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About Marvin

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.

2007 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

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

Cross Street:
14th and U Streets

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 797-7171

Website:
http://www.marvindc.com/

Entertainment:
The lounge has nightly DJs spinning the best of rare groove, soul, classic hip hop and eclectic independent artists.

Public Transit:
We are walking distance from the U Street/Cardozo metro stop on the Green Line

Additional:
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

Marvin Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2016

While the food was good and the waiter was wonderful, I did not enjoy my treatment from management. My party arrived at 7:15pm on 10/22/2016 with the intention of placing our name on the waiting list for a table. We were told by the manager (who seemed to be occupied with club patrons waiting in a line wrapped around the corner) that they were no longer accepting reservations. My friend asked if we could eat at the bar, and he affirmed we could and subsequently let us in. Once inside, we asked whether we could be put on the list for a table as there were approximately 5 empty tables in the restaurant but were told we could not. It was at that moment, I downloaded Opentable and reserved a slot for 9:00pm (clearly there were reservations available). My party waited at the bar for approximately 2 hours before we were told we could be seated (presumably because our reservation was for 9:00pm, however there were SEVERAL empty tables the entire time we were there). At not time did a hostess or manager offer to seat us early despite seeing us wait at the bar for almost two hours. After finishing our meal, we pointed this out to the manager who informed us that they hold reserved tables in the restaurant for two hours (that does not make any sense...most restaurants give you a 15 minute grace period and then gives your table away to patrons WAITING IN THE RESTAURANT). The manager offered no solace to our concerns and offered a free drink to appease us (which I personally did not accept). Although the food and service were good, based on my experience of waiting two hours in a non-crowded restaurant, it is highly unlikely that I will return to Marvins.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2016

We made a reservation for 6pm and showed up a few minutes early and were told by the person at the door that the restaurant was closed even though the hours online indicate it opens at 5pm. We were frustrated since we aren't from the area and we waited all day to try Marvins since they don't open until 5pm and the earliest reservation we could make was 6. Disappointing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2016

Food was good, drink was good, waiter was not at all attentive. He didn't seem aware at all that we were dissatisfied.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2016

Service fail! The atmosphere, food, drinks were all ultimately failed by the service. Our waiter was so elderly that he forgot about us. So the bar manager jumped in several times to make sure our orders were put in & delivered. The busboy knocked over a full glass of wine on my suede shoes. It was just a messy service experience. The owners need to revisit server training pronto!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 10, 2016

Dinner at Marvin was delicious as usual. Unfortunately, they no longer have the chicken and waffle on the dinner menu. That was a huge bummer. The 14th & U cocktail was SO GOOD

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 28, 2016

delicious. request. to. good. nice. wasfriendly. restaurant. go again

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Healthy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 25, 2016

The food needs much improvement!! The service was excellent. Enjoyed the music and decor.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 22, 2016

I ordered the Fried Chicken and Biscuit, and side of collard greens. All were great except the biscuit. It was flat with no taste.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 17, 2016

My friend and I decided to check out Marvin on a whim. The scenery was cool with large artwork and a bar at the front of the restaurant that seemed to have a good vibe. We ordered the Brussels sprouts and baked mac and cheese for starters. The Brussels sprouts were amazing! The mac and cheese was a big disappointment and that's hard to do for a mac-n-cheese lover like myself. The noodles were over cooked, cheese was runny, and overall, the dish missed any flavor-even salt! We both ordered the beef burger and neither one of us loved it. The fries were undercooked and again, unsalted. As for service- there really wasn't any. Our server checked on us once but he spoke so low in this loud restaurant that we couldn't even understand what he was saying. I eventually had to ask a walker-by to get his attention so I could get a refill on my water.

Ambience- not bad if you're just looking for casual conversation among friends. But if you're looking for a "good eats" dining experience... this isn't it.

For whatever it's worth, the crowd outside eagerly waiting for the roof top made me think this spot has a stronger "after dinner" atmosphere... might be worth checking out.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2016

This is a great place for a date. Great service!! The waiter was very attentive, but also gave us our space to get to know each other. I was surprised how quickly the food came to the table, and it was fresh and hot as expected.

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 15, 2016

11 of us & the hostess & servers took us with aplomb. Nothing was a problem to them. Accommodating. Friendly. Everything was great.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 14, 2016

Food was fabulous, service was fantastic and the ambience was great. I would Marvin to anyone. It was areal pleasure to dine there.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Outstanding Value, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 10, 2016

Great DC restaurant to hang out at really laid back vibe seems to be very popular location. The rooftop bar was busy but good

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2016

No happy hour specials in the dining area, only upstairs.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 14, 2016

The Brie French toast was amazing and the refills for bottomless were heavy pours. Would go back. Really likes the coffee press as well.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 31, 2016

The brunch was great and the ambiance was nice.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 25, 2016

I took a group of 4 buddies for a semi annual get together. Two of my buddies are getting married soon, it was the last dinner as bachelors. Raved about the food, the food was very good! but, the service was off that night. Our waiter seemed to be handling too many tables. He didn't come around much. he forgot our drink orders, and didn't come back around to take more drink orders. We were limited to one or two drinks over a period of two hours, yet, our bill was over $150.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 23, 2016

