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Occidental Grill & Seafood

1816 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Occidental Grill & Seafood is a DC dining institution just steps from the White House, with a history dating back more than 110 years. This iconic gathering place combines legendary staying power with a constantly evolving, cutting-edge menu that takes a fresh and current approach to classic American cuisine.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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American, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Monday – Friday: 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 7:00pm (Exclusively at the Bar)

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Phone number
(202) 783-1475
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Rodney Scruggs
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Private Dining Space Available.
Call 202-737-4147 for further information or visit
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Cross street
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Parking details
Valet parking is available at The Willard Hotel for an $8.00 fee.
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Public transit
Metro Center Station located on 13th & F Streets.

Bus stop located on 14th Street near the National Press Building.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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 favorites

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What 1816 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
3.0  Dined 7 days ago

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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

I went to the Occidental over 50 years ago. It is a Washington landmark. It continues a very fine tradition.

AvgJoe (Richmond)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Fantastic experience in a very quintessential DC restaurant. The history inside is amazing. Service was impeccable.

TylerTremblay (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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.

Gregory (Birmingham)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Always great. Been there for many special occasions over the years

viptraveler (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

service and food was very poor. this was a VDAY celebration and I would never return nor recommend to anyone. very disappointing

Pamela (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great place for special occasion. Very historic as well.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

My server, Hannah, was excellent! Will be going back soon.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

RheaW (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Great dinner and the service made the evening even more special. We will definitely put OCCIDENT on our DC dining list.

vipElphaba (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

"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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

vipStan (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

What a nice restaurant.I loved all the photos and food was great

Cherrios (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

I enjoyed dining here. Perfect for a special and social dining.

OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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.