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Central Michel Richard

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Downtown / Chinatown
As featured in DC is For Foodies and 1 other guide
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1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2505 (11th)
+1 202-626-0015
17:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 - 14:30
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:30
Fri 11:30 - 23:00
Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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56 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was there for dinner. I recommend a reservation as it was chock-full on a weekday. The fish and fried chicken are extraordinary. But the level of noise is such that you can talk with your partner with great difficulty.

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Billings, Montana
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241 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We happened upon this place and had a really excellent meal. By the time the place filled up, it was pretty noisy, but this was really the only drawback. We were seated next to the kitchen, so had the added benefit of a "side show." Unusual items on the menu, and everything was superb. Very friendly and professional wait staff.

Thank EcoArtTraveler
Springfield, Virginia
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183 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We live in the D.C. area, but do not go into The District to eat very often. One reason is that parking can be problematic. The fact that Central offers reasonable valet parking is a major plus. We were dining at 7:00 p.m. on a Saturday. The restaurant was full, but were seated immediately on a banquette. The decor is... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I dined with a colleague a couple of evenings ago. Our meal, the service and overall experience were outstanding. The fried chicken was among the best I have ever had, and the branzino was excellent, just the right amount of crispness to the skin and fish was excellent. The noise level made conversation a bit difficult at times, very energetic... More 

Thank Dennis R
Cedarburg, Wisconsin
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23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just a great destination. Great chef who has passed along his legacy to those who carry it out daily. Classic, comfort and playful. Started with the gougeres and "faux" gras with great crusty bread. Gougeres were crisp, warm and perfectly baked. Onion carbonara was next. Classic dish that I have of course always wanted to try. True to its texture,... More 

Thank Haveeatengreat
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54 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I were in DC for a family event and my sister chose this restaurant based on her memory of the excellent fried chicken. The bar was crowded with the after-work crowd obviously enjoying themselves. The restaurant is casual. It is easy to pull tables together to seat a group. We sat next to a family whose kids... More 

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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I took my son and a couple of his friends to celebrate his birthday. We started with an order of the gougères and they were a great beginning. Around the table we had the fried chicken, hanger steak, and salmon, and everyone raved about their dish. The celebration cake dessert, complete with sparkler, was a perfect ending to the meal.... More 

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Mandeville, Louisiana
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111 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Had a great dinner here last night. The food was outstanding. The service was also very good. I would highly recommend reservations because this place gets packed.

Thank Rancor418
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140 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

While the menu is somewhat limited and a little pricey, it includes a nice variety of standard American fare...the goat cheese Caesar salad and the fish & chips were particularly tasty. The staff was very pleasant, knowledgeable about the menu and appropriately attentive without being annoying. The only criticisms are that the restaurant was so loud that it was a... More 

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Washington, DC
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed our visit. Crab pizza was delicious, could have eaten 2 or 3, a little kick to it, excellent. We got the hamburger with blue cheese and the fried chicken and shared. We really liked the hamburger. It was cooked to perfection and tasted delicious. We thought the chicken was just ok, but the homemade mustard dipping sauce was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$100
French, American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Groups
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
Central Michel Richard Restaurant in Washington DC.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?