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“Nice change of pace”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Marcel's Restaurant - CLOSED

Marcel's Restaurant
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol
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.
Austin, Tx
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153 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Nice change of pace”
Reviewed June 22, 2013

We rolled up to Marcel's at 5.30pm on friday. We actually thought they may have been closed since there parking lot was empty. We cruised inside and was greated by our waiter Alan. He showed us to a nice table in the upstairs dining area. Tables were set with linen and was pretty classy ambiance. A little old school, but very different from other places we have been in Port A so far. We were the only patrons in the place and it remained that way for awhile. Not to worry, Alan was very helpful with suggestions on the menu and drink selections.

Marcel's has a German influence, with many German wines/beers and dishes on the menu. The owner Marcel, came by and we visited with him quite a bit. Very affable gentleman. We pursued the menu and decided to order the specials of Amberjack with chipolte aioli sauce, Israeli Couscous and steamed veggies, the Suziemeister opted for the other special Red Snapper, battered in potato chips, with new potato and spinach. These entrees came with a salad. We also ordered appetizers of crab cakes and Salmon.

Crab cakes were fine and came with two big dollops of tartar on top. I would of preferred it on the side, but it was easily scrapped off no worries. They were ok, nothing spectacular. The salmon was great. The whipped cream horseradish side was afab. It was a great serving for two to share. I also liked the little slivers of red onion and capers. Nice start. This was followed by traditional salads with shredded carrots, not my fave but very European, iceberg lettece, tomato and shredded cabbage. They were refreshing.

Entrees arrived and again I found my Amberjack served with big dollops of sauce on top of two pieces, again not a real issue since I just scrapped it to the side. This is just a personal choice, others may like a lot of sauce. It was cooked perfectly as was the veg, but the couscous was a little starchy, not little pearls and may have been overcooked a tad. Suzies Snapper was very good indeed. A big portion and she enjoyed the sauce, however the fish would of been great on it's own. Sauteed Spinach was wilted just right with garlic and the German potatoes were fantastic.

A couple of items to note. Ask for Alan as your server if possible. He was polite, engaging and generally had a great vibe to him. Marcel is a character and loves to talk about his country and recipes he has developed. You will find the decor a little dated, but it works. It's a non-smoking establishment and only serves beer and wine

  • Visited June 2013
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English first
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“So European and cozy!”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

We have been here several times. Foods is fresh and the presentation is nice. You can tell the owner is a professional in all phases of preparation and combinations. The help needs a little help, but it's a small town so what can you expect. We always like to go back.

Visited April 2013
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Dallas TX USA
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“Consistent, delicious, and a good value”
Reviewed June 8, 2013

We have dined at Marcel's many times over several decades. Same owner-chef. Invariably excellent, delicious and a good value. The owner-chef is always there, often coming to greet his guests. Fresh fish is his specialty. In addition there are excellent German dishes on the menu. Good wines and very good beer (German) are available, no liquor. The physical plant is very "island" and could use a re-vamping, but why do it if enthusiastic diners continue to come.

  • Visited June 2013
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San Antonio, Texas
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Exceptional Restaurant”
Reviewed June 8, 2013

We discovered a wonderful restaurant in Port Aransas. They have very authentic German food as well as other selections. The shrimp were some of the best I have ever had. Our waiter was very attentive, and the décor was like being in a quaint restaurant in Germany. We were quite surprised that Port Aransas had an especially nice restaurant like Marcel's. Our daughter-in-law was aware that the type of German food was like the food from the area where she is from, and was able to have a conversation in German with the owners. We felt like we had spent a couple of hours in Europe, almost forgetting we were in Port Aransas. What a wonderful dining experience!

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Ursula94
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Spring, Texas
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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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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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