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Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier
Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier

Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.marcelsdc.com
  • Phone: (202) 296-1166
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday 5:00pm - 9:30pm;
    Mon-Thurs 5:00pm - 10:00pm;
    Fri-Sat 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Belgian
  • Executive Chef: Paul Stearman, Chef de Cuisine
  • Dress Code: Jacket Required
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • 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.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 24th and 25th
  • Public Transit: Foggy Bottom Metro
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking for fee. Complimentary executive car service to and from the Kennedy Center.
A word from 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, in 2011 and 2012, it was rated the top restaurant for food by Zagat as well as one of the top five restaurants for service.

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Diner Reviews
  • " So, would I go back? 100% And, in fact, I am looking forward to it. Probably will not go the prix-fixe route next time, but for the first time, this was a great way to go. If you are thinking about it...go. You will be rewarded with a good time and excellent service."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Marcels is a very special restaurant. The food, ambience and service is flawless. We had the 5 course tasting menu and every dish was memorable especially the mussels gratin. That particular dish will be remembered forever."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The title says it all. We have eaten in many top restaurants around the world, and Marcels would stand up to any of them. Notably, they allow you bring your own wine for a reasonable $50 corkage fee. For someone who has a good cellar, and wants to experience it with outstanding food, this would be the place. If I lived in DC I would be a regular!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The entire experience was a treat from the moment we entered. The staff was helpful without being condescending. The atmosphere is lovely, and oh the food! It was prepared meticulously and the flavors worked fantastically together. This restaurant is equal to the La Masionette in Cincinnati when it was in its prime during the 80's."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "My second time at Marcel's was even better than the excellent first visit. The wait staff is knowledgeable, efficient, and attentive. The food was as close to perfect as it gets, and the wine flight well selected. Marcel's is far above any restaurant I've tried in the greater DC area–equal to top restaurants in France. It is expensive, but worth every nickel."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "My wife and I dined here for our 35th wedding anniversary while visiting DC, because I had been told that the food here was the best in the City, and I am happy to say that IT IS! The tasting menu is set up for 3-7 courses, and the selections in each course are widely varied, and in some cases, very creative...All the food was cooked and presented to perfection, and our server was professional, and quite a character...the wine list is huge, with several tough to find French wines and champagnes. My only negative observation is the decor...very plain and drab...but, the food is outstanding. Certainly, not the cheapest meal in the DC area, but well worth the price given the cost of several other "upscale" restaurants in the area...."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "It's difficult to review a place like Marcel's, because you really have to compare apples to apples. Yes, the food and service were very good, much better than at most restaurants in the area. But when you're paying prices similar to those you would pay at the area's best, you expect more than very good, and for the second time Marcel's failed to deliver. We each had the six course menu and none of the twelve dishes was memorable or provided that "wow" factor. While service was attentive, it in no way added to the experience as excellent service would. The wine list was surprisingly limited, is not what is represented on line and even misstated the available vintage of one of the wines we ordered. In the future, we'll go to CityZen instead."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The food at Marcel's is exquisite, as is the service. Such a treat for any special occasion. Don't miss their foie gras or filet mignon - both are scrumptious!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Could be. Food is outstanding. Good selection. Can do tasting menu or a la carte. What's really great is that portions are sized to how much you order. Why doesn't every restaurant do this? Service couldn't be more attentive or friendly. No attitude here! Expensive but worth it."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Choice of 4-7 courses on menu ($20 each); all are exquisitely prepared but not substantial in size. Wonderfully creative combinations of flavors and textures; what you would expect from high-end restaurant. Waiter excellent but support staff seemed inexperienced; table set with broken water glass. Ambiance above average, but tables close enough to each other that your conversations are not quite private. A special place for a special meal; for the price I expected all the details to be right to have earned 5 stars."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Had a great steak and one of the best meals of my life."