Central Michel Richard

4.6
7501 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
In accordance with CDC guidance we are lifting mask restrictions for fully vaccinated staff & guests both indoors & outdoors. If you have not been vaccinated fully, please continue to wear a mask inside the restaurant until you have been.
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, 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 having you join us!

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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Traveler
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Every business has off days. It could be Central had one when we visited. That said, the tabletop when seated was dirty; prosecco was flat; and the steak over done. We look forward to a better dining experience next time.

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vipJamesG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious! We will start to dine here more often than we have in the past.

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vipNathanZ
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous 20th anniversary dinner. The food (Fried Chicken meal and Muscles/Frites) was fantastic. We had Caesar salads, wine, and dessert too (delicious banana split). Service was excellent. We had such an enjoyable experience. Thank you for a wonderful evening out!

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RonnetteM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was five star from the moment I arrived. The food was amazing and the staff work as a team or family. Excellent overall.

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ChrisW
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in DC -- great food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My cousins were in town to visit us.
They really enjoyed Central .
Food and service was excellent The server allowed us to enjoy our meal and did not feel rushed .
My husband had the Fried Chicken and risotto balls .My cousin and I had Mussels and fries were delicious.
They also had Gazpacho and enjoyed it very much ,
I had the Beets Capriccio with Avocado delicious.
My other cousin had Shrimp Burger, They were a nice size and she enjoyed it
We were pleased that they enjoyed going to Central.

On another table it was a Gentleman’s birthday the cake looked delicious Chocolate with berries and whipped cream.

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vipEmls
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very pleasant. Except parking is hard

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a great opportunity to introduce friends to the restaurant and of course the fabulous cheese puffs! The food is fresh and the yellow tomato gazpacho is outrageous!

Luckily it wasn’t completely full on our visit so that we could hear one another readily. Sometimes I have been there and the noise level made conversation more difficult. It’s one of the better outdoor dining opportunities when the weather cooperates though!

Highly recommend!

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vipFritz
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food as delicious as before the pandemic, but from a somewhat more limited menu. Service was smooth as always. Meals at Central are consistently excellent and reasonable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was courteous and patient with us as we took a long time to order (and probably blocking foot traffic, my apologies, by standing at our table greeting people we haven’t seen in 16 months in person). Tasty food both dine-in and take-home dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was very good and at a great price for DC. Service was very good. The ambiance was missing. The noise level is among the worst. I’ll go back for the food and price but hopefully can sit outside. The noise from traffic on Pennsylvania Avenue would be quieter.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service

DC
vipDCPicky
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The restaurant is very bright (maybe too bright). I think they might still be getting the kinks out post-covd. For example they did not have a wine list available. But overall, it was good and I will still go back.

JB
vipJoanneB
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great total experience

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SusanF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything on the menu was wonderful - fried chicken, chicken schnitzel and the gnocchi. Looking forward to a return visit.

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vipEDR1
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delight to dine at Central and be so well cared for by a wonderful staff

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vipDanaH
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Isabel and the team are amazing hosts- great meal!

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vipBethesdaDiner
Washington DC
106 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had fried chicken, trout almandine and spaghetti bolognese. All were delicious - meat sauce on the pasta was thick and flavorful, and pasta was appropriately chewy. Fried chicken was crisp and tangy. For dessert, three shared a Napoleon, which was tall and sweet. Just right.

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FrederickH
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Still solid after all these years. Bring back the faux gras and the oysters.

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vipDMQ007
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great job general manager Isabelle ,very friendly and take care customer very well.

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AndreaT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Service! The Lobster Burger was AMAZING! Every dish that came out of the kitchen looked delicious! Definitely going back to try their famous Fried Chicken and mashed potatoes.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always

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vipJimmys
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu is so nice with a wide array of wonderful starters, main courses, and deserts. All beautifully prepared and presented.

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vipMark
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a treat! From the flavorful gazpacho to the banana split and everything in between- amazing. Fried chicken was lightly fried, moist and flavorful. Mashed potatoes we’re rich and creamy. Steak au poivre was robust with a great peppercorn kick. A truly enjoyable experience that we will gladly repeat!

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vipDianne
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I had a great dining experience here! She is a mainstay and it was her suggestion since she works at the Trump Hotel, which is just across the street. It was my first time and it didn't disappoint. The patio atmosphere with a beautiful summer weather just made our experience perfect. The food was great and the staff were very accommodating. The ambiance was perfect for people catching up in the middle of the busy city. We loved it and we will come back for sure. :)

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vipGinbethesda
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been coming to this wonderful restaurant since it first opened. After a dip in quality a few years ago, Central is back, with delicious food and fabulous service and atmosphere. I had the fried chicken, which is not exactly the same as it was years ago, but was lusciously delicious in its own, updated way. We had a great time!

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vipPTJPTJ
San Francisco
457 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food here is consistently above average. I had croquettes, onion soup, a salad and the chocolate bar, all of which were top-notch. Service was the real stand-out, though. The waiter was extremely attentive.

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vipHeather
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch. So appreciate the lovely waitstaff. It was great to be back!

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vipIindab
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is just SO GOOD but the service makes you feel even better. Estelle is a prize ☺️

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vipTashi
Washington DC
319 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A favorite place to spend time when you want a wonderful meal and can be greeted like family dropping in for a visit. Isabelle makes everyone feel so welcome and of course the food is always perfect!

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JenV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The owner was incredible with our kids and made it one of the most memorable restaurant experiences of their lives!

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CourtneyR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a lovely dinner before our trolley tour. Great wine, the food was outstanding and the waitstaff balanced checking in and letting us enjoy dinner perfectly.

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SabineV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere, food and impeccable service .
Made it a pleasant experience all around - Merci

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great venue to celebrate a coworker’s going away.

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vipNancy
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We’ve been going to Central for years - always a wonderful, fun experience. Didn’t think the food was quite up to par this time but maybe they’re just working their way back from Covid like the rest of us.

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PAS2
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it for our wedding anniversary

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Excellent truffled risotto fritters. Good shrimp burger and mussels, but fries were soggy and below par. Fish and chips were second rate. Good selection of beers snd wines and competent service. Better than average for simple comfort food, but not as good as it used to be under Richard.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places , the atmosphere very nice . Food is Bomb .

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vipEleanorO
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is fantastic! Every dish was better than the last. We love Central!

FAQs

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

Central Michel Richard is rated 4.6 stars by 7501 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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