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Central Michel Richard

1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2505
+1 202-626-0015
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good31%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“brunch” (20 reviews)
“cheese puffs” (75 reviews)
“fried chicken” (169 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 10:30 PMAll hours
French, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2505
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Reviewed April 27, 2015

Made reservations and were given exactly what we had requested. We shared an order of the gougères, which were perfectly baked and delicious. Biting into the just right crust, yielded a tasty light center showcasing the gruyere. My companion had a wonderful crabcake appetizer accented...More

Thank bklyn21gal
Reviewed April 26, 2015 via mobile

Yes.. Probably the best fried chicken and mashed I've ever had. The burgers looked amazing. The open kitchen is fun to watch. A beautiful room.

Thank eljuezcubano
Reviewed April 26, 2015

Went with friends and sat outside. Inside was too noisy. Everything from the wine to the dessert was incredible but the fried chicken was the best I've ever had.

Thank ronn_wp
Reviewed April 22, 2015

Central Michel Richard offers a clean, well lit and lively atmosphere and some creative takes on comfort food. The fried chicken is amazing, like nothing you've had. It's also extremely well priced. I highly recommend.

Thank JohnEGraf
Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

We ate there twice on the same day. We had lunch and liked it so much we went back for supper. I had the beet salad for lunch and my husband had the Capital Chicken salad. The beet salad had beets, pear, arugula and feta...More

Thank Brenda R
Reviewed April 11, 2015

My chef recommended this restaurant in Washington, DC and made the reservation for me. This was to celebrate our 29 years marriage anniversary. My chef is himself president of the associationop the master chef of france, so he knows a little bit about good food,...More

Thank JPSalik
Reviewed April 11, 2015

Dinner for two at Michel Richard, a memorable culinary experience. The food was excellent! I had the salmon and avocado tartare! Melts in your mouth and not on the hips. It was, light with a delectable French fusion sauce. I tried his lobster burger and...More

1  Thank Monick D
Reviewed April 8, 2015

When you are in Washington DC and specially on Pennsylvania Ave the Central is the nice place for lunch or brunch. We have heard about Michel Richard from friends and decided to go there. We went with friends. First of all the service was good...More

Thank AnnnGh
Reviewed April 4, 2015

I dined here on a visit to DC. With the imprimatur of Michel Richard, I expected nouvelle cuisine and high end dining. Instead, it's much more bistro casual, so keep that in mind if you are caught off guard by the restaurant name. Our server...More

Thank DougJ25
Reviewed April 4, 2015

I went for dinner with a group of four. Everyone enjoyed their meal, although there was was one allergy issue that wasn't completely addressed - perhaps attributable to some miscommunication. Otherwise, service was courteous and professional. I can recommend the charcuterie plate. I can also...More

1  Thank bluetick3
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Delores Z
December 15, 2016|
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Response from SandyG20815 | Reviewed this property |
Depends on how fast you walk - 10 minutes max.
October 29, 2016|
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Response from ThomasG82 | Reviewed this property |
Brunch, as well as pre and post theater. More details on the website. Worth the visit!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$25 - $100
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings, Special occasions
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: +1 202-626-0015
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