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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TJ
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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.

PF
Washington DC
20 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
2 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
1 review
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.

EH
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic European at very high level. Not especially reasonable, but these type of places rarely are. But what you get for the money is absolutely brilliant.

DC
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's always a pleasure to go to Marcel's. The food is outstanding in taste and presentation. The wait staff is excellent and we are always made to feel welcome for returning. I wished I lived closer so that I could go more often.

OT
Boise
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb in all aspects. Pricey but worth it. Can’t get any better. Our favorite special occasion restaurant.

RT
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful service and ambiance but the food while good was not memorable. Two dishes were too salty and apricot soup dessert was barely average.

DC
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Portions are way too small. These make small plates look big and would be too small even if labeled as a tasting menu. Wiedmaier is a great chef, the food is divine, service on a par. But why so stingy? The cost of the food has to be the least after overhead, staff, etc. so why not double the size and charge $10 more for prix fixe. This fetish over preciousness is passe. Wake up. Restaurant won't be here much longer judging by empty tables our night.

MJ
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service in a nice setting.

OT
San Francisco
178 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Back to Marcel's to try the a la carte tasting menu. Filled will all sorts of tasty small dishes, with some emphasis on seafood. Everything is beautifully presented and they are flexible in letting you mix and max four, five, or six courses. Service very good and the main dining room is quite lovely. It probably does not get any better in downtown Washington. A treat!

OT
San Francisco
179 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful restaurant in the heart of Washington. Valet service @ $15 gives you a free shuttle to the Kennedy Center and back. Perfect for early dining and a show. They have a pre-theater prix fixe at $72 which is a very good value. Excellent choices and quality. Attentive service. Lovely dining room. This is at the top of the D.C. food chain.