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About Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier
Since 1999, Chef Wiedmaier infuses his Belgian heritage into Marcel's elegant haute French flagship restaurant. Regularly topping the best-of-lists in the nation's capital on Zagat, Washingtonian. Trip Advisor and others, Marcel's is well-know for its service. A RW Restaurant Group restaurant, www.rwrestaurantgroup.com
Washington, DC 20037
French, Belgian, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday 5:00pm - 9:30pm;
Mon-Thurs 5:00pm - 10:00pm;
Fri-Sat 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 11:30pm -2:30pm
Bar Open Later on Weekends
24th and 25th
$50 and over
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
Live Jazz in the Lounge, by calendar only. Please check our Facebook page.
Valet parking, $15. Complimentary executive car service to and from the Kennedy Center.
Foggy Bottom Metro
Paul Stearman, Chef de Cuisine
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Marcel's provides complimentary driving service to and from the Kennedy Center seven nights a week. Pre-theater menu recommended for customers who want to make curtain time.
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Palladin Room seats 60, Buyout 120 seated, 175 reception
Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier Ratings and Reviews
Marcel's never disappoints - I only wish we could go more often. On this occasion, we did the pre-theater menu before a show at the Kennedy Center, and the service was efficient yet did not feel rushed at all. The food was, as always spectacular - the lobster flan was a delightful new treat on this occasion and well worth the upcharge. The car service to the show is fantastic, and I would say that it sets Marcel's in a class its own, but the food and service alone honestly deserve that merit.
We had the five course tasting menu and were thrilled with their flexibility. There were lots of choices and if you wanted, you could have had 5 entrees (you'd have to double up a bit) or 5 desserts! Pick and choose. I had 2 first courses, both seafood based, and entree, cheese and a dessert. Since we split the dessert, my husband got 2 entrees. Everything was wonderfully prepared and delicious.
We dined at Marcel’s prior to seeing a show at the Kennedy Center. To staff were knowledgeable, taking care of our every need and they were friendly. The food was excellent. We particularly enjoyed the amuse (acorn squash soup) - so seasonal and delicious! We also had the mushroom ravioli, the Dover sole, the lamb and the duck. All was expertly seasoned and prepared. Dessert did not disappoint with triple chocolate turine and cherry bombe. I highly recommend!
I have been here several times without finding any faults. Marcel’s is easily one of the top dining experiences in DC. The food, the decor, the wine list and the service are all five star. I cannot understand how Michelin ignores this Gem. I would dine @ Marcel’s more often but since everyone else suffers by comparison it would make all other meals mundane until my return.
Marcel's is by far the best restaurant in the city and is perfect for a special occasion, or a quiet, romantic dinner. With a true tasting menu, there are choices for every palate. More importantly, the choices are all top notch, with choices such as lobster flan -- with beautiful bites of lobster, scallop tartine, and perfectly cooked duck breast. The extensive wine list provides a wide variety of wines - from the more budget friendly to the very best. Equally important, the service is a star -- anticipating your needs without being intrusive.
Marcel’s really ought to have a Michelin star— it feels like the prototype high end European Fine food restaurant, but with more interesting food! Superb menu, combinations I have not seen elsewhere, cooked and served beautifully! A great ( but not inexpensive) night out. Importantly, very easy to hear, comfortable tables, knowledgeable waiters.
On the advice of a very good friend and trusted “foodie,” I surprised my wife with dinner at Marcel’s for her birthday. We were promised the best French cuisine in Washington and were not disappointed. We chose a four course meal, including the tuna and salmon appetizers, the Dover sole and Char, boudin and duck, as well as two exquisite cheese dishes, one of which was the Explorateur. We loved the quiet ambiance and the impeccable service, especially from our waiter, Jacob. I would rate our experience as a 10+.
Excellent food. Menu contains six courses. First four courses are entrees that is 4 oz portion size. The last two course are cheese and dessert. Food can be ordered a la carte or 4, 5, 6 or 7 course meal. We ordered two 4 course meal and one a la carte. We ordered Lobster and Sea Urchin Flan with Caviar which was absolutely fantastic, best of all the courses. Then we had pan seared Dover and pan seared halibut, duck and NY Strip. All were excellent. For dessert we have carrot cake, triple chocolate and chocolate mouse. All were excellent. Our server, Jonathan and his staff were very attentive and pleasant to talk to. Best of all there is no tipping.
