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Central Michel Richard

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Downtown / Chinatown
As featured in DC is For Foodies and 1 other guide
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1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2505 (11th)
+1 202-626-0015
11:30 - 23:00
Open now
All hours
Sun 11:00 - 14:30
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:30
Fri 11:30 - 23:00
Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Orange, California
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38 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Excellent food, excellent service, excellent restaurant!! We were visiting our son and dil who live in DC and they wanted us to experience their FAV restaurant; CENTRAL Michel Richard!!! OMG, what a TREAT!!! We were there for two fabulous hours!!! All of us ordered something different and shared our dishes!!! WOW!!! From the appetizers and salads to desserts, CENTRAL MICHEL... More 

Thank KarBear03
Herndon, Virginia
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My husband and I had dinner at Central last Saturday and even though we really enjoyed the food the service left much to be desired. Soon after we were seated the waiter came by and asked for our drinks order and he seemed really in a hurry. After some time another waiter came by and asked if we were ready... More 

Thank travellover811
New Jersey
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105 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Someone once told me that if a restaurant names a dish after themselves it's a sure bet it will be good because they're staking their reputation on it. Well let me tell you the Michel Fried Chicken is the best chicken I've ever had bar none. It was so moist on the inside and deliciously crispy on the outside. It... More 

Thank kpslas
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The menu is varied, the food is good, reasonably priced and the service is excellent. I particularly liked the 'prix fixe' options, which is excellent value for money. Highly recommended.

Thank Gwendolyn W
Baton Rouge
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29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I'd heard about Central for a while and was happy for the chance to try it, happy enough that I'll go back next opportunity. The restaurant is lively and active, has a nice bar with good service while waiting on your table. We ate there with some regulars and whether that influenced the service, I don't know, but the staff... More 

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Barrington, Illinois
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103 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed CMR and recommend it. The problem is the other 3 great dinners we had in DC on this trip. Very nice food, pleasant staff, more casual than our other dinners and a nice change of pace. Recommended.

Thank Eric L
Columbia, Maryland
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570 reviews
373 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Back at Central for a holiday lunch with two people who had never been here before. They were suitably impressed. Of course, the fried chicken is one of the standouts, but everything we saw today also looked wonderful. Our waiter and busstaff were excellent, too. The desserts, too, are imaginative and a highlight of presentation. Central remains one of the... More 

Thank Philip S
Fairfax, Virginia
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38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Central Michel Richard is a nice restaurant that gets very crowded and very noisy. Even hearing the waiter was a problem, so we recommend that you go when they open at 5:00 PM. Absolutely make reservations. On their website, they advertise valet parking starting at 5:00 PM on Saturdays, but when we arrived the valet parking stand was not set... More 

Thank Madeline G
London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I booked online for a table for one on Thanksgiving. My mistake I know but I was in Washington alone and though I should get out of the hotel. Right from the greeters the staff were just not interested in me as a single person. I was forced to sit at the bar and 'enjoy' my $55 meal there. The... More 

Thank SWHN16
Potomac, Maryland
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291 reviews
236 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We hadn't been here in a long time, but had recently read an amazing review in the Post Magazine. We wanted to retry this restaurant before the current chef leaves. The steak tartar is still the best in town. The duck confit is outstanding. The lamb pasillio is unlike anything I've ever eaten. The profiterolles were unique and fantastic. David... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$100
French, American, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2505
  • Public Transportation: walk from Archives/Navy Memorial, Federal Triangle, or Metro Center
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Downtown / Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown / Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +1 202-626-0015

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?