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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.
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
Worst crab cakes ever! We asked before we ordered the appetizer of crab cakes ($17) the origin of the crab. The kitchen said it was Maryland blue crab. It tasted more like Indonesian or Thai crab that has that unplesant after taste. I would have sent it back but my husband was hungry and ate it. My salmon was nicely cooked and flavorful and the wine prices reasonable.
Not great. Monkfish medallion appetizer was a chewy chunk; "veloute sauce" was basically a spoonful of foamed milk. The steak frites was a nice size but blackened as if cooked by a child, sitting lonely on a plate whose red wine sauce was basically nonexistent. The frites came without a dip but they gave me their "chipotle" dipping sauce which turned out to be more like a mustard aioli. The crème brulee had not a hint of vanilla. The hostess and servers were nice and tried to accommodate.
Chef Trent has a creative and seasonal menu which is a delight. There is something on the menu for everyone from burgers and fries to gourmet foie gras appetizer. The mussels appetizer was the best I've ever had. Sitting outside by the fountain on a nice evening and choosing our wine from the store is most enjoyable. The kitchen does an outstanding job preparing fish - perfectly finished without overcooking, but always hot and delicious.
Grand Cru is one of my favorite places in Arlington. I have been many times, and it is consistently good. They have always had an outstanding wine selection, but the food is well worth the visit too. We were a party of four, and all selected different dishes. Everything was perfect, from crab cakes, to mac n cheese to the Scottish Salmon and pea puree. Yummy!
Great vibe with lots of menu options that all look tasty. I have been twice and have not been disappointed - the portion sizes are manageable so you won't get overstuffed if you order an appetizer and entree. The wine options were also great - overall great find in Ballston!
Grand Cru has been a good choice for business lunches, particularly when seated outside in good weather. Good wine selection and decent happy hour menu as well. It is fairly loud inside - new decor, although nice, does not absorb sound much. Last visit was somewhat disappointing in two ways - first, food took 30 minutes to arrive - which is a lot when one has one hour for lunch. Second, the Reuben. It is as advertised in the menu, but no need to be fancy - they should stick with the standard Reuben recipe. Overall it is a nice place to have nearby, with a variety of options, usually able to accommodate groups, and friendly staff.
This was my second time eating here and it was not as good as my first visit. My steak was over cooked and my server was not knowledgeable on the wine. One would think that a restaurant with "Wine Bar" in its name would have staff with some knowledge on wine! Other than being completely clueless on the wine list, he did provide excellent and courteous service. The food left much to be desired, unfortunately. I was so impressed on my first visit that I just had to return. However with this go around, I am not sure I will return.
Adorable spot that looks like it caters to both the neighborhood and the daytime workers. I was there for lunch so did not have any wine but it looks like the wine flights are the reason to come. The, however, food was just too heavy. Everything was butter, cheese, fat, salt laden. Wish there was one thing on the menu that didn't feel like a gut bomb. My father ordered the ahi tuna on a (far too oil soaked) salad. The tuna was frozen in the middle.
I'd go back for some reasonably priced wine but would not order food.
Very nice dinner for 2 at Grand Cru which is a neighborhood place for us. It fronts a pedestrian walkway and has outdoor seating in warm weather. We just did a bunch of appetizers - cheese platter, deviled eggs, ahi tuna and wild mushroom strudel - all of them were very good and the 4 plates filled us. For wine there is some by the glass but you can also pick one from the retail shelves, if you pick a white they use a blast chiller which takes less than 10 minutes.(there is also beers and cocktails). There is a $12 corking fee (which I think is a little high). Desserts also looked good - I had a brulee but the Misses pasted being too full from the meal. Nice interior (they recently expanded) and excellent service. Its a big happy hour place so on a Friday we waited till 7:30 to allow the crowd to turn over.
Very good place to go for a nice dinner out. The food was consistently good and well prepared. Service is good, and the staff are very accommodating. Everything we had was pretty tasty.
One odd note is that for a place that specializes in wine and has a wine store embedded in the restaurant, the wine list is rather limited and awkwardly set up.
Overall, Grand Cru is a really pleasant place to be.
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.
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