Central Michel Richard

4.8
7420 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 (5-7pm M-F) 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, The Warner Theater, Fords Theater, National Theater, Capitol One Arena, The National Mall & Monuments. Private dining room available for up to 16 guest, a semi-private space for 20 guest, & private events for up to 200 guests. We look forward to you joining us for brunch,lunch, dinner or your next special occasion.

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MichelJ
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kudos to central Michel Richard for staying open. Unfortunately only 6 of us in the entire restaurant. Waiter was fantastic and I was super well treated on my birthday.

We loved the food and the drinks and will surely go back soon.

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AhmyaB
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect! Isabella ensured everything was great. The scallops were the best I have ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service was excellent. Isabelle was knowledgeable on the menu and made excellent recommendations. I will definitely return.

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Darian
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and the food was amazing. Perfect for a quick date night

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our first night out in almost a year! Everything was fantastic! Food was delicious, service was great. We visited on Saturday night of Valentine’s weekend.

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vipBrunchDealConnoisseur
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Opted for the a la carte and out of the Valentine's prefixe, and was very delighted. A single appetizer and salad was plenty for 2 on the a la carte menu; get the beef bourguignon for an entree (delicious!); and of course their wine selection was great. Seated in the back 'VIP' area, which is through the kitchen, where we had isolated seating without compromising service.

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vipTaylor
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

We were sat closer to the front of the restaurant and there was a constant alarm like buzzing throughout the meal that really took away from the ambiance of the evening. When we mentioned it to the staff that didn’t seem to know what it was. I was taken aback by that because it wasn’t a light sound.

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RaenellW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was great. Service as well. I hadn't been there in years, but it was nice revisit, and remind myself of its quality.

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vipCraig
Washington DC
771 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent!

Kudos to the Chef, Isabelle, the wait staff and all involved.

Again, the lyonnaise salad is terrific as is the two piece chicken. Note, the portions are huge.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual the food and service were impeccable. We visit Central once a week at least because we absolutely love the food and the service. Boris is a gem. Isabelle is the best manager I’ve seen at a restaurant. Please do come to Central. You will not be disappointed. I promise!

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vipCraig
Washington DC
771 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way.

Chef is terrific, hostess could not be better, table staff did a great job.

I could get the lyonnaise salad everyday and be extremely pleased. The fried chicken is perfect!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic from beginning to end. The best.

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vipJackieN
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So happy to have Central open again. It is reliably excellent food. The owner took care of us and could not have been any more lovely.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Myself, hubby and 2 sons celebrated hubby’s birthday here...I wouldn’t know where to begin to describe the service...OMG!!! Our waitress was absolutely AMAZING. I think she might be a manager, idk...her recommendations were spot on...the beef was wow...the fried chicken which is always on point was no disappointment. She then recommended four separate desserts and we all didn’t know which to eat. We had the cutest snowman made from egg whites, chocolate moose with a raspberry coulis..., the infamous chocolate bar and creme brûlée...mmmm
No idea which was best...they were all way too good

Her attitude was just super friendly and we always had the fried chicken when we go there, which is quite often..but this time she said the kitchen was out...however, seeing our disappointment she went in search and found only 4 pieces which wouldn’t make 2 servings but still had the chef prepare it for us and it was on the house! I couldn’t believe it.
The dining situation in DC really sucks and restaurants are losing a lot of money so to have gotten that kind of service and treatment really warmed my heart.
We will definitely be making more visits here...
Thank you for making my hubby’s birthday awesome!

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vipSteve
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect day, great food, great service, lovely outdoor table.

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vipCourtneyE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Great location near Trump International Hotel.

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vipSandi
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing from service to food and dessert. I loved it so much I went twice in one week!

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vipDonnieS
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful service and great food...my kids loved the snowman meringue dessert!

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vipTeddoDC
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening dining outdoors. Good food, very attentive service. What could be better?

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vipBenC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The turkey dinner for Thanksgiving was as great as ever. Thank you for keeping up my favorite restaurant in DC after so many years.

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KC4Lunch
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Early thanksgiving

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined at Central for Thanksgiving - my first time not traveling to family for over 16 years - and it was a treat! The turkey dinner was fantastic. The turkey was moist, it was paired with mushroom stuffing and garlic mashed potatoes and grilled brocolini. The service is always outstanding. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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SaraD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant. Isabelle is a brilliant manager. The staff is top notch as is the food. This has continued even through Covid. Thanks to you all!

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vipJWMinDC
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was absolutely amazing. She was candid and helpful. You simply must try the fried chicken. It's wonderful.

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TomG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As good as it has always been. It is not very crowded due to Covid, so even better.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a birthday dinner and was as great as I could’ve expected!

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vipMaryannM
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sat on the patio for dinner. Food and service was good. The only thing missing was propane in the heaters. On oversight and they said they’ll stock up. I’m looking forward to going back during the winter months knowing it’s a safe place to dine outdoors.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Central delivers. Not only is the service excellent but the food of course is outstanding. My husband and I go to Central at least once a week and we have never had a bad experience. Actually ever single experience has been wonderful.

The goat cheese salad, salmon, steak frite chicken schnitzel are our go to meals and we love it! The desserts are delicious too.

A must go restaurant. Isabelle and Boris will make you feel at home.

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vipTashi
Washington DC
313 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first restaurant meal since the pandemic began, and it truly seems like years. We chose outdoor seating and it was perfect. Tables spaced appropriately, all service people wearing gloves and masks - we felt safe and were able to enjoy a wonderful meal. The food at Central is as wonderful as always - so glad to be there on a beautiful day.

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loisz
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we had a wonderful time and the foo was wonderful---Isabella was was so welcoming--I highly recommend this experience to everyone

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vipGinaL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience! Best gnocchi I have ever had.

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vipKennyH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing here and the service is impeccable. Best fried chicken. Thank you to Isabelle and the team!

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vipJAMAC
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Central delivers consistent and delicious dinners every time. The presentation is fun and the flavors delight. We enjoyed the starter Cheese Puffs to the unique dessert, Lemon Egg-ceptional. The waiter Chris was pleasant and helpful even when it started to drizzle. It is one of my top 10 favorite restaurants in DC. High quality food, friendly service and enjoyable atmosphere.

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vipFreda
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at Central Michel Richard is like dining at a French cafe or dining at the home of a friend. The atmosphere is casual and friendly. The wine choices are excellent and Isabelle is delighted to introduce guests to new French wines. The staff is efficient and service is great. It is one of my favorite "go-to" restaurants when I need a stress break.

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carol
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fried chicken is excellent. I’ve tried other meals, and they were good as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderfu!! Come to N.J.!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was super friendly and both our servers Isabelle and Boris (I hope I got their names correct) were very knowledgeable. The way they interacted with both us and the guests around us made the night even more special. The menu/food was simple and approachable yet done very well. I would recommend for anyone looking for wholesome food with great service!

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vipThomasO
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside.

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vipZeynepM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

FAQs

Central Michel Richard does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Central Michel Richard also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 626-0015.

Central Michel Richard is rated 4.8 stars by 7420 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 bookings at the moment.

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