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1475 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC, DC 20004 (Downtown / Chinatown)
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Ranked #355 of 2,722 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $50
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American
Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: 14th
Transit: Metrocenter 13 & F
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.
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Top Contributor
120 reviews 120 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

On a cold snowy night in DC we decided to eat close to work. The restaurant staff is exceptional and the level of service is the finest. The menu is fine dining and shared side dishes. The special was a 12 oz steak. The steak was one of best I have ever had. Perfectly seasoned, perfectly cooked to medium rare... More 

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East Hartford, Connecticut
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is in the heart of DC with a long history as evidenced by all the photographs gracing its walls. The menu is not huge but is varied enough to suit everyone in your group. There are some excellent rooms on the upper level for a group to gather for an event. Also, great outdoor dining on Pennsylvania Ave.... More 

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OccidentalGrill, Manager at Occidental Grill, responded to this review

Dear SueHKlock, Thank you for choosing to dine at the Occidental Grill & Seafood and for your kindness with this review. We are happy that you enjoyed our seasonal offerings and found that we provide options for every palate. Not every restaurant is able to offer main dining, private dining, patio space, cocktail programs, etc. and we take pride in... More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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68 reviews 68 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Very good service and location, excellent food. We had drinks and ate from the restaurant week menu - I had a wonderful salmon, clam chowder, and bread pudding. Well, I had an excellent dessert they call "bread pudding" but it's more like a muffin. Bread pudding apparently isn't something Washington DC can offer! All in all excellent and worth repeating.

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OccidentalGrill, Manager at Occidental Grill, responded to this review

Dear Bradley A, Thank you for choosing to dine at the Occidental Grill & Seafood and for this positive review. We are so thrilled that you enjoyed our Winter Restaurant Week menu and hope to welcome you back in the near future. Sincerely, Occidental Management More 

Silicon Valley
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

My hubby grew up in VA and he wanted a special, historic place to take us for our anniversary dinner w/our family while we visited our daughter at GWU. We’re "traditional foodies”, and our diners were in their 50’s & 20’s. We all loved this place and will definitely come back. The service was impeccable (definitely ask for Mo-mo!), and... More 

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OccidentalGrill, Manager at Occidental Grill, responded to this review

Dear Fastpitchm0m, Thank you for choosing the Occidental Grill & Seafood and for taking the time to write this fantastic review. We are truly humbled that you took a chance on us for such a special occasion. We take pride in the history of the restaurant, quality of food and service that is extended to our guests and are thrilled... More 

Springfield, VA
5 reviews 5 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

My wife and I and four friends selected the Occidental Grill for a pre-theater dinner, having heard great things about the ambiance and food. I was a bit concerned about making our 7:30 curtain time, even with a reservation for 5:30. When we arrived at 5:30 my concern was relieved, as the place was only about 1/4 full. However... as... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 via mobile

If you are staying at the Willard, go next door, wonderful restaurant for dinner, great meat, just had the lamb and bread pudding for dessert. Wonderful service, the water pratically ordered for us! Will come back! Pricey, yes... But definately worth it!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

It's not worth the time. Two courses only takes 3 hours when your server forgets about you. There were several things that would have been inexcusable in any other restaurant. Clearly their arrogance makes them feel they are above standard restaurant procedure. No it's not acceptable to ignore a table because the server is overwhelmed. When a manager has to... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

We took clients to the Occidental for dinner knowing that it is one of the quintessential Washington restaurants. The staff didn't disappoint. The only hitch was that the party at our table lingered after dessert enjoying themselves, so we had to wait at the bar. We had a fine time chatting and the restaurant staff came by to keep us... More 

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Walnut Creek, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

A special occasion and wanting a special restaurant in Washington DC. We were staying at the JW Marriott right close by. Asked for a recommendation and was told that the Occidental Grill fit the bill 100%. We went ahead and made the reservation. Excited to try this in a City we really had no experience with restaurants. We found the... More 

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Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

What a great place :-) food was very good I had the lamb shank and roasted Brussels and lobster mash omg thought I died and gone to heaven the place is pricey but worth it and we'll all enjoyed our time

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Additional Information about Occidental Grill

Address: 1475 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
Phone Number: 202.783.1475
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Downtown / Chinatown
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 25 - 50
Cuisine: American

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