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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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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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!