Central Michel Richard

4.8
7435 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
*Please note that the patio is walk in only, open weather permitting. There are no outdoor heaters.*
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 (3-630pm T-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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UncleE
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still my favorite restaurant. Had my usual amazing time. It is so great to be back in a familiar place with good friends and a restaurant with exceptional service and delicious food!

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vipLesliedc
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service5ambience3

I remember eating here almost weekly, never disappointed. Today was definitely a disappointment.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always excellent service. The food is consistent and delicious. This is one of the best restaurants in Washington for every day business dining.

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vipDebbiedoesdctoo
Washington DC
115 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Ok I love the staff and they are so nice but this was the slowest service ever. I get it’s still covid ish but things are picking up. These wait staff need help. I can’t imagine how exhausted they were. We had a love time talking but the meal took a really long time

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vipTashi
Washington DC
316 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Central is one of the places we feel comfortable eating outdoors - tables are distanced appropriately and the staff is on top of things, always. A beautiful day in DC should include lunch here.

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vipleighj
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful Easter brunch! The food, ambiance and most of all, incredible service created an absolutely marvelous experience!
Thank you, Central!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was delicious, and the experience would not have been half as enjoyable without the fantastic Boris!

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JaredB
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food was absolutely delicious! I had the beef bourguignon and it was the best I’ve ever had (photo attached) – prepared perfectly. The French onion soup and fried chicken were also big hits at our table. Overall, the food deserves a 5+ rating!

Although this restaurant has the potential to earn Michelin level recognition, the service end has a long way to go! Quite frankly, it was chaos from the moment we walked in the door for our reservation. Everyone seemed on edge, nothing was smooth and the communication was not great. The bar menu was limited and there was a major disconnect with the server and bartender – our mixed drinks were not made correctly and the beer options were pretty limited.

I’d love to return for the food but fear the service.

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vipShel
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience3

I’m sorry to say they have not survived the pandemic in good shape. It seems like they are about to close. For example, the menu said “ask to see the wine list,” and when we asked, they said it was not available. They hadn’t done inventory. Trout was not good. At all. They were advertising an Easter Special for $80 per person. It seems like they have given up.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was good but the outdoor patio didn’t have heaters so it was a bit chilly.

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vipDebbie
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

As good as always. We've been eating here for years, but put a pause on eating out during Covid. Thought we'd venture out ("quarantine fatigue") and head back to one of our favorites. It was a treat! Thanks to Isabelle for making it a very special experience.

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CandiceM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! The service and the food were both impeccable! Made for an absolutely wonderful birthday lunch.

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NewmanW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and fabulous food. We loved the gougeres and the onion soup.

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vipFinediner123
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still the best fried chicken..still thr best at frying anything..still the best at being high end without being stuffy..still the best chocolate bar and dessert in the country

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vipdcgirl
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love Central. This weekend we ate outside and it felt safe and downright normal. The staff is attentive and the food just yummy. There is just something very comforting about going to Central which is perfect as we start stepping out from this awful year.

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TBall
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Due to Covid and life in general, it had been some time since we visited Central. Always a good choice and a straight shot down 11th - an easy walk. I could only make a reservation for indoors but when we arrived the maitre'd asked if we would like to score an outdoor seat. Heck Yeah! we said as we were enjoying summer like weather in March. The French onion soup starter was sublime and the burger/fries hit the spot. The burger accompanied by a tomato relish, perfectly crispy bacon and cheddar cheese has a great flavour profile. My companion had the Wedge salad to start and while tasty lacked enough topping .. too much iceberg and not enough blue cheese and bacon chips. A typical wedge failing. Don't be stingy.. load it up! I suggested he ask for more dressing. He declined but It was a lovely evening outside with a great comforting meal.

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vipChuck
Washington DC
78 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our all time favorites. Food and service always top notch.

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vipLQ12
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food and service were excellent! I have been going to Central since the first week it opened and I have always had an extraordinary experience.

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vipleighj
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always such a lovely evening. Thank you for being the absolute best in every way!

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vipLQ12
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food and service were excellent. Thank you!

