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Central Michel Richard

1001 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC, 20004, United States
TEL: (202) 626-0015

Offering French-inspired American cuisine minus the fine-dining prices, this DC eatery by Chef Michel Richard won the 2008 James Beard award for best new restaurant. Celebrated for his Georgetown flagship, Citronelle, Chef Richard embraces a more casual vibe with this Penn Quarter outpost serving bistro fare and boutique libations in an upscale but laidback environment. A popular stop-in for locals and tourists alike, Central Michel Richard specializes in American dishes "with a French accent:" At dinner, the mussels and steak au poivre are rock-solid choices. At lunch, try the tuna or lobster burgers.

Insider Tip:

Don't skip Richard's signature chocolate bar, Le Kit Cat, which includes a crunchy chocolate truffle base, chocolate ganache, and a hazelnut caramel sauce.


Open / Closes
  • Accessible by Public Transportation
  • Bar Dining
  • Dinner
  • Full Bar
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Lunch
  • Notable Chef
  • Notable Wine List
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Private Room Available
  • Sommelier

Cuisine Type:: Bistro


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