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2401 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington DC, DC 20037 (Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End)
(202) 296-1166
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Ranked #9 of 2,710 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $35 - $50
Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Belgian, French, Seafood, Continental
Neighborhood: Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
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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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

Fantastic food in a comfortable environment. Not the biggest portions, but sufficient to satisfy and appreciate the quality. Never felt like we totally relaxed as the staff were checking on us every few minutes, which disturbed our privacy a little.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Excellent service, great food. Prix fixe style menu, but lots of flexibility to swap. Wait staff helpful with suggestions. Good wine list.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

I had dined at Marcel's a couple of years ago and was not at all impressed. The dining room was dreadfully tired & dated; the bar looked like a 1970's era Holiday Inn cocktail lounge. The food was good but hardly memorable. I had no desire to return. Then three things happened: 1) I wanted to entertain a dear friend... More 

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43 reviews 43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This is a great restaurant. It's best for a special occasion just because it's very expensive but I would go every day if I could! The service is impeccable and the food amazing! I have been here for a romantic dinner and for a tasting event with friends and had very good experiences both times. I really like the bar... More 

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Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

I am puzzled by the glowing reviews that led me to visit this place. Before you eat at Marcel’s, some preparation is in order. Wear a coat with deep pockets or carry a bag… so that you can take with you a couple of your favorite sandwiches, hot dogs, wraps, or whatever you like to eat when you are hungry.... More 

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Rockville
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158 reviews 158 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Marcel's is what excellence in a restaurant should be. Excellent service, wonderful food, great ambience, and quiet enough to be able to talk quietly to others at ones table. There is a wonderful, albeit, expensive wine list, but since we were having diverse dishes we decided to go with wine by the glass, and this was a great, and reasonably... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

If you ever want to know what it feels like to be carried into a wonderful restaurant and then carried out, go to Marcel's. The staff is attentive, the food is way over the top and you really experience fine dining. If you have a special evening in mind , I implore you to go here. You certainly will not... More 

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Greeley, Colorado
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

This was the perfect venue for my husband and I to celebrate our birthdays. The service was impeccable and unobtrusive. Christopher, our waiter, added to the evening with his excellent suggestions and grace and charm. We overindulged, but the food was stellar from the first to last course. We will return when we return to DC.

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Kensington, Maryland, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We have been to Marcel's 3 times in the past year, four if you count our upcoming reservation next week. We save it for special nights and the staff go out of their way to make us feel special when we come, although we know they have people who feel they are "more important" than we are, as many do... More 

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White Plains, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This dinner was to celebrate my wife completing the Marine Corps Marathon (her fastest marathon to date!), and the restaurant made a point to mention this to her when we arrived, and continued to do so when we met the Captain, Jonathan. With Jonathan as your Captain, you need not worry about anything. Jonathan took a fine meal, and made... More 

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Additional Information about Marcel's

Address: 2401 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington DC, DC 20037
Phone Number: (202) 296-1166
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End
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
Average Prices: USD 35 - 50
Cuisine: Belgian, French, Seafood, Continental

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