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vipJoseRicardoR
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour deals! Amazing service!

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RobertW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Central Michel Richard remains a delightful part of DC dining, producing delicious food in a comfortable setting. The kitchen team is top notch and the service is welcoming, warm, and professional. Whether you try bistro-inspired dishes, Michel's crunchy and juicy fried chicken, or a new offering from the kitchen, be sure to save room for the spectacular desserts!

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ERICA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Our server, Boris, was awesome. We hadn't been here in a few years and really wanted to get out for a nice evening, especially with COVID-19 over the last year. The tables were spread apart. Luckily, we werent by the door or it would have been chilly (each time it opens you feel that draft). The lobster burger was delicious, as well as the fried chicken and mashed potatoes. The carry-out only special is an amazing deal for $30, so we might go back for that.

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vipDavid
Greensboro
82 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Although Covid has taken a toll, the food is still excellent as well as the service. Isabelle is excellent and very attentive! This may be the best gourmet comfort food in DC.

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vipEmma
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful visit to eat outdoors on a chilly, peaceful Friday night downtown. The staff was excellent. They took great care to be sure that we had everything we needed without stifling our conversation, and honoring all CDC protocols. The food was excellent as always, and the slimmed down menu has plenty to choose from.

Outdoor seating was easy to request via open table. Each table is well spaced from the next and multiple heaters were available.

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vipTashi
Washington DC
317 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While we continue to miss eating indoors, it was a perfect DC day for lunch outside at Central. Boris provided great service and the kale green goddess salad was beyond amazing. The leftovers made dinner even better!

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vipdcgirl
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Isabella made our dinner this weekend feel downright normal, like the old times. We had a table off on our own, folks were vaccinated - or at least one shot on board - so there was some relief that we were safer. The food was still the wonderful Central food, and the service just thoughtful and appropriate.

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KrystianD
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Isabelle and the staff are amazing. Wonderful cocktails, great food and good conversation. Looking forward to going again!!!

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MichelJ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kudos to central Michel Richard for staying open. Unfortunately only 6 of us in the entire restaurant. Waiter was fantastic and I was super well treated on my birthday.

We loved the food and the drinks and will surely go back soon.

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AhmyaB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect! Isabella ensured everything was great. The scallops were the best I have ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service was excellent. Isabelle was knowledgeable on the menu and made excellent recommendations. I will definitely return.

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Darian
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and the food was amazing. Perfect for a quick date night

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our first night out in almost a year! Everything was fantastic! Food was delicious, service was great. We visited on Saturday night of Valentine’s weekend.

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vipBrunchDealConnoisseur
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Opted for the a la carte and out of the Valentine's prefixe, and was very delighted. A single appetizer and salad was plenty for 2 on the a la carte menu; get the beef bourguignon for an entree (delicious!); and of course their wine selection was great. Seated in the back 'VIP' area, which is through the kitchen, where we had isolated seating without compromising service.

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vipTaylor
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

We were sat closer to the front of the restaurant and there was a constant alarm like buzzing throughout the meal that really took away from the ambiance of the evening. When we mentioned it to the staff that didn’t seem to know what it was. I was taken aback by that because it wasn’t a light sound.

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RaenellW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was great. Service as well. I hadn't been there in years, but it was nice revisit, and remind myself of its quality.

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vipCraig
Washington DC
795 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent!

Kudos to the Chef, Isabelle, the wait staff and all involved.

Again, the lyonnaise salad is terrific as is the two piece chicken. Note, the portions are huge.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual the food and service were impeccable. We visit Central once a week at least because we absolutely love the food and the service. Boris is a gem. Isabelle is the best manager I’ve seen at a restaurant. Please do come to Central. You will not be disappointed. I promise!

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vipCraig
Washington DC
795 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way.

Chef is terrific, hostess could not be better, table staff did a great job.

I could get the lyonnaise salad everyday and be extremely pleased. The fried chicken is perfect!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic from beginning to end. The best.

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

Central Michel Richard is rated 4.8 stars by 7435 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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