100 Best Restaurants 2012: Marcel's
Amuse Bouche- Salmon tartare with yuzu and black sesame (in spoons) and smoked salmon and potato blini Napoleon with creme fraiche and trout roe. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
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Address: 2401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 202-296-1166
Neighborhood: Foggy Bottom/West End, Downtown
Cuisines: French, Belgian
Opening Hours: Daily for dinner.
Nearby Metro Stops: Farragut West, Foggy Bottom-GWU
Price Range: Very expensive
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Alaskan crab legs; filet of turbotin; medallions of lamb wrapped in phyllo with spinach and duxelles; boudin blanc; grape clafoutis; soufflé specials; cheese plate with honeycomb


Robert Wiedmaier may have gone rustic-casual at his other ventures--Brabo, Brasserie Beck, and Mussel Bar--but this quietly elegant dining room is where he struts his classical French training.

The Kennedy Center-bound show up early, then the place clears out for romantic tête-à-têtes and celebratory groups who bask in the unobtrusive yet on-point service. Also appealing: the create-your-own four-to-seven-course meal, which includes amuse-bouches and other extras, plus a wine list that's inspired and mostly French.

What to get: Chestnut-and-foie-gras soup; shrimp with corn blinis; boudin blanc with truffle sauce and truffled potato purée; melted Montboissie cheese over toasted pecan-raisin bread; Mission-fig-and-almond tart with Armagnac-spiked caramel sauce.

Open daily for dinner. Very expensive.

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