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Central Michel Richard

1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2505
+1 202-626-0015
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good31%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (21 reviews)
“cheese puffs” (84 reviews)
“fried chicken” (178 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 22:30 Hours
French, American, International, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2505
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1 - 10 of 795 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

This is one of my favorite places in Washington, and also one of the most annoying. For Sunday Brunch, they seem to abandon their other high standard of cuisine for some multi-cultural nonsense that is neither French nor American. One perfect example is the Chicken...More

1  Thank Enjoysgoodfood21
Reviewed 1 week ago

Always wonderful, Central delivers fine dining alternatives, creatively raising comfort foods to the level of an art form. On our visit, the Ahi Tuna Carpaccio with mango and avocado was delicious as a starter, as was the Sauteed Calamari with spicy tomato sauce. The Sautéed...More

Thank DCBart2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good food here, had the aged beef and it came out great. Good wine, beer and cocktail selection also.

Thank gdgraph
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Central Michel Richard is a great place for weekend brunch. From shrimp and grits to chicken and waffles it’s a culinary treat. Eggs Benedict is my favorite. The fixed price brunch is a good deal. If you aren’t sure go for the hazelnut chocolate bar.

Thank Pat G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had gone to Michel Richard’s Citronelle in the past, it was divine. This place is no Citronelle. The good: the food was very good; the service was professional, prompt to adequate. The bad: very loud and very bright. The front desk staff was amateurish....More

1  Thank DM10468
Reviewed 11 February 2018

Four of us went for dinner before attending the Capital Steps in the Reagan Building (fodder for another review). Each of us ordered different meals, There was Linguini & Clams, Saffron Butter, Hanger Steak Au Poivre, one Seared Salmon and I had Michel's Fried Chicken....More

Thank John A
Reviewed 26 January 2018 via mobile

Great spot for lunch. Bright and energetic vibe. Wait staff was friendly and efficient. Corner beef sandwich was great. Colleague had tuna burger - also very good. Definitely recommend.

Reviewed 21 January 2018

It's not always easy to find good French food. In DC a great place is Central Michel Richard, left after m. Richard's death in the capable hands of manager Brian Zipin, also a trained sommelier and an ideal personality for a restaurant like this one....More

Thank JulieMeierWright
Reviewed 15 January 2018

Based on recommendations of friends, and the reputation of Chef Michel, we made reservations at Central. We were not disappointed. The atmosphere was relaxed with exceptional service. The food was very good. This is a very popular restaurant in the center of Washington so reservations...More

Thank Theroadtrip
Reviewed 11 January 2018

We booked this restaurant because we told our concierge we wanted to eat great desserts. We were seated in a very nice part of the restaurant, an alcove, which was nice for our dinner conversation. The food was decent, wine list as well; not the...More

Thank FrymanCyn
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Delores Z
16 December 2016|
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Response from SandyG20815 | Reviewed this property |
Depends on how fast you walk - 10 minutes max.
29 October 2016|
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Response from ThomasG82 | Reviewed this property |
Brunch, as well as pre and post theater. More details on the website. Worth the visit!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$100
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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
  • E-mail
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