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Central Michel Richard

Central Michel Richard

American Restaurant and French Restaurant$$$$
Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown, Washington
111 Tips and reviews
  • lobster burger
  • fried chicken
  • gougères
  • desserts
  • french fries
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  • Eater
    EaterMay 12
    Looking to move beyond red meat? Central Michel Richard offers ahi tuna burgers and shrimp burgers as well. (Its bacon cheeseburger, pictured, is also legendary.) Read more
  • TripExpert
    TripExpertMay 20, 2015
    "French powerhouse chef Michel Richard has set up camp Downtown with this semi-casual bistro offering up Franco-American spin-offs like fried chicken, bacon-and-onion tart." -Fodors on TripExpert Read more
  • Burger Days
    Burger DaysMay 7, 2012
    One of the umpteenth burgers deemed the best of D.C., the dry-aged Central beef burger is the definition of fancy-ass. It comes served with confit tomato, a house-made mayo and several potato wafers. Read more
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchMarch 23, 2016
    Basserie bites are available for $6-$12 in the bar from 5-7. Try the sliders or prosciutto tart. Taste the premium cocktails for $8 each, glasses of wine for $8, or draft beer for just $5 Read more
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchApril 29, 2015
    Situated right on Pennsylvania Avenue, across from Trump Tower, the patio at Michel Richard's Central is one you need to frequent. Plus the $27 bottomless prix fixe can’t be beat. Read more
  • Eric S.
    Eric SanfordAugust 8, 2015
    The fried chicken was amazing. Definitely not what I thought when the waiter recommend "fried chicken". Best meal I've ever had in DC.
  • Andrew
    AndrewFebruary 16
    Get the fried chicken, obviously. But save room for the chocolate bar!
  • Josephine L.
    Josephine LeeFebruary 19, 2014
    Great service! Ordered the lobster burger and the fried chicken, both were amazingly delicious! Upscale place without feeling snooty. Down to earth decor and food!
  • Bob R.
    Bob RutledgeApril 30
    Excellent mimosas for Bottomless Brunch -- I always worry on a bottomless drink that the restaurant would skimp, but it was an excellent mimosa.
  • Montaha H.
    Montaha HidefiAugust 16, 2014
    The french fries are amazing... I havent had french fries for years, till i tasted this. The service is very good too...we would definitely come back..
  • Peter B.
    Impressed with its longevity - gougeres and burgers (ahi tuna or lobster) are my go-tos. Great happy hour cocktails. Wine list is well curated.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousJanuary 27, 2015
    Look for hanger steak paired with possibly the best frites in town and salmon cooked to near-melting, served with lentils that are both creamy and tangy. Read more
  • Washingtonian Magazine
    Washingtonian MagazineJanuary 9, 2012
    During the day, deals are made over bacon cheeseburgers and the best corned-beef sandwiches in town. Ties are loosened at night, and cocktails keep a crowd around the bar.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 28, 2011
    The most accessible in chef Michel Richard's local restaurant empire, Central offers the French chef's spin of classic American comfort food. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Jon D.
    Jon DarveauMay 2, 2015
    This place is great! The Central Meatloaf is an amazing twist on an American staple, everything was great though, can't go wrong.
  • Teresa R.
    Teresa RusinMarch 30, 2014
    The staff are amazing, they were very kind and thoughtful. The food was delicious and the birthday sparkler was fantastic!! Can't wait to go back
  • David K.
    David Kirsch2 weeks ago
    Gougeres, frisée w lardons and egg, shrimp burger (replaced lobster burger), fries, chocolate mousse... Repeat. Only possible weakness is espresso.
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostMarch 11, 2013
    Best bets: lobster and tuna burgers in addition to the beef standard. The fried chicken is also incredible. Read more
  • Ardvaark
    ArdvaarkApril 30, 2016
    Order the Gougéres as soon as you sit down. They'll give you something delicious to snack on while you peruse the menu.
  • Samurai D.
    Samurai DogJune 25, 2011
    I had the cheese plate, fried chicken, and the chocolate bar. All were delicious. The fried chicken was really moist and tasty. I definitely recommend it.
  • Jewels K.
    Jewels KApril 11, 2016
    Fried Chicken and Waffles are a must try! Maple Syrup emulsion is delicious!
  • Ian G.
    The fried chicken was very good, but those mashed potatoes were incredible. Also recommend the cheese puffs to start.
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenFebruary 16
    Cheese puffs are a fun appetizer!
  • Erin P.
    Erin PApril 6, 2013
    Skip the 48 hour short rib (really tough, say that's how they should be...) Go with Steak Au Poivre or Tuna Burger. Desserts are unreal, especially sorbets.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 25, 2010
    Ask for a table near the bustling, open kitchen, and watch the expert French chefs create your luscious lobster burger or hanger steak with the city's best frites.
  • IS K.
    IS KLEApril 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything here is good. Fish tacos. French onion soup. Chopped salad. Lobster burger. Ideal lunch choice.
