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.
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: Brunch: Sun: 10:30am-2:30pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Full service catering including alcohol for small to medium sized events.
Street parking on Taylor Street and Validated parking in the underground parking garage off Taylor Street after 6pm and on weekends.
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.
J. Trent Conry
Private Party Facilities:
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.
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
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Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro Ratings and Reviews
We have dined here many times and always ...
We have dined here many times and always had good service and good food. However, this time our waiter service was not good (the other waiters were more attentive to our needs). One person ordered two starters (one dish as a starter and one as a main course)- these two starters arrived at the same time so one dish had to be taken back to the kitchen! Another person's starter arrived much later than the rest of the group and even then we had to request it. We will try the Grand Cru again and hope that some of the wait staff are not so offhand.
Had salad and crepe. Went to celebrate ...
Had salad and crepe. Went to celebrate Bastille day but there was nothing to mark the occasion -- bad for a French bistro. They had no bread to offer with lunch, and one likes a good french bread with salad -- disappointing Salad did not taste as fresh as it should. Seafood crepe was only OK. My friend had the crabcakes and said they were quite good -- that would be the better choice
Grand Cru is really a hidden gem: many p ...
Grand Cru is really a hidden gem: many people don't seem to know about it, hidden in a courtyard close to the Ballston Metro but it's been here some years and usually has several tables full every time we have been here. The food is quite good and the wine selection is great, coming from the attached wine store. Service is good and friendly. We had foie gras to start, followed by scallops - all were great.
Grand Cru is my favorite go-to place in ...
Grand Cru is my favorite go-to place in the Ballston area. You can't go wrong with their mussels and brussel sprouts salad. Happy hour prices for food and wine are a real bargain. The very best feature of Grand Cru is the remarkably warm attention and service provided by their waiter, Emiliano. He's a gem!
This is one of my favorite restaurants i ...
This is one of my favorite restaurants in the DC area. I have been there before when they were in a small space in the same court yard. The food is very good. Good ingredients and good presentation. The service is also very good. And the wine- there is a lot to pick from. You can even bring a bottle home.
Love love love Grand Cru!! I wish I coul ...
Love love love Grand Cru!! I wish I could give Grand Cru 10 stars! We love eating in the outdoor courtyard - it's convenient yet private. The food is always superb - we enjoyed Filet of Beef and Halibut and finished with a fruit crepe. And the wine list and service - wonderful. Go already!!
Because of bad weather, we had to eat in ...
Because of bad weather, we had to eat inside. We wanted small plates but their small tables are not conducive to people sharing small plates. It was VERY crowded. They are now know as "appetizers" on the regular menu. We liked it better when the they were called "Small plates." They are definitely too large for appetizers, so the first-time eater might be surprised. All in all OK, but the service wasn't very polished and it was almost too noisy to converse. Better outside or on an uncrowded night.
Grand Cru was great. I had the seafood c ...
Grand Cru was great. I had the seafood crepes. My colleague had the chicken and mushroom crepes. We both enjoyed them very much and were pleasantly surprised by the good prices.
The patio outside was beyond LOVELY and the servers were friendly and attentive.
The dessert was a little "meh," but it wouldn't at all detract me from coming here again or recommending it to friends!
We have been here many times, and as alw ...
We have been here many times, and as always they are amazing. The service is great, the food is wonderful and the wine list is extensive. They just moved the a new location 3 doors down several months ago to accommodate more patrons, and it is great they are doing so well. The duck is wonderful, and so is the french onion soup. Highly recommend this place.
What a wonderful place Grand Cru is (beware that it can be loud, however). The selections of wine, the food offerings that are so delicious, and the wait staff -- all fabulous. With the outdoor seating added to the mix, Grand Cru is a marvelous destination.
Overall ambiance, wine and service was great.
We had duck, salmon, filet mignon and steak frites. The first 3 were outstanding and we would order again. The steak frites in both cases was fatty and served as a whole steak rather than cut up. We would not order this again. This is definitely a place we would go again!
I love Grand Cru for dinner and happy h ...
I love Grand Cru for dinner and happy hour, have always had amazing meals. This was my first time trying their brunch menu and it was rather underwhelming. Service and ambiance are always fantastic but the food didn't blow me away.
Went to Grand Cru on a whim with my girl ...
Went to Grand Cru on a whim with my girlfriend for date night. The food was fantastic and the wine was delicious. The service was timely and fast as was the time between ordering the food and receiving it. I have nothing negative to say about Grand Cru. Wish I had found this place earlier.
Nice expansion of restaurant and a great ...
Nice expansion of restaurant and a great addition to Ballston area. Would much prefer if restaurant showed the price of its bottles of wine rather than how currently shown at much lower amounts and then significantly increased when ordered.
Great value, service, and quality food
My husband and I have celebrated two occasions here - Easter and Mother's Day. Both dining experiences were more than we expected. The three course prix fix menu satisfied our very different culinary tastes. We both were comfortable in the urban atmosphere. We were so happy to have the same waiter both times we dined as he was attentive, knowledgeable, and pleasant.
The food was so much more than we thought it would be.
Wine was available by the bottle there or bring a special bottle of your own!
I consider myself a real foodie and appreciate the preparation of good food but cannot always pay the cost of gourmet preparations. No worries here -the food is great and the food prices will not cause you to mortgage your house house!
Dined early on Saturday night before Mot ...
Dined early on Saturday night before Mother's Day. We were seated near the wine display which was nice until more customers arrived.Then we had people walking around us while we ate. Drinks and wine were small pours. Appetizers were good, adequate, portions. Disappointed about fish. On website they posted halibut but was substituted for Hawaiian Butter Fish. It was presented nicely, however it was a little overcooked and not seasoned enough making it a little dry. It could have used an accompaniment that would have made it less dry and flavorless. Steaks were done to perfection.
A great find!
This was the first time we have been to Grand Cru in their new surroundings. It was wonderful. We went for Sunday brunch. The food (eggs benedict) was outstanding, and the Bloody Mary one of the best I've had. The atmosphere is charming, as you are eating surrounded by wine bottles with intriguing labels. In warmer weather, the terrace will be great and I look forward to many more meals there.
Wine Store and Wine Restaurant
We didn't know much about the restaurant and were pleasantly surprised. Our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable about the wines and food. The menu was not extensive but had plenty to chose from. We went at 6 pm on a Saturday, and the restaurant was not crowded. We will definitely return. Parking is on the street, so you may have to search a bit.
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