From business functions and graduations, to rehearsals, receptions & personal get togethers Occidental Grill and Seafood is an elegant DC dining icon. Our private dining rooms exemplify the city's classic ambiance while the chef's menus evoke your taste buds with a modern twist on American favoritesView Private Dining Details
Waiter was fantastic as usual but the food this evening was sub par. I had the Halibut that tasted really good but it was on the dry side. My wife had the Lump Crab cakes that were not edible, no lump crab meat and has a funky taste to them She said they were not good, I tasted and she was correct, bad/weird taste, no lump crab meat. Our friend has another fish dish , the special, she said poor at best. I have been to this restaurant numerous times but this time it was bad. Very surprising.
I went to the Occidental over 50 years ago. It is a Washington landmark. It continues a very fine tradition.
Fantastic experience in a very quintessential DC restaurant. The history inside is amazing. Service was impeccable.
The food is so so good and the atmosphere is fantastic. The octopus was the best cooked I've had and I'm dying to try the short ribs. As always the Occidental's historical and unique pictures make it so much fun to go to. My one gripe would be that the drink prices are ridiculous compared to the food prices. The halibut is one of the more expensive dishes and it's delicious but to find halibut for cheaper in any restaurant would be impossible. So the food is fantastic value but $18 for a drink is a bit ridiculous. If the Occidental took it's drink prices down I'd be there for dinner multiple times a month. It also puts me off to bring a larger party there especially for business because if everyone has 2 cocktails for 6 that's over $200! I understand restaurants make a good profit on booze but this is excess. If the martini was big I'd understand but nope it's the typical small one.
Always great. Been there for many special occasions over the years
service and food was very poor. this was a VDAY celebration and I would never return nor recommend to anyone. very disappointing
The Valentines prefix dinner was not that great. They ran out of one of the appetizers and we were left to just choose from octopus (good), liver and bone marrow.. not that appealing. The other dishes were mediocre. I would probably go back but just to try the standard menu. They were so busy that the drinks took like 30 minutes.
Second time here, still not impressed. Overrated. Overpriced. Went Valentine’s Day. Limited menu selection were not imaginative. Food temp was too cold. Server was horrible.
It was a valentine's day dinner ad there was no decoration, flowers ,candles in the restaurant. The bright, white light kill the atmosphere.
The main course, fish with crab was dry and without a side dish. Few vegetables would have been nice.
Packaging for take home is plastic, not eco friendly.
Great place for special occasion. Very historic as well.
My server, Hannah, was excellent! Will be going back soon.
My husband liked the foie gras appetizer. My seared tuna had little flavor. Skillet of cornbread was a highlight. Short ribs had good flavor, tender. Only drawback was the mush it came with was rather indistinct. Avoid the crab cakes. Fun guessing who is who in the photo gallery. Great if you're going to the National Theater, excellent parking.
Overall restaurant was great and we enjoyed our dinner. The steaks were awesome! I did wish they had a wine expert to assist with food pairing.
Great dinner and the service made the evening even more special. We will definitely put OCCIDENT on our DC dining list.
The duck was fantastic as attested by the 3 of 4 at our table who ordered it. The filet was cooked to perfection. Our drinks were prepared to expectation and were quiet tasty. Our server, Tim, was fantastic. He was there when we needed him and was quite personable. The desserts were exquisite. I highly recommend Occidental for any special occasion, or just anything.
"I love the comfortable dining room and bar. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The rockfish was amazing and the petite crab cake was refreshing. Everyone loved the seafood gumbo. Service was well-timed and friendly.
The main thing that stuck out was the service. it was amazing! The host/hostess, the waiter, the manager were all very polite, friendly, and welcoming. Now, on to the food. This restaurant creates a special menu for Restaurant week so all of the options that are on the RW week are not necessarily on the regular menu. An example is the seafood gumbo which I got as an appetizer. It was a small portion but it was very good! They should add that to the menu. The cornbread with comes with all meals as the bread option is large and also good. The braised short rib was very tender and flavorful. The brussel sprouts were not the best I have had but they were good. And the dessert was a chocolate bar with amaretto caramel and a small scoop of ice cream. i liked it because it was not overly sweet. I enjoyed the food and my experience and would certainly go again if for no other reason than great service.
What a nice restaurant.I loved all the photos and food was great
I enjoyed dining here. Perfect for a special and social dining.
Hands down this is one of the best restaurants I have visited in a while. The food is amazing and the service was wonderful. I plan to return. Thanks for the experience.