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:
David Deshaies

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, and private events with a great downtown location.

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Please join us to celebrate Thanksgiving from 12 noon to 8pm on Thursday November 23rd. $58 for adults, $28 guests under 12.

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Central Michel Richard Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (83)
Pre/post Theatre (68)
Special Occasion (61)
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Business Meals (56)
Good for a Date (54)
Creative Cuisine (46)
Great for Lunch (46)
Good for Anniversaries (44)
Good for Birthdays (41)
Casual (33)
Comfort Food (33)
Fun (31)
Notable Wine List (31)
Authentic (31)
Bar Seating (29)
Good for Groups (25)
Great for Outdoor Dining (25)
People Watching (24)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
Great for Brunch (23)
Hot Spot (22)
Happy Hour (22)
Handcrafted Cocktails (20)
Romantic (18)
Worth the Drive (17)
Vibrant Bar Scene (15)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Cozy (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Healthy (10)
Quick Bite (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Afternoon Coffee (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Scenic View (6)
Disabled Access (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great Beer (3)
Organic (3)
Seasonal (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Spicy (2)
Waterfront (2)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined 3 days ago

Fried chicken. Mmmmmmmm

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Great selection on the menu, everything very well prepared, great ambience service and food, can’t ask for much more

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

verry good for lunch, as always. Only problem is quite noisy.

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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Terrific food! Great value for the pre theater menu. Wonderful service!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Birthday -put candle in dessert

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We really enjoyed our three-course, $28 brunch at Central. Each course was delicious and beautifully presented. The lemon "egg" for dessert was amazing - a white chocolate outer "shell" filled with lemon meringue. It really looked a hard-boiled egg that had been cut in half!
Brunch was so good we're thinking of returning for dinner sometime.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Central has gone downhill.
Onion soup was lacking onions and was way to salty. Fried chicken was o.k. Apple Tartine was very deconstructed and dish should have been explained by waiter
who was not very attentive.

Just not nearly as good as it once was.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great menu. Not too noisy, although busy. Delicious food, including dessert.
Only the Cheese poppers were not cheesy enough, too bready. Waiter was
wonderful and helpful. Nice vibe and friendly.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The food was delicious! I had the pre-theater menu which is a great value for DC. We all had the goat cheese caesar salad which was so good! I could have made a meal just out of that! The salmon was great. The chocolate bar dessert was great - not so much the raspberry pistachio. Wine list is impressive - lots of new labels. Service started out great and then our server kind of forgot about us. I would definitely go back and recommend. Want to go back for that burger and fries!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Veterans Day date.

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

The service here was outstanding, but the restaurant was extremely loud which made it difficult to talk. The food was good, and the seasoning was good, but it wasn’t outstanding give the prices.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great happy hour.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Excellent pre-theatre dinner experience. Seated promptly, great food, great service. The place is maintaining high standards over time. Much appreciated.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We had a lovely meal here and the service was fabulous. The food was very good and well paced. Our waiter, Marco, was excellent , making sure our wine glasses always had wine and checked to make sure we had everything we needed. The food was delicious and came the way we ordered it. We would highly recommend this restaurant, location good for many areas in Washington.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

I hesitated to go here because I thought it was one of THOSE restaurants, you know, the type that I'd feel really uncomfortable at because everyone would be so snooty. When I looked at the brunch menu and realized I could actually afford to go here, I was really excited. The experience was wonderful, the food was amazing and the prices were reasonable. I'm definitely going back and will be telling my friends to consider it an option! Thanks Central Michel RIchard

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great from beginning to end. We were seated in a quite private room off the kitchen. Service was excellent. Onion soup and fried chicken were stellar! Will definitely come back when I am in Washington. Save room for desert.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I’ve lost track how many times my wife & I have eaten here. I was last here October 2016 & both food & service were very different from previous experiences. Michel Richard had recently passed away & it was almost like all the standards left with him. This time around though, food was amazing, service was stellar & the wine recommendations were impeccable. My wife & I will absolutely be back again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent meal with good service. Spaghetti Bolognese was wonderful and of course so was the fried chicken.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our table was next to the kitchen and it was interesting to watch the activity. We ordered off the pre-theater menu and I have 2 complaints about the food. The salads seemed to have been taken right out of the refrigerator. They were noticeably cold, including the cherry tomatoes. That is not good. The fried chicken was very tough to cut and touch to chew. Other than those significant issues the rest of the food was good (including the fried chicken crust) and the service was attentive, but not overly so.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Needs a renovation. Boring pre-theater food.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Every time is a great experience here. Excellent food and service. Highly recommended.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Had high hopes for CMR considering the reviews and the price, however it did not deliver.

