Marcel’s is the kind of restaurant that you’d expect to find on Pennsylvania Avenue: exquisite food, beautifully served in a sumptuous dining room by adept professionals. Chef Robert Wiedmaier’s Flemish-inflected French fare manages the classical balance of taste and textures: subtle versus sharp-flavored, savory versus sweet, generous versus leaving you wanting more. Boudin blanc with black mushroom truffle purée and truffle madeira sauce is exemplary, and a gratin of mussels with Chimay, salsify and bacon is a blast of intense flavors. The servers get extra points for friendliness: even if you’re not one of the place’s traditional, old-money clients, they’ll still treat you as if you were.
2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
|Cross street:||between 24th & 25th Streets|
|Opening hours:||5.30–10pm Mon–Thur; 5.30–11pm Fri, Sat; 5.30–9.30pm Sun|
|Transport:||Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro|
|Price:||Set meals (3–5 courses) $65–$130|