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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FD
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic... Great service.

OT
Washington DC
164 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Marcel's is a very special (and very expensive) restaurant that's perfect for special occasion meals or just when you want a blow-out evening with food that will astonish your palate. Small plates are the main attraction, you may choose 6, 5, or 4. A 3-course pre-theater menu is also available with larger "entree" portions. Whatever you choose, you can't go wrong. Each dish is extraordinary and memorable. The setting is lovely with lots of fabric-covered finishes to damped the sound and the service is first rate. Truly a DC institution, this restaurant is among the finest not only in the city but likely anywhere fine dining is available.

M
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating anniversary at a restaurant that matched the significance of the occasion.

RP
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great service all around. only area needing improvement is valet. food was superb!

JD
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still the best restaurant in DC - creative cuisine, with new treats being added all the time, marvelous combinations of flavors and textures, and exquisite service. Also, you can have a quiet conversation with your guests while enjoying an amazing culinary experience!

d
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First rate attention to detail, quality of service and food,, several memorable presentations.. enjoyable evening together

B
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marcel's is a must for anyone that wants to take someone special on an amazing dining experience. The food and service was phenomenal! The ambience is formal and romantic. It's truly worth it.

KL
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our 18th Anniversary and had the most wonderful evening. Staff was so nice, never felt rushed. Our host and waiter took care of us so well. Food was amazing..had 4 courses which I thought would be too much but it was perfect. And a wonderful bottle of wine and before dinner drink at their beautiful bar. Would totally go back for special occasion!

BU
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary this past weekend by going out to Marcel’s for a Saturday evening dinner. Our experience at Marcel’s was absolutely fabulous. Service, food, ambiance - all outstanding. Staff members were all gracious and friendly - with exceptional attention to detail. Our lead server, Jonathan, had the perfect personality and effortlessly guided us through the whole experience - cocktails, chef’s tasting courses and wine pairings. It was an overall fantastic experience and we very much look forward to returning.

CJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mark, our waiter, was great! Food was beyond excellent!

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff , food, experience, all amazing

MK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed Marcel's. Food was delicious and inventive. Service was top notch. We ordered the four course tasting menu. It was just right. Highly recommended.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 4

You can order a 4 or 5 or 6 or 7 course meal. We ordered the 4 course meal at $115 per person. Each course was the size of a thimble and no course was anything to write home about. The food was pedestrian at best. They provided you with one slice of multigrain bread or white bread with butter for the entire 4 course meal. Very disappointing. If you want to spend a lot of money for a thimble full of uninteresting and bland food with one slice of bread, then go, otherwise skip

SP
Washington DC
88 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal! The restaurant is elegant inside. We had four courses. Each one was fantastic. We loved the wine. Our waiter had the most fun attitude. The whole experience was wonderful.

MT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was fantastic. The food, service, everything. It was our anniversary. The staff there noted that and really took care of us.

The only thing I would note, and this is not the restaurant's fault, is the table that was seated near us. They appeared to be regulars since they were seated in what seemed like a special area that just happened to be behind us. The entire dinner we had to listen to them talk about how luxurious their life is. It was a back and forth of humble brags that never ended. They were speaking loud enough that you couldn't ignore them either. Again this isn't the restaurant's fault, but it did distract from an otherwise great dinner.

h
Washington DC
136 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always special to dine at Marcel's. We expect the food taste to be superb and it is. We expect the service to be good and I think it is the best in the metro area. When the meal is over we are already looking forward to our next visit.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance, food, and service was excellent!! Looking forward to going again.

BO
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding in food and service... extremely welcoming

ED
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marcel’s is a wonderful place to dine. The food is outstanding every time we go, but most of all the service is spectacular. We request Vinny every time we go and he treats us like family every time. He is attentive and provides truly expert advice on the food and drinks. Marcel’s is truly special!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and wine was a pretty average experience, which for the money left us disappointed. Of the 8 courses we split, 4 were excellent and 4 were average. Given its 4 courses per person minimum at $105 each, we would have expected more hits. The scallop/pear combo didn't work (the scallop butter overwhelmed and did not complement the pear) and the duck/char were under seasoned. Wines by the glass were very average considering the prices.

On the positive side, the service, both our waiter and everyone around him, were all stars - friendly and incredibly attentive.

A
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I had not been at Marcel's for long time. It has held well. All was very good, the food, the decor, the ambiance. The red wine was a bit warm (I prefer it on the cooler side). Mark's and Cindy's service were outstanding. Good place foe a special occasion.

CW
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The set menu is not as varied as it use to be, and portions are smaller, but this is a perfect solution to trying different dishes and not being overwhelmed by an abundance of choices and food. I love the elegant atmosphere and the professional approach of the waiting staff: truly European service.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an awesome dining experience..every single bite was amazing. My husband and I celebrated my 50th birthday last night with a 5 course tasting menu. Mark was fabulously attentive and helpful. I would definitely do this again and again.

DD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’d describe Marcel’s as magical. From beginning to end, the food, service and atmosphere are impeccable. Our captain Vinnie made our experience truly special. When you’re ready to celebrate a special evening in DC, Marcel’s won’t disappoint.

TM
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jonathan was fantastic, provided an amazing experience and the food was perfect.

MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jonathan, our waiter, was absolutely fabulous! And of course the food at Marcel's is always amazing!

s
Washington DC
125 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT!!!! Good pre-theater menu and a car to take you to the Kennedy Center. The Rockfish was delicious. Outstanding waitstaff.

OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal, and my server, Mark, was the best!

L
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Appetizers were fantastic, main courses and desserts less so. Service was wonderful until we ate our entrees, then it took 45 minutes until dessert arrived. Talking was next to impossible for reasons that weren’t clear in such a nice dining room.

B
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always awesome. The tasting menu is back on which is just wonderful. Great place for special occasions and for dinner before going to the Kennedy Center.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Jonathan was fantastic.

OT
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service beyond compare. That’s 2 anniversaries in a row we’ve celebrated with a meal at Marcel’s.

ML
London
8 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. I had the foie gras and duck. My wife had the filet. The food was exceptional. Outstanding meal and service.

DW
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have never been disappointed at this place. Fantastic.

b
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made my birthday special. Outstanding food, service and attention to detail. This is one of my favorite restaurants in DC and is not to be missed.

CB
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal dining experience. The service was prompt and toming between courses right on track. The food was delicious and well presented. Our head waiter was particularly helpful in understanding the menu as it was my first time dining in your restaurant.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always

SE
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service and delicious food that is beautifully presented. We were there for the pre-theatre dinner. It was our first time at Marcel's, our server asked if there were any questions about the menu. He pointed out the dishes that they are known for and described others at our request. The service was nicely timed. We ate at a leisurely pace and enjoyed every bite. The gratin of mussels allowed the mussels to remain the center of the dish with enough gruyere cheese to be a counterpoint of flavor and not overwhelm. The scallops were perfectly seared with a hint of sherry and shallot sauce that accented the flavor. The restaurant is quiet so conversation is easy. Wait staff is attentive but not pushy. We appreciated the car to take us back to the Kennedy Center for our show. We made the reservation for 4:30 because I thought we had a 7:30 curtain. Our curtain was at 8:00. There was enough time for a leisurely dinner and to stroll the Kennedy Center and terrace.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and amazing service

a
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our wedding anniversary and Marcel’s did not disappoint at all. The food was beyond amazing and unique. The service from everyone, especially our main server Jonathan, was exceptional. One persona even ran to get us more bread at one point. I will say this place is old school, not your new age, hipster, popular places coming into the scene. We are on the younger side and they still treated us like royalty.

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