Occidental Grill and Seafood
Occidental Grill and Seafood

Occidental Grill and Seafood

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.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: Steak, Seafood, American
  • 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 Theatre's.
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Occidental Grill and Seafood reviews from OpenTable diners
99 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (45)great for outdoor dining (43)fit for foodies (27)romantic (24)notable wine list (21)great for lunch (20)scenic view (17)good for groups (16)neighborhood gem (14)hot spot (10)great for brunch (9)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Service is the best at Occidental
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The service at the Occidental is the best in town...the wait staff is prompt, polite and professional. Try their BLT for lunch with a side salad...just right.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • always a pleasant experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The Occidental is a great place to bring people you want to talk to as well as share a good meal with. Comfortable seating, excellent service, reliably good, if not great, American food.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 57 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1186 reviews are from the Occidental Grill and Seafood reviews archive.
  • Almost 5 stars
    dineabout
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Our waiter was excellent, the place was not overcrowded, the lobster bisque was a bit edgy, with an overcooked flavor. The drinks were very good. My NY Strip was good, but there was very little crabmeat on top, and the crab was barely warm. My husband's Filet Mignon was good. We finished with a berry compote and French press coffee, both of which was very good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food and great service
    FoodluvrVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I met a business colleague for lunch and we were both very pleasantly surprised! The food was very good - tuna and crab cakes and the service was old-fashioned - very professional and good. We will both be going back and we wondered why we hadn't thought of The Occidental before now!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellence
    westwoodking
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Despite being feeling moderately busy in the bar dining room for a Saturday evening downtown, the service was very attentive, friendly, yet unobtrusive. Short rib and filet were perfect. Some of the best short rib I've ever had in fact. And the bar knew how to make my favourite cocktail, the Vesper. And free glasses of champagne for my wife's birthday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very enjoyable
    RedheadVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Good service, good food, and an engaging bartender Mike, all made for a pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Single serving
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Crab cake and bread pudding were fantastic!!!! Serving sizes were perfect. Great service!!! Loved sitting outdoors... Very relaxing!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fourth of July
    FranVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    I was disappointed in the menu. There was a special 4th of July menu and the usual lighter options were not available. Also, my appetizer was never brought to the table, my entrée was brought, when I mentioned about my appetizer they went to check == about 10 minutes later someone brought it out but I said I did not want it as I was 1/2 way through my entrée. They offered me dessert on the house for the error.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alice
    Alice
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Great dining experience - had outstanding waiter and lovely menu; have visited before and was not disappointed - I would recommend who wants a lovely evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Occidental Grill & Seafood
    Lion26KingVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The South shall rise again! I was blown away by the marvelous slant on Southern cooking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Care
    RecentlyEmptyNested
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I lined up the Occidental for my sister and her husband who were in town to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary. They had nothing but wonderful things to say about how well they were treated and their overall dining experience. Thank you for making it a truly special occasion for them!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Wvening with friends
    Wildcat76VIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    A very nice evening. Good food, broad selection. Great service from our server Lolly, bartender Mike and matre de Linda.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    I have dined here for business previously and the food and service were so much better. The problem on my last visit the service was fair due to the server and most of the rest of the employees were focused on watching the World Cup. The special chicken my boss ordered over risotto the chicken was dry and the risotto someone in the kitchen was carried away with the salt shaker. With all the choices to dine I will not be returning any time soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • History prevails
    njdevil1VIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    A great place to eat surrounded by icons of American and worl history. The pictures and portraits alone ale the experience worthwhile. The service was excellent, the noise level very high. The food was inconsistent. Steaks were superb, crab cakes excellent. The rabbit was so so. Lobster mashed were to die for. Fish portions seemed to be on the small side versus the price.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hikingirl
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Love the location; sat outside and watched the city go by. Food was disappointing. Nice but way over priced. Very small portions are still small portions even if served fancy, "gourmet" or whatever. Still not worth $36 for an entree that you walk away still hungry! Service was amazingly slow, especially considering there were few there. We've eaten there before because we like the location but probably won't go back because it's just not worth it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2 out of 4 drinks were unavailable
    Hamilton
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    bar is NOT ready for top shelf order !!! Noise from next to ours table did not allow us and our guests to have any conversation !!! We couldnt have drinks we ordered, FOOD WAS FANTASTIC !! witnessed ppl leaving due to loud table of 7 !! It was NOT what we had in mind when we invited friends we didn't see for long time and wished to dine and "catch up" !!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently excellent
    lov2eat
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The Occidental is in a spectacular location, beside the White House and near two historic theaters and the Willard Hotel. The inside feels like living history, and the atmosphere is wonderful. But the restaurant does not depend upon these strengths. The food is always good or excellent, and the service is always superb. I cannot imagine ever being disappointed in a meal at the Occidental.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brunch at the Scali table
    LABello
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Being history buffs, my husband and I made reservations for brunch at 11:00am, when the restaurant first opens, and specifically requested the John Scali table. The waiter was very friendly and professional, being exceptionally patient as my husband and I completely geeked over finally visiting this historic place. He even accommodated our request for a photo of ourselves at the Scali table. The brunch menu had a little bit of everything. The food was very well prepared and beautifully served. The coffee was served French press style and was very smooth and rich. Perfection. Prices are reasonable for the class of restaurant that you will enjoy. The Occidental is a first class establishment and it shows in every detail.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Pre-theater
    foodie55VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Went for pre-theater but was running late. All staff was friendly and great and got us out in time. Food was very good. Definately would recommend it.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place to eat!
    missy
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We always eat at the Occidental when we are visiting DC. The Filet is just outstanding. The service is impeccable.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, great location.
    casualdinner
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The location is nice, especially in the evening on the patio. Service and food where very good. Interesting to see all the people who have been patrons at the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Raw duck?
