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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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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

82% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (21)
Business Meals (17)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
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Quiet Conversation (11)
Romantic (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Good for a Date (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
People Watching (7)
Casual (7)
Authentic (6)
Cozy (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Scenic View (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Fun (2)
Live Music (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Waterfront (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Comfort Food (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

I have eaten here 3 times in the past but the food we had was very unimpressive. It was very bland. The bacon in the Brussels sprouts was spoiled.

We ate from the DC Restaurant week menu. It felt like a through way.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Before dinner, we sat at the bar because we were early for our reservation. Edward gave us excellent service. Our server, Timothy, also gave us great service & menu recommendations. This was our second visit during restaurant week. We will be back!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on August 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Really amazing restaurant week deal! The happy hour at the bar was also great.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 18, 2017

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!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Would normally be too expensive for us (young professionals) but we went for the $35 menu during Restaurant Week and it was incredible! Very elegant and iconic.

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 (London)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Took my wife there for her birthday. The wine selection was good and the cocktails were excellent. Waiter was knowledgeable. I especially recommend the lobster bisque as an appetizer.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Groups, Cozy, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Great ambiance. Food was delicious.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Nice historic place great service food a touch below expectations.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Great experience! We had a good time and a good meal it was worth the trip.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Fun, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 6, 2017

The host was rude. He cancelled my OpenTable reservation and I had to argue several times w/ him 2 check me in, because I meet up w/ coworkers. Other than that, the oysters were decent; however, the lobster bisque was excessively salty.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Rude staff, good food, good outdoor seating.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, People Watching
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Delicious food and drinks. The bar staff was incredible and very friendly. We both enjoyed the photos/portraits on the walls. However, our server was rude and uptight. We overheard him talking about us to another server for a reason unbeknownst to us.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 25, 2017

A great way to dine in DC and experience the power and history in a meal. Perfect service.

Tags: Authentic, Scenic View, People Watching
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 (Orlando)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Good food, great service, traditional DC venue... decent price point for the overall quality of the place.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 17, 2017

love this restaurant.....server was a bit intrusive during our meal....

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 16, 2017

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.

---update 7/21/17
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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 15, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 14, 2017

The service,food, and ambience are top notch here. The tableside cast iron skillet cornbread was an unexpected plus.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Wonderful staff!! Devon at the front desk took care of everything and the evening was perfect!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 12, 2017

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!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (West Virginia)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Choices of bread were unacceptable. They served cornbread and very stale store brand dinner rolls.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Brisbane / QLD)·Dined on July 10, 2017

A terrific restaurant! Authentic, up market with many local dishes. Very interesting decor and well worth a visit if you in the area.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Exceptional dinner made a special occasion very special!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Healthy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 8, 2017

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!

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Cozy, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 6, 2017

I would highly recommend this restaurant the service was amazing the food was divine the ambience in the restaurant was particularly nice it is an old historical restaurant with many historical pictures and paintings it was just amazing experience

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 4, 2017

The food and service were both outstanding. I would very much like to dine there again, possibly in one of the upper floor dining areas.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Great food,and service. We dined outside, they played slow jazz music which was nice.

Tags: Casual, Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 4, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 3, 2017

This is the second time we have celebrated our anniversary at Occidental. We asked for a quiet table and it was perfect! Food was, as always, wonderful. Our waiter, Jeremias, was very attentive and helpful. His dessert recommendations were spot on!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 3, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Food was brilliant. Waiter tried hard. Gentleman that sat us down was very disinterested.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 29, 2017

I have been here many times. This time I brought someone special based on my past experiences and it was hugely disappointing and embarrassing. Dirty glasses, slow and inattentive service. Nothing great at all.

Tags: People Watching, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Savannah)·Dined on June 23, 2017

I ate dinner here with my husband and his family on a recent trip to Washington. We loved eating here. I enjoyed soup and the crab cakes, as well as a little appetizer compliments of the chef. It was all very tasty and plated well.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Nice ambience & excellent service. Food was delicious & server did a great job explaining menu options. Prices above average. Good place for out-of-towners in the big city!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Cozy
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