Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier

4.9
3481 Reviews
$50 and over
European
Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier is DC's premier fine dining establishment for over two decades. During Covid we have been open and closed numerous times with very little notice and doing our best to keep up the times. We profoundly thank our customers who return everytime after we reopen, who have generously donated to our employee fund and purchased RW Restaurant Group gift certficates. One day soon, we hope to return driving you to Kennedy Center for their fabulous shows and concerts, hosting your private parties and work functions and seeing your maskless smiles. For the time being, we are open five evenings a week with limited capacity and offering a curbside three-course dinner. Curbside menu is available by ordering on TOCK.

avatar copy

Private Dining

Book your next event with us

View details

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3481 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.9based on recent ratings
4.9
food
4.9
service
4.8
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
Sort by
Filters
CK
CheryllK
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Marcel experience was absolutely magnificent. The ambience was lovely, and the Moesh and Vincenzo treated me like a queen. I couldn't have been happier. I normally stay for an hour or two at an excellent meal out but stayed four hours. That is pretty epic for me and well worth the time and money. An outstanding evening! Highly recommend.

l
luv2dine
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We so enjoyed our dinner at Marcels. The staff went out of their way to make our birthday celebration special. The tuna, lamb and chocolate dessert were outstanding. Thank you for a great night out!

DC
DonaldC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Those of us who have eaten there in the past are pleased that it is as good as ever. The only thing is that it is half filled. DC doesn’t seem to be working. Little or no taxi service. One needs to use Uber if not driving

H
Hello123
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife had a wonderful experience for her birthday. Highly recommend. Thank you.

p
pauldc
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in DC, as it’s been for many years!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magnificent! Gorgeous room, piano music and exquisite food
Excellent!

G
Goumet
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dishes as to both quality and amount. Table was also great.

B
Bjones
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most amazing dining experiences I’ve ever had. Not only was the staff accommodating and friendly, but even the chef. They all went above and beyond for my girlfriends birthday and we couldn’t have had a better time. I highly recommend Marcels and can’t wait to go back.

BK
BlakeK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Can’t say enough about the wonderful service. The food was just “good.” The duck, lamb, and steak’s texture and taste were almost identical. Plating and presentation were also beautiful, albeit a bit dated also. It might have been really hip but in the 90s, but it reads a little like like a chef who’s settled. A lovely experience, but for >$400, I would have hoped for more big flavor. I don’t want to take anything away from a nice meal, but there are better chef’s menus all over DC. DC is officially the food city I dreamed of back in 2006, when I moved here. Marcel’s feels like a remnant of the time before DC food got very very real.

BT
vipBillyT
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a go to destination in Washington, DC. The quality of service, food, and wine stands out among similar restaurants in their category. Creativity yet simplicity is a hallmark of a great chef and chef Jenn certainly fits that profile. Flavor profiles are exquisite. I often say, if I can do it at home why come to the restaurant. When I go to a restaurant like Marcel's I want to be wowed! Chef Jenn brings the wow factor to the dinner.

A
vipAnniesappetite
New England
48 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite in every possible way!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed the food, everything was great but not next level. Service was good, but one plate did come out of order (as far as red meat dish before something lighter). Warm welcome from host.

K
Kenneth
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious, the servers were top-notch, and I hope to come back soon.

J
Jane
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is awesome with fabulous service and French courses.

K
vipKoblon
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oh, I just love Marcel’s. The ambience, lovely live piano music, impeccable service and the oh so delicious food make it my current favorite dining experience. I wish I could cook this well or was great friends with the chef!! Bravo.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellence on every level

W
Whirligigoftime
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

portion sizes are too small; need to be increased by about 25%.

CZ
ChristinaZ
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding Culinary Experience! Beautiful restaurant, wonderful staff, and authentic grace and style!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was fantastic overall. We appreciate food and good food is always the center of our gatherings as a family. We were celebrating our mom’s birthday and this was the perfect place to gather. The attention was above the standards, the ambience was inviting, and the food was exquisite.

F
Finediner
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

While I have dined at a lot of different restaurants, this was my first 'fine dining' experience at a restaurant of this caliber. So it will be hard to review as I don't have anything to compare it to.

That said, I will first say that the service was outstanding. My server, Mark, was exceptional in terms of how he carried himself and not only how he served me while having to cater to others while the venue was busy, but how he was able to make me feel important and like my presence mattered.

For food, I had the pan seared scallops, pan seared snapper, foie gras, lamb, sirloin, and this chocolate dessert. The scallops and foie grass were to die for as the texture and combination of flavors reflected well the chef's skills and restaurant's caliber. The other dishes were very good and enjoyable as well.

Each dish was paired with a wine. Unfortunately, I ended up drinking too much of the wine. It was a very amateur thing to do. Mark was exceptional in being understanding and encouraging, and even offering me a ride home which was unfortunately outside the establishment rules due to liability concerns.

So, my only issue was when I got the bill and saw the $90 for the wine pairings. Meal was $150 which was listed on the menu. I am going to give the establishment the benefit of the doubt here. I can't recall, but I might have agreed to the wine paring over the phone when I called in. I don't recall being asked at the restaurant if I wanted the wine pairings. So, that was the only question mark for me. I don't regret it (except for drinking too much). The pairings were excellent and went well with each dish. Total bill including tip was $327 (20% tip). I don't know where this falls with other like restaurants.

