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“First Timer” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Central Michel Richard

Central Michel Richard
1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2550 (Downtown / Chinatown)
202-626-0015
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Ranked #142 of 2,700 Restaurants in Washington DC
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: American, French, Bistro
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
Cross street: 11th
Transit: walk from Archives/Navy Memorial, Federal Triangle, or Metro Center
Dahlgren, Virginia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“First Timer”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013 via mobile

This was our first visit to Central. It had been recommended before but we could never get a reservation so we were very happy to get in over July 4th weekend on a Saturday night. Food and service were excellent. We shared a charcuterie board recommended by our server ... it was amazing! lots of interesting cuts and pates. We also shared two entrees ... the chicken schnitzel and the asparagus risotto. We always split dishes as we generally find American portion sizes large! Everything was delicious. Highly recommend the restaurant for great food and a friendly social bistro atmosphere.

Visited July 2013
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San Jose, California
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Enjoyable DC restaurant choice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Central Michel Richard had terrific food, beautifully presented, in a restaurant alive early on a weekday evening. With an easy walk from our hotel and our day on the National Mall, it was a great choice for us - the best meal in our week's stay.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Long Beach, CA
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Always a winner!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

I come to DC often for work, and when I can get a reservation here, I grab it. Went with business associates recently and had a great meal, and lots of fun. Cudos as always for a fine dinner...btw, the lobster burger and the fried chicken are awesome!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Los Angeles, California
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79 reviews 79 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Good, but should have been better.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Walked in at lunch with no reservation, but gladly took a seat at the bar. Had a marvelous half-dozen oysters at the bar with a nice glass of Muscadet, then had the salmon and a side of masked potatoes with a glass of Sav Blanc. The salmon was good, nice sauce, well presented, but the peas and snap peas it was bedded on were ridiculously undercooked. Really, they were inedible for lack of cooking. And the mashed potatoes weren't mashed, they were pureed and watered down to nothing with too much salt and butter -- barely edible. Service was good, attentive and friendly, and had a great conversation with one of DC's many lobbyists. Very noisy space, modern and hard surfaced, but I would return and try again. $85 before the tip.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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palm beach gardens, fl
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“big change-not good”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

I look forward to Café Central on every visit to D.C. This time it was disappointing-service was good but they we out of an item at 7:00 on Friday night. Also the fried chicken just wasn't as good as usual (tasted like it had been sitting in a steam table too long). So sorry

  • Visited June 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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