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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:
Tony Roussel

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

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Central Michel Richard Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.1

value

4.1

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Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (91)
Fit for Foodies (85)
Special Occasion (65)
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Creative Cuisine (62)
Good for a Date (60)
Great for Lunch (45)
Good for Anniversaries (43)
Comfort Food (43)
Business Meals (42)
Good for Birthdays (41)
Casual (36)
Bar Seating (33)
Fun (28)
Great for Brunch (25)
Authentic (23)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Notable Wine List (22)
Good for Groups (21)
Worth the Drive (21)
Hot Spot (20)
Romantic (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Sunday Lunch (17)
Cozy (16)
Happy Hour (16)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
People Watching (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Healthy (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Seasonal (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Scenic View (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Great Beer (2)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Live Sports (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Orlando)·Dined a day ago

Good restaurant carpaccio with mango reccomended

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

I made a reservation me and three of my girlfriends for a Valentine’s Day dinner. From the moment we sat down it was nothing short of amazing. Our server, Boris, was AMAZING. Every time I come back, I will always sit with him. He made sure we wanted for nothing. Please make sure this gets back to him, we love him!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Very disappointing experience. Was our Valentine's Day dinner and unfortunately the restaurant experience did little to make it special. First: waiting literally 15 minutes for the valet to appear. Secondly: service was incredibly slow and inattentive. Here's a hint: VD is usually a busy dinner night, Central! Not only did it take forever to take our order, we ended up waiting neatly 20 minutes for the main course to arrive following the appetizers. (Thank you to the waiter for the apologies and the extra wine refill.) When it did arrive, the food was cold... yay, that means it was sitting. Compounding this, neither the duck nor the salmon dish was very imaginative or very tasty. The desert *looked* spectacular, but was rather tasteless as well. In short, I guess I'm not surprised I was able to secure a reservation to Central for VD... apparently people knew to stay away.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Valentine day dinner w the wife. They called three times to confirm the reservation, twice asking for credit card in case we cancelled. And we probably should have. Not nearly what the place used to be.

We ordered the tasting menu w wine pairing for one. Bill w tax and tip came to $250. The crab appetizer was brilliant. The main ‘surf and turf’ of filet mignon and lobster tail was just the opposite. Chef recommended medium for the filet (relunctantlybagreed) and it came well (not even a shade of pink). We thought we were getting a tail but instead got a ‘tail equivalent’ mixed with a substance that did not go down well. Big disappointment.

Chocolate covered sponge cake w fruit (shaped like a heart) made a nice desert. Wine pairing was fine but the pours were stingy.

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·Dined 4 days ago

I really recommend the three course lunch special... really awesome foo.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Always consistent service and excellent food...

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 (San Antonio)·Dined 7 days ago

Brunch was fantastic. Had the 3 course meal and it was a ton of food. The chicken and waffles and scallion omlet are worth going back for. Highly recommended

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Central was a regular spot my husband and I would go to whenever we got a weekend date night without the kids. We always had an above average experience until last night. The food was still delicious but the service by the restaurant staff from the hostess to the manager was not impressive. They weren’t friendly. They weren’t rude, but just didn’t come across as inviting and welcoming especially for a higher end restaurant like Central. I even noticed that the manager - I’m assuming he was because he was the guy in the sports jacket - went around and said hello to every table except ours and we were sitting in the middle of the dining room. I thought it was just me, but when I mentioned it to my husband, he said he noticed too. Not a big deal, but it didn’t make us feel as welcome. Overall just a mediocre spot for date night last night.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Dinner was delicious, the scallops were cooked perfectly. And the mash potatoes are the best! Will have to try the shrimp burger next time!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Service was phenomenal! Clarissa and one of the managers took great care of us. Burger was perfection, fried chicken was almost too much. Didn't really care for the fries, but the salad and cougeres were delightful. Drinks were also very good. Don't upcharge $2 to split a salad--it's a little awkward and really unnecessary for a restaurant of this quality. A little loud and bright, but great experience overall. Clarissa was ridiculously charming and fun.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great service. We ate the pre theater menu. The portions were large , delicious and a good value. It was an awesome experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Comfort Food, Quick Bite
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 7, 2018

I love this restaurant, mainly for its excellent consistency. The food and service are very good and I'm never disappointed.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Fantastic. We dine out at top 100 restaurants regularly., For the price this is a gem.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Fun, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 5, 2018

As usual the food and service were phenomenal!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Both of us were extremely disappointing. We gave up a reservation at Le Diplomate to try something new. The atmosphere was cafeteria-like and the food not much better. Uncreative, heavy and not well executed. Nothing stood out. The menu was boring. I barely touched my caesar salad which was drenched in blue cheese dressing and the French onion soup tasted like canned comsomme with a thick and bland glop of cheese over it. Not sure why this restaurant gets the ratings it has.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Our food was good, not a fan of the hanger steak but salmon, onion soup, all else was excellent. Biggest plus is the service was perfect. Boris was our server and he was one of the best we have had since living in DC. We had dinner here prior to going to Ford's theatre. Very convenient, will go again. Service again was perfect.

