Marcel

4.8
1299 reviews
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Steakhouse
A first-rate steakhouse and bar by Ford Fry. Named after Marcel Cerdan, the iconic French fighter-romantic who endured ring rumbles, war, marriage, a famous affair with Edith Piaf (and could only be stopped from seeing his love when his plane crashed into a mountain), Marcel is a return to the days when people appreciated every moment, when dull care was forgotten, when love lingered over the best meals—including, pound-for-pound, the best steaks money can buy.
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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well always nice

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BL
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was all very delicious. Service was mostly great, except the host after asking our names just ignored us for a few minutes awkwardly even though we were the only people waiting and we had a reservation. Servers were excellent and informative. Tables are very close together. Overall, we very much enjoyed our evening at Marcel. Would recommend.

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SB
Atlanta
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely. We shall return. Quality food and decor.

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M
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was fantatstic- Maurice is a hoot and yet still on his game and professional. Bread was awesome w ricoota spread. Steaks were all good size and all cooked perfectly. Chef was kind enough to honor our request for foie gras on the steaks even though it was not offered on the menu. Creme brulee was fantastic as well. Dauphanise potatoes slightly undercooked and needed seasoning. Roasted corn was excellent. Only negative at all I could say is we spent near $800 on a party of four- nothing in the evening was wrong but there was nothing that blew me away or I had to go and tell people about-for $800 without an expensive bottle of wine ( we had 9 cocktails so our bill sans alcohol would have been just under 700) I want to have something blow me away- the seafood towere was $80 and had 5 tiny oysters, 5 larger shrimp, 1.5 tbsp of crab mixed with seasonings, and 2 lobster claws plus 2 king crab claws ie what should have been $50 was $80 due to th ambiance and name of the chef. To conclude- Fantastic service and quality food prepared well in a great ambiance-just be prepared to pay for it.

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OT
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food! We celebrated our 2 year anniversary at Marcel and although it was expensive, it was definitely worth it!

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MB
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Atmosphere was amazing but food was only ok. We got the Tomahawk and asked for it blue (as rare as possible) but it came out closer to rare-medium rare. Normally wouldn’t comment negatively but for $130, I’d hope for a steak the way we asked for it. Also, let them know ahead of time it was a birthday and there was no mention to it at all during or after dinner. Waitress cleared the appetizer before we were done. Main waiter looked at his tip while we were finishing up and still at the table. Overall not worth a $250 bill in my opinion.

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KO
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my 2nd anniversary there and the service was exceptional. Received recommendations from the waiter and also champagne to celebrate with my wife. We will definitely be back! One of the best restaurant experiences I've had in Atlanta.

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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kyle took care of our table this particular evening. His knowledge of the food and wine was spot on. The timing of each item arriving to the table was perfectly orchestrated and like clockwork. Lastly, the food and drinks were nothing short of divine, like always. Beyond perfect. Please never change.

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SS
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marcel is a first class dining experience from food to service. The moment you step inside the staff will greet you like an old friend. The food is amazing and delightful. Steak flavored, cooked and finished to perfection. Cap the night with a baked Alaska and wine pairing. Pamela, Clayton and Bob were the best. Thank you, Ford Fry, for another concept perfectly executed.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

I really wanted to like Marcel, but found service and food lacking and failing to live up to the hype. The service was on par with Red Lobster and the food at the caliber of a nice small-town steakhouse.

Escargot was fantastic, but steaks, the specialty, were flavorless. One steak was perfectly cooked and the other very undercooked.

Also, despite having reservations, we were seated in what could only be described as a mediocre view of the cash register and service kiosk. Very disappointing, but the restaurant has such a good vibe and look that other areas would have been preferred.

We’d try again, but things must change.

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AS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It was my wife’s birthday dinner celebration. We enjoyed it very much. So, we will certainly recommend it to our close friends and family. We will return.

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DT
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

I’m surprised I have to write another negative review but your restaurant needs to address behavior. Sadly, as much as I enjoy Marcel - I will reconsider before coming again.

We come to Marcel often; at least 1-2 times monthly and I’m always stunned that I recommend this restaurant so often.

First, your hostess was rude and told me to sit in the couch to wait for my party instead of taking me to my table - I WAS THE ONLY CUSTOMER in the restaurant. This was a Monday night at 5:45. If this is your policy - it’s ridiculous when no one is in your restaurant.

Secondly, I decided to wait at the bar where the bartender accidentally called me “sir” and when I laughed and corrected him about the mistake stating I was a “m’am not a sir” he decided to challenge me stating he didn’t feel it needed to be highlighted either way. I was not making a political statement and no matter what kind of day you’re having as a server - I’m not the problem.

When my parents finally arrived - he was pretty rude to them as well. Getting a beer and Pinot Grigio should’ve been easy but again - totally rude to them. Perhaps they looked like tourist? Perhaps we were laughing too much? Who knows but I certainly will tell you - it was noticeable to them as well. I was embarrassed for recommending Marcel.

Thirdly, Chip roared over and was the ONLY thing keeping the service together this evening. He is always amazing and always great energy. We love Chip each time we are there but if they rest of Marcel cannot follow suit - your restaurant will be doomed. Once someone who is local and eats often begins complaining - words track like wildfire.

