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The Occidental, Washington, DC

The Occidental

4.2
4.2
2192 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

The Occidental has long been a destination for presidents, residents, & visitors to enjoy refined American cuisine, cocktails & history around the same table.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Private Dining Daily 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 783-1475

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Rodney Scruggs

  • Catering

    Private Dining Space Available. Call 202-783-1475 for further information or visit http://occidentaldc.com/occidental/index.cfm/meetings-events/.

  • Private party facilities

    Celebrate in Washington style in any one of our private dining rooms. The Occidental can accommodate parties of 10 to full restaurant buy-out of 300. From business power lunches to social cocktail receptions and elegant sit down dinners, The Occidental has a venue to suit every occasion.

  • Private party contact

    Stephanie Carre: (877) 754-4048

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    14th

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is available at Willard InterContinental Hotel for an $10.00 fee. Validation by Occidental required. Please ask your server.

  • Public transit

    Metro Center Station located on 13th & F Streets. Bus stop located on 14th Street near the National Press Building.

  • Entertainment

    Seasonal

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Menu

Starters

  • Butternut Squash Soup (V)$10.00

    Roasted Apples

    • Fall Seasonal Greens Salad* (V)(GF)$12.00

      Dried Apricots | Spiced Pecans | Goat Cheese | Sherry Vinaigrette

      • Goot Essa's Amish Three Cheese Board$15.00

        Fig Jam | Golden Raisins | Toast Points Old German Weissa Kase | Cow's Milk, PA Marn Vom Berge Kase | Goat's Milk, PA Mountain Valley Sharp Cheddar | Cow's Milk, PA

        • Twin Dry Sea Scallops$18.00

          Confit Celeriac | Pickled Celery Puree | Black Truffle Vinaigrette

          Entrées

          • Roasted Turkey Breast Sandwich$17.00

            Roasted Turkey Breast | Bacon | Cress | Apples | Sourdough Bread | Honey-Cumin Mayo | French Fries

            • Black Angus Burger$18.00

              Grilled Onion | Cheddar Cheese | Lettuce | Challah Bun | French Fries

              • Slow Braised Boneless Beef Short Rib$29.00

                Creamy Barley | Fall Harvest Mushrooms | Braising Liquid

                • Jumbo Lump Crab Cake$19.00

                  Cress | Remoulade | Challah Bun | French Fries

                  • Scallop & Shrimp Salad$22.00

                    Scallops & Shrimp | Sprout Salad | Roasted Peppers & Zucchini | Sunflower Seeds | Lime Vinaigrette

                    • Pan Seared Icelandic Cod$30.00

                      Winter Root Vegetable Risotto | Chicken Scented Glace

                      Dessert

                      • Occidental Brownie$4.00

                        • Peanut Butter Bar$4.00

                          • Cookie$3.00

                            Oatmeal Raisin or Triple Chocolate

                            • Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding$8.00

                              Bourbon Anglaise

                              • Coconut Cream Pie$8.00

                                Coconut Custard | Chantilly Cream | Toasted Coconut | Chocolate Crust

                                What 2,192 people are saying

                                Overall ratings and reviews

                                4.2
                                4.2 based on all time ratings
                                • 4.1Food
                                • 4.2Service
                                • 4.3Ambience
                                • 3.8Value

                                NoiseModerate

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                                1. BK

                                  BradK

                                  Washington DC

                                  2 reviews

                                  1.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on May 8, 2021

                                  overall1food1service1ambience1

                                  Terrible. You took a booking for a restaurant that us closed You took a credit card deposit on a restaurant that is closed. Terrible service Open Table

                                2. DD

                                  DD202

                                  Washington DC

                                  20 reviews

                                  vip
                                  1.0

                                  20 reviews

                                  Dined on May 1, 2021

                                  overall1food1service1ambience1

                                  Out of frustration, I leave a 1 Star review. I’m sorry that they have closed and that the phone number is out of service. They need to take Open Table offline and stop accepting reservations. The fact that they require a credit card to hold the reservation is absurd. I was unable to cancel the reservation and Open Table customer service was no help. I wish I had noticed that they were closed before I made the un-cancelable reservation. I hope they come back as they are a DC institution.

