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Central Michel Richard

1001 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20500

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(202) 626-0015


  • Sunday: 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Monday: 11:45 am - 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
  • Tuesday: 11:45 am - 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
  • Wednesday: 11:45 am - 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
  • Thursday: 11:45 am - 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
  • Friday: 11:45 am - 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Saturday: 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

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Cuisine: American Restaurants, French Restaurants

4.7 of 5.0 from 116 reviews

price range:$26 to $50


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Central Michel Richard Reviews

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  • Peter EImpressed with its longevity - gougeres and burgers (ahi tuna or lobster) are my go-tos. Great happy hour cocktails. Wine list is well curated.

    55555 by Peter E

  • Ian NThe fried chicken was very good, but those mashed potatoes were incredible. Also recommend the cheese puffs to start.

    55555 by Ian N

  • EaterLooking to move beyond red meat? Central Michel Richard offers ahi tuna burgers and shrimp burgers as well. (Its bacon cheeseburger, pictured, is also legendary.)

    55555 by Eater

  • Jonathan aO hambúrguer e até gostoso, mas falta tempero na carne. O atendimento é bom e atencioso como sempre. Vale a passada, mas não espere preços baixos

    55555 by Jonathan a

  • Bob R.Excellent mimosas for Bottomless Brunch -- I always worry on a bottomless drink that the restaurant would skimp, but it was an excellent mimosa.

    55555 by Bob R.

  • Stephanie L.Fried chicken all day long

    55555 by Stephanie L.

  • Eric A.Cheese puffs are a fun appetizer!

    55555 by Eric A.

  • Eric A.Wow, the fried chicken is amazing!

    55555 by Eric A.

  • AndrewGet the fried chicken, obviously. But save room for the chocolate bar!

    55555 by Andrew

  • Bryan AFried chicken was unbelievable!! Snowman dessert also amazing

    55555 by Bryan A

  • Francisco R.Service was great. Loved every dish.

    55555 by Francisco R.

  • Allison K.Solid burger and excellent cheese puffs.

    55555 by Allison K.

  • Tim B.Wonderful service, interesting food, and save room for dessert

    55555 by Tim B.

  • ArdvaarkOrder the Gougéres as soon as you sit down. They'll give you something delicious to snack on while you peruse the menu.

    55555 by Ardvaark

  • ArdvaarkThe Lobster Burger is good to try once, but there are better dishes on the menu. The Grilled Loup de Mer, for example!

    55555 by Ardvaark

  • Jewels KFried Chicken and Waffles are a must try! Maple Syrup emulsion is delicious!

    55555 by Jewels K

  • Bitches Who B.Basserie bites are available for $6-$12 in the bar from 5-7. Try the sliders or prosciutto tart. Taste the premium cocktails for $8 each, glasses of wine for $8, or draft beer for just $5

    55555 by Bitches Who B.

  • Wrigley F.Easy stroll from Metro Center or Federal Triangle Metro stations and E street Cinema. Fabulous prix-fixe menu until 6:30 pm. Celebration cake sparklers (pic) make it a party!💃🏻🎉💥🎂 Outdoor patio.

    55555 by Wrigley F.

  • Bill GVery good and authentic American food !

    55555 by Bill G

  • Bitches Who B.Voted Best Brunch For Visitors of 2015 by Bitches Who Brunch!

    55555 by Bitches Who B.

  • Jon P.Great lobster burger

    55555 by Jon P.

  • Denise NMichel's Fried Chicken is where it's at!

    55555 by Denise N

  • Eric HThe fried chicken was amazing. Definitely not what I thought when the waiter recommend "fried chicken". Best meal I've ever had in DC.

    55555 by Eric H

  • Jisu ABurger with cheese and bacon :)

    55555 by Jisu A

  • TripExpert E"French powerhouse chef Michel Richard has set up camp Downtown with this semi-casual bistro offering up Franco-American spin-offs like fried chicken, bacon-and-onion tart." -Fodors on TripExpert

    55555 by TripExpert E

  • Jon D.This place is great! The Central Meatloaf is an amazing twist on an American staple, everything was great though, can't go wrong.

    55555 by Jon D.

  • Bitches Who B.Situated right on Pennsylvania Avenue, across from Trump Tower, the patio at Michel Richard's Central is one you need to frequent. Plus the $27 bottomless prix fixe can’t be beat.

    55555 by Bitches Who B.

  • Israel KleinEverything here is good. Fish tacos. French onion soup. Chopped salad. Lobster burger. Ideal lunch choice.

    55555 by Israel Klein

  • Dan FoyDelicious every time

    55555 by Dan Foy

  • Paul D.The Valentine dessert was amazing

    55555 by Paul D.

  • EpicuriousLook for hanger steak paired with possibly the best frites in town and salmon cooked to near-melting, served with lentils that are both creamy and tangy.

    55555 by Epicurious

  • Adrienne M.The fried chicken at brunch is AMAZING. Delicious Caesar salad too!

    55555 by Adrienne M.

