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Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier

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$$$$
Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End
French, Belgian, Seafood, International, European
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2401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC, DC 20037 (24th and 25th)
Foggy Bottom Metro
(202) 296-1166
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5:00 pm - 10:00 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, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
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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  • 343
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  • 66
    Very good
  • 30
    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
One of the best restaurants in DC

I have eaten at Marcel's many times over the years and it is consistently one of the top restaurants in DC. The food and service are superb. And they have a limo to take you to the Kennedy Center. It's the perfect place for a special occasion

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Preston S
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Bethesda, Maryland
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Bethesda, Maryland
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have eaten at Marcel's many times over the years and it is consistently one of the top restaurants in DC. The food and service are superb. And they have a limo to take you to the Kennedy Center. It's the perfect place for a special occasion

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Kensington, Maryland
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57 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate here before a performance at the Kennedy Center. Great ambiance and the staff was incredibly attentive. There is a prix fixe dinner for those who are attending a show with 3 courses and choices and small tastings before and after dinner. Food was fantastic. There is also a more detailed tasting menu for those with more time. Car... More 

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Davis, California
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55 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I had an excellent dinner here ordering a six-course dinner with wine pairings. We frequent fine restaurants and this one could be destined for a Michelin star (if Michelin ever rates Washington, DC) based on the high quality of the food, service and ambience. The menu is intriguing, but also challenging because there are so many options... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Marcel's is one of the best in DC, the food is delicious, the service is outstanding, the maître D is taking good care of his guests. Marcel's is pricey may be for the VIP's, but once a while, be a VIP...life is short! I would go back on my next trip in DC.

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Thank Lucie M
Arlington, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have dined at Marcel's three times in as many years. Our first time we were celebrating our wedding anniversary and had a truly exceptional experience. We chose the tasting menu and every course was superb, beautifully presented and among the best we've ever had outside of France. The customer service could not have been more solicitous, without being intrusive.... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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99 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is our favorite place in DC, and we were delighted to return. Fantastic and friendly service again from the usual crew, delightful surroundings, and the usual excruciating difficulty in picking five (pick five - any five) dishes from the menu that simply made ones mouth water in anticipation. Well done to all. Keep up the great work!

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Thank MinusThirty
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18 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

I ate there last month. Had not been there since it was redone and I like the new look. Food is excellent and I believe it is one of the best restaurants in Washington. Note though that it is formal and pricey. I did not give it five stars because they're better restaurants in other places in the world but... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

It's a bit revalued too high level of gourmet food. The food is good but not so OMG crazy delicious. I payed $155 dollars for five gourmet dishes without alcohol for one person. The price is too overvalued for this level of expectations.

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Carlisle, Massachusetts, USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The multi course options are amazing, creative and perfectly presented. Excellent for couples and that special occasion where everything need to be just right.

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Phoenix, AZ
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342 reviews
215 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

We have been dining at Marcel's, since they opened, and have had great experiences, with one minor exception (reviewed here). There was no exception this time, as they were doing everything right. We were seated in the front dining area, and the service, which was spotty on our previous visit, was excellent, from start to finish. I opted for the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, 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, International, European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic

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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