                                3. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  New England

                                  2 reviews

                                  1.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on April 22, 2021

                                  overall1food1service1ambience1

                                  It wasn’t even open

                                4. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Washington DC

                                  2 reviews

                                  vip
                                  1.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on April 12, 2021

                                  overall1food1service1ambience1

                                  This place is closed they need to update this site. I showed up for my reservation and it has been closed for covid.

                                5. RH

                                  RobertH

                                  Washington DC

                                  7 reviews

                                  vip
                                  1.0

                                  7 reviews

                                  Dined on April 10, 2021

                                  overall1food1service1ambience1

                                  The restaurant takes reservations but isn’t open

                                6. BL

                                  BrianL

                                  Washington DC

                                  3 reviews

                                  vip
                                  1.0

                                  3 reviews

                                  Dined on April 3, 2021

                                  overall1food1service1ambience1

                                  I made my reservation and it asked for my credit card which I gave. Arrived on time to find out that the Occidental had been temporarily closed for a long time (pandemic?). So I looked like an idiot showing up with the guest I was hosting. Thanks Open Table. Thanks Occidental. And still they asked me how my experience was? Well my guest was not pleased. I was embarrassed. We were both left standing outside in the cold in downtown DC. Whose fault is this?

                                7. D

                                  Daphny

                                  New Orleans

                                  6 reviews

                                  2.0

                                  6 reviews

                                  Dined on October 31, 2020

                                  overall2food2service3ambience1

                                  Very limited menu

                                8. MS

                                  MarkST

                                  Washington DC

                                  37 reviews

                                  vip
                                  3.0

                                  37 reviews

                                  Dined on March 14, 2020

                                  overall3food2service5ambience5

                                  I love the history, what a place. But, at least the night we were there, Saturday, March 14, early virus hysteria, the food was forgettable. Very sad. I've had excellent food there in the past. But on 03/14 my family and I had an entirely mediocre, if expensive, dinner.

                                9. LL

                                  LindaL

                                  Washington DC

                                  2 reviews

                                  4.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on March 11, 2020

                                  overall4food4service5ambience4

                                  Always have a good meal here. Classic traditional DC vibe.

                                10. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  San Diego

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on March 11, 2020

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  So good. Great experience.

                                11. TJ

                                  TJH3

                                  Washington DC

                                  23 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  23 reviews

                                  Dined on March 7, 2020

                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                  Great meal before the National Theatre show. Highly recommend for an outstanding meal.

                                12. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  New England

                                  3 reviews

                                  vip
                                  1.0

                                  3 reviews

                                  Dined on March 7, 2020

                                  overall1food1service1ambience3

                                  My server was really rude. Didn’t bring us bread yet brought to other tables. His colleague told him we had asked for something. Our server, on his way walking towards us, rolled his eyes and sighed. The food was honestly was not good either.. For the value, I could go somewhere else with better service. Great ambiance, just had my mood ruined

                                13. JB

                                  JoeB

                                  Washington DC

                                  10 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  10 reviews

                                  Dined on March 3, 2020

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Tasty food. Convenient to the theatre. We will be back!

                                14. P

                                  Patsy

                                  Washington DC

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on March 3, 2020

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Service was great. Our waiter was charming, funny and knowledgeable. The food was fresh and perfectly prepared.

                                15. W

                                  Wine4me

                                  Washington DC

                                  89 reviews

                                  vip
                                  4.0

                                  89 reviews

                                  Dined on March 3, 2020

                                  overall4food5service4ambience5

                                  Had fabulous meals for lunch. We all did specials, shrimp por’ boy was great! Restaurant wasn’t too busy, maybe 1/3 full. Service was OK but not as attentive as expected. Spoke to manager, very appreciative of feedback, definitely will return.