  • Bitches Who B.Winner of the Bitches Who Brunch "Best Bang For Your Buck" award for 2014!

    55555 by Bitches Who B.

  • Colleen N.From Washingtonian: Get the Lobster Burger

    55555 by Colleen N.

  • Michael SingletaryEat the fried chicken. Get some cheese puffs to start. Great wine list.

    55555 by Michael Singletary

  • Chefs FeedEric Ziebold, chef of CityZen, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Faux gras.

    55555 by Chefs Feed

  • Montaha HidefiThe french fries are amazing... I havent had french fries for years, till i tasted this. The service is very good too...we would definitely come back..

    55555 by Montaha Hidefi

  • Peter RThe vegetarian risotto and steal tartar were both excellent. Just wish the place wasn't quite so casual

    55555 by Peter R

  • Robb F.Washingtonian recommends the lobster burger.

    55555 by Robb F.

  • Chad P.What a dump. No wonder Michel was chased out of town!

    11111 by Chad P.

  • M. G. S.The memorable fried chicken. I got mine with brussel sprouts!

    33333 by M. G. S.

  • verymonicaFries + lobster burger are totally delicious!

    55555 by verymonica

  • verymonicaRead carefully - it says "faux" gras, it's chicken liver

    55555 by verymonica

  • Serious EatsThe fried chicken is an unexpected hit at this power lunch spot.

    55555 by Serious Eats

  • Russell S.Delicious.

    55555 by Russell S.

  • Teresa R.The staff are amazing, they were very kind and thoughtful. The food was delicious and the birthday sparkler was fantastic!! Can't wait to go back

    55555 by Teresa R.

  • Zairina J.Love my lobster burger!

    55555 by Zairina J.

  • Elizabeth McmahonMake reservations. Line starts at 1130am

    33333 by Elizabeth Mcmahon

  • Josephine L.Great service! Ordered the lobster burger and the fried chicken, both were amazingly delicious! Upscale place without feeling snooty. Down to earth decor and food!

    55555 by Josephine L.

  • Johanna E.The lobster burger is totally over rated.

    22222 by Johanna E.

  • Michael M.FRIED CHICKEN IS AMAZING!!! Trust me I did not expect this, but one of the best I have ever had!

    55555 by Michael M.

  • Michael M.Some of the best fried chicken I have had in a long time!!!!!

    55555 by Michael M.

  • Tim C.Gourmet sliders are fabulous!

    55555 by Tim C.

  • Grace S.Filet mignon tartar in cheese puffs make the best mini hamburger in the world!

    55555 by Grace S.

  • Mike D.Gougères are an absolute must. Great wine selection, too!

    55555 by Mike D.

  • ThePurplePassport.comChef Michel Richard (of the former Citronelle) has turned his hand to traditional American cuisine with a spectacularly popular menu of Frenchified takes on classics like fried chicken and burger.

    55555 by ThePurplePassport.com

  • Melissa T.How did this place get such good reviews? The fried chicken was awful and the cheese puffs way too dry

    22222 by Melissa T.

  • Michael W.The crab cake makes a great lunch choice.

    55555 by Michael W.

  • Norman E.Try the fried chicken - A refined, balanced and very tasty plate of Fried Chicken. #recommend

    55555 by Norman E.

  • Dana A.Seabass was amazing, good wine selection. Good service.

    55555 by Dana A.

  • Jesse CDo yourself a favor and stuff your face with the fried chicken and chocolate bar. Then sing a song of deliciousness.

    55555 by Jesse C

  • Erin P.Skip the 48 hour short rib (really tough, say that's how they should be...) Go with Steak Au Poivre or Tuna Burger. Desserts are unreal, especially sorbets.

    55555 by Erin P.

  • SusanFried chicken...nuff said!

    22222 by Susan

  • Oron Gill H.OMG. The fried chicken is everything everyone said it was. GET IT!!

    33333 by Oron Gill H.

  • Washington PostBest bets: lobster and tuna burgers in addition to the beef standard. The fried chicken is also incredible.

    55555 by Washington Post

  • Walburga A M.my favourite: the Lobster Burger

    55555 by Walburga A M.

  • Candice B.The French onion soup was superb, and also vegetarian.

    55555 by Candice B.

  • Mariam RAZ R.Try the steak tartare - #loved #perfect (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Mariam RAZ R.

  • Mariam RAZ R.Try the Rotisserie Chicken (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Mariam RAZ R.

  • Kim D.Dry aged meat for burger.

    33333 by Kim D.

  • Graham C.Fried Chicken. A thousand times.

    55555 by Graham C.

  • Sarah T.The banana split is an excellent dessert to split (haha) at the table.

    55555 by Sarah T.

  • mike b.banana split is amazing and will feed 2-3 people

    55555 by mike b.

  • Megan W.All the desserts are divine!

    55555 by Megan W.

  • Cheryl V L.Try the Lobster Burger - Lobster with a scallop mousse. Fantastic! (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Cheryl V L.

  • Matt N.French onion soup!!! 

    55555 by Matt N.

