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Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier, Washington, DC

Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier

4.7
4.7
3318 Reviews
$50 and over
European
Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier is DC's premier fine dining establishment for over two decades. During Covid we have been open and closed numerous times with very little notice and doing our best to keep up the times. We profoundly thank our customers who return everytime after we reopen, who have generously donated to our employee fund and purchased RW Restaurant Group gift certficates. One day soon, we hope to return driving you to Kennedy Center for their fabulous shows and concerts, hosting your private parties and work functions and seeing your maskless smiles. For the time being, we are open five evenings a week with limited capacity and offering a curbside three-course dinner. Curbside menu is available by ordering on TOCK.

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  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    European, French American, Belgian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 296-1166

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Robert Wiedmaier

  • Private party facilities

    Palladin Room seats 60, Buyout 120 seated, 175 reception

  • Private party contact

    Julie Albert: (202) 445-9550

  • Neighborhood

    Foggy Bottom

  • Cross street

    24th and 25th

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is currently suspended during Covid. Street Parking is available

  • Public transit

    Foggy Bottom Metro

  • Entertainment

    Live music in the lounge Friday and Saturday evenings ~9pm to close

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,318 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on all time ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. S

    Sully

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our foursome had a superb dining experience. We each had 5 exquisite courses with service and ambiance to match. For high end dining, you can’t miss at Marcel’s.
  2. L

    Local

    London

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday Dinner Our 1st time dining at Marcel’s since shortly before the pandemic. It was lovely to be back. The refined food is the reason for coming but the service and ambience always make dining at Marcel’s a special occasion. Thank you.
  3. TB

    TonyB

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Couldn’t have picked a better place to celebrate our 41st anniversary
  4. P

    Paul

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another wonderful dining experience at Marcel’s as we celebrated my spouse’s birthday! We each did the 5 course option And every bite was delicious. The service was also amazing with a special thanks to Adnane, Moez, and of course Jonathan! We can’t wait to return,
  5. R

    Randfam

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and ambience. It was a bit noisy as there was a table of 15 nearby but the food and service made up for it!
  6. ET

    ElaineT

    Atlantic City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dining experience! Love the diverse chef tasting menu.
  7. AB

    AnthonyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and the service was outstanding! I would come back a second time!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time here and the food is always high quality and the service (Vinny is our waiter) is impeccable!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were delighted to finally return to Marcel’s after two years away, and it did not disappoint. We were celebrating our granddaughter’s Sweet Sixteen with an elegant dinner out, and this was the perfect spot. Everyone treated her like a star. The staff all came to the table to wish her a happy birthday, and the chef had both personalized her menu and invited her to the kitchen after dinner for a photo. On top of it all, she has celiac disease, which they handled perfectly. She finished one basket of gluten free bread and received another. The staff were able to modify all the dishes she wanted to ensure that they were gluten free, while still being beautiful and delicious. It was truly a special experience, but don’t wait for an occasion to come back to Marcel’s. If they resume their limo service to the Kennedy Center, all will be right with the world again. Thank you to all who made our granddaughter’s evening remarkable.
  10. BV

    BradleyV

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  11. CK

    CheryllK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Marcel experience was absolutely magnificent. The ambience was lovely, and the Moesh and Vincenzo treated me like a queen. I couldn't have been happier. I normally stay for an hour or two at an excellent meal out but stayed four hours. That is pretty epic for me and well worth the time and money. An outstanding evening! Highly recommend.
  12. l

    luv2dine

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We so enjoyed our dinner at Marcels. The staff went out of their way to make our birthday celebration special. The tuna, lamb and chocolate dessert were outstanding. Thank you for a great night out!
  13. DC

    DonaldC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Those of us who have eaten there in the past are pleased that it is as good as ever. The only thing is that it is half filled. DC doesn’t seem to be working. Little or no taxi service. One needs to use Uber if not driving
  14. H

    Hello123

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife had a wonderful experience for her birthday. Highly recommend. Thank you.
  15. p

    pauldc

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best restaurant in DC, as it’s been for many years!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Magnificent! Gorgeous room, piano music and exquisite food Excellent!
  17. G

