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About Central Michel Richard

Michel Richard's modern American brasserie and winner of the 2008 James Beard award for best new restaurant. Located on the corner of 11 St. & Penn. Ave NW with a great central location, walking distance to the White House, Capitol, The Warner, National Mall and theaters. Central is Michel's tribute to great American cuisine, both modern and classic, with a French accent. A vibrant bar scene with a great wine and beer list as well as modern & classic cocktails.

1001 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20004
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, French, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10 pm Friday: 5:00-10:30 pm - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30 pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30 pm

Cross Street:
11th

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 626-0015

Website:
http://www.centralmichelrichard.com/

Entertainment:
Join us @CentralMR for event and entertainment updates.

Parking Details:
Valet at night $10 starting at 5:30pm; self parking during the day

Public Transit:
walk from Archives/Navy Memorial, Federal Triangle, or Metro Center

Executive Chef:
David Deshaies

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Perfect for business meetings, cocktail parties, with a great downtown location. Private room seats up to 16 guest, semi private room 20 guest

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

VDay Menu $75 Wine Pairing $42 1st Crab Begula Jumbo Lump Crab, Pearl Pasta & Lobster Sauce 2nd Surf & Turf Filet Mignon w Black Truffle Sauce, 1/2 Lobster Tail & Scallop w Saffron Beurre Blanc 3rd Raspberry & Chocolate Heart for 2 Dark Chocolate,Raspberry & Vanilla Ice Cream, Fresh Berries

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Central Michel Richard Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (90)
Fit for Foodies (87)
Special Occasion (68)
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Good for a Date (60)
Creative Cuisine (57)
Business Meals (47)
Great for Lunch (45)
Good for Birthdays (45)
Comfort Food (44)
Good for Anniversaries (42)
Bar Seating (35)
Casual (35)
Fun (32)
Authentic (29)
Notable Wine List (28)
Good for Groups (25)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Handcrafted Cocktails (22)
Great for Brunch (21)
Worth the Drive (21)
Hot Spot (20)
Cozy (18)
Romantic (18)
Vibrant Bar Scene (18)
Happy Hour (17)
Great for Outdoor Dining (14)
People Watching (14)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Healthy (9)
Local Ingredients (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Seasonal (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Great Beer (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Organic (3)
Scenic View (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Live Sports (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
Waterfront (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 17 hours ago

Thanks Central, for another perfect meal...! Exquisite food and exceptional service. And that new addition to your desserts...?...the bread pudding?... Don’t change a thing! You continue to be our #1 restaurant in D.C., and #1 in our hearts.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

While we aren’t regulars at Central, it has been our birthdays, anniversaries, send-offs choice for dinners over the last 10 years. So, again not “regulars” we are not newbies either and yet it feels like we get a worse and worse table and/or waiter each time we return, to the point where we will not be or hesitantly may be returning. This visit, we were seated at the table closest to the front door: brrr! And it wasn’t even that cold out. Our waitress was French and did us the favor of serving us occasionally. Lucky us. The food is still good, and honestly if they did take out, that would be the best of all worlds.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful service and delicious food. Really lovely choice for a date night, and very convenient to other places, like Ford’s a Theatre.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful meal and an extremely attentive and helpful waiter. Definitely planning another visit. The PreTheater Menu was a great value

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

This place continues to be higher quality in every way.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

The business lunch is a good value by DC standards. I have been twice, and the onion soup, fried chicken, and hamburger were delicious, and the salad had an excellent dressing. Impeccable service and good lighting.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent food. Energetic atmosphere. Highly recommend for a business lunch.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

As always, the food and service was phenomenal! Thank you!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

So great - Food was amazing and our server was top notch

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Nice place. Over priced

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 9, 2018

An absolute treat. It was a wonderful place for dinner. There were 3 of us having dinner and 2 are real Southerners. They were thrilled with the fried chicken. I had the hangar steak which was delicious. The small watercress salad on each dinner plate was a nice surprise and very tasty. Can't wait to return.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 9, 2018

The restaurant has a pleasant interior (clean lines, high ceiling). However the hostess did not seem to recognize our reservation and did not convey to our waitress that this was a special occasion. The waitress gave little guidance to help our choices ("everything is good"), and lacked gracefulness and attentiveness, despite the fact that the restaurant was almost empty. This might have been due to the fact that it was an icy Monday evening.
Although well plated (see the fun to eat "Lemon eggceptional" dessert photo), some food was fine (calamari) while some did not meet basic expectations: In particular the loup de mer was highly disappointing (the fish did not taste fresh).
Unfortunately the overall experience was one that we will not keep fond memories of.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Central was down a notch, food arrived barely room temp. But best French in Washington for my modest dollars, so will be back and hopefully this was an off night.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

I returned for the French Onion Soup and stayed for the Fried Chicken and Waffles. The French Onion Soup is complex and the only one I've ever been satisfied eating, with rich complex flavors without burying you in salt. The Chicken and Waffles were perfectly portioned and balanced, and the maple syrup had a slight kick to it that added a spectacular acid to the dish. The service was polite and extremely helpful. Our seat had a wonderful view into the kitchen and we got to see the deep care that went into each dish.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Felt portions were slim for the price. Went for brunch - the cinnamon bun was small and they gave me two macaroons for dessert. Presentation was two macaroons. Not even an attempt to decorate. Butternut squash hash was a pleasant surprise. Otherwise a disappointment.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Had a wonderful experience- great food, great service relaxed atmosphere- the best of the best!
Must try the fried chicken, frise salad, duck confit, the burger was amazing- desserts delicious! Sea bass revelatory!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Very efficient pre theater service. Good value on price fixe menu.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Excellent food and perfect for pre-theater. The fried chicken was exceptional!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 3, 2018

The fried chicken is amazing. Terrific service from the host to the gentleman who took the plates from the table. Clearly a well oiled team. Kudos of course to the chef.

