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Central Michel Richard

4.6
6369 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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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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Cuisines
American, French, Contemporary French / American
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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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Catering
Order online at Caviar.com or contact us at the restaurant at
pdr@centralmichelrichard.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
11th
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Parking details
Valet at night $10 starting at 5:30pm & Sunday brunch 11am
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Public transit
walk from Archives/Navy Memorial, Federal Triangle, or Metro Center
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Perfect for business meetings, cocktail parties, with a great downtown location. Private room seats up to 16 guest, semi private room 22 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

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Join us on Mothers Day for a special 3 course brunch $45 per person from 11-230. We will also be open for dinner that evening from 5-930 serving our regular diner menu and seasonal dinner special.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 6369 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
service
4.2
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4.1
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Excellent food, excellent service. The fried chicken was marvelous.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Excellent food and services. The fried chicken was the bomb.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Everything was great. Food and service.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Went here over the other nameable steakhouses and this one really hit the mark! Steak was cooking perfectly and my thick cut pork chop was amazing! Great meal for 2 and less then $100, great choice! As a side note, probably one of the best mashed potatoes I've ever had! Will recommend this 100%!

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

We are long time eaters at Central but were very disappointed this time. The good was not hot when it came, and it came much too quickly as we were having drinks. The crispy outside of the chicken special of the house was too spicy, and both the dressings on the salad and the sauce for the potatoes were way too spicy. Very disappointing.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Upon arriving, we were told our table would be delayed about 15 minutes. We ended up waiting closer to 45 but the staff was so attentive and apologetic. They brought us some delicious appetizers and a ton of free food. While it was an inconvenience, we couldn't possibly be mad because the staff was so nice and accommodating.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Busy, vibrant spot with a great wine list (including by the glass) and a diverse menu. It's noisy so don't come for a quiet, romantic dinner. Do come for attentive service, delicious food, and some fun people watching. I will definitely return! There is more on the menu that I'd like to try. The seared salmon was delicious.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Excellent food. The service was top notch - from the server Stephanie, the sommelier and the Sous-Executive Chef Anoop. Really excellent. Keep it up.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Central never disappoints. We love the variety of the menu and the food was outstanding. This was our first time sitting outside and the service was a bit scattered- hard to get a waiter when we sat down. Eventually it evened out but not a great start. This will NOT steer us away from one of our favorite restaurants in D.C.!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

The food is absolutely tasty! Enjoyed outside seating although is was extremely windy that evening, but, excellent dining experience! The servers are very polite and friendly.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

It was my birthday. The service was okay, and the steak was a little undercooked, but overall it was really good.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

I took my visiting cousin there for dinner along with my adult niece( who is a very fussy eater) we all had a wonderful meal. The fried chicken was light and crispy. The skirt steak was prepared to perfection. And the linguine with clam sauce, prepared in a saffron broth was exquisite! It was a little pricey but well worth it.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

I've lived in the area for 15 years and I cannot believe I never went to Central Michel Richard before. I always thought it was going to be too pricey. In fact, for DC, it's a very reasonable price, particularly for how truly outstanding the food is. We had oysters and the cote de boeuf, with sides of potato gratin and brussel sprouts. Everything was amazing. In particular, I recommend the cote de boeuf. They bring you the full roast to show it to you so that you can approve and then take it away to slice it up into super thin slices. But when they go away, you're briefly so sad and anxious -- because it looks so amazing and you want to eat it right away! But the slicing actually adds to the experience. Truly a special occasion meal.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Very well-made and thoughtful versions of classics updated for modern tastes.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

The Service was excellent - attentive without being intrusive.

The noise level is much too high. Added to that was unwanted music of some sort

The tables are a bit too close together

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Between three of us we had the Loop de Mer, Michels Fried Chicken, and the Hanger Steak. All three were perfect, the only issue was, that no room was left for the wonderful deserts. Amy was terrific taking care of us, friendly and efficient. Central is one of our regular stops, that never fails to please.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Brunch menu is a great value for DC. Great portions. Delicious food.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We organized a group of 20. We found the restaurant to be very accomodating for our constraints. I would recommend others check out this spot.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Favorite Spot in DC. I look forward to going to DC for a weekend event just to have Brunch at Central. The food is AWESOME and the service is SUPERB!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

alwatd delicious food, great service. They care about their patrons. we love Cewntral

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I was Looking forward to dining here...friends recommended.

Servers running all over the place not giving you a lot of attention...Managers stopped by checking in which was great. Then when they forgot about our dinner waiter went into panic mode & managers were in hiding.

