Central Michel Richard

4.6
7427 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Central Michel Richard requires all guests over 12 years of age who are dining indoors to be fully vaccinated. Guests will be asked to provide their physical Covid-19 vaccine card, government-provided digital record, a photo of vaccination card, or Health Pass by CLEAR. Masks are required for building entry whether dining inside or for restroom use. 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.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter 24 Birthday

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Bill
Berlin
53 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very nice; we were outside so noise level was beyond the restaurant’s control.

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GeorgiaM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went during HH with the a friend. The drinks and food were phenomenal. We will absolutely be going back.

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vipMontee
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lobster burger is wonderful.

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vipLQ12
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful dining experience! The renovation is amazing! I am so happy not to lose this restaurant from the COVID fallout. So many restaurants didn’t make it but I am relieved Central did!

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Denise
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a Birthday at Central. They. made it special. Love the refreshed interior!
The food is always amazing here!!!

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Nams
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad Central finally reopened! The new menu is wonderful and the service, warm and attentive as always. Our 3 year old is a fan of Isabella and team. We were tired after a long walk and the team very quickly got some comfort food for her. They also kept her engaged throughout with a sweet treat at the end. On the menu, the vegetarian tagine with grains is a winner—flavorful and hearty while the tuna burger was soft and juicy with fresh seaweed. The fries are good too. Michel’s chocolate bar/kitkat is still on the menu and as good as always and so were the profiteroles with a dark chocolate sauce. We will be back and thank you again!

JB
vipJamieB
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for our last dinner on our D.C. trip. Glad we did! The food was fantastic and the service was great. We sat on the patio and it was fun to watch the city go by. Good select of wines by the glass. The Michels Chocolate Bar was delicious for dessert. Would definitely come again.

LB
LoriB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, consistent high quality dishes, our favorite restaurant in DC

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vipGirlRaisedSouthern
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always visit this restaurant when in Washington DC.

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vipTashi
Washington DC
321 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy to be at Central just after the reopening following a makeover of the space. It is even more beautiful than before and we were excited to see so many new items on the menu. Our meal was perfect and of course the service was excellent as always.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The food was delicious and beautifully presented. Our wait staff were very attentative. Isabelle was delightful and made us feel very welcome!

JC
JadeC
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is so dang good. The fried chicken, risotto balls, steak and frites, and wine were all phenomenal. Will definitely be back for seconds!

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vipGlenn
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening, sitting on on the patio in front of the restaurant, eating our favorite foods (e.g., gougeres, fried chicken, beef bourguignon, salmon, and desserts) and being treated splendidly by the wait staff. Central never disappoints.

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RichardH
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was meticulous about the reissued COVID protocols and made the dinner safe and relaxing. The food was amazing and worth the price. I would recommend sitting outdoors when the weather is perfect. Overall, a wonderful experience and great food!

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vipBruceF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We really liked Central from our experiences several years ago. It’s not what it used to be, but then, what is?

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vipWDCluvsfood
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My husband asked me if I wanted to go out for dinner or do carry out. I said I really had a longing to go to Central and dine there which is always a lovely experience. I can’t wait to go back after the renovation. I hope creamed spinach makes it back on the menu this winter!

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Zaborator
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants to visit when we’re in town. We met the Chef this trip and he’s just as amazing as the food. Couldn’t ask for better food or better service. The fried chicken is to DIE for!! Do yourself a favor at make a reservation next time you’re in town. You’re welcome! (Smile)

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JoanneB
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything about the restaurant, service , atmosphere , food and staff

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They knew it was birthday and treated me to amazing creme brulee with a candle! It was so thoughtful! Their food is always amazing, as is the service. And their fried chicken is out-of-this-world incredible.

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vipTraveler
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Every business has off days. It could be Central had one when we visited. That said, the tabletop when seated was dirty; prosecco was flat; and the steak over done. We look forward to a better dining experience next time.

JG
vipJamesG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious! We will start to dine here more often than we have in the past.

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NathanZ
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous 20th anniversary dinner. The food (Fried Chicken meal and Muscles/Frites) was fantastic. We had Caesar salads, wine, and dessert too (delicious banana split). Service was excellent. We had such an enjoyable experience. Thank you for a wonderful evening out!

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RonnetteM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was five star from the moment I arrived. The food was amazing and the staff work as a team or family. Excellent overall.

CW
ChrisW
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in DC -- great food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My cousins were in town to visit us.
They really enjoyed Central .
Food and service was excellent The server allowed us to enjoy our meal and did not feel rushed .
My husband had the Fried Chicken and risotto balls .My cousin and I had Mussels and fries were delicious.
They also had Gazpacho and enjoyed it very much ,
I had the Beets Capriccio with Avocado delicious.
My other cousin had Shrimp Burger, They were a nice size and she enjoyed it
We were pleased that they enjoyed going to Central.

On another table it was a Gentleman’s birthday the cake looked delicious Chocolate with berries and whipped cream.

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vipEmls
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very pleasant. Except parking is hard

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a great opportunity to introduce friends to the restaurant and of course the fabulous cheese puffs! The food is fresh and the yellow tomato gazpacho is outrageous!

Luckily it wasn’t completely full on our visit so that we could hear one another readily. Sometimes I have been there and the noise level made conversation more difficult. It’s one of the better outdoor dining opportunities when the weather cooperates though!

Highly recommend!

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vipFritz
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food as delicious as before the pandemic, but from a somewhat more limited menu. Service was smooth as always. Meals at Central are consistently excellent and reasonable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was courteous and patient with us as we took a long time to order (and probably blocking foot traffic, my apologies, by standing at our table greeting people we haven’t seen in 16 months in person). Tasty food both dine-in and take-home dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was very good and at a great price for DC. Service was very good. The ambiance was missing. The noise level is among the worst. I’ll go back for the food and price but hopefully can sit outside. The noise from traffic on Pennsylvania Avenue would be quieter.

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vipDeby
Washington DC
126 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a lunch with our real estate broker and couldn't have been more delighted. The food is always delicious (especially the gougeres!) and we had a leisurely and profitable lunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service

DC
vipDCPicky
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The restaurant is very bright (maybe too bright). I think they might still be getting the kinks out post-covd. For example they did not have a wine list available. But overall, it was good and I will still go back.

JB
JoanneB
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great total experience

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vipSusanF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything on the menu was wonderful - fried chicken, chicken schnitzel and the gnocchi. Looking forward to a return visit.

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vipEDR1
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delight to dine at Central and be so well cared for by a wonderful staff

DH
vipDanaH
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Isabel and the team are amazing hosts- great meal!

BD
vipBethesdaDiner
Washington DC
110 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had fried chicken, trout almandine and spaghetti bolognese. All were delicious - meat sauce on the pasta was thick and flavorful, and pasta was appropriately chewy. Fried chicken was crisp and tangy. For dessert, three shared a Napoleon, which was tall and sweet. Just right.

FAQs

Central Michel Richard offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 626-0015.

Central Michel Richard is rated 4.6 stars by 7427 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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