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.
Arlington, VA 22203
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
$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, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro Ratings and Reviews
Made a 9pm reservation at Grand Cru as my second reservation of the night on Valentine's Day. I had hoped to have drinks and desert but was told that I could only order the full 3 course meal, we could only order drinks. I was disappointed that the waiter or chef could not make an exception and let us just order desert with drinks.
The food was good. The restaurant is pretty. But, we purchased two bottles of wine with dinner and was charged a corkage fee! When asked, the manager said that the menu noted a $12 corkage fee on bottles purchased with dinner. It was noted; in FINE print. I understand a corkage fee on bottles brought in -- not on wine purchased in the restaurant. It is false pricing and quite misleading. Charge the appropriate amount from the outset - do not mislead customers so they feel they were duped.
Grand Cru is likely the best restaurant in Arlington, period. Dishes and ingredients are brillliant, from deviled eggs and mac and cheese to consistently splendid duck, lamb and pork. Chef Trent Conry is an ace, thoroughly understands the flavors and textures of what is prepared in the kitchen and how they work together, and is interested in cooking to match diners' needs. Go soon, go often.
I came here with my fiancee and his parents from out of town for a birthday celebration and it was absolutely perfect!! Lovely atmosphere, and the server (Eric I think?) was extremely attentive and informative and made us feel right at home. We hadn't told him that we were celebrating a birthday but he saw a card at some point during dinner and brought out a complimentary molten cake with a candle and everything to surprise us! We were, of course, very impressed with the food as well. Noise level was quiet enough that we could hear each other easily but also not feel awkward, and the decor is charming! Highly recommend, will definitely come again.
Grand Cru never disappoints!!
We are world travelers and have had many
Great food experiences . This is always a delightful experience with delicious food that is Well prepared and an excellent wine
Cellar. We never leave feeling that we would not return. Service outstanding.
A very special Restaurant hidden in a courtyard off the main road.
I've eaten many times at Grand Cru both before and after it moved to its new larger space. The menu is short but high quality with delicious choices. You can browse their library of wines by the bottle and purchase one to drink with your dinner at basically the retail price instead of the more typical restaurant-markup price. They offer nice wine flights.
The new space is bigger but also much noisier. When ordering, our server had trouble hearing us, and we had to iterate a couple of times.
The food was good however the service was subpar. We had told the waiter the order to bring the food, appetizer, salad and then the entrees. Appetizer and salad came together and before we could finish them out came the entrees. I ordered another glass in wine which did not come until I was almost finished with the entree. I was able to finish my wine because after the plates were cleared it took ten minutes to get a dessert menu and another thirteen before our waiter came back. We know the time because we were timing this. We did not have dessert because we just wanted to leave at this point. I would like to go back but hopefully to better service.
Grand Cru, in its new location, has become our go-to dining destination in Ballston. We have yet to try anything on the menu that wasn't outstanding. Salad's, soup's, entree's, you name it are all solid. On our latest adventure, my wife had the Short Rib appetizer and Mac and Cheese entree, which she cant resist. It has a White Cheddar and aged Gruyere cheese sauce, plus an ample amount of smoked bacon. Superb. I had the house salad and Steak Frites. In the past, they have served a decent Ribeye that was well sized, but thin/flat. On this visit the Ribeye was cut thick and cooked perfectly, with just enough char to give the steak some character. I'm not a fan of steaks cooked in a broiler (which this one is not) and this Ribeye reminded me of Ribeye's I have had at Charlie Parker's in Chicago. The red wine shallot sauce was perfect.
Also, you can get a great bottle of wine at a normal price. There is a slight corkage charge, but you pay far less than you would in any other restaurant.
A real New Year's Eve bust, which was a surprise considering that we have patronized this restaurant for years. They failed to honor a reservation, and we ended up eating in the bar area only because an astute bartender finally stepped in to resolve a 75-minute wait that apparently neither the hostess nor the lead bartender could address, notwithstanding the fact that multiple parties of similar size kept getting escorted to tables even as our reservation was not being honored. And we were being given conflicting reasons as to why our table was not ready. Despite the bartender's efforts to provide us a free bottle of wine and complimentary desserts, the evening's very uneven service experience and somewhat lackluster dishes (calling a dish lobster and scallops when there was virtually no lobster and what lobster there was was very tough seems a bit off base) left us unsatisfied. A real fail on a big night, and we would've definitely gone elsewhere had it been possible to get a reservation at another restaurant. Will have to think twice about deciding whether to come back to what was once a neighborhood favorite.
We made reservations for a party of five and have been regular patrons for many years. Food was excellent, salads were tasty and our main courses--divers scallops, lamb shank, risotto, monkfish with stuffing, each were delicious. We bought a bottle of Bordeaux based on recommendation of wine person and it balanced the selections perfectly. Desserts at $7 are a great bargain with a wide choice of both chocolate and non chocolate items. Service was attentive and everyone works to insure you have a great time.
