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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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4.5

Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

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 (65)
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Creative Cuisine (61)
Good for a Date (61)
Great for Lunch (47)
Comfort Food (45)
Good for Anniversaries (43)
Business Meals (42)
Good for Birthdays (40)
Casual (36)
Bar Seating (33)
Fun (28)
Great for Brunch (26)
Authentic (24)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
Good for Groups (22)
Notable Wine List (22)
Worth the Drive (22)
Romantic (20)
Hot Spot (19)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Cozy (15)
Happy Hour (15)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
People Watching (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Healthy (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Seasonal (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
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)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 22, 2010

It seems I always order the same two dishes when I dine at Central: the frisee salad followed by the mussel chowder. Both are reliably tasty, though this time the salad dressing was lacking in salt while the chowder contained too much of it. Service can be hit or miss, and the noise level tends to drown out the voices of others at the table. But on the whole, the restaurant continues to hit more high notes than low ones.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 22, 2010

We enjoyed the 3-course lunch special, even though a bit too salty. Our major disappointment was in the service. We waited 20 minutes for a server to approach us to take our order and finally got the attention of a server who was not assigned to our table. A request for a second beverage was ignored; again we had to get the attention of a different server. Fortunately the quality of the food helped compensate for the inadequate service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 21, 2010

Compared to Cittronelle, Central was by far the better restaurant. Food much more reasonably priced but equally outstanding.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 21, 2010

Must try the cheese puffs! They are yummy!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 20, 2010

Used to have a fantastic ambience, however as it has gotten more and more popular, you can't help but feel rushed in and out. The menu has also undergone an unfortunate reduction in quality over the past two years -- though the preparation of the food is still fantastic. The wait staff hardly paid any attention or made the evening special at all, which particularly left me wondering why I was paying $29 for a lobster burger (at least it isn't $32 like in the good old days). We won't be back, and our dollars can be much better spent elsewhere.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 20, 2010

Charcuterie plate was the perfect start. Hanger Steak was perfect, Short Ribs and Lamb Shank were delicious. Fried Chicken was great. Best thing? The Pork Belly appetizer - phenomenal!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 20, 2010

Central knows what they do best for the menu taking american classics like fried chicken and mash and making it fabulous. The atmosphere in here was great and only the special on the menu was slightly under par. Everything else the entire group found superb.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 20, 2010

Good place for a group - lots of choices on the menu. Our server was not very personal - and we had to ask for water glasses to be refilled. We were also not asked if we wanted more drinks after we had placed our initial order. We would have definitely ordered a second round or another bottle of wine if we had been asked.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 20, 2010

Overall, we really enjoyed our dining experience. Highly recommend the charcuterie platter and the lobster burger. My husband had the cheeseburger, and said it was good, but not excellent. The chocolate bar is fantastic, and actually a perfect size to split if you have already had an appetizer and main course. The only disappointment was the banana split. For one, it is huge. Also, nothing really special, and ice cream flavors were fairly bland. But, other than the one dessert, we were very happy.

Service was prompt and courteous, but not overly welcoming. For us, it was fine, but some might find it a little off-putting.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 20, 2010

Our experience was very good, just shy of five stars. The asian-style tuna carpaccio was sublime, the mussels in garlic wine sauce delicious, and the molton chocolate lava cake was decadent. Service was slow at times, but when the waiter was present she was very attentive, knowledgable and enjoyable. She had a very large table to attend to which drew her away from ours at times. The hard surfaces of the dining room and the open kitchen made the noise level high and reduced the overall ambiance. Still a wonderful experience and worth the expense.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2010

It was so loud when we sat down that we left immediately. We wanted a quiet evening.The hostess was very understanding and called 701 at my request and luckily their pre-theatre crowd had just left.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2010

Yum! Central never disappoints, I just wish it weren't so hard to get a table.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2010

Food was too salty to eat.
Addition bread was too cold to eat
Also butter was too cold and hard to eat.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2010

Creative food perfectly prepared served by competent, relaxed and intelligent staff. What more could you ask? I go a little late at lunchtime, and the room quiets down somewhat. Portions a la carte are too big for me. I'm happier with the specials.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2010

One of the best lunch places in Penn Quarter/Downtown area, bar none. Can't go wrong with anything on the menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2010

Food good but restaurant lacks character. I prefer Bistro du Coin.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2010

+ Food is very good and different

+ Corporate feel and good for groups

+ Ambiance is well done without over-doing it

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 16, 2010

Everything was great except for our waiter. He was a rude french person that was so rude and arrogant. He took forever to take our order and when someone else took it, he embarrassed the other waiter that was just trying to help out. Everyone except for this one waiter was really nice, its too bad i didn't get his name. The worst service ever from this guy, its too bad because everything we ordered was excellent except for this experience. Food was prepared really fast, it seemed that this guy really did not want us to be there.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 15, 2010

PRO: The food was well prepared. When food was delivered to the table, the food temperatures were pretty much perfect across the board. Nothing was too salty or sweet. The restaurant is lovely--clean, simple, and comfortable.

