The ebullient spirit of chef Michel Richard lives on at Central, though the brilliant Richard died in August 2016. His namesake restaurant continues to win high marks for both food and ambience. A great Penn Quarter location on Pennsylvania Avenue, a generous bar, a menu that speaks to both French and American cultures (deviled eggs, croque monsieur, fried chicken, mussels in white wine with garlic, hot dogs, trout almandine), and voilà! Central is It. And the place is always full. The dining room can be loud, but the commotion signifies the happy time that most are enjoying. A couple of tips: For best value, order from the $24.50 three-course lunch special menu, or dine at the bar or on the patio for weekday happy hour 5 to 7pm, and enjoy some delicious deals from the bar menu, such as french fries for $5 and a plate of three sliders for $12.
Washington, D.C.› Restaurant
Central Michel Richard
1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (at 11th St.)
Our Rating Neighborhood Downtown & Penn Quarter Hours Mon–Fri 11:30am–2:30pm; Mon–Thurs 5–10pm; Fri–Sat 5–10:30pm; Sun 11am–2:30pm Transportation Metro: Metro Center (12th and F sts. exit) Phone 202/626-0015 Prices Main courses $16–$32 lunch; $28 prix fixe brunch; $17–$34 dinner Cuisine Type French Bistro Web site Central Michel Richard
Map1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, D.C.
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