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Marx Cafe

$$ - $$$
Bar, International, Pub
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3203 Mount Pleasant Street Northwest, Washington DC, DC 20010
+1 202-518-7600
11:00 - 02:30
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Sun 11:00 - 01:30
Mon - Fri 17:00 - 02:30
Sat 11:00 - 02:30
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Hancock, New Hampshire
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89 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

I wanted to like this place. It was within walking distance of my awesome Airbnb and the waiter was super hot, but alas he was super grumpy also. I wanted to sit by the window with my daughter and sister, they didn't really want that. I explained they didn't need to move tables, but the hot waiter insisted and it... More 

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Manassas Park, Virginia
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

We've been here twice, visiting family in the neighborhood. First time on the coldest night of January and recently on a hot July evening. Both were good. Small intimate bar & restaurant. First time it was quite busy and a call ahead got us the only 6 seat table and special attention from the manager. Both times sufficiently attentive service.... More 

Thank dougar
Knoxville, Tennessee
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2016

We were visiting family who live in Mt Pleasant, and went to Marx Cafe on a Friday night. The food was very satisfying, the waiter was delightfully friendly, and we would definitely return! When we were there, no live music, but that meant we could talk easily and enjoy catching up. In our party, we ordered the fish and chips,... More 

Thank Laura H
Exeter, New Hampshire
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98 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2016

In England, everyone has a "Local"... and the Marx Cafe is that for us in Mt. Pleasant, Washington, DC - even though we don't live there any more. It's cozy and friendly and the food is outstanding! The Owner, bartenders, and servers know most everyone and treat them all as pals as well as valued customers. While the Owner is... More 

Thank Mariellen-Exeter
Washington, DC
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83 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2016

Went on a Friday night with group of friends. This place is a small, quaint dive bar with lots of drinks to choose from. Many in our group had the Chimay beer that was served in Chimay glasses. There was a dj playing all reggae music all night long. We had a nice dance party. If I lived in the... More 

Thank PalomitaBlanca
Burlington, Vermont
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2016

Our stay in Mt. Pleasant meant a visit to the Marx Café for dinner. Excellent food and menu choices --fusion of various ethnicities and backgrounds. Wait staff friendly, the food and atmosphere just great.

Thank Larry K
Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2016

European/Mediterranean men, which is updated from time to time. A lot of appetizers, so it is good for snacks and drinks.Good selection of European beer, but I would prefer a lower markup. Pleasant atmosphere, gemütlich. We bring our out-of-town guests here at least one. Staff has a low turnover, so they like serving us.

Thank John S
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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678 reviews
246 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2015

Back to Marx Cafe again to see old friends. The place is still alive for neighborhood locals and visitors to enjoy conversation and drinks over food. More live music groups have been scheduled. The Sunday movie, half price tapas at happy hours, and half price wine (bottle) are still alive and popular. If you are in 80s music, once a... More 

Thank Prawet J
Laramie, Wyoming
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124 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2015

I found breakfast at the Marx Cafe to be reasonably priced, solidly prepared, and tasty if a bit uninspiring. The service was quite good, and they've done an excellent job with the atmosphere. I plan to go back during tapas hour.

Thank AdventurousTraveler6
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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678 reviews
246 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2014

If you want fancy food and first class service, do not come to Marx's Cafe. If you want a friendly place with people you can talk to (eclectic groups), with occasional art exhibits, do come to Marx. The atmosphere is those of "neighborhood" bar, especially at the bar itself. Everyone knows everyone at the bar. It can be intimidated for... More 

Thank Prawet J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, International, Pub
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
11:00 - 01:30
17:00 - 02:30
17:00 - 02:30
17:00 - 02:30
17:00 - 02:30
17:00 - 02:30
11:00 - 02:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3203 Mount Pleasant Street Northwest, Washington DC, DC 20010
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: +1 202-518-7600

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?