Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier

4.8
2995 reviews
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$50 and over
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French
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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C
Washington DC
101 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Reliable Top-Level Food expertly prepared. We try to get there on our occasional visits to DC. The food never disappoints.

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DL
Houston
60 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

This was our second time at Marcel’s. The food was still amazing. However, the service was subpar. When after finishing my second drink in 2 hours, and not finishing my dessert, the server said to me “ Oh, I see you prefer to drink your calories” WTH? I was pretty offended. Then, after paying the bill, he implied he was concerned about us getting home and should he call us a taxi? Huh?? Are you kidding me? We ate a huge amount of food. And also, we sat there with empty glasses and dirty plates for quite a while tonight. Worst service in a high end restaurant for a long time. Super disappointing.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extraordinary food with superb service by Jonathan. A winning combination! Looking forward to returning soon!

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food 6 stars. Service was excellent

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M
Washington DC
78 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

As promised, great food and great service. We celebrated our wedding anniversary and were not disappointed. Learned about Nolet's Gin.

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OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another superb dinner at Marcel’s! The sumptuous sole was absolutely amazing as was the cod with truffles and perfectly cooked veal chop. Our server, Veronique, was just delightful - she’s a keeper! We can’t wait to come back!

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SD
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dining experience of my life! Every dish was executed to perfection. The service was outstanding! Highly recommend to anyone visiting the D.C area!

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JF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent unique food (loved the honey mussels). Very friendly delightful service!

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DP
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the classist restaurants in DC. Excellent food, superb service, fine ambiance. It has never disappointed me for special occasions for 2-4 people.

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HS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Got engaged there the staff was helpful and amazing, my favorite restaurant.

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SR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Sorry to say, the meal was grossly overpriced. The quality was very good and the service expert and friendly. The decor was plain. But given our only upper-middle income, we would not repeat the experience nor recommend it to our friends. Marcel's, regrettably, is for the top 0.1 % only.

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s
Washington DC
101 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pre theater menu. My friend had the short ribs, I had the halibut. er both enjoyed our meals. The restaurant has a car to take you to the Kennedy Center after your dinner. Just lovely!

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KT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One does not need a special occasion to enjoy the food and the quiet, classy ambiance at Marcel’s, however, we did celebrate a return visit of a dear friend from Germany with a great meal and an opera at the KC afterwards. The food is consistently delicious and the service simply impeccable (thank you Jonathan!). The only disappointment we experienced was the early closing of the kitchen because it was a slow night. As a result, we were not able to return to Marcel’s after the opera for desserts or after drinks, something that Marcel’s is or was known for their limousine (now SUV) service to the KC for the show and back to the restaurant afterward to avoid rushing through a pre-theatre dinner. Minor disappointment, but not enough to keep us from coming back to Marcel’s.

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o
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service and Vinny the waiter is fantastic.

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S
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really first rate. After the tasting menu would have loved a small good bye that.

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MM
Mexico City
15 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

For the price that we paid, there are other restaurants in DC that have just the same quality for a lesser price.

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JA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food is prepared perfectly. The taste is authentic to France. The harmony of the flavors is commendable to the chef. Thus, it's a treat to have in DC

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G
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If there is a better French restaurant in Washington, DC - I mean better restaurant period in Washington, DC - I would like to know. You get what you pay for. We have been twice in last couple of months. Perfect. Simply perfect.

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JD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wonderful thing about Marcel’s is that it is always different. I’ve had sweetbreads there half a dozen times, and each time it was new and exciting. Last time I had the most flavorable venison ever. The presentations are amazing, too. And save room for dessert - creative and delicious!

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S
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. We were
there before the theater and although we ran late everyone worked
To serve us a perfect and delicious dinner and make it to the theater on time.

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CC
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

7 Course menu was amazing! It was a little pricey but worth every bite. Service was perfect!

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J
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the service, the dinner was delicious & beautifully presented. The service was outstanding, the birthday ladies were very happy. We will back!

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N
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

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S
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was well prepared and tasty but not exceptional to warrant the high prices.

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NT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was the best we have had anywhere in the States and on a par with the very best abroad. The food - dover sole with truffle, steak medallions, lamb in pastry, baked apple with speculoos -- was exquisite. The restaurant added special touches - a lobster flan with crouton and caviar to start, lemon tartlets to clear palates at the end. Service was attentive but not overbearing. Our waiter's advice was spot-on and he seemed like a very erudite old friend. This is our new favorite DC restaurant for a pair of longtime residents.

