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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
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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Good for:
Fine Dining
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 137
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  • 117
    Very good
  • 49
    Average
  • 31
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  • 19
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great place if you are a tourist.

Since I live in DC there are other options without having to dine with nothing but tourists. Great place at one time but everything needs to be upgraded.

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Private Dining
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Since I live in DC there are other options without having to dine with nothing but tourists. Great place at one time but everything needs to be upgraded.

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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173 reviews 173 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

My travel partne and I celebrated my brthday here. Food and service were excellent. Not inexpnsive for sure, but on par with downown DC.

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Toronto, Canada
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108 reviews 108 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

Look if you are on vacation, not pinching pennies and are looking for a great place for lunch on an outdoor terrace on a gorgeous spring or fall day, then this is the place. The service was outstanding and the food very good indeed. The portions are rather large so if you are not too hungry then pass on the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

Like many places in DC, the Occidental Grill, almost next door to the White House is an institution. A varied menu, pleasant ambience and good service. Having said that, it took a little while to get attention from the waiting staff to get my order in. The crab cakes were excellent, if not a little expensive, but then you pay... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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364 reviews 364 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
226 helpful votes 226 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We sat down in the sun, on the terrace for a coffee. I was the only person who ordered water, since I wasn't very thirsty and felt like drinking much. They didn't gave me a glass but a full bottle of water for myself! Like a person is going to drink 1 liter of water on its own in 15... More 

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Germantown, Tennessee
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177 reviews 177 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 via mobile

This was my first visit and I know I will return when in DC again. Great atmosphere with all the celebrity pictures on the wall from actors to presidents. Outstanding service and a great menu selection. Bring your wallet, but you are in for a treat. A reservation is recommended.

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Bolton, Connecticut
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32 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We visit here often and the Occidental is a reliable standby for entertaining family as well as business colleagues from out of town. Even though we usually stay in Virginia, it is well worth the trip into DC to dine here right next to the White House and it always impresses guests. During warm weather, the sidewalk dining is always... More 

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Miami, Florida
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66 reviews 66 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

On business eating alone i was well received and well attended.Helpful waiters not pushing highest cost items at you. Decor was political since you are directly across from White House. You enter thru portraits of six most recent Presidents and autographed photos of every personage of lat two centuries, Loved th e Huey Long photo with inscription that" it was... More 

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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107 reviews 107 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We were treated to a private room, elegantly appointed, and a fantastic bruncheon that included shrimp and grits, pastries, mamosas, fresh fruits, eggs, french toast, and plenty of tea and coffee. I have had many meals here over the years, this was one of the best corporate events I have atended in DC. Great staff, wonderful hosts. Wait staff was... More 

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Panama City, Florida
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Very professional and friendly staff! Two blocks from the White House. The meal was fabulous from the appetizer to the entrée.

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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
  • Good for: Outdoor seating

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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?