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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d
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and service. I've been many times over the years and I think this was the fastest we got our food. The food was delicious as always and reasonably priced considering the quality

f
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience3

I haven't eaten at Central in more than a year. The food was subpar. Fries were cold; salad was limp; fried fish as not crisp batter.

L
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was absolutely delightful. I think I may have asked for a spot tucked away and we were led directly to a table towards the back with a gap and a post between it and next two top with banquet on one side. Enables watching other diners and in a big mirror, the hustle, bustle and amazing orchestration - choreography - that is a kitchen producing delight, delicious, and visually lovely food. Staff was attentive, pleasant, and professional - perfect! The food and drink were wonderful. My husband did order the Birthday special that was available and thoroughly enjoyed it. Hadn't been in a while, but now looking forward to going back again. Thank you, Central Michel Richard, for a thoroughly enjoyable dinner!

p
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time I eat at Central I wish I ate there more often. A wonderful meal and experience each time.

D
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Four of us had a terrific preconcert dinner. the food, wine and service were really good. We hope to return very soon,

OT
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best French food in DC

O
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The manager, a gorgeous French woman named Isabelle, was so helpful & knowledgeable about the food and wine. She is an asset to this restaurant & my company will always hold business meals here !

DG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent service prior to a show at the National Theater. Very loud which made conversation challenging. Faux Gras & Country Pate was excellent, a couple of us enjoyed the filet mignon , our vegetarian enjoyed the mac and cheese.

VW
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great restaurant! Entrees are a little heavy on the oil but so delicious!

SW
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was delicious. The service was professional but slow, reminding me of my last visit. Additionally, my companion was hit by an ice cube that a patron threw at her husband (and missed). No one apologized until I called it to the attention of the man who was serving them. I found that surprising. The restaurant was boisterous and loud, more that what I would call energetic.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The most delicious mashed potatoes I’ve ever had! Brussel sprouts cooked perfectly!

MI
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We go here every time we’re in DC once a year sometimes even twice a year. I enjoyed my Osso Bucco but five of our guest ordered their usual fried chicken and they all seemed to say it wasn’t as great as it normally is. The mashed potatoes were great but the chicken wasn’t. Also couple of our guys ordered the Filet but they weren’t too impressed but then again they’re from Texas so their standards might be higher then the norm lol. We did enjoy the oysters, Kit Kat bar and drinks! Till next year...

DD
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This visit to Central was excellent as usual - always enjoy it but I have to say that I was really blown away by the mashed potatoes that are made with cream cheese and the dessert was like nothing else. The banana split is not what you would expect - it takes that tradition up 10 levels. The best ever!!

B
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is reliable, but the noise level interferes with the experience.

d
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Central was perfect as always. The Sunday brunch was delicious. The pancake was the best I've ever had. The fried chicken eggs benedict was awesome, as was the lava cake for dessert. I'll be back!

B
Washington DC
199 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit to Central. We had 4 different dishes, all excellent: fried chicken, bouillabaisse, scallops & salmon. Plus delicious mushrooms. Service was great, & we got out in time for theater. Valet parking was helpful. We will be back!

J
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fried chicken the best - large portion.

h
Boise
10 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We started with the charcuterie tower which was HUGE! Definitely good to share with at least four people. The fried chicken was tremendous, but what really made it to die for were the garlic mashed potatoes.

MA
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it here. The food and service is consistently excellent!

R
New England
27 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

This place is really overrated. First off, the dining atmosphere is casual, and the dining room is very loud. Second, the service is indifferent, and sometimes just rude. Certainly not fine dining, but with fine dining prices. Food is average up and down the menu. It’s the kind of place that people want to go to for the name—but overall it’s a dud.

RD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My dining experience was great. The food, service and venue was lovely.

PD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always superb food & service. Will continue to be my 'go-to' place, with either local or out of town friends.

SJ
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Four of us had lunch recently with two of us ordering the hamburger, medium rare, with blue cheese. The burger came out nearly well done and the blue cheese was sparse. Central is a long way from its glory days.

w
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went with friends for anniversaries - wonderful meal all 'round. Great wine, great service. But the restaurant has an open kitchen and is loud but not painfully so.

PN
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Too noisy. Food was good. Service excellent. Will never sit near the kitchen again.

m
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love eating at Central. Fried chicken is delicious. Onion soup is yummy. Hanger steak was amazing!!

ST
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten here many times before. Even had my daughters bridal shower in their private room but I never had the ahi tuna burger. It was unbelievably delicious. However they seasoned it or however they stacked it, it was an explosion of flavors right from the first bite.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience1

When we called to confirm our reservation we were not told that because of Valentines Day there was a fixed menu. This would not have been a problem except there was nothing on the menu that we could eat.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We went for Valentine’s Day a

F
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Our reservation was at 5:30 pm and we arrived at 5:00 pm they sat us in the small back room passed the kitchen. The tables were so closed together that you would hear other conversations around us, especially the kitchen discussions! We passed so many lovely tables in the main dinning room. Our waiter was lovely. I wish I knew this was a fixed menu on Valentine's Day, we preferred to have a full French menu. Only two main items on the fixed menu steak was cold and the fish was cold too. This is not a place to go on a special occasions. We will never return here. I wish we were at Bistro l'Hermitage in Occoquan.

DD
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience1

Food good but the ambiance is terrible. Carpeted floors and tacky furniture makes it seem like we were eating in a cafeteria. Tables too close together. Used to be very French inspired enviro and now it’s just bleh.

CA
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous pre-Fords theater meal. The branzino and salmon dishes were top-notch. This place also doubled as our Valentines Day dinner; the staff makes every day dining a special occasion.

HS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Central never disappoints

T
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

I, and my guests, would have enjoyed my birthday dinner a bit more if the noise level at the restaurant was not so "energetic". We asked for a quieter spot and we were put directly next to the open kitchen, so not only could we hear customers' conversations we could hear the rattling of the pots and pans of the kitchen. (Note to hostess: seating by the kitchen is not quieter.) We had to get the attention of a number of people before we were moved - this time to a quieter spot, but one near the door, so when customers held the doors one for any length of time were were subjected to a blast of cold air. The food was very good. Classic bistro fare of which I am very fond. Don't think I'll be back though.

E
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was disappointing: pate appetizer and osso bucco were bland. Wine list not very extensive and expensive. Service is gracious but much too rushed; you clearly get the sense they want you in and out!

c
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

For a business lunch, yes. For dinner, not so much. For a special dinner, no way.

AJ
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoy my dining experience all the time. However, it's not a place to hold a meeting unless you're using a private room. It can get a little loud. Or party of seven had difficulty hearing from one end of the table to the other.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The black bean grain bowl was delicious. Thank you!!

j
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The noise level is really really really loud. That aside it’s a great restaurant with great food and impeccable service

RK
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We were given a table close to the kitchen. Lots of noise and constant traffic by our table. Almost impossible to have a normal conversation.

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