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2007 14th St., NW (U Street/Shaw)
(1) 202-797-7171 | www.marvindc.com
CUISINEBelgian and American Southern
HOURSMon.-Thurs.: 5:30pm-2:00am; Fri.-Sat.: 5:30pm-3:00am; Sunday 10:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10:00pm
BEST FORDinner; Sunday brunch; late night
BARYes - rooftop lounge upstairs and small bar downstairs
PRICE (APPETIZER; ENTREE)USD 9-12; USD 15-30
FAMOUS PLATESChicken and waffles; shrimp and grits; Marvin burger
DRINKS AND WINEBelgian and local beers; wine; cocktails
# OF SEATS70
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes - lounge available for private functions
Motown meets Belgium in this soulful spot, where jazz and Motown classics provide the soundtrack to a hybrid menu of American Southern and Belgian classics. Yep, Marvin Gaye is the inspiration (he spent significant time in Belgium), and the mash-up may sound random, but it totally works, especially in such dishes as Belgian short ribs and softshell waterzooi (a Belgian stew). The dimly lit dining room is perfect for a cozy date night or an intimate dinner with close friends. And though we don’t often think of “brunch” and “sultry” in the same sentence, we can’t resist chicken and waffles at Marvin on Sunday mornings.
Hipsters; U Street regulars; in-the-know tourists
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
This is a skinny jeans, funky top, high-heel clogs, and dangly feather earrings kind of place. Keep it trendy but casual.
GO HERE WITH
Friends - for brunch; a date or significant other - for dinner; out-of-towners
WHY WE LIKE IT
Key items on the menu (like chicken and waffles, Marvin burger, and grits) are always crowd favorites. The tight-knit staff are also friendly and helpful, but it’s really the Motown atmosphere that keeps us coming back.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
We’ve heard some items on the menu aren’t as spectacular as others.
GOOD TO KNOW
The Motown/Belgian theme is based on Marvin Gaye’s restorative time spent in Ostend, Belgium, in the 1980s.
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