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Don't Give Up on Fine Dining

While some fine dining restaurants are waving the white flag, others are still waving white tablecloths.


"The tail end of great fine dining restaurants is not here,” Robert Wiedmaier of Marcel’s tells us. “People still crave celebrated, civilized gourmet experiences." That’s exactly what they’re getting at the recently remodeled restaurant named after one of the chef’s sons. A peek around Marcel’s dining room on a Thursday evening reveals young couples celebrating big moments. That raving Tom Sietsema Washington Post review has re-energized the place too. With unpretentious service, and imaginative dishes like a brand new buffalo strip loin bursting with bites of bone marrow or this stunning hen plated with finesse, fine dining still has a place in DC.