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Central Michel Richard, Washington, DC

Central Michel Richard

4.6
4.6
7437 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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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

Popular dishes

Menu

Snacks

  • Cheese Puffs$11.00

    Allergens: gluten, dairy

    • Truffled Risotto Croquettes$11.00

      Parmesan. Allergens: gluten, dairy

      • Tarte Alsacienne$12.00

        Bacon, onion, creme fraiche. Allergens: gluten, dairy

        • "Faux" Gras$11.00

          Chicken liver mousse, grilled sourdough bread. Allergens: gluten, dairy

          • Prosciutto La Quercia$17.00

            Pickled mustard seed, grilled sourdough bread. Allergens: gluten

            • Chicken Nuggets$11.00

              Sriracha honey, dijon sauce. Allergens: gluten

              Raw Bar

              • Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail$18.00

                Diet: pescatarian. Allergens: shellfish

                • Middleneck Clams$14.00

                  Diet: pescatarian. Allergens: shellfish

                  • Oysters - Chef's Daily Selection$18.00

                    Diet: pescatarian. Allergens: shellfish

                    • Oyster & Crab Gratinée$22.00

                      Spicy aioli. Allergens: shellfish

                      • Petite Lobster Salad$22.00

                        Creme fraiche, preserved lemon. Diet: pescatarian. Allergens: shellfish

                        Appetizers

                        • Onion Soup$11.00

                          Beef jus, gruyere, provolone. Allergens: gluten, dairy

                          • Beets Salad$16.00

                            Bitter orange marmalade, pistachio, fig balsamic. Allergens: nuts

                            • Endive Salad$16.00

                              Green apple, bacon, candied walnuts, port wine. Allergens: nuts

                              • Chopped Kale$16.00

                                Heirloom tomato, celery, dry cranberry, parmesan, sweet mustard. Allergens: dairy

                                • Goat Cheese Caesar$15.00

                                  Heirloom tomatoes, aged parmesan. Allergens: gluten, dairy

                                  • Celery Root Napoleon$18.00

                                    Fontina, parmesan. Allergens: dairy

                                    • Jumbo Prawns$18.00

                                      On toast, creole sauce. Diet: pescatarian. Allergens: gluten, dairy, shellfish

                                      • Steak Tartare$18.00

                                        Confit egg yolk, grilled rustic bread. Allergens: gluten

                                        Burger & Fries

                                        • Prime Burger$20.00

                                          Cheddar, tomatoes, lettuce, potato crisp, Central sauce. Allergens: gluten, dairy

                                          • Ahi Tuna Burger$22.00

                                            Seaweed, scallions, potato crisp, ginger aioli. Diet: pescatarian. Allergens: gluten, soy

                                            • Lobster Burger$36.00

                                              Lettuce, tomatoes, potato crisp, lemon aioli. Diet: pescatarian. Allergens: gluten, dairy, shellfish

                                              • Chicken Burger$20.00

                                                Lemon confit, caramelized onion, potato crisp, jalapeno aioli. Allergens: gluten, dairy

                                                Entrees

                                                • Michel's Fried Chicken$26.00

                                                  French mashed potatoes, watercress, dijon sauce. Allergens: gluten, dairy

                                                  • Cannelloni Bolognese$28.00

                                                    Oxtail, sauce Mornay. Allergens: gluten, dairy

                                                    • Hanger Steak$29.00

                                                      french fries, peppercorn sauce

                                                      • Chicken Schnitzel$25.00

                                                        Brown butter, capers, lemon, green salad. Allergens: gluten, dairy

                                                        • Rotisserie Chicken$28.00

                                                          Mashed potatoes, watercress, sauce diable. Allergens: dairy

                                                          • Mussels & Frites$21.00

                                                            Garlic, tomato, scallions. Allergens: dairy, shellfish

                                                            • Atlantic Salmon$26.00

                                                              Hot & sour, mushroom broth. Diet: pescatarian. Allergens: gluten, soy

                                                              • Scallops Chowder$30.00

                                                                Leeks, carrots, gold potatoes. Diet: pescatarian. Allergens: gluten, dairy, shellfish

