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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 were expecting a better experience. We went during restaurant week and the menu was pretty good. Unfortunately the food was super salty and not up to the standards we expected. The server was not very attentive and seem wooden and disinterested. We would not go back to this restaurant as there are other good options nearby.
Biggest disappointment was that OpenTable directed me to this place from Restaurant Week DC. The restaurant participated in other years, but not this year. We were all disappointed. When people search for Restaurant Week options, please do not offer non-participating restaurants without a warning!!!
I went here for Restaurant Week, I don't know if that is the reason, but service seemed rushed. Before you could really finish a course, someone was there reaching for your plate. This continued throughout the entire experience. I did love the food, but the service really tainted my experience.
Had a very nice dinner experience. Food was delicious, waiter very attentive and answered all the questions we had.
My only remark was, I had put that it's my father's birthday in my notes. We ordered one dessert to share yet the restaurant didn't put any candle or anything on it. I did not specifically ask for it, but I think it would have been a nice surprise gesture given I had added it in my notes.
We chose this restaurant to celebrate our anniversary; it was a "meh" experience at best. Considering the menu prices, I would've thought this place was more upscale. The food itself was okay, the portions were tiny (after three courses we were still hungry), and I was surprised that a place dubbing itself a seafood restaurant had such a limited oyster selection (only 2 offerings). The patio is nice in theory, but considering there is a BigBus tourist bus stop right out front, we spent the majority of our dinner saddled next to a never-ending line of tired tourists waiting to hop on the bus. Add the noise of about 5 of those double-deckers and it doesn't make for great ambiance, which is too bad because the actual patio is lovely. Speaking of noise though, I didn't realize this was an ideal location for children! (Again, considering the menu prices.) There were a couple children seated next to us, and by the end of our meal I was ready to smack the parents as they allowed their children to run around screaming literally the entire time they sat there eating dinner. At one point my boyfriend told one of the kids to stop fiddling with the umbrella cord because he might hurt himself...the parents just sat there like a couple of idiots. I realize it's uncomfortable as restaurant staff to tell parents when to control their children, and if these kids had just stayed seated I certainly wouldn't mind a bit of extra noise. But when I, my boyfriend, and the serving staff have to dodge rambunctious children then I think the host/hostess/management has a responsibility to ask the parents to control their children so as not to disturb other patrons. Our server, Valerie, was lovely though...and she is quite nimble on her feet considering she was dodging those little brats too.
Food was great, but the lack of photo of our current president was obvious. When I inquired why his photo was missing, they staff replied that they were afraid it might upset some of their current clients.
From what I've read, the arrangement of the photos on the wall reflect the views and current political climate or the owners. Regardless of their political affiliation, it's disrespectful to purposefully exclude our sitting president from the portraiture.
I am delighted to report that the manger actually gave me a call to let me know that the portrait of Donal Trump is currently being finished and once complete will hang in prominently amongst the other presidential portraits. He also has ensured that staff are aware so that future customers do no receive the same response.
I am so grateful that he called me to let me know this. It shows that they place tremendous value on customer service and respect the office of the presidency.
We will definitely stop in on our next visit to DC!
P.S. The white asparagus soup, that the chef provided the table, was devine.
Our meal was very good. I had their version of a Caesar salad, which incorporated green and purple kale. It was very good and perfectly dressed. My husband had the filet mignon with a side of lobster mash potatoes. I had the rockfish filet over yellow lentil dahl -- so amazing!
Unfortunately, our server was having an off-night -- it took an unusually long time for him to 1) greet our table and 2) take our dinner order (there was a 20 minute gap between placing our drink order and taking our dinner order -- he forgot to give us the dinner menus after we ordered our drinks). Overall, he was very absent-minded and generally absent from serving our table. Also, he was very shaky (almost spilled my martini he was shaking so bad). So, maybe he was new and nervous(??). Anyway, because of the long delay in taking our order, he apologized and offered to comp our drinks - so that was nice of them.
This restaurant came highly recommended by a friend as a DC classic and landmark and the experience far exceeded our high expectations. From the moment we arrived, the experience and service was exceptional. It was warm, inviting, attentive yet never stuffy or too formal. The photographs on the wall create a wonderful ambience many of the photos were quite moving. The food was amazing. We had the tuna ceviche to start. CRAZY GOOD! For our entrees we had the crab cakes and the redfish. I am crab cake snob and these were some of the best I have ever had. The wine list is fantastic and has something for everyone. Truly a memorable experience and I can't wait to go back! HIGHLY recommended!
The Occidental is our favorite D.C. restaurant. The food is fabulous, service is superb, and you can actually have a conversation with your table mate(s) and hear each other talk! We love the history and have been loyal diners since the 80s. Love it!
Lovely evening overall. Service was prompt and attentive throughout the evening. Food was beautiful and delicious. Enjoyed being able to talk to each other across the table in normal conversation level. The Occidental treated us to champagne and dessert because we were celebrating our anniversary. A tiny bit annoying to have a steady stream of patio diners traipsing by to use the bathrooms, but then it was exceptionally busy that evening.
Lunch here on the 4th of July. Very quite and interesting dining room. Good service but not fast or exceptional in any way. We had the cheese plate for an appetizer, that was very good. I had the swordfish steak. It was beautifully prepared and was very tender and flavorful. The grilled lettuce was a great pairing with it. I also opted for a size of the fired green tomatoes. These tasted great and were both crispy and fresh. The bacon ketchup was a great accompaniment with this. It was a great lunch stop, I would recommend it especially with the unique and interesting history.
I go back and go back and want this place to succeed. All I can say about the food is that it is overpriced and strange. I mean strange. It is not bad, it's just not something I would want to eat and I will eat about anything. They are remodelling inside and the remake looks lovely. But the food is just . . . Strange.
I love this restaurant, but I have been disappointed lately. During my recent visit, the main entrance was under construction, so it detracted from the overall ambiance and DC experience. I wish I had known, as I was with a group of 10 visitors who never before visited DC. Also, I was disappointed with the overall food quality. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant, as there are too many other world-class options.
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