Details

Marcel's

2401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20037

202-296-1166

Neighborhood: Foggy Bottom/West End, Downtown

Cuisines: French, Belgian

Opening Hours:
Open Monday through Thursday 5:30 to 10, Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 11, Sunday 5:30 to 9:30.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Nearby Metro Stops: Farragut West, Foggy Bottom-GWU

Price Range: Very expensive

Noise Level: Intimate

Reservations: Recommended

Website: http://www.marcelsdc.com/

Best Dishes:
Alaskan crab legs with crab salad; filet of turbotin; medallions of lamb wrapped in phyllo with spinach and duxelles; boudin blanc; venison with a reduction of Carmenère wine; grape clafoutis; soufflé specials; cheese plate with honeycomb and raisins on t

Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available

100 Best Restaurants 2009: Marcel's

No. 17: Marcel's

Cuisine: Classical French cooking with intense sauces and labor-intensive dishes that no one else makes anymore. Chef Robert Wiedmaier presents a mix-and-match tasting menu of $52 for three courses (called pretheater but available all evening), $75 for four, $90 for five, and $125 for seven.

Mood: Glittering mirrors, black-suited waiters, and silver domes lend a retro-luxe feel to the dining room. Of late, service has been a bit scattered and the pacing slightly off.

Best for: A grown-up meal in a grown-up dining room.

Best dishes: Mussels au gratin; boudin blanc with chestnut purée and lardons; turbot with crisped artichoke leaves and truffle essence; breast of pheasant with pheasant-and-thyme cream; lamb tenderloins in phyllo with cumin Madeira sauce; apple with a beggar’s purse, bread pudding, and apple-butter ice cream.

Insider tips: Book early to take advantage of the restaurant’s free car service to the Kennedy Center—slots fill up. The inviting bar has a wallet-friendly menu and a jazz pianist Tuesday through Saturday nights.

Service: ***½ (three and a half stars).

Open daily for dinner.

See all of 2009's 100 Best Restaurants.