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Occidental Grill and Seafood
Occidental Grill and Seafood

Occidental Grill and Seafood Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.occidentaldc.com
  • Email: info@occidentaldc.com
  • Phone: (202) 783-1475
  • Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 11:30am – 10:00pm
    Saturday 11:00am – 10:00pm
    Sunday 11:00am - 9:00pm
    Happy Hour: Monday - Friday / 4:00pm - 7:00pm / Exclusively at the Bar
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Rodney Scruggs
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 14th
  • Public Transit: Metrocenter 13 & F
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available at The Willard Hotel for a $6.00 fee.
A word from Occidental Grill and Seafood
The Occidental Grill & Seafood blends modern creativity with time-honored tradition in D.C.'s most stunning setting. Explore a comprehensive photography collection of famous 20th Century personalities, while choosing from over 200 wines to compliment Chef Rodney Scruggs's innovative Classic American menu. Just steps away from the White House and the Warner and National Theaters.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Diner Reviews
  • "Terrible from the moment we checked in with the rude, clueless hostess right up to trying to pay the bill! Not one thing was done right here! Thought these type of service/dining nightmares only happens on the shows on the Food Network! Stay away, you will be utterly disappointed!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Our first time at this historic & beautiful restaurant, so we asked our server for recommendations. He said the chef had just changed the menu, so couldn't tell us any standard favorites except the lobster potatoes & tenderloin. One of us ordered the tenderloin & the other the rabbit roulade, with a side of the potatoes which were wonderful. Wish we could say the same about our entrees. The tenderloin was very very salty & the rabbit came out lukewarm & had an overwhelming flavor of dill (or was it caraway?). When our server was notified of the cold bunny, he willingly replaced it with another....but it was lukewarm too! So, just finished our dinners as we were hungry & had theater tickets. Pricey too, for the amount of food you get."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Chef Matt Baker is producing some really superb food, on par with anyone else in DC!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Great food and history right on Pennsylvania Avenue."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "We both thoroughly enjoyed the food, when it arrived. The flavors on the plate were extremely well thought out, and the seasoning and preparation were spot on. Unfortunately, although we had mentioned up front that we had theater tickets for one hour and fifteen minutes after we ordered, our food arrived 55 minutes after we ordered, leaving only 10 minutes in which to consume our lovely meals and leave for the theater. However, the manager apologized, explained that there had been "an accident in the kitchen,' and discreetly comped a glass of wine for my companion and I."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The food was delicious and well prepared. The appetizers were imaginative, if somewhat small. My big complaint is the skimpy pours of wine and liquor. A wine glass should be a full 6 oz (one-quarter of a bottle) for the price of one-half the retail price of the bottle (for example, Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay should be 6 oz for $11). Here we got 4 oz wine pours for more than that price. And liquor servings should be a full 2oz, ours were 1 to 1-1/2. This seems to be a trend in big city restaurants that must be nipped in the bud. It is a big ripoff that should not fool anyone."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We made and confirmed an advanced reservation for this historic dinner as a finale to our visit to DC. Rather than behind seated in the high ceiling, historic photo packed dining room, we were shuttled to a regular ceiling 5-6 table dining room with pretty, modern wine racks (I'm assuming their version of a "wine room") and absolutely no character. It is also apparently the waiter training room as our experience with what a friend recommended was a "classy DC dining experience" was fraught with minor but frequent service issues leaving us with an impression of unprofessionalism and lack of attention to detail, For the price, not worth it in my view. Maybe if you can get a seat in the dining room, for the view but otherwise skip it."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "This was my first visit to the Occidental Grill. I was staying at the Willard and this was a convenient choice. While the famous lobster mashed potatoes are indeed excellent, the rest of the meal was disappointing. My wife and I both had the Seared U-10 Scallops and Braised Beef Short Rib. The scallops were dry and the short rib was average at best. I'd consider this a mediocre meal. Far worse was the service. The waiter never checked to see if we were enjoying our meal, never offered more wine and let us run out of water. He stood with other restaurant staff and happily chatted throughout our meal while we waited. Needless to say, I am not planning to return."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "I travel to DC about twice a year and have had drinks at The Occidental on several occasions. This trip, we decided to try it for dinner. From start to finish, the experience was fantastic. Because of the time of our reservation and size of our party, we were seated in a secondary dining room that is lined by the restaurant's wine collection. It's not as charming as the main dining room, but it was quiet and cozy. The cuisine was phenomenal: oysters and crab cakes for appetizers; bisque, Caesar salad and french onion soup for the first course; filet, scallops, yellowfin tuna, grouper for the entrees. No one was disappointed. The highlight, though, was the service. PJ was our server and he took great care of us. Highly, highly recommended."