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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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Today
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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  • 268
    Excellent
  • 56
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 13
    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
Most recent review
Designer Food par excellence

It's important to know what Marcel's is and what it is not. Marcel's is an excellent example of continental, Michelin starred restaurants. Small courses exquisitely prepared. It's formal and in the tradition of " temples of cuisine." There's a dress code which works well with the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
Susan D
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Fairfax Station, Virginia, United States
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
Fairfax Station, Virginia, United States
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

It's important to know what Marcel's is and what it is not. Marcel's is an excellent example of continental, Michelin starred restaurants. Small courses exquisitely prepared. It's formal and in the tradition of " temples of cuisine." There's a dress code which works well with the atmosphere. Not the place for hearty portions or a rollicking good time. Our dinner... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

What an offensive experience, I have never been treated like this before. We have been guests to your restaurant before, but while we are not the regulars who spend $500/ night on a casual dinner, I demand to be treated with the same respect as your more regular customers. This obviously didn't happen last night, as your priority was the... More 

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Washington,DC
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

To say it was a terrible experience would be a gross understatement. I understand your preferred clientele is people who can't use a fork and a knife at the same time, and who think that speaking loudly makes them sound intelligent...Mr Manager of the night, your schooling (or lack thereof) has failed you miserably tonight, just like you failed us...."A... More 

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United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

In four words, Classic, elegant, charming and highly sophisticated. The restaurant and staffs are just so amazing. Dinner was delicious, one of the most unforgettable birthday dinner. Diverse culture and people. I love it!!

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Buffalo, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Absolutely wonderful! Staff was extremely attentive. Food and wine was outstanding. Definitely worth the price to be pampered.

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Arlington, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We've gone to Marcel's for years for special occasions and never been disappointed. Our latest visit was our best ever. Highly recommend this place for a romantic dinner, graduation/new job celebration, or capstone of a visit to DC. We went back again for the Sunday after Valentine's Day in part because we were curious about their new decor. Fortunately, the... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

My husband took infinite pains to get reservations at Marcel's for my 58th birthday. We had had an exhilarating day at the National gallery of art. Tired and hungry we entered the warm restaurant with a gleaming bar. Justin from Alaska made us both two cocktails: 1) Honeycomb 2) Arugula ... i would re-visit only to find out what else... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We were treated to great french food at this restaurant but were not happy with the customer service. No, we are not french but that doesn't mean we can't be treated with respect. The food was amazing but not worth the price point. We had no idea that only tasting menus were offered.

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Leesburg, Virginia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We had a pre-theatre dinner this evening before a 7:30 show at the Kennedy Center. We were able to park right in front of the restaurant (our reservation was at 5pm on Sunday evening). Our party had the wild boar sausage,carrot and ginger soupwith bay scallops. Black Sea bass, the ribeye, and desserts. We added the cheese platter, which was... More 

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Fairfax Station, Virginia
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015 via mobile

We love Marcel's. It never disappoints and always wows us. This is fine dining at its best. The food and service are superb. Jonathan is the best wait captain, with 40+ years of experience, you will ever find. For a great dinner experience, don't miss it. It is near the Kennedy Center so a great place to go pre- theater... 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: Belgian, French, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?