Central Michel Richard

4.7
7461 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Central Michel Richard requires all guests over 12 years of age who are dining indoors to be fully vaccinated. Guests will be asked to provide their physical Covid-19 vaccine card, government-provided digital record, a photo of vaccination card, or Health Pass by CLEAR. Masks are required for building entry whether dining inside or for restroom use. 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 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, Theatres, Capitol One Arena, The National Mall & Monuments. Private dining for up to 16 guest, semi-private for 20 guest, & private events for up to 200.

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Experiences

  • Sweet Hope Desert Reception Benefiting St Jude

    $25.00 per person

    Dec 4, 2021 only

    Please join the staff of Central Michel Richard for Sweet Hope, a Dessert Reception, to benefit the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The tradition continues in tribute to Chef Michel Richard, who created this event. His signature pastry creations in an array of sweets, cookies, and tarts, as well as champagne beverages will be served. A jazz quartet will play festive holiday music and a charming Balloon Artist will entertain with balloons and magic. All proceeds will go to benefit St Jude. Saturday, December 4, 2021 1-3pm Central Michel Richard, 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, DC $25 per person; children under 10, free Donation accepted at restaurant or via www.stjude.org/sweethope

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 7461 people are saying
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Rich
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service was good and food was delicious!! Staff meet are every need

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HonestAbe
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative dishes, great food, good value.

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JeffJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was great and informative. The Manager was absolutely personable and stellar; came to the table to introduce himself and see if we were pleased! Very impressive!

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GiselleA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!
Everything was delicious. The service was impeccable. The staff was friendly and just so delightful.
A big shout out to the really nice lady in the front!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in DC

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BrockB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was excellent, service was excellent, but forget having an conversation. Quite noisy.

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AmyA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience this past Saturday. EVERYTHING was delicious. Started with the kale salad. Perfectly dressed. Great flavor. Light. The bartender told me the chicken shnitzel was one of the chef's favorites to make and it showed! Perfectly breaded, not excessively. Capers and lemon were a great addition. I had a side of the green beans almondine. Another very well done side. Simple but full of flavor and not greasy or overdone. I finished with the chocolate bar for dessert! WOW. Loved the caramel pearls. It paired very well with my Bordeaux.

The service was great. Kiwi (Bartender) is always smiling, makes you feel welcome, and is knows the menu well. Isabelle (General Manger) takes great care in the success of the restaurant. Constantly talking to tables, helps servers with drink suggestions, being very welcoming.

Compared to other DC restaurants Central Michel Richard provides stellar food at very reasonable prices in a bright welcoming atmosphere. I'm looking forward to sharing it with friends.

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AmandaM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience with a staff that paid attention to service. All of us were happy with our food and drinks.

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EduardoD
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The environment was excellent. The service was really nice, polite, and professional. The food was outstanding and the dessert is one of the best one I’ve had in my life . We will definitely come back next time we are in DC.

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MateoR
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really good, but the desserts, oh my word, they were amazing! It was like a taste of heaven!! The service was immaculate and fast considering the elegance of the restaurant. 10/10 would recommend!

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Waiterless
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Too noisy and too crowded, but the food and service was amazing.

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TomR
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had Thanksgiving dinner there with their special menu for the day. We were seated promptly, and had pur order taken. Everything came out well-timed, well-temp'd, and well presented. You can see the kitchen from half of the tables, which, as a former line cook, was a little offputting but that is a personal take bc I would have loathed being "onstage" during my shift.

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vipTomZ
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Thanksgiving dinner was delicious. It was nice that they had both the set menu for Thanksgiving as well as the regular dinner menu, for those that weren't as hungry for a big meal or didn't prefer a traditional turkey dinner. Very efficient service for a day that was extremely busy.

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vipMary
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The service, and ambiance were great. The food was salty, and the mushroom pasta and steak frites were not good. My older son also had a moderate allergic reaction to the chocolate ice cream perhaps due to cross contamination with nuts. We had alerted the restaurant of nut allergies. Since it was Thanksgiving and we didn't want to ruin it for others, we didn't mention it to the server. Overall, it was a good experience.

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Abbs
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family went for Thanksgiving so I can’t review the full menu but based on how good our food was, I will absolutely go back! It was spacious, clean bathrooms, coat closet and extremely attentive waitstaff.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience2

We were excited to splurge and spend Thanksgiving at Central. We left disappointed with the food and the experience. Our turkey dinners were extremely salty and uninspired, the soup and dessert bland and tasteless. My kids meals (fried chicken and steak frites) were good so lesson learned - stick to what they already know and do well!

