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About Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier
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-know for its service. A RW Restaurant Group restaurant, www.rwrestaurantgroup.com
Washington, DC 20037
French, Belgian, Contemporary American
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
24th and 25th
$50 and over
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
Live music in the lounge Friday and Saturday evenings ~9pm to close
Valet parking, $15. Complimentary executive car service to and from the Kennedy Center.
Foggy Bottom Metro
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
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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Palladin Room seats 60, Buyout 120 seated, 175 reception
Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier Ratings and Reviews
The food is quite good. For the price, I would expect no less, but would ask for no more. It is fairly priced for high quality dining. Contrary to what I saw online, there is no price fixe; everything is ala carte. My parsnip-apple bisque was excellent, and the salad nicoise was, well, a well executed salad nicoise. The tuna was of the highest quality, perfectly seared, and the dressing was well balanced. My partner's mussel gratin was very good and very rich, though not quite what we expected, as it was richer than most gratins. That is not a bad thing. The crispy veal schnitzel was, y'know, schnitzel, but she loved it. The food was all good. If I'd had more people in the party, the salmon carpaccio looked exquisite and the carp appetizer smelled amazing as it passed.
But while the food is good, the service is exceptional. The wait staff was professional, able and willing to do anything to make the meal perfect, timely and attentive without feeling obtrusive. It is quiet enough to have a lovely conversation without raising voices, and we only overheard neighbors' conversations if they were being loud (the couple next to us was happily celebrating their wedding anniversary, and were fun, but we could hear them laughing, but not about what) and we were listening.
Overall, I will almost certainly be back for dinner for a special evening. It's not an every day place, but the execution of the food and the amazing service make it worthwhile for a special occasion.
I feel somewhat let down with the meals. If someone is going to spend $500 for a dinner date, you would think they are about to have their socks knocked off. I'm not sure if there is too much effort put into making the dishes we had or if they have been doing this type of work for so long the dishes lacked heart. Either way I don't think the meals are worth the cost and I will never revisit Marcel's again.
Wow! Marcel's for Valentine's Day! What a treat in every way. We enjoyed the several-course menu that was the Valentine special-- I had the haddock and my husband enjoyed the NY strip steak. We both got the cherry bombe dessert, which was as big as an apple (but looked like a cherry, complete with a chocolate stem). There seemed to be layers and layers of goodies in that cherry bombe!
Superior service and excellent food. I loved the salmon with garlic spinach and fennel puree and the passionfruit cheesecake. I was also impressed by the offering of three kinds of butter. The mustard seed one was my favorite. I have been to many restaurants in the DC area, and across the country, and was very impressed by Marcel's.
My wife had the filet mignon and I the schnitzel. Food was simply excellent. Service was amazing. Johnathan was incredible. Ambience was perfect for a romantic brunch or dinner. Really worth experiencing and well worth the price, and just a short walk to the Kennedy Center. You won’t be disappointed if you are looking for a place to have a great meal before or after a show.
We go to Marcels' a half dozen or so times a year and have enjoyed it very much. This last visit was the Saturday before Thanksgiving, so it was probably a little busier than normal. Had to wait 15 minutes or so for our table, but we enjoyed the live piano in the bar. The staff and food were both excellent, as usual. Remains a favorite place.
Since the restaurant has reached out to me to apologize for our experience, I have decided to temporarily remove the explanation of my rating in good faith that they will make right the valid complaints I shared by offering their prior menu and prices to all customers moving forward. Everyone makes mistakes and deserves a second chance. If they honor my request, I will also revise the rating up from where it stands. Stay tuned.
Dinning room is lovely. Service is impeccable. But the food was just good. Nothing special at all. The experience had no wow factor for a big price. We have dinned in fine restaurants in many places in the world. When we left here all we had was a feeling that we paid far too much. We will not be returning to or recommending Marcel’s. We expected much more than we got.
I relish the experience of dining here! As expected, the cuisine was exceptional. As well, I am always impressed by the quality of service -- attentive, but not smothering in its execution. Although expensive, I consider the value to be well worth the price. I heartily recommend this restaurant to anyone interested in experiencing what fine dining is about.
Came to Marcels for a date night with my wife recently. We love to come here anytime we can but especially prior to a Kennedy Center show. We appreciate the car service they provide to/from the Kennedy Center. The food is wonderful, our favorite in DC. The experience is made perfect by the excellent staff. Jonathan Crayne, the senior captain, is fun and ensures top service. We always request to sit in his section. It just isn’t the same when he isn’t there. Another mainstay there is Adnane Kebaier, the maitre’d. He is always there to greet you on arrival and make sure you are taken care of. The staff is awesome. The food is unforgettable. Best restaurant in DC!
We went with friends for Christmas Eve. The menu was different from the usual menu, but perfect for Christmas. Everything from start to finish was great. The service was very efficient, friendly, but not overly so -- very much like dining in Paris. Already thinking about going there next Christmas.
We married young - she was 19 and I was 20. Didn't have much money for many years but made up for that later. Lived all over the country and travelled the world together, along with our three children. This, our 48th anniversary, was the third time we celebrated at Marcel's and won't be the last. The menu, the wine list, the ambience, and the great service - Jacob is superb - make this restaurant one of our very favorites. Thank you for a most memorable evening.
This was one of my favorite dining experiences in DC in recent years. It promotes a Belgian menu, but it is clearly aligned with the finest French tradition. While the food was outstanding in every way, I want to give especially high marks to the service, which was truly remarkable. It was thorough and understated in a dining world that sometimes seems to engage in overly-invasive servers. Our primary server (there were several who helped) would occasionally come close to me and ask in a very discrete way if all was going well. He didn't interrupt our conversation and was extremely attentive the entire time. I think this place would be most enjoyable for tables of no more than 4 or 5, just so one could enjoy the food and conversation. I definitely going back!
Marcel’s has been providing an outstanding dining experience for many years and shows no signs of letting up. The food is Belgian and French, and Marcel’s is one of the very few restaurants in the Washington, DC area that prepare this classic haute cuisine the way it should be. Service was smooth and cordial without being intrusive or overly familiar or formal. The dining rooms are comfortable, with tables spaced out sufficiently to keep the noise level down and allow quite conversation. I am happy to go back again and again.
Perfection...... quaint, elegant french restaurant right in the heart of the city. Service was impeccable and the food divine. This was our second time celebrating at Marcels. We chose the 4 option menu because we were going to the theater afterwards. Portion sizes were just right and presentation beautiful.
Not a negative to be found. We look forward to our next special evening at Marcels.
Marcel's has always been on my list of celebratory restaurants. This time, though, they took a step back.
The service and refined dining space are as welcoming as any. The food, based on price, fell short of places like Plume and might be on a par with Tosca.
I'll leave it at that. We'll be looking for other places in the future.
Expectations were high, sadly the experience was, meh. We had to ask for everything. Wine service was uneven. Food courses were up and down. Some were dynamite but others were just ok. Others seemed like they’d be under he heating lamp awhile. If I was out at an “regular” restaurant I’d say it was good. But for the price and expectations, there are many other places I’d recommend first.
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