                                                                • Mushroom "Bolognese"$24.00

                                                                  Caserecce pasta, "cashew parm", breadcrumbs. Allergens: nuts

                                                                  • Grilled Branzino "Nicoise"$30.00

                                                                    Heirloom tomatoes, green beans, olives, basil. Diet: pescatarian

                                                                    • Tagine de Legume$22.00

                                                                      Harissa, cauliflower, potatoes, carrots, ancient grain

                                                                      Sides

                                                                      • Green Beans "Almondine"$9.00

                                                                        Allergens: dairy, nuts

                                                                        • Roasted Cauliflower$9.00

                                                                          Brown butter, golden raisins, capers. Allergens: dairy

                                                                          • Cheese 'n' Mac$10.00

                                                                            Allergens: gluten, dairy

                                                                            • French Fries$10.00

                                                                              Everyday Cocktails

                                                                              $12

                                                                              • First Ladies

                                                                                Jane Walker Scotch, basil syrup, pomegranate juice, Limoncello

                                                                                • Coupe d'Or

                                                                                  Bulleit Bourbon, honey syrup, fresh lemon juice

                                                                                  • Soirée Écossaise

                                                                                    Johnnie Walker Black Label, ginger tea, mint lime cordial

                                                                                    • Balle de Croquet

                                                                                      Ketel One Vodka, cranberry juice, Amaretto, liqueur, fresh orange juice

                                                                                      • Dernier Mot

                                                                                        Tanqueray Sevilla Gin, yellow chartreuse, fresh lemon juice, Maraschino liqueur

                                                                                        • Don Paloma

                                                                                          Don Julio Blanco Tequila, lime juice, grapefruit soda

                                                                                          • Bucket List

                                                                                            Ketel One Botanicals Grapefruit & Rose, fresh berry soda

                                                                                            • Creamsicle Cooler

                                                                                              Tanqueray Sevilla Gin, vanilla syrup, soda water

                                                                                              • Jane & Ginger

                                                                                                Jane Walker Scotch, ginger ale

                                                                                                • Sunset 75

                                                                                                  Tanqueray Sevilla, lemon juice, sparkling wine

                                                                                                  • Chandon Orange Spritz

                                                                                                    Champagne orange spritzer

                                                                                                    Mocktails

                                                                                                    $7

                                                                                                    • Mango Mule

                                                                                                      honey syrup, mango purée, fresh lime juice, ginger beer

                                                                                                      • Non-Alcoholic Sangria

                                                                                                        cinnamon sticks, granulated sugar, pomegranate juice, freshly squeezed orange juice

                                                                                                        • Coconut, Cucumber, Lime & Mint Cooler

                                                                                                          coconut water, lime juice, sugar, chopped mint leaves

                                                                                                          Les Vins Blanc

                                                                                                          • Jean-Marc Brocard "Saint-Claire" Chablis 2019 Chardonnay

                                                                                                            • Gl$12.00
                                                                                                            • Btl$46.00
                                                                                                          • Lagaria, Trento, Italia 2019 Pinot Grigio

                                                                                                            • Gl$7.00
                                                                                                            • Btl$26.00
                                                                                                          • Pierre Sparr, Alsace Grande Reserve 2019 Riesling

                                                                                                            • Gl$11.00
                                                                                                            • Btl$42.00
                                                                                                          • Le Blanc de Greysac, Bordeaux Blanc 2018 Sauvignon Blanc

                                                                                                            • Gl$15.00
                                                                                                            • Btl$58.00
                                                                                                          • Terre de Princes, Val de Loire 2019 Sancerre

                                                                                                            • Gl$11.00
                                                                                                            • Btl$42.00
                                                                                                          • Whispering Angel, Rosé

                                                                                                            • Gl$9.00
                                                                                                            • Btl$34.00
                                                                                                          • Studio by Miraval, Rosé

                                                                                                            • Gl$20.00
                                                                                                            • Btl$78.00
                                                                                                          • Taittinger, NV Champagne

                                                                                                            • Gl$22.00
                                                                                                            • Btl$86.00
                                                                                                          • Bichot Rose, Cremant Bourgogne, Methode Champenoise

                                                                                                            • Gl$12.00
                                                                                                            • Btl$38.00

                                                                                                          Les Vins Rouge

                                                                                                          • Falernia Reserva, Chile 2017 Malbec

                                                                                                            • Gl$15.00
                                                                                                            • Btl$58.00
                                                                                                          • Chateau Odilon, Haut Médoc 2016 Merlot

                                                                                                            • Gl$12.00
                                                                                                            • Btl$46.00
                                                                                                          • Les Copains, Sonoma Coast 2017 Pinot Noir

                                                                                                            • Gl$18.00
                                                                                                            • Btl$70.00
                                                                                                          • Stag's Leap, Oakville 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon

                                                                                                            • Gl$25.00
                                                                                                            • Btl$98.00
                                                                                                          • Kinkler Brick, Lodi 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon

                                                                                                            • Gl$9.00
                                                                                                            • Btl$34.00
                                                                                                          • Brancaia Tre, Tuscany 2018 Sangiovese

                                                                                                            • Gl$18.00
                                                                                                            • Btl$70.00
                                                                                                          • Chateau Lassegue, Saint Emilion 2017 Bordeaux Blend

                                                                                                            • Gl$18.00
                                                                                                            • Btl$70.00
                                                                                                          • Domaine Berthet-Rayne, Rhone 2019 Cote du Rhone