For a restaurant like this very surprised the managers left waiter on his own & never addressed the situation... 45 minutes with no food after appetizer.

Food ok...

Table looked at waiters and registers...

Factory ...not a restaurant

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Restaurant was good, but feels a little past its prime. We went on a busy Saturday evening and felt like we were rushed in and pushed along so that they could turn the table. It was incredibly loud and busy.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The food was fabulous, the service was very fast, almost too fast. If you are celebrating an occasion (or not) try the celebration cake (quite spectacular).

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Still my favorite restaurant in D.C., and since we’re moving west, we decided to make this our “last supper in D.C.” The gourgeres (cheese puffs) were lovely as always. The French Onion Soup was the way French Onion Soup should be: hearty, winy, oniony, with a luscious crouton topped with melted cheese. My partners had the steak tartare, which they declared to still be the area’s best. Since this was our last visit, i splurged on the fried chicken, which put everyone else’s to shame, especially nestled on a bed of velvety smooth mashed potatoes. Sheer heaven! For dessert, we split the Michel Richard chocolate bar and a creme brûlée. Both were fabulous. Cocktails were wonderful; even the manhattan that the server accidentally spilled all over my sleeve, while the manager was chatting with us. It happened so suddenly, all we could do was laugh. Needless to say, the server and manager were beside themselves, and they comped a good part of our tab. Everything about the meal — including our seat beneath the mural of the late, great Michel Richard, was fabulous. We will miss this wonderful place!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

One of the best meals we've had anywhere, any time. Inventive takes on classics, such as the parcel of lamb shank and the lemon meringue deconstruction. The service was top notch with very well-paced delivery of the courses. Had to buy the cookbook, after such a positive experience.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Fantastic restaurant with excellent service and food!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Delicious!

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

I was visiting my son downtown and we decided to make a day of it. Went to Central for lunch and was conflicted to what to order. The Burgers looked great as they pasted by, but I decided to be on the healthier side. I had the seared salmon and it was cooked perfectly! My son had the chicken Caesar salad with goat cheese and he enjoyed it. I need to go back and try the burger.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Awesome Fried Chicken with a great bottle of Gruner!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

I met former clients here for dinner, never having met them before. They were touring DC and this was a perfect place to go: a menu with something delicious for everyone in an environment that's always energetic. In fact, the restaurant was PACKED and yet our service was still excellent and our dishes were super tasty. Yes, there were a fair number of obvious tourists, but the space is still very well maintained and doesn't feel like a tourist trap. I hadn't been here in a few years and was very happy to feel like planing a repeat visit soon.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Had a great lunch catching up with an old friend. Food was delicious as always. Server was attentive but not obtrusive although we stayed a bit longer than a normal business lunch.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

I had a fabulous meal, complemented, thanks to the sage advice of the sommelier, by an even more fabulous wine. This is a wonderful place to go with a group of friends. The service was attentive but not invasive and the food so delicious we each had to have a bite of the other's entree :) Thank you!

Ridiculously delicious desserts plus wine and smiles pictured.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

The service was excellent. Coat check and $10 valet parking! The duck special was tasty and filling.

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1.0Dined on April 1, 2018

For some reason the restaurant let me book a table 10 minutes before the kitchen was closing. They were very rude when they seated my party and constantly reminded us that the kitchen was closing so instead of dining we left.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Service was exceptional and food , as always, exceeded expectations

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We went to Central DC for Easter Brunch. The food and drinks were great, and at a very reasonable price.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday brought us here for brunch. A three course menu was on offer. We were very impressed with the choices -- you could get pancakes as a starter -- or something that was more lunch like. The yellow tomato gazpacho was out of this world, it was so good. My husband had the eggplant appetizer and was equally happy. Our entrees (Eggs Benedict and Shrimp and Grits) were perfect. We both chose chocolate desserts (mousse and the candy bar). Fabulous. Our waiter, Boris, was helpful and fun. We could not have been happier.

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1.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Reserved for Easter Brunch - - everything was OK - just OK - $200 for 3 people and just OK is not OK. Very rude waiter - just did not feel anything special was done for the special day

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Truth be told, we only ended up at Central because all the new restaurants at The Wharf were booked for the night. However, Central is a solid old dining spot for excellent food. We sampled many things and everything was extremely well-made: the salads, the onion soup, the salmon, the beef, the fried chicken, the veggies, and the desserts were amazing. One can never go wrong at Central.

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Excellent server. Excellent Cheeseburger. Bland vegan option in lentil entree.

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