Central Michel Richard

Central Michel Richard

1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW (at 10th St. NW), Washington DC, D.C. 20004, United States
Hours:
Open until 10:30pm (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 11:30 AM–10:30 PM
  • Fri
    • 11:30 AM–11:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 5:00 PM–11:00 PM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Menus:
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:
No
9.3/10

Based on 591 votes

American Restaurant connoisseurs tend to come here

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  • "... pork belly and cheese puffs (among many other things - great fun!)!" (4 tips)
  • "... Steak Au Poivre or Tuna Burger. Desserts are unreal, especially sorbets." (4 tips)
  • "... service! Ordered the lobster burger and the fried chicken, both were amazingly delicious! Upscale..." (2 tips)
  • Eater

    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

    Eater · July 28, 2011
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  • Washingtonian Magazine

    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.

    Washingtonian Magazine · January 9, 2012
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  • Epicurious

    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.

    Epicurious · August 25, 2010
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  • Washington Post

    Best bets: lobster and tuna burgers in addition to the beef standard. The fried chicken is also incredible. Read more

    Washington Post · March 11, 2013
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  • Jose R.

    Try the to-go menu for lunch!

    Jose Romero · April 13, 2011
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  • Chris C.

    The ribs are TO DIE FOR!

    Chris Chase · June 20, 2010
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  • Foodspotting

    Try the Napoleon and spot it on Foodspotting!

    Foodspotting · January 15, 2011
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  • Laren S.

    Get the gougeres and the steak tartare.

    Laren Spirer · January 30, 2010
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  • FiOS 50

    The lobster burger and the fried chicken are the two standout menu items here. So why not come back twice and try both?

    FiOS 50 · November 28, 2011
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  • Ali

    Get the fried chicken!

    Ali · November 5, 2011
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  • Taylor F.

    I had the lunch special. The corn and crab chowder is delicious and the rhubarb crisp was very tasty. The mushroom sandwich was a little bland, and the sauce that it came with wasn't as punchy as it n

    Taylor Fiscus · July 28, 2011
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  • Lauren K.

    Gotta go back and try the rest of the menu!

    Lauren Kohari · March 31, 2010
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  • Matt C.

    do yourself a favor and order what might be the best plate of fresh oysters in the city.

    Matt Compton · July 6, 2009
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  • Sarah O.

    Make reservations... Seriously, make reservations.

    Sarah O · November 5, 2010
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  • Kimberly H.

    The lobster burger is an absolute must!

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  • Norman E.

    Try the fried chicken - A refined, balanced and very tasty plate of Fried Chicken. #recommend (via @Foodspotting)

    Norman Ellis · June 12, 2013
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  • Megan W.

    All the desserts are divine!

    Megan Williams · August 17, 2012
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  • Burger Days

    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

    Burger Days · May 7, 2012
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  • Robin

    The Mac n cheese is the best thing ever. The tuna burger is also delicious.

    Robin · February 28, 2012
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  • David B.

    Their oversized Kit Kat bar is everything you love about Kit Kats, except it's richer and bigger.

    David Berkowitz · August 15, 2011
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  • Carie J.

    The mushroom risotto was outstanding!

    Carie Jones · July 10, 2011
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  • GourmetLive

    This is food that’s very easy to love, served in an atmosphere that’s casual but never sloppy.

    GourmetLive · October 18, 2010
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  • Jesse T.

    Do yourself a favor and stuff your face with the fried chicken and chocolate bar. Then sing a song of deliciousness.

    Jesse Torres · April 20, 2013
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  • Erin P.

    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.

    Erin P · April 6, 2013
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  • Susan

    Fried chicken...nuff said!

    Susan · March 31, 2013
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  • Oron Gill H.

    OMG. The fried chicken is everything everyone said it was. GET IT!!

    Oron Gill Haus · March 31, 2013
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  • Cheryl V L.

    Try the Lobster Burger - Lobster with a scallop mousse. Fantastic! (via @Foodspotting)

    Cheryl V Lang · August 4, 2012
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  • Kat L.

    Yummy fried chicken and large portion! Tuna burger is nice and light. Avoid the chocolate mousse. Disappointing.

    Kat L · October 17, 2011
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  • Kevin M.

    Two words, lobster burger.

    Kevin Moss · May 27, 2011
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  • Bobby M.

    Overated wow. $8 for side of fries? Do I get a Bj with these? Mussles have no flavor... how? The sauce was great ..... lame.

    Bobby M · April 22, 2011
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  • Julie D.

    Lobster burger and fries is fantastic. Sit at the bar and avoid getting a tough reservation.

    Julie DiBella · February 9, 2011
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  • Michael L.

    Sit at the bar, Lobster Burger with Fries.

    Michael Leahy · May 24, 2010
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  • Chad P.

    What a dump. No wonder Michel was chased out of town!

    Chad Polich · 2 weeks ago
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  • M. G. S.

    The memorable fried chicken. I got mine with brussel sprouts!

    M. G. Stella · 3 weeks ago
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  • verymonica

    Fries + lobster burger are totally delicious!

    verymonica · 3 weeks ago
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  • verymonica

    Read carefully - it says "faux" gras, it's chicken liver

    verymonica · 3 weeks ago
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  • Serious Eats

    The fried chicken is an unexpected hit at this power lunch spot.

    Serious Eats · June 6
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  • Russell S.

    Delicious.

    Russell S · April 19
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  • Teresa R.

    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

    Teresa Rusin · March 30
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  • Zairina J.

    Love my lobster burger!

    Zairina Junid · March 16
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  • Elizabeth M.

    Make reservations. Line starts at 1130am

    Elizabeth Mcmahon · February 26
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  • Josephine L.

    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!

    Josephine Lee · February 19
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  • Johanna

    The lobster burger is totally over rated.

    Johanna · January 19
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  • Michael M.

    FRIED CHICKEN IS AMAZING!!! Trust me I did not expect this, but one of the best I have ever had!

    Michael McMillan · December 6, 2013
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  • Michael M.

    Some of the best fried chicken I have had in a long time!!!!!

    Michael McMillan · December 5, 2013
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  • Tim C.

    Gourmet sliders are fabulous!

    Tim Champney · November 13, 2013
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  • Grace S.

    Filet mignon tartar in cheese puffs make the best mini hamburger in the world!

    Grace S. · November 2, 2013
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  • Mike D.

    Gougères are an absolute must. Great wine selection, too!

    Mike DeFilippis · October 9, 2013
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  • ThePurplePassport.com

    Chef Michel Richard (of the former Citronelle) has turned his hand to traditional American cuisine with a spectacularly popular menu of Frenchified takes on classics like fried chicken and burger. Read more

    ThePurplePassport.com · July 1, 2013
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  • Melissa T.

    How did this place get such good reviews? The fried chicken was awful and the cheese puffs way too dry

    Melissa Tan · June 18, 2013
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