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About Occidental Grill & Seafood

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.

1475 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
American, Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 11:30am – 10:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am – 10:00pm
Sunday: Closed

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

Brunch
Saturday : 11am-2:30pm

Cross Street:
14th

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 783-1475

Website:
http://www.occidentaldc.com/

Entertainment:
Seasonal.

Catering:
Private Dining Space Available.
Call 202-737-4147 for further information or visit http://occidentaldc.com/occidental/index.cfm/meetings-events/.

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available at The Willard Hotel for an $8.00 fee.

Public Transit:
Metro Center Station located on 13th & F Streets.

Bus stop located on 14th Street near the National Press Building.

Executive Chef:
Rodney Scruggs

Additional:
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

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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

Occidental Grill & Seafood Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

84% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (25)
Business Meals (21)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
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Quiet Conversation (15)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Good for a Date (11)
Romantic (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
People Watching (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Cozy (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Authentic (6)
Casual (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Scenic View (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Seasonal (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Music (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

We met out of town friends for brunch. This was the perfect location, as they were staying at the Willard Hotel. The food was very good and the service was exceptional from the moment we walked in until we left. All of the staff were very friendly and helpful. The Occidental has become a new favorite in town restaurant ~ well worth the trip in from suburbia.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch
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·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent Location with lots of history. Great food and service!

Tags: Cozy, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

As always Occidental did a wonderful job with first and second courses. The dessert (chocolate lava cake) was totally lacking any chocolate “lava” and was dry and perhaps stale. We would have sent it back but the server did not check back for some time. By then the red wine we hoped to pair it with was gone and it was time to head out. A disappointing end to an otherwise great evening

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Delicious special of Swordfish. I don’t eat couscous. It was mixed with spinach. So they served me sauté spinach. The meal
was delicious

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

IF you are a political or historical junkie, you must dine here. Besides the very good food and friendly atmosphere, the restaurant has tons of pictures of historical pictures on the walls. This includes the presidents and well known politicians. It is located close to the White House.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Great location and nice atmosphere. Background music was too loud, so hard to talk. Menu looks really nice, but my meal was not as good as the descriptions...

Tags: Business Meals, People Watching
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·Dined on November 21, 2017

After a long day of sightseeing and walking we were very glad to come across the restaurant. Very good food and a kids menu that was a hit with our 12 yr old grand daughter.

Tags: Authentic, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

A bit overpriced for what you get!
One in my party had dietary restrictions, and we were surprised that no accommodation
( different vegetable) could be made!

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·Dined on November 9, 2017

We had a fabulous dinner! Wish they did better for vegans - nothing really. I had a house salad. Everyone else had many choices But overall excellent!

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

My wife has celiac disease, which means STRICTLY gluten-free. This is not just a sensitive to wheat based products but an allergy (think peanut allergy) to any food which contains certain grains. When making the reservation, we noted that she had celiac, and when our server arrived to explain the menu, and my wife mentioned it again, he said he knew that already. She ordered an appetizer, and not knowing and to his credit, our server asked the Chef who assured us the app was gluten-free. Now having a bit of trust in the Chef, she told our waiter to ask the Chef what she should have with paired with the wine we chose. The main course was delicious, but the risotto was BARLEY risotto which will (and did) make people with celiac just as sick. She detected it after only a couple of bites, consulted her "what can I not eat" guide, and "fennels" was right there. I had been to the Occidental several times and it was always good. But for a restaurant this expensive, and especially with the precautions which were taken to assure that my wife's celiac could be accommodated, we were extremely disappointed that the Chef and his staff were so lackadaisical in understanding the serious health risks any gluten contamination can cause celiac sufferers. Especially with so many other choices in DC which we know are celiac-friendly and who are proudly so, we do not expect to be going back to the Occidental anytime soon.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

A true DC dining experience.

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Exceptional food, service OK. Great setting. I wish the management would produce a list of people that adorn the walls

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Romantic, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Occidental is always consistent and does a great job with cocktails, main dishes and service is top notch. We had the lamb, and the scallops, and the seafood special. It was excellent! Salad was underwhelming so order other appetizers - it will be better. Always a hit at the Occidental.

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great formal dining atmosphere. We ordered the fish special of Kite that was not very good.
I would be willing to give them another try with a different dish.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Terrible server but food was excellent beautiful setting.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Celebrated 5 years together in the place we had our first date
The Staff presented us with a card that is now a cherished momento
Occidental always succeeds for us
Thank You

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Not very impressed with the lunch options. The food was average and the service was fair.

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Fantastic place!

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was excellent but the service was horrible. Incredibly long wait after we were seated, finally had to go get a waiter to ask them to come take our order....then waited even longer for dessert, no one ever came, had to go get someone again to come take our order...and after another very long wait, they brought the wrong dessert.

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

First class restaurant, first class food and service. 'Will come again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Authentic
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

absurdly slow and inattentive service in an uncrowded evening. No managers in sight. No hustle. Shocked at the number of empty glasses which lingered on our table all evening. Plates took very long to clear. It was a steady slow service. Strange


Food was excellent. It was priced a bit high but not so much if the service had been average or better.

