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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 #479 of 2,568 restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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68% Recommend
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Camarillo, CA
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45 reviews 45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014 NEW

We've always enjoyed going to the Occidental, it has a great atmosphere and the food used to be great. Unfortunately, they've changed their menu. They have less options and the ones they offer aren't very appealing. No one in our party was happy with their food. We probably won't be going back.

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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Went there for brunch. Beautiful restaurant rich in history. Could spend all day looking at all the photos of the famous individuals whom have dined there over the decades! The scrambled eggs and caviar were to die for as was the hamburger and fries. Great location to stop from sightseeing to relax and rejuvenate. Outside seating looked fun too!

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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53 reviews 53 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Beautiful day outside and my girlfriend and I decided to sit outside and enjoy your lunch on a Saturday afternoon while visiting D.C.. An awesome menu selection, however, we decided to share the Presidential Burger (really big to share with two people) with the extra stuff added which made the burger to be $55 (the most expensive burger I've eaten).... More

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40 reviews 40 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Went there on a spur of the moment as we waited on our hotel rooms to get cleaned (JW Marriott, do not recommend). It was just down the block and we walked in without a reservation. Service was exceptional, lots of nice things on the menu, however, I would not recommend for children under the age of 12. Loved getting... More

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Munich, Germany
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57 reviews 57 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

the dinner was perfect and the atmosphere is perfect. Very good food and good wine list. The restaurant has a lot of pictures on the wall from famous people and this is very interesting.

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31 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Jumbo Crab Cakes with savory sauce....Duck....seasonal salads, all so delicious! The service is impecable. Mo, is attentive, energetic, and obviously a dedicated professional. Raasikh made sure we were taken of, a manager who is present, approachable and makes you feel the next generation is on the right track. Great time! Do not hesitate to go to the Occidental Grill and... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

We did not stay at the Willard hotel ,home to the occidental, but next door at the JWMarriott. Having seen reviews for the hotels Parc cafe, we decided to give it a try,but checking the menus go the grill and the cafe, we decided to go to the occidental. Wow! So good...so fresh..husband had stuffed saddle of rabbit and I... More

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Cambridge, Maryland, United States
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Given that this was probably the 5th or 6th time I have eaten at the Occidental Grill it seems safe to assume it is one of my favorite DC restaurants. The sense of history one feels, the photos of decades of political "mover and shakers', the brass plaques in some of the booths recognizing important talks that occurred there, all... More

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16 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

We had a wonderful lunch! It was a beautiful spring day and we were looking for a place to eat outside. What a great find! The lobster roll was delicious, and paired with the spring sangria, a match made in haven. We will definitely go back when visiting DC next time.

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16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

The Occidental is a regal establishment with a great history. They have, in the past, set the standard for service and one could always count on a good food. There seems to be somethign going on as i have been thre twice in the last month and only the busboys and those that support the servers seem to be on... More

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