Marcel's keeps true to classic French cuisine while adding modern embellishments. Old school, fill-you-up-by-a-fire fare like pork belly and turbot with peas is hearty and thick. But the sprucing on the side – quail egg and cornichons, or the miso that accompanies the Alaskan cod – is just understated enough to ratchet the experience to greatness.

A classy touch: Marcel’s offers a complimentary limousine service to the Kennedy Center, so this is an ideal spot for pre-theater dining.