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: (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: 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
170 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (134)fit for foodies (125)romantic (109)notable wine list (84)neighborhood gem (32)hot spot (13)good for groups (9)late-night find (8)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for outdoor dining (2)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great before a show
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    We ate at Marcel's before a show at the Kennedy Center. Food was great! Ambience was great! They even had a car to take us to the theater after dinner. We loved our start to the evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Unbelievably good food! Every bite was a gem. Great wine and superb service. A perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Dining at its best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Wonderful experience overall. Waiter was so accommodating and food and ambiance definitely live up to the reputation. Was a little disappointed upon arrival: had to wait a while to get seated as no one was there when we arrived. Felt like we were being passed over and made to wait before getting to our table. Eventually, though, the evening was great once inside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Proposal Dinner
    Mike
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Went to Marcel's for my engagement dinner (to my girlfriend of 5 years). From the beginning they were very understandable as we were late for our reservation by about 30 minutes! The host and service were also very accommodating as I was also in a hurry to make it to the Kennedy Center for the proposal. The food came out fast and it tasted amazing!! The head chef/owner Robert Wiedmaier even came out and poured the sauce on my fiancees dishes which was the coolest thing! Finally at the post engagement gathering we went back to Marcel's with a group this time and celebrated with champagne and sweets and the whole night was unforgettable thanks to Marcel's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another excellent dining experience !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Had another fantastic dining evening. As always, Ernesto's service and the food were impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inventive and delicious
    MikeNY
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The dinner was outstanding. The food was excellently prepared in novel dishes. Elegant and friendly service. Nice wine list that was, of course, overpriced but not as badly as in most restaurants of this type. Outstanding desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food and service!
    ritzytravelerVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Went to Marcels 10 years ago for my husbands birthday and recently for our 10 year anniversary. Always good. Consistently good. Pre-theater dinner can be fast but does not compromise (fast if you are running late like I was!). Next time, we'll go with more time when we are not running to the Kennedy Center afterward. But the Marcel's car service to the theater was a really nice addition. They make a great martini too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely fantastic experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    The whole dinner was fantastic. Started out with a personalized greeting from the host and followed with attentive service and unparalleled food. Thank you to all who made a great night grand.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • All-Around 5 Star Restaurant
    New2City
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Took my fiancé in for his birthday. We arrived almost an hour late due to traffic and we were still seated immediately. The menu was a little confusing but our waiter Jonathan was more than helpful and helped us with our choices. If we wouldn't have eaten a single thing, Jonathan by far made our dinning experience memorable and enjoyable. The food was simply amazing, my favorite was the mussels and the salmon. The wine too was very reasonable and tasty, thanks to Jonathan's recommendation.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Eating with your best friends!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    My wife and I have always felt welcome here. As amazing as the food is.... the service shines just as brightly. Adnane, Jonathan and their team made us feel that we were the most important people in the room
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Extra perks, felt right at home
    ericmVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The restaurant may seem snobby, but it isn't. It's actually very laid back, relaxing, but still very professional from the server's point of view. Everyone was extremely helpful, though the other servers were giving us the wrong the drinks, but we barely noticed and they were rectified. It's a set course menu but you can get whatever you want and just pay for the number of courses you get. Stick with the meats, you can't go wrong. If you want four courses of dessert go for it! They give you a lot of extras along the way to cleanse the pallet and to end the night. We had some nice goodies after our anniversary dinner - THANK YOU AGAIN ALEJANDR!! Couldn't believe that we have never been to this restaurant before. Can't wait to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing service, OK food
    safewind
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Waiter was arrogant. He was more interested in promoting Marcel's than in providing service. He knocked over a martini, parially spilling it on the tablecloth, my partner's food, and her blouse. This was OK -- a simple mistake. But the waiter was totally indifferent, not apologizing. He replaced the spilled martini, but did not offer to have the blouse cleaned or the food course replaced. His assistant awkwardly placed a napkin over the spilled area on the tablecloth. No one was contrite or apologetic. Throughout the tasting menu, we felt rushed; courses came too rapidly. The sommelier listened to our wine interests, but came to a conclusion too quickly; he should have reflected before recommending. Food was OK but unexceptional.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fine food, mediocre service
    Diver
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The fare was very good; however, our server was either new or was having a very off night. He kept forgetting our orders and was not well educated in wine service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still the Best in DC
    dcfoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Marcel's hasn't lost a step over the years. Across the board, food, service and ambiance, they still put together the top fine dining experience in Washington.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUTSTANDING
    ARTHUR
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    WE HAVE DINED AT LEAST 6 TIMES AND EACH IS BETTER THAN LAST LOVE YOUR CHANGES IN TABLES AND CHAIRS
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Marcel's Always Delivers
    happydinerVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We dined at Marcel's before a show at the Kennedy Center. Knowing there was limited time to get to a 7:30 PM performance, we made sure the staff knew ahead of time. From the time we stepped inside everyone ensured they were aware of the time limitation, and they kept everything flowing so we were never rushed but finished in good time for their car service to take us to the theater. The food, as always, was amazing. Loved the extra touches, like the potato bread (heaven!) and the avocado sampler. The scallop appetizer was perfect, as was the rib eye, and the wine recommended by our waiter was lovely. We tried both desserts on the pre-theater menu and they were wonderful. As always, the food, the service, and the atmosphere were first rate!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Annivesary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I would just like to say that Marcel was a welcome change from some of the other stuffy 5 star restaurants that my husband and I have been too over the years. You won't leave Marcel hungry, and it is very reasonability priced. Food was good, the chef does an excellent job of broadening our palette, just needs to refine some of the choices. Overall good restaurant for special occasions, just expect to be there a while as our dinner was 3 hours long and we cut down from a 7 course to a 6 course meal, because of time constraint. One last thing, our table was a little to long to enjoy a private romantic dinner with my husband.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    glad
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We had a wonderful food experience. Staff was attentive and thoroughly professional. The dinner could not have been better. Thank you all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • thepres
    thepres
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Briefly...The best venison I have had most anywhere. I would have liked the foie gras better, with it not on top of bread-- fist time I had it served that way anywhere. Very nice dining experience that ended with a limo ride to Kennedy Center. Recommend it highly even though expensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lived up to its reviews
    NewtoDC
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    I recently moved to DC and wanted to take my fiance out for dinner on his birthday. I went with Marcel's as it received great online reviews. The food was excellent. While some meals were better than others they were all above par. The Sea Urchin with Crab Cake and Caviar was divine. The Ahi Tuna and Boudin Blanc were also great. The service is exceptional, the meal filling (we had five courses) and I would definitely return. Its not your every day type of restaurant (unless you are loaded) but then it wouldn't be fine dining, if it were. I recommend everyone try Marcel's at least once. I will be trying out their other restaurants in the future.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    sassyeats
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    This restaurant doesn't disappoint. It allows you to choose your tasting menu and is not fussy about mixing and matching. They let you choose your dining experience. The food is incredible. The service is impeccable. If I had unlimited funds of money, I would happily dine here every day. Since I don't, this will be reserved for fantastic and memorable special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very lovely
    Fruitiondinner1
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    all the staff which atendded us was awesome. Nice food, specially, some crispy octopus, with smooth meat in the middle (surprinsingly!).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    First I should state that my wife wants to bring our server home! Wine list was excellent. By the glass was a good pour. Frisee salad terrific. Filet perfect. Poached apple tasty. Ahi lovely. Oxtail superb. Duck marvelous. Cheese delightful. Our three minutes with the chef priceless or at least very nice. Not cheap but if I could afford to return every week - I would. Amongst the best meals we have had and we have had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great celebration family occasion
    ProudMale
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We chose Marcel's to celebrate several family milestones: new jobs, exam success, new friendship, new income source. Two of us had had Marcel's recommended as the best restaurant in Washington, so we decided to give it a try for this special occasion. It was just right. The food was fantastic, the service was excellent, the atmosphere was enjoyable for a nice conversation and chance to get acquainted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Favorite Restaurant in DC
    Kostasgal
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We have never had a disappointing meal at Marcels. The ambiance is beautiful. The service can't be topped. Each dish is composed of so many different ingredients that there are explosions of a bit of heaven in each bite. We were out with very good friends from NY. Unfortunately, we were seated next to a group of 6 or 7 men that were so loud that we couldn't carry on a conversation. We had to lean in to one of them to talk and were unable to carry on a 4 way conversation. They left 30 minutes before our meal ended and we were able to enjoy each other's company.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    My husband and I go to Marcel's for special occasions, and every time we do, we leave happy. The food is stellar and the service is even better. It is just a wonderful, wonderful experience every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best Place Period!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    This is not the first time we have been to Marcel's and most definitely not the last! There is just not enough room to list all of the great things Marcel's has to offer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spectacular!
