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Central Michel Richard

Central Michel Richard

American Restaurant and French Restaurant$$$$
Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown, Washington
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  • Wrigley F.
    Wrigley FielderFebruary 14
    Easy stroll from Metro Center or Federal Triangle Metro stations and E street Cinema. Fabulous prix-fixe menu until 6:30 pm. Celebration cake sparklers (pic) make it a party!💃🏻🎉💥🎂 Outdoor patio.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Taylor F.
    Taylor FiscusJuly 28, 2011
    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
  • 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
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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..
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ardvaark
    ArdvaarkApril 30
    The Lobster Burger is good to try once, but there are better dishes on the menu. The Grilled Loup de Mer, for example!
  • Jewels K.
    Jewels KApril 11
    Fried Chicken and Waffles are a must try! Maple Syrup emulsion is delicious!
  • 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?
  • Ardvaark
    ArdvaarkApril 30
    Order the Gougéres as soon as you sit down. They'll give you something delicious to snack on while you peruse the menu.
  • 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.
  • Israel K.
    Israel KleinApril 6, 2015
    Everything here is good. Fish tacos. French onion soup. Chopped salad. Lobster burger. Ideal lunch choice.
  • 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
  • Peter R.
    Peter RAugust 7, 2014
    The vegetarian risotto and steal tartar were both excellent. Just wish the place wasn't quite so casual
  • Kat L.
    Kat LOctober 17, 2011
    Yummy fried chicken and large portion! Tuna burger is nice and light. Avoid the chocolate mousse. Disappointing.
  • Shaggy N.
    Shaggy N.November 19, 2011
    The Cheese Puffs, Lobster Burger and Fried Chicken with Mashed Potato are a must have...so good!!!!!!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Julie D.
    Julie DiBellaFebruary 9, 2011
    Lobster burger and fries is fantastic. Sit at the bar and avoid getting a tough reservation.
  • Norman E.
    Norman EllisJune 12, 2013
    Try the fried chicken - A refined, balanced and very tasty plate of Fried Chicken. #recommend
  • Anita S.
    Anita SweeneyNovember 26, 2011
    The best burger that I have ever had! The fried chicken was enough for 2. Both delicious!
  • M. G. S.
    M. G. StellaJune 17, 2014
    The memorable fried chicken. I got mine with brussel sprouts!
  • Julie S.
    Julie Smith DavidJuly 13, 2012
    Excellent pork belly and cheese puffs (among many other things - great fun!)!
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveOctober 18, 2010
    This is food that’s very easy to love, served in an atmosphere that’s casual but never sloppy.
  • Lorcán
    LorcánDecember 29, 2010
    If you enjoy Caesar salad, the goat cheese Caesar is fantastic and well presented.
  • Matt C.
    Matt ComptonJuly 6, 2009
    do yourself a favor and order what might be the best plate of fresh oysters in the city.
  • Adrienne M.
    Adrienne MJanuary 25, 2015
    The fried chicken at brunch is AMAZING. Delicious Caesar salad too!
  • Grace S.
    Grace S.November 2, 2013
    Filet mignon tartar in cheese puffs make the best mini hamburger in the world!
  • 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
  • Cheryl V L.
    Cheryl V LangAugust 4, 2012
    Try the Lobster Burger - Lobster with a scallop mousse. Fantastic!
  • 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.
  • Johanna
    JohannaJanuary 19, 2014
    The lobster burger is totally over rated.
  • Sarah T.
    Sarah TarpleySeptember 15, 2012
    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.
  • Michael S.
    Michael SingletaryAugust 22, 2014
    Eat the fried chicken. Get some cheese puffs to start. Great wine list.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DeFilippisOctober 9, 2013
    Gougères are an absolute must. Great wine selection, too!
  • Ryan E.
    Ryan EmgeMay 27, 2011
    Just ordered the Tuna Carpaccio that Michelle Obama ordered and it was great!
  • David B.
    David BerkowitzAugust 15, 2011
    Their oversized Kit Kat bar is everything you love about Kit Kats, except it's richer and bigger.
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