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Central Michel Richard

6276 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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American, French, Comfort Food
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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
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Phone number
(202) 626-0015
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Tony Roussel
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Cross street
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Parking details
Valet at night $10 starting at 5:30pm; self parking during the day
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Public transit
walk from Archives/Navy Memorial, Federal Triangle, or Metro Center
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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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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
What 6276 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipamoore (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined 2 days ago

We were in town so decided to stop by for brunch. The chicken and waffles was very nice, the syrup was spicy, so it didn't make the dish sweet. Loved the eggs benedict, though my one complaint is that the candian bacon, while amazing, overpowered the egg and sauce a bit. Got a corpse reviver, amazing! Their bread is also very good, crispy but soft on the inside. Very nice experience, will come again.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

My favorite restaurant in DC! Food is always great, service outstanding, and the price is right!

BluefieldsBayJamaica (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

We got the Pre-Theater menu before a movie nearby. Although we had been here before, the food was incredibly good and even better than our previous visit. We will come more frequently now, as the staff also responded so positively to my request for a quiet table. This restaurant should be highly recommended as we are in the service business too and our experience here was completely impressive. Our thanks to the attentive staff!

OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

My wife and I ordered the theatre pre fixe meal. The food was very good. Our only complaint was the noise level in the restaurant.

OpenTable Diner (Orlando)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

Good restaurant carpaccio with mango reccomended

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 6 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!

vipAlex (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined 6 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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined 6 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.

JonE (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

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

vipFrontrowfoodie (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Always consistent service and excellent food...