Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro

4.4
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1046 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.3
Service
4.3
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4.0
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing every dish we had was an experience. We will male this a once a week stop.

M
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant was great. Food wonderful and the staff were all very accommodating. I’ll be back!!

DG
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Had a cheese platter and really enjoyed the interesting selection of cheeses. Also had the Lamb and Pappardelle pasta and it was amazing! Would definitely recommend.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This was a surprisingly excellent restaurant. The food and service were superb.

OT
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a quiet corner table. The service was friendly and attentive but not intrusive. A very memorable date night.

LD
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

The Valentine's Day Prix Fixe was excellent. The Scallop starter, Chateaubriand for one, and the Prosciutto Wrapped Pork Tenderloin were outstanding. Additionally, the Build Your Own Wine Flight allowed us to pair wines with each of our meal selections. Finally, the Chocolate Fondue for two was a great finish to a wonderful meal!!

AK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

I don't know how the food was. We left after 45 minutes waiting for the waitress to take our order

SO
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were a party of 6 on a Saturday night and thoroughly enjoyed our meal. We had the Artisan Cheese Platter and Charcuterie Platter. Both very good. Most at our table had the salmon which was delicious. Would highly recommend coming to this restaurant.

SS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful place to really chat over good food and wine. Service was prompt and friendly, and the variety of menu options perfect for a group with varied diets . We all had as wonderful time visiting over shared fondu and choosing meals to suit us all.

G
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service!

CC
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is uniformly excellent. I had the beet salad and rockfish, hubby had lobster thermidor and mushroom orzo, friends had salmon and divers scallops. All so good.

d
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience1

The management needs to deal with large tables of loud customers, exceptionally loud, far beyond acceptable

OT
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food and nice location

TD
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I had our first date at Grand Cru and we regularly go back to enjoy the great food, wine and service, while reminiscing about our romance. Grand Cru will always have a special place in our lives.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Nice quiet place with good drinks and decent food. I went with my roommate and seemed to be the only non-couple there. Good date spot

r
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is one of our favorite places in Ballston. The service is attentive and considerate. It is nice to pick your wine off of the shelf. The wine prices are reasonable and their license allows you to take wine if you don't finish the bottle. I really enjoy the Filet here.

KL
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great dinner! Awesome wine selection!

NY
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

New Year's Eve dinner with wine pairing was grand. Good choice of entrees, we had bouillabaisse and rockfish. First course of butternut squash soup and stuffed oysters was delicious. And the assorted dessert plate continues to be the best thing here next to the entrees. Wine pairing was also a hit.

JR
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

We have eaten here a few times & loved it! I was so looking forward to eating there for New Years eve, however was disappointed with the limited menu options. There was truly nothing on the main entree I was even interested in. I ended up with the soup, butternut squash which was delicious. The area we sat in was quite dark. Service was so so, started out ok, but my soup came way before the rest of my party had there meals. I will go back but not when they only offer the limited menu. When we were ready to order desert the wait was quite long.

LD
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The New Years Eve menu with its wine pairing was wonderful. The two starters and three entrees were exquisitely presented and absolutely delicious. The Grand Cru dessert sampler was scrumptious, an epicurean delight!!

AW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Solid, but noise level is distracting. Service good, but could be better.

j
Adelaide
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience with quick service, preparation, and great food. Nice and very affordable wine selection. Would come back again

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic dinner and wine! Service was impeccable! We’ll be back! Thank you for a wonderful evening.

SJ
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Have dined her many times because you pick out your own wine from the shelves. They can provide guidance/advice/recommendations if you want it. The food is good and the specials are particularly interesting.

The staff are very helpful, courteous and you don't feel rushed. The bar area has seating both at the bar and high top tables. They also have a more private section for private parties but if the room is not engaged you may sit in that area as well.

Recommend reservation, particularly during the holiday season.

DC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

First time visitor and I was impressed. Was there for lunch and had the executive lunch special. Service was excellent and attentive. The onion soup was tasty and the chicken/mushroom crepe was a much larger portion than I had expected, which was nice because often crepes are very dainty affairs. I didn't order wine but hope to go back soon to sample their other fare. Quite a warm, welcoming place.

AI
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an amazing, delicious, quality dinner - the portion of my steak and frites was absolutely huge and my SO really enjoyed the mushroom orzo. We had the lamb meatballs and ahi tuna for appetizers and we thought they had amazing touches. The best part was our waitress - Jocelyn I believe her name was. She was a delight and answered our questions thoughtfully.

