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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:
WINTER HOURS
Monday – Friday: 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

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

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

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

90% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (39)
Business Meals (26)
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Good for Anniversaries (18)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Romantic (16)
Good for a Date (15)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Good for Groups (9)
People Watching (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Cozy (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Authentic (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Scenic View (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Seasonal (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Richmond)·Dined 5 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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined 5 days ago

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Local Ingredients, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

Great place for special occasion. Very historic as well.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 9, 2018

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

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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: People Watching, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·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.

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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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 (Baltimore)·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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Food was excellent and our server was great. Ambience was very pleasant

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Everything was amazing, and at restaurant week prices, it can't be beat! Loved our server, so attentive. Valet for only $8 was nice as well!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 24, 2018

I was there for Restaurant Week. The choices were first rate and the service was impeccable. I was especially delighted that good bottles of wine were also part of restaurant week. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Service was spectacular. Wait staff is made up of true pros. Steak was over cooked, but flavorful. Wine list is solid.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 13, 2018

My husband and I were visiting from Pittsburgh to celebrate my birthday. Occidental was the perfect place! All of the staff signed a birthday card for me! The food was excellent!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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.

Tags: Romantic, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 4, 2018

A wonderful dinner. The service was first class and our meals superb. This was our third visit to Occidental and the best yet. Looking forward to visiting again soon.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on January 2, 2018

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

This is a very nice restaurant however it was FREEZING when we went for lunch in the middle of the day. Almost all of the customers had their coats on. This should not happen in a high end restaurant. It put a damper on the time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

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!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Food excellent. Service was lacking. This is fine dining, yet server referred to us as guys.

Food came too quickly. If given a reasonable amount of time between courses, I would have had another glass of wine.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Had the rock fish special. Outstanding! My friend had the short ribs which were also excellent b

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The food and service were impeccable. The cocktails and wine were Special. The server was friendly and very attentive. It was a lovely evening. We will return!

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Somewhat disappointing compared to previous meals - especially the cocktails. Always good food and good service but not a fan of the new rearrangement of the dining and bar areas.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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