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Occidental Grill

1475 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20004 (Downtown / Chinatown)
+1 202-783-1475
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Ranked #327 of 2,644 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $25 - $50
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Cuisines: American
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
Cross street: 14th
Transit: Metrocenter 13 & F
Description: Known for serving some of the best steaks and seafood in DC, the Occidental is a favorite dining destination for Washington, DC locals and visitors alike. The historic photo collection of hundreds of leaders, insiders and celebrities lines the walls, dating back to 1906 and marking the celebrated popularity of this renowned local landmark.
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Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

We stayed at the Intercontinental Willard hotel which own the restaurant, but recommend the Occidental Grill for passer bys too. Inside the restaurant it is covered wall to wall in famous influential people, great atmosphere. Waiter service is excellent. But the food is delicious. I had the halibut stuffed with Crab, it was amazing. On the side I had lobster... More

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Miami, Florida
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332 reviews 332 reviews
232 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Absolutely loved sitting outdoors having dinner in DC at this famed restaurant. Service was excellent. The food was just okay. My seafood linguine was fine but nothing to get excited about. The lobster bisque was average. The guest spot show soup was good. Basically, we really love the outdoor seating and to be in the center of the activity in... More

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OccidentalGrill, Manager at Occidental Grill, responded to this review

Dear maltafaz, Thank you for choosing the Occidental Grill & Seafood. While it is great you enjoyed the location and service of the restaurant, it is regrettable that the quality of our food did not meet your expectations. Please let us know when your travels bring you back to Washington. We would be honored to be given another chance to... More

Avon, CT
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341 reviews 341 reviews
227 restaurant reviews
509 helpful votes 509 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Four of us had dinner here last Friday evening. Being an August summer weekend, there were no expense account diners and the restaurant was mostly empty. This is no way affected the quality of the food or the very good service. The atmosphere is old-school elegant with plenty of portraits and photos of famous politicians and other Washington notables in... More

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OccidentalGrill, Manager at Occidental Grill, responded to this review

Dear Equity, Thank you for choosing the Occidental Grill & Seafood and for your kindness with this review. We are pleased that you enjoyed the historical atmosphere and the portraits of our past patrons. It sounds like your party ordered a variety of dishes and that you were able to sample a bit of each. We hope that our service,... More

Toronto, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

After a long day and a lot of walking all over the Mall, we ended up on this lovely, shady, and very comfortable patio (the seats have thick blue cushions). The food was tasty, perhaps a bit pricy (but that is likely due to the location), the drinks were refreshing, and all was well deserved after touring the monuments and... More

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OccidentalGrill, Manager at Occidental Grill, responded to this review

Dear T R, Thank you for choosing the Occidental Grill & Seafood. We enjoy building long lasting relationships with our guests and enjoy your positive feedback. Our outdoor patio space is the ideal relaxation spot; especially after a long day of touring the city. We hope that you left feeling full, refreshed and ready to conquer the town. Please do... More

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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48 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We tried this during Restaurant Week (summer 2014) and it was the best restaurant week offering I've ever experienced: interesting, creative, satisfying, but not pretentious. (It didn't take a half-hour to explain a dish.) Occidental manages to please everyone--from kids out for a fancy hotel meal with their parents while on vacation, to foodies, to hipsters, to gourmands, to snobs,... More

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64 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 via mobile

great food and service. The swordfish steak was excellent. A MSUT is their Lobster mashed potatoes with Mascarpone ! a meal by itself. Service was also outstanding

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Malta
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4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Location is relatively quiet and a dinner al fresco is very pleasant. Menu presented a good choice and service was very good.

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OccidentalGrill, Manager at Occidental Grill, responded to this review

Dear IvanMMalta, Thank you for choosing the Occidental Grill & Seafood on your recent trip to Washington, D.C. The weather has certainly been in our favor this season and we are pleased that you were able to enjoy the ambiance of our patio. We are happy that you appreciated our culinary offerings and hope to welcome you back to the... More

Prague, Czech Republic
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We went there totally exhausted after the walk from the momument to White House in really warm date. Already admission was positive - you don´t hesitate to come in... Sitting outside. Our waiter was very willing with nice sense of humour. Food - great, nice affordable wines. Highly recommended !

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OccidentalGrill, Manager at Occidental Grill, responded to this review

Dear Markitrav, Thank you for choosing the Occidental Grill & Seafood and for your kindness with this review. We are happy that you felt welcome and hope that our extensive wine offerings relieved any walking pains of yours. Thank you once again for your recommendation and we look forward to welcoming you back on your next trip to Washington, D.C.... More

Augusta, Georgia, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

On our last trip to DC we checked out brunch at the Occidental Grill. It was very enjoyable experience with great menu items and superior service. Everything on the menu was delicious and no one in our party left hungry.

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OccidentalGrill, Manager at Occidental Grill, responded to this review

Dear Lawrence D, Thank you for having brunch with us at the Occidental Grill & Seafood. We are happy that you enjoyed our offerings and found them to be plentiful. The patio is a real treat when the weather permits. We are so thankful for your business and hope to welcome you back in the near future. Sincerely, Occidental Management More

Charlotte, North Carolina
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261 reviews 261 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

very fancy dinner. and the food was fantastic. prime location for a meal. we ate here prior to a broadway show. have been coming here for years, and will continue to do so. remember to have your parking validated from here, as i had to learn the hard way :)

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OccidentalGrill, Manager at Occidental Grill, responded to this review

Thank you for your loyalty to the Occidental Grill & Seafood. We enjoy building long lasting relationships with our guests. You should have came back in to get your parking validated! Please keep in mind that Occidental guests are able to valet park at the Willard for $6.00, which is unheard of in the city. We hope that you enjoyed... More

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