                                16. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Washington DC

                                  45 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  45 reviews

                                  Dined on March 1, 2020

                                  overall5food4service1ambience4

                                  **UPDATE** Upon my initial review management was quick to contact my to resolve the issue. I was very impressed with their willingness to reach out and apologize and this quick effort will keep me coming back as a regular patron which makes me happy considering the food is so good. Pros - Food and atmosphere Cons - Service. Our server (an older Italian man) was very blunt and crass. He was incredibly slow in taking our drink orders and delivering them. However the most disappointing part of the night which really ruined my experience was when I ate a dish he told me was “very spicy” during the order process and when it came very bland I asked him why and he said “Oh yeah I noticed that they didn’t add the pepper to it and I asked and they said they were out of it”. So I responded “well why didn’t you tell me that before delivering the dish I would’ve ordered something else”. He then said “uh, yeah sorry”. Then he had the audacity to charge me for the dish on my bill!! I really want to like this restaurant but unless I hear back from management I doubt I’ll be back again.

                                17. S

                                  Sandy

                                  Richmond

                                  31 reviews

                                  vip
                                  3.0

                                  31 reviews

                                  Dined on March 1, 2020

                                  overall3food3service4ambience2

                                  We went for our 40th wedding anniversary. I ordered the Norwegian salmon which was so so. My husband had the French onion soup and roasted bobo poussin which he enjoyed. The wine was good. The dessert was a linder torte which was pretty heavy and very average. There were free refills on the lemonade. No mention was made of our anniversary and nothing special was done.

                                18. MC

                                  MichaelC

                                  New York Area

                                  1 review

                                  4.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on February 24, 2020

                                  overall4food5service3ambience5

                                  The food was terrific. But the side did not arrive on time. The manager took the cost off the bill. This was a gracious act. Our server was in training. He had difficulty answering questions about the food. Would have been better if he just honestly said "I haven't tried that, but I can get more information for you.". Overall, it was a good experience!

                                19. AZ

                                  AntenehZ

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on February 23, 2020

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Had a great time! The food was so great!!! Definitely will go back. It is a little pricy, so definitely not a regular night out, it has to be for a date, occasion, etc.

                                20. a

                                  amateurfoodies

                                  Washington DC

                                  2 reviews

                                  3.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on February 21, 2020

                                  overall3food3service4ambience4

                                  Service was great, a little slow for an early dinner but very professional. The ambiance was great, with photos and portraits covering the walls. The food was unremarkable with fairly small portions on the fixed price menu, but it was fresh and well prepared.

                                21. L

                                  Lorena

                                  New York Area

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on February 21, 2020

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  This spot is classic! Our waiter was so friendly and attentive and of course the food was delicious. We got the pre theatre menu and it was perfect.

                                22. HD

                                  HelenD

                                  New York Area

                                  4 reviews

                                  4.0

                                  4 reviews

                                  Dined on February 19, 2020

                                  overall4food4service3ambience4

                                  Took an awfully long time to get our food but otherwise the food was good. the waiter who offered to validate our parking did not disclose that a fee would be added to the bill. He also was careless and didn’t put the full stamp on our parking ticket (a key piece with a number was missing) so the valet refused to honor it. So beware! Parking came to $38 with the $10 bucks added to our bill plus full cost of valet

                                23. BN

                                  BobN

                                  Washington DC

                                  6 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  6 reviews

                                  Dined on February 18, 2020

                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                  The crab soup was flavorful and devine. The ravioli very good, but not as eye-watering as the soup - as the soup knocked me over with its flavor. The service and ambience superb.

                                24. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Washington DC

                                  5 reviews

                                  vip
                                  4.0

                                  5 reviews

                                  Dined on February 16, 2020

                                  overall4food4service3ambience4

                                  Service was not at the expected level. New York Streep was excellent

                                25. M

                                  Markie

                                  Washington DC

                                  11 reviews

                                  3.0

                                  11 reviews

                                  Dined on February 15, 2020

                                  overall3food2service4ambience4

                                  Service was good and atmosphere was nice but food quality was only fair. Expectation was much higher than provided.