  • kelly m.
    kelly mcnamaraFebruary 22, 2012
    Get the short ribs. The oysters were some of the best I've ever had. Top it all off with vanilla ice cream.
  • M. G. S.
    M. G. StellaJune 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The memorable fried chicken. I got mine with brussel sprouts!
  • Ardvaark
    ArdvaarkApril 30, 2016
    The Lobster Burger is good to try once, but there are better dishes on the menu. The Grilled Loup de Mer, for example!
  • Norman E.
    Norman EllisJune 12, 2013
    Try the fried chicken - A refined, balanced and very tasty plate of Fried Chicken. #recommend
  • Jesse T.
    Jesse TorresApril 20, 2013
    Do yourself a favor and stuff your face with the fried chicken and chocolate bar. Then sing a song of deliciousness.
  • Michael M.
    Michael McMillanDecember 6, 2013
    FRIED CHICKEN IS AMAZING!!! Trust me I did not expect this, but one of the best I have ever had!
  • Peter R.
    Peter RAugust 7, 2014
    The vegetarian risotto and steal tartar were both excellent. Just wish the place wasn't quite so casual
  • Shaggy N.
    Shaggy N.November 19, 2011
    The Cheese Puffs, Lobster Burger and Fried Chicken with Mashed Potato are a must good!!!!!!
  • Adrienne M.
    Adrienne MJanuary 25, 2015
    The fried chicken at brunch is AMAZING. Delicious Caesar salad too!
  • FiOS 50
    FiOS 50November 28, 2011
    The lobster burger and the fried chicken are the two standout menu items here. So why not come back twice and try both?
  • Julie S.
    Julie Smith DavidJuly 13, 2012
    Excellent pork belly and cheese puffs (among many other things - great fun!)!
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenFebruary 16
    Wow, the fried chicken is amazing!
  • Anita S.
    Anita SweeneyNovember 26, 2011
    The best burger that I have ever had! The fried chicken was enough for 2. Both delicious!
  • Cheryl V L.
    Cheryl V LangAugust 4, 2012
    Try the Lobster Burger - Lobster with a scallop mousse. Fantastic!
  • Grace S.
    Grace S.November 2, 2013
    Filet mignon tartar in cheese puffs make the best mini hamburger in the world!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJune 6, 2014
    The fried chicken is an unexpected hit at this power lunch spot.
  • Michael S.
    Michael SingletaryAugust 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Eat the fried chicken. Get some cheese puffs to start. Great wine list.
  • Tim B.
    Tim BackusMay 12, 2016
    Wonderful service, interesting food, and save room for dessert
  • Julie D.
    Julie DiBellaFebruary 9, 2011
    Lobster burger and fries is fantastic. Sit at the bar and avoid getting a tough reservation.
  • Kat L.
    Kat LOctober 17, 2011
    Yummy fried chicken and large portion! Tuna burger is nice and light. Avoid the chocolate mousse. Disappointing.
  • Stephanie L.
    Fried chicken all day long
  • Sarah T.
    Sarah TarpleySeptember 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The banana split is an excellent dessert to split (haha) at the table.
  • Dana A.
    Dana AllenMay 26, 2013
    Seabass was amazing, good wine selection. Good service.
  • Bryan D.
    Bryan DeslogeJanuary 6
    Fried chicken was unbelievable!! Snowman dessert also amazing
  • Mike D.
    Mike DeFilippisOctober 9, 2013
    Gougères are an absolute must. Great wine selection, too!
  • Oron Gill H.
    Oron Gill HausMarch 31, 2013
    OMG. The fried chicken is everything everyone said it was. GET IT!!
  • Tim C.
    Tim ChampneyNovember 13, 2013
    Gourmet sliders are fabulous!
  • Lorcán
    LorcánDecember 29, 2010
    If you enjoy Caesar salad, the goat cheese Caesar is fantastic and well presented.
  • mike b.
    mike bSeptember 8, 2012
    banana split is amazing and will feed 2-3 people
  • Wines By Raz
    Wines By RazJanuary 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Negroni Cocktail - Simply delicious! Cheers
  • Candice B.
    Candice BarnesDecember 1, 2012
    The French onion soup was superb, and also vegetarian.
  • Robin
    RobinFebruary 28, 2012
    The Mac n cheese is the best thing ever. The tuna burger is also delicious.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicMay 15, 2016
    Solid burger and excellent cheese puffs.
  • verymonica
    verymonicaJune 14, 2014
    Fries + lobster burger are totally delicious!
  • Megan W.
    Megan WilliamsAugust 17, 2012
    All the desserts are divine!
  • Francisco R.
    Francisco RuscalledaOctober 30, 2016
    Service was great. Loved every dish.
  • Johanna
    JohannaJanuary 19, 2014
    The lobster burger is totally over rated.
  • Ryan E.
    Ryan EmgeMay 27, 2011
    Just ordered the Tuna Carpaccio that Michelle Obama ordered and it was great!
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchJanuary 3, 2015
    Winner of the Bitches Who Brunch "Best Bang For Your Buck" award for 2014! Read more
  • Michael W.
    Michael WilhelmJune 17, 2013
    The crab cake makes a great lunch choice.
  • David B.
    David BerkowitzAugust 15, 2011
    Their oversized Kit Kat bar is everything you love about Kit Kats, except it's richer and bigger.
  • Jill S.
    Jill SchnittApril 24, 2012
    Lemon chicken burger was Delicious and delightfully refreshing. (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Paul D.
    Paul DelPonteFebruary 15, 2015
    The Valentine dessert was amazing
  • Wines By Raz
    Wines By RazJanuary 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the steak tartare - Simply Delish! W frites
  • Wines By Raz
    Wines By RazNovember 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the steak tartare - #loved #perfect
  • Michael M.
    Michael McMillanDecember 5, 2013
    Some of the best fried chicken I have had in a long time!!!!!
  • Robb F.
    Robb FitzsimmonsJuly 26, 2014
    Washingtonian recommends the lobster burger.
  • Wines By Raz
    Wines By RazJanuary 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Bacon And Onion Tart - Superbe
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveOctober 18, 2010
    This is food that’s very easy to love, served in an atmosphere that’s casual but never sloppy.
  • Bill M.
    Bill MichaelsFebruary 10, 2016
    Very good and authentic American food !
  • verymonica
    verymonicaJune 14, 2014
    Read carefully - it says "faux" gras, it's chicken liver
  • Walburga A M.
    Walburga A MarderFebruary 19, 2013
    my favourite: the Lobster Burger
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchDecember 8, 2015
    Voted Best Brunch For Visitors of 2015 by Bitches Who Brunch! Read more
  • Colleen N.
    Colleen NSeptember 20, 2014
    From Washingtonian: Get the Lobster Burger
  • Elizabeth M.
    Elizabeth McmahonFebruary 26, 2014
    Make reservations. Line starts at 1130am
  • Denise W.
    Denise WongAugust 18, 2015
    Michel's Fried Chicken is where it's at!
  • Lorena S.
    Lorena SanderApril 16, 2011
    The French 75 is a perfect after 5 cocktail.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Eric Ziebold, chef of CityZen, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Faux gras. Read more
  • Jon P.
    Jon PressmanOctober 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great lobster burger
  • Wines By Raz
    Wines By RazNovember 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Rotisserie Chicken
  • Bobby M.
    Bobby MApril 22, 2011
    Overated wow. $8 for side of fries? Do I get a Bj with these? Mussles have no flavor... how? The sauce was great ..... lame.
  • Carie J.
    Carie JonesJuly 10, 2011
    The mushroom risotto was outstanding!
  • Dan F.
    Dan FoyFebruary 20, 2015
    Delicious every time
  • Sowjanya O.
    Sowjanya O'NeillNovember 16, 2011
    Beaujolais Noveau arrives on Thursday! Music included
  • Matt C.
    Matt ComptonJuly 6, 2009
    do yourself a favor and order what might be the best plate of fresh oysters in the city.
  • Kimberly H.
    The lobster burger is an absolute must!
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MossMay 27, 2011
    Two words, lobster burger.
  • Jose R.
    Jose RomeroApril 13, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the to-go menu for lunch!
  • Susan
    SusanMarch 31, 2013
    Fried chicken...nuff said!
  • Jisu Y.
    Jisu YeonMay 28, 2015
    Burger with cheese and bacon :)
  • Matt N.
    Matt NJuly 29, 2012
    French onion soup!!! 
  • Graham C.
    Graham CampbellOctober 11, 2012
    Fried Chicken. A thousand times.
  • Lauren K.
    Lauren KohariMarch 31, 2010
    Gotta go back and try the rest of the menu!
  • Kim D.
    Kim DangNovember 11, 2012
    Dry aged meat for burger.
  • Melissa T.
    Melissa TanJune 18, 2013
    How did this place get such good reviews? The fried chicken was awful and the cheese puffs way too dry
  • Kathy
    KathyJanuary 30, 2010
    Pied de cochon and faux gras near the E Street Theatre.
  • Russell S.
    Russell SApril 19, 2014
  • Michael L.
    Michael LeahyMay 24, 2010
    Sit at the bar, Lobster Burger with Fries.
  • Sarah O.
    Sarah ONovember 5, 2010
    Make reservations... Seriously, make reservations.
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingJanuary 15, 2011
    Try the Napoleon
  • Chad P.
    Chad PolichJune 20, 2014
    What a dump. No wonder Michel was chased out of town!
  • Sean D.
    Sean DaltonMarch 5, 2010
    Try one of their absinthe-laced drinks.
  • Chris C.
    Chris ChaseJune 20, 2010
    The ribs are TO DIE FOR!
  • Laren S.
    Laren SpirerJanuary 30, 2010
    Get the gougeres and the steak tartare.
  • Jonathan K.
    O hambúrguer e até gostoso, mas falta tempero na carne. O atendimento é bom e atencioso como sempre. Vale a passada, mas não espere preços baixos
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