My husband and I enjoyed a delicious anniversary brunch. The food and service were exemplary.
We arrived late for a pre-theater reservation, but the staff took good care of us in spite of ourselves. Quick, attentive, and thorough, and the car service still got us to the Kennedy Center right on time for the show.
The food at Marcel's was outstanding, as it always is, but one of the reasons to go to this restaurant is the quality of the service and it was an absolute mess on Sunday. I was left standing for several minutes upon arrival with many servers passing and no one having the courtesy to make eye contact or greet me and ask for my patience. I eventually asked to be helped and someone was found. Went to the table and found it nearly impossible to order a bottle of wine. We had to ask three times and eventually were helped. Then specifically asked for our food NOT to come before the wine, which is still did. The wrong wine glasses were brought over and were changed twice. Dishes were served at EACH COURSE to the wrong person. We were almost never checked in on. It was a disaster and not at all what one expects from this restaurant, which has been a family favorite for special occasions for years.
Highly recommended!! The service and food was absolutely magnificent!!
A friend and I went there to remember our mothers on Mother’s Day. I have been there before for brunch. The food and service are excellent, and it is not too noisy.
Decided to try for brunch. Food was mediocre, at best. Scallops were bad. Dessert was good, I had the bombe. Felt ripped off by the $80 price per person. Never again.
For these prices, to have the wait staff repeatedly bumping into our chairs was inexcusable. One or two fewer tables, despite the lost revenue, would enhance the dining experience.
Always not just and extraordinary meal but it’s an experience. On every visit to DC we splurge with a visit here
Chefs Table was outstanding! We opted for the wine pairing -- superb. The service was top notch! Will definitely return.
A wonderful upscale dining experience with friends before a theatre performance at the Kennedy Center. The food lived up to its reputation and the service was prompt, courteous, and professional. Everyone from the reception to service were on point and attentive to our every need. Aware of our evening plans, we were recommended the 3-course menu. This ended up being excellent advice, as it allowed us to properly pace the meal without feeling rushed, but also left us each sufficiently full. While not inexpensive, this was definitely a worthwhile experience I will surely have again.
I am very knowledgeable about wine. I returned a (very expensive) bottle of wine for only about the 5th time ever. The sommelier could not have been more gracious or supportive. It was greatly appreciated.
Our experience is always the same...Devine! You may not think of Marcel’s as a “good value”, but when compared with other “very good” restaurants, it excels in every way. The staff are very pleasant, helpful and always attentive, the food is delicious with unique preparations, the table settings and placement are lovely and conducive to conversation. There is an elegant aura in Marcel’s that makes the guests feel very special indeed. We celebrate all birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions there when possible. It may cost a little more in absolute terms but in relative terms, it is a bargain!
Superb excellent food, impeccable gracious service
The tasting menu was lovely (except for the cheese ravioli. I could have done a better job and though the plate was beautiful and the flavors were combined well, the pasta itself was underwhelming), excellent service, great ambiance, not too loud or too quiet. The lychee dessert was incredible and I’ll certainly be returning for it!
We have been here many times and we are rarely disappointed. This time was no different. The service during drinks before dinner to the service all the way through was fantastic.
The food was prepared to our requests and was great, we had not been since they changed the menu but we were glad to see them revert to the traditional style menu in addition to the tasting menu.
Great experience as always.
My wife and I celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary with dinner at Marcel's. The friendliness of the staff was all-embracing. The ambience of the room was modest at first (7pm seating) but as the light outside went low through the curtained windows, the room was made more lovely by the lamps and ceiling lights. A wonderful amuse bouche was brought. We had a small snafu with out wine order--the waiter forgot its name and number and had to return to the table with the wine card for me to re-identify it. The wine, BTW, was a sublime Condrieu, perfect temperature.
Our meal was served nicely. The food was very good. I noted that portion size was generous but not overwhelming.
We loved the bread. We asked for a second serving. The waiter forgot. Fifteen minutes later we reminded him and it came immediately.
So, all in all a good place to celebrate, but two minor mishaps should not have occurred in a place that prides itself on service and where one spends $500 for a meal for two.
Marcel’s, a classic DC dining establishment that epitomizes the pinnacle of elegance and service. I love the restaurant’s JACKETS REQUIRED requirement for guests; a rare and welcome change to the flip flops and shorts found in other establishments. Staff was amazingly courteous, knowledgeable, and efficient; ensuring our service was excellent. Our group of four savored the three course fixed price menu offerings. Each dish was perfectly prepared, elegantly plated, and served at a relaxed pace. We will be back when we need our fix of elegant dining!!
