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
166 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (129)fit for foodies (118)romantic (107)notable wine list (76)neighborhood gem (34)good for groups (7)hot spot (7)late-night find (6)great for brunch (4)great for lunch (3)vibrant bar scene (3)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    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
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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • Ambiance
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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.
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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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    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • French/Belgian Heaven
    Tbpotus23
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I came into contact with Marcel's after much research for a fine dining restaurant. I was looking for a place to celebrate one of my best friends college graduation and new employment. It exceeded all my expectations. The wine selection was exquisite and the food was out of this world. The servers were extremely professional and courteous. I will definitely be coming back in the near future.
    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 LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magic night
    PFVEMVVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    One more wonderful Marcel's experience. The foie gras was spectacular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    overall pretty good, worth the price. gave us extras as we were new.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Anniversary Evening!
    Live2EatVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    My husband took me to Marcel's for our anniversary, and we had a fabulous evening. The restaurant even made personalized menus for the occasion. The menu is a tasting menu, but there is flexibility in the number of courses and which items YOU want. My husband and I ordered five courses (including desert), wine, and cocktails. The service was impeccable, the bartender was on the mark, and the food was memorable and truly delightful. The food is rich with flavor and the perfect balance for each course. If you have a special occasion, I highly suggest Marcel's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • fabulous anniversary celebration
    yyyimttt
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    AWESOME. Every morsel of food was delicious, the service was amazing, and Jonathan was phenomenal! He read my mind and anticipated our needs and desires. He also clearly explained the complex menu. Definitely one of our favorite places.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect EVERY time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Experience
    ConnieC
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Fantastic atmosphere. Very comfortable tables, spaced so you can have private conversation. Wait Staff was amazing. We ordered the six course tasting menu. Each offering was delicious. Was a tad worried we'd leave hungry because the portion sizes are small but was so pleasantly surprised. It was a perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Number One Pick
    DinersFromDCVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    With it's fresh re-model, the most comfortable chairs in a DC Restaurant, beautiful new flatware and china Marcel's still sparkles in the kitchen. Still the most attentive staff and a new menu that is fresh and fantastic, some old favorites gone but new beautiful palate of plenty. The duck, best in DC. Sweetbreads that melt in your mouth and secretly prepared fish and poultry. Not hung up on their own self importance Marcel's remains a number one choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Greta experience
    onenightout
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    It was our anniversary and they completely took care of us. Highly recommend for a special occasion. Be sure to ask for Johnathan's section.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ban the cell phones
    Edward
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    If jackets are required then cell phone use should be prohibited. I love this place and look forward to going whenever I'm in Foggy Bottom. The last thing I want is a rude patron on her cell phone in the dining room. I always felt that Marcel's was a trip into the past so this visit was very disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect
    Wrigley
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Dinner was perfect. Five courses with paired wines. Jonathan, the Captain took care of every detail to make our Anniversary dinner on Saturday evening a most perfect evening. Kudos to Chef for amazing flavours. We wouldn't have changed anything
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 6-year Anniversary
    earlthapearl
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Each staff member was very polite and accommodating. We could actually enjoy our conversation as the background noise level was quite low. The food flavors as well as their presentation were incredible. We definitely had an excellent evening and will be coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded expectations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Have been going to great wash DC restaurants for 12years and somehow got in a rut with the same five or do. My daughter suggested Marcel's because she loved it and thought the food was excellent. So on a recent visit we dined there and I musty agree it truly exceeded my high expectations. Service and food perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
  • DCCouple
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    If you don't have a special occasion coming up soon, make up one. Marcel's is where you'll want to celebrate. Everything about our 36th anniversary dinner was special from the welcome to the goodbye. Can't wait to go back and have Table Captain Johnathan take care of us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A place to eat and ... talk!
    Gregg
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food was delicious (with some great invention and first-rate execution), the service was professional, the kitchen was VERY accommodating of my wife's allergies to the oils that are the mainstays of restaurants these days:canola oil and sunflower oil. (You'd be amazed how many high end restaurants cannot deal with it, saying that everything is made with canola. Whatever happened to butter and olive oil?) What sent our experience over the top was that the room was NOT TOO LOUD. We could actually have a conversation without shouting. How rare in room design these days. We will most assuredly be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the BEST in DC!!!
    susansonVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Marcel's has been a favorite of mine for years - literally 25 years. Most restaurants can't keep a consistently good menu and staff going for 5 years - much less 25. Their pre-theatre menu is fantastic before a show at the KenCen or other DC venues and the food and wine are always spectacular. It's expensive, but well worth what you pay for it in both food and experience. We need more restaurants like Marcel's in Washington!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    Seattle
    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
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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.