Marx Cafe

Marx Cafe by Elizabeth ThomsenFormerly the Trolley, owner Mike Peters has transformed the venue into a thriving neighborhood wine bar and restaurant located in Mount Pleasant. It is also worth mentioning that the venue turns into a nightclub on weekend evenings that provides a great alternative to the chaos in Adams Morgan.

Cost – $$

Service – A
The bartenders and wait staff are cool as all hell. I’m sure a great deal of the positive energy oozes down from the owner, a former part-time DJ at the 9:30 club.

Food – B+
Marx Cafe has a good selection of comfort foods and tapas, and has also quickly become one of my favorite places to grab brunch on a Sunday afternoon.

Decor – A-
Marx Cafe has an unpretentious, bare-bone aesthetic that feels clean, comfortable and hip – the venue additionally passes the daylight litmus test for cleanliness.

Feel – A-
Marx Cafe is multi-faceted in the sense that it is a good brunch venue, good neighborhood wine bar for a weekday drink, and even provides a laid-back alternative spot for a weekend soiree. It is still relatively new and remains a hidden gem that is likely to gain steam as the word gets out.

Marx Cafe is at 3203 Mount Pleasant St. NW. They can be reached at (202) 518-7600.

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3 Responses to “Marx Cafe”

  1. Chris in Eckington April 28, 2008 at 3:08 pm #

    I was told that Mark Peters sold the place to the owners of Heller’s Bakery over a year ago.

  2. Desiree Aubigny December 7, 2008 at 6:06 pm #

    There is a new small plates restaurant *tapas style* that is opening up in Columbia Heights on 14th. I think it’s called Social. It will be interesting to see how it measures up to a place like Marx Cafe because they are pretty close by.


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