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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

2401 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC 20037
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
24th and 25th

Dress Code:
Jacket Required

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 296-1166

Website:
www.marcelsdc.com www.fullcirclechef.com

Entertainment:
Live Jazz in the Lounge, by calendar only. Please check our Facebook page.

Parking Details:
Valet parking, $15. Complimentary executive car service to and from the Kennedy Center.

Public Transit:
Foggy Bottom Metro

Executive Chef:
Paul Stearman, Chef de Cuisine

Additional:
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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Private Dining

Palladin Room seats 60, Buyout 120 seated, 175 reception

Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier Ratings and Reviews

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4.9

Overall Rating

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food

4.9

service

4.9

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (58)
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Tasting Menu (38)
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Good for Birthdays (29)
Pre/post Theatre (27)
Notable Wine List (26)
Business Meals (21)
Worth the Drive (19)
Authentic (18)
Cozy (15)
Bar Seating (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
People Watching (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Fun (5)
Live Music (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Healthy (4)
Seasonal (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

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+.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cleveland)·Dined 3 days ago

Fantastic brunch! The staff was charming and the food was one of the best meals we've had in a long time.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

This is definitely a special occasion restaurant. The food and service are superb. Our waiter was attentive but also gave us plenty of space to talk and never made us feel rushed. His recommendations were spot on and we thoroughly enjoyed our evening.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Detroit)·Dined 4 days ago

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (London)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 12, 2017

amazing food, exceptional atmosphere and ... very expensive

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The decor and food are spectacular. The service is perfect. We love it especially pre-theater at the Kennedy Center both for dinner or a Sunday matinee. Their brunch is the best in town and topped off with half price wine bottles!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Impeccable service... food and wine left me disappointed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Another Anniversary celebrated at Marcel's

We find it hard to believe but it was our 61st wedding anniversary.

Faith and Bill Doody

Tags: Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We had the wonderful pre-theater menu,, then coffee in the bar/lounge where there is live piano jazz Thurs, Fri and Sat.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Live Music, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Exquisite food and service, as usual!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Marcel’s is simply the best restaurant in Washington, DC. Nobody else even comes close!

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 6, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Marcel has always been one of my favorite places!I was away for a while, but I am back now,I I will continue enjoying it!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Live Music, Quiet Conversation
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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!

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Excellent food and the best service that we have ever had. Great hostesses and friendly staff.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Live Music, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

An evening here is always special. The food is interesting and delicios and the tasting menu allows you to choose several courses from one group. Service is great and the low noise level allows for good conversation.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Outstanding food and Quality In imagination but unfortunately it did seem pretentious

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 (Greensboro)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Johnathan is the quintessential professional waiter with just enough finesse. Robert went above and beyond to make sure the experience was superb. This was a high quality meal and experience of no equal. I highly recommend for any occasion.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2017

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!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Absolutely perfect! We took our beloved friend from Japan and had a glorious time before hearing Martha Argerich at the KC. I can't wait to return!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Absolutely fantastic! We entertained a couple from NYC and they raved about the meal and the ambience. Service was exceptional

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Oh my!!!
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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Amazing food. Great fine dining and very accommodating staff.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The maitre d hotel was outstanding and has a wonderful grasp on the entire staff and the operation. In addition the server was attentive without being disruptive; a true pro as well.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

If you are a commoner it is expensive so make sure you prepare your wallet. Its a very fancy restaurant with exquisite service of those fit for an elite like myself. Not for everyday dining in my opinion.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

great place. great food. great service . had a wonderful time

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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Great restaurant. Great food. Great people. The staff took very good care of us the whole evening.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Completely unmemorable food elaborately and preciously presented. The Dover sole might easily have stayed in Denmark that day - tasteless and the texture of wet kleenex. Needed a steak knife for the pastry under the scallop tart. Very snooty place for no reason. Washington diners are sophisticated - no need for this show. Ridiculous menu, impossible to compose a coherent dinner; just a bunch of expensive morsels served with a show-offy continual change of flatware. Intrusive over-staffed service. Too much interruption for silly presentation rituals. The plates were decorated for Instagram, but the food was in every way unremarkable. This is not High Style, Old School European - this is just pretentious. If you want true, simple and classic French cuisine served impeccably but sensibly, go to Petit Louis in Baltimore.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Amazing food and service. Loved the ambiance. Went here for out 1 yr anniversary and it was worth the cost.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Omaha)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We love Marcel’s and go whenever we are in DC for a sensational dining experience and impeccable service! I chose the scallops, lobster flan, foie gras, and duck. I watched Chef Robert Wiedmaier check every dish before it was taken into the dining room. And then we met him! It was an honor to talk to him and then enjoy cocktails with him and his friends in the lounge while enjoying a jazz pianist and bass player! Such a fun evening!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Marcel’s remains the gold standard for classic fine dining in Washington. Food and service are perfection with chef Robert in the kitchen and the magnificent Adnane taking care of the front of the house. You simply will never have a bad experience here. Thanks for another perfect meal for our 27th anniversary.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Marcel's was amazing and well worth every penny. We chose the 4 course tasting menu option and every course was delicious. Celebrating my birthday there was a real treat. The ambiance was lovely--you could actually carry on a conversation--service was perfect, and the food was magnificent. The wine list was a bit pricey, but that's seems to be the case no matter where you go in DC. When we return to DC, we will definitely go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 3, 2017

My friend and I had a wonderful experience at Marcel's. It is truly a special place for a special occasion. I love the concept of mixing several small courses--it really enables you to sample a variety of special dishes featured on the menu. My only issue is that the excellent and extensive wine list only offered a limited number of wines by the glass. Next time, I'll have to go with a larger group of people!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Service was attentive, charming and courteous. Food was very good.

Not sure if this is fair or not? Unfortunately, on the night we were there the dinning room was practically empty and lacked atmosphere..

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

I would think that Marcel's doesn't need to rely on Open Table reviews, so I will simply say that it lives up to the hype and I would recommend anyone looking for a professional and friendly fine dining experience in DC to go here.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Love, love, love Marcel’s!!!! Been going there for years and always take company there for the best food they ever had!!! Jonathan is the waiter by whom all others are measured!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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