I'll just summarize by saying the food, presentation, and especially service, were outstanding. It was a learning experience for me. I'll just have to be more careful next time in terms of drinking and fully understanding items served and their pricing.

TT
vipTimT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've dined at Marcel's many times over the years. However, due to COVID, we have not dined there on a Friday/Saturday since before the lock downs began. Last night (June 26), we enjoyed a Saturday dinner. While it is always a special treat, last night seemed to be reaching a new level. New offerings mixed with familiar dishes made choosing our menu extremely difficult.
The amuse bouche, that little something, to prepare the palate for what's to come was a tasteful beginning. The smoked salmon was treated with a little heat, but not enough to over power the subtlety of the salmon, the caviar and creme fraiche.
One of the new items was the marinated tuna with mango, lime avocado mousse and other accompaniments that made this a delicate dish. For anyone liking sashimi grade tuna, this has to be tried. Another new item was the tempura squash blossom with garbanzo beans, feta and heirloom tomatoes. While completely different from the tuna plate, it was a nice addition to the menu.
The scallop was perfectly prepared, as usual. Frankly, we've come to expect this perfection and while "routine" to us, it also means we are spoiled to the point of rarely if ever getting scallops anywhere else.
The familiar items such as the Boudin Blanc, the duck breast and lamb loin, familiar to those who go to Marcel's "often", i.e., a few times during the year would not have been disappointed as these dishes were prepared to perfection. The duck and lamb were medium rare, as the chef would suggest.
We both ordered the foie gras even with the additional charge. It was more like a dessert with the cashew panna cotta, fermented blueberries and blueberry coulis.
Overall, an overly indulgent evening of food and wine. And, great seeing the familiar staff members catering to our needs and whims. The new dishes integrated with familiar favorites was a true ratcheting up the level of cuisine at Marcel's.

BR
vipB3RG
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Marcel's never disappoints. Food was excellent, service was excellent. Still my favorite restaurant in the DMV. Expensive but worth it. We would go there more often if we could afford the price and calories. But a few times a year is just fine with us knowing that we will always walk away with a smile on our faces. In the meantime, will continue go to one of the other RW restaurants closer to home until we have an excuse to go to Marcel's again!! :) Thank you Robert for creating such wonderful environments to enjoy our meals!!

JW
vipJWMHH
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful anniversary dinner!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent overall. But menu should include more fish and vegetarian options for non-meat eaters.

b
bvdc
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This may well be Washington's best celebratory restaurant, and certainly is the outstanding French table in the city. Perfect in every respect, and would be an outstanding restaurant even in France. Perfection comes of course at a price--our dinner for three was over $800. But for the right occasion it's a price worth paying

D
vipDenise
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stellar meal, Amazing team!
Creative menu, and always the best service.

m
miker
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the best restaurant in Washington D.C.
Between the service, ambiance, and the eye-opening culinary experience, not one detail has been overlooked.

A
vipAnonymous
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful way to celebrate the end of quarentine. Safety protocol by staff was appreciated.

EM
EMB60
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was extraordinary. The service was excellent. We will return.

E
vipEnjoyable
Washington DC
80 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had courses of grilled Hamachi, Snapper , and Foie Gras. Serving sizes were perfect at 2 to 3 ounces for us Boomers. Dessert was very good. Not a high price($99) for 4 courses, just keep the alchohol choices reasonable, which is possible. Or enjoy a magnum of fine French wine for $3000.00!

SG
SGHLEE
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

The food was not good at all. Just their dessert was good. It’s too expensive for what you get as a food quality.

JT
vipJillTuchmann
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was even better than the food and the food is superb Every single time w leave Marcel’s happy and looking forward to our next time
Thank you to everyone we love coming to Marcel’s

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience, especially the service.

AS
AmberSestilio
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, romantic atmosphere, attentive staff, and excellent food. All four courses for both of us were superb. Nothing on the menu disappointed.

p
vippatp
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The fixed menu offers many interesting choices and there is certainly not a problem finding something that you would like. The food is beautifully presented and full of flavor. We had the hamachi, lamb, duck breast, foie gras, red snapper, scallops and boudin and the cheese plate. Everyone loved everything that they ordered.

The service was well done, although we did have a long wait between our first and second course. There is a amuse bouche served at the beginning of the meal and a little chocolate dessert at the end of the meal, which is a very nice touch.

We would love to see a a la carte menu added so that we could enjoy Marcel more often.

AK
AntoineK
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One if the best dining experiences we've had in the USA.

AM
ArleneM
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a delightful experience for me and my friends. We were all celebrating major events in our lives . We chose the tasting menu with 6 courses. Each course was better than the earlier one. Each entre's delicate tastes and seasonings gave us a true gastronomical extravaganza.

Arlene

WL
vipWilliamL
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The experience at Marcel's is ALWAYS amazing. The food as usual was wonderful.

SE
vipSteveE
Denver
33 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were on the hunt for the best restaurant in DC, and Marcel's might just be that. Unbelievable food, great wine list, classic decor and wait staff that clearly are experts in the food and drink. Expect to pay a premium, but expect the very best in dining, too.

MK
MKP4free
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were extraordinary. Several tasting menu options are available to match everyone’s tastes.

FAQs

Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 296-1166.

Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier is rated 4.9 stars by 3481 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.