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Marcel's

2401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20037

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

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

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

100 Best Restaurants 2012: Marcel's

No. 9

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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.