The Occidental

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$31 to $50
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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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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us for dinner on Christmas Eve! We'll be featuring some special dishes for the occasion.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

We'll be offering a special prix-fixe menu for NYE! Ring in 2020 on Pennsylvania Ave at The Occidental!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 2239 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.2
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4.4
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Miami
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exactly what we were looking for in DC. Excellent service, the food was presented well and tasted wonderful. Best martini I have had in a while.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AlwYs enjoy eating there. Excellent food and service. Beautifully decorated for Christmas.

MM
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service from Chris and the wait staff was wonderful! We appreciate all the extra care he took with our special requests. Food as always was outstanding!

DS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food service and ambience!!

M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Experienced a very average meal. Flavorless and expensive

C
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience4

It was okay...I asked for my steak medium-rare and it was unevenly cooked, parts were well done and parts were rare. The Brussel Sprouts were terrible—undercooked, hard and there was no hint of the balsamic it was supposed to be cooked in. Service was okay, the host wasn’t super friendly and I had to ask twice for water. It’s just what you expect when you’re paying that much money.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Omg. Terrible customer service. Been dining here for decades. Service was poor. Our waiter never said thank you, please or you’re welcome. Never asked if we wanted another glass of wine. Food was salty salty salty. The entire episode was terrible. Will never go back. Ever.

TL
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my second visit to the dining room of The Occidental Grill. It was just as wonderful as my very first time. My husband and I usually frequent the bar because we love the shrimp cocktail. But this was a special occasion, and we decided to have a full meal. The waiter was attentive and paid attention to our beverages. He made sure we were well taken care of.

MO
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pre/post theatre menu is a great value! Love how fresh and seasonal the food is!

LH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We ordered the price-fixe pre-theatre menu which was an excellent value and the appetizer and entrees were very good. However the lobster bisque was lukewarm at best. Our short-ribs were cold! They quickly got us other short-ribs and the manager apologized. However, getting a server's attention was a challenge. The creme-brulee dessert was odd. We all ordered it and it was supposed to have Star Anise in it. Only our daughter's did and her's was in a different shaped dish. We waited awhile for our check (cutting it close to the show), and they brought us the wrong one. Luckily, we still made the show on-time, but I would think twice about going there prior to a showing.

BJ
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Slow service on a very non busy night. Very unengaged wait staff. Waiter added tip to table of 5, with 2 checks. He cheated himself as the tip would have been much better without the insult, even with the poor service. Have been here before, it has definitely lost its luster.

D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Entree was not done well. They did offer a replacement and ended up crediting my bill for the entree. It is for this reason that I gave them a good experience rating.

G
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional history and characture is equalled by exceptional service and food

K
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved everything about The Occidental! The food was delicious and the staff was very accommodating. My boyfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

M
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The salmon crabcakes was awesome. I probably would have paid for another one. I had the dessert wine Tokaji which was a delight. Our server was great even though our bill was missing the Veteran's day discount, but it was fixed right away. The weather was nice to eat outside, and the ambiance was pleasant. We will come back again.

G
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

What was once probably a mighty institution has succumbed to resting on laurels.

SS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My wife and I had a nice time. The staff was great and very attentive. The food was good, but we've had better at previous meals.

AJ
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Everything was great. But more vegetarian options would be great

CJ
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great restaurant next to the Willard Inter-Continental Hotel in DC. Duck and Steak dishes we had were good. Fingerling Potatoes were an excellent side. Caesar Salad was not good; croutons were hard/stale.
Nice ambiance. Service was fine.

T
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly exceptional food, service, and ambiance. Legendary photos all over.

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very delicious food, but the price is a little higher

TA
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent crab cakes. Service was attentive. Tiramisu was tasty.

FA
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great

SK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The dinning area was very chilly. Every time door opened, it cooled off quickly. Disabled access needs improving. Have to go through side door and in through server entrance to restaurant. Should have added ramp through main door. They need to train servers better. Our server spoke so softly you could hardly hear him, he didn't know the menu and left us unattended after food delivered. The menu is limited and the print descriptions are in such small print you can hardly read them. All easy fixes it want to make it a much better dinning experience. Sit as far from door as possible and have a sweater or scarf handy. Food quality was great, just not the best experience for the price.

SS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

The fois gras arrived cold and almost raw. At $25 not acceptable. The osso bucco was lukewarm and was not fall of the bone tender. The grilled caulinni was again cold when it arrived at our table and so burned that I sent it back, which they replaced for free.
My beef filet was very good but not warm enough.
Cocktails were well crafted.
Dessert was very good.
Dinner was $235 for two before tip.
Not good value.
Will not be going back.

TN
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought my mom and her husband here yesterday. They're visiting from Hawaii and we had a lovely lunch. Our server, Chris, was knowledgeable of the menu and specials. He was just attentive enough. The linguine and short rib sandwich were delicious.

JB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My evening here was fabulous!!! The seating was great. The pod was served in a timely matter and was excellent! The food was cooked to perfection. I had the crab cakes and lobster potatoes. My friend had salmon and risotto with sweet potato trimming. She loved it! They had the best hot cornbread for a taster! Everything was great and the service was excellent! We will definitely be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Steak was burnt terribly. They gave us free dessert but it was a disappointment as we came to far for a special celebration.

KE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Armando is fantastic!!! Had the bison beef and lobster mash!!

SF
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food. Interesting atmosphere.

MY
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My businesses lunches and dinners are always at The Occidental

MW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have ALWAYS loved the Occidental and was hoping it was still as great now as it had been the last times I was there over 10 years ago. And bingo, it was a great, fun, tasteful experience in an unparalleled setting.

M
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A "must eat at" restaurant when visiting Washinton DC. The decor is beautiful and elegantly patriotic. My husband and I started our meal with the brussel sprout appetizer. We followed it with Striped Bass and the Grilled Cheshire Pork Chop. The food was delicious, and the wine refined. We will revisit this restaurant.

BK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I came there for the brunch menu. I ordered the waffle which was tasty but very sweet especially with the maple syrup. The water tasted like tap water so I ordered iced tea. The waiter did not bring me any sugar so I needed to ask for it. I asked the Manager if there were any discounts. I know that AAA sometimes has restaurant discounts. I mentioned that I was going to the theater so she offered the pre-theater discount. I would enjoy going there again for the waffle but would want to have a different waiter. Also, there is a patio outside and many customers were eating outside.

DW
Fayetteville
21 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Average food for lots of money. The lobster bisque was thin in taste. The crab cakes were lukewarm by the time they reached my table.

D
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Very nice night. Waiter was just ok.

OT
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The service was very slow. When the food arrived most of it was cold - all of the fries ordered were cold and hard and we had to request hot truffle fries. The dessert had a strange aftertaste and we had to send it back.

d
London
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Large well spaced tables - efficient services without being particularly friendly. All good excellent

PM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

The venue and meal were fabulous as expected. We had a lot of trouble getting the attention of our waiter from start to finish. Surprising, since it seemed a relatively slow night. Perhaps not staffed to cover the outside + inside?

KB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had dinner before seeing a show at the National Theatre. We loved the pre-fixed menu and speciality cocktail. Food was delicious and our server saved our dessert for us after the show was over. Great experience!

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