Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier

4.8
2946 reviews
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$50 and over
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French
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Pre/post Theatre
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-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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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.
Additional
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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First class all the way

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic pre-theater meal. Well paced. Great meal. Love Adnane and team! See you soon!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Pretty much as close as you can get to a totally enjoyable dining experience. Service attentive but respectful, timed perfectly. Food was delicious and presentations could not be better. Jonathan was friendly, humorous and extremely well informed as to every item we asked about. We discovered we had mutual friends who had brought us there on a special occasion.

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F
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have enjoyed every meal we have had at Marcel's over the years. The food is classic with a modern twist. Staff is knowledgeable and attentive. Our waiter has been at Marcel's for 19 years and proud of it. We will continue to go back. The pre theater special is a great value.

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CF
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

I don't like to dine with wait staff hovering over me constantly. It was very annoying. Also, I want to eat at my own pace. Food was good but experience was negative.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our anniversary and the night was special. The food was excellent and the waiter was great. He talked us through every entree . We got the 7 course meal and enjoyed every bite.

They even wrote happy anniversary on the desert

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MG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

For the money we paid ($370 for three course meal for two including tip and one glass of wine) I expected the ambiance and food to be something very special but neither were. While the service and presentation of the food was very good, the restaurant appears in need of a makeover and the food while beautiful to look at, was quite boring to eat. I chose this restaurant because of good reviews and its car service to the Kennedy Center but I would not do so again. I was even disappointed with the car service, the driver yelled at me for not being in the correct pick up location after the show (even after giving him a very generous tip after the drop off).

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SE
Charleston
25 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

As usual, Marcel's produces excellent and innovative cuisine with impeccable service. The ambiance is elegant and the decibel level, even when the room is full, never reaches the loudness of lesser restaurants.

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g
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have dined here many times. This was our first time dining here before going to the Kennedy Center. Marcels has a super convenient shuttle service which made for a very relaxing evening. We made our selections off the regular versus pre-theater menu simply due to preferences. For starters, I had the amazing boudin blanc while my wife had an especially tasty lobster/scallop ravioli. We each had duck for our entree and it was perfectly prepared. I am not a dessert person but their “cheesecake balls” with pineapple sorbet was out of this world. The cheese course was a cashel blue with all types of goodies to go with it. Service impeccable as usual. Ps. I have ordered their chicken on several occasions and it is wonderful— only place I ever order chicken!!

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RK
Omaha
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to Marcel’s after I had proposed to my fiancé. I told them ahead of time through open table that I was proposing the night we were dining there and we were given the most exquisite experience. Between the food (order the foie gras) and our server, Vinny, it was one of the best nights we have ever had. Marcel’s earned themselves repeat customers. They went above and beyond all our expectations in making it a special night.

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T
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, ambiance, presentation. Quiet and elegant. Outstanding service. Very pricey (no surprise); worth it only for a very special occasion. Does a superior job in fulfilling the goals it has set for itself.

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CA
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding. The service is unparalleled to other places of equal stature.
The wine pairings were well thought through.
The lobster ravioli and rabbit ravioli were mouth watering and very unique.
The little extraordinary things that the wait staff do for you is a nice touch. We did the chief's tasting menu with the chef's wine paring and without a doubt gives evey upscale restaurant in and a around DC a run. In regards to the dress code, if you have a question just call and ask. You will find they are more flexible than you would think. I look forward to our next dinner there.

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JS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was indeed a great wedding anniversary celabration. Everything was excellent

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c
Tallahassee
32 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service. Always something new to enjoy.

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RD
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our dining experience very much. Our Captain Christopher provided outstanding and friendly service. The meal lived up to our expectation completely.

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A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place, food was good, staff was good, food was a little pricey, however was delicious!

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AG
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had been travelling in the USA for 3 weeks - Boston, West Point, New York, Baltimore and Washington - and this was by far the best meal and setting we experienced. The service was excellent and the food and wine superb - we would thoroughly recommend this to anyone seeking a fine dining experience.

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ED
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In a time where service is dead, Marcel’s comes through like a knight in shining armor. The food is amazing. Perfectly seasoned with each bite. The drinks are just as amazing. And to top it off, an amazing waitstaff—most of all, our fantastic man, Vinny. Thank you for giving two overly tired parents an amazing date night, with top notch food, some good laughs, and great drinks. Yes, it’s worth every penny. We can’t wait to go back!

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DW
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time and Vinny’s service was phenomenal. He was amazing helpful and not at all frustrated with all our questions.

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w
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the finest food and service in Washington. Marcels is Always a consistent, high quality and wonderful dining experience.

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PH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding from the moment we walked in to the moment we left. Decided to celebrate my wife's birthday here for pre-theater menu before Hamilton. Food was delicious, and they were extra nice to my wife for her birthday. Complimentary car service to Kennedy Center was very convenient as well.

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H
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and flavorful. Staffs are great and lovely.

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B
Cleveland
26 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Only complaint is the bread. The one served was very good. However, it is not amenable to sopping up the wonderful French sauces. Should add another simple crusty bread with soft interior.

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K
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place for a special occasion. The food and ambiance is excellent. I look forward to our next visit.

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KD
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining as it should always always be. Only shortcoming was the limited desert selection.

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EA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an amazing experience, an indulgence like no other. The birthday girl said it was the best food she had ever tasted and I concurred.

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RH
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marcel's is the best fine dining intimate restaurant in Washington. We have been enjoying both regular dinner occasions and special events for 20 years. Somehow the quality has been maintained at a very high level.

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d
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I will never go to Georgetown without visiting Marcel's.

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DC
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Marcel's is a fine restaurant to celebrate special occasions.

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AP
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always! Can’t thank the chef and staff enough.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good experience!! Wonderful service and delicious food. Expensive but great!

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f
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food and ambience! Will try pre theatre next time. yolanda

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DM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We arrived for the pre-theater menu and had a wonderful waiter (Jonathan) . He was so attentive, warm and friendly. This is not a stuffy restaurant! The staff made us feel very special with all the special touches (pulling my chair out for me, opening our napkins, syncing the delivery - and removal - of dishes from our table.)

The food was very good, although if I were to go back again, I might opt for something beyond the pre-theater menu. We both selected chicken, which was delicious, but as we all know, it's still chicken! I wish I had chosen something a bit more adventurous. Although my mussels appetizer was absolutely outstanding!

We took advantage of their car service to the Kennedy Center. So glad we did.

My only disappointment was that while I was freshening up in the ladies room, my husband got to meet Chef Robert, who came over to our table. Poor timing on my part!

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RR
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We’ve been to fine dining restaurants on several continents. Why this place gets it reviews is beyond me. Was fairly empty. Despite that, we had average food served lukewarm and inattentive service. But very bold pricing. Never again.

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EB
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our experience here was first class. The sommelier, the server (Bulgarian gem), the lovely French woman with extensive wine knowledge, the food!!! Couldn't have asked for a better way to celebrate with dear fiends. Will look forward to dining here again in the future!

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e
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food at a fair price. If your a foodie and haven't tried the menu your missing out. Raspberry bombe was fantastic.

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b
New England
57 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marcel’s continues to be an outstanding restaurant in all areas: service presentation ambiance. Excellent fine dominoes in DC

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JE
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our evening was fantastic! This restaurant is superb, food, staff, and ambience. Highly recommended, it was simply divine.

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D
Sydney / NSW
114 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very good food. Amazing staff - very attentive. Very expensive - so make sure you have a good savings.

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JP
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the sevice impecable.Definyely this restaurant deseved some recognition from the Guide Michelin
I don’t understand how come they do not have 1 star Michelin
JP Kruko

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