A can't miss D.C. restaurant for visitors, a regular gourmet treat for locals. And Sunday brunch is the best kept secret in town. Not only a nonbreakfasty menu but half price wine on Sunday. We had the delicious fall off the bone short ribs, a tasty green salad, soup as only Robert can make it and mussels gratin--at once delicate and homey. Unparalled service. Warm setting. A perfect way to spend Sunday lunch.
This one is a winner. Food, drinks, service, outstanding. Very pricey, perhaps a justifiable expense for a special occasion.
The cocktails were perfectly mixed; the wine was well paired with the meal; the food delicious, beautifully presented and well portioned. We reserved for the pre-theater meal, had lobster bisque (OMG!), salmon carpaccio & caviar, beef and lamb flawlesly prepared, cheese and dessert, and, post-dinner chocolate. Our waiter was immaculate and knowledgable. The friendly and attentive staff orbited through the room in elegant orchestration.
We arrived at 5:30 and had to rush from the table at 7:10 to make a 7:30 curtain. The staff were most helpful getting our coats, closing our tab and calmly ushering us to the waiting car arranged by the Maitre D. While we had time to enjoy each course, it would have been lovely had we allowed ourselves a few more minutes to gently conclude the meal with a coffee or digestif.
Next time we will plan for a later dinner and time for a few extra courses. Not just because dining at Marcel's was a fine experience but mostly because the food is superb!
Unusual dining experience focussing on choosing the number of courses that suits you. Complete choice across all menu choices. Excellent menu with a wide choice of options. Excellent service, but overall it is the quality and taste of the food that really sets this restaurant apart and places it in a class of its own. Amazing food. This is at the top end of the cost spectrum but it is worth it.
What a great dinner. I am still talking about it today. From the moment we walked in the door the staff made if special. The atmosphere and the food and the employees were all wonderful. If you are going to the Kennedy Center, this is the place to start your night.
Great food. Lovely service except for the obnoxious and haughty attempted upsell on wine. He couldn’t even come up with a reason why his attempted upsell was a better pick than mine. Never asked me why i made the choice I did or what I was looking for. He didn’t bother to say “nice choice. You might also consider xyz.” It was just a grab for $ at an astonishingly expensive place and a turnoff for the rest of the experience.
My husband brought me here to celebarate my birthday. The maître d' welcomed me and helped me choose a wine at the bar while I waited for my husband to arrive. There was a lovely duet playing, a base and piano. Our server was knowledgeable about the menu and made excellent recommendations. He was also very congenial with a great sense of humor. The food was exquisite and so decadent. The little extras like a small bisque before our meal and some chocolates post meal were, as they say, cherry on top. I would recommend this place for anyone looking for a great tasting menu that you can customize for individual tastes. It is also a lovely spot for a very special occasion. Enjoy!
Sorry for the late review. Everything about this meal was wonderful! The food was incredible and the service was on point. The chef also came and talked to us for 10-20 minutes about the food and just general chatting which was great. Marcel’s made for an extra special birthday and I cannot thank them enough!
Shame on You Michelin
That you missed giving Marcel's one or two stars both years you have rated Washington, D.C. restaurants tells a lot about how sloppy your reviews are. And can't you at least change the words describing the restaurants you do write about from one year to the next? We eat at Marcel's often as we do the Inn at Little Washington. Both are spectacular dining venues. Last night the sole, foie gras, char, mussel gratin and mushroom ravioli were brilliantly prepared. Service does get any better than what is common place at Marcel's and the wine list is exhaustive. So come on Michelin get your act together!!
We have dined at Marcel's on a few occasions and have never been disappointed. I wish they have 5+ stars for the cuisine! The food was impeccable from beginning to end. The wine selection is top notch and the attentive wait staff makes you feel very special. We will certainly be dining here again. I only wish more folks were chatting about Marcel's. It definitely deserves to be on Michelin's list and on the "hot" list. Even if they don't serve shareable, small plates.
This is a special place.
The service was top notch.
The food was superb.
This is a must for anyone who wants to savor their dining experience.
Take your time, eat slowly, stare into your partner's eyes and enjoy the experience of a lifetime.
I had the venison (best I've ever had), also the duck (so yummy) and the Cherry Bomb (boom). I could not have asked for more.
I would suggest the pre-theater special, more than that is a lot of food. I still brought home the dessert.
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