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

Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.marcelsdc.com/
  • Phone: 2022961166x
  • 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: Belgian, French
  • 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: 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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Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier reviews from OpenTable diners
162 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (131)romantic (108)fit for foodies (107)notable wine list (73)neighborhood gem (27)good for groups (8)late-night find (5)great for outdoor dining (4)vibrant bar scene (4)great for brunch (4)hot spot (3)great for lunch (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • New corking policy stinks
    Sputnik
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Our waiter Ernesto was fabulous. The food -- divine. But we came with a bottle of Krug to celebrate a special occasion, unaware of a new policy that forbids corking on Sat nights. The maître d' was unapologetic and would make no exception. There are too many other grand restaurants in D.C. to return to his arrogant establishment.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    When dining at Marcel's be sure to request Jonathan as your waiter. He is excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Had a wonderful evening for our anniversary while visiting DC on vacation. Would highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service!
    HatterbakeVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Went for our anniversary. They were so nice and even gave us a signed menu to take home. The food was some of the best I've had ever. Truthfully!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful formal experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Extraordinary food and service. Expensive and worth it. A great place in DC to get dressed up and experience a professional wait staff and the best dinner. Perfect for before theater dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent, Excellent, Excellent!!
    Searrman
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Best French food my wife and I have had by far. The service was excellent and the course spacing was perfect. It was the absolute definition of fine dining. Check the Menu on line. Every thing my wife and I chose was excellent. Ask for the wine paring with dinner and you can't go wrong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classy place, classy food
    dpfoodie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    An excellent dinner, courses very well balanced, very well executed and presented. We each chose 5 courses from the 7 available and each one was excellent, attentive service, nice ambience, as good as the many top flight restaurants we've enjoyed in Europe
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not impressed
    fabulous
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food was very, very good, but I wouldn't say I was blown away. The service was so uneven it was hard to really enjoy the experience. To give a fine dining establishment, such as this, top marks it needs to operate like a well-oiled machine, which it did not. The servers delivering the courses, could tell us the name of the dish, but couldn't reasonably explain what that was on the plate. High-end restaurants should have well-trained staff and well-timed delivery of courses. The menu was very nice and offered excellent choices from every category. I liked that you could choose how many courses you wanted, from any category. For the prices charged, more was expected than what we received. The wine list was below average.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a dine of a lifetime
    allmanmadeVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    From the front door welcome to departure, Marcel's offered a truly memorable dining experience for my partner's birthday. The luxurious bar was a opulent meeting spot for a pre-dinner drink, free of DC happy-hour rabble. Service from the dining room staff was impeccable, befitting a flawless meal. The menu offers three selections for each of a variable number of tasting courses to suit a diner's appetite and tastes. Four courses would likely work for only your 84yo grandma, though their quality and refinement might be lost on her palette. Sweetbreads and escargot terrine. Velvety soup. Bison strip loin. Personal soufflé. Delicate herbed poussin. Mousse au chocolat. Eat dessert first, as you wish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-Theater Must
    Disappointed
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Valet parking + transportation to the Kennedy Center for 7 pm, Thursday night show. We sat at 5:15 and had no problems with 4-course meal (they have a $65 3-course pre-theater menu, but we opted for the normal menu). They were "tasting portions," but the best tasting food we've ever had and 4-courses were plenty. We definitely plan to go back to enjoy the meal longer. Highlights were the mushroom soup and the filet mignon. My knife slid right through and it truly was "medium" as ordered. Ended with cheese plates (one with pears, one with apples), both great. Service was very attentive and they had an extensive wine list. Pricy, but well worth it. They picked us up right after the show to come back and get our car.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful
    AcedVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Lovely in every way. Jonathan was a great server, wonderful personality, kept everything moving perfectly. Every dish was amazing but the foie and porcini soup as well as the boudin blanc were the best. Great wines and a nice visit with Robert Wiedmaier after dinner made the evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mickey
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I have been to many great restaurants in the US and abroad but this experience is probably the best when you make a comparison with what you get for what you paid; I was in Vegas last year and dinned at a French restaurant with a name of a Chef who made fame in Paris; I believe we got robbed.. I am not saying Marcel´s is not expensive but it is worth every dollar spent. try the mussels and the black bass.. delicious
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ambiance was only so so
    WorkerBee
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I was a little put off with the underwhelming greeting when our party arrived, as well as the not great table we received (I had gone to the ladies, and the party was seated in my absence, otherwise I would have objected). The waiter was also surprising, sort of brusque ...shoved the menu at me with a Here you go. However, the waiter grew on us over the course of the dinner and we enjoyed the food and his knowledge of the menu. Its a fun place for sharing and three of the four items I choose were astonishingly good! The decor is somewhat 'meh' and the ambiance was also nothing special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Absolutely terrific from start to finish. My best meal this year, and one of my five favorite restaurants in the world. The way the menu is constructed is unique and the only drawback is that it is hard to resist over ordering.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fanstastic Food and Service
    BostonFoodie
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Dinner was extraordinarily good. Service was helpful and attentive without being stuffy or overbearing. One of the best meals I have had in Washington, D.C.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • JLJL
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Superb! The food the service and the overall experience was amazing.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing dining experience
    DisappointinVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had an exquisite dining experience Saturday night. We have eaten at Marcel's before and it is our favorite restaurant in DC, but this was the best meal yet. Service, presentation and delicious seasonal menu- what more could you ask! And one of our party is a vegetarian and the chef prepared a special 4 course meal for her that was superb. We can't wait to go back! I am hungry just thinking about it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night out!
