Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro

4.7
1138 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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What 1138 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
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4.6
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DougS
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere. We had a couple of wine flights plus dinner - everything was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere and quality of service was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this place! Our server, Eric, was amazing and so friendly. He made great recommendations. We will definitely be back

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CandSvacationers
Savannah
6 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and amazing service! Everything on the menu looked delicious. Great beer and wine selection!

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LAUREN
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I appreciated the attentive service and plentiful space to enjoy our meal given covid. However, we were surprised that we didn’t love the food. The potato gnocchi appetizer and duck were the stand out items. However, the duck’s sides fell flat, the blue cheese dates were a strange pairing, the bread wasn’t great, the pasta was just fine, and the creme brûlée was average. The tab was steep with drinks and almost everything we ate was just average.

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Dyerwolffe
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The service, wine and appetizers were all above average. Unfortunately, we came for the food and the ambiance. The entree's were disappointing and, although I was on a date and it was mentioned at reservation time, we were sat next to a family of 5 that consisted of 2 small children (they were loud). We asked to move almost immediately and we were accommodated, but the family was very loud. Not the fault of the restaurant, just thought I'd mention it.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good but the food was cold .

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vipAllisonM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Good but not great scallops, and butternut squash soup a little too sweet. Good service and safe seating indoors.

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EmilyW
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing service, waitress was super knowledgeable about the wines and food pairings. Each dish was great and we enjoyed the wine she recommended as well as their craft cocktails. Can't wait to go back!

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vipAlanK
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and place was empty for my 4:15 reservation. Burger appeared tasted nicely charred on grill but was still very juicy and flavorful.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated hubby’s birthday there this past week. Def noticed the COVID impact on the Restaurant, feeling sad for them. But at the same, even in this difficult time, this restaurant keep their foods fresh , wine selections up to date and the service was impeccable! Everything we ordered was delicious . Will return. Please all, support our local businesses, let’s ride through this pandemic together.

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vipanitav
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

During these covid times, they were very responsible and respectful of everyone's space. They sat the three of us at a large table with plenty of social distancing between us. We started off with Tuna then onto dinner. The steak frites was delicious, duck was amazing, and risotto with seared salmon looked great. I ended with a chocolate mouse that was outstanding. Will be going back next time I am in the Arlington area.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

First time here to celebrate birthday which was mentioned in my reservation. Ordered a flight wine which they mixed up the order so I didn’t know definitively which wine I was drinking. Waiter was not knowledgeable about what wine was what. Nothing special was done from the restaurant for the birthday reservation, ex: comp’ing my dessert. I was disappointed in the chocolate mousse in a tall cup. I was expecting a Torte which is displayed on the website. Not a great experience for a birthday dinner.

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Person
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

More show than substance a bit over priced for the quality of food

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience5

It’s a nice atmosphere but the food and wine were subpar. Will not be going again .

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, delicious food and complex cocktails.

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JillK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Overall it was a great experience. Not a fan of the creme brulee

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vipJimF
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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Vhuff
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food as always - expensive and small portion sizes but that's pretty typical of French restaurants and this one is no exception. We sat outside and had to wear jackets as they didn't have their heat lamps set up yet. Hopefully they will do that soon as they have an awesome outdoor seating area in a courtyard setting. Works great anytime but particularly during Covid.

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Cheri
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
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
7 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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vipQueenoculture
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on 19 October 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 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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vipExcellent
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 7 October 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 3 October 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 2 October 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
7 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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vipChrissyVA
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on 14 September 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 6 September 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 5 September 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
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 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 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Jackson
1 review
Dined on 25 August 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
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 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 25 August 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 24 August 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 23 August 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 22 August 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 22 August 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 18 August 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

FAQs

Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 243-7900.

Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 1138 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 bookings at the moment.