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Central Michel Richard, Washington, DC

Central Michel Richard

4.6
4.6
7504 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Michel Richard's modern American brasserie and winner of the 2008 James Beard award for best new restaurant. Central is Michel's tribute to great American cuisine, both modern and classic, with a French accent known for our award winning fried chicken & decadent desserts. A vibrant happy hour with a great wine list, beer & cocktail menu, Central offers a lunch & dinner 3 course prix-fixe menu. Located on the corner of 11 St. & Pennsylvania Ave NW , walking distance to the White House, Theatres, Capitol One Arena, The National Mall & Monuments. Private dining for up to 16 guest, semi-private for 20 guest, & private events for up to 200.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 63 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, French, Contemporary French / American
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:30 pm–6:30 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (202) 626-0015
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    David Barigault
  • Catering
    Order online for pick up only.
  • Private party facilities
    Join us at Central Michel Richard for your next business meeting or special occasion. Our private dining rooms or regular reservation are available for lunch and dinner In addition we have a semi-private dining area that can seat up to 35 guest. Accommodations available for up to 200 people as a buyout, we look forward to hosting your event.
  • Private party contact
    pdr@centralmichelrichard.com: (202) 626-0015
  • Neighborhood
    Penn Quarter
  • Cross street
    Corner of 11th Street &amp; Pennsylvania Ave NW<br />Across Waldorf Astoria
  • Parking details
    None
  • Public transit
    Walking distance from Archives/Navy Memorial, Federal Triangle, or Metro Center
  • Entertainment
    Join us @CentralMR for event and entertainment updates.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 7,504 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

7,504 Reviews
  1. ClarissaM

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The serves and staff let us wait at our table for the rest of our party when we arrived early.

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  2. jerrym

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were excellent. Nice atmosphere. Have dined here on many occasions, trying various dishes and all were exceptional. Highly recommend Central!

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  3. JudithK

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We hadn't been back to Central for a number of years - but I'm glad we had a fabulous meal. We'll be back again... much sooner.

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  4. WashingtonDCdiner

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Prices have gone up! I don't care much for the current lunch menu, not so much because of the higher prices, but because there was very little that a person who is allergic to dairy products and doesn't eat red meat can have. The menu should have, in my opinion, better variety. At lunchtime, the noise level makes it hard for someone who has a hearing loss to hear someone right next to me.

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  5. RonnetteM

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was outstanding! The waiter kept checking on us to ensure we were okay. They continued to refill our water and our food came within 8 mins. The environment was extremely professional. I definitely recommend this restaurant.

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  6. OllieG

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a very nice dinner at Central. Food was great and the service was outstanding.

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  7. GuadalupeP

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was outstanding and the service too. Was very happy to see my request for a birthday gesture was very nicely done.

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  8. R1sBo

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just great all around. A real comfort food restaurant.

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  9. JamesO

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food at Central was fantastic. Blows away le diplomate

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fun spot for a casual meal. Lots of wonderful choices on the menu. French fries are really good! Drinks were well made. Definitely will return

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  11. MilesM

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mussels and schnitzel were both excellent, as well as the wedge and goat cheese Caesar salads!

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  12. kenner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual, the experience at Central was wonderful. I love Michel's (RIP) play on American classics such as cheese puffs and the Kit Kat Bar. He beautifully integrates his creativity with such comfort foods while adding French refinement. The chef was a true artist and a truly needed pioneer during the initial years of DC's much needed culinary transition. Central by Michel Richard will forever be an institution in DC's culinary landscape. Something that is somewhat different from when I initially frequented there were the mussels. I've always loved the mussels here. Tonight was different though. If I may ask Central to cook the mussels in the manner they used to. There was quite of bit of garlic while missing other elements of the mirepoix, which made it quite bitter. Hopefully this evening was an off night. The mussels this evening were my only complaint but thank you Central for always delivering a terrific experience.

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  13. CandiW

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice stop for a quick meal after an event. Food was well prepared and served with just the right amount of attention from our waitstaff. Hard to go wrong

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  14. Francis

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is excellent, and the service was great. Not a negative, but be aware that the menu us limited so, for example, you will only find one or two vegetarian options.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s a Nice restaurant , they made me feel welcome and food was delicious, the cocktails are incredible , my server did a great job and very kind , definitely will come back

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal. Great service. The onion soup was very good as were the mussels.

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  17. JudyM

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous service and quality. There is a reason it has been around so long.