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i
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go to spot for friendship, good food & wine. Live Jazz on weekends. Sexy decor & cool vibe.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Uncroyable!

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M
San Francisco
320 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went to Marcel's for our anniversary and had a wonderful time. The service was impeccable. The food wasn't perfect, but was overall excellent. In particular the scallops and fish were overcooked, but the rest of the courses were great. I hope they get their Michelin star soon - they deserve it!

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JR
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surprisingly fantastic food. But once I learned the Robert replaced Jean Louis Paladin at the Watergate, in the era of Le Lion D’ior, Jean Pierre’s and well, Jean Louis’, it’s not surprising how good it was given that I grew up eating at those restaurants. Having eaten at Le Diplomat quite a few times, it’s shocking that while it’s decent, it doesn’t hold a candle to Marcel’s. I find Marcel’s to be the best continental European food in D.C.

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PB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

My wife and I went here for our 22nd anniversary. The ambiance was very nice and the staff were very welcoming. However, things started off on a sour note when I tipped the piano player and asked if they would play our song. I confirmed whether he knew the song I was asking for by saying it was by Harry Connick. He snapped back at me with "I don't play Harry Connick's version; I play mine!" Wow...OK then.

During dinner I ordered the Dover Sole Premier Plat which was just average. I followed with the Snapper entree which was dry and rather bland. To our server's credit, she offered to replace my entree so I tried the Salmon. Nothing to write home about. Fortunately, my wife's lamb pyramids were very good and both of our desserts were tasty. Having worked in restaurants during my younger days I try to be very patient and low key about restaurant experiences. But for close to $500 for two, we should expect perfection. Hence this review. Our server and the host were very professional and accommodating, which we appreciated. But overall we didn't have a great experience.

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D
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our server Vinnie was outstanding. He selected a wonderful wine for us and was on top of our table. The food was very good. We especially enjoyed the mussel dish and the veal chop. The snapper was a little over cooked and it's plate presentation was a little 80's for my liking but overall the experience was 4 to 5 stars. The desserts were the highlight of the show especially the deconstructed pineapple cheesecake. On a funny note, our dogs went bananas over the leftover veal chop that we took home.

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LT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely Restaurant. Excellent food, superb service. Great ambience. Will return, next time in DC.

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CS
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible! A perfect start to a romantic evening of Theater. We celebrated my husbands birthday and it was luxurious and fabulous! Marvelous wine menu, and spectacular serivce. Can't wait to return!

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LL
Washington DC
252 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, exceptional in all areas -- food, service, and fun with the champagne model. The boudin is a consistent favorite. The portions dare just the right size. Service is impeccable.

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DH
Cleveland
67 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My dear colleague was to have me at Marcel's 2+ years ago, but I got sick, very sick. So, 2+ years later, this celebration of life with my colleague and friend and my 87 yo mum was without compare. Well deserving of its reputation and acclaim, this outstanding 7-course tasting menu with wine pairing was exquisite (the exquisite designation is only reserved for a few places, like Per Se and the now shuttered Juni), with impeccable attentive service without over-fawning.

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DE
Washington DC
102 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marcel’s is always a delight. Jonathan is a world class server, but everyone on staff is professional, welcoming, and attentive. Nothing escapes their attention. Chicken is the best. Arugula salad delicious. Salmon as good as it gets. And then...there’s dessert. Fabulous wine selection. Special occasion or any time you want to deep special.

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BM
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Meat Entree portions were generous, however more veggies and some starch would make a better balance.

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k
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our anniversary and enjoyed the tasting menu with the wine pairing. It was AMAZING! One of the best meals and pairing I have ever had. Service was impeccable. The food was thoughtful and delicious. Can’t wait to go back. Highly recommended!

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j
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I love eating at Marcel's. Our dinner was excellent. The service for the most part was attentive. However, I wish the antiquated practice of asking the "gentleman" at the table to taste the wine, while the "lady" sits there twirling her thumbs should be done away with. Often my tastes do not match my husband's as far as wine goes.

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B
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service was around what I expected going in, however the price point was disappointing. Have had better testing menus for less. Overall a good experience though.

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