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We went for Sunday brunch. Service was prompt and attentive. My wife enjoyed the chicken with wafflI, I had the eggs with crab . The accompanying ciabita (sp?) was an underwhelming piece of cold and too chewy toast. The $18 "bottomless" bloody mary and mimosa offer seemed reasonable after the third drink! The real turn-off came when I reviewed my check and discovered that we'd been charged for an additional entree. The waiter was apologetic but I consider this type error uncceptable in a restaurant of thicalibre...especially since the place was not at all crowded or busy. OG screams "Welcome to DC as it used to be", which is just fine. But just like after a visit to Capitol Hill, check the bill before you leave."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Had brunch before a show at the National Theatre. It was not crowded but the waiter took a very long time to bring 2 glasses of champagne. Then, a group of 7 was seated at a round table so close to our table of two that when they tried to get seated their backsides extend over our table. A woman in their party put her hands on our table to scoot her chair forward. When their food was served the server had to squeeze between the tables and we were treated to his backside hanging over our table. It was NOT crowded. There was ample seating available to combine some other tables and seat them so we and they had more space. House made pork sausage was gristly. Steak was good. Best thing was free street parking on Sunday."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Taking someone you don't know very well but want to know better is tricky. A restaurant sitting you in the right place and taking good care of you and your guest is critical. The Occidental Grill and Seafood is always going to provide you with a good impression. I will always rely upon great treatment and service from the professionals here."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Service very slow. Months very busy but very unattentive. Not you customary!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "I had been here afew years before and it was ok then. Had a client dinner and went there as it was close the my hotel. Food was ok. I would have like to had a larger menu. Looks like a steak place, but had one steak on the menu. Had some nice seafood selections. I will try it again in a couple of years mabey. Just ok. Waiter was great!!!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "What elegant dining experience with inclusive planning."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Food was decent, limited number of sides and appetizers to pick from. Would rather go to other options if given a choice in DC, Occidental was simply underwhelming."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "My wife and I have been to the Occidental Grill twice – this occasion, our second time, was just a little over 46 yrs after the first, which occurred during our honeymoon. We regret the long time between visits. Both times we sat in the ‘Scali’ booth. The food was wonderful. I had misgivings about the polenta, so I ordered a side of their lobster mashed potatoes just in case. Well, I could not have been more wrong about the polenta – it was super. And the lobster mashed had more lobster than a lobster roll. The beverage selections were good. The service was impeccable. The ambiance was classic, classy and quintessential DC. Valet parking at the Willard was a plus. So, in summary no disappointments - food, atmosphere, service were right on."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "First time visit at this restaurant and I will not be returning! Service was fair at best, waiter was too busy talking about his resume. The food was ok, definitely not worth the money spent!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The Occidental has been one of our DC favorites for over 25 years. We were engaged here in 1988 and chose to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary at this special place. Outstanding food, service, ambience!"
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "A very nice and cosy restaurant. The food is excellent, the meat and the seafood was perfectly cooked. And I loved the walls decorated with thousands of portraits of people involved in D.C. politics."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "The service was fine, but the food was very disappointing. From appetizer to dessert... Fine for wine, location and ambiance, but look elsewhere if the food is your priority."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "very expensive but lovely service and interesting choices. The beef was incredibly tender but a little salty; spinach the best i have ever eaten. Mother's salmon was undercooked but she did not want to say anything until the dinner was completed so am not sure how the restaurant would have responded if given the opportunity."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We've dined at the Occidental Grill before and truly enjoyed it. However, the Valentine's Day fixed menu was disappointing! The first course featured beets in various arrays. While I dislike beets, my wife, who does, felt they were not a great tasting first course. The second course was more promising, but disappointing too. The lobster tail, poached, was too slushy. Finally the main course was even a greater disappointment as the beef was superior, but we received only three slices! Lastly the apple tart desert, was more robust than the main course, but equally tasty. The quality of the food did not meet the price we paid! Add to that, we could not choose from the main menu nor substitute for items we knew would be risky."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I was worried this would be a traditional steak/chicken breast place- upscale but a little boring. Nope! Very interesting dishes and fantastic execution! Very cool, historic, DC-feeling vibe- a great place to take visitors. The bartender AWESOME. He made a great cocktail and when I ordered another, he made it slightly differently and came by to ask how I liked it. He's super knowledgeable and they have a great selection of liquors and cocktail ingredients. I will definitely go back for drinks."