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "My guest and I were very pleased with the service and food. The atmosphere was relaxed. We didn't feel rushed although we had a show to attend afterwards. We chose the Pre-Theater menu and was pleasantly satisfied. Alejandra was very gracious and charming. She provided great details about our meal. Even the newest addition to the staff a young man from the Ivory Coast was quite professional. We were celebrating my birthday so when my dessert plate came decorated in beautiful chocolate script Happy Birthday and a candle, I was all smiles. The special touches meant a lot and made the evening perfect. The driver who drove us to and from the Kennedy Center was also very professional and precise. I would highly recommend Marcel's!!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Marcel's is the place for fine dining...having just arrived at the airport three hours before dining , we wanted Just a light meal....even though the menu presented offers four, five, seven courses fixed price, our waiter graciously Offered salad and entree...my favorite at this restaurant is the Chicken Tarragon, best in the city...baby arugala parmesan salad was tasty...also we were able to have brandy, dessert, coffee at the sidewalk lounge and enjoy the evening breeze..."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Marcel's never disappoints. The food was exquisite, the service terrific, and the setting quite nice. They nicely recognized a special event -- we keep returning for birthdays, anniversaries and special guests because it is a special place."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "As always superb food, great ambiance, and a special evening made even more special by our waiter, Ernesto . Service taken to it's highest level!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Overall the service and food was very good but it's not a very good value. I have had a lot of better meals for half the price."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We have been dining at Marcel's, almost since it was opened, and have enjoyed each visit. This one, however, was marred by a glitch in the wine service, and by a few dishes that just did not measure up to what we have always encountered before - nothing wrong with any dish, but nothing quite made the top rankings - good, but short of great, like the whole experience - good, but less than perfect. We will be back, and attribute this visit to "just one of those things.""
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Continues to be an excellent restaurant with outstanding menu. Summer menu a little spare particularly dessert and cheese course.Too many wines on list are not available."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "great food and service. Good for pre Kennedy center dinner. They provide a car to and from the Kennedy center. Highly recommend this resturant"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Celebrated our 25th Anniversary here after lots of research on where to go, and reading many other reviews, we were not steered wrong! Everything from the moment we arrived to the moment we took our last wistful bite was memorable. We'll never forget the attentive staff, the amazing & inventive food and the well chosen wine pairings! The special 25th anniversary menues were even wrapped up & given to us to keep as a memento! So special & with every penny!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "This is about the third birthday I've had at Marcel's and it never disappoints. The food was delicious, the portions completely reasonable and the wine pairings were exquisite. The service was friendly but highly professional and never intrusive."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We chose the 5-course prix fixed meal to be good and omit dessert. All the courses were phenomenally delicious! The wine selected for us was perfect for all the courses but especially enhanced the next to last one. Closing out the meal with the cheese selection was perfect when we didn't want to add sweet calories. The chef topped off our evening with a few selections of delectables anyway. The coffee flavored meringue was to die for!! Thanks, Marcel's, for making our evening so remarkable and memorable!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "From the graciousness on the phone when we were running late through the attentive and knowledgable service throughout our meal from Alejandra and her team, the service was wonderful. This was a tasting menu and we ordered a cocktail (very refreshing cucumber Tom Collins) and wine. The squash blossom stuffed with lobster and scallop was lovely with a light tempura shell. The sea bass and rockfish were outstanding. As we were leaving, a second little package of the parting sweets was given to us to take to our son. It is something like that, plus a simple writing of Happy Anniversary on the menu and our desserts, that makes even first timers feel like very special guests. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Everything about our celebratory (wife's birthday) dinner was first rate. The service was incredibly prompt, and the individual dishes were attractively plated and delicious. The multi course Menu style with interesting choices within each course appeals to us. The wine list is well chosen and the prices for individual glasses were quite acceptable for a deluxe dining experience. We live in Montgomery County and like to drive where we are to dine, but parking in the District can be a problem. One of the reasons we chose Marcel's was the availability of affordable Valet parking ( $12). That worked out very well for us as my wife has a walking problem. This was our first visit to Marcel's and we definitely will return. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We went to Marcel's for my wife's birthday. They made us feel like we were the only ones there. They gave us a special dessert and the sous chef even gave her a hand written note on how to achieve the perfect sear. Our experience was amazing. All of the courses we tried were cooked and seasoned perfectly. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We have been guests at Marcel's for years and always take out of town guests there for the best food, service and experience one can have in DC. Last weekend we celebrated our 45th anniversary and the entire cast made it memorable! Adnane found out about our celebration and had our names printed on top of our menus! Lovely touch! Jonathan made sure that our meal and drinks were paced perfectly so that we could have a relaxing evening. I absolutely love everything about Marcel's.....the ability to select EXACTLY what you would like to have and not feel rushed.....this is yummy heaven!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Menu was confusing and too complicated. Waitstaff was inconsistent and not properly trained or supervised. Sommelier was not able to address questions or assist in selection of wines of interest.Communication between staff was lacking so that dessert appeared before the main course. Dining room was very loud so that conversation at a table of 4 was difficult to hear. The temperature was positively frigid, with several diners wearing jackets from their dates. On the bright side, desserts were all excellent and the private car from the valet was a welcome touch,so ladies didn't have to stand on curb at night waiting for a cab. Overall disappointing."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Had a great meal with my family. We have eaten here several times and this was one of our best meals. Jonathan was our waiter and provided great service. I would continue to recommend Marcel's to all my friends. We will be back again"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Excellent food and truly outstanding, welcoming service. Great attention to detail and attentiveness. The 4 course meal is generous and interesting - you can mix and match course listings in any order or combination."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The pre-theater menu is lovely, the food was beautifully plated and equally delicious and the complimentary transportation to and from the Kennedy Center worked beautifully. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Service was excellent, and the food? Spectacular. Not only was each dish "photo worthy," but the flavors were even better than the presentation. We especially appreciated the ability to choose not only the number of courses we wanted, but which courses were the best fit our palates and appetites."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Marcels' outstanding staff began by coming out to the curb to assist us with one of our party who has difficulty walking. They gave us a table that was easy to get to, as we had requested. The service was unobtrusive and impeccable! Every bite was a culinary delight! We were treated as honored guests, even though it was our first visit to the restaurant. Thank you for a great evening! I would recommend Marcel's to anyone who loves wonderful food and attentive service."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "wonderful as always. So attentive and such good food. Always sorry to have to leave"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Excellence of the food was not matched by the level of service. They got my order wrong then tried to blame me. Then, after our food arrived, they tried to move us to another table because a group of political insiders (seated near us after we were seated), decided they didn’t want us to hear their conversations it seemed. And Marcel’s knew this was a special dinner for my girlfriend’s birthday! Will not likely go back."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • " As a single, I would have preferred being seated away from others, not immediately adjacent to filled tables on either side - one of which talked incessantly. That aside, the dinner was lovely. I selected 5 courses and had a lovely Sancerre by the glass. The fish and the fois gras were excellent, as was the cheese course. I was disappointed that one had to select only one cheese however. Souffle for dessert was OK - but too small. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "My wife and I had a perfect evening in every way. The only thing I can critique was the chair I sat in. Lovely as they are, the seat cushions were not adequately cushioned. I'm 168 lbs. I sank below the wooden frame of the chair as the chair cushion was not firm enough to prevent this. I did not try another chair, but I would take a look at this. It is pretty uncomfortable to sit in a chair in which you sink BELOW the seat frame, forcing one to hunch over while feeling the uncomfortable wooden frame surrounding and pressuring your legs and rear. The cushion should allow me to sit above the seat frame. No question, at least the chair I had, this was a problem. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Past pretheater dinners at Marcel's had always been a unqualified joy with everything happening in a smooth, sedate, seemingly effortless way. Not this time, however. This time it was a noisy, with remarkably loud noises coming from the staff and waiters near the kitchen. It was hectic, with lots of staff rushing around to tables on all sides. Maybe the lower room is better than the first room now. Despite the nice food, Marcel's was no longer the quiet, sophisticated place from years past."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We found this place by pure luck . We were looking for a French restaurant and came up upon this one through Open Table. More surprised I was to see their "fixed menu" offering . The choices were excellent and in spite of being small portions they were satisfying and we left with our stomach very full after only four plates. The best of them, was impossible to choose but the mussels dish was outstanding. No rush, excellent service by Ernesto, can not wait to go back."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Superb food, great service (waiter Jonathan!), great maitre d' helped find perfect location. Tops in every way."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Still great food but service was spotty. Courses were mixed up, and/or forgotten, water glasses stayed empty, fresh bread wasn't offered. For the high prices charged, they need to do much better. And the dining room is just tired looking - nothing special about it."
    Dined on 5/10/2014