                                26. AP

                                  AnthonyP

                                  Chicago

                                  1 review

                                  3.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on February 15, 2020

                                  overall3food4service3ambience3

                                  Sadly, I would not recommend this restaurant for Valentine’s Day. The menu was prefix. I like having more choice. And, our experience was that service was extremely slow. Indeed, we had to ask multiple times for assistance, bread service, drinks, order taking, etc. In someways, it appeared we were forgotten. And, for at least two courses, we received the wrong dish. The prefix menu was $100 per person. That cost is high considering the service. Our past experiences have been outstanding. That is why we chose this restaurant. additionally, our advice is to reserve seating in the main dining room on the ground floor. The Valentine’s Day seating was on the second floor and packed in tightly. Thank you.

                                27. SH

                                  StephanieH

                                  Nashville

                                  20 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  20 reviews

                                  Dined on February 14, 2020

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Fantastic meal and service!

                                28. A

                                  Adriana

                                  Washington DC

                                  36 reviews

                                  vip
                                  4.0

                                  36 reviews

                                  Dined on February 14, 2020

                                  overall4food4service5ambience4

                                  Came here for Valentine’s Day and it was great

                                29. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Washington DC

                                  4 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  4 reviews

                                  Dined on February 14, 2020

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Great Valentines Dinner! For a last minute reservation the Occidental was great! Great setting, amazing food, awesome service! Thanks!!!

                                30. J

                                  Jeanine

                                  Washington DC

                                  5 reviews

                                  vip
                                  3.0

                                  5 reviews

                                  Dined on February 14, 2020

                                  overall3food3service3ambience4

                                  Slow service. Undercooked meat!

                                31. MH

                                  MiscHuman

                                  New England

                                  42 reviews

                                  vip
                                  3.0

                                  42 reviews

                                  Dined on February 9, 2020

                                  overall3food5service2ambience4

                                  Most of the complaints about the Occidental on this and other sites seem to focus on weak service. Our experience mirrored that. We were seated quickly, and found the restaurant clean, comfortable, and pleasantly-appointed. The photos of various customers from over the decades gave us a fun pass time of playing “who is that?” Our server was an older fellow with a distinctive mustache, a jovial manner, and an accent that may have been Italian. We ordered wine, and it was exceptional, and worth the not-inconsequential price. We placed our orders, and the appetizer arrived, was enjoyed, and its remains taken away. Then we waited. And waited some more. The server did not come by to explain or even notice that our food was so long in coming. Eventually, the food was served; it was cool, which makes me think that the kitchen had finished it in a timely fashion, but the waiter had forgotten about it. Our entrees were still delicious, despite being less-than-hot, but the fries were stone cold and inedible. We got the attention of another server (ours was missing in action, as per usual), and they quickly got us some hot fries. At the end of the meal, our waiter delivered the bill, and a final insult: inverting the wine bottle to dump the dregs in my glass. It is a shame that a restaurant with such excellent food and wine allows such incompetent servers to undermine the experience.

                                32. KK

                                  KevinK

                                  Washington DC

                                  2 reviews

                                  vip
                                  1.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on February 9, 2020

                                  overall1food3service1ambience1

                                  Service was terrible. Food was delayed. Side dishes not served until the entrees. Drink order we had to wait for 10+ minutes after being seated. Table location was jammed in a corner that made it difficult to get out of the chairs. I’ve never had a disappointing experience there like this. Very out of character but this was substandard service all the way.

                                33. I

                                  Indydiner

                                  Indiana

                                  134 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  134 reviews

                                  Dined on February 7, 2020

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Food and service were amazing

                                34. VD

                                  VetnonD

                                  Washington DC

                                  3 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  3 reviews

                                  Dined on February 6, 2020

                                  overall5food5service4ambience5

                                  Good service. Great food in a relaxed seating

                                35. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  1 review

                                  2.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on February 6, 2020

                                  overall2food3service2ambience3

                                  Some dishes like the scallops and crab cakes were tremendously good. The pineapple cheesecake was terrible. Bitter. The short ribs were very good the sauce on the pork chop was really off. Limited menu selection. The service was below average; they paid attention at all the wring times. Have been coming here once or twice a year for many years. It has emotional meaning for me but there are much better ways to spend $100+ per diner for a meal. I am sorry to say I won’t be going back.

