Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier

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2909 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.
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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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4.0Dined 3 days ago

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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4.0Dined 5 days ago

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

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

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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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

The food is extraordinary at Marcel's. And the staff is solicitous without being cloying. It is very expensive, however, and diners should be prepared.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Fantastic as always. Did the pre-theater menu and after theater drinks. A treat that we should remember to do more often. The service at the table and at the bar is impeccable.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Oh where to begin! As a birthday present, I bought tickets for my wife and I to see ‘Hamilton’ at the Kennedy Center. Wanting to make the evening special for her, I initially looked for an American restaurant, but all were booked for our time slot. So, thinking ‘Lafayette’, I found Marcel’s. Amazing find!! Understand, we live out in the Germantown boonies so Marcel’s was a find! Not only was the meal spectacular and Jonathan’s service impeccable, Marcel’s even gave us a ride to the musical and back!!! They had me at ‘mais bien sur, monsieur!’!

The staff treated us like royalty, or, at least one of the favored politicians who dine at Marcel’s. We did the pitch fixe menu for the theater which helped ensure we had plenty of time to enjoy ourselves and not feel like we were in a rush. We both had the scallops, which were excellent, followed by the chicken for my wife, which Johnathan proudly claimed the best in DC (which he was fully justified). I had the braised short ribs which were delicious, followed by a peach dessert for my wife and the cheese board for me which was terrific.

I’m running out of superlatives. We accompanied our meal with a wonderful Sancerre white that I found in a rather extensive but well selected wine list. You can get wines by the glass but we went for the bottle!

All in all, if you haven’t guessed, Marcel’s made me look good in my wife’s eyes. We had a great time and would highly recommend Robert’s restaurant for a special occasion. Oh, and they did celebrate my wife’s birthday in a very elegant way (no waiters singing!!!).

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Marcelle's is consistently outstanding. The food is fabulous, the service is impeccable, and the atmosphere is terrific. Surely one of the very best restaurants available.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

My daughters and I dined at Marcel's prior to an evening at the Kennedy Center. We selected it because of its pre-theater prix fixe menu, valet parking, and complementary limo shuttle to the show. The food was exquisite and the staff customized a wine pairing for the pre-theater menu for each diner. The service was impeccable and we loved the thoughtful amuse bouche provided by the chef. Fine dining is a hobby in our family - we lived in Europe for years and chose our vacation destinations based on the available Michelin star restaurants and Relais & Chateaux hotels. We rank this dining experience among our very best and enthusiastically recommend it. We plan to dine here again - soon!

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Incredible service! Attentive but not overwhelming. pre theater dinner. Salmon and dessert ( mango flan) were outstanding. Short ribs very good both husband and I had the pan seared scallops. I’m aware they’re frequently served medium but I like them well done. However I did not ask to have them cooked further. No doubt they would have accommodated that request. Did ask upfront for salmon to be well done and it was. Loved the little touches: bread /caviar butter etc

Service as mentioned above was simply outstanding from all staff and particularly our waiter Joe. Will certainly return

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Outstanding meal, ambiance and overall experience for our 24th Anniversary.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Consistently awesome! We love going here before a show at Kennedy Center and coming back to the bar afterwards

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

It was an unreal experience, service was special and the food was more than delicious, it was thought provoking.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

We had an absolutely perfect meal and the service was fabulous. It has been a long time since I have eaten everything on my plate for each course. Special kudos to our head waiter who was charming and ever so knowledgeable. What a wonderful way to spend our 26th anniversary and we hope to return!
Stephanie and Mark Harrison

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Before enjoying Hamilton both times I dined before the show at Marcel’s and I highly suggest the pre-theater menu. Not only are the portion sizes perfect and the food divine, it is also reasonably priced at $68 per person for three courses. I have enjoyed the pre-theater dinner menu twice, and would probably enjoy it each and every time! Even in three weeks, the menu did change slightly and I was able to enjoy different entrees and desserts.

The amuse-bouch was a watermelon and strawberry gazpacho. It was refreshing, delicious and a very nice fusion of flavors. Perfect for summer!

Both times I enjoyed the pan-seared scallops for the appetizer. They are juicy, perfectly seared, the flavor of the sauce is light and well-balanced.

I have enjoyed two entrees and both were AMAZING! If you love beef and it is your first time dining here, please (PLEASE) order the slow cooked short ribs. They are slow cooked half of the day, they are fork tender and melt in your mouth with each bite. The second entrée I enjoyed was the pan roasted farm chicken with potato cake and tarragon beurre blanc sauce. Also, delicious. The chicken was juicy and the sauce was simply amazing.

I have also enjoyed two dessert options and I really enjoyed them both as they were quite different – sweet vs savory. My first visit I enjoyed the marjolaine of hazelnut daquiose with white coffee gelato and praline cream. It was decadent and just enough. During my second visit, I ordered a cheese plate (north sea gouda, semi hard) which came with macadamia nuts and a honey comb. Also, very nice. I enjoyed both desserts with a glass of prosecco.

Finally, as a palette cleanser, I was served a small cracker with pistachio cream and blueberry. Who knew those flavors went so well together! It was the perfect ending to a great meal.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

THIS PLACE. Quiet, delicious, the most attentive and caring and knowledgeable waitstaff. Delectable food and genius wine pairings. Our go-to before the Kennedy Center.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Everything was fantastic. I don’t normally review restaurants, but the food, service, and wine were all beyond expectations. So happy. If the staff reads this, thank you all again. It was amazing.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Jonathan is a miracle. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM (I put these M's here because you insist that I write at least 50 characters).

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

The ambiance, service, and food were outstanding, but, make sure to bring a full wallet!

