Marvin

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Thursday, August 30, 2012, 5:14pm. (Updated: 6/18/14 at 4:11pm) Add comments
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Marvin Restaurant, Bar and Lounge – Located on the corner of 14th & U.

  • Venue Type: Bar, Restaurant, Lounge
  • Estimated Size: 300 (?)
  • Amenities: Rooftop, Restaurant
  • Cover Charge: None
  • Hours: M-Th: 5:30pm – 2am
    F-S: 5:30pm – 3am
    Sun: 10:30pm – 2am
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Age Requirement: 21 +
  • Location: U Street
  • Address: 2007 14th Street NW 20009. (202) 797-7171
  • Website: marvindc.com
  • Atmosphere: Marvin is one of the chillest spots in DC. A favorite of pretty much everyone for a chill night of drinking on a nice rooftop deck. There’s a lounge inside, a restaurant downstairs, no cover and a relaxed dress code. The perfect no frills night.
Venue Overview

Everyone loves Marvin. Named after one of the greatest R&B singers ever, the restaurant/bar pays homage not only to Mr. Gaye through chill/funky music, but also by serving over 30 Belgian ales. It’s a tribute to the singer’s time spent in Belgium.

The lower level of the 2 floor space is the restaurant. Upstairs there’s a small lounge to your right with a DJ booth and bar. Straight ahead there’s a roof space with a front bar, back bar, a space to just chill, tables, stools, it’s pretty great. If you’re ever in need of a night off from wild clubbing, our recommendation is definitely Marvin or Barcode.

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The Bistro at Marvin is classic Belgian-style, with home-cooked classics incorporating the tastes of Belgium and the American south.

Try Chef James Claudio and GM Sam Vasfi’s menue of moules frites, steaks, and other Belgian specialties offered along side BBQ ribs, chicken and waffles and seafood specials. The wine list is exclusively organic, sustainable and biodynamic wines.


Pictured above is the front portion of Marvin’s rooftop area. Beyond the bar, straight ahead is a decently sized sitting area. To the right of that sitting area is another bar and even more space. They do a great job at the door of limiting capacity to keep things comfortable.

The venue is (at least in part) owned by Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation and 18th Street Lounge.

Video Tour

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2 Responses to “Marvin”

  1. Jeff Henley says:

    Havent been but I’m very excited and planning a visit very soon. I’m digging what I see on your website and since I’m a native Washingtonian and was born around the corner from Ben’s, I must support !
    And the video that showed the Marvin Portrait being created is Awesome!
    See you soon!

  2. MM Davis says:

    Super Cool spot to have dinner. Romantic by candlelight. We enjoyed our visit to Marvin’s while vacationing in Washington DC in April 2015. M. Davis, Los Angeles.

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