100 Best Restaurants 2010: Marvin
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100 Best Restaurants (2010)

Marvin
Address: 2007 14th St., NW, Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202-797-7171
Neighborhood: U Street/Shaw, Logan Circle
Cuisines: Southern, American, Belgian
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 5:30 PM to 2 AM, Friday and Saturday 5:30 PM to 3 AM, Sunday 11 AM to 2 AM.
Nearby Metro Stops: U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Upscale Casual
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Seared foie gras over caramelized onions; sea scallops with braised leeks; Niçoise salad; endive salad; onion soup; coconut-curry mussels or wine-and-shallot meunière mussels; chicken and waffles; seared halibut in beurre blanc; bacon-topped burger.

Cuisine: Late in life, soul legend and DC native Marvin Gaye found redemption in Ostend, Belgium, where he wrote his classic “Sexual Healing.” This upscale U Street tavern pays homage to Gaye’s beginning and end, combining the robustness of Belgian cooking with the directness of upscale soul food. The result? Pub grub of surprising finesse and power.

Mood: A large portrait of Gaye dominates the dimly lit dining room, which feels both cozy and festive.

Best for: Hearty food before a night of U Street revelry; Belgian-beer enthusiasts; an early weeknight dinner.

Best dishes: Seared foie gras over caramelized onions; sea scallops with braised leeks; Niçoise salad with ahi tuna; coconut-curry mussels or wine-and-shallot meunière mussels, both of which come with fries and three dipping sauces; chicken and waffles atop braised greens; seared halibut in beurre blanc; bacon-topped burger on a brioche bun.

Insider tips: Reservations can be hard to come by on weekends. The inside bar upstairs can be noisy; the partially covered deck is great. Desserts remain the weak spot—if your sweet tooth beckons, head around the corner to Ben’s Chili Bowl for a post-meal milkshake.

Service: ••

Open Monday through Saturday for dinner, Sunday for brunch and dinner. Moderate.

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