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, as well as one of the most popular Sunday brunch destinations in downtown DC. 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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

French-Italian food at the heart of DC. Excellent fresh-baken bread. The wine reduction in the short ribs was too overwhelming over the flavor of the meat. The osso buco was soft and delicious. On the desserts, the creme brulee was overdone; the chocolate bar was outstanding.

JP
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Love Central but this was not one of the finer dining moments I’ve had there. Waiter poured us more wine after apologizing for the food taking so long to come out of the kitchen. Nice gesture. Food was definitely rushed out. Bok choy was so undercooked I couldn’t even cut it. But I’ll be back because everyone deserves an off night.

n
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun. Simple lunch menu - moderately priced. Service was efficient without feeling *rushed.

JH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good place to grab lunch or a drink. I had the burger, which was delicious.

LB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

This used to be so nice. Sadly, my burger was dry, my cocktail was tiny and weak, and my server ignored me after bringing me my food. After waiting 20 minutes to get someone's attention, I went into the host stand to get my bill, and no one seemed to care. Sad to see it go downhill like this.

M
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My coworker and I always go to central for our birthday's. We love the food & service

CS
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dinners we’ve had in recent memory. Every dish was delicious, the winds were delicious and our server was fantastic. Can’t wait to go back.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Dinner was good. The ambiance was really compromised by the bright lighting which made the dining room feel like a cafeteria. The creme brûlée was dry and dense. Not at all what I’d expect from such a renowned French chef. Overall, a good casual spot for dinner, but not of the caliber it once was.

HK
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still one of the most dependable and delicious restaurants in DC.
Cannot be beat for affordable high-end dining at lunch.

KB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Service was slow and the food wasn’t great. The spring roll salad was very spicy and there was bacon in the Brussels Sprouts even though we asked for it without

g
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The fried chicken lived up to it excellent reputation, just wonderful and the richest mashed potatoes I might have ever had. The surprise treat was the cheese puffs. They came out hot and delicious and in a generous portion easy to share. They serve great coffee too.

T
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a nice dining experience!

N
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was barely warm. Very disappointed.

f
Washington DC
112 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

food was good and given the lack of alternatives in the area, a good choice for lunch. On the other hand, two sandwiches and one soda should not come to $66 (with tip and tax).

OT
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our engagement and it was such a special evening. Thank you to everyone!

EK
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in DC. Consistently exceptional quality and wonderful staff!

ER
New England
35 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service. Very enjoyable meal. Recommend the short rib. Would definitely go back.

JT
Washington DC
238 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Miss Michel Richard. He was a great Chef but I cannot be happier that he left behind his vision and a wonderful restaurant. Central is one of my favorite restaurants. It is a modern French restaurant. I have my favorite dishes of course but I venture out sometimes as well. My husband usually tries something different each time. I love their salads. Portions are are large enough for two people especially the goat cheese which is so creamy. The mac and cheese is delicious and I never miss the opportunity to get it. I am a mac and cheese snob so if I say it's good, it really is good. The burgers are great! They are known for the fried chicken too. The gazpacho is light with a cucumber taste. It is the best I have ever had. The banana split is like no other. Large enough for two people. Ask for extra chocolate. Drinks come straight from the south which I love from this French restaurant. I love the bourbon peach iced tea. I also love their Manhattans and think they are the best version. Central Michel Richard is a must. I highly recommend.

VM
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our visiting relatives loved Central’s food, ambiance and service, and relished watching chef roussel and his team create magic.

We only host our visiting guests at Central, and are never disappointed.

Saturday we were asked by a high ranking Government official where to host a visiting President from a foreign country, immediately recommended Central, and are looking forward to hearing the great review.

DC
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food but the service was not great. Not professional or timely/prompt. Also the restaurant was very dated - looks exactly the same as my last visit in 2010. Time for an update.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

The food was not nearly as good as previous times I have been. The short rib pasta and chunks of short rib that were burnt on the outside and crunchy. Not good.

