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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 music in the lounge Friday and Saturday evenings ~9pm to close

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

Public Transit:
Foggy Bottom Metro

Executive Chef:
Robert Wiedmaier

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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Overall Rating

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4.9

service

4.9

ambience

4.8

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (44)
Romantic (42)
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Good for Anniversaries (35)
Good for a Date (34)
Quiet Conversation (32)
Tasting Menu (32)
Notable Wine List (29)
Good for Birthdays (27)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Pre/post Theatre (22)
Authentic (17)
Business Meals (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Cozy (10)
Live Music (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Sunday Lunch (4)
People Watching (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Fun (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Seasonal (2)
Casual (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Everything was wonderful. Definitely one of the top 5 meals I’ve had in my life, and the service was impeccable.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 4, 2018

From start to finish everything was excellent. The service was terrific and the food was delicious.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Very solid French food. Multiple options for tasting menu is always a nice touch. Perplexed on why Marcel's is not blessed by Michelin with a star. Definitely deserving of at least one star.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Everything was 5 star food, service, ambiance. Marcel’s should have a Michelin Star is well deserving of a Michelin Star

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I relish the experience of dining here! As expected, the cuisine was exceptional. As well, I am always impressed by the quality of service -- attentive, but not smothering in its execution. Although expensive, I consider the value to be well worth the price. I heartily recommend this restaurant to anyone interested in experiencing what fine dining is about.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Came to Marcels for a date night with my wife recently. We love to come here anytime we can but especially prior to a Kennedy Center show. We appreciate the car service they provide to/from the Kennedy Center. The food is wonderful, our favorite in DC. The experience is made perfect by the excellent staff. Jonathan Crayne, the senior captain, is fun and ensures top service. We always request to sit in his section. It just isn’t the same when he isn’t there. Another mainstay there is Adnane Kebaier, the maitre’d. He is always there to greet you on arrival and make sure you are taken care of. The staff is awesome. The food is unforgettable. Best restaurant in DC!

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

I’ve been patronizing Marcel’s for years and every dining experience has been top notch!! “Perfection” is an understatement.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Exquisite from every aspect. A Washington treasure for sure.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·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.

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 (Denver)·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!

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Baltimore)·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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

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

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 19, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 18, 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.

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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays
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 (Baltimore)·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.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Tallahassee)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

A very special dinner and evening, made more special by Jonathan.
We savored every morsel and the experience was memorable!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Outstanding in every regard. How Marcel's doe not have multiple Michelin stars is beyond me. The menu from top to bottom is well crafted. The wine list is exceptional -- something for everyone in every price range.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 26, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

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!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

All the dishes were delicious and the service was great. The restaurant is great for a special occasion.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

This was our second visit to Marcel's and enjoyed it as much as our first visit. Service impeccable, food delicious and atmosphere quiet. One can choose the four, five or more course dinner. Four was plenty for us. Recommend this.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Excellent waiter. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 20, 2017

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 on November 19, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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 on November 19, 2017

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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Consistently the best dining experience in Washington DC!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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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