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1542 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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American, Belgian
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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

Brunch: 10:30-3:00
Rooftop Bar: 1:00pm-2:00am
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Phone number
(202) 797-7171
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
14th and U Streets
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Public transit
We are walking distance from the U Street/Cardozo metro stop on the Green Line
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The lounge has nightly DJs spinning the best of rare groove, soul, classic hip hop and eclectic independent artists.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9  based on all time ratings
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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 16, 2017

The mussels were fantastic and unique! Drinks were spot on. Great spot for Happy Hour specials during the week.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 11, 2017

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!!!

OpenTable Diner (Austin)
2.0  Dined on August 11, 2017

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on August 7, 2017

My chicken was a bit underdone/cold. I would have liked it fried harder. Scallops were great. Wine and drinks were top notch.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 31, 2017

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).

vipMak17 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 20, 2017

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.

vipBleuz4Nina (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 5, 2017

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 ;^)

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on July 1, 2017

We've had better burgers, chicken was over fried & dry. Music & collards were great!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 28, 2017

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!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 21, 2017

Was my 50th birthday Tim the bar tender was Amazing darling angel!
Server was great food was great it was all perfect Thank You!

BeverlyF (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 18, 2017

We Celebrated my Dad for Father's Day....He enjoyed himself immensely... Javonte our Server was amazing....

He kept the food moving and engaged every body in the end of Brunch, we wanted to adopt him...

The food was so good....I need them to add Grits and Greens as side orders...

We will be back.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on June 11, 2017

We had fun. Very good experience

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 10, 2017

My first time and I was very impressed . Service and food was great

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on June 10, 2017

Went Saturday night at 8 for my birthday, which was mentioned on the reservation. Food was great but the service was terrible.

We were seated right away, but waited a REALLY long time before anyone came to the table. And the restaurant was not packed at the time we sat down. Finally a waiter brought us some water and took our order. It was weird and kind of not obvious if he was the waiter or just bringing water until a different waiter would wait on us. We eventually figured out he was our waiter and flagged him back down to order food a few minutes later. Somehow he left the table without taking our drink order. The appetizer we ordered (Brussels sprouts-very delicious) came out pretty quickly. But we still didn't have drinks. When we finished the appetizer we flagged him down again to order drinks, which he produced pretty quickly. Then we waited a REALLY long time before food came out. After it was delivered, no one really checked on us to see if we needed anything, which we did. By this time most of the tables were taken. We were told by the manager before we left that they were short a waiter and doing the best they could.

I had the salmon, which was really good. My friend had the "Tim burger" which I also tasted and it was good too. So the food was good, but because of the poor service he birthday dinner experience fell flat. I do not recommend going here for special occasions.

DaveK225 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 10, 2017

Marvin puts the Gaye in this joint! Amazing food. Great drinks. Excellent stag. Had a lot of fun!

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on June 9, 2017

Menu changes from time to time but the food is always 😋 !

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on June 9, 2017

Nice spot. Me u not too extensive though. Needs more items/choices. Nice roof top area

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on June 2, 2017

I had arrived at the restaurant and it was somewhat empty very quick to get seated even though we had reservations we sat down for about 45-50 minutes before they realize they did not give us our food mind you the restaurant was still empty by the time the food came my food which was a hamburger and fries was cold my girlfriends plate was chicken and collard greens which was just three pieces of Kfc chicken with sloppy collard greens and dried biscuit this place is not worth your time it is nowhere near authentic soul food

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on May 28, 2017

The food was good and filling. Restaurant was very nice and upstairs was lively, however we did not have the best server. Overall this is an okay restaurant for dining, but a great happy hour vibe.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on May 28, 2017

The shrimp and grits were good. The bacon and sausage had a strong "pork" flavor, which was not good. The pancakes were dry and the breakfast potatoes were prepared with brussel sprouts...not good at all!