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Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier

4.8
2748 reviews
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$50 and over
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French
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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 on Zagat, Washingtonian. Trip Advisor and others, Marcel's is well-know for its service. A RW Restaurant Group restaurant, www.rwrestaurantgroup.com

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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
French, Belgian, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday 5:00pm - 9:30pm;
Mon-Thurs 5:00pm - 10:00pm;
Fri-Sat 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 11:30pm -2:30pm
Bar Open Later on Weekends
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Phone number
(202) 296-1166
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Jacket Required
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Executive chef
Robert Wiedmaier
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
24th and 25th
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Parking details
Valet parking, $15. Complimentary executive car service to and from the Kennedy Center.
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Public transit
Foggy Bottom Metro
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Entertainment
Live music in the lounge Friday and Saturday evenings ~9pm to close
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Special events & promotions
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.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Palladin Room seats 60, Buyout 120 seated, 175 reception

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What 2748 People Are Saying
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4.8  based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.2
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Everything was absolutely perfect. The service was amazing and they kept making sure we were comfortable and offered wonderful suggestions. We did the 3 course meal and I loved every single dish that was brought and I was completely full by the end. I would definitely recommend anyone who is in DC looking for an exquisite meal to go to Marcel’s.

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vipHoward (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Five star dining with five star service.
Pricey, but worth it.

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fandango1 (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

My husband and I went to celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary. We felt as if we were treated simultaneously as royalty and as family! EVERYONE was lovely and attentive without being annoying or invasive. Chef Robert was the one to set my husband's Baked Alaska alight and did so with charm and grace. This was one of the top 2 meals I have ever eaten. Certainly not a place to go every night but so worth the splurge for a special occasion. We are already planning the next excuse for a dinner there!

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vipDCdiner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Excellent as always

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

The food is quite good. For the price, I would expect no less, but would ask for no more. It is fairly priced for high quality dining. Contrary to what I saw online, there is no price fixe; everything is ala carte. My parsnip-apple bisque was excellent, and the salad nicoise was, well, a well executed salad nicoise. The tuna was of the highest quality, perfectly seared, and the dressing was well balanced. My partner's mussel gratin was very good and very rich, though not quite what we expected, as it was richer than most gratins. That is not a bad thing. The crispy veal schnitzel was, y'know, schnitzel, but she loved it. The food was all good. If I'd had more people in the party, the salmon carpaccio looked exquisite and the carp appetizer smelled amazing as it passed.

But while the food is good, the service is exceptional. The wait staff was professional, able and willing to do anything to make the meal perfect, timely and attentive without feeling obtrusive. It is quiet enough to have a lovely conversation without raising voices, and we only overheard neighbors' conversations if they were being loud (the couple next to us was happily celebrating their wedding anniversary, and were fun, but we could hear them laughing, but not about what) and we were listening.

Overall, I will almost certainly be back for dinner for a special evening. It's not an every day place, but the execution of the food and the amazing service make it worthwhile for a special occasion.

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WandaH 
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Amazing experience. Checked out the restaurant as a potential venue for our upcoming weddding. Yes, we will be getting married here and looking forward to sharing the venue with our guests. Thank you Marcel’s!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Probably the best brunch I have ever had. It was expensive but totally worth it. Also, the service was top notch.

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vipcygnus (Tallahassee)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Excellent food and amazing service. Best French restaurant.

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JoshuaW 
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

I feel somewhat let down with the meals. If someone is going to spend $500 for a dinner date, you would think they are about to have their socks knocked off. I'm not sure if there is too much effort put into making the dishes we had or if they have been doing this type of work for so long the dishes lacked heart. Either way I don't think the meals are worth the cost and I will never revisit Marcel's again.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Amazing— go to Marcel’s if you’ve never been

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Our server, Jonathan, was as amazing as ever. The dining experience was wonderful. We’re not sure we’re big fans of the new menu style but we really enjoyed the chefs tasting menu

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vipThomas (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Spectacular food!

