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“Excellent wine selection, great food, great location.”

Grand Cru Wine Bar and Bistro
Ranked #68 of 901 Restaurants in Arlington
Price range: $30 - $30
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Glebe
Transit: 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.
Description: 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. 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.
Reviewed October 4, 2013

I've eaten here on several occasions throughout the year. Each visit was superb. Weather permitting you should sit outside to enjoy the city sounds, people watching, and the nearby fountain. The service has always been excellent; friendly and quick staff.

Chances are, if you're coming here it's for the wine. That being said, don't overlook the food menu! Surprisingly this little place cooks up some great dishes. Their soups are always delicious and I've had the potato gnocchi (red onions could have been cooked perhaps a bit longer), crab cakes, the warm brie & honey, and the roasted chicken breast. All of them were very good.

Now, the most important part - the wine. Normally you'd expect a markup at a restaurant, but I'm fairly certain these bottles are marked up only a dollar or two, if anything at all. Earlier this week I had a bottle of 2010 Duckhorn Merlot and the cost was the same as any wine store. The selection isn't gargantuan but it certainly has variety -- some local VA wines as well as the Napa Valley staples, plus others from around the country/world.

I wouldn't call Grand Cru cheap, but it certainly is a bargain for what I feel you get. Definitely recommend.

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Reviewed September 15, 2013

Had dinner and a flight of wine. Not cheap, but the food was good and the wine was okay. The outdoor eating area is especially nice and it is convenient to a number of hotels.

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

I dined alone for dinner while on business. Staff were very attentive....flight of reds was awesome. I enjoyed the beet salad, gnocchi and crab cakes. All very tasty and reasonable priced. Total bill with my wine flight and tip was $60. Quaint and quiet. Would be good for business or romance! Loved the experience. I would have bought wine for home, but I was headed to the airport in the morning. You can buy wine from their store to drink with dinner, plus a corkage fee. So excited to share this gem close to the Westin and Hilton in Arlington.

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Reviewed June 30, 2013 via mobile

I have only been for lunch and they have a lunch special called the Executive Lunch where you can get different combinations of entry, salad and soup.

Great outdoor patio if the weather is good. They also have some excellent wine flights if you really want to experience a Friday executive lunch and start the weekend early.

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Reviewed June 27, 2013

Great food, great wine, great atmosphere except for the fact that we missed the tour of DC we had planned for 2 hours after our dinner reservation. 90 minutes from reservation to entrée being served. Service was slow and lackadaisical, even after telling the server we were on a schedule. I know there's an appeal to slow food but this time it added up to bad service.

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Thank travelin_buckeye
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