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Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier
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Ranked #64 of 3,283 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $35 - $50
Cuisines: Belgian, French, Seafood
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Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
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.
Reviewed December 4, 2013

Mediocre ambiance, but good, a bit heavy food and great wine accompanied by decent service.

It was a family dinner and we were 9 people. We all have ordered 4 course menu and I was satisfied with the pace of the delivery as well as the taste and display.

I understand adding the tip in the check since we were close to 10 people, but 20% adding by this scale of restaurant was not right. They did not ask how the service was, they just assumed. In this case the staff actually lost money just because the family member who picked up the check could have tipped over 25%!

My 2 cents to the management, if a patron is ordering expensive wines just don’t add the tip. It does not make the establishment look good.

Regardless, we had a nice evening.

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Reviewed December 3, 2013

We were not disappointed on our latest outing to Marcel's. Boumar, our server, and Shelley, the assistant manager, made our 10th anniversary special. We had the four-course tasting menu and the food was very rich and superb. We were so stuffed that we failed to finish our bottle of wine which is a first for us.

Shelley personally hailed a cab for us and the entire evening was a superb experience. It's been 24 hours since the dinner and we are now ready to eat for the first time.

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Reviewed November 27, 2013

the food at Marcel's was average, the dessert far below. it was touted as DC's best French restaurant, so I cannot imagine what the rest of the establishments are like, but we were definitely let down by the quality of the meal. wont be returning. when in DC, go to Komi or Zaytinya.

Thank Elena M
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

Best place I have tried in the US.

Service was the US variant of discrete, meaning without the usual interruptions at inappropriate times you always get form a teenage waiter.

Menu close to be worthy of a Michelin Star

Go there for business or a romantic dinner.

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Thank kaaresj
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Reviewed November 24, 2013 via mobile

Service was excellent, but the food was way too bizarre. Obviously, taste is subjective — but there's also good reason that a lot of places aren't hurrying to serve pheasant. This is one of the few TripAdvisor rankings that really let me down. Save your money and go eat somewhere else.

Thank Jason D
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