The only good item was the fried chicken, whereas the pricey burger was boring and the salad I received was average at best - definitely not worth the pricetag.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 30, 2017

The food was outstanding! Really appreciated the affordable valet parking right at the front door. It's so hard to find open parking lots! Food presentation was perfect. Seating was appropriately spaced. Service was not that great. I had to ask for water refills, dessert menu, coffee, etc. The waitress did not know the menu very well and could not explain some of the items. Other than that - I would definitely go back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Popped in for brunch with family this past weekend. Pre-meal bread was delicious, coffee was meh (and they seemed to have an ongoing problem with the design of all their spouts which spilled all over the table several times), and meal was yummy but at least the eggs benedict weren't extraordinary or anything. Would probably come back if I was in the neighborhood, but wouldn't prioritize.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great food and attentive staff— a very nice evening

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Central consistently produces excellent quality meals. Michel Richard would be proud of how his legacy is defended.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Was recommended to visit this amazing French restaurant by a friend and I will be recommending it myself over and over again. Service was top notch, the food was even better than I expected (two words, "fried chicken") and it was a very enjoyable dining experience. We are looking forward to returning soon. Ambiance is 4 out of 5 stars simply because it the location makes it a fairly "cozy" restaurant to eat in, but that is expected of your typical DC location. Located just down the street from the White House, this is a great place if you are in the area. The evening we were there (Saturday) they were offering valet parking for $10, which ends up being cheaper than most of the parking garages unless you get a spot on the street, so that is a welcome bit of convenience for those used to the logistical nightmares that come with dining in DC.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 28, 2017

3 course meal pre-theatre was great. Goat cheese Caesar was huge, fried chicken was delicious and the chocolate bar was just right. Would definitely return

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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Slow on drink service

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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Visiting DC with family and celebrating a birthday. Always loved Michel Richard and his restaurants! Central did not disappoint. From the French cheese puff pastries to the burgers, rotisserie chicken and lemon curd dessert... all was wonderful!!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Tables near the back are perfect spot. Loved the risotto, beef short rib Bourgogne. The goat cheese Caesar salad is a must have. Lemon eggceptional for dessert is awesome.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

I feel as though I visited a different restaurant than other reviewers, except for the noise.
I ordered the pre-theatre menu. The Goat Cheese Caesar Salad was very good; interesting concept and good combination of flavors and textures. I do not understand why the fried chicken is so popular. The chicken itself was moist but the breading is SO thick and, once it gets a little cooled off, gummy. The mashed potatoes were greasy from the chicken. The gravy boat of honey mustard sauce added a nice flavor, once you took off the breading. The pistachio raspberry tart was disappointing. My waiter and other staff were perfect; allowed me to eat, filled my water, would love to eat there again just for that service. It is a VERY noisy and busy restaurant. The couple next to me had a hard time hearing each other.
I may visit again but would definitely order a different meal.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2017

I just love Central. The food is always great. Bread is great, onion soup is exceptional, and risotto is always a great choice.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2017

As usual the food was phenomenal! I highly recommend Central to everyone I know!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Loved the creative food. The chicken lemon burger with the interesting toppings, crispy potato, caramelized onion, tomato and jalapeño aioli was really great. The signature fried chicken was amazing! We were a little disappointed when we were shown to the very back table in the large room, even though we were among the first to arrive for lunch. The hostess had no problem giving us another table, at our request.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Food excellent as always. Service does not quite match and it should given prices. Much of the restaurant is very noisy but the tables near the kitchen are quietest. We will return.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Way too expensive, by a factor of three or four at least.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (New England)·Dined on October 23, 2017

excellent food and fine service - would certainly go back the next time in DC

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Celebrating Anniversary

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We had had an amazing dinner at Central . We went there for a pre Marine Corps marathon meal and were delighted to see a number of pre race meals available. The staff was gracious and the food was delicious and fresh. The desert was creative and delicious. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone in the Dupont Circle vicinity!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion
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