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“American bistro for American classic but with a chic twist and delicious cocktails and wines. Subtle design, buzzing...” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Central Michel Richard
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Ranked #52 of 3,189 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: French, American
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Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
Cross street: 11th
Transit: walk from Archives/Navy Memorial, Federal Triangle, or Metro Center
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“American bistro for American classic but with a chic twist and delicious cocktails and wines. Subtle design, buzzing...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2008

American bistro for American classic but with a chic twist and delicious cocktails and wines. Subtle design, buzzing noisy athmosphere. Perfect for an happy hour and week days dinner. I would not go as far as the Washingtonian and rank Central in the top 10. Not at all; actually for the food it deserves more a 3.5 then a 4. But if you want American classic in a sophisticated ambiance, Central is an excellent choice. Creme brulee is an excellent choice for dessert. I did not like the apple brown. Mussels chowder is perfect. Hamburgers are great too!

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“Central”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2008

Of several great restaurants we visited on a recent trip, Central was my least favorite even though I loved my meal. Everything was correct but it had a bit too much of a "see and be seen" flavor to the experience.

I also thought the comfort food items on the menu were a bit pretentious if not condescending. I don't want to go to a place like Central for mac'n'cheese. I'm not from D.C., I'm not a foodie, and I don't know Michel Richard by reputation, but I sure know when I'm being talked down to, and it was evident in both the decor and the menu.

On the plus side, the 72-hour short ribs were outstanding, worth every bit of the atmosphere. They took comfort food to a new level, at least.

I'd recommend it, but not as a must-visit.

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“Great food, but kind of...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2008

Great food, but kind of loud on a busy night because of the hard elements and tough acoustics.

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“Famous chef does cheesy...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2008

Famous chef does cheesy poofs and kit kats!

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“Overated”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2008

Overated

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