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2401 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington DC, DC 20037 (Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End)
(202) 296-1166
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Ranked #8 of 2,721 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $35 - $50
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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Washington, D.C.
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

The service was great, the food was delicious and my car was waiting at the end of the meal! I even had a visit from Chef Paul, which made me feel extra special. I showed the photos to anyone who would look, described the food to anyone who would listen, and recommended Marcel's to anyone who could appreciate a fine... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Everything delicious, including my Manhattan. Highly recommended. Reasonably priced given the high quality of the food and service. Enjoyed the tasting menu encouraging smaller portions of multiple courses. (Get the boudin!)

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Marcel's never disappoints. It is THE perfect place for a special occasion. From the moment you walk in the door, the staff creates an environ that is beyond special. I've been here several times, all for celebrations with good friends, and everything was perfect. Ask the waitstaff for recommendations--they'll quiz you back about your tastes and make terrific recommendations. Marcel's... More 

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Washington DC area
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

After many years absence, we finally got around to revisiting Marcel's last night - January 13. Why did we stay away so long? The food was excellent, the service impeccable, and the atmosphere superb. What we appreicated most was enjoying all the foregoing in a quiet, civilized surrounding. Too many retaurants today, even otherwise good ones, seem to be just... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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129 reviews 129 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Warm welcome. We sat in the corner and had a great view of the whole restaurant, however it was very chilly by the window. Service was excellent and the food was sublime. Defintely worth the price.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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59 reviews 59 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Marcel's used to be a fabulous restaurant. Last night, however, we had a disappointing experience. The food was underwhelming - for example, sand in the mussels (which the waitress seemed to find amusing, but at their prices seems inexcusable) - and the service was very slow. In addition, it was freezing in the back room. As every table in the... More 

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Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015 via mobile

French cuisine that beats many in Paris. Sauces were scrumptious, portions for 5 course were just right. Service was superb, very knowledgable re menu. Expensive but a worthwhile splurge. Even provided transport back to hotel. Tell them jerrinmarc sent you!

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 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
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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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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