Central Michel Richard

Central Michel Richard

American Restaurant and French Restaurant · Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown
1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW (at 10th St. NW), Washington, D.C. 20004, United States
Open until 10:30 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 11:30 AM–10:30 PM
  • Fri
    • 11:30 AM–11:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 5:00 PM–11:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 11:00 AM–2:30 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert, Happy Hour
Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 198 votes

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  • What you need to know
    Cheryl V L.
    "Try the Lobster Burger - Lobster with a scallop mousse."(17 Tips)
    "French powerhouse chef Michel Richard"(3 Tips)
    Washington Post
    "lobster and tuna burgers in addition to the beef standard."(4 Tips)
    Samurai D.
    "I had the cheese plate, fried chicken, and the chocolate bar."(25 Tips)
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  • lobster burger
  • fried chicken
  • chef michel richard
  • french fries
  • desserts
  • wine
  • gougères
  • cocktails
  • good for dates
  • French food
  • tarts
  • oysters
  • Caesar salad
  • trendy
  • good service
  • French onion soup
  • lively
  • filet mignon
  • scallops
  • mushroom risotto
  • Jon P.

    Great lobster burger

    Jon Pressman · 6 days ago
  • Denise W.

    Michel's Fried Chicken is where it's at!

    Denise Wong · August 18
  • Eric S.

    The fried chicken was amazing. Definitely not what I thought when the waiter recommend "fried chicken". Best meal I've ever had in DC.

    Eric Sanford · August 8
  • Jisu Y.

    Burger with cheese and bacon :)

    Jisu Yeon · May 28
  • TripExpert

    "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

    TripExpert · May 20
  • Jon D.

    This place is great! The Central Meatloaf is an amazing twist on an American staple, everything was great though, can't go wrong.

    Jon Darveau · May 2
  • Bitches Who Brunch

    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

    Bitches Who Brunch · April 29
  • Israel K.

    Everything here is good. Fish tacos. French onion soup. Chopped salad. Lobster burger. Ideal lunch choice.

    Israel Klein · April 6
  • Dan F.

    Delicious every time

    Dan Foy · February 20
  • Paul D.

    The Valentine dessert was amazing

    Paul DelPonte · February 15
  • Epicurious

    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

    Epicurious · January 27
  • Adrienne M.

    The fried chicken at brunch is AMAZING. Delicious Caesar salad too!

    Adrienne M · January 25
  • Bitches Who Brunch

    Winner of the Bitches Who Brunch "Best Bang For Your Buck" award for 2014! Read more

    Bitches Who Brunch · January 3
  • Colleen N.

    From Washingtonian: Get the Lobster Burger

    Colleen N · September 20, 2014
  • Michael S.

    Eat the fried chicken. Get some cheese puffs to start. Great wine list.

    Michael Singletary · August 22, 2014
  • Chefs Feed

    Eric Ziebold, chef of CityZen, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Faux gras. Read more

    Chefs Feed · August 22, 2014
  • Montaha H.

    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..

    Montaha Hidefi · August 16, 2014
  • Peter R.

    The vegetarian risotto and steal tartar were both excellent. Just wish the place wasn't quite so casual

    Peter R · August 7, 2014
  • Robb F.

    Washingtonian recommends the lobster burger.

    Robb Fitzsimmons · July 26, 2014
  • Chad P.

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

    Chad Polich · June 20, 2014
  • M. G. S.

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

    M. G. Stella · June 17, 2014
  • verymonica

    Fries + lobster burger are totally delicious!

    verymonica · June 14, 2014
  • verymonica

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

    verymonica · June 14, 2014
  • Serious Eats

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

    Serious Eats · June 6, 2014
  • Russell S.


    Russell S · April 19, 2014
  • 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, 2014
  • Zairina J.

    Love my lobster burger!

    Zairina Junid · March 16, 2014
  • Elizabeth M.

    Make reservations. Line starts at 1130am

    Elizabeth Mcmahon · February 26, 2014
  • 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, 2014
  • Johanna

    The lobster burger is totally over rated.

    Johanna · January 19, 2014
  • 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
  • Michael M.

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

    Michael McMillan · December 5, 2013
  • Tim C.

    Gourmet sliders are fabulous!

    Tim Champney · November 13, 2013
  • Grace S.

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

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

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

    Michael DeFilippis · October 9, 2013
  • 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
  • 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
  • Michael W.

    The crab cake makes a great lunch choice.

    Michael Wilhelm · June 17, 2013
  • Norman E.

    Try the fried chicken - A refined, balanced and very tasty plate of Fried Chicken. #recommend

    Norman Ellis · June 12, 2013
  • Dana A.

    Seabass was amazing, good wine selection. Good service.

    Dana Allen · May 26, 2013
  • 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
  • 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
  • Susan

    Fried chicken...nuff said!

    Susan · March 31, 2013
  • Oron Gill H.

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

    Oron Gill Haus · March 31, 2013
  • 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
  • Walburga A M.

    my favourite: the Lobster Burger

    Walburga A Marder · February 19, 2013
  • Candice B.

    The French onion soup was superb, and also vegetarian.

    Candice Barnes · December 1, 2012
  • Mariam RAZ R.

    Try the steak tartare - #loved #perfect

    Mariam RAZ Razavi · November 16, 2012
  • Mariam RAZ R.

    Try the Rotisserie Chicken

    Mariam RAZ Razavi · November 16, 2012
  • Kim D.

    Dry aged meat for burger.

    Kim Dang · November 11, 2012

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