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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f
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Appitizer and sides came after main entre.

w
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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.

i
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, perfect service and great setting and value!

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Waited almost an hour to be seated with a confirmed reservation

P
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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.
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EH
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Delay being seated and served. Great meal.

SP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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
8 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.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food here is excellent. Definitely get the gazpacho if it’s in season. The fried chicken is not to be missed and the short rib Bourgogne is to die for. They are a machine in the kitchen so ask them to space out your courses if you want s more leisurely meal. Definitely would go back. The staff is wonderful and makes you feel like family which is hard to do in s bustling big restaurant.

SS
Baltimore
41 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a wonderful experience from start to finish! Highly recommend

DP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We picked it based on location reviews and pictures of food looked great but the flavor wasn’t all there. I’m from out of time but next time I’m in DC I will pass on this restaurant.

S
Washington DC
206 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Slight disappointment that they were out of the filet, but the shrimp risotto, fried chicken and Bouillabaisse were outstanding, as was the chocolate mousse.

SB
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Good food. Odd atmosphere. Cheese puffs were yummy.

MM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The GM was generally thoughtless, the waitstaff inattentive, and the food just ok. This place has lost its Mojo.

R
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I marked that this was an anniversary dinner, and Central granted my request to be seated by the open kitchen. We were even given complimentary champagne! Food, as usual, was phenomenal. I love it here and will continue to return.

CC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Wait staff was professional and helpful. Meat was overcooked. Asked for medium it came medium well. French onion soup was acceptable but not memorable. The best course was the soup. Will not return, don't recommend it to anyone else.

S
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent pre-theater dinner, enhanced by the live theater of sitting by the kitchen pass and watching the constant dynamics between kitchen and staff. Our waiter checked upfront if we had theater tickets and for what time so as to manage our service - very helpful and reassuring - and we were done in good time without feeling rushed. Our food was very good indeed. The fried chicken certainly lives up to is reputation and the yellow tomato gazpacho was absolutely delicious. And a shout out to any restaurant that serves my favourite Veuve Clicquot by the glass!

RP
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I would have rated outstanding but the server wasn't very attentive so that's why I deducted a star. Otherwise, I really enjoyed the atmosphere and food.

OJ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was outstanding. All four dishes were very flavorful and beautifully presented. The restaurant could use a few more wait staff members to avoid service delays. The waiters were very competent and very helpful but very very busy. The Chefs stepped in and delivered their wonderfully prepared dishes to our table themselves so they wouldn’t sit and get cold until the waiter could get to them. Overall don’t miss a delicious meal at this DC Bistro. Just a short walk behind the Museum of Natural History. I highly recommend the Shrimp Burger! The food was so good I can overlook minor service delays.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner and it was just as outstanding as the first time. I look forward to the next time and will continue to recommend it to friends and family.

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