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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 #325 of 2,626 restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $50
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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71% Recommend
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Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Situated right by the Big Bus Tour stop! Ate twice here, good food offering, excellent steaks, service a little so-so at times but food & drink made up for it (nice cocktails so said my partner!) I agree that some of the tables are nearly on the side walk so people ogling as to what you are eating

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Strongly recommended. Very good food, my best steak in my US visit across 6 cities. Knowledgeable friendly waiting staff. Only minor point is closing time of 10pm, although they allowed some flexibility for us.

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Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

We had dinner on the patio at Occidental Grill. If you have a choice, choose a table away from the sidewalk otherwise you will have pedestrians at your elbow, or looking over your shoulder as they wait at the bus stop outside this restaurant. The food here is quite good. The gazpacho was the best I have ever had, and... More

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Top Contributor
218 reviews 218 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The Occidental is historic and has great food. Had the lobster bisque and it was superb. The portions are large: Ordered a cup and it seemed bottomless. I cannot imagine eating a bowl of soup with these portions. Great atmosphere and location. Good service. Only one ding kept this from being a five star review: no soy or almond milk... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We ate here twice, love the chicken sandwich with brie. Patio dining is lovely, lots of shade and flowers, not too noisy. Their drinks are great, too.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We had a late lunch / early dinner on two consectutive days during our sightseeing in Washington DC. We sat outside in very comfortable seats, watching the world go by and resting our very weary legs! It was cool and shady and a welcome respite from the heat. Service was very good and waiting staff were cheery and friendly. We... More

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Kernersville, North Carolina
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227 reviews 227 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

My husband & I stopped in to this attractive outside cafe on Pennsylvania Avenue across from the White House and the Sherman statue for a lunch break. We looked at the menu on display and everything looked fine and we were seated to a seat under a blue umbrella with a wonderful breeze to enjoy lunch. The waiter approached and... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

We sit outside on a summer day they have fans and big umbrellas. Little bit pricey but not bad food. Server got order wrong but fixed fast.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

Half of the orders for our party of 10 were wrong. We ate outside for brunch. Had to ask for refills on the bottomless mimosa (for only 3 of us I might add) a few separate times, some drinks ordered for the kids never came. Asked for lemons for water 4 times before just 3 wedges were brought. They brought... More

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We took a bridal party to explore in DC for a weekend of fun. this restaurant definitely satisfied all of our different taste buds Minneapolis took advantage of brunch and had amazing meals prepared to perfection. The quiche is to die for the drinks also are very tasty we enjoyed the bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys . We would definitely... More

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