KK
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I've always had a good experience here. The food and service are always top notch. It was the last day of restaurant week and we were trying to find a place not too far from Penn Quarter/ Chinatown for brunch. As we were looking at menus, we saw Central Michele Richard had something for all of us. Did we make a great choice! Between the food and the conversation with the AG, this was a great way to start our Sunday and end summer restaurant week

KP
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Central remains one of the best values for a Restaurant Week meal, or actually almost any time. Go for the fabulous fried chicken and discover something seasonal, like the gazpacho with burrata. The service is always lovely. Highly recommended for brunch.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous send off to college for our son!! Fantastic evening!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Isabelle is amazing!

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LF
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Inside of restaurant looks more like a diner and was very noisy. I expected something much more fancy in this location. Outdoor patio was not usable due to afternoon sun and there was no shield (such as plants) from the busy street. Food was not memorable - salmon was too dry and nothing else stood out except for brussel sprouts. Service was very friendly and tried their best but this isn't enough for me to recommend or come back.

F
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'd read the reviews, but am always skeptical. We (5 guests) had a great meal...the gazpacho, salad, fried chicken and cheese puffs were great!

JK
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was very good - came out quickly and hot. Service was efficient but not friendly - although that seems to be a Washington DC thing. It is very loud but some may like that atmosphere.

VB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic with excellent service. The only negative was the noise level. It was extremely loud.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came here around 1:30pm and it was pretty busy. The atmosphere was inviting with moderate noise. Here’s what i ordered: for starter i had yellow tomato Gazpacho with Burrata cheese and it was delicious i finished it till the last drop. For second course I had medium rare hanger steak with peppercorn sauce pairing with Californian Cabernet Sauvignon, the steak was perfectly cooked and a little kick from the sauce that made it even tastier. It was served with a little salad and fries. For dessert I had chocolate lava cake. My dining experience at this place was perfect. I definitely will be back soon.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ladies lunch!

KH
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

As usual, the food was quite good. The restaurant week deal was nice. However, it was very loud. Most importantly, the service was sub par. It took a very long time to place our orders. There was a very, very long wait in between each course. My friend asked for pepper from two different servers, and never received it. Finally, it took a while to get our server’s attention for the check. We were both on our lunch break, and returned to work much later than expected. Overall it was disappointing.

TA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The creme brulee and mashed potatoes were the most exciting of all the food we ate.

LS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of the staff were very welcoming and attentive even though it was Restaurant Week and very busy. We started with some happy hour drinks and cheese puffs at the bar. The fig old fashioned was amazing. Our waiter for dinner was enthusiastic and energetic and really knowledgeable about the whole menu and the different cooking processes for each item. The gazpacho was some of the best I've ever had and you can't beat their fried chicken!

M
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I love this restaurant so much that I’m going back on Saturday night! It’s restaurant week and the menu/value are fantastic. Only problem was the service, very spotty. Also it was my birthday and the hostess and server promised my companion that something wonderful would be done- not. When we were ready to leave the server came over with the tiniest macaroon with a candle in it. That was fine and I appreciated the thought but underwhelmed. Truly LOVED the food though!

AL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, although I seem to have gotten a smaller salad than I have had before since I did not go with their special for restaurant week. It was good and they do cater to your dietary needs as well.

A
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Good not great.
I did not do enough research to understand the food choices and ambiance.
It was more casual and much noisy than I expected.

JF
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I visited Central Michel Richard with two friends for restaurant week. I was somewhat disappointed with my gazpacho and avocado toast, but my friends (who got the steak and fried chicken) loved their meals, so I think I may have ordered wrong. The desserts were all excellent. Very cute restaurant with a great happy hour, central location and beautiful outdoor patio. I would definitely recommend the restaurant, but could not recommend my meal.

PG
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The famous fried chicken is enough of a big meal by itself -- if you're ordering more than that, share or expect leftovers.

C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reliably wonderful!

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