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About Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier

Since 1999, Chef Wiedmaier infuses his Belgian heritage into Marcel's elegant haute French flagship restaurant. Regularly topping the best-of-lists in the nation's capital on Zagat, Washingtonian. Trip Advisor and others, Marcel's is well-know for its service. A RW Restaurant Group restaurant, www.rwrestaurantgroup.com

2401 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC 20037
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Dining style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
French, Belgian, Contemporary American

Hours of operation:
Dinner: Sunday 5:00pm - 9:30pm;
Mon-Thurs 5:00pm - 10:00pm;
Fri-Sat 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 11:30pm -2:30pm
Bar Open Later on Weekends

Cross street:
24th and 25th

Dress code:
Jacket Required

Price range:
$50 and over

Payment options:
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
(202) 296-1166

Website:
www.marcelsdc.com www.fullcirclechef.com

Entertainment:
Live Jazz in the Lounge, by calendar only. Please check our Facebook page.

Parking Details:
Valet parking, $15. Complimentary executive car service to and from the Kennedy Center.

Public Transport:
Foggy Bottom Metro

Executive Chef:
Paul Stearman, Chef de Cuisine

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Marcel's provides complimentary driving service to and from the Kennedy Center seven nights a week. Pre-theater menu recommended for customers who want to make curtain time.

Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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Food

4.8

Service

4.9

Ambience

4.7

Value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasions (57)
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Quiet Conversation (37)
Tasting Menu (37)
Good for a Date (33)
Notable Wine List (28)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Pre/post Theatre (24)
Worth the Drive (21)
Business Meals (18)
Authentic (16)
Cosy (12)
Neighbourhood Gem (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Group Bookings (7)
People Watching (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Seasonal (6)
Fun (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Brunch (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Healthy (3)
Live Music (2)
Happy Hour (1)
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Organic (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Oh my!!!
This is a special place.
The service was top notch.
The food was superb.
This is a must for anyone who wants to savor their dining experience.
Take your time, eat slowly, stare into your partner's eyes and enjoy the experience of a lifetime.
I had the venison (best I've ever had), also the duck (so yummy) and the Cherry Bomb (boom). I could not have asked for more.
I would suggest the pre-theater special, more than that is a lot of food. I still brought home the dessert.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 14 October 2017

The maitre d hotel was outstanding and has a wonderful grasp on the entire staff and the operation. In addition the server was attentive without being disruptive; a true pro as well.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 13 October 2017

great place. great food. great service . had a wonderful time

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·Dined on 9 October 2017

Great restaurant. Great food. Great people. The staff took very good care of us the whole evening.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 8 October 2017

Completely unmemorable food elaborately and preciously presented. The Dover sole might easily have stayed in Denmark that day - tasteless and the texture of wet kleenex. Needed a steak knife for the pastry under the scallop tart. Very snooty place for no reason. Washington diners are sophisticated - no need for this show. Ridiculous menu, impossible to compose a coherent dinner; just a bunch of expensive morsels served with a show-offy continual change of flatware. Intrusive over-staffed service. Too much interruption for silly presentation rituals. The plates were decorated for Instagram, but the food was in every way unremarkable. This is not High Style, Old School European - this is just pretentious. If you want true, simple and classic French cuisine served impeccably but sensibly, go to Petit Louis in Baltimore.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 8 October 2017

Amazing food and service. Loved the ambiance. Went here for out 1 yr anniversary and it was worth the cost.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Omaha)·Dined on 7 October 2017

We love Marcel’s and go whenever we are in DC for a sensational dining experience and impeccable service! I chose the scallops, lobster flan, foie gras, and duck. I watched Chef Robert Wiedmaier check every dish before it was taken into the dining room. And then we met him! It was an honor to talk to him and then enjoy cocktails with him and his friends in the lounge while enjoying a jazz pianist and bass player! Such a fun evening!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 7 October 2017

Marcel’s remains the gold standard for classic fine dining in Washington. Food and service are perfection with chef Robert in the kitchen and the magnificent Adnane taking care of the front of the house. You simply will never have a bad experience here. Thanks for another perfect meal for our 27th anniversary.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on 3 October 2017

Marcel's was amazing and well worth every penny. We chose the 4 course tasting menu option and every course was delicious. Celebrating my birthday there was a real treat. The ambiance was lovely--you could actually carry on a conversation--service was perfect, and the food was magnificent. The wine list was a bit pricey, but that's seems to be the case no matter where you go in DC. When we return to DC, we will definitely go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 3 October 2017

My friend and I had a wonderful experience at Marcel's. It is truly a special place for a special occasion. I love the concept of mixing several small courses--it really enables you to sample a variety of special dishes featured on the menu. My only issue is that the excellent and extensive wine list only offered a limited number of wines by the glass. Next time, I'll have to go with a larger group of people!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 3 October 2017

Service was attentive, charming and courteous. Food was very good.

Not sure if this is fair or not? Unfortunately, on the night we were there the dinning room was practically empty and lacked atmosphere..

