Central Michel Richard

4.5
7398 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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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SaraD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant. Isabelle is a brilliant manager. The staff is top notch as is the food. This has continued even through Covid. Thanks to you all!

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vipJWMinDC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was absolutely amazing. She was candid and helpful. You simply must try the fried chicken. It's wonderful.

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TomG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As good as it has always been. It is not very crowded due to Covid, so even better.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a birthday dinner and was as great as I could’ve expected!

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vipMaryannM
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sat on the patio for dinner. Food and service was good. The only thing missing was propane in the heaters. On oversight and they said they’ll stock up. I’m looking forward to going back during the winter months knowing it’s a safe place to dine outdoors.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Central delivers. Not only is the service excellent but the food of course is outstanding. My husband and I go to Central at least once a week and we have never had a bad experience. Actually ever single experience has been wonderful.

The goat cheese salad, salmon, steak frite chicken schnitzel are our go to meals and we love it! The desserts are delicious too.

A must go restaurant. Isabelle and Boris will make you feel at home.

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vipTashi
Washington DC
313 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first restaurant meal since the pandemic began, and it truly seems like years. We chose outdoor seating and it was perfect. Tables spaced appropriately, all service people wearing gloves and masks - we felt safe and were able to enjoy a wonderful meal. The food at Central is as wonderful as always - so glad to be there on a beautiful day.

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loisz
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we had a wonderful time and the foo was wonderful---Isabella was was so welcoming--I highly recommend this experience to everyone

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vipGinaL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience! Best gnocchi I have ever had.

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vipKennyH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing here and the service is impeccable. Best fried chicken. Thank you to Isabelle and the team!

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vipJAMAC
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Central delivers consistent and delicious dinners every time. The presentation is fun and the flavors delight. We enjoyed the starter Cheese Puffs to the unique dessert, Lemon Egg-ceptional. The waiter Chris was pleasant and helpful even when it started to drizzle. It is one of my top 10 favorite restaurants in DC. High quality food, friendly service and enjoyable atmosphere.

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vipFreda
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at Central Michel Richard is like dining at a French cafe or dining at the home of a friend. The atmosphere is casual and friendly. The wine choices are excellent and Isabelle is delighted to introduce guests to new French wines. The staff is efficient and service is great. It is one of my favorite "go-to" restaurants when I need a stress break.

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carol
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fried chicken is excellent. I’ve tried other meals, and they were good as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderfu!! Come to N.J.!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was super friendly and both our servers Isabelle and Boris (I hope I got their names correct) were very knowledgeable. The way they interacted with both us and the guests around us made the night even more special. The menu/food was simple and approachable yet done very well. I would recommend for anyone looking for wholesome food with great service!

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vipThomasO
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside.

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ZeynepM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Central never disappoints with its excellent service, consistently delicious food and genuine and professional staff. We choose to dine here over and over again for these reasons.

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vipJoseRicardoR
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a refreshing brunch. Everything was amazing and felt very safe dining indoors.

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vipDowntownDiner
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Two of the main menu items were not available due to deliver problems - so that much we need to understand during the COVID disruption to restaurants and food services. But, we took a downward turn from there - the main course salad was not only dressed ... but "soaked" in green goddess dressing ... and the kale salad was more kale stems than kale leaves. Topped with salmon (farmed) that was nicely prepared. This is a good restaurant, and deserves support - but we should expect better. Chef Michel would have been disappointed.

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vipAnonymous
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Central was lovely, service was great. Construction on building next door made outside dining a bit difficult, but not a reflection on the restaurant.

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vippedro45
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Central did an excellent job providing a good meal in a safe environment. We were seated outside with plenty of space between tables. The waiters were friendly and solicitous but not overbearing. Though the menu is smaller than in the past, there were still plenty of options. Each member of the party ordered a different meal and we were all very satisfied. These are difficult times and Central is meeting the challenge.

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vipdrdonna
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The outdoor space is nice, but the service was spotty. For those prices, i expect a table cloth...

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MaxP
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent in a elegant yet casual atmosphere. Service was excellent.

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vipMojave
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Have been thinking about the fried chicken for way too long! Was delicious as usual! Good service. Sat outside on a nice evening.

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vipTravis
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Back to it's old standard after the break and maybe better. Somehow the mashed potatoes seemed to have more butter than before - more than seems humanly possible in the best way. Missing an appetizer or two I used to enjoy, but 95% of what was there is back and on point.

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RudolphM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I reserved an outdoor seating for 7pm on Saturday night at this fine establishment due to covid. When we arrived, it was a bit chilly, but the hostess/proprietor was very amenable and offered my wife and I a lovely table inside that was appropriately distanced from other diners.

The occasion was my wife's birthday, and we were treated to complimentary champagne to toast the evening!

The food was delectable, and the service was impeccable. To cap the night, we were treated to the most extravagant rendering of the napoleon desert I have ever seen!

I would highly recommend this fine establishment, and I'm sure to revisit.

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vipEmmaG
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reliably delicious! The crème brûlée is unreal.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. I missed the golden beet salad. But I understand.

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vipBenDC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So wonderful to have them back! Always a great experience here and that hasn’t changed. The service and friendliness of the team can’t be beat.

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vipdinwiddie
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We went to the restaurant to find that it had closed for the summer. No one told us that we now had a reservation for a restaurant that wa shut down fo at least the next 8 weeks.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great like usual.

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LewisP
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Isabelle was awesome! It was as a friends birthday! Everything was excellent!

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vipcaptexpress
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best in every regard.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The waitress needs to wear her mask correctly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Isabelle is wonderful

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vipDougG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of 3 were seated outdoors as requested despite the threat of further pop-up storms on this June 27 evening. The staff towelled down the chairs and table perfectly before we sat down. Wine options were limited but the suggestions were helpful. Every dish was up to the usual high standards: steak/frite, yellow tomato gazpacho, broccolini, halibut and mussels with fries. When dessert arrived, we were served three different ones, although we had ordered only two, and then our waiter told us that the desserts were all on the house. Couldn't have been a finer end to an excellent meal.

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TheBear
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner!

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vipSupratS
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! We celebrated a birthday there and the staff was so nice! Especially Isabella (manager)!!

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience4

I gave an outstanding rating because the Lemon Eggceptional dessert was amazing! I started off with the “Cheese Puffs” and did not care for them at all...I was really expecting a decadent cheese flavor and it tasted only like a puff pastry, which isn’t my favorite. The coffee and dessert made up for it. I had only planned on getting a couple of side items and a dessert because I didn’t want a full meal. Next time I’ll try one of the main dishes, even in their shortened patio menu.

FAQs

Central Michel Richard does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Central Michel Richard also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 626-0015.

Central Michel Richard is rated 4.5 stars by 7398 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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