    Lynz
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We chose 5 course meals and it was one of the best meals I've had! My favorites were the sweet corn soup, monkfish, bison and apricot dessert. I also loved my boyfriend's duck entree. The wine list was extensive. If you don't mind spending $$$$, I would definitely recommend Marcel's.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Service
    Brian
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Wife and I celebrated our 2 yr wedding anniversary at Marcels, prior to a show at 7:30. From the moment we walked in, it felt like we were the only ones dining that night...every detail was taken care of. Every server was handsomely dressed and addressed my wife and I as Monsieur and Madam. The executive chef signed our menu for us as a gift and our desserts were presented to us with Happy Anniversary in chocolate on the plates. Pricey, but worth every penny. Amazing food, wine, service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Minor Disappointment
    NavyBill
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary here. The welcome, service and ambiance were superb, as were the dry gin martini. The chef's complimentary mini appetizer got the meal started off right. Likewise, the complimentary sweets at the end provided a nice finishing touch. The best selections on our 4-course tasting menu were the mussels and rockfish, both of which were delicious. On a sour note, the pan-seared scallop was raw in the middle; the boudin' blanc was bland (can't understand why so many rave about it); the beef and bison were good but nothing to write home about; and the after-dinner cappuccino was only lukewarm. All in all a nice evening but I excepted more from such a highly rated restaurant on this special occasion.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent personal service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We went to Marcells for our anniversary and we were not dissappointed. They gave us personalized and signed menus which was pretty thoughtful. The food was outrageous and sized perfectly for a six course meal. The service was everything you would expect. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for three generations
    Pasadenafoodie
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We followed the pre-theater menu and loved the food! Everyone found choices at 81,50 and 20. We had plenty of time to get to the show and enjoy our meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding dinner
    Live2eat
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Best dinner in my whole life. Every plate was outstanding and they have a great service. Its worth every cent you spend there.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still the Best!
    Clifton12VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Every time we dine at Marcel's, it's a joy! Greeted at the curb by the ever handsome and dashing Adnane, escorted inside to a comfy seat at the gorgeous bar and served the perfectly mixed cocktail. Hugs and kisses to Jonathan, the man who sets the standards for any server we encounter, anywhere we dine, and the evening becomes magical. The busboys move smoothly in removing emptied plates, refilling water glasses, gently everyone on the staff performs their duties respectfully so as not to make you feel you must eat quickly. The food is sublime and beautifully presented. Like I said, dining at Marcel's is a joy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but not worth the money
    ef00
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    From a restaurant of this price range, I expect close-to-perfect cooking and/or innovative cooking. The food we had was fine -- some good, some not so good. I got the impression that this is a restaurant that is trying to be better than what the kitchen is capable of producing. Service was a bit annoying, but that is the luck of the draw. I won't go out of my way to eat here again.
