Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier

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French
Since 1999, Chef Wiedmaier infuses his Belgian heritage into Marcel's contemporary European cuisine. Regularly topping the best-of-lists in the nation's capital on Zagat, Washingtonian. Trip Advisor and others, Marcel's is well-known for its service and provides complimentary driving service to and from the nearby Kennedy Center. Marcel's is part of the RW Restaurant Group restaurant, www.rwrestaurantgroup.com

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vinny is a fantastic server. Highly recommend

b
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Washington DC now and form many years. Great food, quiet lovely ambience and attentive and pleasant service.

MB
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food, great service and nice ambiance. Good wine list but overpriced. Easily 4x market prices.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Meet an old classmate you haven't seen in years

j
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent time - food, presentation, service, atmosphere all exceeded expectations. It was one of the few top-notch restaurants where you can have a decent conversation. Yes, you pay for that privilege (tables aren't crammed together) but it was surprisingly reasonable given the quality of the experience.

K
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are coming back within two weeks of our first visit. It is rare to have a nice place live up to expectations, but Marcel's did. My husband said this was his favorite meal since we went to French Laundry, and that was about a year-and-half ago of regular restaurant going (West Coast and DC). We go out to eat a fair amount in all price ranges and in this range, once expects more than just good food. We got great food and great service executed by professionals, not just folks who want to wait tables for a couple years before they move on to their "real job". And, yes, it is not a bargain dining hall, but we felt it was a good value for the quality, portions, presentation, and vibe (great jazz pianist in the lounge, complimentary swank ride to the Kennedy Center for show). Plus, the wines by the glass were priced very accessibly and tasted like much more expensive price points. If you appreciate a more traditional fine dining experience with professional, adult staff and are tired of dropping a couple of bills only to see everyone around you dressed like slobs, make your next date at Marcel's.

BB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent special occasion location. Great food and service.

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been dining here for 5 years. Always had a great meal.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my wife for our 29th anniversary and I wasn’t sure what i was get into.
But then. The show stared.
Amazing food. The unique taste of each plate, was unreal. Henry the waiter. 5 stars.
And then i had the honor to meet David.
Not just an amazing chef. A true gentleman.
I don’t know when i will go back. But for sure i will

LS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service, exceptional. We were within hearing distance of the pianist in the bar; loved that!

s
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

We have been to the fine dining room a number of times and love it. We were eager to try the Bar special menu. Our reaction was that the food was fabulous. However the amount was on the small side and the wine pairing was minuscule. There was no dessert included. We were sort of in and out in a short time. Generous on the bread service.

We would not go back for the bar experience but would go back to the fine dining room.

L
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This wasn't just dinner out--this was a dining experience. Go when you can take your time and enjoy being pampered by the service, wowed by the presentation and flavors and relaxed by the elegant ambiance. It'll be the kind of evening that you'll talk about for a long time. I can't imagine rushing through dinner here to get to the theater but I guess people do. I didn't want to leave. The food was amazing. There used to be a Washington Post food critic, Donald Dressden (goes way back) I think his name was--when he went to a great restaurant he said the "food sang" yep, the food sings here, like Pavarotti on a plate, or something. You have to go, save up your birthday, anniversary, special occasion or just 'cause you deserve it and spend it here.

PT
New England
68 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is without doubt one of the top in the DC area if not the country. My only regret is that I did not try it earlier. The staff - from the owner to the waiters to all who assisted us - were kind, punctual, caring, and welcoming. The chef and cooking staff really know what they are doing and the food is sourced fresh and of highest quality.
We ordered from a tasting menu from which one could choose four, five, or six dishes. We chose four, which was more than adequate. Among the three of us we had salad, fish including shellfish, venison, pasta, and several desserts, inter alia. The vegetables were fresh and the cooking afforded succulent, wonderful tasting options. The wine selections ranged from reasonable to pricy, and we were able to get a bottle of a recommended red wine by the glass that was excellent, from a vineyard and vintage that we knew.
Expect to pay twice what you would a most high end restaurants but the result will be more than twice as good. I was reminded of an Inn in the countryside in Virginia that has great food, but Marcel's is better and less expensive. We'll definitely be back!