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 1 October 2017

I would think that Marcel's doesn't need to rely on Open Table reviews, so I will simply say that it lives up to the hype and I would recommend anyone looking for a professional and friendly fine dining experience in DC to go here.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 1 October 2017

Love, love, love Marcel’s!!!! Been going there for years and always take company there for the best food they ever had!!! Jonathan is the waiter by whom all others are measured!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 1 October 2017

What a perfect way to spend a gorgeous Fall Sunday. The for was delicious with just enough choices. Wine by the bottle was half price. It is still expensive but worth it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on 29 September 2017

What a wonderful experience! The food was absolutely amazing and atmosphere was beautiful, but not "stuffy." Between Robert's talent and Jonathan's exceptional service, they made our anniversary perfect and we are telling everyone we know to go there. Thanks for an unforgettable evening!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on 27 September 2017

Celebrating our 35th Wedding Anniversary and our last day of a 2 week vacation. Our waiter was terrific - personable, efficient and engaged. He could not have been better. The food was wonderful - every dish was perfectly cooked and presented. We are very picky and could find no fault with anything. Just delightful. Highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 23 September 2017

Outstanding dinner in every way -- food, service, ambiance

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, People Watching
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·Dined on 23 September 2017

Great Food! Great chef!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 23 September 2017

We dined before going to the opera to celebrate our anniversary. The food, service and ambiance was lovely. We chose the 3 course dinner and all was wonderful. A memorable experience and it included a ride to the Kennedy Center.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on 23 September 2017

Pre-Opera dinner at Marcel's was, as ever, an exquisite joy.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 22 September 2017

Loved the menu and the choices. Every dish was unique but so delicious. The waiter's recommendation about the duck breast was spot-on. Marcel's deserves more than just one star!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on 21 September 2017

Not a very pleasant experience. Poor service without explaining each course.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 9 September 2017

Among the VERY BEST in DC! Perhaps the. Very best!

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 7 September 2017

Always exceptional

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 6 September 2017

We had a great meal and birthday celebration at Marcels. The menu and service never disappoint. It's a definite go to restaurant for us for special occasions.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on 6 September 2017

I was visiting Washington, DC on a business trip and wanted to try one of its Michelin Star restaurants so I chose Marcel's on a Wednesday evening. To my surprise, Chef Robert was cooking that evening and I had the most delightful dinner with the wine pairing. My waiter, Jonathan, was extremely informed and helpful. I highly recommend Marcel's if you're looking for a very positively memorable fine dining experience in Washington, D.C.

Tags: Authentic, People Watching, Good for a Date, Fun, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 4 September 2017

We've been to Marcel's on special occasions for quite a number of years now. The restaurant continues to maintain its outstanding quality from start to finish. For those who like quiet, elegant dining, this is certainly the place. Table service is a team effort in which we were neither hovered over, nor did we lack the attention of staff the moment we needed someone. On this occasion, the maitre d' helped us out by recommending some very lovely wines to go with the meal. His skill in discerning our tastes from a verbal description was very impressive.

Each dish at Marcel's is an inventive but subtle creation. The chef routinely juxtaposes ingredients one would not obviously expect to complement one another, and the result is always delightful. Our only slight disappointment on this visit was that they were out of two dishes (from 21) by the time we arrived for our 8 p.m. reservation, and they also ran out of some of their bread by the end of the meal (valuable if one wants to sneak some extra tastes of their wonderful sauces). However, these did not seriously detract from another memorable, fabulous experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 3 September 2017

We had a marvelous Anniversary dinner - the ambiance was wonderful, the service excellent and the cuisine left our mouths singing. Our experience was fabulous and was an appropriate match for the high end price tag.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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·Dined on 3 September 2017

This was an anniversary dinner, and we had a very enjoyable experience with great food. Service was also very good. Nice table cloth restaurant, tables spaced comfortably apart, and quiet dining.

Heirloom tomato salad was very well done, followed by lobster bisque appetizer, and then sliced steak. Chose cheese course as our last course, and it was also enjoyable. Desserts also looked good, too. Complimentary macaroons and chocolate bon bons were served with coffee.

Will definitely go back on other occasions.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on 3 September 2017

The food was just great; i will definitely come again and recommend it to friends/colleagues.
The only issue was that it was freezing and a bit to noisy. Otherwise, Kudos !!!!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 3 September 2017

Food and service are as good as it gets...fabulous on both counts. Atmosphere feels a little stuffy.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 31 August 2017

Celebrating my mother's birthday. The food was amazing, the service better. Truly wonderful restaurant for special occasions.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 30 August 2017

The service was extremely attentive. Our server Sunny, was incredible. Her suggestions were right on the money. The staff watches every move and is ready to step in if needed.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 26 August 2017

When the wine we ordered was presented, it was a different (and inferior) vintage than what on the wine list. From a French restaurant of this caliber and prices, that is inexcusable.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 26 August 2017

Superb food, service and ambience.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on 26 August 2017

Classic french service which is outstanding! Loved the entire experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 26 August 2017

In the 5 years since my last visit, Marcel's has retained its elegance, high standards for service and commitment to cuisine excellence. I enjoyed the 5 course tasting menu accompanied by a fine bottle of right bank Bordeaux. The lobster bisque was the finest I've ever enjoyed (and this includes various trips to Maine, New York and Europe) and the white chocolate soufflé was a fitting bookend to a meal that included Norwegian salmon, foie gras and New York strip steak. On a scale of 1 to 5, my rating is a 4. That's not indicative of a flaw but simply the fact that I've dined at Eleven Madison Park in New York and Reinstoff (2 Michelin stars in Berlin) earlier in the year. Marcel's is a Top 5 Washington, DC gem of a restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Fun, Good for Groups, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 26 August 2017

It was just...phenomenal. The food was amazing, the service was spectacular, and it was hands-down one of the best meals I've had in DC. The tasting menu was HUGE, and everything was fresh and cooked perfectly. We went for my birthday, and they made the meal SO special. If you have a special occasion you'd like to celebrate, this is by far and away the best place. I really can't say enough good things about my dining experience. It was very expensive, but worth every penny.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Tallahassee)·Dined on 25 August 2017

Excellent food and service. The restaurant is very elegant inside. I really enjoyed the dinner. Highly recommend it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined on 25 August 2017

Celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary and had an amazing experience. The food and service were well above expectation.

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