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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
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Visited for birthday and enjoyed 7-courses. The food was outstanding and presentation of plating was amazing."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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)."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Had 7 course selection. All were very good. Wines by the glass worked well. Would go back soon."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "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. :)"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "The establishment provides a 3-course pre-theater menu that is a pleasing extract of the 5-course one, and my wife and I took advantage of it prior going to the Kennedy Center. When making the reservation, I had advised that we would be arriving as newlyweds, and I greatly appreciated the unsolicited selection of hors d'oeuvres and sweets they provided to celebrate. Complimentary chauffeur service to the Kennedy Center is provided, which we utilized. Our driver was polite to offer return trip service to the restaurant after our show. As we were staying in The Four Seasons four blocks away, this too was much appreciated. In fact, the weather turned to rain after, the driver was kind enough to drop us at our hotel instead . Wonderful!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "30ieth anniversary. Upon entering Marcel's we were greeted by a nice hostess who wished us a Happy Anniversary and showed us to our table. The food as expected was outstanding. We have been to Marcel's several times and always have come away pleased with our experience. The only downside this time was the service. There was no explanation of the menu, the waiter did not even ask if we had been before. There was no attentiveness, no discussion on how we liked the food and when another table was set beside us we were ignored all together. So much so that I had to ask another server to have our waiter come back so I could order me wife another glass of wine. Not what I expect at a fine dining establishment. The food saved the day!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We don't live in DC and choose carefully our special dining experiences. We had last visited Marcel's four years ago and were delighted to learn that our fond memories of the excellent cuisine, service and ambience were accurate and reinforced by this experience."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I've been privileged to eat at the finest restaurants in Europe and the US and this ranks among my top five favorites. Delicious, synergistic but complex flavors, just perfect portions (not too small, not too big), wide range of choices in every area of the menu. Only suggestion is they need to deepen their wine list to offer GREAT wines from FRANCE in moderate to expensive range, with focus on both Burgundy and Bordeaux. I had to settle for a Byron pinot noir by the glass for $15!! after we finished an average bottle of Burgundy."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Marcel's is a great way to spend a date night with your spouse or special occansion. The service was top notch and the food was as usual amazing. We did the 5 course meal with a bottle of wine."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This is the second time we have been to Marcel's. We went for my girlfriend's birthday in January and went back this time to celebrate our marriage. The food was remarkable as it was the first visit. My wife loves tastings and especially French tastings and we were not disappointed. Great food and atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Truly one of the most enjoyable dining experiences I have experienced. Incredible selections, an amazing complement of textures and flavors. The wait staff was very helpful and attentive. You can not go wrong with Marcel's. We went before a performance at the Kennedy Center and they took fantastic care of us to make sure we were on time for the performance. We depended on our steward for our wine pairings and the selections were perfect. Not being terribly sophisticated it can be intimidating to dine at a restaurant of Marcel's caliber, but the staff made us feel not only comfortable, but very special."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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
  • " 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
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Had a great steak and one of the best meals of my life."
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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