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Central Michel Richard

1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2505
+1 202-626-0015
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good31%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“cheese puffs” (74 reviews)
“fried chicken” (158 reviews)
“gougeres” (21 reviews)
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French, American, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2505
Neighbourhood: Downtown / Chinatown
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My husband is in DC for a conference. I was lucky enough to join him just in time for his department's reception this evening. It was a private event held at Central Michel Richard. About 100 people attended. It's always a good event because former...More

Thank lmosews
Reviewed 2 days ago

helpful staff, wonderful three course pre-theater prix fixe with lots of good by the glass wine choices.

Thank masiegel47
Reviewed 2 days ago

Fried chicken? yes, please! This modern twist on a classic is to die for! Have dessert too: the house-made candy bar is sinful and likely illegal in many states! I did not drop a star due to this, but the space can get VERY loud;...More

Thank JStark50266
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It's very sad that premier chef Michel no longer charms the world, but the restaurant continues to express his legacy.

Thank BoiseHotelee
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love Central, but on our previous visit it seemed to have slipped. I can happily say that this was not true on our latest visit. The service, food and wine were all impeccable. It's a lovely space and all in our six top loved...More

Thank Ben W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had not been to this restaurant in several years and were in D.C. to see a show at nearby Ford's theatre. The food, service, and ambience were just as good as we remembered, which is a fitting testament to the memory of the great...More

Thank jtflgf
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The place was very busy, pre-Theatre, but good service and the food was good too. It would be nice to go again without a time limit as it is clearly popular.

Thank Martin L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As well known as Michel Richard is, I was excited to try this trendy restaurant. Met three business acquaintances. Ordered the gougeres since it was a signature appetizer but was not impressed. The cheese balls lacked flavor. The quinoa salad was presented in a mason...More

Thank Linda M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Picked this restaurant because of location and decent reviews. However, the noise level is so bad, you can not hear what is being said at your own table. No complaints with food; fried chicken and salmon. Very popular place, was very busy on a weeknight,...More

Thank Kelli10440
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was recommended for Saturday night dinner by the concierge. The experience was a disappointment from start to finish. We were not acknowledged upon arrival and were left standing around in the foyer. When I finally spoke to someone they said that the tables were running...More

Thank familysussex
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Delores Z
How far is it to the Warner Theater from Central?
16 December 2016|
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Response from SandyG20815 | Reviewed this property |
Depends on how fast you walk - 10 minutes max.
Do you have Pre-fixe menu?
30 October 2016|
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Response from ThomasG82 | Reviewed this property |
Brunch, as well as pre and post theater. More details on the website. Worth the visit!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 25 - US$ 100
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2505
  • Public Transportation: walk from Archives/Navy Memorial, Federal Triangle, or Metro Center
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Downtown / Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown / Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +1 202-626-0015
  • E-mail
Central Michel Richard Restaurant in Washington DC.