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Central Michel Richard, Washington, DC

Central Michel Richard

4.6
4.6
7418 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 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 54 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, French, Contemporary French / American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:30 am–5:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Fri 3:00 pm–6:30 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 626-0015

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Nick Johnson

  • Catering

    Order online at Caviar.com or contact us at the restaurant at <br />pdr@centralmichelrichard.com

  • Private party facilities

    Join us at Central Michel Richard for your next business meeting or special occasion. Our private dining room can accommodate 16 seated guest and is available for lunch, brunch, and dinner and features a floor to ceiling glass wall that allows your group to see all the action of our open kitchen. In addition we have a semi-private dining area that can seat up to 22 guest. Accommodations available for up to 200 people for our entire restaurant, we look forward to hosting your event.

  • Private party contact

    pdr@centralmichelrichard.com: (202) 626-0015

  • Neighborhood

    Penn Quarter

  • Cross street

    11th Street &amp; Pennsylvania Ave NW

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Walking distance from Archives/Navy Memorial, Federal Triangle, or Metro Center

  • Entertainment

    Join us @CentralMR for event and entertainment updates.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 7,418 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • District of Columbia

    American

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  1. JA

    JACC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    We had a lovely lunch outside on the patio. Nice and quiet, good for conversation. Our table had 2 gazpachos (with burrata cheese), a beet salad and the tuna patty sandwich. All dishes were very good.
  2. MO

    MichaelO

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place does it right. Great customer service, food, and atmosphere! Highly recommend!
  3. A

    Alden

    Washington DC

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are regulars at Centrals and always find it a great meal and time. Would love to see the lobster burger back!
  4. l

    lapeligrosa

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Attentive service, good food. Lively corner to people watch!
  5. DS

    DavidS

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Delicious tuna ahi burgers and fries. Friendly great service. Enjoyed
  6. GH

    GiffordH

    Birmingham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The service was fantastic. I got the Rotisserie Chicken and it was great.
  7. J

    Jonandmom

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a very nice waiter. It was my mother's birthday lunch. She appreciated our waiter so much that she wanted to add to my tip. Our food was great as always at Central Michel Richard. We sat outside and enjoyed the fresh breezes. We had enough food. To both take some home.
  8. KB

    KarinB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food and service were excellent but full dining room was loud making conversation difficult. Next time will opt for outside dining. Wonderful meal nonetheless
  9. AS

    AngelS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Really bothered and disgusted about the server bringing an old wine cork from the back because they lost the screw cap on the wine bottle we purchased.
  10. S

    Spicesjustright

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always very flavorful and the balance of spices just right.
  11. M

    Marie

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We only had a few appetizers to share and mocktails. The prosciutto and arancini croquettes were fantastic. The fries with dipping sauces were ok. The mocktails were fantastic. It seemed like they were short-staffed as the waiters were stretched thin with how many people were sitting there. We would go back, but we wouldn't recommend it for anyone short on patience or time.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall2food4service4ambience4
    Deafeningly loud. I wish I’d walked out instead of staying and hoping it would get quieter.
  13. N

    Neighbor

    Washington DC

    88 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    It’s a shame the French cooking technique and high quality ingredients were not matched by the service. We are a group of ten colleagues who are spread around the country and we meet in person twice a year. Last night was our first dinner together in three years. Despite arriving early, we were rushed from the minute we sat down until the end. Empty plates were removed even when several diners were still eating. We even had dessert menus on table while three diners were still eating main course. We’d have appreciated a more leisurely dinner but we had to run out as we were rushed all along. Too bad, as the food and drinks were excellent for the most part (one exception: the mushroom Bolognese was disappointing as there was more sauce than pasta).
  14. J

    Joy2theworld

    Nashville

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    This restaurant continues to be way too loud. The fried chicken was amazing as always. However, the chocolate bar is no longer the same. I return for this same meal at least once a year when I’m in town and this year, it just wasn’t as good.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went there for a graduation celebration. Everyone was happy with their order and there was something for everyone. Desserts were super and larger than we expected! Happy with our experience. Would return.
  16. MM

    MaryloveM

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Central is such a great solid place; you can always county on
  17. JP

    JoanneP

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious (as always) food, great service and a nice kitchen view!
  18. JW

    JonathanW

    Baltimore

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. We ate outside, which was very nice, but had to contend with some loud traffic.
  19. DC

    DCfromSF

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Eli was outstanding, as was the food. We especially enjoyed the choices of vegetarian offerings, superb.
  20. JP

    JulieP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a wonderful celebration dinner for my daughter at Central. We were able to sit outside, which was great, and the waiter was available but not irritating. Everyone - including my 9-yr-old, and picky FIL- was able to find something to eat that they enjoyed. It was the perfect evening. .
  21. CH