RT
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

I liked the idea of picking a wine bottle by browsing. The wine collection was outstanding.

OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The duck, salmon, and steak frites were fab, not to mention the great service and allowing our table of 6 to have a small birthday celebration for an 11 year old! We love having great wine choices at reasonable prices and the wonderful cocktail suggestions and service by Melvin behind the bar! Kudos to all!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great time with an amazing menu, wine selection, and ambience. Also, the staff was very accommodating to a small child, which we very much appreciated!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service, great food and great selection of wine

s
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I ate at Grand Cru for the first time. We’ll definitely return. The food was outstanding. French onion soup, charcuterie plate, Brussels sprouts salad and crab cakes were on our menu. I had the crab cakes, which had great chunks of crab meat with little filler. We enjoyed our server and found the atmosphere pleasant. My only concern was the high noise level, but that’s pretty common in all eateries these days.

OS
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and great service.

LD
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

The French Onion soup was excellent. However, the risotto and lobster appetizer was not even warm when it was served, requiring it to be returned and redone, thus delaying arrival of our appetizer. The coffee granita with doughnuts was a fabulous dessert.

DG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

The bar was filthy. When sitting there we had to look at boxes and other items suited for storage. The bartenders wiped out wine glasses with a dirty rag, they never refreshed the rag. We ordered appetizers the lamb meatballs were excellent. The clams smelled horrible and tasted like they were cooked in old grease. I ordered a bourbon that I know well and I would bet dollars to donuts that what I was served is not what I ordered even though it was in the bottle that I requested. My companion ordered one of the wine flights and only one of the three was drinkable. They have no wine system to keep the wine refreshed. If they have any business at all it’s because of their location.

Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro
Responded on November 24, 2019

I was alarmed at your review, so took a look at the camera, which told a somewhat different story. The drink was made directly in front of you with the correct liquor. The bar is cleaned very very very thoroughly each night. Rags are switched for every shift. The system no longer allows happy hour inputs after 6:40. We go through 3 to 4 bottles of each of our wines daily. They are always fresh. Our location is hidden. The reason we are voted the top wine bar is not due to location.

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F
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, attentive, kind and friendly service... what more could one want? The steak frites underscores why it is a perennial classic, and the Grand Cru hamburger is emphatically satisfying. After a few dinners there, and after a delightful lunch, Grand Cru could become a de fault destination.

t
Washington DC
135 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We like Grand Cru: the food is very tasty and the location is very convenient both to the Metro and our house. The service is good but this visit proved once again, that if you arrive after 8:45 PM, even though hours are listed to 9:30-10, one feels rushed with the service/servers, hoping you don't want dessert or another glass of wine.

DS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience4

Grand Cru would be is a great restaurant in theory but fails to deliver in reality. Ambiance is good, menu looks appealing but food is not well prepared, poor proportions and lacks flavor commiserate with price. I paid $31 for a steak that lacked flavor, small portion and tough. Appetizers were over priced, lacked character, detracted from ambiance and did not taste very good. Service was horrible. The waiter yelled at me, referred to my wife as my Hag and ignored us on our date night... all because I expected drinks to be refilled, the staff to accept follow-on drink orders and meals to be delivered on time. Until management evaluates the purpose of the establishment, the staff will experience roll conflict. Is this a mid to high end fine dinning establishment or a posh wine bar.... they can't be both. Service was really bad. I don't expect much but please don't disrespect my wife and neglect basic service requirements.

Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro
Responded on November 18, 2019

Hi Douglas, sorry about your experience. Do you know whom your server was? Grand Cru has for many years and continues to be voted the top romantic restaurant in the area as well as wine bar and is ranked as second in French Restaurants. This is due to our meat being all prime and our normally excellent service. But I did notice that you were there on the night that the computer system failed and although it is no excuse, everyone was likely a bit more frazzled than normal.

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SJ
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Grand Cru has an excellent wine selection. The staff members are very helpful in identifying and selecting a wine.

D
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

It was good.

F
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All four of us were delighted with our meals, but the traditional French bistro classic, steak frites, and the US classic hamburger were each quite spectacular. The dessert menu is almost overwhelming - were I dining alone I'd over one of each - but the desserts that we decided up were fantastic (unnecessary, but fantastic). Grand Cru turned out to be precisely the right spot to have dinner and catch up with dear friends.