The Occidental

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2108 Reviews
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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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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food. Good service.

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New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! We love the history of this restaurant.

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Thank you for dining with us at The Occidental. We are thrilled you had a great dining experience and appreciate you taking the time to leave a review.

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C
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant and meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Great ambience amazing food I will recommend

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Service was slow, entrees were not good. Had to ask for drink menu. Apps and dessert were the only highlights. Not nearly as good as years past.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was sporadic and server kept disappearing for long periods of time.

The Occidental
Responded on June 6, 2019

Thank you for choosing to dine at The Occidental. We are disappointed to read that you were not satisfied with your dining experience. Sporadic service is not reflective of the 5-star service we aim to give each guest. We appreciate your business and truly value your feedback. Your comments have been shared with the appropriate member of management to address this.

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WK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Great food and service. The location is next to the White House a perfect location in the District of Columbia. A most appealing atmosphere in the restaurant. The price was good compared to other good quality restaurants.

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a
Palm Springs
13 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place for dinner. Steak perfectly cooked and juicy and I loved the cornbread!

The Occidental
Responded on June 6, 2019

Thank you for choosing to dine at The Occidental and for such a great review! There truly is nothing better than a juicy steak. We are looking forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Service was poor from the moment I walked in. Host didn’t smile, wasn’t sure about seating. Person who seated me didn’t smile, printer was broken, thus my order was lost, we were there 1.5 hours, order was wrong when it arrived, and restaurant had a slightly strange smell. I have a lot of business lunches. I wanted to try Occidental since my office is in the Willard Office Building, but will not go there again, if I am deciding a location. The restaurant was far below the standard of similarly priced restaurants, like Joe’s Seafood, where I have never had a bad experience.

The Occidental
Responded on June 6, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to advise us on your recent experience at The Occidental. It is only through feedback such as yours that we are able to improve, where necessary. We are disappointed and deeply concerned to learn of the shortcomings you experienced as this is not reflective of the 5-star service we strive to give each guest. We would love to welcome you back anytime to make amends and show you why we’ve been a dining tradition in D.C. for over a hundred years.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Our waiter was inattentive and seervice was slow. The food had a nice presentation, but wasn't tasty. The excptioin to that was the their version of tirasmu, which was truly delicious. We asked twice twice to see the book naming the people whose pictures were on the wall, but never received it.

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RS
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great, couldn’t ask for more. Food was awesome, our waiter was exceptional. The menu was limited, however everything on the menu was delicious.

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g
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Fine dining area right next to bar area with screaming children. Diminished atmosphere. Food nothing wowed us. Charchuterie was good. The Hamilton wowed us.
Met couple in hotel elevator that said they were disappointed with Occidental also this year but had liked it in the past, had best meal at. Capital Grill.

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DP
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Occidental is a perfect place for a nice business lunch. We had a nice table outside on a beautiful spring day. The service was great. it was both intimate and part of a a fun busy DC location at the same time. Oysters on the half shell were nice and all of us were pleased with our meals. I would recommend The Occidental to others!

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JF
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Not such great service - I wrote down what I wanted and the servers still got it wrong

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San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Berkshire pork and fried green tomatoes. All of the flavors on the pork dish blended very well. Fun to look at the celebrities on the wall. We enjoyed it very much and can’t wait to return.

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KB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Restaurant was very interesting and attractive. Food...not so much. Lunch, so not worth it. Had a salad...in a small bowl called an entree and cost of an entree salad. Then added chicken. $25 salad the size of a side salad. Had to request my crouton as they were left off but menu described them quite differently. Won’t go back and won’t recommend. Very disappointing! First time to DC and thought it would be a great place for lunch. Wrong!

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MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The service was fine. The location excellent
The food less than average High price. Small portions. The steak was poor which they did remove from the bill. DC has so many other choices there is no need to return for sub par meal

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A
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

They need to up their game with more selections. They're next to and, therefore, associated with one of the best hotels in D.C. BLT at the Trump Hotel runs rings around them.

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The Occidental has lost much of its character. Food was mediocre. Service was terrible - arrogant, unesponsive. Management obviously indifferent or oblivious to decline. Would no longer recommend.

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k
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When for the Mothers Day Brunch. The service was excellent and the food was great as usual. Overall, we had a very nice afternoon...well done.

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P
Atlanta
34 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant. Food was excellent. Had the Virginia Black Bass and she crab soup was outstanding. My wife had the special. Service was spot on. Very nice evening!

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FT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

Service was friendly. Food was ok but inventive but rushed out of the kitchen like they wanted the guests to go away, although the place was more than half empty. Desert is a no-go.

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OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Disappointing

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 4

The wait staff was awful no silverware, wrong drinks and no water. Food was good though.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner after confirmation.

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p
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dining alone during business trip yet received great, attentive service from the waiter. Thanks!

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DS
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had not been there in a while..took out of town guests..they loved it as did I!

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AM
Boise
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance and decor. Service was slow but attentive, food was above average. I would visit again.

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b
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

beautiful restaurant with a equally beautiful outdoor seating area close to the White House
food was exceptional and in large portions
staff was courteous and expedient prices reasonable

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Tahoe
21 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The host Freddie made this visit to The Occidental perfect in every way. Just two old friends having a relaxing time . Table was perfect, service was fun, food was precisely how we expected it to be~ great.
Cannot wait to return but Freddie is a must to pick our table, and provide for our requests.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thanks for good food, service and attention to special requests!

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m
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot. Outdoor dining was nice. Great food. I would absolutely return the next time I'm in DC/

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C
Washington DC
619 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience—once again. New York strip special was excellent—and a huge portion. Caesar salad their way was unique and delicious. Great service.

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MB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic atmosphere, great service and wonderful food! A must go to restaurant in DC

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GM
New England
13 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Always a favorite. Love the historic setting, the atmosphere, the food. Service was a little slow, but fortunately we were not in a big hurry.

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S
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic meal. Honestly one of the best of my life. The crab cake was unbelievable and the salmon made me want to fly out to the cruise my mama is on and slap her! Yep, it was slap-yo-mama good!!! The service was beyond amazing and overall the absolute best evening. I’m sad I don’t live closer. I do t want to have to wait to eat there again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was great... atmosphere was good... but the service was not that great... I expected better

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R
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great environment and food. Service was wonderful. I would definitely go again when I'm in DC.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the chopped salad with Steak, it was delicious. The steak was done perfectly. We also had fun cocktails, and the server was versed in each and was able to fully explain the choices. She was awesome!

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AP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter Brunch on the patio was an exceptional experience! Great food, service and setting!

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