    Goumet

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dishes as to both quality and amount. Table was also great.
  18. B

    Bjones

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the most amazing dining experiences I’ve ever had. Not only was the staff accommodating and friendly, but even the chef. They all went above and beyond for my girlfriends birthday and we couldn’t have had a better time. I highly recommend Marcels and can’t wait to go back.
  19. BK

    BlakeK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Can’t say enough about the wonderful service. The food was just “good.” The duck, lamb, and steak’s texture and taste were almost identical. Plating and presentation were also beautiful, albeit a bit dated also. It might have been really hip but in the 90s, but it reads a little like like a chef who’s settled. A lovely experience, but for >$400, I would have hoped for more big flavor. I don’t want to take anything away from a nice meal, but there are better chef’s menus all over DC. DC is officially the food city I dreamed of back in 2006, when I moved here. Marcel’s feels like a remnant of the time before DC food got very very real.
  20. BT

    BillyT

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always a go to destination in Washington, DC. The quality of service, food, and wine stands out among similar restaurants in their category. Creativity yet simplicity is a hallmark of a great chef and chef Jenn certainly fits that profile. Flavor profiles are exquisite. I often say, if I can do it at home why come to the restaurant. When I go to a restaurant like Marcel's I want to be wowed! Chef Jenn brings the wow factor to the dinner.
  21. A

    Anniesappetite

    New England

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exquisite in every possible way!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Enjoyed the food, everything was great but not next level. Service was good, but one plate did come out of order (as far as red meat dish before something lighter). Warm welcome from host.
  23. K

    Kenneth

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely delicious, the servers were top-notch, and I hope to come back soon.
  24. J

    Jane

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is awesome with fabulous service and French courses.
  25. K

    Koblon

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Oh, I just love Marcel’s. The ambience, lovely live piano music, impeccable service and the oh so delicious food make it my current favorite dining experience. I wish I could cook this well or was great friends with the chef!! Bravo.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellence on every level
  27. W

    Whirligigoftime

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    portion sizes are too small; need to be increased by about 25%.
  28. CZ

    ChristinaZ

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding Culinary Experience! Beautiful restaurant, wonderful staff, and authentic grace and style!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The experience was fantastic overall. We appreciate food and good food is always the center of our gatherings as a family. We were celebrating our mom’s birthday and this was the perfect place to gather. The attention was above the standards, the ambience was inviting, and the food was exquisite.
  30. F

    Finediner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    While I have dined at a lot of different restaurants, this was my first 'fine dining' experience at a restaurant of this caliber. So it will be hard to review as I don't have anything to compare it to. That said, I will first say that the service was outstanding. My server, Mark, was exceptional in terms of how he carried himself and not only how he served me while having to cater to others while the venue was busy, but how he was able to make me feel important and like my presence mattered. For food, I had the pan seared scallops, pan seared snapper, foie gras, lamb, sirloin, and this chocolate dessert. The scallops and foie grass were to die for as the texture and combination of flavors reflected well the chef's skills and restaurant's caliber. The other dishes were very good and enjoyable as well. Each dish was paired with a wine. Unfortunately, I ended up drinking too much of the wine. It was a very amateur thing to do. Mark was exceptional in being understanding and encouraging, and even offering me a ride home which was unfortunately outside the establishment rules due to liability concerns. So, my only issue was when I got the bill and saw the $90 for the wine pairings. Meal was $150 which was listed on the menu. I am going to give the establishment the benefit of the doubt here. I can't recall, but I might have agreed to the wine paring over the phone when I called in. I don't recall being asked at the restaurant if I wanted the wine pairings. So, that was the only question mark for me. I don't regret it (except for drinking too much). The pairings were excellent and went well with each dish. Total bill including tip was $327 (20% tip). I don't know where this falls with other like restaurants. I'll just summarize by saying the food, presentation, and especially service, were outstanding. It was a learning experience for me. I'll just have to be more careful next time in terms of drinking and fully understanding items served and their pricing.
  31. TT

