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About Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro

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.

4301 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22203
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French American, Contemporary American, Contemporary French / American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Glebe

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(703) 243-7900

Website:
http://www.grandcru-wine.com/

Catering:
Full service catering including alcohol for small to medium sized events.

Parking Details:
Street parking on Taylor Street and Validated parking in the underground parking garage off Taylor Street after 6pm and on weekends.

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.

Executive Chef:
J. Trent Conry

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Join Grand Cru for our Thanksgiving Prix Fixe Special Menu featuring all the Traditional favorites and much more. $58/person + tax, tip.

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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.

Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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4.2

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4.3

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4.0

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Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (20)
Good for a Date (15)
Notable Wine List (14)
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Fit for Foodies (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Romantic (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Authentic (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Business Meals (5)
Cozy (5)
Fun (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Late-night Find (3)
People Watching (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tapas (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
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Healthy (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
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Gluten Free Options (1)
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

I took my fiancee to Grand Cru for a birthday dinner. I liked the ambiance and the service was good. It is a cozy spot for a date or an intimate gathering with friends. Food wise, I was not all that impressed. Not that it wasn't good, because it was. It's just that there was not a lot if inventiveness to the menu. This is a place that does the basics and does them well. Not a spot you get excited to go to, but if you go, you know what you are going to get and that it will be done well.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

My dad and I went based on a recommendation from a friend, and wow this place stunned us. My dad is a wine fanatic, so I had a feeling he would get along well with the staff, who were very polite and gave us plenty of time to choose from the menu (we hadn’t seen each other in a while so we had a lot to catch up on). We settled on a bottle of wine that you can choose from their shelf, and the charcuterie board which came with plenty of bread. We got the lamb chop which, as our waiter had mentioned, fell off the bone. We really enjoyed this experience and will definitely be back for more!

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Excellent location, delicious dinners & desserts and wonderful service. Fatima Made us feel right at home. Thank you.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great food. Quiet. A bit overpriced.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 19, 2017

First time at this restaurant and we really enjoyed it. There were four of us and each ordered different things for appetizers and main course and all were delicious. They have a menu for wines by the glass and wine flights, which we didn't try. They sell wine retail, though, so you can look around and pick a bottle you want and pay the retail price (no restaurant mark-up). The waitstaff is very helpful in helping you select a bottle if you would like them to.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Grand Cru is one of our favorite spots in Ballston for a quiet dinner with good food and wine. It's located just across the square from the Metro station so it's very convenient to stop for dinner after an early evening event in DC.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Very unusual french dishes, well made. Foi Gras, frogs legs, escargot - all on the same menu. Entrees equally great - made it hard to choose.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

4 of us ate dinner in the dining room vs outdoors in the nice courtyard since they were not serving due to rain earlier in the day. Inside is pleasant too. Our apps, dinners, wines and beers were all tasty. No single standout, but it is fun to get a flight of wine. Apps were lamb meatballs and Brie, and dinners were lamb shank, duck breast, and spinach salad with salmon. All were quite good, though my friends salmon appeared over cooked. The desserts were also very good. This is a steady place to have a nice meal. It is a bit pricy for a full meal.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Delightful and completely unexpected. Wait staff efficient and courteous. A very pleasant experience

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Really great meal. Everything was fresh and prepared to perfection. The service was also outstanding

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great outside table seating, excellent food and great service.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Casual, Fun, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Had a great wine dinner with wines from Spain. Very creative and tasty menu including baby octopus, veal cheeks, and tournado of beef.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Still a great place for mussels. They take good care of you and the foot.

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 8, 2017

We had a very nice Friday night dining experience at Grand Cru with friends. It was pretty packed when we arrived and we're glad we got the reservations (we initially wanted to eat at 7 pm, but there were no open slots so we ended up with a 6:45 spot). The appetizers were good (beet salad, and French onion soup). For dinner we had fish, scallops and mac and cheese (the fancy kind). All the main courses were cooked perfectly. Desert was good but not great.

Grand Cru has become our "go to" neighborhood restaurant, and last few times we've gone, we've run into other locals.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Best Steaks Frites! Desserts (lemon soufflés) are fantastic! Service are professional and attentive!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals
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·Dined on August 24, 2017

Great seafood crepe. Also accommodating table for business meeting!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 23, 2017

We had the special Wednesday wine flight, which came with an engaging description of the wines included. Our served recommended the cheese platter to accompany that, and it was a great combination, and the wine explanation also pointed out which cheeses would pair well.

We also got two appetizers for a medium-light and high-variety dinner.

