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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AI
New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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.

RT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 November 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!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, great food and great selection of wine

s
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 November 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.

OS
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service.

LD
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on 22 November 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.

DG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The bar was filthy. When sitting there we had to look at boxes and other items suited for storage. The bartenders wiped out wine glasses with a dirty rag, they never refreshed the rag. We ordered appetizers the lamb meatballs were excellent. The clams smelled horrible and tasted like they were cooked in old grease. I ordered a bourbon that I know well and I would bet dollars to donuts that what I was served is not what I ordered even though it was in the bottle that I requested. My companion ordered one of the wine flights and only one of the three was drinkable. They have no wine system to keep the wine refreshed. If they have any business at all it’s because of their location.

Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro
Responded on 24 November 2019

I was alarmed at your review, so took a look at the camera, which told a somewhat different story. The drink was made directly in front of you with the correct liquor. The bar is cleaned very very very thoroughly each night. Rags are switched for every shift. The system no longer allows happy hour inputs after 6:40. We go through 3 to 4 bottles of each of our wines daily. They are always fresh. Our location is hidden. The reason we are voted the top wine bar is not due to location.

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F
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, attentive, kind and friendly service... what more could one want? The steak frites underscores why it is a perennial classic, and the Grand Cru hamburger is emphatically satisfying. After a few dinners there, and after a delightful lunch, Grand Cru could become a de fault destination.

t
Washington DC
130 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We like Grand Cru: the food is very tasty and the location is very convenient both to the Metro and our house. The service is good but this visit proved once again, that if you arrive after 8:45 PM, even though hours are listed to 9:30-10, one feels rushed with the service/servers, hoping you don't want dessert or another glass of wine.

DS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Grand Cru would be is a great restaurant in theory but fails to deliver in reality. Ambiance is good, menu looks appealing but food is not well prepared, poor proportions and lacks flavor commiserate with price. I paid $31 for a steak that lacked flavor, small portion and tough. Appetizers were over priced, lacked character, detracted from ambiance and did not taste very good. Service was horrible. The waiter yelled at me, referred to my wife as my Hag and ignored us on our date night... all because I expected drinks to be refilled, the staff to accept follow-on drink orders and meals to be delivered on time. Until management evaluates the purpose of the establishment, the staff will experience roll conflict. Is this a mid to high end fine dinning establishment or a posh wine bar.... they can't be both. Service was really bad. I don't expect much but please don't disrespect my wife and neglect basic service requirements.

Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro
Responded on 18 November 2019

Hi Douglas, sorry about your experience. Do you know whom your server was? Grand Cru has for many years and continues to be voted the top romantic restaurant in the area as well as wine bar and is ranked as second in French Restaurants. This is due to our meat being all prime and our normally excellent service. But I did notice that you were there on the night that the computer system failed and although it is no excuse, everyone was likely a bit more frazzled than normal.

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SJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grand Cru has an excellent wine selection. The staff members are very helpful in identifying and selecting a wine.

D
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was good.

F
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All four of us were delighted with our meals, but the traditional French bistro classic, steak frites, and the US classic hamburger were each quite spectacular. The dessert menu is almost overwhelming - were I dining alone I'd over one of each - but the desserts that we decided up were fantastic (unnecessary, but fantastic). Grand Cru turned out to be precisely the right spot to have dinner and catch up with dear friends.

SE
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Main room was noisy but they happily reseated us in a quieter room which was a great relief to us. Food was great and Frank, our server, was attentive and had great recommendations again!

WL
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wine flights! Duck appetizer was way above expectations!! The duck breast entree was great with the fresh vegetables. And the desert with port was amazing!! Very satisfied!! Highly recommend....

C
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was a nice last minute meal with a colleague. My only real gripe is the cheese plate - it's pathetic and not up to the level of the rest of the menu. Wine list was terrific.

L
Western NC
23 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great knowledgeable and friendly waiter. Delicious food

KF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We appreciated the low noise level because we were trying to conduct some business. The wait staff was attentive without being overbearing. The food was very good and the Executive Lunch special is a good value.

KL
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I have dined at Grand Cru during most of my business trips into Arlington. Its a great location for lunch and a business dinner. Food is very good, service excellent and location perfect.