  • Julie S.Excellent pork belly and cheese puffs (among many other things - great fun!)!

    55555 by Julie S.

  • Burger DaysOne of the umpteenth burgers deemed the best of D.C., the dry-aged Central beef burger is the definition of fancy-ass. It comes served with confit tomato, a house-made mayo and several potato wafers.

    55555 by Burger Days

  • Jill S.Lemon chicken burger was Delicious and delightfully refreshing. (3 of 4 petals via Fondu)

    55555 by Jill S.

  • RobinThe Mac n cheese is the best thing ever. The tuna burger is also delicious.

    55555 by Robin

  • kelly m.Get the short ribs. The oysters were some of the best I've ever had. Top it all off with vanilla ice cream.

    55555 by kelly m.

  • Mariam RAZ R.Try the Negroni Cocktail - Simply delicious! Cheers (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Mariam RAZ R.

  • Washingtonian MagazineDuring the day, deals are made over bacon cheeseburgers and the best corned-beef sandwiches in town. Ties are loosened at night, and cocktails keep a crowd around the bar.

    55555 by Washingtonian Magazine

  • Mariam RAZ R.Try the steak tartare - Simply Delish! W frites (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Mariam RAZ R.

  • Mariam RAZ R.Try the Bacon And Onion Tart - Superbe (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Mariam RAZ R.

  • FiOS 50The lobster burger and the fried chicken are the two standout menu items here. So why not come back twice and try both?

    55555 by FiOS 50

  • Anita S.The best burger that I have ever had! The fried chicken was enough for 2. Both delicious!

    55555 by Anita S.

  • Shaggy N.The Cheese Puffs, Lobster Burger and Fried Chicken with Mashed Potato are a must have...so good!!!!!!

    55555 by Shaggy N.

  • Sowjanya O.Beaujolais Noveau arrives on Thursday! Music included

    55555 by Sowjanya O.

  • AliGet the fried chicken!

    33333 by Ali

  • Kat L.Yummy fried chicken and large portion! Tuna burger is nice and light. Avoid the chocolate mousse. Disappointing.

    55555 by Kat L.

  • David B.Their oversized Kit Kat bar is everything you love about Kit Kats, except it's richer and bigger.

    55555 by David B.

  • EaterThe most accessible in chef Michel Richard's local restaurant empire, Central offers the French chef's spin of classic American comfort food. [Eater 38 Member]

    55555 by Eater

  • Taylor F.I had the lunch special. The corn and crab chowder is delicious and the rhubarb crisp was very tasty. The mushroom sandwich was a little bland, and the sauce that it came with wasn't as punchy as it n

    55555 by Taylor F.

  • Carie J.The mushroom risotto was outstanding!

    55555 by Carie J.

  • Samurai D.I had the cheese plate, fried chicken, and the chocolate bar. All were delicious. The fried chicken was really moist and tasty. I definitely recommend it.

    55555 by Samurai D.

  • Ryan E.Just ordered the Tuna Carpaccio that Michelle Obama ordered and it was great!

    55555 by Ryan E.

  • Kevin M.Two words, lobster burger.

    55555 by Kevin M.

  • Bobby M.Overated wow. $8 for side of fries? Do I get a Bj with these? Mussles have no flavor... how? The sauce was great ..... lame.

    33333 by Bobby M.

  • Lorena S.The French 75 is a perfect after 5 cocktail.

    55555 by Lorena S.

  • Jose R.Try the to-go menu for lunch!

    55555 by Jose R.

  • Stephanie S.This is the best restaurant in dc and ive never had anything bad here.

    55555 by Stephanie S.

  • Julie D.Lobster burger and fries is fantastic. Sit at the bar and avoid getting a tough reservation.

    33333 by Julie D.

  • FoodspottingTry the Napoleon

    55555 by Foodspotting

  • LorcánIf you enjoy Caesar salad, the goat cheese Caesar is fantastic and well presented.

    55555 by Lorcán

  • Sarah O.Make reservations... Seriously, make reservations.

    55555 by Sarah O.

  • GourmetLiveThis is food that’s very easy to love, served in an atmosphere that’s casual but never sloppy.

    55555 by GourmetLive

  • EpicuriousAsk for a table near the bustling, open kitchen, and watch the expert French chefs create your luscious lobster burger or hanger steak with the city's best frites.

    55555 by Epicurious

  • Chris C.The ribs are TO DIE FOR!

    55555 by Chris C.

  • Kimberly H.The lobster burger is an absolute must!

    55555 by Kimberly H.

  • Michael L.Sit at the bar, Lobster Burger with Fries.

    33333 by Michael L.

  • Lauren RGotta go back and try the rest of the menu!

    55555 by Lauren R

  • Sean D.Try one of their absinthe-laced drinks.

    55555 by Sean D.

  • Laren S.Get the gougeres and the steak tartare.

    55555 by Laren S.

  • KathyPied de cochon and faux gras near the E Street Theatre.

    33333 by Kathy

  • Matt Kdo yourself a favor and order what might be the best plate of fresh oysters in the city.

    55555 by Matt K

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