Nice ambiance. We sat indoors. There is a lot of wood and soft lighting, but it wasn't too dark.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 16, 2017

It was very noisy for dinner, but the food was excellent and so was the service. So far it has been one of the few good restaurants in Arlington, VA.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Organic, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Service wasn't so nice this time. However the food was very good - especially the grilled peach salad. Drink prices are creeping up, but we enjoy the wine flights.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Really enjoyed our first visit to Grand Cru. We recall especially the lamb meatballs (starter) and a perfectly cooked excellent steak (rib eye or strip, can't recall) but the best reason to go is the wide selection of wines by the glass (and of course bottled too) - there's something for every taste here. Nice outdoor seating; good service; friendly reception.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 30, 2017

As always the menu is creative and delicious. Seasonal flavors are excellent. Choosing and purchasing our wine in the store saves $$

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 25, 2017

It was a great place to dine. I was in Arlington for work at the National Science Foundation. The food was good, the wine was excellent and the outdoor setting was lovely. I would highly recommend this to others.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 24, 2017

worst service EVER, this was my first and last visit to the restaurant. I live nearby and had wanted to try it out. It is a good location but the idea that in order to choose a wine that I would want to drink, we would be required to purchase a bottle is just unbelievable. The waiter was really really awful. We had to request silverware and napkins, really? The food is okay but really I have no idea how this place stays in business.

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·Dined on July 23, 2017

Enjoyed the ambiance along with the wine and food selections. Wait staff was excellent.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Not all wait staff were on their game but overall good experience.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 20, 2017

We had a wonderful experience celebrating my husband's bday .... Service, food and atmosphere were superb! In response to some comments about the portion size not being large enough, I will say that the portion size is just perfect ... you might not leave with a "doggy bag" but I would much rather have an excellent meal at a reasonable price than be over charged for leftovers. They got it right! Definitely going back!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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·Dined on July 19, 2017

We have visited this place after long time. I must say it improved a lot. Menu variety is astonishing as it consists a little bit for everyone. We went with whole nine yards and ordered appetizers, main course and dessert. Having deviled eggs, smoked salmon, scallops and halibut, we literally licked all our plates :) Our server made a joke "I see you didn't like the food, let me call Chef right away". Very happy with choices and suggestions our server did and Chef for making sure everything is awesome. Portions were decent size and price is a bit high but for the neighborhood, its pretty much similar to other similar establishments. Considering service, we gotta give credit to our server DJ. It looked to us that he was in charge of entire patio outside (we haven't seen other folks) and with 2/3 full patio, he was able to visit us during every course and ask how we are doing and if everything is ok. We like that kind of attention.
Overall great experience. Keep up the good work and we'll see you soon. Thanks again!

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 (Portland)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Yet another very nice meal at Grand Cru. This is one of my favorite places in Arlington. I ordered the tomato salad, the halibut, and the "Sipping Spain" wine flight. Salad was competent, halibut was very good, and the wine flight was excellent. We were seated in the quieter room (to the left as you enter the restaurant), which I would definitely recommend if you want to talk during dinner. Attentive but not intrusive service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 12, 2017

My wife and I found this place online. Nice restaurant behind some apartment and office buildings. Great fountain outside with spacious patio. Food was ok since we had a problem with my wife's burger. Was burned on the outside which kinda ruined the taste but our server George was there to check and with a little sweet dessert and a joke (made my wife laugh) made things much better. I always like to say, sometimes small things matter the most. Definitely will be back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 21, 2017

The steak (steak and frites) was too charred. Internal temp (med rare) was fine, but the burned char flavor was overpowering.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Used to be quite good. My crepes wet and lukewarm. Chicken cubed and not fresh. No attention to taste or detail or plating. Service was slapstick and not committed. Spot is great but will look for other alternative. Too bad. Maybe new manager? Could benefit from some dedicated quality control.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Served us bad tuna tartare. And we had to ask the waitress to deduct from our bill! My stomach has not been the same

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 13, 2017

As always, great food in an enjoyable outdoor setting.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Nice late dinner at an outdoor table. Good tomato salad. Blend of flavors in warmed fgs w prosciutto did not quite work. Scallops good, and better to put cauliflower on side vs mixed. Let these good ingredients stand more on their own.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Consistently wonderful! We love the Grand Cru, from taking our Elders to bringing the Youngers, we always have a culinary treat at the Grand Cru. The orzo with mushrooms is a definite favorite as are the crab cakes. And accessibility to "select your favorite bottle of wine" is a real plus. Service is excellent without being overdone. We'll continue to return to this fabulous neighborhood (and very upscale) restaurant.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Food great, service poor. No one cares starting with the hostess and extending to everyone else.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Grand Cru is an excellent place and often dine here for business meetings when we are in Arlington. The food variety is excellent, beverage menu and service are always fantastic.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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·Dined on May 24, 2017

They close really early during the dinner hour, which we did not realize, but we did have a reservation and could have made it earlier if we had known - I don't recall the time, but I've never seen such an early time for a restaurant in the DC area. We had a group of 7, ordered a round of drinks and were chatting. They began rushing us to order quite early, but we had people in from out of town and were catching up as we looked through the menu. Nobody ever said anything about closing, but every person noticed at one point or another that the servers started to become annoyed that we were not placing our dinner order. The rushing continued as we ate and they began mopping and putting chairs on tables as we ate. I thought it was bizarre that they accepted an online reservation and then rushed the people. If I recall, the bill was close to $500 and they seemed completely uninterested in our business. Food was good enough and the place is cool inside, but we will not be back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Always a great experience; our mussels were tasty and well presented. We will return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Noise levels were too lord. Portions were small. You had to eat quickly if you wanted hot food. Plates were not warmed which they should have been for this dining level.

Tags: Business Meals
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