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Central Michel Richard, Washington, DC

Central Michel Richard

4.7
4.7
7543 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
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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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 42 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, French, Contemporary French / American
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:30 pm–6:30 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (202) 626-0015
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    David Barigault
  • Catering
    Order online for pick up only.
  • Private party facilities
    Join us at Central Michel Richard for your next business meeting or special occasion. Our private dining rooms or regular reservation are available for lunch and dinner In addition we have a semi-private dining area that can seat up to 35 guest. Accommodations available for up to 200 people as a buyout, we look forward to hosting your event.
  • Private party contact
    pdr@centralmichelrichard.com: (202) 626-0015
  • Neighbourhood
    Penn Quarter
  • Cross Street
    Corner of 11th Street &amp; Pennsylvania Ave NW<br />Across Waldorf Astoria
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Public Transit
    Walking distance from Archives/Navy Memorial, Federal Triangle, or Metro Center
  • Entertainment
    Join us @CentralMR for event and entertainment updates.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 7,543 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

7,547 Reviews
  1. Carola

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love going to Central for the BEST fried chicken in the DMV. The customer service is outstanding, it's one of our favorite places for date night and dining with friends.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Appreciate the team trying to accommodate our request for a table in the shade. Great service and food every time and a perfect location.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great. Will definitely return in the future! The food was wonderful, the staff was helpful, and the environment was inviting. This was a highlight of my vacation!

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  4. ruthiet

    Washington DC

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an excellent meal. Three of us split the pre-theatre menu (kale salad, fried chicken, crème brûlée), tarte alsacienne, beet and warm goat cheese toast, and moules frites + a bonus michel’s chocolate bar bites. Plenty of food and everything was delicious, although we probably wouldn’t order the mussels again. They were fine but the other dishes outshone them. Will have to get the frites some other way! We specified the order in which we wanted the dishes presented and everything was orchestrated perfectly.

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  5. R1sBo

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great all around. Little loud but understandable for a busy lunch

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was nice to be back! The pork cheeks were so tender and the accompanying sauce was perfect! And the Napoleon was amazing as usual!

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  7. Sparky

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food. Our quiet table in the back helped with the noise level.

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  8. wdcjsb

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Glad to see Central has not lost that magic touch after all these years. Still terrific food and also first class service, unlike so many of these over- publicized, over-priced newcomers serving underwhelming dishes with unpolished waitstaff. The tried and true items are still there—- the gougeres, the bacon tart, the gazpacho, the Caesar salad, the schnitzel, the moules frites, to name a few—- but you can’t go wrong almost anywhere on this time-tested menu (including the desserts; the lemon “eggceptional” was just wow).

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We had a great family dinner to celebrate a birthday. Service and food were very good. We enjoyed the croquettes, branzino, schnitzel and house fried chicken. All strong dishes—but nothing new or specials. Maybe adding a special for those of us who come more often. The cocktails and wines by the glass are excellent! The vibe downtown has changed on the weekends and we imagine may be impacting the vibe at the restaurant.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service was beyond excellent!!! Highly recommend!! It was obvious that the restaurant was managed very well!!

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Central Michel Richard using the Order Online button. Central Michel Richard also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 626-0015.

Central Michel Richard is rated 4.7 stars by 7543 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 42 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Central Michel Richard

1001 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Corner of 11th Street &amp; Pennsylvania Ave NW<br />Across Waldorf Astoria
  • Neighbourhood
    Penn Quarter
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:30 pm–6:30 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, French, Contemporary French / American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Public Transit
    Walking distance from Archives/Navy Memorial, Federal Triangle, or Metro Center
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    David Barigault
  • Entertainment
    Join us @CentralMR for event and entertainment updates.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (202) 626-0015
  • Catering
    Order online for pick up only.
  • Private party facilities
    Join us at Central Michel Richard for your next business meeting or special occasion. Our private dining rooms or regular reservation are available for lunch and dinner In addition we have a semi-private dining area that can seat up to 35 guest. Accommodations available for up to 200 people as a buyout, we look forward to hosting your event.
  • Private party contact
    pdr@centralmichelrichard.com: (202) 626-0015
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