Central Michel Richard

4.7
7495 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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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
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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely birthday dinner at Central Michel Richard! The service was amazing, I felt like someone was always coming by to refill water or check to make sure we were doing okay. I would highly recommend this for a special occasion.

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IsraelN
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal!! The fried chicken is worth the wait. I would frequent again.

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Foodie
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Its billed as French but the menu was mostly American. Sort of like going to Jacksons or Sweet Water Tavern. Food was ok but a bit overpriced for the quality. Chocolate bar was exceptional. I had to ask for bread which I should not have to. Wine quality was very good value.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our waitress was not to be seen which is unusual for Central but maybe they were too busy because of restaurant week. Food was amazing as always.

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vipspatzdo
Washington DC
145 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I went to Central before a Caps game. This restaurant is a bit out of the way from Capital one arena but worth the walk. My friend had steak tartar and really enjoyed it.
I had the chicken schnitzel and it was also very good. The salad that came with it needed dressing. The greens beans were cooked to perfection.
I'm old fashioned but I still think they should serve bread. That why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 and the fact that they either forgot to dress the salad or did not put enough dressing on the salad
I liked the open kitchen so you could see the Chefs work.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Average- was expecting more from a former James beard-awarded chef

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing service

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dc44
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

another great meal. restaurant week menu well worth it.

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Ziva
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcomed at door. Very friendly and pleasant. Excellent food and service.

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MarcN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Service was very good however the people sitting next us were very very loud and the food was too salty. otherwise ok.

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vipElisabethA
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always heard good things but hadn’t been until restaurant week - we’ll def return. Great food abs drinks!!

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vipWDCluvsfood
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flawless every step of way from Annie checking our vax details & ID to attentive service by Jed and greetings from Isabelle DuBois the General Manager. The restaurant week lunch (fried chicken for me & salmon for another) were excellent and nice portions. We ran long as it was business but the feel was relaxed and set a great tone. I’d like to return with my spouse for dinner!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
262 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunch. Enjoyed the Restaurant Week menu. Michel’s fried chicken remains the best. Outstanding service!

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vipConnieB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

consistently excellent food and service

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vipFoodie31
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

haven't been in a few years. Their old standbys are still great. LOVE the tuna burger.
After delivering our cocktails, Isabel comped us to croqettes--deelish!
Will be sure to get back soon.

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dc44
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food. happy that they check vaccine status

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vipMauriceD
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Overall it was a great experience. The server wasn’t to sure about some of the choices so I had to rely on descriptions and wish for the best.

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vipCarol
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love central, the food, the atmosphere, the fact that they were the first to require vaccination proof and the mashed potatoes are worth the calories. The best potatoes anywhere. The chocolate bar is Devine.Been going for years. ,

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MarthaS
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Central continues to deliver a solid experience every time. The service especially is always excellent.

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MaryG
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service! Great food. Isabella is without equal. We will be back.

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Denamar
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! I will be back again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most delicious meal we have had in a long time!

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Robert
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service. Can't wait to go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service - prompt and attentive. The food was absolutely delicious! A perfect spot for a quiet dinner for me and my husband.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very strong middle of the road restaurant. Nice in-between if you’re not trying to go all out formal but still want something classy and better than a chain

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vipjoannedinalot
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service

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vipGoodFoodGoodWine2014
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The food was amazing but I was very disappointed with the service. The first person to come to our table asked if anyone had helped us yet (no). He too out drink order. Some one else brought the drinks and then a third person came to ask if we were ready to order. My boyfriend had to ask her if there were any specials.
Considering the restaurant called me twice to make sure I was still coming, I expected more. At the table
there was no “Welcome … let me tell you about….
If it wasn’t empty, I would have thought they were rushing us. We booked an early table on purpose. I was excited to finally eat at this restaurant and New Year’s Eve made it a great occasion. Again, the food was amazing - we had cheese puffs. Fried chicken. Flank Steak and two desserts, drinks and a great bottle of wine. The service, however, was terrible.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service and best food! Wonderful experience for our family

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vipwillnotbeback
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Mediocre in every way. Wouldn’t go again In A town with such good restaurants. Can’t even remember what I ate.

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MichaelL
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always excellent and the staff is friendly.
One of the best restaurants in DC

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vipCraig
Washington DC
872 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent everyday, all day. Terrific staff, outstanding chef.

Lyonnaise salad and fried chicken are musts!

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sip good ai came back next day!

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AllisonP
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I hadn't been to this restaurant in nearly 10 years and was excited to return. The menu really hadn't changed in all that time, and while it was all fine, there was nothing impressive - especially when compared to so many new restaurants in DC. The odd thing that stood out is that the server was completely unhospitable. It was a running joke at our table that he didn't like us before he even met us. He had no warmth and we certainly would have ordered more food if he was at all engaging. Given all the other options that now exist in DC, this is not a spot I would return to.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Very disappointed, the worst Christmas dinner in years, the food we chose was simple and therein lies the risk, because it must be perfect, flavorless onion soup or a lot of bread, cold meat and flavorless sauce and very diluted, mussels with exaggerated smoked flavor, in short, total disappointment, in general soda without flavor, the only thing to rescue the desserts and the waiter's attention

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vipFoodie64
Baltimore
61 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Christmas Eve dinner with family.
Very festive and the food was excellent as usual!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

With a smaller menu the food was ok. Nothing out of the ordinary

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
17 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Christmas Eve. This most incredible meal and experience!!! All perfect!! Food was off the charts!!! We were so impressed. Server was outstanding!!! We had the special capon amongst many other items. We were blown away!!!!

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vipAmazing
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dining experience was immaculate and was a great experience from begin until the end.

The restaurant is beautiful, hostess was very pleasant, our server provided excellent service and our food was amazing.

Thanks to All and looking forward to our next visit.

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Maureen
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Would have liked a few more Holiday decorations, and the lighting could be a bit dimmer. Other than that, a great place.

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vipFreda
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love dining at Central. The food is always delicious and there are always pleasant surprises on the menu. I think I have tried every appetizer and after having the appetizer thought, "I could have this as my meal". There is a good selection of entrees and the spaghetti Bolognese and fried chicken are the the best! Isabelle DuBois, the general manager, is congenial, fun and clearly a perfectionist! I love her wine recommendations and it is amazing to see the way she interacts with every guest.

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 7495 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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