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Made a reservation at The Occidental for our anniversary. Only tip off to the restaurant was a note on OpenTable asking for a nice seat location. We arrived and were seated at the most sought after table in the house, complete with an anniversary card and glasses of champagne. It was the last night, Sunday, of D.C. restaurant week . Service was excellent, each course well timed, the food itself- my crispy salmon entree and my husband's braised short ribs- delicious, interesting, well-prepared. The decor of this restaurant, with photos of American Icons is straight out of A Mad Men episode. We lingered over desert and coffee (French Press) and never felt pressured to wrap it up. Staff even took a pic for us on the way out! Highly recommend."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "At first, we were seated at a 2-top in a hallway opposite a supply closet with the door hanging open. We were graciously moved by our waiter to the main dining room, which I love. I ordered a fish special, which was not special at all: no particular flavor. An expensive meal that was not worth the money. We ate here last year just before Christmas and had a fantastic meal."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Food was ok but not worth the expense. Our waiter kept interrupting conversation and at one point whisked my salad plate away before I finished eating the salad. The duck breast was swimming in a thin soup which wasn't advertised and not very tasty."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Service was very attentive but, not overly so- comfortable. Food quality was very good but, very pricey for the value received."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "The salmon was prepared so well that I almost ordered another one! In addition, the desserts were delicious! Outstanding service also!"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "We chose this restaurant based on location (close to theater) and menu along with good online reviews. Service was prompt and not intrusive. Our wine glasses were topped up regularly throughout the meal. The meal was tasty and filling. We both started with soup on this chilly evening which was a good call. The lobster bisque was rich and the french onion soup was flavorful without being too salty. The mains were equally delightful. Will definitely return for dinner and this time we'll save room for dessert."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "My husband and I tried the dishes on the restaurant week menu. This was our first time dining at this restaurant. We loved the salmon and pork entrees and the desserts (bread pudding and chocolate cake). The history of the restaurant also added to the ambience and a tasty meal!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The pork belly was very tasty! As were the short ribs and brussel sprouts which were to die for. The dishes are all very, very costly though and the place feels very stuffy. I felt our waiter was a bit snooty too. This restaurant has an older demographic (over 50) so not quite tailored for a twenty something crowd."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Great service, awesome food. I'd love to check it out on the summer time."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "I had the salmon. It was just okay. My wife had the short ribs and loved it. I can't say the food justified the price, but I wasn't terribly disappointed."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "My first time. I had heard lots about the place and so I was coming in with high hopes. Seriously, it was one of the best meals I've ever had. Lovely waiters, divine food--absolutely delicious. Within my group, each person got something different--appetizer, entree and dessert and not one dish disappointed. The drinks weren't awesome but the food and service (and ambiance) easily made up for that."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "I wasn't expecting much since the Grill still had 7 pm reservations available the day of during restaurant week, but every course was spectacular, thoughtful, brought out on time, and extremely satisfying."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "The restaurant has a wonderful old club feel to it perhaps because the walls are covered with photos and illustrations of DC Politicians. It is DC's version of Sardi's. It is very comfortable. Because I went there during restaurant week I feel with the Prix Fix I just got a small reduced sampling of what the food is or could be."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "We had an early (5:30) reservation, so no crowd. Quiet, romantic, excellent background music to set the scene. Service was outstanding, good suggestions were offered & the waiter knew his menu well. We had steaks that were excellent cuts and perfectly grilled. My husband thought it was one of the best he's ever had. My steak was also excellent. I asked if they could substitute scallops for crabcake for my surf & turf, which they did. But a bit disappointed there were only 2 scallops...they were so good I wish there had been one more. Raves also for the Port City Porter beer. We hope to visit Occidental again next time we are back in town."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Wonderful food from appetizers through desserts! Our server had perfect recommendations and we never once felt like we didn't have everything we needed. Impeccable service throughout the night kept our drinks full and the table clear as soon as we were done with a dish, yet enough time in between courses to reset and converse. And french press coffee with my dessert! These little details just made it special (and worth a premium price tag)."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "The Occidental continues to hold a special place in my heart as a classy, welcoming restaurant that is reliable in the best sense. Service is impeccable but friendly. Selection is appetizing and ample. You're in great company with all the photos of notables, political and otherwise, who have dined there and enjoyed themselves. The Occidental is the Willard and DC at their spiffiest. Delicious food and a totally satisfying experience."
    Dined on 1/3/2014