Central Michel Richard
Ahi Tuna Burger
Sweet Potato Fries, Asian BBQ
French Onion Soup
Central never disappoints with its excellent service, consistently delicious food and genuine and professional staff. We choose to dine here over and over again for these reasons.
Two of the main menu items were not available due to deliver problems - so that much we need to understand during the COVID disruption to restaurants and food services. But, we took a downward turn from there - the main course salad was not only dressed ... but "soaked" in green goddess dressing ... and the kale salad was more kale stems than kale leaves. Topped with salmon (farmed) that was nicely prepared. This is a good restaurant, and deserves support - but we should expect better. Chef Michel would have been disappointed.
Central was lovely, service was great. Construction on building next door made outside dining a bit difficult, but not a reflection on the restaurant.
Central did an excellent job providing a good meal in a safe environment. We were seated outside with plenty of space between tables. The waiters were friendly and solicitous but not overbearing. Though the menu is smaller than in the past, there were still plenty of options. Each member of the party ordered a different meal and we were all very satisfied. These are difficult times and Central is meeting the challenge.
The outdoor space is nice, but the service was spotty. For those prices, i expect a table cloth...
Food was excellent in a elegant yet casual atmosphere. Service was excellent.
Have been thinking about the fried chicken for way too long! Was delicious as usual! Good service. Sat outside on a nice evening.
Back to it's old standard after the break and maybe better. Somehow the mashed potatoes seemed to have more butter than before - more than seems humanly possible in the best way. Missing an appetizer or two I used to enjoy, but 95% of what was there is back and on point.
I reserved an outdoor seating for 7pm on Saturday night at this fine establishment due to covid. When we arrived, it was a bit chilly, but the hostess/proprietor was very amenable and offered my wife and I a lovely table inside that was appropriately distanced from other diners.
The occasion was my wife's birthday, and we were treated to complimentary champagne to toast the evening!
The food was delectable, and the service was impeccable. To cap the night, we were treated to the most extravagant rendering of the napoleon desert I have ever seen!
I would highly recommend this fine establishment, and I'm sure to revisit.
Reliably delicious! The crème brûlée is unreal.
It was great. I missed the golden beet salad. But I understand.
So wonderful to have them back! Always a great experience here and that hasn’t changed. The service and friendliness of the team can’t be beat.
We went to the restaurant to find that it had closed for the summer. No one told us that we now had a reservation for a restaurant that wa shut down fo at least the next 8 weeks.
It was great like usual.
Isabelle was awesome! It was as a friends birthday! Everything was excellent!
Always the best in every regard.
The waitress needs to wear her mask correctly.
Isabelle is wonderful
Our party of 3 were seated outdoors as requested despite the threat of further pop-up storms on this June 27 evening. The staff towelled down the chairs and table perfectly before we sat down. Wine options were limited but the suggestions were helpful. Every dish was up to the usual high standards: steak/frite, yellow tomato gazpacho, broccolini, halibut and mussels with fries. When dessert arrived, we were served three different ones, although we had ordered only two, and then our waiter told us that the desserts were all on the house. Couldn't have been a finer end to an excellent meal.
It was great! We celebrated a birthday there and the staff was so nice! Especially Isabella (manager)!!
I gave an outstanding rating because the Lemon Eggceptional dessert was amazing! I started off with the “Cheese Puffs” and did not care for them at all...I was really expecting a decadent cheese flavor and it tasted only like a puff pastry, which isn’t my favorite. The coffee and dessert made up for it. I had only planned on getting a couple of side items and a dessert because I didn’t want a full meal. Next time I’ll try one of the main dishes, even in their shortened patio menu.
The restaurant was not open when I arrived. Just leaving this review because I don't see anywhere else to provide this feedback. I am happy to remove this review once the restaurant's availability is accurately shown on OpenTable.
made a reservation for last Saturday for outdoor dining. Showed up and they were closed. Never got an email or phone call giving me a heads up. If you’re closed due to the protests or covid-19, please make that known so people aren’t making reservations for a restaurant that is not open.
Patio seating only , limited staff limited the services like mixed drinks from the bar. Limited menu, food was great , service was attentive. Protest march made for interesting dinner entertainment. But proud to see folks standing up for the much needed change in our country.
Great food great staff and great atmosphere!
I am so glad my husband and I decided to eat lunch here. The outdoor patio was lovely as was the service and the food. Best mussels I've ever had as well as delicious fried chicken, lobster hamburger, and Kit Kat ice cream. We will be back..a lot!
My husband and I went for our anniversary on the first night dc restaurants opened for outdoor seating. They immediately seated us outside and far enough away from all other guests that we had no concerns. Our waiter wore a mask and in the midst of everything they’ve gone through, they gave us a free bottle of champagne for our anniversary. Food was delicious and appreciated the service for our first night out in months!
Fantastic food, amazing service. This place has not lost its edge. Absolutely fantastic.
Excellent food and service. I've been many times over the years and I think this was the fastest we got our food. The food was delicious as always and reasonably priced considering the quality
I haven't eaten at Central in more than a year. The food was subpar. Fries were cold; salad was limp; fried fish as not crisp batter.
Dinner was absolutely delightful. I think I may have asked for a spot tucked away and we were led directly to a table towards the back with a gap and a post between it and next two top with banquet on one side. Enables watching other diners and in a big mirror, the hustle, bustle and amazing orchestration - choreography - that is a kitchen producing delight, delicious, and visually lovely food. Staff was attentive, pleasant, and professional - perfect! The food and drink were wonderful. My husband did order the Birthday special that was available and thoroughly enjoyed it. Hadn't been in a while, but now looking forward to going back again. Thank you, Central Michel Richard, for a thoroughly enjoyable dinner!
Every time I eat at Central I wish I ate there more often. A wonderful meal and experience each time.
Four of us had a terrific preconcert dinner. the food, wine and service were really good. We hope to return very soon,
Best French food in DC
The manager, a gorgeous French woman named Isabelle, was so helpful & knowledgeable about the food and wine. She is an asset to this restaurant & my company will always hold business meals here !
Excellent service prior to a show at the National Theater. Very loud which made conversation challenging. Faux Gras & Country Pate was excellent, a couple of us enjoyed the filet mignon , our vegetarian enjoyed the mac and cheese.
Great restaurant! Entrees are a little heavy on the oil but so delicious!
The food was delicious. The service was professional but slow, reminding me of my last visit. Additionally, my companion was hit by an ice cube that a patron threw at her husband (and missed). No one apologized until I called it to the attention of the man who was serving them. I found that surprising. The restaurant was boisterous and loud, more that what I would call energetic.
Central Michel Richard does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Central Michel Richard also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 626-0015.
Central Michel Richard is rated 4.5 stars by 7381 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.