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Dinner at Marcel’s was an amazing experience. Many tempting choices on the menu. Everything that we ordered was cooked to perfection. Excellent service. Complimentary service to the Kennedy Center and back. It was raining very hard and the driver made sure that we did not get wet or slip and fall. At the top of my restaurant choices from all of my travel experiences. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Great time before theater. Food wine, service, car service, all great. You can't go wrong.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

We got married and wanted to celebrate with a very special dinner. Exceeded all our expectations. Can’t possibly describe how unique and delicious everything was. Jonathan was an incredible waiter. The whole experience was magnificent.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Superb. Great meal, great experience.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Stunning food and outstanding service. A quiet, elegant dining room where you can actually hear your dining companions. The pre-theater dinner menu was lovely. Marcel’s arranged for transportation to the Kennedy Center. This is one of the best—if not THE best—dining experiences in DC. Expensive, but well worth it!

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

We knew Marcel's had a reputation for greatness and we weren't disappointed. Jonathan took the greatest of care to make sure our dinner was four star. We had the theater menu: mussels, arugula salad, chicken, salmon, peach, chocolate with a fine Washington State vine. Perfection all around.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

I went with friends for a pre-theater/Hamilton dinner. Everything was superb, and they even provided a ride from the restaurant to the Kennedy Center for the show. We chose to park at the KenCen so our car was there for after the show, and we took a cab to the restaurant. The food and service were amazing (delicious and impeccable) and the pre-theater menu and price are outstanding for a restaurant of Marcel's caliber. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

The service was great, the food was excellent, and the overall experience was Wonderful!!

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Awesome food and service. A true D.C. icon. If you want service with personality ask for Vinnie.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Marcels is always on point. I think it's the best restaurant in D.C. Food is the best, service is attentive.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Marcel's never disappoints. The food is wonderful, the service impeccable and the atmosphere charming. I will continue to reserve a table every time I am in Washington. Highly Recommend!

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Marcel's is a perfect compliment to a Kennedy Center performance. The food and associate win pairings were top notch. The wait staff was extremely knowledgeable, yet fun if engaged, and not stuffy at all.

We very much enjoyed the tasting menu. The Scallop dish in particular was not to be missed.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Went here for our 30th anniversary. Moved to DC 3 years ago, so picked this based on online reviews. Marcel's was fantastic. The service was friendly, fast and very diligent. The food was excellent. Very well cooked, and the flavors were excellent.

Would highly recommend for a special occasion.

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4.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Eat here for an excellent food experience. Forget the lobster ravioli, jump ahead to the boudin blanc and then hold on to your hat and enjoy the sublime seared foie gras...unbelievable...wow. Those 2 appetizers worth a visit...entrecote and veal chop really good too...but save room for mont blanc dessert. Not stuffy yet respectable and a really nice evening out. I look forward to returning for another fine dinning experience. Yummy.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

The evening meal at Marcel's was certainly an extraordinary experience! Come to this outstanding restaurant for all your very special occasions! It's the very best restaurant in the Washington, DC area for a gourmet experience and romantic ambience. This would be the perfect place for a special anniversary or proposal dinner!

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Top-notch from A to Z. I already have been recommending it to friends, especially as a pre-theater go-to for excellent food and awesome car service to and from the Kennedy Center. No parking frustrations equals a complete evening of relaxation.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Ate here prior to show at Kennedy Center. Pre theater menu was great. Varied choices made it easy to find something we like and everything we ordered was excellent. After dinner we were driven to the theater in their shuttle. Very elegant and stress free way to dine before a show

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4.0Dined on June 28, 2018

We were celebrating an anniversary and going to the Kennedy Center. There is valet parking, but not available until 5 pm. There is meter parking on the street for 2 hr and there is a garage behind the restaurant that is a separate business where you can park for $19 for the night. If you are going to the theater, it is not a far walk, but it is so nice and makes it special to take the shuttle provided by the restaurant. It was very easy to find the driver after the show. My husband ordered off the menu and loved his appetizer lobster ravioli,main entree of duck, and cheese plate for dessert. My meal was not as exciting, lukewarm and too much sauce. I probably should have gone with my servers recommendations. The service was excellent, desert was good, and we appreciated the acknowledgment of our special day!

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Pre theater pris fixe 3 course dinner very good. Took car provided to Kennedy Center.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

As to be expected, the venue was gorgeous and elegant (but understated). Service is always first rate--polite, friendly albeit a tad stiff. Food was outstanding. Innovative dishes, beautifully served and easily consumed. The amuse bouche (cauliflower mousse with stuff) was incredible. My dacquoise was superb and I could have eated this all day. Gratineed mussels--tastiness personified.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

I’d made a reservation for the pre-theater three course dinner. I called the day before, because I was dining alone and wanted to get a feel as to whether I’d be comfortable. They were very reassuring, explaining where they would seat me, to be comfortable and in view of the bustling kitchen. They, and especially Senior Captain Jonathan, took care of me from beginning to end, ensuring my complete satisfaction with the experience. Every bite of food was exceptionally presented and delicious. The pre-theater menu was described as having smaller portions than the larger tasting menus, but it was more food than I could eat, making the meal an outstanding value for a top-notch dining experience. I also appreciated that alcohol was not pushed on me in the least, and noted that glasses of wine were prominently presented as options to diners, not just full bottles of wines. The staff offered subtle and kind celebratory touches to diners celebrating special occasions. To top it off, they offer free limousine service to the theater, ensuring that diners arrive there in plenty of time to make it through the theater’s mandatory bag checks. My experience was unmatched, and I hope to be able to dine there again.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

We went there to celebrate birthday and had a great experience. The staff was attentive but not over-zealous. Food was exceptional. My friend was very happy with her vegetarian tasting menu. My veal chop was crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Noise level was pleasant. Would love to go back!

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