    TimT

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We've dined at Marcel's many times over the years. However, due to COVID, we have not dined there on a Friday/Saturday since before the lock downs began. Last night (June 26), we enjoyed a Saturday dinner. While it is always a special treat, last night seemed to be reaching a new level. New offerings mixed with familiar dishes made choosing our menu extremely difficult. The amuse bouche, that little something, to prepare the palate for what's to come was a tasteful beginning. The smoked salmon was treated with a little heat, but not enough to over power the subtlety of the salmon, the caviar and creme fraiche. One of the new items was the marinated tuna with mango, lime avocado mousse and other accompaniments that made this a delicate dish. For anyone liking sashimi grade tuna, this has to be tried. Another new item was the tempura squash blossom with garbanzo beans, feta and heirloom tomatoes. While completely different from the tuna plate, it was a nice addition to the menu. The scallop was perfectly prepared, as usual. Frankly, we've come to expect this perfection and while "routine" to us, it also means we are spoiled to the point of rarely if ever getting scallops anywhere else. The familiar items such as the Boudin Blanc, the duck breast and lamb loin, familiar to those who go to Marcel's "often", i.e., a few times during the year would not have been disappointed as these dishes were prepared to perfection. The duck and lamb were medium rare, as the chef would suggest. We both ordered the foie gras even with the additional charge. It was more like a dessert with the cashew panna cotta, fermented blueberries and blueberry coulis. Overall, an overly indulgent evening of food and wine. And, great seeing the familiar staff members catering to our needs and whims. The new dishes integrated with familiar favorites was a true ratcheting up the level of cuisine at Marcel's.
  32. BR

    B3RG

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, Marcel's never disappoints. Food was excellent, service was excellent. Still my favorite restaurant in the DMV. Expensive but worth it. We would go there more often if we could afford the price and calories. But a few times a year is just fine with us knowing that we will always walk away with a smile on our faces. In the meantime, will continue go to one of the other RW restaurants closer to home until we have an excuse to go to Marcel's again!! :) Thank you Robert for creating such wonderful environments to enjoy our meals!!
  33. JW

    JWMHH

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a wonderful anniversary dinner!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent overall. But menu should include more fish and vegetarian options for non-meat eaters.
  35. b

    bvdc

    London

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This may well be Washington's best celebratory restaurant, and certainly is the outstanding French table in the city. Perfect in every respect, and would be an outstanding restaurant even in France. Perfection comes of course at a price--our dinner for three was over $800. But for the right occasion it's a price worth paying
  36. D

    Denise

    Washington DC

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stellar meal, Amazing team! Creative menu, and always the best service.
  37. m

    miker

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply the best restaurant in Washington D.C. Between the service, ambiance, and the eye-opening culinary experience, not one detail has been overlooked.
  38. A

    Anonymous

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful way to celebrate the end of quarentine. Safety protocol by staff was appreciated.
  39. EM

    EMB60

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was extraordinary. The service was excellent. We will return.
  40. E

    Enjoyable

    Washington DC

    83 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had courses of grilled Hamachi, Snapper , and Foie Gras. Serving sizes were perfect at 2 to 3 ounces for us Boomers. Dessert was very good. Not a high price($99) for 4 courses, just keep the alchohol choices reasonable, which is possible. Or enjoy a magnum of fine French wine for $3000.00!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 296-1166.

Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier is rated 4.7 stars by 3318 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    24th and 25th

  • Neighborhood

    Foggy Bottom

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    European, French American, Belgian

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is currently suspended during Covid. Street Parking is available

  • Public transit

    Foggy Bottom Metro

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Robert Wiedmaier

  • Entertainment

    Live music in the lounge Friday and Saturday evenings ~9pm to close

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 296-1166

  • Private party facilities

    Palladin Room seats 60, Buyout 120 seated, 175 reception

  • Private party contact

    Julie Albert: (202) 445-9550

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