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Marcel's

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Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End
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2401 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington DC, DC 20037 (24th and 25th)
Foggy Bottom Metro
(202) 296-1166
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Since 1999, Chef Wiedmaier infuses his Belgian heritage into Marcel's...
Since 1999, Chef Wiedmaier infuses his Belgian heritage into Marcel's elegant haute French flagship restaurant. Regularly topping the best-of-lists in the nation's capital, in 2011 and 2012, it was rated the top restaurant for food by Zagat as well as one of the top five restaurants for service.
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Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 279
    Excellent
  • 57
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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This restaurant is as good, if not better, than New York City's Le Bernardin, and so much more enjoyable. We didn't check its Michelin rating, but it deserves 3 stars in our opinion. You have a choice of prix fix menus that relate to the number of courses you wish to order (4,5,6 or 7). There... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Denver, Colorado
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Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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Denver, Colorado
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW via mobile

This restaurant is as good, if not better, than New York City's Le Bernardin, and so much more enjoyable. We didn't check its Michelin rating, but it deserves 3 stars in our opinion. You have a choice of prix fix menus that relate to the number of courses you wish to order (4,5,6 or 7). There are also a couple... More 

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Very enjoyable meal, especially my daughter's amazing four quarter's soup. We were well looked after. Surprised to find the standards are probably higher in Europe - but nonetheless a good experience, especially as they let me in in trainers after a day of walking around seeing the sights!

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Corning
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202 reviews 202 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
554 helpful votes 554 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

A very special restaurant for events and celebrations. Unique "Build your own" menu. Limited capacity, suggest reservations.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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74 reviews 74 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Amazing food, we were seriously impressed but we were probably the youngest in the place so we got pretty crappy service. They were quick and accurate but not top nice experience we expected. Special occasion request was forgotten and server was little rude at the end. Very loud place, due to church like ceiling.

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Mill Valley, California
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143 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This was a wonderful place to celebrate a milestone birthday with loved ones. The room decor and table settings are simple, modern, and have an understated elegance. After a champagne toast, we all chose to have the five course tasting menu, each person choosing their own course selections (too many to list) which were flawlessly timed to serve us at... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This place has it all, great food, warm ambiance and top notch service. We were celebrating a birthday and they made it very special. So glad we chose this restaurant!

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

ate here for the 1st time with 2 friends one of which is a regular had the 5 course tasting menu smoked salmon,halibut,bison,mussels, and their signature sausage everything was fantastic they will do a dinner portion if you don't want the tasting menu but you will be missing out going to become my go to resteraunt

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

great atmosphere, outstanding service, extraordinary food.......this restaurant never disappoints. great for a special occasion.

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Washington,DC
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45 reviews 45 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

As my original honest review seemed to have offended you, I am writing another version just to say that that my experience at Marcels was terrible - and this is an understatement. You failed us miserably tonight, and treated us with the most disrespect I have ever been treated before. You failed to give us any other options- another table-... More 

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Washington, DC
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72 reviews 72 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We met here for dinner last night with friends. The food was excellent. Every dish was cooked to a very high standard. The foie gras was lovely and just as it should be: crisp and caramelized on the outside and gooey in the middle. My wife's portion wasn't adequately salted. I quite enjoyed the lobster cannelloni. The salmon was beautifully... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2401 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington DC, DC 20037
    (24th and 25th)
  • Public Transportation: Foggy Bottom Metro
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End
  • Neighborhood: Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End
  • Phone Number: (202) 296-1166

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 35 - 50
  • Cuisine: French, Belgian, Seafood, Continental

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

Since 1999, Chef Wiedmaier infuses his Belgian heritage into Marcel's elegant haute French flagship restaurant. Regularly topping the best-of-lists in the nation's capital, in 2011 and 2012, it was rated the top restaurant for food by Zagat as well as one of the top five restaurants for service.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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