Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier

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3208 reviews
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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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BO
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding in food and service... extremely welcoming

ED
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marcel’s is a wonderful place to dine. The food is outstanding every time we go, but most of all the service is spectacular. We request Vinny every time we go and he treats us like family every time. He is attentive and provides truly expert advice on the food and drinks. Marcel’s is truly special!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and wine was a pretty average experience, which for the money left us disappointed. Of the 8 courses we split, 4 were excellent and 4 were average. Given its 4 courses per person minimum at $105 each, we would have expected more hits. The scallop/pear combo didn't work (the scallop butter overwhelmed and did not complement the pear) and the duck/char were under seasoned. Wines by the glass were very average considering the prices.

On the positive side, the service, both our waiter and everyone around him, were all stars - friendly and incredibly attentive.

A
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I had not been at Marcel's for long time. It has held well. All was very good, the food, the decor, the ambiance. The red wine was a bit warm (I prefer it on the cooler side). Mark's and Cindy's service were outstanding. Good place foe a special occasion.

CW
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The set menu is not as varied as it use to be, and portions are smaller, but this is a perfect solution to trying different dishes and not being overwhelmed by an abundance of choices and food. I love the elegant atmosphere and the professional approach of the waiting staff: truly European service.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an awesome dining experience..every single bite was amazing. My husband and I celebrated my 50th birthday last night with a 5 course tasting menu. Mark was fabulously attentive and helpful. I would definitely do this again and again.

DD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’d describe Marcel’s as magical. From beginning to end, the food, service and atmosphere are impeccable. Our captain Vinnie made our experience truly special. When you’re ready to celebrate a special evening in DC, Marcel’s won’t disappoint.

TM
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jonathan was fantastic, provided an amazing experience and the food was perfect.

MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jonathan, our waiter, was absolutely fabulous! And of course the food at Marcel's is always amazing!

s
Washington DC
123 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT!!!! Good pre-theater menu and a car to take you to the Kennedy Center. The Rockfish was delicious. Outstanding waitstaff.

OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal, and my server, Mark, was the best!

L
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Appetizers were fantastic, main courses and desserts less so. Service was wonderful until we ate our entrees, then it took 45 minutes until dessert arrived. Talking was next to impossible for reasons that weren’t clear in such a nice dining room.

B
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always awesome. The tasting menu is back on which is just wonderful. Great place for special occasions and for dinner before going to the Kennedy Center.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Jonathan was fantastic.

OT
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service beyond compare. That’s 2 anniversaries in a row we’ve celebrated with a meal at Marcel’s.

ML
London
8 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. I had the foie gras and duck. My wife had the filet. The food was exceptional. Outstanding meal and service.

DW
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have never been disappointed at this place. Fantastic.

b
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made my birthday special. Outstanding food, service and attention to detail. This is one of my favorite restaurants in DC and is not to be missed.

CB
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal dining experience. The service was prompt and toming between courses right on track. The food was delicious and well presented. Our head waiter was particularly helpful in understanding the menu as it was my first time dining in your restaurant.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always

SE
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service and delicious food that is beautifully presented. We were there for the pre-theatre dinner. It was our first time at Marcel's, our server asked if there were any questions about the menu. He pointed out the dishes that they are known for and described others at our request. The service was nicely timed. We ate at a leisurely pace and enjoyed every bite. The gratin of mussels allowed the mussels to remain the center of the dish with enough gruyere cheese to be a counterpoint of flavor and not overwhelm. The scallops were perfectly seared with a hint of sherry and shallot sauce that accented the flavor. The restaurant is quiet so conversation is easy. Wait staff is attentive but not pushy. We appreciated the car to take us back to the Kennedy Center for our show. We made the reservation for 4:30 because I thought we had a 7:30 curtain. Our curtain was at 8:00. There was enough time for a leisurely dinner and to stroll the Kennedy Center and terrace.

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

Great food and amazing service

a
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our wedding anniversary and Marcel’s did not disappoint at all. The food was beyond amazing and unique. The service from everyone, especially our main server Jonathan, was exceptional. One persona even ran to get us more bread at one point. I will say this place is old school, not your new age, hipster, popular places coming into the scene. We are on the younger side and they still treated us like royalty.

OT
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I had a fabulous meal, even accommodating her allergies in a seamless way. Waitstaff was professional and funny, all rolled into one, and took great care of us! 15/10, absolutely recommend

J
Washington DC
87 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A big shoutout to Armando my server and to the other staff of Marcel’s who made me feel so special even though I was a solo diner and not drinking. And the food is still consistently great. So worth the money!! 👍😀

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

My favorite restaurant... Outstanding in every respect. Plus they’ll give you a free ride to the Kennedy Center and back!

JH
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed another fine evening at Marcel's. Added to our pleasure with cuisine and service was the live piano music Brubach style coming from the bar area into our close by dining room.

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

Everything was great! My wife and I truly enjoyed dining there for her birthday.

SC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent choice to celebrate my birthday! The mâitre d’ spoiled us and took great care of us. We are already planning the next special occasion that we can come

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Jonathan made our experience unforgettable.

JR
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fantastic experience at Marcel’s. Ensure you take the time for pre or post dinner craft cocktails at the bar!

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

Truly one of the best meals I've had in years.

The food was great, the service impeccable, and the wine was excellent.

The prices weren't any higher than those at any top end restaurant.

I'll be back, lots.

SC
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marcel’s is hands-down my favorite DC restaurant. Classic and consistent with the best service we’ve had anywhere in the city in four years. The boudin blanc is a signature dish, always on the menu and always beautiful. I also love the fois gras, the scallop, and the duck. Their extensive wine list will please the pickiest palate. This is my go-to special occasion dining spot.

AF
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience. The Boudin blanc appetizer was particularly good. I paired it with the house red burgundy, but while that was a good pairing, the sausage was delicate enough that a higher level of burgundy would have been warranted. The boar chop was excellent as well, although I thought the boar sauce could have had more punch. The white coffee ice cream was outstanding on a very fine chocolate cake. Service was friendly and flawless.

BO
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding service and food, always welcoming

HB
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've enjoyed many Chef's Tasting menus around the world (London, Parish, Singapore and Venice, etc.) and this was among the best, with an excellent wine pairing! The scallops and venison dishes were particularly exciting. Vinnie, our waiter, was also delightful; he actually enjoyed serving us!

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

Marcel’s truly lived up to its reputation! We had a wonderful experience and the service was impecable.
Kuddos to Sous Chef Jenny!

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

The food was excellent and the service was the best. We will be back for sure to try the 7 course meal.

Thank you.

B
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect service, glorious food, elegant ambiance. Jonathan made it fun. It was totally unpretentious but special and memorable for our 22nd anniversary.

SL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dc food experience for 20 years. If you go elsewhere your wasting your $$$

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