Tags: Late-night Find, Authentic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Central is so consistently good. I had not been here in a while and my favorites were just as good as they have always been. I still think the Ahi tuna burger is the best sandwich in town and the cheese puffs! I had forgotten about the lemon dessert and it too was excellent. Service was top notch. Interior starting to feel a little dated, but it remains very comfortable and it's easy to have a conversation.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The food here is very good - just like a bistro in France. But there it would be about 1/2 the price since it is simple food.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 1, 2018

It was my business associate’s first time at Central and she was wowed by the food, the service and the ambiance that welcomed without being intrusive. She’ll return ....and so will I. Central continues to deliver and then some despite the drag of being across the street from the Trump property.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 1, 2018

El pollo frito es delicioso.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 1, 2018

We enjoyed every dish we had - from wonderful frisee salad to main courses of mussels and loupe de mer. The restaurant staff treated us to a "birthday surprise" - my friend got a birthday candle in a delicious chocolate mousse. We both loved the experience!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Superb. Had the French Onion Soup, Brussels Sprouts, and Michels Fried Chicken. Flat out delicious.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Fried Chicken&Waffle is really good. Finding a new way to cook chicken breast and I will recommend it to you guys all. The omelette seems like an artwork🔥

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Wonderful in every way. I’ve been during restaurant week and not during restaurant week and either way they treat their customers like valued guests to treat and spoil.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

For all those restaurants who feel they don't want to participate in Restaurant Week ...take note.. We have already made plans to return to Central based on the fantastic food and service we experienced dining there for restaurant week. It was clear the restaurant was taking the opportunity to lure out back with great food and service. The fried chicken breast with mashed potatoes is the ultimate comfort food, the trout was moist with crispy skin and the serving was large enough to take home for lunch the next day. The inclusion of 3 choices of bottles of wine with a $40 price was a wonderful surprise for us and we took advantage of it. A wonderful dining experience that we fully intend to enjoy again very soon.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We got seated in back room connected to kitchen. It was warm in the room with different ambiance then the rest of the restaurant.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Disappointed — arrived on time for our reservation & were seated by hostess then asked to move twice!!

The restaurant week menu wasn’t very Interesting with the exception of an excellent Burrata, Eggplant Caponata, Prosciutto appetizer. Trout almondine over cooked & salty.

Will stick to the burgers & patio seating for the future.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We were greeted cordially and seated almost immediately. Our server was attentive, taking our orders in a timely manner. The food was beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. We both had the trout almondine and it was exceptional. We enjoyed the entire meal.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I have always seen this restaurant get excellent reviews so I was excited to try it out on restaurant week. We just found it OK overall...soup and salad definitely best part of the meal....The dining atmosphere is mediocre at best with little ambiance. Good service though.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Central has been our top restaurant for outings with dear friends and family. The food is always delicious, the drinks are inspiring and unique and the service is top notch. It is sophisticated but not pretentious. We have been here over a dozen times and everyone we bring loves it!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We ate for the first time at Central and were very impressed by both the food and service. We took advantage of the three course selections offered during restaurant week and my wife and I purposefully chose different selections all of which were inventive and outstanding. Our waiter was pleasant, knowledgeable and added significantly to the dining experience. GM Brian Zipin clearly has a clue about how to manage the staff and seemed proud of their skills and teamwork, which included bussing plates with elan and folding napkins when diners stepped away from their tables and covering for each other while dancing through tight spaces. The place was bustling, open and somewhat reminiscent of a cafeteria in design. Matching this feel, it was more than a touch noisy, but the meal was so good that all that soon became background. Note the ambience did not match the refinement of the cuisine and service and I thought was a bit of a detraction if you are looking for style and comfort. However we will likely go back, even at the non restaurant week pricing which is a bit on the high side for what seems a raucous, open bistro experience. If you want to be in a fervent somewhat casual scene and eat well, it may be 100% satisfying.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I was expecting a more formal atmosphere and venue. My friend and I were there for restaurant week. I had the prosciutto appetizer, which was absolutely delicious! Loved the combo of prosciutto, with sweet fruit and cheese. I tasted my friend's butternut squash soup, which was very good too. I then had the fried chicken breast. The serving was huge, 2 large breasts of chicken laid on top of a bed of mashed potatoes. My friend and I could have split that dinner. The mashed potatoes were divine too and the green beans nice and snappy. I also tried my friend's almondine trout, very good with baby potatoes! for dessert we ordered different desserts to try each others. I had the pistaccio creme brulee, which was absolutely wonderful, then tried my friend's warm bread pudding which was to die for as well!! The food was definitely up to par and absolutely delicious!! The service very good and fast. thank you. I will back for the food. Thank you.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Had a chance to visit this restaurant during restaurant week which is a great way to experience this restaurant at an affordable price. The food was excellent. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

It was restaurant week and this was a perfect place! It gets rather noisy here. I had expected tablecloths but I guess they want a more casual place. The service was good but the waiter a little too talkative. He spoke fast and his accent was hard to understand.
The appetizer was delicious and beautifully plated.
Overall it was a very nice experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

It is always a pleasure eating at Central - the food is delicious (we had squash soup with fried egg and bacon - very original) and their delicious fried chicken and mashed potato. We order that every time we go, along with the chocolate lava cake. Fantastic meal.

Service was good; noise level a bit too high for our liking, but once the lunch crowd began thinning out , the noise level was much lower.

Always a pleasure to dine here.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great service and food was flavorful and unique without being pretentious. Would definitely come back

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Awful. Felt rushed and couldn’t finish our meal.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Cheese puffs and the Fried Chicken over mashed potatoes were very tasty.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Great food. Their restaurant week menu is excellent.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Great butter for dinner bun, but need a little work on the bread. I had squash soup as starter. Egg cooked perfectly, initial taste is smooth and flavorful. It is a bit too rich near the end of the soup. Trout is my choice for entree. The fish is cooked beautifully. Presentation is nice. The only problem is that the use of lemon juice is too heavy which overwhelmed the fish. Pistachio creme burlee is just astonishing. Great restaurant week menu and dishes. This is a place I will recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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