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Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier

2748 reviews
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$50 and over
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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,

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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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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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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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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 2748 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMattstur (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

We went with friends for Christmas Eve. The menu was different from the usual menu, but perfect for Christmas. Everything from start to finish was great. The service was very efficient, friendly, but not overly so -- very much like dining in Paris. Already thinking about going there next Christmas.

vipLive2Dine (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

Exquisite from every aspect. A Washington treasure for sure.

Memorable (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

We married young - she was 19 and I was 20. Didn't have much money for many years but made up for that later. Lived all over the country and travelled the world together, along with our three children. This, our 48th anniversary, was the third time we celebrated at Marcel's and won't be the last. The menu, the wine list, the ambience, and the great service - Jacob is superb - make this restaurant one of our very favorites. Thank you for a most memorable evening.

vipGeneSamburg (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

Still the best restaurant in Washington. The place to go for special occasions or for no other reason than just to get the best meal in town.

TommersMcWalker (Denver)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

This was one of my favorite dining experiences in DC in recent years. It promotes a Belgian menu, but it is clearly aligned with the finest French tradition. While the food was outstanding in every way, I want to give especially high marks to the service, which was truly remarkable. It was thorough and understated in a dining world that sometimes seems to engage in overly-invasive servers. Our primary server (there were several who helped) would occasionally come close to me and ask in a very discrete way if all was going well. He didn't interrupt our conversation and was extremely attentive the entire time. I think this place would be most enjoyable for tables of no more than 4 or 5, just so one could enjoy the food and conversation. I definitely going back!

KWhitney (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

Marcel’s has been providing an outstanding dining experience for many years and shows no signs of letting up. The food is Belgian and French, and Marcel’s is one of the very few restaurants in the Washington, DC area that prepare this classic haute cuisine the way it should be. Service was smooth and cordial without being intrusive or overly familiar or formal. The dining rooms are comfortable, with tables spaced out sufficiently to keep the noise level down and allow quite conversation. I am happy to go back again and again.

viplocal (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

Perfection...... quaint, elegant french restaurant right in the heart of the city. Service was impeccable and the food divine. This was our second time celebrating at Marcels. We chose the 4 option menu because we were going to the theater afterwards. Portion sizes were just right and presentation beautiful.
Not a negative to be found. We look forward to our next special evening at Marcels.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

Amazing meal and even better service from Marcel’s - a true standout fine dining establishment in DC

vipBHR55 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 19, 2017

Marcel's has been a favorite for many years. Food/Service are consistently off the chart!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 17, 2017

Marcel's has always been on my list of celebratory restaurants. This time, though, they took a step back.
The service and refined dining space are as welcoming as any. The food, based on price, fell short of places like Plume and might be on a par with Tosca.
I'll leave it at that. We'll be looking for other places in the future.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 17, 2017

We had a wonderful experience. The food was exceptional, the wait staff attentive, and kind help getting to our show at the Kennedy Center.

AmazingExperience (Baltimore)
2.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Expectations were high, sadly the experience was, meh. We had to ask for everything. Wine service was uneven. Food courses were up and down. Some were dynamite but others were just ok. Others seemed like they’d be under he heating lamp awhile. If I was out at an “regular” restaurant I’d say it was good. But for the price and expectations, there are many other places I’d recommend first.

vipPaul (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Another fabulous meal at out favorite restaurant in DC. Once again everything was perfect. The meal was delicious and the service was outstanding. We are looking forward to our next visit.

vipcygnus (Tallahassee)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

Best restaurant in Washington DC. Food is great and the service is outstanding. I highly recommend it.

Buckeyegirl (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

Always perfect. We have gone for special occasions and Marcel’s never disappoints. We love how conversation is easy and the tables are nicely spaced. Food wonderful. This is a very expensive dining option but worth it.