    CapitolHill

    Washington DC

    94 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    I have always loved Central but my first post-Covid experience was a bit shaky. Also, I had forgotten how LOUD Central is. I mean shouting satyour table mates loud. Food was good but not special and seemed a bit overpriced for what it was. Maybe I just ordered wrong. I will definitely give it another chance though because it’s a long-standing favorite restaurant.
  22. M

    Maggles

    Washington DC

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely, as always! I think the chef's salad is a classic and the mac and cheese by far THE BEST I've had in a long time!
  23. E

    Eyum

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Great service. The waiter told us about the specials. I tried the gnocchi and it was great. It’s a small space so it is quite loud.
  24. RB

    RezaB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best fried chicken in town, but ever else in the menu is excellent.
  25. B

    Bridget

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Central is a terrific choice for bistro food in an area that is crying out for decent restaurants. Excellent service and tasty, tasty high-quality food. I'm so glad Central managed to stay in business despite Covid. We need this gem!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a group from out of town. Manager helped to accommodate all 9 of us at one table. Food was great and the service as well!!
  27. m

    masterpiece

    Atlantic City

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pleasant BD celebration at Central. Food and service were excellent.
  28. MG

    MaryG

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I come for the fried chicken. Central never disappoints. Do yourself a favor and just go.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always!! The GM Boris is a pleasure as well! Fantastic staff, food and drinks!!!
  30. TD

    TeddoDC

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The ambiance was, as usual very warm and pleasant, but the restaurant was full, many of them large groups (probably mostly families with graduating students), and as a result, the noise levels were a little much. The food, as always, was wonderful, and the service prompt and attentive.
  31. l

    luv2dine

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Disappointing experience, starting with an indifferent server. The shrimp burger was greasy and over salted. The chicken schnitzel was paper thin, heavily breaded and apparently deep fried. The only dish that raised the experience over cheap diner food was the pan seared salmon.
  32. BC

    BrianC

    Washington DC

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was superb but more Importantly the wait staff was beyond fun, professional and generous with their service and hospitality.
  33. JT

    JenniferT

    Washington DC

    262 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    262 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Central Michel Richard is one of my favorite places. I’m a regular. I’m going to tell you things to try: Bourbon Peach Iced Tea, French Onion Soup, Goat Cheese Cesar, risotto Croquettes, Mac &amp; Cheese, The Hamburger (Michel’s creation), The Fried Chicken (Michel’s creation) and mashed potatoes, almost forgot the gazpacho which is unlike others, dessert you must try the Sundae (again not like others). The profiteroles is amazing too!
  34. RD

    RachielD

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great. From there server to the food and the outside dining. Great experience.
  35. HN

    HollyNoelle

    Washington DC

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mother’s Day dinner was amazing. Food and service was fantastic. Every dish was delicious. Fried chicken and hanger steak were big hits. Get the risotto balls!
  36. l

    lionshead

    Washington DC

    48 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food remains outstanding. The best fried chicken in the area. The cheese puffs! The menu is basically the same as it was 10 years ago (which is good and bad). The atmosphere is more casual than it used to be (too casual?) but the prices are very low for what you get.
  37. D

    Digit

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Quality of the food has declined. Service was team based, but not very well executed.
  38. MM

    MoMoMentum

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The food was delicious, service was fine, but things got awfully noisy on a Saturday night -- perhaps not surprisingly. Overall, we greatly enjoyed our meal.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I have never had a single disappointing item in this restaurant. It's been my favorite restaurant since I discovered it last year. I've taken my entire family & several of my friends who now also take their dates & families. Everything is exceptional. My favorite item is the truffled croquettes appetizer but don't pass on the chicken nuggets! I never thought chicken nuggets could be fancy until I had them here. The french onion soup is easily the best I've ever had. Everything always exceeds expectations!
  40. R

    Rapunzel

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic all around. It was a gret choice for a graduation dinner

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

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 7418 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 54 times today
Google Map for Central Michel Richard

1001 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC 20004

Additional information

  • Cross street

    11th Street &amp; Pennsylvania Ave NW

  • Neighborhood

    Penn Quarter

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:30 am–5:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Fri 3:00 pm–6:30 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, French, Contemporary French / American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Walking distance from Archives/Navy Memorial, Federal Triangle, or Metro Center

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Nick Johnson

  • Entertainment

    Join us @CentralMR for event and entertainment updates.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 626-0015

  • Catering

    Order online at Caviar.com or contact us at the restaurant at <br />pdr@centralmichelrichard.com

  • Private party facilities

    Join us at Central Michel Richard for your next business meeting or special occasion. Our private dining room can accommodate 16 seated guest and is available for lunch, brunch, and dinner and features a floor to ceiling glass wall that allows your group to see all the action of our open kitchen. In addition we have a semi-private dining area that can seat up to 22 guest. Accommodations available for up to 200 people for our entire restaurant, we look forward to hosting your event.

  • Private party contact

    pdr@centralmichelrichard.com: (202) 626-0015

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