Central Michel Richard

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7349 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American

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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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vipdc44
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

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

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vipflh3
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall3Food1Service3Ambience3

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.

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vipLeesburgite
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

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vippghpress
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every time I eat at Central I wish I ate there more often. A wonderful meal and experience each time.

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vipDarduggle
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Four of us had a terrific preconcert dinner. the food, wine and service were really good. We hope to return very soon,

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vipOpenTable Diner
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best French food in DC

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vipOmnipotent
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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 !

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DebbieG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

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.

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VictoriaW
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great restaurant! Entrees are a little heavy on the oil but so delicious!

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vipShannonW
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

The most delicious mashed potatoes I’ve ever had! Brussel sprouts cooked perfectly!

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vipMarieI
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

We go here every time we’re in DC once a year sometimes even twice a year. I enjoyed my Osso Bucco but five of our guest ordered their usual fried chicken and they all seemed to say it wasn’t as great as it normally is. The mashed potatoes were great but the chicken wasn’t. Also couple of our guys ordered the Filet but they weren’t too impressed but then again they’re from Texas so their standards might be higher then the norm lol. We did enjoy the oysters, Kit Kat bar and drinks! Till next year...

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DowntownDCer
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This visit to Central was excellent as usual - always enjoy it but I have to say that I was really blown away by the mashed potatoes that are made with cream cheese and the dessert was like nothing else. The banana split is not what you would expect - it takes that tradition up 10 levels. The best ever!!

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vipBebop
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food is reliable, but the noise level interferes with the experience.

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dano
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Central was perfect as always. The Sunday brunch was delicious. The pancake was the best I've ever had. The fried chicken eggs benedict was awesome, as was the lava cake for dessert. I'll be back!

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vipBubbe
Washington DC
199 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our first visit to Central. We had 4 different dishes, all excellent: fried chicken, bouillabaisse, scallops & salmon. Plus delicious mushrooms. Service was great, & we got out in time for theater. Valet parking was helpful. We will be back!

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vipJo3y
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Fried chicken the best - large portion.

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hbmortster
Boise
10 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

We started with the charcuterie tower which was HUGE! Definitely good to share with at least four people. The fried chicken was tremendous, but what really made it to die for were the garlic mashed potatoes.

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vipMaryAnnC
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love it here. The food and service is consistently excellent!

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vipRaphael
New England
27 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

This place is really overrated. First off, the dining atmosphere is casual, and the dining room is very loud. Second, the service is indifferent, and sometimes just rude. Certainly not fine dining, but with fine dining prices. Food is average up and down the menu. It’s the kind of place that people want to go to for the name—but overall it’s a dud.

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RachielD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My dining experience was great. The food, service and venue was lovely.

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PDPWDC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always superb food & service. Will continue to be my 'go-to' place, with either local or out of town friends.

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vipStevenJ
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

Four of us had lunch recently with two of us ordering the hamburger, medium rare, with blue cheese. The burger came out nearly well done and the blue cheese was sparse. Central is a long way from its glory days.

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vipwineyahoo
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Went with friends for anniversaries - wonderful meal all 'round. Great wine, great service. But the restaurant has an open kitchen and is loud but not painfully so.

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vipPNLN
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience2

Too noisy. Food was good. Service excellent. Will never sit near the kitchen again.

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vipmomluh
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We love eating at Central. Fried chicken is delicious. Onion soup is yummy. Hanger steak was amazing!!

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vipSusanT
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have eaten here many times before. Even had my daughters bridal shower in their private room but I never had the ahi tuna burger. It was unbelievably delicious. However they seasoned it or however they stacked it, it was an explosion of flavors right from the first bite.

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OpenTable Diner
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