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“Over Rated”
Review of Marcel's Restaurant - CLOSED

Marcel's Restaurant
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: German, Seafood, Steakhouse
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Marcel's Restaurant is located at 905 Hwy 361 (S. Alister Street becomes Hwy 361 as you head south of the main part of town). We are located almost directly across the street from the Seafood & Spaghetti Works building.
Spring, Texas
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Over Rated”
Reviewed May 31, 2013

My Wife and I are fequent visitors to Port A and finally decided to try Marcel's after hearing good things about it. Our first impression was good as the inside of the resturant is a lot differrent from the outside, We were warnly greated and our waiter was very good but that's where it stopped for us. We ordered the Shrimp bisque and it was nothing more than a fish based broth with absolutely no shimp in it, we ordered the fish specials which was Grouper and grilled Ahi Tuna. The Grouper wasn't bad but the pasta and veggies lacked flavor. The Tuna was overwhelmed with the roasted red pepper sauce and lacked flavor as did the grilled srimp. it was served with and the plain white rice was very blah tasting. The wine however was good. I believe that the specialities of the house is Greman food and maybe that would have been a better choice to eat but in the end it was over priced (at least for the specials) and was one of our worst dining expierances.

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank Dean W
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Dorie_Althauser, Customer Relations at Marcel's Restaurant, responded to this review, June 3, 2013
Thank you for your input Dean W. Based on the meal you commented on, your visit was on Memorial Day Weekend. We hope you enjoyed your holiday in Port Aransas. It's regrettable that you found your side dishes under-seasoned. We did discuss your suggestions; we take every customer's input seriously whether it is verbal or in a public review such as this.

It is our belief that rice and pasta should be accompaniments to and highlight the entree, and salt/pepper/butter is usually the only seasoning we use. In this way they are appropriate for a wide variety of entrees. We've also found that it is better to be restrained with seasonings so that they merely highlight the natural flavor of the food (in this case Grouper and Ahi). We found the Sweet Pepper Sauce to be very mild; however, like the pasta and rice - one person may find something over seasoned while another finds it under seasoned. The base ingredients of the our Shrimp Bisque is shrimp stock (never 'fish broth') and heavy cream. You are correct - there is no "shrimp meat" in this creamy soup (though occasionally Marcel may garnish with a few small salad shrimp).

Regarding value/price. We purchase fresh fish - as local as possible. Our standards are very high in this regard. As with everything in life - you get what you pay for. We pay more for fresh, quality, and highly perishable fish, and our entrees are priced accordingly. Tablecloths and napkins, fresh bread (served with real butter), and other such amenities are also overhead that go into our menu pricing in general and add to the patrons experience.

I hope this addresses some of your concerns. In the end, we are truly sorry that you didn't enjoy your over-all experience at our restaurant. We would love for you to join us again - perhaps for some Jagerschnitzel and a German beer?
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English first
Dallas, TX
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A bit eclectic, but good”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

Fish specials are best bets... many unusual items on eclectic menu. German influence on adult beverage options and certain menu items, but other stuff more mainstream beach town fare. Pleasant atmosphere and attentive service.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank tanager1
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San Antonio, Texas
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Casual Elegance”
Reviewed May 13, 2013

Everything was just wonderful. We went to the coast for a babymoon and wanted to eat somewhere nice. We had tried several other restaurants in the past and they were all a little off, so we thought it might be Port Aransas. There was nothing off about Marcel's! It was a cozy little place but still very nice. We had the jalapeno appetizer with crab, so delicious! Then I had the special, King Salmon, and my husband had the Steak au Poivre, such a delight! For dessert we had the Chocolate torte, if you see that on the specials, order right away, it's perfect in every way! The staff was all very attentive and friendly as well. We will definitely be returning.

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank Bobbie210
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Round Rock, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Love this place!”
Reviewed May 12, 2013

Thanks to a quick look at Trip Advisor before we went out for dinner, we found Marcel's.
We had a wonderful meal and dining experience. For my husband and self it was such a nice environment to spend an evening together with a very pleasant and friendly server who brought us well prepared food. I look forward to going back again and again.

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank Colleen S
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Port Aransas, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Excellent as usual”
Reviewed May 10, 2013

Three couples went to dinner. Three people had the night's specials (shrimp or scallops), two had steaks and one had veal. All of the meals were done perfectly and served promptly and hot. Nice atmosphere and we were able to talk to everyone at our table for six. Service was good and friendly. Would definately recommend this Port A restaurant.

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank bob b
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