CON: I think there is too much food on a plate. The portions seem sized for 2 people. I also didn't personally care much for the brussel sprouts as prepared. I feel their flavor and texture is lost when they are cooked so much. Mushy brussel sprouts with not-crispy bacon came across a little bland.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 14, 2010

Not especially imaginative food but favourites that are always very, very well executed. Have gone repeatedly and see no reason not to continue returning. Am always happy to recommend to others.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 13, 2010

The bread, onion soup, lamb shank and mac & cheese all got raves. The french fries were no better than good fast food, not crisp, nothing special. But the lobster and chicken pot pie violates every principal of "truth in menu". The dish was huge, but it was mostly very good puff pastry crust topping a filling comparable to Swanson's chicken pot pie. Three of us ordered it, and none of us got more than two pinky-nail size pieces of flavorless lobster knuckle meat. No claw, no tail, not even the full knuckle. So for $96 we got plenty of supermarket quality pot pie. The pearl onions were too large and weren't caramelized, there was very little carrot and the chicken had no discernible chicken flavor, although there was about 3 oz of it.

Tags: Late-night Find, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 13, 2010

Food was fun and playful. Liked how the frog legs were evocative of buffalo wings. However disappointed that skate wing no longer on the menu.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 13, 2010

Gorgeous presentation of food. The tuna carpaccio was spectacular in appearance and taste.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 12, 2010

Went twice within two weeks and we were delighted both times. Creative treatments of Bistro favorites, nice wine list, not overly extensive, well chosen, but a little pricey. Second time we went we ate at the bar and had great service from Nicki the female bartender. She was very personable and did a gerat job fixing drinks but still giving us excellent service for drinks and food.

I had steak tartare both times (excellent!) my wife had fried chicken and then frogs legs, again both excellent.

We'll go back when we are in DC again.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2010

Our family of 5 loved it - vegetarian french onion soup, to lobster sandwich - all wonderful choices, everyone loved everything we ordered... even the simple side of green beans was wonderful. Wow, definitely going back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2010

We had a wonderful meal Friday night! We had an excellent server - attentive but never pushy (and part of our group was late) - he helped us select a great bottle of wine. My hanger steak was amazing, as was the fried chicken. We finished the meal sharing deserts - lets just say, the banana split by itself will bring our group back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2010

Good spot for bistro fare heavy on cheese, cream, and butter. Dependable, classic fare, more "upscale casual" than sophisticated.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2010

I was sort of suprised by Central--the food was pretty good, but not exactly surpassing its price point. The lighting and ambiance was suprisingly cafeteria to me.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2010

Great food in a faux 'casual' environment. Lots of great and creative options on the menu, valet is only $8, and the desserts rock! My one piece of advice is be sure to make a reservation, or be there really early. The place fills up fast!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2010

The service wasn't very good, although they were friendly and polite they took a long time to take our orders. But the food was delicious, except the steak I got was pretty salty.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2010

Fun menu, reasonable prices, large portions.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 9, 2010

I've eaten here a few times and it seems like each successive visit is a little less special. The food is good, but it's starting to seem tired. The folded paper menus were crinkled, food stained, and shopworn. Why not replace? But most notably, the service is aloof - not exactly bad, just disengaged. Few smiles, little input, nothing to make you feel like it's a special place. Additionally, the tables are close together and we had a party of four next to us, including a 6-year-old who was restless - this perhaps isn't the best restaurant for a child, but the fact that we were sharing banquette seating made it worse. You'd think the hostess might have seated them at a stand-alone table. It'll be a while before I'm back.

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 (London)·Dined on November 8, 2010

Good American Classic and great value.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2010

Had to wait 30 minutes to be seated despite arriving on time for our reservation. Food did not sparkle the way it normally does: one item too salty, several quite bland. Server was excellent.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 8, 2010

Nice location and atmosphere. Food was fabulous!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2010

It was an amazing experience. The food was exceptional. The service was great. I would strongly recommend this for a romantic dinner or a pre-show dinner. We had the scallops, cheesburger and rotisserie chicken and all were great.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2010

The food was very good, however, our server was overwhelmed and unable to pay adequate attention to each table. Also, the server spilled wine on my clothes and did not offer dry cleaning or compensate my glass of wine.

I have dined at Central Michel Richard once before and had a much better experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2010

The chicken and lemon burger with bleu cheese was delicious -- and the banana split was about the best banana split I've ever had (and huge). I loved the bits of fruit in the topping as well as the trio of ice creams to the side. The service was not as attentive as I prefer, but not bad.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 7, 2010

Food was good. Service decent. Prices OK. A little too loud for easy conversation. My calamari salad was delicious. The steak tartar was good, not great, but the fries were definitely not "pommes frites", not crispy enough.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 6, 2010

It was good, but not spectacular.

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