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vipSnowflake (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Wow! Marcel's for Valentine's Day! What a treat in every way. We enjoyed the several-course menu that was the Valentine special-- I had the haddock and my husband enjoyed the NY strip steak. We both got the cherry bombe dessert, which was as big as an apple (but looked like a cherry, complete with a chocolate stem). There seemed to be layers and layers of goodies in that cherry bombe!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Best food I’ve had in my entire life. I’ve traveled all over the world and eaten at top rated restaurants, however Marcel’s was a magical experience of gastronomy.

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Ashara (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Marcel's does great top-of-the-line French cuisine. We would recommend it highly for dates, special occasions, anniversaries, and the like.

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vipAndresF (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Superior service and excellent food. I loved the salmon with garlic spinach and fennel puree and the passionfruit cheesecake. I was also impressed by the offering of three kinds of butter. The mustard seed one was my favorite. I have been to many restaurants in the DC area, and across the country, and was very impressed by Marcel's.

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vipvolublegenie (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

My wife had the filet mignon and I the schnitzel. Food was simply excellent. Service was amazing. Johnathan was incredible. Ambience was perfect for a romantic brunch or dinner. Really worth experiencing and well worth the price, and just a short walk to the Kennedy Center. You won’t be disappointed if you are looking for a place to have a great meal before or after a show.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We go to Marcels' a half dozen or so times a year and have enjoyed it very much. This last visit was the Saturday before Thanksgiving, so it was probably a little busier than normal. Had to wait 15 minutes or so for our table, but we enjoyed the live piano in the bar. The staff and food were both excellent, as usual. Remains a favorite place.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Since the restaurant has reached out to me to apologize for our experience, I have decided to temporarily remove the explanation of my rating in good faith that they will make right the valid complaints I shared by offering their prior menu and prices to all customers moving forward. Everyone makes mistakes and deserves a second chance. If they honor my request, I will also revise the rating up from where it stands. Stay tuned.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Impeccable service and elegant, beautiful, delicious food--this was a truly special experience.

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OpenTable Diner (Frankfurt Area)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Excellent service and people, the food was great but very pricy overall

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
2.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Dinning room is lovely. Service is impeccable. But the food was just good. Nothing special at all. The experience had no wow factor for a big price. We have dinned in fine restaurants in many places in the world. When we left here all we had was a feeling that we paid far too much. We will not be returning to or recommending Marcel’s. We expected much more than we got.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Following a damaging flood the restaurant is back and better than ever! Superb food, service and ambiance. It’s always a treat!

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

Everything was wonderful. Definitely one of the top 5 meals I’ve had in my life, and the service was impeccable.

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vipSuzie (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 4, 2018

From start to finish everything was excellent. The service was terrific and the food was delicious.

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vipcwen07 (Nashville)
4.0  Dined on January 2, 2018

Very solid French food. Multiple options for tasting menu is always a nice touch. Perplexed on why Marcel's is not blessed by Michelin with a star. Definitely deserving of at least one star.

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vipAlex (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Everything was 5 star food, service, ambiance. Marcel’s should have a Michelin Star is well deserving of a Michelin Star

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

I relish the experience of dining here! As expected, the cuisine was exceptional. As well, I am always impressed by the quality of service -- attentive, but not smothering in its execution. Although expensive, I consider the value to be well worth the price. I heartily recommend this restaurant to anyone interested in experiencing what fine dining is about.

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vipBLogg (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

Came to Marcels for a date night with my wife recently. We love to come here anytime we can but especially prior to a Kennedy Center show. We appreciate the car service they provide to/from the Kennedy Center. The food is wonderful, our favorite in DC. The experience is made perfect by the excellent staff. Jonathan Crayne, the senior captain, is fun and ensures top service. We always request to sit in his section. It just isn’t the same when he isn’t there. Another mainstay there is Adnane Kebaier, the maitre’d. He is always there to greet you on arrival and make sure you are taken care of. The staff is awesome. The food is unforgettable. Best restaurant in DC!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 26, 2017

I’ve been patronizing Marcel’s for years and every dining experience has been top notch!! “Perfection” is an understatement.

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