Central Michel Richard

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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 (5-7pm M-F) 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, The Warner Theater, Fords Theater, National Theater, Capitol One Arena, The National Mall & Monuments. Private dining room available for up to 16 guest, a semi-private space for 20 guest, & private events for up to 200 guests. We look forward to you joining us for brunch,lunch, dinner or your next special occasion.
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EB
New England
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Not as special as it used to be.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service (Katia) was our waitress. The food was delicious and as we came for restaurant week it was a great opportunity to try multiple items on the menu. The ambiance was very nice and all around a great evening. We were very well taken care of by our hostess and her hospitality was especially appreciated.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience1

The food was awful. The service left a lot to be desired

d
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely visit for Restaurant Week! The fried chicken and waffles dish was absolutely divine!!!!

FN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience3

The food is very good, however I could hardly hear the person across from me without her shouting at me. To be fair, it was the last day of Restaurant Week, so I don't know what an average Sunday feels like.

DL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was great and the ambiance was fine. Felt like our waitress and rest of the staff was hurrying us through our meal. In fact, my wife’s dinner was taken before she was finished. Slow down and allow your guests to have an unhurried opportunity to reconnect over fine food. Stop worrying about turning tables.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Dinner was spectacular ... ambiance is a little dated but clean and attractive. Great service and again the meal was simply delicious!!

T
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service1ambience5

The best food experience I have had in DC in over 2 years. Service was really slow and lacked detail however the manager was really observant and was quick to action. I appreciated it as we felt slighted but she more than made up for that. A+ for turning our evening around.

A
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent time with good friends

s
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food and service are consistently good.....reasonably priced. our go to restaurant for casual dining.

r
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Our family e joyed the dining experoence.

MM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Despite having lived in DC for quite a while, this was actually my first time at Central. I heard wonderful things and it did not disappoint. The food was fine (we went during DCRW) but the service was the standout of the experience.

e
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food and service were fine. The people at the next table (4 top) were so loud, and one woman's shrieking
cackle ruined my meal , and I am slightly deaf.
This is not your fault, but thought you'd like to know.

N
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious; the service prompt and pleasant; always a pleasure to visit this restaurant

DC
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious. I will recommend this restaurant to others.

D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Our server was very friendly but somewhat inattentive. The food was mediocre.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was exceptional! From the hostess to the manager, they made us feel like we were VIPs and the only ones there!

MD
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and nice atmosphere.

GW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were great! Would definitely return. Fried chicken, beet salad and Crème brûlée were the highlights!

MW
Washington DC
88 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Central consistently delivers great food. The restaurant week menu was terrific and great value. We ordered one regular menu item as well. The service was terrific-our server made great suggestions and was very attentive.

The noise level is robust but it’s a great place for lunch or dinner.

M
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for restaurant week. Generous amount of really good food for all three courses. Would come back to try other items even outside restaurant week. Would recommend to friends and family.

M
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and attention to detail. Menu Options and food very good.

HC
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect time to go to Central is during Washington Restaurant Week. If you love fried chicken and mashed potatoes, this is the place to go.

S
Washington DC
211 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The gougeres were a fabulous start-almost lighter than air. Salmon and rotisserie chicken were both outstanding, and we shared a decadent chocolate mousse to end the evening. Superb service as well.

CW
Washington DC
84 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Restaurant Week is usually a nightmare, but Central had it down to a science. Solid menu to choose from, timely and efficient. The servers were fine, but the standout was the manager Boris, who exemplified gracious hospitality. He clearly cared about every step of our dining experience and went above and beyond to make sure that we were enjoying ourselves. I will definitely be back, and very soon. Thanks, Boris!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fun, great service and good food. The personal attention was unexpected and great!

M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. The menu is great and the “hook” of traditional American fare prepared by a French chef unique.

I would recommend it.

JS
London
8 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great value with restaurant week lunch!

J
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect meal in every respect.

ME
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious, service was prompt, professional, and friendly. Great value for the quality you get.

AK
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The fried chicken and rotisserie was outstanding! The snowman dessert for our anniversary was complimentary from the management that was superb! 4 instead of 5 because of the ambience that was a little too loud. Our waiter was rather uninformative when my husband asked about the Osso Bucco. He read him the description on the menu and nothing else. He did not expand on it or at least say that he would ask the Chef.

We will return!

AA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we were shown to our seats, the excitement of the culinary delight before us was evident through everyone who greeted us - the person pouring the water and serving the bread to our server, the manager, and the head chef himself. You could tell it was a special place with special food and a huge legacy to continue. And the food was exciting and exceptional, as always, fulfilling the legacy of one of our favorite chefs, Chef Michel. Thank you for this wonderful culinary experience.

MM
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food. Service a bit slow . Some drinks were not available from the bar . Overall a good meal but a bit pricy .

MD
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience and great food! Service was outstanding. Highly recommend this restaurant. As a solo diner, I was never overlooked.

A
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Host/Manager was very pleasant. Wait Staff was Rude, slightly abrupt. I noticed our Server was visibly displeased when we did not order from the wine list, which we ended up with another server taking care of us for the 2nd Half of dinner. Presentation of food was great, but extremely Salted all around. Great food should be well-seasoned, not over seasoned. Seating was near kitchen which was of no issue, but their service area where food is put out contained garbage such as empty water bottles and empty gatorade bottles. Love the concept of an open kitchen, but is not visually pleasing compared to other options available in the area.

R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent drink optiond, great fried chicken, very tasty steak tartare, delightful deconstructed lemon meringue pie dessert , and great service, but ... the crabcakes were not good. Don’t normally write reviews. Wrote this one only because I like this place and would go there more often if it had better crabcakes!

PD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No matter how busy they are the team at Central always makes me feel at home. And whenever possible they put me at one of the back tables because they know it makes it easier for me to hear.

One of my all-time favorite dining experiences :-)
Thanks, Peter Prowity

OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience and tasty food!

J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We use to love going to Central and even hosted my husband's 40th birthday there many years ago. This was our first time back in a while, and unfortunately I was disappointed. The bread and french fries were great as always, and the appetizer special beet carpaccio was also good. However, the main entrees were a bit of a miss. The filet mignon was overcooked and the salmon was undercooked, and the branzino was described as a "whole fish" but was just a filet and was nothing special. We're sad that one of our old favorite restaurants seems to have changed.

DL
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was excellent!!

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