CC
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place for a weekday happy hour. Excellent wine selection, good value on HH food choices.

GC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall2food5service4ambience3

I enjoyed the food but did not enjoy the interaction with the hostess. I didn't feel the hospitality and was bluntly told that the reservation on opentable did not work for whatever reason. It was an offputting first impression.

b
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Great outdoor seating. Adorable indoor restaurant. Delicious food. Fantastic house wines. My favorite restaurant in Ballston.

G
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great onion soup. Tuna tartar very good. Halibut delicious.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience, great neighborhood spot. They have a robust wine selection (reasonable priced) and well crafted cocktail program, never disappoint.

AM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a neighborhood gem. My husband and I recently tried Grand Cru for a rare night out and loved it. The service was fantastic, the place was cozy and not too loud, and the food was incredible. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. We plan to go back.

Z
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Service was mediocre; took a long time to get a waiter; he wasn't particularly friendly or helpful. Food was ok, not great. I had mentioned on Open Table that this dinner was a special occasion (which it was--our son had just been given a NASA leadership award), but the waiter/restaurant ignored this fact--why ask if nothing will be offered in recognition. Overall, we didn't receive the value of our dining cost and I only tipped 15%--a rarity for me as I believe good service always deserves at least 20%.

MS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We were a party of three, dining outdoors in the lovely courtyard area next to the restaurant. This is a very nice area to dine in on a nice summer evening. This is an inner courtyard area surrounded by several large buildings, which means than street noise and sidewalk traffic are minimized. Unfortunately, this night we were next to a large, boisterous happy hour group, so the sound level was higher than usual. I have dined at Grand Cru many times over the years, and have found the food to be consistently good. I had the scallops, and my colleagues had the salmon and a hamburger. We were all pleased with the quality and the presentation. I sampled the French fries from my friend’s burger dish and thought they were some of the best I’ve had anywhere. My scallops were perfectly done and the sauce and purée complemented the scallops very well. All of us were happy with our choices. The menu is somewhat limited, but most people will find choices they will be happy with. While we were not there to drink, we each had a glass of one of the featured wines and were happy with these offerings. For wine by the bottle, there is an extensive list of options. Service was relaxed, so we had ample time to chat and enjoy the ambience.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and professional service, consistently fresh and well delivered food

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The service was so slow and took 15 minutes just for someone to take a drink and appetizer order and then another 15 minutes for drinks and appetizer to arrive. Ordered an Aperol Spritz which was Aperol and water- onion soup arrived Luke warm and charcuterie platter arrived with stale bread that wasn’t crostini’s just stale bread. We decided NOT to order mains and continued on to another venue for the remainder of our dinner.

T
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A Friday evening go-to place. Wish they had more outside seating. Inside is a little loud for us. But consistently good food and service

F
Washington DC
103 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The location is superior, and outside seating is perfect! The food, the waitstaff, and the wine selections = first-class dining. We are so lucky to live very close by so we may frequent Grand Cru often. One of our favorite places!

SJ
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food. Service was decent at the bar. Was not that busy on a Friday. It's a tad bit pricey, but worth a try.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we had was delicious except the deviled eggs (truffles do not actually make everything better). The cheese selection was delicious, our salads were delicious and well dressed, and the entrees were outstanding. Cocktails were a delight and the Shiraz I tried was gorgeous and my friend was thrilled by his sparkling wine flight. Lovely night with excellent service and a great atmosphere.

TH
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food quality and variety of choices. Service was prompt and paced for proper digestion.

s
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Joslyn, our server was very attentive and we had a very pleasant dining experience overall. Our entrees and desserts were nicely presented and cooked. Next time, I'd skip the cheese plate - it would be better to have fewer cheeses and larger portions of each and the bread with it was too hard and dry. Not the best presentation.

BE
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The wine was excellent. The food was very good. The only downside is the waiter was slight (very slightly) pushy in trying to get us to order. We were talking and taking our time, he seemed a bit impatient, though the indoor section was nearly empty.

R
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Mom and I had a wonderful time at Grand Cru. My scallops were possibly the best I've had and the halibut was delicious as well. We both had wine flights and enjoyed all the selections. We would definitely go back. Joceyln, our sever, was very professional and attentive.

DA
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Slow service from beginning to end. Good food.