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Central Michel Richard

4.6
6428 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Fit for Foodies
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Michel Richard's modern American brasserie and winner of the 2008 James Beard award for best new restaurant. Located on the corner of 11 St. & Penn. Ave NW with a great central location, walking distance to the White House, Capitol, The Warner, National Mall and theaters. Central is Michel's tribute to great American cuisine, both modern and classic, with a French accent. A vibrant bar scene with a great wine and beer list as well as modern & classic cocktails.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, French, Contemporary French / American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10 pm Friday: 5:00-10:30 pm - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30 pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30 pm
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Phone number
(202) 626-0015
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Tony Roussel
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Catering
Order online at Caviar.com or contact us at the restaurant at
pdr@centralmichelrichard.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
11th
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Parking details
Valet at night $10 starting at 5:30pm & Sunday brunch 11am
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Public transit
walk from Archives/Navy Memorial, Federal Triangle, or Metro Center
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Entertainment
Join us @CentralMR for event and entertainment updates.
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Perfect for business meetings, cocktail parties, with a great downtown location. Private room seats up to 16 guest, semi private room 22 guest
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 6428 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.2
ambience
4.1
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

You must order the gougeres for the table - they are worth the trip all by themselves. The barramundi special was so tender and flavorful, and the gazpacho was outstanding. Superb service as always.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Worth all of the hype! Service was pleasant, well timed and not intrusive. Food was fantastic, perfectly cooked and larger portions that anticipated. One in our group took part in the pre theater menu, which was an excellent value. Will highly recommend still.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Excellent pre-theatre dinner, and enjoyed thoroughly the delicious fried chicken and hanger steak prepared to perfection "rare". Their yellow gazpacho is great and we added the soft shell tempura appetizer, very good addition. Service was timely, wine list perfect, and we made it to the musical with plenty of time. Will return for certain.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Delicious food and great atmosphere. Service was excellent as well, overall a really nice experience

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We were very pleased with everything we ordered for our dinner. My wife is a lover of french fries. She said these were the best french fries she’s ever had. And that is something coming from her.
The wait staff was very well-informed about the menu and were very attentive during our visit with you. We don’t often go back to restaurants but this one we definitely will.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

We made a reservation for 6:00 arriving on time, & were told it would be 20-30 minutes before we would be seated. This was not good since we were downtown for a show at the Warner Theater. This was also odd since we saw a number of large tables completely vacant. Ultimately a manager informed us there was a glitch with reservations from open table which resulted in too many reservations. The manager fortunately comped us beverages while we wait for our table.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Our server was rude to us, but extremely pleasant to the other tables that ordered more expensive drinks.

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2.0Dined 7 days ago

I ordered the french onion soup and the beet salad. The beets in the salad were good, but the avocado had brown spots and the tomatoes were wrinkled. The soup had an overpowering smell/taste, and I could only have a few bites. The waiter didn't ask if anything was wrong, nor did he notice the chunks of avocado I left that were brown. I was extremely disappointed- especially given the price.

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2018

The high noise level made it hard to carry on a conversation with friends.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Great food and wonderful service. It was a birthday celebration, so the maitre d recommended the server place a sparkler on top of the dessert. Nice surprise and touch!

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2.0Dined on May 15, 2018

The food was overpriced compared to the quality and the noise level was too high to have a comfortable conversation. Not great for a date night, but would be good for a happy hour.

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Great place!

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Great food!! Congrats!!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Always great food with great service.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

My mom enjoyed her Mother’s Day brunch at her first James Beard award winning restaurant. She was so pleased she vowed to visit monthly as part of her new dining excursions. Best brunch I’ve ever had!!!!

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We appreciate the corkage policy, as I love to bring wines from my cellar to go with an excellent meal, but the evening was somewhat disappointing due to the fact that our table was in between two aisles that servers/bussers etc were constantly running up and down. I felt like if i extended my arm beyond the edge of the table at any time I would knock over a server or busser rushing past. Not a very comfortable way to eat a relaxed meal.

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1.0Dined on May 12, 2018

It was for my birthday and the service was horrific. The waiter didn’t even introduce himself. He came to our table 15 minutes after we sat down and asked for our order. He didn’t check on us. We constantly had to flag him down for more drinks. Also, they knew it was my birthday weekend and didn’t even acknowledge it. It was horrible. I would never return.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great food and service. Love the pre theater option, but didn't get to do it. Great food and service with location.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We had an exceptional meal for five for a Birthday celebration this past weekend. The wait staff is very attentive, as is the manager, who stopped by several times to make sure everything was going ok. Easily the best fried chicken I’ve ever eaten in my life, and definitely save room for the Celebration Cake at the end of your meal. An exceptional concoction that comes replete with a sparkler on top! All of our meals were delicious and cooked to perfection. We can’t wait to return.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants in DC. Today; however, was too much salt in our food and we ordered a pork chop which suppose to have a mustard on the top and it was missing. I guess there were too many people in the restaurant today, so the kitchen was stressed a bit.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Der Service war sehr aufmerksam und freundlich. Das Essen und die Portionsgrösse waren sehr gut!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Amazing food. Amazing waiter (I feel bad that I don't recall his name). Casual wear but high end food. Would highly recommend to a friend. Would come back again.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Fantastic! The fried chicken is amazing!