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  • Lovely dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Our waitress Alejandra is super. Very knowledgable of the menu and polite.... Made our evening lovely Food was great, so was the wine selection.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissapointing ambiance
    QuebecGoumet
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Advertised a fine gourmet restaurant, which implies that the atmosphere and ambiance are conducive to fine dining, we were disappointed to see that the staff seemed more interested in ensuring that a loud and boorish table of 6 was allowed to continue in its way - disturbing customers, who, I am sure, wanted a quite evening enjoying a fine meal. We were moved to a quieter section of the dining room, but the loud outbursts were still disturbing. Also, the section to which we moved was not as well decorated as the main dining room. The large group should have been sent there instead! In spite of this, the food was done and served to a high standard, if not exceptional.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Marcel's always satisfies
    Alibaster3000
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    This is one of my favorite restaurants in DC. It's a bit pricey but the experience is well worth it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The best restaurant in town
    Jeff1
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I think that Marcel's is DC's best restaurant. The food is always interesting and tasty, and service is excellent. The room is pretty and not too noisy.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    GreatVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Visited for birthday and enjoyed 7-courses. The food was outstanding and presentation of plating was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fab fish!
    NorliVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Everything we tried was good, but the rockfish was incredible. A favorite place of ours in DC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Both elegant and delicious
    AirmanandWife
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We had the pre-theater menu and the food was a delight. This particular menu has three courses and is perfect for that before-the-show excitement. The salads are ambitious, and don't fail to satisfy. My Mediterannean Sea Bass was served at just the right point between flaky and juicy and my wife's strip steak was meaty perfection. But the desserts! Such culinary mastery! From a tray of little micro-desserts to the bigger desserts of chocolate and a creme brulee that one has to taste to believe. For $65 per person, this was an amazingly affordable adventure for out taste buds and was paired just right with a show at the Kennedy Center! We'll be coming back as soon as we can!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just a wonderful restaurant
    John
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Marcel's is a great restaurant. This is high-end dining at its best. The food is amazing, and the staff is terrific. Jonathan Crayne, the senior captain, served us and made it a very memorable experience. I highly recommend going to Marcel's, and please make sure to ask for Jonathan!
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What an experience!
    TheWilsonsVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Excellent food. Excellent ambiance. Excellent service. Excellent wine. Exceptional Experience! We did not feel like we were in a restaurant, but felt like someone's guests in a very romantic venue which also has a very happening bar scene. I know we will return often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • discriminative in seating
    ZeyadVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    despite the food is great, despite the waiter are polite, but the person who set us, was discriminative, because we have a child he did not sit us in dinning room, same he did for a person coming form europe, because he was not wearing formal suite. This treatmnet will deserve only one star, no more. Food is delcious otherwise.
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  • Disappointed
    RockcreekparkVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We go out to dinner often and have lived in DC for over 30 years. Marcel's was a disappointment. As a tasting menu, the menu had a choice of 4, 5, 6, or 7 courses all of which were very rich/heavy with variety only among the fish and meats. Eating this many courses one would expect some lighter entries. There were minimal lighter offerings with no salads, soups or vegetable courses. It was also very expensive, starting at $85 for four courses. I had heard good reviews on Marcel's and Marcel's is currently ranked #1 in DC restaurants on Trip Advisor. I do no understand the high rating considering all the great restaurants in DC especially those with tasting menus that have variety (and at a more reasonable cost).
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  • Special anniversary dinner!
    charm
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We had our 10th anniversary dinner here. This restaurant truly delivered a classy, romantic, delicious dining experience. The service was impeccable. We were served by a team of people, led by the most skilled head waiter I have ever interacted with. This man guided through our meal, helping us make our choices and keeping us smiling without making us feel smothered. My husband is more of the foodie (so he would be writing more about the food if this was his review), but the food was wonderful. I chose 4 courses, and that was plenty for me, since they are so rich and I don't eat a ton at one sitting; my husband had 5 courses. I loved the decor of the restaurant, too. I left with a smile on my face, and we will be sure to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • all good
    southsiderVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Had 7 course selection. All were very good. Wines by the glass worked well. Would go back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dining
    raboschs
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Michelin-star grade; the 7 course meal is a true culinary experience, and the wine list is on par with the food. Highly recommendable!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place to go before a show!
    blunderful
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The staff really knows how to cater for the theater crowd. They recommend their pre-theater menu and have a car ready to take you there. We shared the car with another couple, but definitely a lot less stressful than having to drive ourselves. The pick you back up after the show and bring you back to the restaurant (where we had our car valet parked). It was perfect for a stress-free pampered evening. You don't have to hold back on food/drink because you'll be taken care of. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.