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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)
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Closed now
All 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
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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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55 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I meet one of my friends at a downtown restaurant about once a month & I am the person to choose the restaurant. I read Washington POST & Washingtonian mag restaurant recommendations & chose this. We ordered their pre-theater special - a true bargain considering the quality & taste of our dinner. I ordered their signature fried chicken, even though... More 

Thank SandyG20815
Potomac, Maryland
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250 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Excellent al fresco dining on Pennsylvania Avenue across from the new Trump Hotel. Our spinach and mushroom salad, onion soup, fried chicken, salmon and desserts were uniformly excellent. Service, however, was surprisingly inattentive,

Thank Potomac_11
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very good meal. Cheese puff appetizer order was large enough to share. Onion soup is very tasty with a sherry flavor in background. Our party ordered the hanger steak (cooked to the ordered temperature) and the shrimp risotto, which was very flavorful and had enough shrimp to have a good-sized piece in every bite. Service was attentive but not intrusive... More 

Thank triviamaster
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68 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We chose the prix fixe for dinner last week, a wise choice as it enabled us to try a dish that we wouldn't otherwise have ordered: fried chicken. Yes, fried chicken! But this chicken was different, as it's first cooked sous vide and then fried in a light batter. Absolutely terrific! we began with an order of gougères, a Julia... More 

Thank Catullus
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95 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We have dined at Central many times and have never been disappointed. The food is fresh, delicious and interesting. The tuna-burger is great. Althoug I didn't love the lobster-burger. The frites are great and the service has always been professional and efficient.

Thank momsan
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Met prior to theater and had a great prix fix deal, offered before and after performances. Food was delicious. I had a seasonal pumpkin soup, served over a fried egg and with bits of ham. Server had a great wine recommendation. Would totally go again.

Thank Empow819
Sydney, Australia
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26 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was across the road from our hotel, so we chose this over another French restaurant in Georgetown (probably a mistake).We opted for inside dining and then changed our minds given the noise volume. There were only a few classic French dishes on the menu, and whilst the service was good the food could only be described as average.

Thank Terry B
Clinton, Tennessee
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155 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The good news is that sitting outside is pleasant. It's right on the street corner so there's a lot of visual stimulation. That's where the good ends. Our waiter didn't speak English well. I felt like he was short and only marginally interested. The food was was acceptable but the cost was high - even for Washington. I wouldn't go... More 

Thank mrhover
Long Island, NY
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109 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A truly excellent restaurant; highly professional service and just really good food. The Loup de Mer was perfectly done with an excellent side of sauteed mushrooms. Onion Soup very good. a simple Tuna Burger came out well seasoned, tasty and with really good frites. They have an excellent wine list and good selection by the glass. The Lemon desert was... More 

Thank Medlaw_Travel
Alexandria, VA
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I followed Michael Richard and his food from the first time I dined In his restaurant "Citronelle". His food is made with such love you feel like you been kissed by an angel. The food just melts in your mouth

Thank kareneAlexandria_VA

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $100
French, American
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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
  • Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
  • Phone Number: 202-626-0015

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