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2401 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington DC, DC 20037 (Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End)
(202) 296-1166
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Ranked #1 of 2,649 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $35 - $50
Cuisines: Belgian, French, Seafood, Continental
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End
Cross street: 24th and 25th
Transit: Foggy Bottom Metro
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.
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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We spent our anniversary here. Best service and menu. They gave us a signed copy of the anniversary menu. Also, this is not your normal tasting menu, you can select the number of courses you would like from any category on the menu. The food is phenomenal as well. I just can't rave enough about this place.

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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The prices listed TripAdvisor seem a little out of date as dinner will set you back a minimum of $100 but it is well worth it if you like fine dining. It attracts a well dressed crowd so don't arrive in jeans like I did or you will probably feel a little out of place! They have a tasting menu... More

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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We enjoyed our dinner here--the food was amazing. Everything was delicious. We liked the menu set up where you could choose anywhere from a 4-course meal to a 7-course meal--we opted for the 4-course, therefore we were able to select any 4 dishes we would like. For example if you are not a salad and dessert type of person, you... More

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New York
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74 reviews 74 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

First I will dispense with the elements that caused the “little quirky” impression. First is the décor, which is “classic” – think thick patterned carpet, gilded mirrors and heavy drapery - and does not appear to have been updated since the restaurant’s debut in 1999. This is not necessarily incompatible with the overall ambiance, but the musty setting was striking.... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The most amazing food! Plan on spending $100 to $150 per person without drinks. I had three course and all of them where amazing. I don't think you can order anything bad here. You should dress up for this place. If not they will sit you in the front where it is less formal.

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Annapolis, Maryland
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Went to Marcel's for dinner before seeing the Lion King at the Kennedy Center. The pre-theater menu had several choices other then just steak or chicken. The presentation and food were excellent! The atmosphere was nice and staff was friendly, starting from the opening of the door till the end of the meal. Marcel's even provided transportation to the Kennedy... More

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Seattle, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Catching up on my reviews; the fact that i remember the details is a testament to the great dinner and service experience we had here in October 2013 during the government shutdown. Pre-theater prefix dinner was outstanding especially the Norwegian salmon with truffle sauce. The complimentary limo shuttle service to the Kennedy Center was especially appreciated.

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Springfield, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This has been my favorite restaurant in DC for years. I don't get to go very often, but always a memorable experience when I do. Came here to celebrate my anniversary and birthday since the occasions are only two days apart. Can never say enough about the food that is prepared. Outstanding food and exquisite presentation. That along with Jonathan... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Marcel's chef prepares top notch cuisine but the rest is unfortunately not at par: the room is completely outdated and the atmosphere depressing, the service is unprofessional being mostly concerned by how much you will end up ordering (asking if you want more wine every 5 mns..) and leaving on the table (this is probably called incentives, but not necessarily... More

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San Francisco, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Marcel's is an elegant restaurant with an impressive menu and top notch service. They did an excellent job helping us choose the right wine to accompany several different dishes. The place is among the best in DC and I recommend it for business dinners and special occasions.

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