Central Michel Richard

4.7
7462 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
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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vipVirginia
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Washington DC. The food and service is fantastic. I will always recommended this restaurant to my friends.

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JonandmotheronMD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My mother and I have gone to Central several times and always enjoy it. This was my third time taking her there for Mother's Day and she has taken me there for my birthday and has been there with friends. We like it and for me it is a great place to splurge on her.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great all around. Need to attend to some wear and tear on benches, but otherwise a lovely venue and lovely service. Great food too.

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vipCraig
Washington DC
804 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Lyonnaise salad was scrumptious. Fried chicken was moist and full of flavor. Portion was big enough to take half of it home for the next day.

Service was impeccable!

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vipTashi
Washington DC
319 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go-to spot for an incredible outdoor dining experience. The service, food and ambience are always just what we anticipate. It's wonderful to see the menu expanding once again since there are so many great things to enjoy at Central.

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vipSiopadeasun
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Menu getting more limited. Understandable in these times. Wine list short and expensive...need to get back to better value wines.

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vipAlma
New England
83 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Bartender was a waiter who had to google how to make a Dark and Stormy which I had to send back because it was NOT a Dark and Stormy. I hope I helped by sharing my Bermuda recipe.
Happy Hour food and wine selections were great.

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vipAnnD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Central is exceptional - the food, the service, the ambiance. Dined outside - tables nicely separated both in response to COVID and enabling conversation. The food is reminiscent of one of my favorite Chefs, Michel Richard - his special touch, endures past our loss of Chef Richard. Isabelle oversee it all, ensuring a flawless dining experience. Highly recommend, Central 😉❤️

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LaVilla
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

We were very happy with the service at this restaurant - the staff was accommodating and courteous. The food selection was fairly limited - and i noticed that the menu has not changed since the last time I was at this place more than a year ago. I recall this place when Michel Richard was running it - it is very different now...

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and lunch!

MJ
MichaelJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fried chicken is out of this world

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vipCasa
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The menu didn’t have a lot of options due to Covid. The service was good and the bathrooms were clean.

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JonP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were both wonderful. It was a great place to return to in person dining for us.

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UncleE
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
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!

KM
vipKitM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a hidden gem in the city

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vipLesliedc
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience3

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
6 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
319 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
8 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
34 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
3 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
25 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
10 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
53 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!

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

Great happy hour deals! Amazing service!

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RobertW
Washington DC
2 reviews
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
3 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
84 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
8 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
319 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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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 7462 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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