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Bar, Southern / Soul Food Restaurant, and Cocktail Bar$$$$
U-Street, Washington
145 Tips and reviews
  • rooftop
  • chicken & waffles
  • monday night
  • upstairs
  • seafood
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  • Goombay B.
    Goombay ButchJanuary 5, 2016
    Checked out Marvins on a Monday night for their hip hop night and I wasn't disappointed. The layout of this spot is great and even with the cold temperatures outside, they still had a nice crowd.
  • Morgan T.
    Morgan ThomasSeptember 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Eat brunch and listen to old school music. Go with the chicken and waffles with a side of cheesy grits. You won't regret it. Check this place out on Monday nights for Happy hr drinks and good music.
  • Behrad Eats
    Behrad EatsNovember 7, 2012
    Marvin offers a solid burger using Creekstone Farms beef, Chimay cheese, caramelized onion, bone marrow jam and bacon. Order medium-rare.
  • Jim W.
    Jim WilliamsAugust 13, 2012
    Paying tribute to DC-native, music legend, Marvin Gaye, Marvin’s serves Southern cuisine including my fav Country Fried Chicken & Waffles Others might like the Cheese Croquettes or Shrimp & Grits.
  • Jeremy C.
    Jeremy CFebruary 4, 2016
    Don't look past the corn fritters as they are super tasty. And great spot to chill at the (small) first floor bar with your date early in the week.
  • Manny B.
    Manny BenhamouJune 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    New/Improved roof deck is way too packed on the weekends; but perfect for a drink, on weekdays. For food, can't beat the chicken and waffles. REALLY wish they still had the lamb chops though..
  • Laura G A.
    Laura G AdamsSeptember 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    This is my favorite bar in all of DC. The rooftop patio is so much fun and the drinks are reasonable. Plus, the food downstairs is tasty, especially the burger. I've never had a bad time here.
  • AskMen
    AskMenMay 28, 2010
    Manages to mix club kids, slick professionals & intel operatives to great effect. Sidle up to the downstairs bar for a cocktail from Marvin's own Drink Nazi, Josh, & then drink in the scenery. Read more
  • carla e.
    carla elaineJuly 7, 2013
    Cute rooftop place that could benefit from getting a better sound system. Bartenders move at sloth's pace. Pretty diverse mid twenties & up crowd.
  • Thomas E.
    Thomas EdwardsFebruary 2, 2012
    The upstair rooftop has 2 bars & great open space. The lighting could be a little better, which makes approaching not the easiest. But enough opportunities lie. For more details, visit our tour page. Read more
  • Universal E.
    Universal EmJune 7, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Best rooftop lounge in the city. Good beer on tap and the people that frequent this place are always interesting. When there is a good DJ, this place is perfect.
  • Connie H.
    Connie HOctober 19, 2014
    The husband says to get the blackened scallops. It's a little loud, but the service is amazing on a crazy busy night.
  • Nushy S.
    Nushy SCFebruary 13, 2015
    Several floors with great food downstairs, dancing, mingling and a great rooftop deck with a nice selection of beers. Interesting mix of people.
  • Roxy K.
    Roxy K.June 30, 2017
    Good rooftop bar, however the bartender didn't know what Aperol Spritz is, which seemed strange to me
  • Naptown .
    Naptown 💪 LarryJanuary 2, 2012
    The rooftop bar is an outdoor beer garden, offering an extensive selection of Belgian ales and blondes as well as appetizers and burgers from the bar menu.
  • Dan C.
    Dan CurlDecember 29, 2013
    Flourless Chocolate Cake. Oh. My. God. Get it, and make sweet sweet spoon love to it. You're welcome!
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostAugust 1, 2014
    The menu is a hybrid of Southern charmers (fried chicken and waffles) and Belgian hits (moules frites in five flavors). Read more
  • gravity 5.
    gravity 508November 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Monday Nights go listen to the dj stylings of DJ Jahsonic!! Get there gets crowded
  • Sara C.
    Sara CAugust 17, 2011
    Restaurant named after Marvin Gaye, delicious chicken & waffles! Go upstairs for a party, This place is a U Street fav and a must do if you're in DC!
  • Adam S.
    Adam SegerSeptember 22, 2011
    Ask Barman Rob Pierangeli to do some magic with a hum cocktail. He has won a number of Cocktail Competitions. You are in good hands.
  • Joe G.
    Joe GizziOctober 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Love hanging out on the roof deck. Had one of the better nights of my life there. Menu is great too!
