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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)
5:00 pm - 11:00 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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Vestal, New York
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68 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We didn't realize it was Restaurant Week in DC when we went to Central, choosing it because it was so highly ranked for having one of the best burgers in DC (it's all about the beef...). So, some of us ordered burgers, and some ordered off the special menu...and everything was top-notch! Try the burgers...aged beef, great condiments, soft bun,... More 

Thank Pastrychef_10
Washington, D.C.
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55 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I was hot and frustrated when I arrived late for my reservation because there was nonon street parking available and the nearest garage was $21.00. I was still seated immediately, though it took awhile to get water or bread. Two servers introduced themselves and waited on me, which was a little confusing. I had the scallop tartare, which was just... More 

Thank Locemup
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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89 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place has been consistently great over time, and it is absolutely wonderful since Kim took over as manager. The food is delicious, the location is great, and the ambiance is inviting. Will definitely keep going back.

1 Thank TheTravelerDC
Geneva, Switzerland
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216 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After reading the reviews, we thought this was going to be one of the best restaurants in DC. Maybe it was a bad night or we chose the wrong dishes, but we were not impressed. The food was good solid food, but nothing to rave about. The cheese puff appetizers were almost tasteless, one of the kind of oysters were... More 

Thank nutrinut
stamford ct
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117 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had great hopes but only had average meals. Plus, it was quite expensive. Its pretty and still trendy so go there if the food is not the # 1 priority.

Thank rocket41
Cleveland, Ohio
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123 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great stop for lunch when walking DC. Nice menu and good service. Will accommodate food allergies. May come here agin before leaving town.

Thank Bigsteelerfan
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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75 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The atmosphere and food at Central do not disappoint. The bar was a wonderful place for a drink, and the small plate menu provided interesting options. The dinner menu has something for everyone. Service was prompt and responsive. The celebration cake was a wonderful dessert. Overall, a very pleasant and tasty evening.

Thank Trying-to-Live-Well
Alexandria, Virginia
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63 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm so lucky to work in DC near Central. What a great restaurant. Definitely worth your time and money. Make a reservation especially for dinner.

Thank LeeinVAUSA
Dallas, Texas
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I can't say enough good things! The food and service was fantastic. On my entree I asked to substitute spinach for green beans, but he waiter forgot and brought me spinach, which was no big deal. To apologize, he not only brought me the green beans, but also gave me a complimentary refill on my wine! The cheese puffs are... More 

Thank rachelb713
Guadalajara, Mexico
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48 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Next to the Hoover Building (FBI HQ), it is a place worth visiting. We were a party of 4 and shared a Cote du Boeuf, which at 32 ounces was plentyfull. Well cooked and very good sides. Fantastic cava.

Thank Horacio N

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$25 - $100
American, French
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
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Bar scene, 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?