Very enjoyable outdoor evening. Very much enjoyed the music though it ended before we ate.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music
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vip
·Dined on October 18, 2017

Our server was terrific! We all had short ribs with greens and grits which were good, but not great. Our group had Prosciutto appetizer and Caesar salad and were pleased with these choices. The oysters and mignonette were very good.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Terrific from the moment you enter. Classic bar area and the updated dining room decor provides the right blend of history with a current feel. Food was top shelf from appetizer to desert. Staff was attentive, informed and personal in their approach. Highly recommended!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was great. No complaints there. Service could have been better. I got an incorrect menu that took a while to get the help staff's attention to change. Table was not completely set...missing a bread plate. Once the food was served, had to serve ourselves the opened wine, luckily it wasn't put too far away. Didn't see our server until after finishing up. Expected better based on reviews.

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·Dined on October 11, 2017

A great place for a business lunch. Great service and food. Server Scott is top notch and understands business conversation and hospitality at the same time.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

The special (haddock) was very dry and the hash underneath was bland. The dessert was phenomenal. Atmosphere the best.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Good but not great. Very warm inside. Did not seem like the ac was on. Service only fair. Food was fair. Normally this would suffice, but with $100 per person cost, I guess I was expecting something special. Will not be returning.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

The air conditioning was out. It made it pretty uncomfortable. We didn’t really notice until we sat down and ordered apps. By that time we decided to suffer through it. No compensation offered.

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Had a wonderful experience at Occidental. I expected it to be just a another fancy steakhouse, which would have been very nice but it was so much better. The portions were a bit smaller than other steakhouses but much more creative. My husband got steak and I got duck. They were both cooked to perfection and the creative flavors came together so well that I would list it as one of my top 20 favorite meals. Service was very nice, the atmosphere was formal but comfortable, and if you haven't been there before, you'll see the walls are covered in portraits of the Presidents and other famous figures that have eaten there in the past. Pretty cool! A special thanks to the bartender who treated my husband and I to a drink as we celebrated our anniversary.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

We enjoyed our seafood. It was well prepared and quite gourmet.

Tags: Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

The food was excellent and the the service was very good. However, the food is pricey and the wine is also over priced! This would be a great place for a special occasion. Loved the decor!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

The atmosphere, while somewhat more formal, is still quite relaxed. Photos that fill the walls of presidents, and other famous people, make for a very interesting decor. The seasonal squash soup was the best that I've ever had...and I've tasted many. The scallop entree was maybe the best, if not almost the best, that I've eaten. The cast iron skillet of corn bread that was the "bread" for that night (maybe every night?) was too good to pass up. My husband and I were tourists in DC from Oregon and this was one of our top meals.

Tags: Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date
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vip
·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great place, great food, and great history, worth the stop. Second time here.

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vip
·Dined on September 30, 2017

Slow service. Food was nothing great for DC. Prices to portion below average. Drinks👍🏽.

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

MAKE SURE YOU READ ENTIRE REVIEW.
Let me start out by saying the evening began as a disaster. The restaurant was fairly quiet for a Saturday night. We were seated at a very nice table.
Within the first thirty minutes, a group came in that were in a very festive mood. They all felt each should talk/yell at higher level than the next. This went on and the decibel levels increased to the point that we were not able to talk between us, across the table.
We asked the waiter and he and the manager asked the group to take it down a notch.
Remember that Occidental is a very nice, beautiful historic restaurant. Historic as well as recent photos and portraits of past and current presidents and other public figures.
The noise subsided only to increase and as the manager walked by, he looked at us and said he was going to try again. Not successful. Yes, he could have refused to serve them. But it was a large group, freely buying drinks and food.
The manager came by and asked if we would move for which we were grateful.
The quiet, romantic corner table was perfect. They took incredible care of us. We could not have asked for better service.
The food, a steak was very tender, everything succulent and perfect. We were offered champagne and dessert to compensate for our discomfort. We accepted.
There are some things a restaurant can not control easily. Mainly the patrons. I do believe the Occidental went above and beyond to accommodate us. I would most assuredly go back.
Note: We were seated between large portraits of George HW Bush, Barrack Obama and George the Younger. I said it was like a presidential sandwich.
Go, enjoy, they will take care of you.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Luckily we weren't in a hurry because the meal moved at a leisurely pace. We had to ask more than once for ice, lemons and sweetener. My partner's fish wasn't cooked through so they re-made it, which turned out to be a good thing because he said the second piece was much better. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals. Lovely outdoor setting - couldn't have asked for a better end to our tour of D.C.

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

The menu offered a variety of entrees. Our server was professional and very attentive. We had a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

anniversary. The service went what we expected given our wedding anniversary celebration. I doubt if we would ever done there again. Unfortunately....

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vip
·Dined on September 5, 2017

After all these years, my friend and I agree, The Occidental is riding on its memory...NOT its current experience. I do have to add, however, that Soktae, our server was excellent! Great service, fun sense of humor, and we'd come back to ask for him...but the food is just "good", not great and the selections are fewer, and it is WAY overpriced.

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vip
·Dined on September 3, 2017

My husband and I were in Washington DC celebrating our 1 year anniversary and this place looked like it would be great to celebrate it, however it wasn't as nice as I thought it would be.

We thought we would sit outside since the weather was so nice, but we were seated on the far side close to their neighboring restaurant/bar which was blasting dance music. We are also by a speaker for Occidental which was playing jazz music so the two sounds clashed. In hindsight, we should have sat inside.

The food was good, as were the drinks. They did give us a free dessert and a nice card to celebrate our anniversary, which was thoughtful.

Recommend: Sit INSIDE if you want a quiet dining experience.

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