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  • Review Count
    4
  • Helpfulness Votes
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  • First Review
    November 17, 2014
  • Last Review
    March 20, 2015
  • Featured Reviews
    0
  • Average Rating
    4.3
 
 
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Since 1999, Chef Wiedmaier infuses his Belgian heritage into Marcel's elegant haute French flagship restaurant. Regularly topping the best-of-lists in the nation's capital, in 2011 and 2012, it was rated the top restaurant for food by Zagat as well as one of the top five restaurants for service. <br /><br />
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Michelin--bring some stars here!
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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/18/2015
 2008
Dined on 3/18/2015
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"My, my, this was a stupendous meal. Three of us thought it was one of our best meals ever in Washington; one thought it was merely very good. But speaking for myself, it was heavenly. First, the decor is elegant simplicity; the tables are well-spaced; and the sound does not get distressingly amplified to give the impression people are having fun. But, my oh my, the food. This has been our go-to restaurant for special occasions for a few years, but this was just fabulous. The amuse bouche of a lobster custard with a tiny shrimp and some creamy sauce made us all ga-ga. The ring used to serve the little bread rolls, placed around the candle on the table, is delightful. My first course of langoustine on an artistic beautiful smear of something green with a succulent little chunk of breaded sweetbreads was another memorable dish. Without boring you with describing every course--I can't exactly remember anyway--let me just say everything was wonderfully delicious and beautifully plated. Lest I forget to mention it, I've never had a better champagne cocktail either. My, my, my."
Dined on 3/18/2015
 2008
Special Features: special occasion, fit for foodies
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Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
OUtstanding tastes, helpful to know sign language
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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/11/2015
 2008
Dined on 3/11/2015
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"On a Wed. evening, even at an upstairs table near the back, our party of four had to shout. One of us decided to just sit back and smile away the evening. The food certainly deserves broad smiles--the roasted eggplant appetizer was fabulous; dolmades were particularly good; tasty olives including tiny ones we didn't recognize; beet salad was wonderful; amazing tender, moist, fresh tasting grilled octopus; nice, tender half-chicken; and very good horta. Their house red was mellow, smooth and went well with our mezze.
So if you're not on speaking terms with your date, this is a great place to go.
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Dined on 3/11/2015
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Yayla Bistro offers the most delicious Mediterranean food that you will ever taste. All of our dishes are prepared in-house by our team of Turkish chefs. "Yayla" stands for everything that is natural, pure and fresh, and at Yayla Bistro we use only fresh, top-quality ingredients to make traditional and healthy Mediterranean specialties. You are going to love our food! Metered parking available on N.Westmoreland St or you may park two hours free in The Crescent Building next door.<br />
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/21/2015
 2008
Dined on 1/21/2015
 2008
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 1/21/2015
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Ghibellina is an Italian Gastro Pub brought to you by the owner of Acqua al 2, Ari Gejdenson, and his Mindful Restaurants team. The inspiration behind this project was drawn from his days living in Florence. On a daily basis, he would eat lunch at his favorite Trattoria, Fiaschetteria Trattoria Mario, and fell in love with the idea of creating a comfortable place where diners feel at home every time they walk through the door. The name is derived from the street, Via Ghibellina, where he and Ralph Lee, childhood friend and partner in Ghibellina, shared an apartment. The two made the walk from one end of the via to Ari’s American Diner on a daily basis to serve American food to students and locals alike. Executive Chef, Jonathan Copeland, has teamed up with this duo and has matched their passion and dedication to executing an authentic Tuscan menu in the heart of the 14th street Corridor.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
A Very Good Night at Ghibellina
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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/15/2014
 2008
Dined on 11/15/2014
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"We were a bit put off when we entered Ghibellina and ran smack into its crowded, noisy bar scene. When we were seated in a small alcove just off the bar,we wondered if our dining experience would suffer. Well, we needn't have worried. The noise from the bar was muffled, and we were able to carry on a conversation without much of a strain. Our friendly waiter went through the menu, pointed out his favorites (this didn't appear to be a marketing ploy, as he clearly knew the dishes and explained why he liked them) and suggested a quick appetizer for the table to get the evening started. Great Manhattans followed and the prosciutto and salami starter was great. Our entrees - the Ghibellina salad, tagliatelle, gnocchi and chicken roasted under a brick were all outstanding. So were the wines by the glass at very reasonable prices. We had a terrific evening and will certainly be back.
Dress at Ghibellina is very casual - jeans were the universal uniform. Wearing a sportcoat and tie I was clearly overdressed, but it didn't seem to bother the other customers."
Dined on 11/15/2014
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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