Haven't been to Grand Cru Wine & Bistro for many months, but quality continues high. My two lunch partners (right before Christmas) really enjoyed the Executive Lunch options. Service was fabulous ... knowledgeable without "upselling". We were there for lunch, but I have supped here at high-end dinner, as well as just in the bar for tastings and appetizers. Find it. Go there. Really good wines; really good values; really good service.
Searching for a place to grab appetizers and drinks before a Kennedy Center performance and Grand Cru did not disappoint! We were in a bit of a time crunch, so the attentive wait staff was helpful as we made appetizer choices and wine selections. The chicken skewers and dipping sauce were delicious and the mussels were amazing! We will definitely come back for dinner in the near future.
Grand Cru is our "go-to" place for special events. Just a half-block away from the Ballston Metro, it is convenient for gatherings. The food is always excellent, and the service cannot be beat. The list of wines is extensive; and it is a treat to be able to select your bottle from the offerings, pay a small corkage fee and have it served then and there. I love the Grand Cru!
Specific review for Thanksgiving. The menu options were all wonderful & well prepared, with beautiful presentation. Seasonings were interesting. The staff even allowed a bit of flexibility. Three of our party did the wine pairing which we all agreed was excellently done. We were a diverse group of middle-age & elderly, so unfortunately where we were seated was extremely uncomfortable. In a corner, which was far too dark. Menu font was too small for most of us to read in the dark, or without magnifiers. The bench seat didn't have enough back support for the aged. We should have rearranged out seating, or asked for another table, but it didn't seem possible with the Thanksgiving day crowd. That corner area should have been set aside especially for young people. So our physical comfort was a problem. But the food & wine were perfection. Our waitress advised us well & was kind.
Two of us sat at a high-top table in the bar. Nice restaurant. Enjoyed the atmosphere. A little noisy but we were in the bar area. Waitress was very nice but kept forgetting to bring what we requested to the table after we received our food. I ordered the tenderloin medium rare. It came to the table medium well. Received another and it was perfectly prepared. The other person ordered a rib eye. Was cooked as prepared but very, very tough. It was difficult to get her attention to request a re-cooked steak, ask for what she forgot to bring to the table, and then to get the bill. I would otherwise go back and try it again. My tenderloin was delicious (the 2nd one).
David was a patient and wonderful server, answering questions and adjusting my order to accommodate many very boring food allergies. The menu is also clearly labeled with a number of gluten free options. Decent wine list by the glass. This time I went on a Monday night so the service and noise level were much better than my first time. Glad I gave it a second chance!
As a new restaurant find I'm excited about their delicious menu. I've been now twice and look forward to returning in the near future. Since this place is quite energetic I'd recommend sitting in the nook of the walls used for their wine display and purchase. This area will allow a group to hear conversation better.
The food was good and the service decent. I was surprised to learn that if you purchase a bottle of wine from the restaurant there is a corkage fee of $12. I understand this charge if you are bringing in your own bottle. However, if I am purchasing a bottle of wine from your restaurant, $12 to open the bottle you sold me is not good customer service.
The weather was with us this past Saturday night, when I recommended Grand Cru for dinner with our neighbors. We can highly recommend the dates & proscuitto, and the mushroom strudel as appetizers, and I understand the monkfish and burger was well received. Unfortunately my scallops were a bit undercooked (despite asking that they be cooked all the way through & HOT), and the brussel sprouts and short ribs were unmentionables. It's a really terrific spot for outdoor dining - but the service was extremely slow. Also, don't be fooled by what looks like terrific by the bottle wine prices...they add a $12 corkage fee but we didn't learn about it from the menu - thankfully we asked our server in advance. The creme brulee is boring, but the chocolate cake and Illy coffee for dessert was terrific!
Out-of-town house guests took us out to dinner and we suggested Grand Cru where we had been some times in the past, more often in warmer weather when we sat on its great patio. The food was once again quite good: two had lamb shank; one, duck; and one, monkfish. The warm Brussel Sprout salad is a gem for a first course; and the créme caramel was as good as we remembered. All four of us were quite pleased. The wine selections are good - right from the adjoining wine store, with a $12.00 corkage fee.
The food and wine at the wine dinner were great. The staff at arrival wasn't friendly and didn't seem to know what to do with us because we arrived a little early, which the staff person told us to do when I called that day. If they do another wine dinner, communication throughout the staff and with customers needs to be clear and consistent.
This was our second time at the new location, across the courtyard from the old location. Was thrilled to see they have grown into their new kitchen. The food this time was every bit as good as it was always at their original place. That coupled with the great service and an extremely good bottle of red wine made for an enjoyable dinner for us all.
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