Central Michel Richard

4.6
6635 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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. Private dining room available for up to 16 guest, semi-private for 20 guest.
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 & Pennsylvania Ave NW
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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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Entertainment
Join us @CentralMR for event and entertainment updates.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 6635 People Are Saying
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VM
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still stellar. Brian Zimin leads a superb team who expertly serve outstanding cuisine that never fails to impress us. Bring your visiting friends like we do and they’ll leave DC knowing our food culture, who’s ascendance was led by Michel Richard, equals any in the USA. Thanks, Brian, we’re lucky to have Central Michel Richard to enjoy again and again.

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b
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for a non-pretentious Sunday brunch. Impeccable French toast. Shrimp and grits. That SHRIMP AND FLIPPIN' GRITS! I'm still in awe.

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CP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our experience lived up to the restaurant's reputation. Excellent service and attention to detail. Wonderful food and lively atmosphere. Can't wait to go back!

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l
Washington DC
354 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Creative!! Splendid food served elegantly. Our server was excellent and timely with everything. It is our favorite go-to restaurant in downtown DC

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S
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love this place and it is always on the top 5 go tos for us.

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j
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service is always great.

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G
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 2

Central never disappoints. We had some friends in from Boston and they assumed that DC didn't have the quality of restaurants that they do up East... We wanted to have a casual but high end food establishment and were late getting reservations but Central was available. They loved it.. the crab cake gumbo got rave reviews...I had the scallops which were cooked to perfection...and our anti-seafood friend got the fried chicken..all was spectacular....the cheese puffs were my favorite.
I've been going to Central since it opened and I've never had a bad meal. The outside seating is fun in the Spring/Summer months.

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PW
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I had tickets to the Warner Theater and searched for a convenient place to grab dinner beforehand. CMR didn't disappoint! I made 6 pm reservations online and noted we had an 8 pm show. Our waiter was very conscientious of this and we were out by 7:30 pm. We did the prix fixe menu and both options of the fried chicken and the meatloaf - delicious! Also, their cosmo was one of the best I've had in a long time. We will definitely go there again.

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DH
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall, the food was great. We liked the shrimp risotto and mini crab croquettes, and loved Michel's chocolate bar!

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OT
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Saturday, after the Beetlejuice matinee; this was our first visit to Central, but so convenient to the National Theatre, we will have to come again! We were early, and as we sat there, the restaurant started to fill up with folks clearly going to the same theatre's evening performance... service was brisk and professional, the staff aware that it was necessary to get people served in a timely manner, but not make them feel rushed.
Plenty of dishes on the menu we'd like to try, to be saved for next time!

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b
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such attentive service from the minute we were greeted to our wonderful server. Food was delicious and well priced. Great pre-theatre dinner spot.

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D
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server Stephane was very attentive and made my birthday celebration very special.

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MP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Pretheatre prix menu is great! Excellent food and value.

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L
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food remains consistently good. The fried chicken and buttery mashed potatoes are so delicious! The pre theater menu is a great deal.

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N
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Always reliable. Had pasta bolognese before and loved it, this time it disappointed. My lunch friend liked his food so all good.

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AM
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I’ve always loved Central, but I feel there is a diminishment in its over quality. The tuna was dry, the salad under flavored, the service a bit lackluster...I might try it again, especially for lunch, but ...

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LC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went for brunch and it was an overall amazing experience. The brunch is a 3-course meal for $28 and you can add bottomless mimosas for $15. Our waiter, Boris very nice and pleasant and made great food recommendations. The shrimps and grits were amazing, the pancakes were massive and the chocolate bar was great to close things out. I plan on going back often

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JR
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Central has been a go to restaurant for theatre over the years. It always is on spot. This trip tried the burger and skirt steak. Both excellent and cooked perfectly as ordered. Service great. Food great. Thanks Central.

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AS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent - very interesting menu with a wide variety of choices. The service was excellent. Thoroughly enjoyed the meal. My only "complaint" was the noise level - we were seated in the back towards the kitchen, which made conversations a little difficult. But otherwise, I'd definitely recommend it and definitely will go back when we have the opportunity.

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MJ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautifully prepared and amazingly delicious comfort food!

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F
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Shrimp burger wasn’t good. Missed the Lobster Burger. Fried chicken was a crispy chicken delight!

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MK
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent service and food. Unique and creative dishes, drinks and desserts. Service was near perfect.
Only downsides , tables packed a little tighter than comfortable. Noise level was loud. Prices were to be expected for the quality level, though the sizes of the entrees, could have been a little bigger. Overall, an excellent experience in dining. Come for the food, it’s well worth it, even with a less than perfect atmosphere

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H
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, table was perfect (by the kitchen) and service was perfect!

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S
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Enjoyed the food, service, and experience of downtown DC.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really appreciated the quick service in getting us finished in time to see our concert.

We had two vegans with us and they liked the entre. It would be nice to have another vegan entre but especially nice to have a vegan appetizer

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C
Washington DC
91 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can't think of a better downtown choice for lunch or dinner. Food, service and ambience are all superb.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Lunch service has been slow lately. It took nearly 1.5 hours

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RJ
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch, both food and service! Selections of food were very accommodating !

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C
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to Central before an event. They were able to give us great service. Not to slow, not rushed. Food was perfect. Get the Calamari. You won't regret it.

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f
Vancouver
94 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Great service but variable food— excellent appetizer and salads (creative and tasty take on Caesar salad) but mains not nearly as good. Rotisserie chicken had good dark meat but over cooked and dried out white meat. Meatloaf very salty and not hot. Remarkably noisy restaurant, with lots of hard reflective surfaces. Not a place to which I would return.

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WD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter Stephane was a delight and hope he’s our waiter every time we go to Central from here on out!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service

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S
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Was there pre-theater on a Thursday but it was still quite lively even though it was early. Food was tasty while being homey. The wine by the glass was excellent, much better than what is offered many places on the by-the-glass menu. Our waiter was helpful and humorous. As we came towards end of our meal though, it started to get busy and the wait staff weren’t as present. But would definitely go back for pre-theater again. Convenient, tasty, good wine and nice atmosphere.

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C
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good service and tasty food for a pre-theater dinner.

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JS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Food has really fallen off. Ate there twice in last ten days ands each meal was a disappointment.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always predictable

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FG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My friend and I both enjoyed the excellent onion soup. My grilled fish and vegetables were perfectly prepared. The mussels were plentiful and served in a flavorful broth.

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J
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A marvelous brunch. Terrific options, wonderful services.

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KK
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Very good dinner, the pork chop is outstanding. And the gougeres are incredible. A perfect night out with friends.

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m
Naples
25 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, Central's makes dining a wonderful affair. I chose Central's to celebrate my birthday and I was not disappointed.
Thank you for providing attentive service and delicious food. The late chef would be proud!

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