    FineDiningLover
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Four of us had coveted tickets to The Jay Leno Mark Twain Event at The Kennedy Center. We chose Marcel's, as none of us had dined there before, and they offered transportation to to the Kennedy Center. Our dining event was so incredibly fantastic, we are still talking about our meals, the service, the ambiance, and the fun time we all had together at dinner. The wait staff was so welcoming and gracious, we were immediately put at ease and had a great time choosing our different courses. The restaurant took full charge of timing. Our meal was paced perfectly for a relaxing time, without feeling rushed. We were taken to the Kennedy Center exactly as promised, the timing being just perfect. I am head over heals with Marcel's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    KirkVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Marcel's was excellent in every way. Delicious and beautifully presented foot and top-notch service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rachlinski
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Perfect in every way. Attentive, considerate wait staff, gorgeous food. It was my wife's birthday and we shall never forget it. Fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent in every category
    dineoutoften
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My wife and I had a memorable dinner at Marcel's. Everything about the evening was perfect...perfect ambiance, perfect service, and perfect food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • this food is just silly
    FoolMeOnce
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This may be the most overrated restaurant I have ever experienced. The infinitesimal portions are ridiculous, but could be appreciated if the sauces had adequate, or ANY flavor. There are many servers, but your MAIN waiter is the only one who can assist you, so if he is explaining the novel worthy menu to another table, another glass of wine is a crapshoot. The 45 minute wait between courses was fantastic for dieters, for you had adequate time to burn off the tiny something with no taste that you recently consumed. Also, I often like restaurants that have patrons that look interesting to me, so I also felt adrift on a humanity desert island, surrounded by epicurean misfits, deceived, like me, into thinking that Marcel's would be great.
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  • Excellent food, wine and service
    FoodmanVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This was our second time at Marcel's and it was as great as the first. The best restaurant in the area and my personal favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated and overpriced salty food
    Suuuu
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Overrated and overpriced salty food. I have no idea how this place might be nr 1 in DC. My first and last visit there.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worthy of a Michelin Star
    Atomicguys
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Had dinner twice in one week at Marcel's and it was excellent each night. Arrived late the first time and choose a couple a la cart items instead of the tasting menu, each dish was very good, one of the best rack of lambs I've had in recent memory. The chef, even after 11pm, prepared a custom dessert on request when we wanted to mix and match. The second evening we ordered the 5 course tasting menu, all dishes were truly superb. The restaurant is pricey, so be prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    They never disappoint. We have been celebrating birthdays and anniversaries here for well over 10 years and plan on continuing that tradition as long as we can!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Place in DC
    waspccpa
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    How do you improve on perfection? It is a bit pricey but worth every nickel and worth having to wear a jacket. I wish I lived closer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Night Out!
    missguam09
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This restaurant is a Washington D.C. gem. The chef himself, Robert Wiedmaier, greeted my s/o and I at the front of the restaurant which was a nice touch to making us feel welcome. The wine list was excellent-- we got a pinot noir which was perfect with our meal. We each ordered four courses and had a variety of fish, meat and sweets. It was all superb! The restaurant boasts a romantic and relaxing ambiance-- there was great decor, friendly staff and impeccable service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top restaurant in the US.
    izzyizVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Everything at Marcel is top-notch, the level of service is unsurpassed compared to anywhere I have been, and the food is out of this world. The redesigned interior has also given the restaurant a bit more contemporary, but still very elegant feel. Marcel provides one of the best dininng experiences you can find anywhere in the world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stunning
    Didi74
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The new renovations finally come up to the standard of the food created! Finally chic! Food and service beyond exceptional....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate