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Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier

4.7
2803 reviews
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$50 and over
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French
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
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-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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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
French, Belgian, Contemporary American
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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
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Phone number
(202) 296-1166
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Jacket Required
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Executive chef
Robert Wiedmaier
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
24th and 25th
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Parking details
Valet parking, $15. Complimentary executive car service to and from the Kennedy Center.
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Public transit
Foggy Bottom Metro
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Entertainment
Live music in the lounge Friday and Saturday evenings ~9pm to close
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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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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

Private Dining

Palladin Room seats 60, Buyout 120 seated, 175 reception

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What 2803 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.9
service
4.7
ambience
4.2
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The food and service was impeccable. Will definitely book again.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Wonderful in every sense - cuisine, service, music.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Great dinner with our Vice President Mike Pence at another table.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

This was a fantastic dining experience. We stumbled upon it on a road trip from Florida to NJ. We secured a last minute reservation and were so glad we did. Everyone was friendly, the drinks were great and the food was exceptional! The Chef came over to the table and welcomed us which was a real treat. We will definitely be going back!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Was the best dinner I have experienced in years and so happy Chef Robert came out to thank us

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

I went with my wife and two boys (16 & 13) and they treated us like gold. Very accommodating, great service and wonderful food. A particular shout out to both Jonathan, our server, and Moez, the somm. Wonferful time and would highly recommend it.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

I had the zucchini tart and scallops. My husband had scallops and the lamp chop ( which was large!). Both of us enjoyed our dinner, it was lovely. Jonathan was a fabulous server. This is a great place to relax and have a fine meal.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Phenomenal tasting menu with reserve wine pairings!!

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Formerly my favorite DC restaurant because of maximum flexibility within the tasting menus, we were disappointed to learn of the now more limited selections. The previous flexibility made it stand out above the competition, but now it is one among many that have outstanding cuisine at high prices.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Fabulous as always.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

food was awesome, a really good, really fancy French restaurant. Good wine, huge wine list, good selections on menu, fish, meat, vegetarian. Perfectly cooked, perfect sauces, perfect unique sides, perfect desserts, about $135 per person (3 courses) with one glass of wine. Hot rolls straight from the oven. Slow pace, as a French restaurant should be, attentive servers.
Food was warm, but it would have been better a bit warmer.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

This is our 3rd time here (can go only when we visit DC from the midwest), and it's exceptional. We genuinely hope it gets an M-star one of these days. The quail, and scallops (wife's appetizer) were stand-outs. Here's to hoping for more business trips to the foggy bottom.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The staff at Marcel’s made our anniversary a truly special one from the moment we walked in the door until the moment we left. The level of professionalism and attentiveness from all the staff was remarkable. We noted it was almost like watching a choreographed ballet. We chose the 3-course a la carte menu and and as I’m not a big dessert person, chose to do 2 appetizers and an entree instead of 1 appetizer, 1 entree and 1 dessert. (They generously served us a complimentary “anniversary dessert” so our meal was truly complete). All the food was amazing - of our 6 dishes, our top 2 of the night were the scallops appetizer (perfectly cooked) and the duck lasagna appetizer.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

wonderful service from our fantastic server, jonathan!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The food was fantastic (boudin blanc, lamb pyramids, duck). We will be back soon to try other items on the menu. Our waiter, Jonathan, was terrific as well! He made us feel at home.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The combination of food quality and professional yet friendly service (i.e., not haughty) is probably the best in the city.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We were there for Easter Brunch. Service and food was impeccable. Warmly greeted and checked on so as to be not disruptive. Clearly, my favorite restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I have been going to Marcels for years and it NEVER disappoints!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We just had a wonderful 7 course Tasting-Menu Dinner at Marcel's that I urge all my foodies to treat themselves to. The mature ambience as determined by the décor and the staff was delightful. It is Washington's loss that there are not more restaurants here that are cast in the mold used for Marcel's.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

My wife and I were here treating my brother and his wife to an ‘adult night’ out without kids. What an amazing experience! We felt ‘at home’ from start to finish. The service was among the very best we’ve ever had. Imagine having waitstaff appear at the exact moment when needed. Vincent was elegant, polite, and so helpful navigating the culinary delights that awaited us. The wine list is extensive and the sommelier was so helpful. Put this on your list for great special night out. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Every anniversary and birthday we go to Marcel's Why? Because it never disappoints. From the moment you are greeted and seated, to the first glass of champagne, presented by our fabulous, favorite waiter Jonathan, it is perfect. The food is superb and one can actually enjoy it with a side of great conversation. What a novelty to actually be able to hear my husband across the table! So often not the case as we strain to hear each other over the noise or the thumpa thumpa music at most places. Marcel's is sublime and stupendous in every way. Little black dresses and coat and tie are standard, not a frump in sight, thank goodness. One of the few places in DC where the cuisine is refined and people dress like grown ups. No herding folks to line up for a reservation, they actually take reservations. So civilized! I truly love this place! Nothing wrong with making your diners feel really special. Marcel's nails it!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

The 7-course tasting meal and wine pairing was spectacular! Service was outstanding. Will totally go there again next time we’re in town. A lovely experience all around. ❤️

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

We combined a special birthday celebration with a pre-theater dinner. As always, Marcel's delivers- great food, stellar service, and a grown-up atmosphere that allows for quite conversation. (Nice to be able to hear dining companions at normal volume!)
Couldn't ask for a better evening- just wish I could afford to go more often!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

We come to DC once a year and when we do, our special dinner is often at Marcel’s. This year was no exception. This year’s meal was exceptional. Service was impeccable as usual. And this year for a special treat we splurged on the caviar course. It was all so good. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Every time i go there I reinforce my analysis that this is, by far, the best restaurant in Washington, without a doubt.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Outstanding service, creative and delicious food, definitely a classic. Wonderful quiet, romantic, adult atmosphere - no jeans or T-shirts in sight! This is what we expect from a top-notch restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Amazing time at Marcel’s. From the beginning to the end, the service, food and overall experience was fantastic. We were seeing a play at the Kennedy Center so they took care to make sure we would make it in time and even offered a car service. I’ve been to other restaurants that are part of this group, which are better for everyday dining. This one is definitely geared towards a special occasion. Well worth it!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Went for my wife's birthday and was treated to an amazing meal. Went with the chefs tasting menu of seven courses. Paired with the sommelier wine pairing with each course. Wonderful, and creative presentation. Truly a professional restaurant staff!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great menu, wonderful staff, beautiful food preparation!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Here for a weekend visiting family. Stayed at a nearby hotel and chose this restaurant. One of my finest meals ever. Service was outstanding. Jonathan was wonderful. The best seared foie gras ever. I highly recommend this wonderful restaurant. We will be back for sure.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

If I could give more than 5 stars for service I would. The food was great but the service was absolutely perfect. It's so rare for a restaurant to wait to clear plates until everyone has finished so that detail made a big hit with us. Would definitely go back for a special occasion. Also, loved having it quiet enough for four of us to talk without raising our voices.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Very nice place very classy and good foie gras . I recommand

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Always a treat to dine here and appreciate what fine dinning and professional staff can be like. We have been coming here for years and have never had anything but a fabulous experience - and will keep coming back as long as they will have us!! Thanks for being a part of our lives!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

The food, service, and ambiance at Marcel's are always superb. But there is also a lot of creativity - always new things to try. And the seafood is really wonderful - not what you'd expect from a French/Belgian restaurant. I especially recommend the bream and the flounder.

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3.0Dined on March 20, 2018

I went there for my 5th anniversary with my partner (husband). I had called ahead to tell them it was our anniversary and mentioned we were two men. I asked what they could do for us since it was our anniversary. None of the things they mentioned happened. Moreover we walked in they didn’t understand how it could be our anniversary and twice told us “happy birthday.” All in all the service made what could have been a special occasion into an awkward night.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Absolutely amazing!

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Beautiful plating good food way too expensive

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

One of the best meals of a year which has included dinners at minibar and chez panisse among others. Exceptional service too.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Marcel's is always wonderful, and they've stepped it up a notch with their new menu. The restaurant is still beautiful and elegant following the renovation/remodel after the water main flood they experienced earlier this year.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Marcel's is a special venue for a special occasion or once a week date or night out.

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