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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HU
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant and a great time as always. Management took great care of us and the wine was extremely well priced.

WP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Trip to DC for art exhibit.

LJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food & service was wonderful and we made it in/out in plenty of time for our show. Will def return for more!.

CR
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

IG
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Chicken is amazing!

f
Washington DC
82 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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...

C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food; very attentive service. Lovely for a birthday celebration.

KK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

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.

CR
Houston
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Great, unobtrusive service and terrific food. It’s our go-to when we come to DC.

OT
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A very nice lunch

f
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Appitizer and sides came after main entre.

w
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

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.

NF
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

i
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a hit. Great food in a central location. Great for lunch, dinner or they also serve a great brunch!

SH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, perfect service and great setting and value!

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Waited almost an hour to be seated with a confirmed reservation

P
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

EH
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Dinner before Capitol Steps show while In town for a conference.
Food was absolutely delicious while being very reasonably priced.

f
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

HE
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Delay being seated and served. Great meal.

SP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

JS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

AS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is consistently good, the variety is fabulous. I especially enjoyed some of the vegetarian options.

AR
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent customer service

DC
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!!

A
Washington DC
118 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

JB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

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

FN
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Enjoyed the starters and Hanger Steak with peppercorn sauce. Will definitely go back.

SC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Generally ignored by server and slow service of food

DD
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience1

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.

DF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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KM
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

DM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as usual

P
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

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.

JF
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience5

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.

B
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

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.

JL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Overall experience was good. My rice with coconut dressing and veggies was a little too salty for my taste.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Went for my Birthday would highly recommend.

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