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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.
Washington, DC 20004
American, Seafood, Steak
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 11:30am – 10:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am – 10:00pm
Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 7:00pm (Exclusively at the Bar)
Saturday : 11am-2:30pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
Private Dining Space Available.
Call 202-737-4147 for further information or visit http://occidentaldc.com/occidental/index.cfm/meetings-events/.
Valet parking is available at The Willard Hotel for an $8.00 fee.
Metro Center Station located on 13th & F Streets.
Bus stop located on 14th Street near the National Press Building.
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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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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.