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2.0Dined on May 10, 2018

There are so many restaurants in DC, this will not be one we return to. Very disappointed. Good lunch venue, but dinner was a let down for the money. Wait staff were great, but couldn't make up for the food. Glass of wine from the end of the bottle and mostly sediment. We started with gazpacho, french onion soup and cheese puffs. Should have stopped there. Very good start. Then it went down hill. Hamburger was generic, fries greasy, and how can you mess up mouse?!? The noise level was so high, we couldn't hear our waiter. Not recommended. There are too many great choices for the money in DC.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

The food is quite tasty and creatively prepared. The white sangria was also excellent! Very lovely dining experience.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

We were there for a fantastic happy hour. Will return.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Central is a "go-to" restaurant as the food is consistently excellent as is the service. One cannot go wrong with a meal at Central!

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3.0Dined on May 8, 2018

For a consistent Washingtonian "Top 100" restaurant, I was a bit underwhelmed. My partner and I arrived for an early (6PM) dinner during the week. At that hour, the restaurant we pretty empty. We were seated immediately. The inside seating area was very bland and the furniture looked worn. My partner commented that the beige coloring on his seat chair was darkened from people sitting on it over the years. An upgrade is definitely needed. I will say that the bar area looked very nice --- good lighting and a nice display of bottles and beverage offerings. We ordered drinks, an appetizer (to share) and salads. The appetizer and salads came out quickly and together. The crab meat balls (5 or 6 of them) were very good. They sat in a flavorful sauce. We each ordered a goat cheese caesar salad. The goat cheese "made" the salad. Had it not been for that, it would have just been a regular wedge of lettuce with caesar dressing. Really, nothing interesting about it at all. My partner and I picked the "set" menu which was limited to 4 entree choices. I picked the fried chicken; he picked the salmon. Both were cooked to perfection, but again, the flavors didn't really stand out and there was nothing interesting about either dish. Now granted, how much can you do with fried chicken? For dessert, I got a chocolate bar that came with a scoop of ice cream. My partner got a creme brulee. They were both fine. I don't know what I was expecting from Central Michel Richard. Maybe given the recognition it has received and its standing in the Washington community, I expected to be "wowed" just a bit. Especially if you're consistently ranked a "top 100" restaurant with prices that reflect that ranking. Neither my partner nor I felt like it had been a special dining experience. A rating of "good" is a fair assessment of Central Michel Richard

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3.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Food was very good as usual. Got a table at a very poor location at 8.30 reservation while many good tables were available. What made matters worse was that during the dinner the staff stared cleaning procedures right around the table and we had to remind them that we were still having dinner. The experience was completely in acceptable and they ruined a nice evening at a restaurant with really good food. Not sure how such poor customer experience can be tolerated. Needless to say that we eventually disappeared as the last guests so that they could close the restaurant.

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2018

My friend and I had a great experience on a Monday night. We were seated back by the open kitchen, which I loved because I enjoyed watching the kitchen staff in action and seeing the dishes come together. I can testify that this kitchen is ultra efficient, turning out plate after lovely plate. My friend got the hanger steak and fries, both were perfectly cooked. I got the saffron bouillabaisse and a side of fries (they are the best fries I've ever had). While the bouillabaisse was decent, it wasn't great, and I wouldn't order it again. It contained a fair amount of potatoes and spears of yellow squash, and at a price of $29, it should have had more seafood. The shrimp was the best part of the bouillabaisse, but there were no scallops or calamari, just a small piece of fish and a few mussels and clams. Next time I will get the hanger steak!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

The best restaurant in DC

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Great all around

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Central is a DC classic for a reason, and it hasn’t missed a beat. For my money, the tartar is the best in the city- so good, I was tempted to place a second order for dessert. Service is thoughtful yet unobtrusive. There are a lot of new places to get to in DC these days, but Central is always worth it.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Great food, great service, terrific location with outdoor seating. I have eaten at Central many times; always excellent!

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Favorite restaurant in DC!!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Brunch pre fixe servings were huge; shrimp and grits were amazing. Had to take our dessert course to go because there was just too much food.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Fantastic brunch! Amazing service

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Great, authentic French cafe food with a twist. Service was wonderful. I would go back.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Love the location, easy walking to Ford's theatre and the steak with frites is out of this world!!!! Yummy

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

The first course was very good, the main courses were uninspired. The duck was boring, I have gotten better many places, the steak was solid, but nothing special, the pasta same thing, the french fries my child ordered were very good, the mash potatoes were runny and the brussel sprouts were over cooked. In addition the service was at best okay, took forever to get the check. I would never go back, there are so many better restaurants in DC at this price point that why anyone goes to this place that I had heard was good I just don't understand. Spare yourself the mediocre experience and food.

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