                                                                                                            • Gl$9.00
                                                                                                            • Btl$34.00

                                                                                                          Beverages

                                                                                                          • Glass Bottled Soda$4.00

                                                                                                            Coke, Diet, or Sprite

                                                                                                            • Arnold Palmer$4.00

                                                                                                              lemonade & ice tea

                                                                                                              • Q Drink$5.00

                                                                                                                Grapefruit, Ginger Beer, or Kola

                                                                                                                • Acqua Panna$8.00

                                                                                                                  • San Pellegrino$8.00

                                                                                                                    Last updated: February 3, 2022

                                                                                                                    What 7,437 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
                                                                                                                    • 4.6Food
                                                                                                                    • 4.6Service
                                                                                                                    • 4.5Ambience
                                                                                                                    • 4.4Value

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                                                                                                                    1. TD

                                                                                                                      TeddoDC

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      31 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                      31 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined 3 days ago

                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                    2. l

                                                                                                                      luv2dine

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      24 reviews

                                                                                                                      3.0

                                                                                                                      24 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined 3 days ago

                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                    3. BC

                                                                                                                      BrianC

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      77 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      77 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined 3 days ago

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                                                                    4. RD

                                                                                                                      RachielD

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined 7 days ago

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                                                                    5. 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!

                                                                                                                    6. 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.

                                                                                                                    7. 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.

                                                                                                                    8. 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.

                                                                                                                    9. 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!

                                                                                                                    10. 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

                                                                                                                    11. PJ

                                                                                                                      PJFam

                                                                                                                      Baltimore

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Central Michel Richard never fails to please. Great food, ambiance and service!

                                                                                                                    12. RK

                                                                                                                      RobK

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      8 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      8 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Always order the gougeres! Service is always excellent, very attentive.

                                                                                                                    13. HL

                                                                                                                      HLO927

                                                                                                                      Savannah

                                                                                                                      7 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      7 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Delicious food, outstanding service - we will always make it a stop when we're in town. Such a great lunch - thank you for the excellent experience :)

                                                                                                                    14. BW

                                                                                                                      BillW

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                      It was a bit loud when the dining room filled up. Have you considered noise reduction. Maybe some plants as dividers. I love the food, but the ambiance feels a bit cold, to be honest. It's very brightly lit and the furniture has a vague feeling of a high-end cafeteria. Maybe that's what you were going for, but a little more ambiance and atmosphere to increase the warmth would help.

                                                                                                                    15. SS

                                                                                                                      StevenS

                                                                                                                      Jacksonville

                                                                                                                      6 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      6 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                      Excellent food and better service. We started with the yellow tomato gazpacho and the beet salad and then ordered the mussels and branzino and everything was excellent.

                                                                                                                    16. C

                                                                                                                      Craig

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      887 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      887 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Hasn’t missed a beat. Far too long since I’ve been there but the food and ambiance are impeccable. Great fried chicken and very fresh and filling frisée salad. Best part is the outstanding servers.

                                                                                                                    17. OT

                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      16 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      16 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on May 4, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      One of my favorites, and our waiter Richard at lunch (May 4) was lovely and helpful. Thanks to Central for yet another tasty, special lunch. The chicken burger is to DIE for, FYI.

                                                                                                                    18. MR

                                                                                                                      MarthaR

                                                                                                                      Raleigh

                                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                                                                      Food was great, delicious and creative, service was good, restaurant was a bit loud but waitstaff nicely moved us.

                                                                                                                    19. LT

                                                                                                                      LarryT

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                                                                                      This was our first time at Central, although we have been to Michel's other restaurants. Very similar in high quality of food with a nice modern french twist on more routine offereings!

                                                                                                                    20. DB

                                                                                                                      DeniseBill2nd

                                                                                                                      Key West

                                                                                                                      6 reviews

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      6 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Very noisy. BUT food was excellent

                                                                                                                    21. m

                                                                                                                      mariebosin

                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Peruvian sushi. Yum!

                                                                                                                    22. OT

                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                      London

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      1.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall1food1service2ambience2

                                                                                                                      Food was really terrible, chewy dry rotisserie chicken and very unpleasant minced chicken in the schnitzel…would not recommend to anyone.

                                                                                                                    23. J

                                                                                                                      Judy

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      3.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                                                                                      We ate outside - nice sidewalk space away from traffic. We ordered Michel's signature dishes but they didn't seem as good as they used to be.

                                                                                                                    24. SR

                                                                                                                      StaceyR

                                                                                                                      Baltimore

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on April 22, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Sat outside. We had shrimp cocktail, wedge salads and mussels. All were excellent. Service was great! We would definitely go back.

                                                                                                                    25. BW

                                                                                                                      BlakeW

                                                                                                                      New England

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on April 22, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Excellent service and ambience! Food was excellent and elegant in a relaxed atmosphere.

                                                                                                                    26. C

                                                                                                                      Carol

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      52 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      52 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      I love he mash potatoes. And shrimp burger

                                                                                                                    27. BN

                                                                                                                      BriN

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      3.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall3food2service5ambience4

                                                                                                                      The food is not good- overpriced for quality of dish. Much better food options in the area. I ordered the fried chicken which was very dry and parts of it were so hard and stale that I could not even cut into it. Our daughter had the salmon which was over cooked and dry. My husband didn’t mind his steak. Went there on Easter Sunday- not sure if there was a different team working in the kitchen (based on other reviews on food) because the food was really awful. excellent service (which is why the 3 stars).

                                                                                                                    28. B

                                                                                                                      Bexley

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      233 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      2.0

                                                                                                                      233 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall2food4service3ambience2

                                                                                                                      This was the strangest experience I have ever had. First, I made a reservation for 4 PM on Easter. I was told by my dining companion that she was told by a hostess that Central was not open on Sunday. We found out that it was open that day. No one told us that 4PM was the last reservation of the day and we'd better plan on moving along. The waiter urged us to eat fast because he wanted to go home for his dinner. The food was fine. I loved the Branzino. But the whole atmosphere was weird and we felt as though we were being watched to be ejected. Thankfully there were a few other diners so we were not alone in our discomfort.

                                                                                                                    29. CK

                                                                                                                      CK111

                                                                                                                      Greensboro

                                                                                                                      42 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      42 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      We always love Central Michel Richard. Great food and thoughtful service. Perfect location for a nice stroll on the National Mall or a Smithsonian visit after you eat.

                                                                                                                    30. A

                                                                                                                      Alden

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      39 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      39 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Easter family gathering

                                                                                                                    31. CC

                                                                                                                      CristenC

                                                                                                                      Atlanta

                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      The food was incredible and our service was too! Can’t wait to visit again! Best fried chicken I’ve ever had :)

                                                                                                                    32. KS

                                                                                                                      KimS

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      17 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                      17 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall4food5service3ambience2

                                                                                                                      Food was excellent as always. Service was extremely rushed. Server was efficient, but not particularly pleasant.

                                                                                                                    33. JK

                                                                                                                      JohnK

                                                                                                                      Raleigh

                                                                                                                      35 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      35 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                      Central continues to present wonderful dishes consistently prepared and served well. We've never had a disappointment meal here and the staff could not be more attentive or gracious.

                                                                                                                    34. RD

                                                                                                                      ReneeD

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Food very good, beautifully presented; my only problem was the limited non-meat choices. There are certainly non-meat choices just not terribly many. Always a nice experience; wonderful gracious service.

                                                                                                                    35. c

                                                                                                                      cay1st

                                                                                                                      Des Moines

                                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      We had two meals at the restaurant. Both time food was exceptionally good. We had probably the best Napoleon we have eaten outside Paris. The service is easy and friendly, would certainly recommend this place to everyone!

                                                                                                                    36. d

                                                                                                                      diner

                                                                                                                      Cleveland

                                                                                                                      14 reviews

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      14 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                      The restaurant came as a recommendation from a college friend and local resident who considers it one of her top 5 in the area. The cocktails were inventive. We had the friend chicken, which was oh so crispy, the chicken snitzel, also a hit and the bolognese, also delicious. Dessert was the mango cheesecake, itt was as expected, the banana split, tasty and great for sharing, but the best was the lemon eggstastic! How creative using lemon curd and french meringue inside milk chocolate eggs. So good! Service was attentive and pleasant. What a great choice for the evening.

                                                                                                                    37. RT

                                                                                                                      RyyT

                                                                                                                      San Francisco

                                                                                                                      160 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                      160 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                                                                      One of the more modernly designed restaurants we visited in DC. Staff was professional. 3 of us tried the French onion soup and were happy with it. Hubby thought his Hanger steak au poivre (pre-sliced) with fries was good. Our friend liked his fried chicken but could not finish it. Our other friend tried the rotisserie chicken. They can seat large groups beyond 10 persons. There were several parties of 10 dining that evening. We shared 2 desserts - the banana split was huge with 3 scoops of ice cream/sorbet and really needs to be shared by 3! The chocolate mousse was very good.

                                                                                                                    38. OT

                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      1.0

                                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall1food1service2ambience3

                                                                                                                      The restaurant is

                                                                                                                    39. OT

                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                      Washington DC

                                                                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Bistro menu is diverse and very kid-friendly. Gotta try the “chicken nuggets!”

                                                                                                                    40. AB

                                                                                                                      AndreaB

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Our waiter was excellent. We sat outside it was a beautiful spring day.

                                                                                                                    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 7437 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                                                                                                    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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