Outstanding as always
MY MEAL AND SERVICE AT THIS RESTAURANT WERE SUPERB! THIS RESTAURANT DESERVES A MICHELIN STAR, IN MY OPINION. THE SERVICE BY JACOB K WAS ATTENTIVE, INFORMATIVE AND FRIENDLY. THE FOOD HAD GREAT PRESENTATIONS AND SUPERB FLAVOR/TASTE. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS RESTAURANT FOR ANY FOODIE WHO IS VISITING OR WHO LIVES IN WASHINGTON DC.
Great ambiance and really good food. The service from Vinny was exceptional. Chef Jenny who came out to greet us was equally pleasant. We had the 7-course Chef's special. Pricey but well worth it for my gorgeous date.
Simply outstanding and one of the most pleasurable dining experiences my wife and I have enjoyed in DC. Our waiter was Jonathan, the Senior Captain, and what a gem he is. He was a consummate professional and the service team was top notch. We will be going back for sure.
My wife and I have heard about Marcel's many times over and have never made it to the flagship restaurant. We were celebrating my birthday and felt that now was better than never to try Marcel's. From the moment we walked in, the staff was attentive, professional, and went above and beyond our expectations. Our server, Chris Kowal was patient with all of our questions, relaxed, knowledgeable, and made great suggestions. Suffice to say, the tasting menu was delicious! Chris and the rest of the staff made our dinner a memorable one. While pricey, we highly recommend Marcel's for a special occasion to celebrate the foodie in you. If you are looking for fine server to guide you through the dinner and drinks, ask for Chris. One of our best restaurant experiences in a long time.
The food and service was impeccable. Will definitely book again.
Wonderful in every sense - cuisine, service, music.
Great dinner with our Vice President Mike Pence at another table.
This was a fantastic dining experience. We stumbled upon it on a road trip from Florida to NJ. We secured a last minute reservation and were so glad we did. Everyone was friendly, the drinks were great and the food was exceptional! The Chef came over to the table and welcomed us which was a real treat. We will definitely be going back!
Was the best dinner I have experienced in years and so happy Chef Robert came out to thank us
I went with my wife and two boys (16 & 13) and they treated us like gold. Very accommodating, great service and wonderful food. A particular shout out to both Jonathan, our server, and Moez, the somm. Wonferful time and would highly recommend it.
I had the zucchini tart and scallops. My husband had scallops and the lamp chop ( which was large!). Both of us enjoyed our dinner, it was lovely. Jonathan was a fabulous server. This is a great place to relax and have a fine meal.
Phenomenal tasting menu with reserve wine pairings!!
Formerly my favorite DC restaurant because of maximum flexibility within the tasting menus, we were disappointed to learn of the now more limited selections. The previous flexibility made it stand out above the competition, but now it is one among many that have outstanding cuisine at high prices.
Fabulous as always.
food was awesome, a really good, really fancy French restaurant. Good wine, huge wine list, good selections on menu, fish, meat, vegetarian. Perfectly cooked, perfect sauces, perfect unique sides, perfect desserts, about $135 per person (3 courses) with one glass of wine. Hot rolls straight from the oven. Slow pace, as a French restaurant should be, attentive servers.
Food was warm, but it would have been better a bit warmer.
This is our 3rd time here (can go only when we visit DC from the midwest), and it's exceptional. We genuinely hope it gets an M-star one of these days. The quail, and scallops (wife's appetizer) were stand-outs. Here's to hoping for more business trips to the foggy bottom.
The staff at Marcel’s made our anniversary a truly special one from the moment we walked in the door until the moment we left. The level of professionalism and attentiveness from all the staff was remarkable. We noted it was almost like watching a choreographed ballet. We chose the 3-course a la carte menu and and as I’m not a big dessert person, chose to do 2 appetizers and an entree instead of 1 appetizer, 1 entree and 1 dessert. (They generously served us a complimentary “anniversary dessert” so our meal was truly complete). All the food was amazing - of our 6 dishes, our top 2 of the night were the scallops appetizer (perfectly cooked) and the duck lasagna appetizer.
wonderful service from our fantastic server, jonathan!
The food was fantastic (boudin blanc, lamb pyramids, duck). We will be back soon to try other items on the menu. Our waiter, Jonathan, was terrific as well! He made us feel at home.
The combination of food quality and professional yet friendly service (i.e., not haughty) is probably the best in the city.
We were there for Easter Brunch. Service and food was impeccable. Warmly greeted and checked on so as to be not disruptive. Clearly, my favorite restaurant.
I have been going to Marcels for years and it NEVER disappoints!