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·Dined on January 2, 2018

Went for lunch after visiting the museums. Had calamari, bacon and onion tart, and the special seafood pasta dish. The tart was the best dish, but the other dishes were grossly over salted. Unless one likes very salty food, I would pass on this restaurant.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Despite us calling to cancel, the hostess at this restaurant insisted on charging us 50/pp to make cancellation. My understanding at time of booking was that cancellation fee applied to only parties of six or more. I enjoy the food here and have been several times but will not reserve here again as god forbid, I get a cold and then get charged for having one.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The staff was very friendly and although busy on New Year's Eve it wasn't noticeable. Meaning, our dining experience was very pleasant, not noisy or distracting. My scallop dish was cooked to perfection, not rubbery or dry, but tender to cut with a fork and moist. I could left off the Truffles, didn't enhance my dish as suggested and I enjoyed the chocolate mousse. I do recommend warning guest that the Banana Split dessert is enough for 2 easily. We were shocked at the size... I guest an excellent deal for some. I would recommend this restaurant and look forward to dining at Central Michel Richard again.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Some of the best service I've had since starting my trip.
Such amazing waiting staff as well as incredible food made for a great dining experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

My sea bass was very dry - below average. The ambience is very average - lighting is too bright. When my husband met us there he asked me if it is a café? I agreed that it feels like a casual cafe and has little to no ambiance. I think dimming the lights might help a lot. Not interested in returning although our waiter was happy and accommodating.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

After four years since my last visit it’s fair to say that the place has grown tired. Let me be sure to pay complement to our server who did a nice job when she had time to attend to us..... that said it’s crazy to have a shortage of staff to attend to your guest in a fusion that is inline with the prices and expectations.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

I can't say enough good things about Central Michel Richard. It has been a favorite for a long time. It features good food in a casual atmosphere. The servers are always personable and capable. Clarissa, our server on 12/28, was delightful. But here is the best part. I like a certain table and request it when I make a reservation. So far, they have always been able to accommodate my wish. Makes me feel quite special.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Decided to dine again at Central due to proximity to Fords Theater and good food. The waiter was wonderful, attentive, knowledgeable, and cognizant of our theater reservations. He accommodated my vegan requests and the menu offers a vegan coconut lentil dish that was scrumptious. Our waiter even had a fresh berry plate prepared for us per our request. We had an enjoyable meal and a very pleasant experience. Once again, Central did not disappoint.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The service here was excellent, and the food was flavorful and filling.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Never disappointed! Impeccable food and service. We love Central!! Try the fried chicken and cheese poufs!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Very disappointed
Expected a lot more- terrible service! 1 of the three of us didn’t like the meal, left it, and the waiter never checked on us, refilled beverages, or asked for dessert. Took 15 minutes to get the check- we went pretheatre and almost missed the show- missed the meet & great...arrived 5:30 for reservation & couldn’t get out until 7:10 and they weren’t busy.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great food but better yet best service we have experienced in a restaurant in DC in years

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Second visit and consistently great. A "must" restaurant in DC.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

The three course lunch special in an outstanding deal, and the salmon was superb. Michael took very good care of us.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Service was a bit slow. Sat at table for 15 min before a manager walked by and asked if anyone had taken a drink order since the waiter hadn’t showed up yet.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Holiday lunch with friends, casual, wonderful food, very loud.

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Fast and friendly service. Met a friend here, it was easy to make reservations.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Delicious and delightful!
It was our anniversary night and Central delivered with both great cuisine and ambiance. The music was full of flavor as well!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

LOVE - Central is one of my favorite restaurants. The food last night was one of the best if not the best meals I've had there. I'm craving it today. Drinks were over the top good. My Dad and I had Manhattans. My Mom got 1/2 bottle of wine and my husband got sangria. Of course the cheese puffs are addicting and you can't have just one. You will want one after another. The short rib was my favorite last night. So tender. We compared it to my Mom's roast which you usually can't touch. My Mother scraped her plate clean after enjoying the sautéed scallops with beets. My Father devoured his hamburger. The sides at Central are just as good as the main courses. You cannot go without the mashed potatoes. I decided last night that they are the best and seemed to be even better than I remembered in the past. They were creamy good. The mac and cheese is always a must. I always get it really crispy on top. My Dad had the u'gratin potatoes and loved them. He ate the leftover for breakfast this morning. Now for dessert - of course someone got the chocolate bar, we got gelato and my husband got the Snowman. The Snowman was beautiful and yummy. It is made out of meringue and had a beautiful cream and berries. I loved it. Our server was wonderful.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

My meal was average. Salmon was bland and the French onion soup wasn’t too flavorful. I will stick to LeDiplomate when it comes to onion soup and return for Happy Hour when I’m on assignment in DC.

Waitress was very distracted and seemed to be in a rush when approaching the table. When asked about suggestions she wasn’t very helpful at all.

After dinner, we had drinks at the bar which was a much better experience. The bartender was very pleasant and crafted great cocktails.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

This is still one of my favorite restaurants in DC. It never fails to impress. Went last year for my son's birthday with his wife. We had such a good time we came back again this year.
Cudos to the management for keeping Michel Richard's vision alive.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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