                                36. FI

                                  FoodieInBoston

                                  Washington DC

                                  38 reviews

                                  vip
                                  3.0

                                  38 reviews

                                  Dined on February 5, 2020

                                  overall3food3service2ambience4

                                  Beautiful atmosphere. Small booths. Server never arrived so we flagged someone down and he was reluctantly transformed into our server because the other was tied up. Slow to get drinks, slow to get food. My friend had ordered the french onion soup, but was brought the same appetizer I'd ordered, the ravioli. It was delicious, but hadn't been their choice. Their salmon was under-sauced/dressed so it tasted fishy and not very special, but no problem getting more sauce brought out. My scallops were delicious but the lentils they were served over were a bit undercooked. Delicious pinot gris. For the money, I'd make another choice next time.

                                37. VV

                                  VisitingfromVirginia

                                  Washington DC

                                  25 reviews

                                  4.0

                                  25 reviews

                                  Dined on February 1, 2020

                                  overall4food5service2ambience5

                                  The ambiance is fun, and the location is excellent -- very close to National Theater. The food was tasty and well-prepared, but the service was surprisingly slow and inattentive.

                                38. BG

                                  BetsyG

                                  Washington DC

                                  1 review

                                  vip
                                  1.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on February 1, 2020

                                  overall1food1service1ambience3

                                  PreTheater Dinner, which they did not have on Saturday. The experience was a C-, or D. Shocked!

                                39. m

                                  malc

                                  San Antonio

                                  29 reviews

                                  vip
                                  3.0

                                  29 reviews

                                  Dined on January 24, 2020

                                  overall3food5service5ambience1

                                  Food is very good. My wife and I had dinner at the Occidental twice in three days.

                                40. CL

                                  CharlesL

                                  Washington DC

                                  9 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  9 reviews

                                  Dined on January 23, 2020

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  My recent experience at the Occidental was much improved--a different and more appealing menu and excellent/fantastic service by Chanel!

                                Safety precautions

                                • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                  • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                • Physical distancing

                                  • Limited number of seated diners
                                  • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                  • Extra space between tables
                                • Protective equipment

                                  • Waitstaff wear masks
                                  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                                • Screening

                                  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                FAQs

                                You can order delivery directly from The Occidental using the Order Online button.

                                The Occidental is rated 4.2 stars by 2192 OpenTable diners.

                                The Occidental does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

                                Not available on OpenTable

                                Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

                                If you like, we'll notify you by email if this restaurant joins.


                                Is this your restaurant?
                                Claim this listing

                                Order delivery or takeout

                                Delivery

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                                Additional information

                                • Cross street

                                  14th

                                • Neighborhood

                                  Downtown

                                • Hours of operation

                                  Private Dining Daily 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

                                • Cuisines

                                  American, Seafood, Steak

                                • Dining style

                                  Casual Elegant

                                • Dress code

                                  Business Casual

                                • Parking details

                                  Valet parking is available at Willard InterContinental Hotel for an $10.00 fee. Validation by Occidental required. Please ask your server.

                                • Public transit

                                  Metro Center Station located on 13th & F Streets. Bus stop located on 14th Street near the National Press Building.

                                • Payment options

                                  AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                • Executive chef

                                  Rodney Scruggs

                                • Entertainment

                                  Seasonal

                                • Additional

                                  Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                • Phone number

                                  (202) 783-1475

                                • Catering

                                  Private Dining Space Available. Call 202-783-1475 for further information or visit http://occidentaldc.com/occidental/index.cfm/meetings-events/.

                                • Private party facilities

                                  Celebrate in Washington style in any one of our private dining rooms. The Occidental can accommodate parties of 10 to full restaurant buy-out of 300. From business power lunches to social cocktail receptions and elegant sit down dinners, The Occidental has a venue to suit every occasion.

                                • Private party contact

                                  Stephanie Carre: (877) 754-4048

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