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Central Michel Richard

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$$$$
Downtown / Chinatown
French, American, Bistro
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1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2550 (11th)
walk from Archives/Navy Memorial, Federal Triangle, or Metro Center
202-626-0015
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11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Reservations

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  • 242
    Excellent
  • 167
    Very good
  • 73
    Average
  • 27
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Too bad about the noise level

Restaurant Week seemed a good time to visit this popular restaurant from celebrated chef Michel Richard. The special menu for the week offered something for every taste, and the food was imaginative, tasty and well presented. Too bad that the visit was marred by the usual problem in today's... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
zitabb
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dc
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Nice long room, with quite a good atmosphere. Great gazpacho and peach melba but the service was hurried. Quite good overall, but not particularly memorable.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Restaurant Week seemed a good time to visit this popular restaurant from celebrated chef Michel Richard. The special menu for the week offered something for every taste, and the food was imaginative, tasty and well presented. Too bad that the visit was marred by the usual problem in today's restaurants: pain-threshold noise. The culprits are always the same: hard surfaces,... More 

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Glen Allen, Virginia
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48 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We had expected a lot from Central Michel Richard and ended up just whelmed. We were a party of four on a Saturday night and the place was hopping. There was nothing really bad about our meal, but nothing really outstanding either. Among the dishes ordered, their signature fried chicken, something I would never order but for the waiter (who... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Four of us went to dinner at Central Michel Richard and were not disappointed. I had the best of the deal, selecting a prix fixe pre-theater dinner that was a genuine bargain. The others in our party ordered a la carte and had good meals at twice the price. Service was quite competent, and every dish was nicely prepared and... More 

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Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

My wife and I visited during DC Food Week and were pleased by the choices available on the special menu. We both had the cured salmon with passionfruit dressing appetizer which was curiously served on a bed of guacamole. The salmon was nice. For entrees, I opted for the fried chicken which was good (a chicken breast moist and juicy... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Decided to head out and been wanting to come here. Wasn't disappointed. Excellent food and service. Perfect lunch and will come back for dinner next

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16 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

I was very excited to have lunch at Central Michel Richard and even opted to forgo the cheaper restaurant week menu to have the lobster burger. What a mistake. Unfortunately, I found the lobster burger to be very dry and not the moist lobster sandwich that I had envisioned for $30. I saw some other customers' dishes that looked better,... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We had reservations for noon for 3 people. Sat outside because it was a lovely day with a breeze and there was plenty of shade. It is a fixed price brunch ($27 for set 3 course brunch with options, not including coffee). Can also purchase bottomless mimosas, bellinis, bloody marys for $10. We opted for goat cheese caesar (one had... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

First, this place is expensive, but worth it if you're looking to splurge. Bold inventive menu, perfectly prepared food and the chef himself walking through the dining room.

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wilmington, DE
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

We have been here 2 times. It is kind of like an upscale French cafe with an American twist. The first time was for dinner. It was a Saturday night and the place was busy. It was a little loud but, that was o.k. We loved the foie gras, bread and we had some delicious wine. My wife is French... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2550
    (11th)
  • Public Transportation: walk from Archives/Navy Memorial, Federal Triangle, or Metro Center
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Downtown / Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
  • Phone Number: 202-626-0015

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 100
  • Cuisine: French, American, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene, Doing business, Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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