  • Shallymal
    ShallymalJuly 8, 2012
    Shrimp and grits were good (not yet great). Not good if you don't like your food looking at you while you eat it. Next time chicken and waffles.
  • erin m.
    erin mazurskyNovember 20, 2011
    Pomme frit is the best I've had. Not greasy and amazing delicious. And loved the grits (coming from a southern girl).
  • Joanie O.
    Joanie O'SullivanJanuary 16, 2014
    The rooftop bar is cute and has tons of heatlamps so it's still a nice rooftop option in the winter
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew MorrisDecember 15, 2012
    Great place to grab some #UStreet time. Find a stool at the upstairs bar then find your 2K groove on the back deck dance floor. Strong joint. *** #mayormorris #SealofApv
  • Ab
    AbJuly 5, 2015
    There are great nights here and good nights here. Solid cocktails, but their beer selection is interesting enough to keep to hops
  • Alex O.
    Alex OrrMarch 11, 2013
    Over-rated. Chix & waffles good, but it's just fried chicken & a waffle, for $18! Mussels were weak: small, stringy, undercooked. Fries were a bit soggy. Fried oysters were really good.
  • Kurt H.
    Kurt HaaMarch 13, 2016
    Great vibe and food! You should try their burgers and waffles- fantastic!
  • Darrius T.
    Darrius TaylorNovember 1, 2014
    The atmosphere is incredible. Looking for strong drinks? They have them... Just aren't all that good though.
  • Eboni T.
    Eboni ThompsonMay 10, 2017
    Chill happy hour rooftop spot. Also nice to hang out on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Trevor M.
    Trevor MMay 14, 2015
    Happy hour! Roof top and happy hour drink specials. Lots of people were ordering the fries.
  • Cali W.
    Cali WilderApril 30, 2015
    I don't know why I keep coming back here. The decks are nice but the crowd is always blah. Terribly long line for the bathroom but DC people really like this place, I'm not sure it's anything special
  • Caroline H.
    Caroline HagärMay 17, 2017
    Happy hour!!! The crab croquettes are amazing. Absolutely order them
  • Carolyn P.
    Carolyn P.August 6, 2013
    Chicken and Waffles, Beef Tartare, Beef Short Ribs were all delicious!!
  • LaWanda W.
    LaWanda WhiteApril 20, 2011
    I like this place, filled with young-middle aged professionals and a great place to grab a drink after work.
  • Arne H.
    Arne HartmannMarch 26, 2013
    Go upstairs, enjoy the heated terrace with lots of space and 2 bars.
  • NOM NOM Boris
    NOM NOM BorisApril 13, 2012
    You haven't lived if you haven't tried Country Fried Chicken & Waffle. Super nomnom! More tips & pics @
  • Stephen
    StephenNovember 3, 2014
    Great rooftop patio in the heart of the U Street district.
  • Jason C.
    Jason CAugust 14, 2014
    The vibe is always great here, alongside food and drinks.
  • Quiani M.
    Quiani MendezJuly 4, 2013
    The chicken and waffles is heavy on a plate!
  • NOM NOM Boris
    NOM NOM BorisApril 13, 2012
    You must try most nomnom Chicken Fried Oysters!!! Amazing. More tips & pics @
  • Dominique J.
    Dominique J.July 26, 2013
    You have to go to the rooftop, it's really nice ( happy hour)
  • Candi W.
    Candi WilliamsJuly 2, 2013
    Fantastic!! Great food! Great drinks! Great time with friends!! :-)
  • Ben F.
    Ben FortneyApril 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Always a good DJ spinning upstairs. Probably has my favorite soundtrack of any bar in DC.
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PlacenciaJanuary 5, 2015
    sick rooftop always open, good drinks, dark rooms and good music in Saturdays
  • Quentin
    QuentinSeptember 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    During the fall go withy the Brooklyn Oktoberfest. Can't go wrong with that!
  • Najeema
    NajeemaFebruary 4, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Hit Monday night for Soul Controllers Set. Don't worry about work on Tuesday, the groove from the night before will get you thru! Good music!
  • Alycia
    AlyciaMarch 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    They lose cool points because they included gratuity on the dinner check for my party of 2.
  • Danielle R.
    Danielle RicksSeptember 26, 2010
    The scallops appetizers are so amazing and don't leave without trying the chicken and waffles!
  • Luke
    LukeApril 11, 2015
    Chicken and waffles and chicken and waffles and chicken and waffles
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