Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier

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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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4.8based on recent ratings
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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jonathan was amazing!

TP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Jonathan, our server was GREAT!!!!!
The food was great as well. BUT, after our first course, the next two came immediately after our plates were cleared. In fact I saw the food runner turn around and go back to the kitchen for a few minutes then come back out with the same big tray that had our plated on it. A meal / restaurant such as this, should not rush you with the courses. IT was slow due to the weather, I am sure that played a part, but for $400 a meal - pace the courses for a relaxing meal not slam the food at you.

OT
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Experience was top notch. Service was excellent. Food was not exceptional. Fine, good, just not awesome.

ET
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a beautiful, delicious anniversary celebration at Marcel's. Would have give it 5 stars all around, except that I was ill for about 18 hours following the meal. Was it the pan-seared foie gras? The scallops? Or something else? I can't say, but it was such a let-down following a spectacular meal.

D
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place if you want true fine dining! Jonathan was super! This is a masters clas in service

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptionally good food, outstanding service - thanks Vinny!

KP
Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best food and service experiences we have ever had! Would recommend to everyone and look forward to going back the next time we are in town!

CR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful pre-theater pre-fixe. Great service that accommodated both a late arriver and a deadline to get us to the k center in time, and a free ride to the theater to boot. Not cheap, but worth it Marcel’s then a show at the Kennedy Center is one of Washington’s true treats

t
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, outstanding food. Great pre theater stop. Great date night or special occasion.

R
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful, elegant restaurant and the tables aren’t too close together

BR
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Great service. They were very accommodating to my wife's allergies. She was able to enjoy the same extraordinary cuisine without worrying about allergic reactions. Our waiter, Vinnie, was friendly and helpful. All in all, our dinner was a memorable experience.

j
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding ...now the food ...Foie Gras was the best I have ever had and then I also ordered the Terrine of Foie Gras .......their tasting menu offers something for everybody. Take my word this is probably the best restaurant you will ever eat at.

J
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had another wonderful dinner at Marcel's. Pre-theater with a ride to Kennedy Center and back. What could be a better evening?

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, excellent service, very good ambiance.

KM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience being served by Johnathan!!!

AA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service. Aesthetically pleasing. Great place to go to celebrate an anniversary or a birthday with your significant other!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had wonderful meal! Our waiters was incredibly entertaining and the entire staff was helpful and welcoming. They even provided us with a car service back to our hotel. A memorable evening for sure!

s
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was very attentive and excellent overall.

d
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Was served a wring wine from the cellar. No sommelier appeared. That was a surprise for this caliber restaurant.

DC
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marcel's is my favorite restaurant in Washington, DC. The atmosphere is elegant and relaxing, the wait staff is superb and the food is phenomenal. Just the best.

F
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambiance. A DC gem.

c
Washington DC
94 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat to dine at Marcels! The ambiance, the staff and the dining experience are superb. The cuisine is delicious, the Dover sole, the lamb and the duck fantastic. One cannot make a bad choice. We will return again and again. Highly recommend this restaurant!

RN
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

My wife and I have been to Marcel’s several times before. Unfortunately, this occasion proved to be a serious disappointment. Yes, the food was delicious. And the sommelier offered excellent recommendations for the accompanying wines. However, the service appeared to be undermanned. Consequently, the wait staff was occupied with customers who had been seated earlier at other tables. As a result, we had no opportunity to have a aperitif before ordering our meal and the service between courses sorely lagged. Until now our experiences here have been exceptional. Oh well, I’m hoping to chalk tonight’s experiment to being a (bad) fluke.

OT
London
94 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two couples all of whom said that this was the best meal had in recent memory. Marcel's gets a 5-star ranking because that's as high as the rankings go. Food is incredible and the staff is top-notch. We got the 4 course and our selections were all exceptional to the point that all agree the Dover Sole was the best ever. The other dish that got that "best ever" was the Boudon Blanc... absolutely incredible. The venison is a must-do if it's offered. Fantastic evening enjoyed by all and made special by Vinny who took great care of us.

S
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always everything was superb.

q
Orlando
31 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, wine and server were outstanding. Wide range of food choices on the tasting menu. Well worth the price.

DM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience at Marcel's on 12/15/19. Lovely space, a bit loud around us but we had no trouble hearing each other. The service was excellent -- knowledgeable, attentive, professional. The food was fabulous. It is pricey, but worth it.

HM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary.

WI
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine dinning at its best! Will be back! Try the coconut rice pudding!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sublime—there’s no other word for dinner at Marcel’s!

DL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Most enjoyable and the foix gras, the wine, and the service was excellent. We found the noise level and the general ambiance distracting. We will most certainly return.

JD
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect service, great ambiance, and incredibly creative and delicious cuisine. Examples: poached bass with bok choy and fennel, a wonderful New Zealand venison chop, and another amazing foie gras presentation. Chef Robert is always trying new things, and they always seem to work.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After 21 years of fine dining at this now iconic outpost it is the very best in D.C. Wiedmaier is creative and has a deft touch that leaves one never disappointed. His team is outstanding as well. This dinner was my first visit in two years, yet the team was filled with long familiar faces, all who make one feel as if they are in a warm and friendly and happy home. As an elderly individual, there is special pleasure it being able to get the very best in DC without waiting in a line on a very cold evening. Marcel's is underrated by the star givers, as the quality for this diner is a full match for the finest establishments I have dined at in France and New York.

JA
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. Finely crafted food. Expert service. Perfect special occasion venue

L
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another memorable dining experience at my favorite restaurant.
Marcel’s family is the most gracious and the expertly prepared food the most delicious!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. John is the perfect waiter.

R
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really outstanding meal, with excellent service....Each dish was outstanding, gourmet quality.

BB
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

A disaster from start to finish which cost a great deal. We were ten or so minutes late and the restaurant canceled my Open Table reservation. Once inside the first misstep was not entirely our waiter’s fault. Friends two days previous apparently informed him that we loved negronis (which we do, in summer). He informed us that he had two coming for us, effectively negating our choice of cocktail. We were seated near a man with a penetrating voice and asked to be moved, and chose the table offered in the bar. We were brought menus, and were informed that we could choose four, five, or six courses, and they could be any combination on the menu. When I tried to order four dishes, as I usually avoid dessert, I was then told that one course had to be cheese or dessert. So we rapidly changed our order to split a cheese and a dessert. We were brought our first course with our even having been given a chance to order wine. We sent them back, ordered a wine, only to be informed that we had been given the wrong wine list. Finally the sommelier was called, and suggested a Burgundy almost twice the price of the one I chose on the “wrong” list. I demurred. He graciously offered it at the price of the other. Things proceeded better from that point, although we had to ask for a second piece of bread. The wine was splendid, the food beautifully presented and very good. But a man came and sat quite near us at the otherwise empty bar and proceeded to conduct business very loudly. The waiter would not ask him to lower his voice. He was an important regular customer. The manager would not ask either. The man then watched sports on his phone loud enough for us to hear. At this point we were brought our cheese and desert at the same time. We asked for the bill, and in spite of declining the offer were brought a small plate of sweets with a candle for my husband’s birthday. The bill came with the wine at full price. Not the experience we expected at these prices. We will not return.

F
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

IM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marcel's is quite simply our favorite restaurant in DC. Food and service are always outstanding. We particularly like the ambiance: the tables are well-spaced, conversation is easy, and orders come quickly without any rush.