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Occidental Grill

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Downtown / Chinatown
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1475 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC, DC 20004 (14th)
Metrocenter 13 & F
+1 202-783-1475
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations
Description: Located just blocks from the White House, Washington Monument and the...
Located just blocks from the White House, Washington Monument and the National Theatre, the historical Occidental is the ideal location for quintessential DC dining. Dine like an icon either inside among portraits of politicos, celebrities and athletes or al fresco on the expansive patio.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Pricey - but good

A bit on the pricey side, but the food was very good. I had a nice, spicy gazpacho and a deconstructed bison and shrimp salad which were wonderful... be warned though, the chef on the grill has a 'light hand' - my medium-rare bison was very rare, but so tasty I ate it without asking for a re-fire.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
AndrewRS
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Fairfax, Virginia
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Ormond Beach, Florida
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6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

After a service related false start, the restaurant proved to be on par. Food (filet & sides) was very good as was dessert.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

A bit on the pricey side, but the food was very good. I had a nice, spicy gazpacho and a deconstructed bison and shrimp salad which were wonderful... be warned though, the chef on the grill has a 'light hand' - my medium-rare bison was very rare, but so tasty I ate it without asking for a re-fire.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Amazing array of famous people pictured on the walls. I assume that all ate there. Food was superb, service fairly good. Definitely a must visit when on DC

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This was a very good restaurant. They seated us promptly. I had the filet. It was absolutely delicious. I highly recommend it. The purée drink was perfect. I was served a rare steak instead of well done. It was very promptly taken care of. The wine was excellent as well. The only negative I have is I am allergic to... More 

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New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Enjoyed a special wine pairing dinner hosted by Hall Wines. Amazing wine selection and the food was scrumptious. Will definitely look for their next event when I'm in town.

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San Francisco
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We were staying at the Marriott just around the corner and stopped by the Occidental (indoor) Grill for lunch on June 19. The service was good, and the menu had a lot of selections. However, the food was quite bland overall. The Caesar salad dressing had no flavor, the soup of the day was not good and left feeling like... More 

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OccidentalGrill, Manager at Occidental Grill, responded to this review

Dear Valued Guest, We are sincerely sorry to hear that your experience was not pleasant. I have met with the Chef and we have revisited a number of items to consider flavor profiles and made changes which will be in effect within the week. We have expanded the steak and seafood choices considerably and the Chef is making adjustments to... More 

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

My mother and I visited from Japan to DC for a congress, and decided to have refreshing, light meal after touring around the DC. The location was great but the waiter was way far from it. I am not sure why but the waiter suddenly became so arrogant and ignorant. He looked disappointed when we only ordered a half dozen... More 

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OccidentalGrill, Manager at Occidental Grill, responded to this review

Dear valued guest: It was indeed disheartening to hear of your most unpleasant experience at the Occidental. We are committed to giving quality food and service to all our guests and in this instance we indeed failed to execute that to the standards we wish you and all our guests to experience. On behalf of the entire management team I... More 

Herndon, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Be part of DC history and do yourself a favor, EAT HERE! Then marvel at the various displays on the wall of all of the amazing people that have eaten here over the years. And the AC is great during the summer, or choose to eat outside.

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OccidentalGrill, Manager at Occidental Grill, responded to this review

Dear valued guest, We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time at the Occidental. It is our hopes that the weather was pleasant and you were able to enjoy the patio which is as famous as our historic picture covered walls. Thank you for joining is at the Occidental and do hope that you do join us... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

The Occidental has a great deal of history -- not just for our country, but for me personally. Many of my family memories were made here -- by choice. We love this restaurant. The food is great, and the service is exemplary. Walking into the bar is like walking in to "Cheers" -- everyone is welcoming. The dining room is... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Dined here before going to see a show at the National Theater down the street. It is conveniently located and we chose to sit outside on the patio but were later moved inside because of impending rain. Being on a low sodium diet, I was very pleased by the willingness of the kitchen to modify its preparation and the resulting... More 

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Additional Information about Occidental Grill

Address: 1475 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
Phone Number: +1 202-783-1475
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Downtown / Chinatown
Open Hours:
Monday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 25 - 50
Cuisine: American

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1475 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
    (14th)
  • Public Transportation: Metrocenter 13 & F
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Downtown / Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +1 202-783-1475

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 50
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining

Description

Located just blocks from the White House, Washington Monument and the National Theatre, the historical Occidental is the ideal location for quintessential DC dining. Dine like an icon either inside among portraits of politicos, celebrities and athletes or al fresco on the expansive patio.
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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