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  18. Emily

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lunch was wonderful! Service and food were excellent. We had branzino and hanger steak which were unbelievably tasty. Make sure to save space for dessert, their classic crème brulee was so yummy!! Our server made sure we had an amazing time. Will definitely be back!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and amazing service. We had a wonderful time. Everything we ordered was recommended by our server and they were all delicious. We will definitely be back.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We went to Central for dinner before the theater as a family - 2 parents and 2 kids, ages 8 and 10). Our managed the schedule to be sure we had a lovely, relaxed time, and made it out with time before curtain. Service was impeccable. Meals were wonderful. Will definitely go back.

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  21. Joey

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’m always pleased with the quality of the food, service and creativity! This is a great restaurant in DC, and one that never disappoints.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious for their restaurant week and an amazing price. We were surprised at how much food came for appetizers. The homemade chocolate ice cream was really really good.

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  23. KhoK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good service Good RW menu, all 3 courses tasted incredible Server was amazing Host welcomed us with a big smile. Manager Boris came to check on us. They were really busy for lunch, you couldn’t find an empty chair at bar or dining room. I haven’t seen a place this busy for lunch since pre Covid.

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  24. RobG

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    At lunch on a Thursday the noise level was way too high. Otherwise, it's a very nice, not elegant establishment. Also, lack of gluten-free options hindered the enjoyment of the meal.

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  25. AdamG

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Entrees were mediocre and didn't come as ordered. Salmon was a very small tail piece that was completely dried out.

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  26. Darla

    Washington DC

    53 reviews

    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our 1st time eating at this restaurant & they have a lovely menu for Restaurant Week. The food was outstanding and our server was wonderful. They seated us at a quiet table with a nice view of the kitchen. Love the value that Restaurant Week provides. It gives us a chance to try new restaurants at a great price.

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  27. SteveU

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Central is still as good as when Chef Michel Richard was alive. It is an honor to him that this is so. It was great to be back after several absent years.

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  28. CharleneW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for restaurant week and found the restaurant week menu to offer a good variety and the food was very tasty. We each (3 of us) ordered something different and we all enjoyed the meal we ordered.

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  29. GastronautDC

    Washington DC

    122 reviews

    4.0

    122 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Central is always a solid choice, reliable, and a menu with great options.

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  30. AaronC

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely phenomenal in every way. From the staffing, to the menu, to the cuisine, and even the cocktail menu. Central Michel Richard effortlessly blends fine dining and elements of personal touch into what is arguably a memorable dining experience.

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  31. R1sBo

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just great all around Still thriving after 18 years

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love going to Central for lunch before seeing A Christmas Carol. Food and service were wonderful and cocktails were delicious!

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  33. MaryR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an excellent experience at my favorite DC restaurant, Central! :)

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  34. AmeryliaH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Loud and very busy. Server was very good but we had to wait a bit for him to make his rounds. Food was delicious.

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  35. Marcindc

    Washington DC

    102 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Central is one of my favorite restaurants, but in this occasion it disappointed, largely because I had guests from out of town. I had requested a nice table when made reservations; instead, no table was reserved and we were seated right next to the kitchen counter where servers swarmed around us all evening and bumped me at least three times. Then one of the appetizers we ordered was never served, then I was given the wrong order and had to wait for 10-15 minutes for my food to be prepared while my guests had their dinner. I was given a lame excuse (chef didn’t think my steak was done well so they served me a Niçoise instead!). Then, I expected at least that my dinner will be comped but it was not. If I were alone, I would have been more forgiving, but because of my guests I was embarrassed.

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  36. marysharon54

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant overall was enjoyable. There was a problem with our initial server but I think he was just having a bad day. Without us saying anything, the manager seemed to be aware of the issue and he came by to check that everything was okay. And it really was a great experience. I wanted to return the next day!

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  37. SusanD

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and food were exceptional as always! Great experience!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good. But loud.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent! Capers!

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  40. HvnCnW8

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Solid menu and service. Everything was very good; good variety and food quality.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Central Michel Richard using the Order Online button. Central Michel Richard also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 626-0015.

Central Michel Richard is rated 4.6 stars by 7504 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 63 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Central Michel Richard

1001 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Corner of 11th Street &amp; Pennsylvania Ave NW<br />Across Waldorf Astoria
  • Neighborhood
    Penn Quarter
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:30 pm–6:30 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, French, Contemporary French / American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Public transit
    Walking distance from Archives/Navy Memorial, Federal Triangle, or Metro Center
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    David Barigault
  • Entertainment
    Join us @CentralMR for event and entertainment updates.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (202) 626-0015
  • Catering
    Order online for pick up only.
  • Private party facilities
    Join us at Central Michel Richard for your next business meeting or special occasion. Our private dining rooms or regular reservation are available for lunch and dinner In addition we have a semi-private dining area that can seat up to 35 guest. Accommodations available for up to 200 people as a buyout, we look forward to hosting your event.
  • Private party contact
    pdr@centralmichelrichard.com: (202) 626-0015
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