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Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro

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813 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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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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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 813 People Are Saying
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4.4
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Had a really lovely dinner with our team - great options for all tastes. We loved sitting in the red wine nook so that we could shop for our bottle for dinner. Wonderful selection of wine - very curated.

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Even though I love the place, management is very poor, slow service, and no wine glass in Wine Bar! Waiters are not attentive. You need to get up and pick up your own wine from the wine cellar, and restaurant adds $12-15 (if I am not mistaking) on top of the price on the bottle. I am not sure what the logic was behind that! Anyway food was Ok. Will we go back? do not think so!

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We enjoyed our evening at Grand Cru. It was a lovely night, so we were able to enjoy the outdoor patio seating which is great. Do know that even if you request this on Open Table, it is still first come first serve for the patio. The service overall was good, and our waiter was friendly. We all tried different things, and I would recommend the Brussels Spouts Salad and the mac’n cheese. The short rib was not a good choice. It is normally one of our favorite dishes, bit this was filled with gristle. I have been there for lunch, too, and the crepes are delicious.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We went to Grant Cru for a date. The ambiance was pretty nice, and the food was excellent. We shared the gnocchi as a starter - i was surprised by the different textures and flavors it had -- it was lighter and more flavorful than typical gnocchi. I had the warm Brussels sprouts salad and it had a lot of great textures and flavors and was not too big. For dessert we shared the molten chocolate torte a la mode, and that was great too. Overall very tasty food and decent vibes.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

I enjoy this lively place with the wine bottles displayed. The lamb shank and breast of duck are outstanding. The wait staff is very attentive without being intrusive. We have been here three times in the last two months and never been disappointed.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The service was terrible. Our server never introduced himself- just asked if we wanted drinks. Being a wine bar, we were excited to try new wines. I told the server the type of wine we liked and he presented us with two bottles- just held them up, like he just pulled two rabbits out of a hat and said nothing. Crickets. After an awkward pause, I asked to speak to the Sommelier and he said, "We don't have one, just me". Sweet. We ended up ordering a flight of wines to sample since he was no help. He then just dropped off the wines and proceeded to walk away leaving us to guess which was which before we had to flag him down. We ended up ordering a bottle of wine we already had before and liked- so much for trying a new wine. Same thing with the cheese platter- have fun guessing which cheese is which. The food was actually decent, but there are plenty of places around with good food and GOOD service. We will not return.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Mesl was well prepared and great in uniqueness of presentation. Service was good; but not outstanding; even though not very busy.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Love everything about this restaurant. Very creative food. We chose from the tapas selections foie gras - the real thing - tuna on wontons, and brussel sprout salad. All excellent and artfully presented. Extensive wine selection reasonable priced, with many below $10 a glass. Retail wine by the bottle available for diners, that you can choose right off the shelf. Attentive server who knows and can describe the menu. Very good value for quality of food. The bonus is validated, underground parking in the same location after 6, where street parking is limited. Can't wait to return.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

French-style cuisine, beautiful presentation. The quality and taste of the food was great. They prices were reasonable (though we didn't like having to pay for bread). There were several steak options, which we did not get, but they looked wonderful at the next table. The mussels as appetizer were fantastic. We got chicken and duck. Both were excellent! There are a billion different wines to chose from, and the house wines ($7) were great. Definitely recommend for a date. They also have a happy hour where wine is $5 and they serve appetizers.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Was there on for a business meal. The food was outstanding. We ordered several appetizers: deviled eggs, brie baked in Phylo dough and crabcake. I had duck for my entree which was outstanding. The fillet and boullabaise also were terrific. The fondue dessert was outstanding. And the waiter was great and the coffee hot. Really a great dining experience.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great place, as always for us. We'll be back again!

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1.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Unfortunately two of us ordered Caesar salads and there was something wrong in the kitchen with the Romaine lettuce. We offered to substitute with spinach, and got two salads with plain spinach, a few croutons, and a piece of cut up grilled chicken on the top. There was no Parmesan cheese as I would have expected. The dressing was very fishy-tasting, more so than usual, and was on the thin side. Service was okay, the waiter forgot to pour my coffee but otherwise was decent. I think they should have reduced the price or something in exchange for not having a real Caesar salad available, or offered a free desert or something. It was pretty awful.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Grand Cru is a well-kept secret. Chef Trent Conry knows what he is about, and is skillful and creative, with a deft touch. Try the duck, the deviled eggs, the lamb, the filet, and whatever you want on an imaginative wine list. Or shop for a bottle on site. It is the best restaurant in Arlington, period.

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3.0Dined on March 15, 2018

I have been a regular for the past 10 years and have seen how this restaurant has evolved from a neighborhood gem into an average restaurant. Currently is too expensive for the quality of food and service provided.

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3.0Dined on March 15, 2018

I was not incredibly impressed with the food really. Flavors were ok but not great.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Skimpy pour of Pinot Noir. Bread basket was very delayed (server forgot) and when it did arrive it was stale. Short rib beef was overly fatty, even for that cut of meat. My expectations were too high, so I was disappointed

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Excellent evening

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

This restaurant is not the caliber of Le Chat Noir, La Chaumiere or Vieux Logis. However, it doesn't have their prices either, and the service was very courteous, with good sized portions and a pleasant atmosphere. For a neighborhood that once held little more than auto dealerships, it's quite an improvement!

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Family gathering for special occasion. Food was good. Some of them were little salty for us, but duck and mussels were great. They ran out of the soup of the day but replaced it without asking us beforehand. Took out dishes too quick which made us little uncomfortable. May go back.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Good experience. Food delicious

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Family in from out of town

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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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1.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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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