    LoveBeenz
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We wanted to have some upscale fine dining for our wedding anniversary with historical surroundings and was pleasantly surprised by the excellent presentation of the food. We were not so pleased when it turned out that the duck we were served were virtually raw and was told that that's how the chef usually cook it? When it finally were cooked (after having send it back twice) it tasted really good but by then the company at the table had already finished his dish. The rabbit that were served were OK but could have benefitted from some more spices. The vegetables and the mushrooms were very tasty and the starters (lobster soup and crispy veal sweetbreads) were likewise tasty and well composed. The service was also excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always pleased
    luvdit
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    I hadn't been here for a few years, but was in town for a conference and went for dinner. It was as wonderful as ever. The food was great and the service was exceptional. It is one of my favorite DC restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They run out of menu items quickly
    hmrtraveler
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Very limited seafood menu and they ran out of half of it before we could order. We ended up only getting appetizers because we were so uninspired by the rest of the dinner menu. Frankly, the brunch menu online looked a lot better, but apparently the kitchen is inflexible and will not divert from the dinner menu even when they are out of 50% or more of the seafood items on the dinner menu. They have a great outdoor seating area. If you can order something you really like before they sell out, I guess it's not a bad place to go.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Parisian patio dining in DC
    DCDiner
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The patio area was really terrific. The food was excellent and the ambience attractive and relaxing. Casual, but upscale. It is a very attractive area of the city and one of the best places to dine al fresco. Because of the beautiful architecture and wide boulevards, as well as several restaurants, it feels like Paris.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Evening
    Jacq
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Great food, strong drinks, knowledgeable and polite staff that made out special night wonderful. They answered questions about the place, treated us very well, and even gave us free drinks at the bar for our special date! Expensive, but famous and will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Atmosphere...
    barnone1
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Nice menu, food OK not great. Wouldn't rush back to this restaurant to eat. The service was lacking. The "bottomless mismosas" were made with fresh O.J. but there was more O.J. than champagne, so much so, that we sent back for more champagne to be added. The outdoor dining atmosphere was absolutely lovely and the best part of the experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We chose The Occidental for our post-graduation luncheon. It was the perfect choice, the food was great and the service was excellent. I would recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dining with history
    Carla49foodandhistory
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    For 15 years I have been a Swiss TV correspondent in the U.S. The Occidental was my favourite place and still is. I paid a visit this week after many years and had lunch with history (the Cuba crisis was settled there). The food was as always excellent. Do not miss the Occidental if you are in DC.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    The filet is amazing, great cornbread and they had an excellent Albariño by the glass which we don't often find. Can't say a bad thing about this place, definitely coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable Evening
    georgi
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Excellent mother's Day dinner. Gracious and warm server who helped us devise our own tasting menu. Gave us a tour of the upstairs at the end of our evening. Fabulous food and the SOMM recommended an amazing bottle of wine at my price point. If I lived in Washington I would be a regular. Please note we were guests the previous evening of a couple who took us to the Oval Room. Incredibly expensive - poor service and to our surprise just average food. Do yourself a favor and select this establishment. Outstanding food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extremely Overrated!
    Luvruveats
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The best parts of the meal were the lobster mashed potatoes and the Citrus on the Rye whiskey drink. I ordered the Faroe salmon, and it was absolutely void of flavor, even with the artichokes. Way too pricey for the quality and limited food selection.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • brunch
    adriann
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    went there for brunch menu is quite good but the food when it comes down to it is very simple..... upon further inspection i will say the dinner menu looks more "complex" so ill give that a try
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Girl's NIght Out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The food is outstanding. I love this Washington DC historic landmark! My sister, daughter and I enjoyed a girls-night out!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    The crab cakes are fantastic. The scallops melt in your mouth!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great
    CLIFFSIDEVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    A gem year after year Dinner and the good pairings are wonderful The cornbread is something else. Excellent food, service Will return
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Seafood
    RandyD
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Went with a group of six including a young person. The menu is extensive and the quality of the seafood was excellant. The waiter was very knowledgable and we thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. For a chain restaurant, I found the food to be very good. I would go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful service
    sara
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Very good food and excellent service. The waitress went above and beyond to make our dining special.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No longer a favorite.
    frequentdiner
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    We've always enjoyed coming to The Occidental whenever we're in D.C., but I don't think we'll be coming in the future. The menu has changed quite a bit, it was more limited than in the past, and we all had difficulty picking something that we thought we might like. Once the food came, we all felt disappointed in our selection. There are so many other choices in the area, that to pay such high prices for lackluster food is a shame. Also, the women's restroom was very poorly kept up.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Horrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall