Central Michel Richard
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
- Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
Michel's Fried Chicken
French mashed potatoes, watercress, dijon sauce. Allergens: gluten, dairy
Mashed potatoes, watercress, sauce diable. Allergens: dairy
Lemon confit, caramelized onion, potato crisp, jalapeno aioli. Allergens: gluten, dairy
My daughter 24 Birthday
Very nice; we were outside so noise level was beyond the restaurant’s control.
Went during HH with the a friend. The drinks and food were phenomenal. We will absolutely be going back.
The Lobster burger is wonderful.
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!
Celebrated a Birthday at Central. They. made it special. Love the refreshed interior!
The food is always amazing here!!!
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!
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.
Excellent food and service, consistent high quality dishes, our favorite restaurant in DC
Always visit this restaurant when in Washington DC.
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.
The food was delicious and beautifully presented. Our wait staff were very attentative. Isabelle was delightful and made us feel very welcome!
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!
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.
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!
We really liked Central from our experiences several years ago. It’s not what it used to be, but then, what is?
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!
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)
Love everything about the restaurant, service , atmosphere , food and staff
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.
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.
Delicious! We will start to dine here more often than we have in the past.
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!
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.
One of my favorite restaurants in DC -- great food and service.
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.
Everything was delicious.
Very pleasant. Except parking is hard
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Excellent food and service
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.
Great total experience
Everything on the menu was wonderful - fried chicken, chicken schnitzel and the gnocchi. Looking forward to a return visit.
Always a delight to dine at Central and be so well cared for by a wonderful staff
Isabel and the team are amazing hosts- great meal!
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.
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.