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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
We had a very nice Friday night dining experience at Grand Cru with friends. It was pretty packed when we arrived and we're glad we got the reservations (we initially wanted to eat at 7 pm, but there were no open slots so we ended up with a 6:45 spot). The appetizers were good (beet salad, and French onion soup). For dinner we had fish, scallops and mac and cheese (the fancy kind). All the main courses were cooked perfectly. Desert was good but not great.
Grand Cru has become our "go to" neighborhood restaurant, and last few times we've gone, we've run into other locals.
We had the special Wednesday wine flight, which came with an engaging description of the wines included. Our served recommended the cheese platter to accompany that, and it was a great combination, and the wine explanation also pointed out which cheeses would pair well.
We also got two appetizers for a medium-light and high-variety dinner.
Nice ambiance. We sat indoors. There is a lot of wood and soft lighting, but it wasn't too dark.
Really enjoyed our first visit to Grand Cru. We recall especially the lamb meatballs (starter) and a perfectly cooked excellent steak (rib eye or strip, can't recall) but the best reason to go is the wide selection of wines by the glass (and of course bottled too) - there's something for every taste here. Nice outdoor seating; good service; friendly reception.
worst service EVER, this was my first and last visit to the restaurant. I live nearby and had wanted to try it out. It is a good location but the idea that in order to choose a wine that I would want to drink, we would be required to purchase a bottle is just unbelievable. The waiter was really really awful. We had to request silverware and napkins, really? The food is okay but really I have no idea how this place stays in business.
We had a wonderful experience celebrating my husband's bday .... Service, food and atmosphere were superb! In response to some comments about the portion size not being large enough, I will say that the portion size is just perfect ... you might not leave with a "doggy bag" but I would much rather have an excellent meal at a reasonable price than be over charged for leftovers. They got it right! Definitely going back!
We have visited this place after long time. I must say it improved a lot. Menu variety is astonishing as it consists a little bit for everyone. We went with whole nine yards and ordered appetizers, main course and dessert. Having deviled eggs, smoked salmon, scallops and halibut, we literally licked all our plates :) Our server made a joke "I see you didn't like the food, let me call Chef right away". Very happy with choices and suggestions our server did and Chef for making sure everything is awesome. Portions were decent size and price is a bit high but for the neighborhood, its pretty much similar to other similar establishments. Considering service, we gotta give credit to our server DJ. It looked to us that he was in charge of entire patio outside (we haven't seen other folks) and with 2/3 full patio, he was able to visit us during every course and ask how we are doing and if everything is ok. We like that kind of attention.
Overall great experience. Keep up the good work and we'll see you soon. Thanks again!
Yet another very nice meal at Grand Cru. This is one of my favorite places in Arlington. I ordered the tomato salad, the halibut, and the "Sipping Spain" wine flight. Salad was competent, halibut was very good, and the wine flight was excellent. We were seated in the quieter room (to the left as you enter the restaurant), which I would definitely recommend if you want to talk during dinner. Attentive but not intrusive service.
My wife and I found this place online. Nice restaurant behind some apartment and office buildings. Great fountain outside with spacious patio. Food was ok since we had a problem with my wife's burger. Was burned on the outside which kinda ruined the taste but our server George was there to check and with a little sweet dessert and a joke (made my wife laugh) made things much better. I always like to say, sometimes small things matter the most. Definitely will be back.
Used to be quite good. My crepes wet and lukewarm. Chicken cubed and not fresh. No attention to taste or detail or plating. Service was slapstick and not committed. Spot is great but will look for other alternative. Too bad. Maybe new manager? Could benefit from some dedicated quality control.
Consistently wonderful! We love the Grand Cru, from taking our Elders to bringing the Youngers, we always have a culinary treat at the Grand Cru. The orzo with mushrooms is a definite favorite as are the crab cakes. And accessibility to "select your favorite bottle of wine" is a real plus. Service is excellent without being overdone. We'll continue to return to this fabulous neighborhood (and very upscale) restaurant.
They close really early during the dinner hour, which we did not realize, but we did have a reservation and could have made it earlier if we had known - I don't recall the time, but I've never seen such an early time for a restaurant in the DC area. We had a group of 7, ordered a round of drinks and were chatting. They began rushing us to order quite early, but we had people in from out of town and were catching up as we looked through the menu. Nobody ever said anything about closing, but every person noticed at one point or another that the servers started to become annoyed that we were not placing our dinner order. The rushing continued as we ate and they began mopping and putting chairs on tables as we ate. I thought it was bizarre that they accepted an online reservation and then rushed the people. If I recall, the bill was close to $500 and they seemed completely uninterested in our business. Food was good enough and the place is cool inside, but we will not be back.
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.
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.
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!
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