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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: 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 7:00pm (Exclusively at the Bar)
$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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I came, I ate, I will not return. Had a reservation at 9pm and the restaurant was not really full yet the sat my party near the front door and the draft from people entering and exiting did not make for a pleasant experience. The food did not make up for the poor seating. I ordered the gumbo and it was cold. My main course was the short ribs and they were salty. My party also order a side or Brussel sprouts which were quite oily and the bacon was over cooked. We also order the lobster Mac which they should just change to Mac because the lobster was very scarce in comparison to other restaurants i have dined.
Fantastic experience. My friends and I had a wonderful time enjoying the restaurant on an extremely quite Friday night (before a potential government shutdown). The service staff was great and quite knowledgeable and took great care of us and our dietary concerns.
Additionally the restaurant had a guest pastry chef in for the weekend named Jason Licker. His desserts were out of this world.
We enjoyed our experience at the iconic restaurant. It wasn't very crowded and the hostess put us at a bar table but it had a great view of the restaurant. It was expensive but we knew that going in. We got scallops for an appetizer which were delicious but, there were only two. My husband got duck breast and I got braised short ribs. They were both very good.
The ambiance takes you back in time. It was a lovely evening.
My wife and I really enjoyed the food and atmosphere at the Occidental. Short Rib was delicious and so was the truffled macaroni and cheese. The restaurant's location (White House, Ellipse, Willard Intercontinental, and National Theatre are all within one block) and the quiet thoughtful atmosphere was terrific. I would definitely go to dinner here again.
This meal was just divine. We both had the filet which cut like “buttah” and had incredible flavor. The photos on the wall are fascinating leading me to ask the identity of several. I got answers without a bat of an eyelash. Restaurant is expensive but when you feel like you need a really special meal this is the place.
While I typically love coming to the occidental grill for dinner, New Yeara Eve was a totally different story. The restaurant was extremely cold, maybe as cold as 60 degrees. The food was as cold as the room by the time it was served. Service was excellent and wait staff exceptionally friendly. They were working hard to get everyone served and in/out as fast as possible. We were seated near front door which made for a lot of congestion and aided in the cooking of the room. If the food had been warm, my guess is it would have been same quality I expect. I will never do a pre fixe menu here. Was very disappointed in meal. For $400 for two people it was not with the value! Kudos to the Mgr who made excellent wine choice... and food price point for the wine selection.
Very classy place with incredible food and service! The staff was friendly, professional and prompt and our server Lindly took excellent care of us, ensuring we made it to the theater on time. The meal was timed perfectly and the manager even gave us a tour of this historic restaurant before we left! The only negative was being seated so close to the door during this recent arctic weather blasted us with a chill each time the door was opened. We will definitely return again and again! Very highly recommended!
Had a great meal on Christmas Eve. The only negative was that we were a little chilly. The front door kept opening, and it opens right into the main dining room. No curtain or anything to block the cold wind from coming in. Seems like an easy fix, though - I have seen many restaurants put up a curtain just for the winter.
Delicious meal in a nice atmosphere. I dined at Occidental on Christmas Eve with my boyfriend and both sets of parents. The little additions to the meal such as the small beef tar tar bites that came between appetizer and entree and the small bags of cookies at the end of the meal, were a nice touch. The portion sizes were fairly large. Service was good. Restaurant was not super noisy so we could all hear each other easily.
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