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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L
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. John is the perfect waiter.

R
Washington DC
8 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.

FS
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jonathan Crayne is delightful. My wife and I celebrated our 30th at Marcel's and everything was equal to the celebration. Chef Robert and team delivered creative and delicious small plates on all five courses. Senior Captain Jonathan led a team that surrounded us with some of the best service we have ever experienced. Joanthan perfectly paired three wines with our courses, and throughout the evening provided a masterful blend of information, humor, and service. Tom Sietsema ranks Marcel's in his DC Restaurant Hall of Fame. Chef Robert and his staff richly deserve this ranking. We look forward to our next dining experience at Marcel's.

7
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine at Marcel's....it's nice to be pampered, the service is always wonderful, and Bob Wiedmaier is a wizard in the kitchen. What's not to like?

TJ
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The delicious tasting menu is perfect pre Kennedy Center. And the staff is excellent at timing all the courses and getting you to the car service provided to get you there ! Wonderful evening!

FF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely evening celebrating two birthdays. Food was sublime, service was warm and welcoming, and the ambiance was hushed and plush but fun.

F
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful restaurant with an excellent staff. The tasting menu is not fixed. You decide what you want to eat. Our waiter really knew wine and picked out the pairings for us taking into account our taste. The ambiance was great as well, and conversation easy.

DC
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner. Very pleased. Great food complemented by great service

GF
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old school charm in a quiet, cozy atmosphere with exceptional service and great food. Plus, added benefit that it is quiet, so you can hear your dinner companions.

A
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu with well balanced choices and almost all was gluten free. The service is consistent with a three star Michelin restaurant.

CM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommend this restaurant. My husband and I had dinner here on a Monday night and it was fabulous. I read several reviews that talked about the small portion size... I strongly disagree with that. We did order the six course tasting menu but were so full we couldn’t even eat the dessert. Can’t wait to go back the next time we are in DC.

L
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Service was bad and the outlook looks like Halloween relic.

JP
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marcel's is a perfect place for a celebratory dinner and evening--the menu has something for everyone, the wine list is compelling but not all so expensive and the service was just right

J
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, great food. Nothing to complain about. Highly recommended.

EK
Washington DC
76 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We selected the pre theatre dinners. Mussels for me, scallop for my husband . Mains were rockfish & filet mignon. Desserts creme brûlée & rice pudding. Service is wonderful , food is delicious and ambiance lovely.

JD
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Things are always changing at Marcel’s. No matter how many times you have had lamb, venison, four gras, halibut, or scallops at Marcel, you can be sure of a different and wonderful culinary experience every time you return. The creativity never rests!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superior service, most delicious food, wonderful presentation, all around best experience!

CB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My go to special occasion and treat restaurant in DC, always a great experience. The maitre de was excellent and the commensurate professional, he looked after us really well. Great fine dining selection with lots of choices. Thank you again.

ER
New England
38 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I have definite mixed feelings. We started off on a negative note as we sat at our table for at least 20 minutes waiting to order while tables seated at the same time had already received their first course. It almost felt as if my son and his new wife, my mother and I didn't quite reach the bar in regards to affluence and appreciation of fine dining. Looks can be deceiving. After that initial wait, the service was great. The food was beautifully presented and delicious. In particular, the skate and sole I would recommend. The foie gras was excellent. The NY strip was very tender. The venison chop was cooked perfectly. The mussel dish was a little disappointing in that there was only one mussel. This is not a menu for anyone afraid of richness and deep flavors. Moez was very attentive and helpful with wine selection. The ambience was perfect. Would I recommend to a friend? Probably. Will I return? Maybe. There are so many wonderful options in DC that are in the same tier, and every time I am in town, we go to at least one or two highly rated restaurants. All in all, a very good restaurant, maybe more of a special occasion dinner for many. Maybe we'll come back when we are searching for that wonderful French dining experience.

f
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The atmosphere is very romantic. The food was outstanding they were very accommodating so we would make our show at 9 we came in at 7pm for a five course meal. The waiter was very classy. Side note valet parking is $15

H
Omaha
141 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing cuisine and service!

JS
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolute must visit if you enjoy fine dining and are from the MD. Northern VA. Or DC area. Beautiful place. Every bite was immaculate. My only regret is that the portions were not bigger so I could get more bites in. The wait staff was kind, attentive and wonderful at what they do. The presentation of the food was gorgeous and everything was cooked to perfection. It was an experience.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, amazing service! I can’t wait for our next visit- Thank you!

JS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal as always. We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary there (which is a 10+ year tradition) one of our favorite spots in the city.

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food especially by Jonathan

D
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First rate. One of the best in Washington, maybe the best.
Excellent food excellent service. Quiet, relaxed ambience.
Just about perfect.

AI
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The four course tasting meal left us full, and impressed with imaginative combinations not tastes and textures in each dish. Service was professional, attentive and fun. We asked our server to select two wines to go with our food: he knew what he was doing and it was a better experience than a bottle from the impressive, and expensive, wine list.

The kitchen decorated our desserts with “Happy Anniversary”, a truly celebratory meal ranking with the best of restaurants in France. It was the most expensive meal we’d ever eaten. This is a special occasion restaurant, and a truly special one.

The room was surprisingly quiet despite being nearly full, so you did not feel part of fellow diners’ conversations. Tables are spaced for discretion.

b
London
36 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marcel’s never disappoints! Food is superb and service is excellent. Wine recommendations were excellent.
One of a few restaurants where you can enjoy fine dining . Just a special place where you really dress for dinner and be treated like royalty. Thank you for maintaining such high standards.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonder fine dining experience.

j
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So wonderful to be in such a terrific restaurant where people are dressed appropriately and the waiters are dressed. White table clothes and professional but nice and pleasant service. You can hear you dinner partner speak without screaming and have a decent conversation. Wonderful. We enjoyed it thoroughly!!!!

P
Washington DC
181 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply fabulous!! The pre theater offering is probably the best value in town. If you judge a restaurant by the chicken it serves Marcel's moves to the top of the list. Great service. Wonderful setting. Beautiful presentations. This is a multi star restaurant deserving of special dates and special friends.

BJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect. From start to finish. From the piano playing quietly in the bar to the wonderful surprises that came out of the kitchen all night long, its exactly how fine dining should be. Cannot wait to go back.

S
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite resturant for pre theater dining. Vinnie is the best server and the food is fantastic.

PD
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! This is a restaurant that deserves its two Michelin stars. Our food experience was phenomenal and the wine paired perfectly. It was a very experience dinning experience but overall worth it.

LC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An old standby still operating at the top level. Delicious food creatively prepared. Service at a level of professionalism few other restaurants (even "fine" ones) can match. The timing between courses was a little more leisurely than ideal on a busy Saturday night, but not enough to drop a star off the otherwise outstanding service.

LF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly an awesome meal! Flavors are complex, yet delicate. Service is extraordinary and wine list is very focused to go with anything on the menu.