Central Michel Richard
Great restaurant and a great time as always. Management took great care of us and the wine was extremely well priced.
Trip to DC for art exhibit.
The food & service was wonderful and we made it in/out in plenty of time for our show. Will def return for more!.
Decadent. We joke that if we lived in a condo above the restaurant, we would be broke and another 50 lbs heavier. We absolutely love Central and have never had a single item on their menu that was not fantastic. Service is very attentive (thanks, Chris!) and this time we tried what appears to be a recent addition to the menu, short rib bourguignon. Outstanding. If you are dining down near the theatres or other sites along Penn Ave, this is a must!
Chicken is amazing!
never disappoints. I usually order Ahi Tuna burger which is great. Decided to change and I ordered short ribs. They were delicious but a bit too rich for me so next time I;'ll be back to my ahi tuna burger. My husband had , as always m the fried chicken and , as always , was superb !!! we'll be back soon...
Great food; very attentive service. Lovely for a birthday celebration.
The location is great! Kitty corner from Trump International! I’d say reservations are essential for dinner. Entrance is very crowded but don’t let that scare you away. It’s very close quarters but obviously lots of people’s choice for good food and gatherings. Ambiance is not intimate and you are definitely not secluded. Great food.
Love this place. Great, unobtrusive service and terrific food. It’s our go-to when we come to DC.
The mussels were the reason we selected the restaurant and we were not disappointed in the food. However, the noise level was piercing and marred the afternoon for us.
A very nice lunch
Appitizer and sides came after main entre.
Service was prompt. One of the dishes, short ribs, is way too salty. Couldn’t finish the dish. Brussel sprouts were burnt. The companion liked the fried chicken, which was apparently one of the most popular dishes. Overall would recommend.
Had a wonderful experience. We met are grown kids for dinner prior to going to an opera at the Kennedy Center. Food was great. Service was great. Highly recommend.
Always a hit. Great food in a central location. Great for lunch, dinner or they also serve a great brunch!
Amazing food, perfect service and great setting and value!
Waited almost an hour to be seated with a confirmed reservation
I have been coming to Central Michel Richard for years and it never disappoints. The cheese puffs are da bomb, the goat cheese Caesar salad and the fried chicken were delicious as always. I brought a client on Friday night and he loved it. Consistency is key in the restaurant business and Central is always excellent.
Art from Bethesda
Dinner before Capitol Steps show while In town for a conference.
Food was absolutely delicious while being very reasonably priced.
My husband and I were attending a program at the Smithsonian and decided to have an early dinner nearby. We were attracted by Central’s pre-theater dinner, and good reputation. We were very pleased with our choice. Both the service and food were excellent. The server was attentive without being overly-intrusive. And all our courses were served at an ideal pace. The food was delicious. We both had the salmon which was perfectly cooked, and the presentation was lovely. We would definitely return to Central.
I had read the great reviews in advance so had high expectations. In reality, I was a little underwhelmed as the noise level was quite high, and the tables were pretty basic, almost like in a canteen. Maybe this was the decorative intention, however it just didn't feel "special" enough for an occasion. On the food side, I had the Prime Burger, which was perfectly fine for taste but impossible to eat as it was served, due to its towering height. I had to deconstruct it in order to fit it in my mouth, which was less than ideal. Overall, the meal was fine, however in summary I just couldn't justify going back again or recommending it to a friend based on this visit.
Delay being seated and served. Great meal.
Staff was very attentive and courteous. Menu had "something for everyone".
One side dish was over-cooked, but replaced on request and the freshly prepared one was delicious. Noise level started high, and got higher through the meal.
Nice spot for pre-theatre. My wife and I had the hamburger and the tuna burger. Quite tasty and reasonably priced. We did not try the $40 per person special for pre-theatre. Service was excellent. Very attentive. Nice seat near the kitchen so we could see all the action. US Senator sitting nearby.
The food is consistently good, the variety is fabulous. I especially enjoyed some of the vegetarian options.
Excellent customer service
Celebration dinner for both my birthday and completing my first week of work at a new job. Service was fantastic, from the waiter to both managers that were floating through the restaurant and stopping for a quick chat to the greeting from the host when we first arrived.
And the quality of the food didn't disappoint either. The oysters were easily some of the best we have ever had and a wonderful representation of varying taste profiles and texture. I literally can't say enough good things about the food quality and amount. Will definitely return again and the nice thing is we are local so it will be often!!!
Every dish we ordered was absolutely delicious. In our group, we had onion soup, cheeseburger, roast chicken, salmon, goat cheese caesar salad, coconut sorbet sundae and creme brûlée. Service was excellent, and a manager checked with us a few times to make sure everything was okay. It had been awhile since we had dined there, but we will definitely be back.
We have enjoyed Central many times over the years. Always a celebratory atmosphere. However, this time when encouraged to try scallops that are a new item on the menu and served 3 (well prepared) scallops on a small bed of greens for $27, I couldn’t quite justify that. $9 per scallop. Mmmm
Enjoyed the starters and Hanger Steak with peppercorn sauce. Will definitely go back.
Generally ignored by server and slow service of food
Celebrating my husbands birthday with our friends. The overall wasn’t too bad. Food was delicious, although they were extremely slow to serve our main dishes and there were only 3 tables.
We had brought a cake with us to celebrate. First, we were charged a fee because we brought our own cake. Second, we were going to be charged a fee of $3 per plate if they were to cut pieces of cake. ITS INSANE! We have celebrated many birthdays at so many restaurants and never was there all these charges for such a thing. We did order dessert as well from their menu but despite that we were still charged these fees.
It was very disappointing that we had experienced this at such a restaurant, and will definitely never return.
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Simply amazing! Service was superb... everything we ordered was top-notch. We started by sharing a golden beet salad, my wife had the fried chicken with mashed potatoes (I snuck a few bites)... I had the bucco osso... dessert was splendid as well.
Wonderful as usual
This was a return trip for us; this time for lunch. Delighted again! Without any doubt, the best burger in the city. Overall the food is just outstanding...and their desserts should never be skipped.
Mixed feelings. I would recommend Central to a friend, but with a big caveat - the new wine menu.
The ambience, service and food is still fantastic and the food menu is well priced. However I was very shocked and disappointed by the new wine list. The previous wine list had a good selections of wines at approachable prices (e.g. French Pinot Noirs starting at $60) that matched the brasserie style of the restaurant, menu and ambiance. However the red wines (Pinot Noir and Cabs/blends) all start at $100 plus, which is not in keeping with the menu and more akin to steak house and fine dining pricing. The wines available by the glass are apparently available by the bottle, but the menu doesn’t show this. Plus usually a wine by the bottle would cost a little less that buying four single glasses.
The wine prices are hard to justify for a lunch or dinner with friends and impossible to justify for a business dinner on company account.
I will have to think very hard before returning, as I wouldn’t have a meal without wine and the wine menu puts me off having wine, or the style of wine I would like.
It's a convenient restaurant for business lunches, and the food is excellent, but the service has been bad the last two times I've been there.
Overall experience was good. My rice with coconut dressing and veggies was a little too salty for my taste.
Great food and service. Went for my Birthday would highly recommend.