothing he could do. Being that it was 1030 on NYE, we had no option even though I’m vegetarian and thus only had one option on the menu, which was not even good. Very disappointing, we spent a lot of time deciding on the right restaurant to spend NYE so we could have a special night out, and I ended up paying $22 for a gnocchi dish that had more gross spinach than gnocchi.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

We have been to Grand Cru many times, it is our favorite neighborhood restaurant. That is why we have chosen it for New Years Eve. It was very disappointing mainly because the restaurant made no effort in making it festive, no table decoration, no candles, Champagne only at midnight, only a set menue where there was no quality / price relationship.

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Swanways (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

We had the New Year's eve menu which was outstanding! The smoked Scottish salmon, venison and quail, cheese platter and dessert selection were delicious, and beautifully presented and served. At $75 per person, with $29 for wine pairings it was also a bargain. We shall be back again and again.

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SatNightLiveBand (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

My wife and I enjoyed their annual New Year's Eve Menu and chose the wine paring option for an additional $29 each--which is actually a good deal in that sharing a bottle would cost at least as much. The pairing allows you to sample a wide variety of wines for that modest fee. Highlights were the chesnut/mushroom risotto and lobster/crab thermidor, plus the always excellent dessert assortment.

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Wander99 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

The food at Grand Cru was excellent. There is a large variety of interesting dishes. Favorites included the stuffed and wrapped brie, bouillabaisse. Service was friendly , attentive, and efficient. The dining room is attractive and not very noisy.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

Great! Family loved the food and being able to speak French!

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OpenTable Diner (San Antonio)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Food (steak) is fantastic and wine selection and price is very reasonable. Become a Cru member.

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Blossom (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

When we arrived, they had no record of our Open Table reservation, so you may want to call before you get there to confirm they expect you. As a result, although they eventually found it, it wasn't until we had already been directed to a table in the bar - which was quite noisy. In addition, the woman who greeted us definitely wasn't friendly initially, to the point that my date pointed out that she had quite a...pronounced attitude. Our server, however, was lovely and attentive and that made for an enjoyable evening - although it would have been more fun if we hadn't struggled so much to hear one another. Food was a good value for the pricing.

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