LL
Washington DC
263 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect evening from the impeccable service to the menu choices to the presentation and taste of each course.

AM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful complete dinner- all aspects were first rate -
Vinny took exceptional time care of my wife and I

JG
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a wonderful French restaurant with smart service, a creative and skilled chef and a lovely wine list. Each dish has deep roots in traditional French haute cuisine that have been married expertly to our time. It is the perfect place for a special occasion.

PO
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended.

WT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marcel's has always been one of the best dining experiences for us. We were there for our Anniversary last weekend. We told our waiter/host Mark that we wanted a picture with Chef Wiedemier for our Anniversary and he came through for us. Mark took great care of us ... very professional, attentive, good natured. Like talking to a friend. Mark loves his job and it shows. We especially enjoyed the Foie Gras, lobster appetizer, sea bass, but everything was a foodie treat. Ambiance is classy and even though restaurant was almost full, it was not noisy and you could enjoy having a nice conversation in a soft voice (a rarity nowadays in restaurants).

B
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was top notch, which you would expect for a restaurant of this caliber. The presentation of the food was wonderful and the flavors were distinct and exceptional. The tasting menu was right-sized and perfect for the amount of courses chose. (Four). The wine pairings were well thought out. Overall a wonderful experience. A call out to our head waiter Adam. Spot on service.

GS
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the top French restaurants in Washington. A traditional, delicious menu--no foam-filled balloons. Just great food beautifully prepared and served.

U
Los Angeles
141 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service and a wonderful wine list. The best parts of the menu are the starters ( scallops, boudin Blanc consommé) but the duck entre was average.
This restaurant is heart attack expensive and I would have expected better.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jonathan was amazing!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and experience! Well worth the cost. Will be back soon!

TP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Jonathan, our server was GREAT!!!!!
The food was great as well. BUT, after our first course, the next two came immediately after our plates were cleared. In fact I saw the food runner turn around and go back to the kitchen for a few minutes then come back out with the same big tray that had our plated on it. A meal / restaurant such as this, should not rush you with the courses. IT was slow due to the weather, I am sure that played a part, but for $400 a meal - pace the courses for a relaxing meal not slam the food at you.

OT
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Experience was top notch. Service was excellent. Food was not exceptional. Fine, good, just not awesome.

ET
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a beautiful, delicious anniversary celebration at Marcel's. Would have give it 5 stars all around, except that I was ill for about 18 hours following the meal. Was it the pan-seared foie gras? The scallops? Or something else? I can't say, but it was such a let-down following a spectacular meal.

D
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place if you want true fine dining! Jonathan was super! This is a masters clas in service

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptionally good food, outstanding service - thanks Vinny!

KP
Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best food and service experiences we have ever had! Would recommend to everyone and look forward to going back the next time we are in town!

CR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful pre-theater pre-fixe. Great service that accommodated both a late arriver and a deadline to get us to the k center in time, and a free ride to the theater to boot. Not cheap, but worth it Marcel’s then a show at the Kennedy Center is one of Washington’s true treats

t
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, outstanding food. Great pre theater stop. Great date night or special occasion.

R
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful, elegant restaurant and the tables aren’t too close together

BR
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Great service. They were very accommodating to my wife's allergies. She was able to enjoy the same extraordinary cuisine without worrying about allergic reactions. Our waiter, Vinnie, was friendly and helpful. All in all, our dinner was a memorable experience.

j
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding ...now the food ...Foie Gras was the best I have ever had and then I also ordered the Terrine of Foie Gras .......their tasting menu offers something for everybody. Take my word this is probably the best restaurant you will ever eat at.

J
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had another wonderful dinner at Marcel's. Pre-theater with a ride to Kennedy Center and back. What could be a better evening?

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, excellent service, very good ambiance.

KM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience being served by Johnathan!!!

AA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service. Aesthetically pleasing. Great place to go to celebrate an anniversary or a birthday with your significant other!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had wonderful meal! Our waiters was incredibly entertaining and the entire staff was helpful and welcoming. They even provided us with a car service back to our hotel. A memorable evening for sure!

s
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was very attentive and excellent overall.