This was my first time to Marcel's although I have passed by it almost every day on my way to work since it opened. It's location in Foggy Bottom is a short walk from Georgetown and the Kennedy Center. We had a drink at the bar before moving to our table. The bar is understated and comfortable, and the Manhattan was perfectly put together. The elegant dining room was quiet and we were placed at a table with sufficient distance from other tables (they are all well spaced) to have a nice quiet dinner. The wait staff are elegant and manage to remain unobtrusive and attentive at the same time. I was concerned that elegant restaurants can have snooty wait staff, but this is a place where they make you feel welcome and appreciated. That alone seems worth the visit.
As regards the meal, we chose the 5 course meal each, though we could choose between 4 and 7 courses. Each course allows between different choices and they are flexible with how to combine courses. A description of each course would be far too long and would not do justice to the exquisite food in each course. The tomato course was fresh and tasteful, the soft shell crab was carefully devised, the boudin blanc was as others have remarked and superlative, the lamb was unbelievably moist and tender. I could go on.
A special word once again for the excellent service,
Finally, this is a place for very special occasions, and you will remember this meal forever. A short review is not enough for the meal, the service and the experience. It shows that Washington can serve the best cuisine in the best atmosphere comparable to any world city. Just go and you will love it. It makes me proud as a long time Washingtonian.
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