Finally, your food is great but I’ve had enough of the rude behavior and the inconsistency. I love your place and send people to it often but I’ll think twice before bringing anyone here soon.

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Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was super nice and helpful and we were greeted and checked on very warmly by the leadership team. It was a great experience.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious if a bit overpriced. Still, for a special occasion/celebration it was a great experience. We would go there again.

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I eat in Atlanta often. Typically the high end and trendy places. This was the top; They set the bar for food, service and atmosphere. Anyone who rates this less than 4 stars should not have eaten here, Longhorns is probably a better place for them.
From the bread, oysters, salad, steak, and desert the food was amazing. I have a new favorite.
The price is higher than most restaurants, but the experience and quality are top notch.

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A
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I cannot day enough about the service, it was impeccable and the highlight of our evening. We enjoyed the bread service and the drink recommendations were great. We also really like our sides of asparagus and cacio e pepe pasta. The baked Alaska was amazing, I highly recommend it. My steak was cooked perfectly, but was a little too salty. My friend expected the lobster risotto to have a creamier texture and be closer to the taste of the cacio e pepe, but it was very citrusy without the creaminess. To their credit, the waitress assisting our main waiter noticed that she didn’t eat much and didn’t want to take it to go. She gladly offered to take it off the check and the option to get another dish. Again, the service was attentive without being overbearing. We’ll definitely go back again.

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OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Such an awesome place with such great food!!

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d
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time with friends! Love Marcel and especially Bob and Chip!

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TB
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was pricey but excellent food. The only problem we had was the server asked all tables near us if there was any type of special occasion , but did not ask us . My friend address the issue to the server, he apologized because it was one of the parties birthday. He made it right for us by deducting the dessert.

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FA
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The epitome of a restaurant. Great service and excellent execution!

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C
Atlanta
26 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time experience, very impressed! Marcel's reputation set expectations at a high level. They exceeded those expectation greatly. Everything was at a first class level. Reception, bar, seating, service, food and overall ambiance - superior! Our dinner was a business meeting with a very sophisticated international investor and he was very impressed with all facets of Marcel. Marcel was definitely a good 'business partner' for this event! We will definitely return.

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AS
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time to Marcel. Monday's can be slow but the restaurant was full. The food was perfectly prepared and the portions are generous. The real highlight of the night was our waiter and his team. Really memorable service just like the first time. I see so many other "fine" restaurants slipping in both service and speed. Marcel has it all together!

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MB
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food and service in Atlanta.

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E
Atlanta
28 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our visit to Marcel. The food and service were great. Our server Chip was a lot of fun and kept us entertained. We had such a great time we were there from 7:30 to 1:30am. Definitely will return to Marcel. Highly recommend.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing and attentive staff!

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TC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What can I say? An Amazing experience with a DJ playing vinyl and Elena was first class the best in the restaurant industry and she takes control and gives you an experience you will never forget. And Gabby first class manager who cares and checks on all guests. And the food speaks for itself over the top and have you wanting more. The ambiance 1920s dim lights and a booth to sit down at and see the whole restaurant. I will be back and the best restaurant in Atlanta, Ga !!

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L
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anthony was amazing. Thanks for making my friends birthday amazing. She really enjoyed it.

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b
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Everything was great as usual. Service was a bit on the slow side. We were there from 630-9. It’s possible that the service was slow due to the time it took to prepare the sides, consequently the steaks were a little cooler than I would have preferred when they reached us. Otherwise the experience was as good as the previous times I’ve dined.

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T
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great burgers and shakes. Lunch has a very limited menu but the burgers, fries and salads are yummy!!

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DW
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delectable, to say the least. Nice steak house reminded me of something in New York.

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c
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance is so cool! Food was delicious! Professional wait staff!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and i really enjoyed our experience

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aaron was amazing and really enhanced the dining experience!

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A
Orlando
34 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to your restaurant twice...and both visits help set the standards other restaurants will need to live up to. The service was top-notch...the food was top-notch...and we LOVE the decor (VERY cool vibe)! We will be back!

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RI
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great late night dining experience. The DJ was fantastic!

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BB
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Our server was fantastic and the food was good. However- our meal wasn't timed appropriately. Meaning, we received our salads and bread service quickly but then waited almost an hour for our entree. The waiter apologized, but there is clearly a back-up issue with the kitchen. I've heard this issue from other patrons as well, so the timing is not a new problem for the restaurant. It's something they should have worked out by now. Additionally, we had reservations but were seated on a high top in the bar. We really should have been asked if this was acceptable. We're not heavy drinkers, and it wasn't appropriate for our party. Lastly, the steak is good, but it's not $100 per plate good. There are better meat suppliers who service other restaurants in Atlanta- like Bones or Hal's. I've heard the supplier is the justification for the high price point, but I didn't see it in terms of the meat's flavor. Solid meal, but at this price point, a lot of room for improvement.

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CJ
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is such an experience! I felt like I was transported somewhere else. Every member of the staff was so welcoming and such a pleasure. The food is insane. Obviously the steaks but lobster risotto, oysters, and the “pancakes” they serve at the beginning were such a treat. Loved everything

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AG
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I loved the the whole experience, from the service to the food.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and food

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AWESOME!!!!

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