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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
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Outdoor Seating:

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  • lobster burger
  • fried chicken
  • chef michel richard
  • desserts
  • french fries
  • gougères
  • wine
  • French food
  • cocktails
  • good for dates
  • oysters
  • Caesar salad
  • tarts
  • good service
  • lively
  • trendy
  • French onion soup
  • filet mignon
  • scallops
  • sliders
  • Wrigley F.
    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.
    Wrigley Fielder · February 14
  • 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, 2015
  • 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, 2015
  • 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
  • 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
    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 · July 1, 2013
  • 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
    Bitches Who Brunch · March 23
  • 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, 2015
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Samurai D.
    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.
    Samurai Dog · June 25, 2011
  • 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, 2015
  • 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, 2015
  • 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
  • Ardvaark
    The Lobster Burger is good to try once, but there are better dishes on the menu. The Grilled Loup de Mer, for example!
    Ardvaark · 3 weeks ago
  • Jewels K.
    Fried Chicken and Waffles are a must try! Maple Syrup emulsion is delicious!
    Jewels K · April 11
  • Ardvaark
    Order the Gougéres as soon as you sit down. They'll give you something delicious to snack on while you peruse the menu.
    Ardvaark · 3 weeks ago
  • 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
  • kelly m.
    Get the short ribs. The oysters were some of the best I've ever had. Top it all off with vanilla ice cream.
    kelly mcnamara · February 22, 2012
  • Israel K.
    Everything here is good. Fish tacos. French onion soup. Chopped salad. Lobster burger. Ideal lunch choice.
    Israel Klein · April 6, 2015
  • 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
  • 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
  • Kat L.
    Yummy fried chicken and large portion! Tuna burger is nice and light. Avoid the chocolate mousse. Disappointing.
    Kat L · October 17, 2011
  • Shaggy N.
    The Cheese Puffs, Lobster Burger and Fried Chicken with Mashed Potato are a must good!!!!!!
    Shaggy N. · November 19, 2011
  • 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
  • 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
  • Julie D.
    Lobster burger and fries is fantastic. Sit at the bar and avoid getting a tough reservation.
    Julie DiBella · February 9, 2011
  • Norman E.
    Try the fried chicken - A refined, balanced and very tasty plate of Fried Chicken. #recommend
    Norman Ellis · June 12, 2013
  • Anita S.
    The best burger that I have ever had! The fried chicken was enough for 2. Both delicious!
    Anita Sweeney · November 26, 2011
  • M. G. S.
    The memorable fried chicken. I got mine with brussel sprouts!
    M. G. Stella · June 17, 2014
  • GourmetLive
    This is food that’s very easy to love, served in an atmosphere that’s casual but never sloppy.
    GourmetLive · October 18, 2010
  • Julie S.
    Excellent pork belly and cheese puffs (among many other things - great fun!)!
    Julie Smith David · July 13, 2012
  • Lorcán
    If you enjoy Caesar salad, the goat cheese Caesar is fantastic and well presented.
    Lorcán · December 29, 2010
  • 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
  • Adrienne M.
    The fried chicken at brunch is AMAZING. Delicious Caesar salad too!
    Adrienne M · January 25, 2015
  • 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
  • Grace S.
    Filet mignon tartar in cheese puffs make the best mini hamburger in the world!
    Grace S. · November 2, 2013
  • Cheryl V L.
    Try the Lobster Burger - Lobster with a scallop mousse. Fantastic!
    Cheryl V Lang · August 4, 2012
  • Sarah T.
    The banana split is an excellent dessert to split (haha) at the table.
    Sarah Tarpley · September 15, 2012
  • Johanna
    The lobster burger is totally over rated.
    Johanna · January 19, 2014
  • Dana A.
    Seabass was amazing, good wine selection. Good service.
    Dana Allen · May 26, 2013
  • Michael S.
    Eat the fried chicken. Get some cheese puffs to start. Great wine list.
    Michael Singletary · August 22, 2014
  • 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
  • Michael D.
    Gougères are an absolute must. Great wine selection, too!
    Michael DeFilippis · October 9, 2013
  • Ryan E.
    Just ordered the Tuna Carpaccio that Michelle Obama ordered and it was great!
    Ryan Emge · May 27, 2011
  • 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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