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Central Michel Richard, Washington, DC

Central Michel Richard

4.7
4.7
7456 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 63 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, French, Contemporary French / American

  • Hours of operation

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

  • Phone number

    (202) 626-0015

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    David Barigault

  • 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, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 7,456 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • District of Columbia

    American

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  1. SF

    SallyF

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We wanted a nice dinner before going to the National Theater. Central was perfect! The food was delicious. The service was excellent. Tables were spaced far enough apart that noise was not a problem. And the bill was quite reasonable for the quality of the meal.
  2. SD

    SinDC

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was very happy with my experience at Central. When I arrived, the host was very professional. He offered various options for where we could sit, and I asked for a quieter location - he provided the perfect seat for lunch with my friend. Our server was also very upbeat and kind.
  3. AW

    AnneW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Food was excellent, portion sizes just right for lunch, service was great but waiters hovered a bit too much. Noisy but didn't detract. Appreciated the sensible sized tables that actually fit the plates and glassware.
  4. s

    shagsoprano

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were great. Can’t wait to go back.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic food and service!
  6. JF

    JayneF

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Classic French bistro. Quality food and service.
  7. D

    Deborah

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently a fabulous dining experience!!!! Menu is interesting - every single item we have ever ordered has been delicious and the service is always outstanding.
  8. A

    Angelmom

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My husband and I had a date night to the theater with preshow dinner at Central. What a treat ! Can't believe it took us so long to get here. Cocktails were top-notch, appetizers tasty, and main dishes so well prepared and presented. Our server was a gem who wanted each part of our meal to be a success, including wine pairings. We will be back!
  9. P

    Perched

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hosted a group of folks for a business meal from all over US. Comments around the table were “this is the best fried chicken I have ever had” and “this place is amazing”
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Salmon was over cooked and dry as cardboard.
  11. K

    Kimdabroker

    Atlantic City

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Pre Theatre Birthday Lunch We started with the Gouger
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Manager was condescending
  13. JL

    JustLucky

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As good as it's always been. That's why it's one of my favorite restaurants anywhere. The fried chicken is their signature dish.
  14. J

    Jock

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were excellent. I recommend Central for a pre-National Theater dinner.
  15. D

    Dmar

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Food was great! Very accommodating staff.
  16. N

    Neighbor

    Washington DC

    91 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Always a reliable choice. I wish you update the menu more often. I have been coming here for 12 years and the menu is pretty much the same. Some of your offerings, like the Tuna burger, are classics and should remain, but there is room for other dishes. Same is true for your dessert menu. Seasonal offerings would be appreciated.
  17. MZ

    MarkZ

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb place to get lunch, quality dishes and consistently good, with professional and friendly service. It is not too quiet, but in a good way, has a feel of atmosphere that is endearing.
  18. CS

    CordelliaS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Good on all points, good ambience, food, service. BUT the ladies room was awful: no soap, no toilet seats covers, and sink looked like there was blood on it, maybe have been rust.
  19. l

    lynnsreview

    Washington DC

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the mussels and they were some of the best mussels that i have had in a good long time. Always a treat to have lunch here with the fabulous food and service
  20. PB

    PaulB

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Reliably good food, but always feel a bit rushed and very loud.
  21. AB

    AmberB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and attentive service. Everything we ordered was delicious. Staff made a birthday dinner special.
  22. JP

    JerryP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant ambience was great. We were greeted by the staff, who recognized from the reservation we were on a date for our anniversary. They complimented two glasses of champagne to start. The service was great, the price was not overly pricey, and the food was delicious. Overall, a great experience and I would recommend to anyone looking for some French-like cuisine to try this place out...I know I plan to go back....
  23. d

    doug

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a quiet Saturday lunch hour. As always, the food was great (fish & chips), and the desert was awesome (banana split). We were graciously accommodated at the bar.
  24. S

    Steve

    Washington DC

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We just love the opportunity to sit outside on Penn Ave on a quiet summer Friday evening and enjoy great food and service. Thanks!
  25. VD

    VermilionDate

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Anniversary and mentioned it in the OpenTable reservation but nothing special and no greeting. Very loud in this place. The lemon dessert is amazing!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner before a night out at the National Theater
  27. BL

    BetsyL

    Washington DC

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Place very crowded. Fries cold. Great service by bartenders. We are regulars.
  28. t

    timk

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Massively loud, which is why we haven’t been in 6 years, and it hasn’t changed; could barely have a normal conversation at the table and couldn’t hear the server well over the noise. Chicken schnitzle shouldn’t be perfectly round in shape.
  29. WD

    WelltrvldDnr

    Washington DC

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    It was great to return to Central after several years - the food remains excellent and consistent. The fried chicken is a must as is the chocolate bar and crème brûlée!!!
  30. WG

    WilliamG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service was phenomenal. Went above and beyond. Thank you so much for a great experience!
  31. EW

    EWC79

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was the first time for my four friends. They loved the food and dessert, and the service. Boris stopped by several times, guided us with the dessert selections, and overall made the experience that much more special.
  32. AH

    AndreaH

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was good, but
  33. L

    Larry

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience in every way! Central never disappoints!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Good entree and salad. Crab cakes not exceptional. Service somewhat lacking in personality, no greeting, no explanations, just taking orders.
  35. CS

    ChristyS

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When I asked for help keeping my group on a tight schedule to meet other obligations, Central shocked me in a good way with its service and efficiency without sacrificing any part of a delicious meal. Well done!
  36. L

    Lisa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely place to dine. The food exceeded my expectations!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall2food4service4ambience1
    When booking the table there was no indication that I would be forced to sit outside on a 80 plus degree day. They should either make it clear when reserving that you will have to sit outside rather than just taking the reservation and not accommodating diners with an indoor table when they show up with a reservation.
  38. CC

    ClaudiaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the most wonderful time, the shrimp burger was delicious and my husband’s fish and chips were also awesome!!!
  39. NZ

    NathanZ

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about the dinner was outstanding. The super helpful staff helped us get situated with three connected reservations. The service was impeccable. The food absolutely delicious. The prices were reasonable. It was the perfect pre show experience before heading to National Theater. It couldn’t have gone any better.
  40. BC

    BrianC

    Washington DC

    86 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Excellent service by Carlos and team

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 4.7 stars by 7456 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 63 times today
Google Map for Central Michel Richard

1001 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004

Additional information

  • Cross street

    11th Street &amp; Pennsylvania Ave NW

  • Neighborhood

    Penn Quarter

  • Hours of operation

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

    David Barigault

  • 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, Vegan, 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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