Loved this place! We just had a bad seat and it was so dark that we needed the light from our phones to see the menu.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 23, 2016

The waiter was inconvenienced and looked totally uninterested

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 (Nashville)·Dined on July 17, 2016

I was referred here for brunch. The food was delicious I had the huevos rancheros. The service was very slow and when half the food arrived to the table it was lukewarm.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 8, 2016

Loved it. Food was great!! Our waiter myriam was the best!! Very attentive!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 3, 2016

Great for a large group of friends looking for a fun bottomless brunch.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 2, 2016

It's a nice energetic dining and dancing venue. The food and service was excellent. Overall the staff was very respectful and considerate. The clientele and the atmosphere was very enjoyable Saturday evening. I will definitely recommend and visit your establishment/Marvins' again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 28, 2016

The host was super nice the minute we walked in. The server however was miserable throughout the whole evening. Never said her name, seemed annoyed every time she came to the table and not just ours but all surrounding tables too. Brought the fun mood of the restaurant down when you see someone with a sour face all night.
The food was excellent! The porkchop was delicious! Would go again as long as I got a different server.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 19, 2016

The food was pretty good. The only problem was the service wasn't good. It took several minutes to be checked on and get the check. Its small so large groups wouldn't be ideal. But overall, I would go back again.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 17, 2016

My husband and I were visiting Washington DC and came across Marvin's on a lot of review sites. Food was amazing! We first started out with the Shrimp & Grits and it was amazing , really wished that they would give 4 shrimp instead of 3 so that each of us can have at least 2 each. I had the fried chicken and waffles and my husband had the burger both were delicious!

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 11, 2016

Marvin was a perfect place to visit before the Alice Smith concert at the 9:30 Club. My husband is still raving about the scallops, and my crab cake (though on the small side) were perfect. We'll be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 6, 2016

This is such a wonderful spot on 14th St! I've been here a few times, mostly on dates, and it never fails to please. The food is good and the ambiance is perfect for a special occasion.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 5, 2016

We had a large group for brunch. They were VERY accommodating with the mimosas and everyone had their fill. Food was very good, especially the fried chicken, Marvin burger, and salmon Benedict.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 4, 2016

Must have been an off night, waiter was unprofessional and the scene was chaotic

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 4, 2016

Always a good time at Marvin. Food was good and Yohanes was the man....again!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 28, 2016

The Brussel sprouts are good. I'm not sure if our server was tired but he was very inattentive and couldn't find him mostly. We ordered burgers they both came burnt not only the burger but the bread and cheese. I've been here before and the food and service was very good. This visit made me not want to return unfortunately.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 21, 2016

Almost everything we ordered was excellent: scallops and crab cakes were both 1st rate. Only the tuna was a disappointment (flavorless). I would definitely go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 21, 2016

We had a great waiter who overheard me say the sparkling wine was flat and immediately had the bartender open a new bottle, which sparkled! We had a 6:30 reservation (it's near the Studio Theater) and the place was pretty lively already. We had fried oysters and scallops, which my husband thought were excellent, but he didn't like the green veggies with the scallops, and I had a delicious onion soup and shrimp and grits. Loved the soup, shrimp was great, but the flavor of the grits was so-so. The place has high ceilings and there was background music, so noise carries and people have to scream. Still, we'll probably go back if it's on the early side again. If the place is full, I can't imagine you can hear others at the table.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on May 20, 2016

Great address for dinner with friends in the U-Street corridor. Great place to have dinner at after and/or before cocktails at their roof top.

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 13, 2016

The service was atrocious, the cocktails were purely vermouth, and the shrimp and grits managed to taste like detergent.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 11, 2016

Good, interesting food

right size portions

Good service

I never had Southern fried chicken on a waffle: served with a nice butter sauce and a nice honey sauce

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 8, 2016

Good experience

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 6, 2016

We had been going to Marvin's rooftop for drinks a few years before we ever sat down for dinner and then realized how good their food was. So happy to see that the food, service and atmosphere has not diminished over the years.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 30, 2016

Marvin has all the ingredients for a great dining experience, but stops short every step of the way. I showed up for my reservation on time (my friend hadn't arrived yet) on Friday night and the male host promptly seated me, but I was completely ignored for 10 mins after being seated until I finally stopped a busboy who retrieved a server who told me that my own server was busy. The restaurant wasn't even half full, but I think there was a shortage of servers that night.

My server with the dreads was cool and laid back, like the vibe of this restaurant, which is good for dates and friends, and the food and drinks were brought out promptly. The menu is short, and the pickings are Louisiana style. The food was good, but not great as it was generally overcooked. We had all small plates: the baby back ribs (tender), brussel sprouts (overcooked), asparagus salad (very fresh), and the scallops (a little overcooked and over-salted) and 3 drinks, which got us a $97 bill.

The best part of Marvin is the location and the slick, sexy vibe of the decor. It could be a really popular spot again if more attention was paid to details.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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