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Marvin

3.9
3.9
1384 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Restaurant Marvin has been serving Belgian cuisine, American soul food-inspired dishes, and soulful sounds to the Cardozo neighborhood of Washington, DC since 2007. Our cozy bistro on the first floor is the perfect spot for an intimate dinner while the upstairs lounge, private dining room, and rooftop bar epitomize the best of DC nightlife.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Belgian
  • Hours of operation
    Sunday - Thursday Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Rooftop Bar: 5:00pm -2:00 am Friday & Saturday Dinner: 5:00pm - 11:00pm Upstairs Bars: 5:00pm -3:00am Sunday Brunch: 10:30-3:00 Rooftop Bar: 1:00pm-2:00am
  • Phone number
    (202) 797-7171
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    Located on our second floor, we have three different private spaces for private functions. We have our private dining room , lounge and a section of our outdoor roof deck.
  • Private party contact
    MJ: (888) 640-7986
  • Neighborhood
    U Street Corridor
  • Cross street
    14th and U Streets
  • Parking details
    None
  • Public transit
    We are walking distance from the U Street/Cardozo metro stop on the Green Line
  • Entertainment
    The lounge has nightly DJs spinning the best of rare groove, soul, classic hip hop and eclectic independent artists.
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,384 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.9
3.9 based on all time ratings
  • 4Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 0.3Value

NoiseEnergetic

1,384 Reviews
  1. BeeTee

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Reviewed on December 13, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    Always enjoy my time at Marvin. Great for late night meet-ups!

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    Houston

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The mussels were fantastic and unique! Drinks were spot on. Great spot for Happy Hour specials during the week.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I took my parents, who are usually very selective about what they eat, to this restaurant. Everyone left smiling and very pleased with their meal. It was delicious. I would recommend it to anyone and will be returning!!!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2017

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Well, this place has changed. Friday, August 11, 2017. It was the last day of a trip I'd taken my 13 year old daughter on - we'd explored all of DC we could manage in five days and - having been to Marvin once previously a few years ago - I thought we'd celebrate our trip over a nice dinner at a place I knew to be good. There were two unsmiling hostesses to great us - I mentioned we had a reservation. They looked us up and literally turned their backs to us to share a private word. I thought it was a little awkward, but whatever. We were seated and the hostess/waitress came back a moment later to ask for a drink order. Literally, within in three minutes she returned with my beer and asked if we were ready to order. Uh-oh. That's never a good sign. We'd been in the restaurant for several minutes by this time - hardly time to take in the place, to look over the menu, to chat about our week - nothing. Nor did the unsmiling waitress have ANY suggestions, recommendations, helpful comments. She didn't introduce herself or ask how we were. Absolutely nothing. We asked for more time to look over the menu. She came back eventually and stood behind me to take our order (my back being to the mural - facing the mirror) - there was space next to us! Why wouldn't she stand where she could talk to us more easily. So I turned in my chair to see her and place our order. The food was fine, but not spectacular, and not worth the cost. It's mostly just that we weren't made to feel welcome at all and spending $85 + tip for that "privilege" was pretty frustrating. I'd been looking forward to making MarvinDC part of my trip to DC with family in the future. That's not going to be the case. I won't return, nor would I recommend somebody patronize Marvin, which is unfortunate.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    My chicken was a bit underdone/cold. I would have liked it fried harder. Scallops were great. Wine and drinks were top notch.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took a client to dinner to celebrate the signing of a contract, and our server, Duane (spelling??) took care of us all evening. He made it very special and relaxing as we didn't have to ask to refill our drinks, and he made a couple of recommendations that were SPOT ON for what we were craving. Definitely recommend to anybody looking for a good meal, and has a "southern food fine dining tooth" (if that even makes sense).

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  7. Mak17

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I went to Marvin to celebrate my birthday with my fiance. Food was good, prices are reasonable, and the staff was very attentive. I highly recommend the shrimp and grits, and my fiance said the curried mussels were outstanding. I'm very glad to have found this place - I will definitely return and recommend it to friends.

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  8. Bleuz4Nina

    Washington DC

    54 reviews

    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Pleasantly surprised how delicious the menu items were. I highly recommend the seared scallops, chicken fried oysters and the Tim Burger w/an egg. WOW!!You're Welcome ;^)

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  9. TracyT

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We've had better burgers, chicken was over fried & dry. Music & collards were great!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Marvin had a great menu and the rooftop bar was a lot of fun. Really diverse mix of people and the service was super. Definitely going back!

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Google Map for Marvin

2007 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

Additional information

  • Cross street
    14th and U Streets
  • Neighborhood
    U Street Corridor
  • Hours of operation
    Sunday - Thursday Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Rooftop Bar: 5:00pm -2:00 am Friday & Saturday Dinner: 5:00pm - 11:00pm Upstairs Bars: 5:00pm -3:00am Sunday Brunch: 10:30-3:00 Rooftop Bar: 1:00pm-2:00am
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Belgian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    None
  • Public transit
    We are walking distance from the U Street/Cardozo metro stop on the Green Line
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Entertainment
    The lounge has nightly DJs spinning the best of rare groove, soul, classic hip hop and eclectic independent artists.
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (202) 797-7171
  • Private party facilities
    Located on our second floor, we have three different private spaces for private functions. We have our private dining room , lounge and a section of our outdoor roof deck.
  • Private party contact
    MJ: (888) 640-7986
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