Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier

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Since 1999, Chef Wiedmaier infuses his Belgian heritage into Marcel's contemporary European cuisine. Regularly topping the best-of-lists in the nation's capital on Zagat, Washingtonian. Trip Advisor and others, Marcel's is well-known for its service and provides complimentary driving service to and from the nearby Kennedy Center. Marcel's is part of the RW Restaurant Group restaurant, www.rwrestaurantgroup.com

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Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite resturant for pre theater dining. Vinnie is the best server and the food is fantastic.

PD
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! This is a restaurant that deserves its two Michelin stars. Our food experience was phenomenal and the wine paired perfectly. It was a very experience dinning experience but overall worth it.

LC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An old standby still operating at the top level. Delicious food creatively prepared. Service at a level of professionalism few other restaurants (even "fine" ones) can match. The timing between courses was a little more leisurely than ideal on a busy Saturday night, but not enough to drop a star off the otherwise outstanding service.

LF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly an awesome meal! Flavors are complex, yet delicate. Service is extraordinary and wine list is very focused to go with anything on the menu.

EH
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic European at very high level. Not especially reasonable, but these type of places rarely are. But what you get for the money is absolutely brilliant.

DC
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always a pleasure to go to Marcel's. The food is outstanding in taste and presentation. The wait staff is excellent and we are always made to feel welcome for returning. I wished I lived closer so that I could go more often.

OT
Boise
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb in all aspects. Pricey but worth it. Can’t get any better. Our favorite special occasion restaurant.

RT
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and ambiance but the food while good was not memorable. Two dishes were too salty and apricot soup dessert was barely average.

DC
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Portions are way too small. These make small plates look big and would be too small even if labeled as a tasting menu. Wiedmaier is a great chef, the food is divine, service on a par. But why so stingy? The cost of the food has to be the least after overhead, staff, etc. so why not double the size and charge $10 more for prix fixe. This fetish over preciousness is passe. Wake up. Restaurant won't be here much longer judging by empty tables our night.

MJ
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service in a nice setting.

OT
San Francisco
178 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Back to Marcel's to try the a la carte tasting menu. Filled will all sorts of tasty small dishes, with some emphasis on seafood. Everything is beautifully presented and they are flexible in letting you mix and max four, five, or six courses. Service very good and the main dining room is quite lovely. It probably does not get any better in downtown Washington. A treat!

OT
San Francisco
179 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful restaurant in the heart of Washington. Valet service @ $15 gives you a free shuttle to the Kennedy Center and back. Perfect for early dining and a show. They have a pre-theater prix fixe at $72 which is a very good value. Excellent choices and quality. Attentive service. Lovely dining room. This is at the top of the D.C. food chain.

FD
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic... Great service.

OT
Washington DC
164 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Marcel's is a very special (and very expensive) restaurant that's perfect for special occasion meals or just when you want a blow-out evening with food that will astonish your palate. Small plates are the main attraction, you may choose 6, 5, or 4. A 3-course pre-theater menu is also available with larger "entree" portions. Whatever you choose, you can't go wrong. Each dish is extraordinary and memorable. The setting is lovely with lots of fabric-covered finishes to damped the sound and the service is first rate. Truly a DC institution, this restaurant is among the finest not only in the city but likely anywhere fine dining is available.

M
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating anniversary at a restaurant that matched the significance of the occasion.

RP
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great service all around. only area needing improvement is valet. food was superb!

JD
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still the best restaurant in DC - creative cuisine, with new treats being added all the time, marvelous combinations of flavors and textures, and exquisite service. Also, you can have a quiet conversation with your guests while enjoying an amazing culinary experience!

d
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First rate attention to detail, quality of service and food,, several memorable presentations.. enjoyable evening together

B
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marcel's is a must for anyone that wants to take someone special on an amazing dining experience. The food and service was phenomenal! The ambience is formal and romantic. It's truly worth it.

KL
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our 18th Anniversary and had the most wonderful evening. Staff was so nice, never felt rushed. Our host and waiter took care of us so well. Food was amazing..had 4 courses which I thought would be too much but it was perfect. And a wonderful bottle of wine and before dinner drink at their beautiful bar. Would totally go back for special occasion!