We picked Central in part because of the vax mandate for guests. But then they sat two children clearly not old enough to be eligible for a vaccine right next to us - with tables packed so tightly they might as well have been dining with us.

The service was a bright spot. Friendly, efficient and attentive.

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Rose
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving lunch was delicious. Lots of service and nicely packed leftovers since the serving was generous.

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todd
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Weak service. Server just seemed to not be very interested in us.

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Lanark
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, great food at a reasonable price!

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N5PB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A-1 hospitality from everyone, and very tasty food and knowledgeable servers. Love that they check vaccination status at the door. Highly recommend and would come back!

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vipJenniferW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was as wonderful as I remember it from the last time we were there pre-COVID. The mussels and steak au poivre were amazing! This was our first time dining indoors at a restaurant in over a year and we chose Central because of their COVID policy. They checked everyone's vaccine cards at the door and are the only local restaurant we've been to that does that. We'll definitely be back soon!

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CharlyM
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent. I also really like that they asked for vaccination status.

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vipDCTraveler
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

One of the worst dining experiences ever. We do fine dining and this place should close.
Terrible service — waiter barely came over. No checking up on anything. Long wait when we sat down before even water, let alone cocktails and appetizers. Not helpful with menu. Food was low quality — terrible oysters/crab; drenched in mayo sauce and cheese and salty. Terrible entrees and deserts. Cocktails terrible and no garnishes..Felt like a diner— bright and ridiculously loud. Horrible. Over priced. Was noted in our OpenTable res that were there for anniversary— no acknowledgement. They are lucky I gave 10% tip versus 0. A disgrace to Michel Richard when you hang in entrance his 2008 James Beard award.

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vipKPKid
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Michel Richard must be turning over in his grave! We returned to Central after a long absence (due to the pandemic), and found the service to be above average, while everything else was below average. The food was not especially well prepared, the noise level was atrocious, and tables are packed fairly close to one another. In this time of social distancing, it doesn't appear that Central cares very much. Our visits before the pandemic were marked by excellent food as well as excellent service. Given the competition for dining out dollars, I think most of us can do way better than Central Michel Richard.

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Rollie
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was delicious and well prepared, and the service was first-rate. A bit noisy, but then it was a Saturday night. The only downside -- the restaurant doesn't offe valet parking.

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vipDCzoogirl
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A DC classic that never disappoints! Excellent food and service.

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DonaldP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Cannelloni Bolognese was absolutely perfect, utilizing a bechamel sauce instead of read. Genius! A great meal, great ambience, great time!

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vipBarryB
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We have been here many, many times, but it seemed like there has been degradation in the quality of the food. Service was inconsistent: we waited a really long time for the server to greet us and take our orders but then the food came out almost immediately. The branzino was pretty bland but people liked the salmon and the fried chicken. We are not striking it from our playlist but probably won't be back for a while.

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vipHeathbarr
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Before a concert

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Zed2
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outstanding food as always and attentive staff.

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vipDanielK
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Very good meal, but a bit short of excellent across the board. Would still return in a heartbeat.

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SStaats3
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I appreciated that they validated vaccination cards at check in, but they only took a quick glance, so I could have shown anyone's card. If you are going to make it a priority I think it should be truly reviewed.

Food and service were good, as always. Don't ever skip dessert at Central!

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ScottL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot for lunch. Try the fried chicken entree.

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RogerS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The onion soup was delicious, with just the right amount of garlic. On a fairly busy Wednesday evening, the noise level was acceptable, and service was prompt and helpful. My only complaint is that the hot water pitcher for my tea was not as hot as it should have been.

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vipDCO3
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Service has gone WAY downhill lately. Food is good, but a business lunch takes far longer than it should due to staffing issues. If short-staffed, perhaps fill fewer tables so the volume of diners is manageable.

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vipdrdonna
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food, fried chicken is excellent!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
261 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding spot for a business lunch. Very lively atmosphere. Outstanding menu. Always order Michel Richard’s famous friend chicken!!!

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Tobias
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had everything we wanted. Good food, service and a nice location.

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CarolT
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food choices pleasing the carnivores to the vegetarian. Eating outside with attentive staff - outstanding value.

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vipmichelle
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch - we were outside and the heating lamp was quite nice. Excellent service.

FAQs

Central Michel Richard offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 626-0015.

Central Michel Richard is rated 4.7 stars by 7461 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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