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“Top flight dinner”

Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier
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Ranked #52 of 3,337 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 35 - USD 50
Cuisines: Belgian, French, Seafood
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighbourhood: 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 14 August 2017 via mobile

We always have our celebratory dinners at Marcel's, because we can anticipate excellent food, service and ambience. And best of all, you can hear yourself talk because it's a quiet but lively place to dine. We enjoy selecting from the four, five or six course menu, and this time we chose five courses. We had mussels (my husband said the best he'd ever had), halibut with a yummy sauce, duck breast, lamb three ways, foils gras and finally peach clafoutis. I don't know how they do it, but our meal was paced beautifully and service was impeccable without being stuffy. We truly felt pampered. We accompanied our courses with a Pinot noir (which I returned to have further chilled, with no complaint from our waiter) and a Sauvignon blanc, both delicious. They even personalized our menu, and the chef will sign it, if you want. We will be back.

Thank Jeri G
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Reviewed 12 August 2017

This restaurant is far and away our family's favorite place in DC. The menu is flexible and almost every dish can be modified to accommodate allergies, dining preferences, etc. The seasonal lobster bisque is literally mouth-watering, as is my favorite mussels gratin dish, which is slightly different each time. My husband adores the boudin blanc and we all love the arugula salad, which has a dressing that is absolutely sublime. The cheese available for the cheese course is always superb.

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Thank Garciajaa
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Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

We celebrated our anniversary here, and have been several times before. This is the best French restaurant in DC, and one of the finest of any cuisine in the City. The food is incredible, the service is fantastic, and the ambience is superb. The restaurant has a car/driver and will happily transport you to/from nearby hotels if you call. Marcel's also offers a theater fix prix that is a great value, including transport to and from the Kennedy Center, etc. Save your last course for dessert and coffee or drinks after a show.

You really cannot top Marcel's for a special occasion! Highly recommended!

2  Thank Jim B
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Reviewed 27 July 2017

you are going to find a short menu to choose the degustation menu you wanna ate.
everything is great, but for me that i don't eat to much if was a little bit big.
is a great food with great presentation and great service. you should go specially if you are having a romance.

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1  Thank adrianauribe
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Reviewed 25 July 2017

Busy on a Sat. night in summer lull with Embassy and K St. power types, i.e. seemed like most of the guests were charging the meal and not paying these prices themselves as we were. Seated half hour after our reservation time, then, inexcusably, waited another 20 min for server to appear with menus, which he apologized for. I may not be recognized, but know a lot about food.

Concept is amazingly flexible in that you can select your own course menu (minimum 4) freely with no category limits and the table does not need to all have the same number. A big plus.

I tend to agree with Dan G that each dish should be awesome in this setting, but there were some misses: the famed boudin sounded interesting and I added it as an unplanned addl. course. The spongey sausage was dominated by the (tasty) black truffle sauce, which I mentioned when asked, but this was not the correct reply apparently. (Server replied "we don't like to hear that" but then why ask?...) Likewise the funnel cake is something from a county fair complete with powdered sugar, playful yes, but jarring pairing with foie gras. Bison was perfectly prepared and desserts held up.

Service for the nobodys was odd: the server's assistant would randomly appear at the table to be assured everything was fine. Like following instructions rather than genuine.

A couple of the nearby tables were celebrating birthdays. It was my birthday too; they knew because they asked when making reservation and wished happy b'day when we arrived, but that was it. I wonder how they decide who gets a candle?

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Thank dkberman
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