BU
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary this past weekend by going out to Marcel’s for a Saturday evening dinner. Our experience at Marcel’s was absolutely fabulous. Service, food, ambiance - all outstanding. Staff members were all gracious and friendly - with exceptional attention to detail. Our lead server, Jonathan, had the perfect personality and effortlessly guided us through the whole experience - cocktails, chef’s tasting courses and wine pairings. It was an overall fantastic experience and we very much look forward to returning.

CJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mark, our waiter, was great! Food was beyond excellent!

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff , food, experience, all amazing

MK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed Marcel's. Food was delicious and inventive. Service was top notch. We ordered the four course tasting menu. It was just right. Highly recommended.

OT
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 4

You can order a 4 or 5 or 6 or 7 course meal. We ordered the 4 course meal at $115 per person. Each course was the size of a thimble and no course was anything to write home about. The food was pedestrian at best. They provided you with one slice of multigrain bread or white bread with butter for the entire 4 course meal. Very disappointing. If you want to spend a lot of money for a thimble full of uninteresting and bland food with one slice of bread, then go, otherwise skip

SP
Washington DC
88 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal! The restaurant is elegant inside. We had four courses. Each one was fantastic. We loved the wine. Our waiter had the most fun attitude. The whole experience was wonderful.

MT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was fantastic. The food, service, everything. It was our anniversary. The staff there noted that and really took care of us.

The only thing I would note, and this is not the restaurant's fault, is the table that was seated near us. They appeared to be regulars since they were seated in what seemed like a special area that just happened to be behind us. The entire dinner we had to listen to them talk about how luxurious their life is. It was a back and forth of humble brags that never ended. They were speaking loud enough that you couldn't ignore them either. Again this isn't the restaurant's fault, but it did distract from an otherwise great dinner.

h
Washington DC
136 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always special to dine at Marcel's. We expect the food taste to be superb and it is. We expect the service to be good and I think it is the best in the metro area. When the meal is over we are already looking forward to our next visit.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance, food, and service was excellent!! Looking forward to going again.

BO
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding in food and service... extremely welcoming

ED
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marcel’s is a wonderful place to dine. The food is outstanding every time we go, but most of all the service is spectacular. We request Vinny every time we go and he treats us like family every time. He is attentive and provides truly expert advice on the food and drinks. Marcel’s is truly special!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and wine was a pretty average experience, which for the money left us disappointed. Of the 8 courses we split, 4 were excellent and 4 were average. Given its 4 courses per person minimum at $105 each, we would have expected more hits. The scallop/pear combo didn't work (the scallop butter overwhelmed and did not complement the pear) and the duck/char were under seasoned. Wines by the glass were very average considering the prices.

On the positive side, the service, both our waiter and everyone around him, were all stars - friendly and incredibly attentive.

A
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I had not been at Marcel's for long time. It has held well. All was very good, the food, the decor, the ambiance. The red wine was a bit warm (I prefer it on the cooler side). Mark's and Cindy's service were outstanding. Good place foe a special occasion.

CW
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The set menu is not as varied as it use to be, and portions are smaller, but this is a perfect solution to trying different dishes and not being overwhelmed by an abundance of choices and food. I love the elegant atmosphere and the professional approach of the waiting staff: truly European service.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an awesome dining experience..every single bite was amazing. My husband and I celebrated my 50th birthday last night with a 5 course tasting menu. Mark was fabulously attentive and helpful. I would definitely do this again and again.

DD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’d describe Marcel’s as magical. From beginning to end, the food, service and atmosphere are impeccable. Our captain Vinnie made our experience truly special. When you’re ready to celebrate a special evening in DC, Marcel’s won’t disappoint.

TM
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jonathan was fantastic, provided an amazing experience and the food was perfect.

MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jonathan, our waiter, was absolutely fabulous! And of course the food at Marcel's is always amazing!

s
Washington DC
125 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT!!!! Good pre-theater menu and a car to take you to the Kennedy Center. The Rockfish was delicious. Outstanding waitstaff.

OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal, and my server, Mark, was the best!

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