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 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (132)romantic (108)fit for foodies (107)notable wine list (73)neighborhood gem (27)good for groups (9)late-night find (5)great for outdoor dining (4)vibrant bar scene (4)hot spot (3)great for lunch (3)great for brunch (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Disappointingly, service lagged:
    M4REEL
    Dined on 4/6/2008
    Disappointingly, service lagged: we truly thought we had been forgotten. And table set-up is odd: very distant from my partner, so tough to hear. Otherwise, VVG food and impressive wines by the glass.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I found the service to be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/6/2008
    I found the service to be superb in the beginning. However, I was disappointed after ordering the dessert. Not so much the dessert itself (it was great btw) but in the service. It took about an hour for the dessert to come out. That would have been fine except that I saw at least 5 of the same kind being given to parties that had come after I did. I was somewhat disappointed after finally getting my dessert by then. Other than that, it was what one would expect from fine dining I suppose.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The meal was indeed memorable.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2008
    The meal was indeed memorable. I had the salmon and my husband had the turbot and the lamb. Excellent! Chef usually sends a few additional treats as well, which are wonderful. The wine list is quite nice and the service is excellent. We were dining before the NSO at the Kennedy Center. The car service to and from the KC is a wonderful option.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the most incredible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/5/2008
    One of the most incredible meals of my life! Absolutely delicious, and worth every penny!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My husband and I loved this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/4/2008
    My husband and I loved this restaurant. We went there to celebrate his 30th birthday. They went above and beyond what I expected. The service was outstanding and the food was amazing! It's a perfect place to celebrate a special occasion or for a romantic dinner experience. We don't live in the DC area, but we would definitely return and recommend it to anyone. It was one of the best dining experiences we've had. We still are talking about the food and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a marvelous evening
    Chezdugue
    Dined on 4/4/2008
    We had a marvelous evening at Marcel's. Our table overlooked the prep area for the kitchen; great fun. Robert came and chatted with us for a bit. Very active ambiance but vibrant not chaotic. Food was fantastic; service great. Thanks for the experience
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of the best restaurants
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2008
    One of the best restaurants I've ever dined at. The food was wonderful & the service was top notch. I love the freedom of being able to order what ever one wants in whatever order they would like, rather than being forced to pick things from various "courses" on the menu in a set order. I'm not big on dessert & enjoyed that I was not forced to have dessert as one of my courses. I really can't say enough good things about this place. The only downside was the noise level. In all fairness, there was a large party next to us the night we dined there, but I still felt like for all the romance of the occasion (I can only afford to go for special occasions), coupled with the ambiance, service & food, that the noise took away from that slightly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • we celebrated our civil wedding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/3/2008
    we celebrated our civil wedding night here; the service was superb and the food was lovely, we would love to come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We enjoyed the dinner very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/1/2008
    We enjoyed the dinner very much. The portions were just right and the meal was delicious. The service was excellent and we appreciate the limo to the Kennedy Center. We dine at Marcel's a couple of times a year. Thank you for an enjoyable evening. Nancy Hensel
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had a wonderful time at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/29/2008
    We had a wonderful time at Marcel's. The staff was the best we have had serve us in a long time. The pace of the evening was very enjoyable. The service was efficient and not intrusive. The dishes we tried were all beautifully plated. We did the tasting menu which is a great way to try the restaurant's capabilities. Some of the dishes we were not sure of turned out to be our favorites. Marcel's is a very pretty restaurant. The tables are spaced so that the conversations from the other tables were not too loud. I am so happy that we decided to eat at Marcel's. It was a great evening from start to finish.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really amazing food & service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/28/2008
    Really amazing food & service. It's a very cozy place to eat. Can't wait to go back. Our waiter was outstanding & really helped us to find the right combo of food & wine. Unfortunately we had show reservations & couldn't finish our entire meal - wish we had budgeted more time for the meal... maybe next time...
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite restaurant in DC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/25/2008
    Favorite restaurant in DC - the service is better than 5 stars.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Marcel's is that rare gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2008
    Marcel's is that rare gem that pairs superb cuisine with equally superb service. As a testament to how impressed I was with my first visit to Marcel's, I went back the very next night. The second night served to further impress. Each successive time I've returned to Marcel's, I have had an extraordinary dining experience -- as has each person to whom I've recommended Marcel's. Particularly outstanding dishes include the boudin blanc, fois gras, and lobster bisque. Marcel's is a truly remarkable restaurant. My compliments to Chef Wiedmaier, Maitre d' Adnane, and the entire staff of Marcel's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was out of this world.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/22/2008
    The food was out of this world. Service was excellent; very attentive but not overwhelming. Overall, excellent evening that couldn't have been any better!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for pre-theater dinners.
    dunnsoffcVIP
    Dined on 3/20/2008
    Great for pre-theater dinners. The transportation service to the Kennedy Center is a great feature prior to opera nights. Will go back. The service is excellent and the food was very enjoyable and special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The wait staff everything
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/18/2008
    The wait staff everything you could ask for: knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. The food was stunningly good - think 4 star comfort food! They also have a good selection splits, making it easier to pair wines when couple choose different tasting menus. I have dined at Marcel's several times and it is consistently among the best dining experiences in Washington or any other city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Marcel's is a romantic French
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/7/2008
    Marcel's is a romantic French restaurant. The food is heavy, so you can't eat there often, but the experience is a perfect rich indulgence for an evening at the Kennedy Center, and the staff makes you feel special.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/25/2008
    The best dining experience in DC with superior food and service. Quality, preparation, and selection are amazing--add to it the freedom to create your own course meal. The food is pure, refreshing, and appealingly presented. Our server, Rigaa, made our divine dinner into a divine experience with his perfect recommendations, courteous service and informative explanations to all of our questions. The 3-course pre-theater is a tremendous value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite restaurant in DC!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2007
    Favorite restaurant in DC! We go here almost every visit to DC. Fantastic food, atmosphere. A must see.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We enjoyed the mean well thoughtout
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/14/2007
    We enjoyed the mean well thoughtout and prepared with accomdating service and enjoyed for that special occasion
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the very best, most
    kingbVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2007
    One of the very best, most sophisticated, most gourmet restaurants in DC
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Incredible in every way: I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/13/2007
    Incredible in every way: I highly recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This is our favorite restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/1/2003
    This is our favorite restaurant. The food is French with a Belgian flair and is always good. They keep the menu fresh and offer many favorites (lobster bisque) as well as new flavors and experiences. The amuse-bouche offerings are always unique and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate