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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: Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
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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  • 200
    Excellent
  • 156
    Very good
  • 65
    Average
  • 36
    Poor
  • 26
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Incredible lobster bisque

Occidental grill seafood is a great place to have a nice relaxing dinner. The lobster bisque is amazing! You must get it. I wish I could have had lobster bisque for all three courses, but everything else was still very enjoyable. The chef must be too notch for the delicious menu!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
Jacqui K
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Dayton, Ohio, United States
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Glenn Dale, Maryland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My family celebrated my birthday recently at The Occidental. Wonderful appetizers, soups and salads. The Wedge salad with blue cheese crumbles was excellent. Make sure you get a side dish of the Mac/Cheese with lobster bits. WE all ordered separate entrees, but there were no complaints as we shared dishes that ranged from chicken, short ribs, crab and salmon. My... More 

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Jackson, Wisconsin
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136 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were out all day seeing the sights and were done. Exhausted, with no energy to figure out dinner, and no where near our hotel. Someone noticed this place and thought it looked like a nice place to have a coke and a smile, and it turned into so much more. We walked in and asked if we could get... More 

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Thank CAKS8462
Dayton, Ohio, United States
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Occidental grill seafood is a great place to have a nice relaxing dinner. The lobster bisque is amazing! You must get it. I wish I could have had lobster bisque for all three courses, but everything else was still very enjoyable. The chef must be too notch for the delicious menu!

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Thank Jacqui K
RHODE ISLAND
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

The atmosphere and location are top notch, but we all felt let down by our meal. We shared an order of Truffle Fries and they were amazing. It went down hill after that. Two of us had the Roasted Pastrami Langerfield Pork Loin and it was horrible. It had such a bitter taste, we could not figure out which ingredient... More 

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Thank ROADSTERGAL
OccidentalGrill, Manager at Occidental Grill, responded to this review

Dear valued guest, I would first like to thank you for your patronage at the Occidental Grill. I am sincerely sorry that you and your guests did not enjoy your meals while dining with us. We would have been happy to immediately remake your dishes so that you would have been able to enjoy them. The radicchio is indeed bitter... More 

New York
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Love the Occidental! They had a lovely prix fixe menu for NYE, well paced, great service. The place has great history and the bartender was excited to share that with us as first time visitors.

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Thank planner4
Buford, Georgia
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

Atmosphere is very nice, service good but food was B or average. One fish was good one was not but steak was ver good. Nice place but not outstanding.

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Thank jimkaren77
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

Really disappointed with our meal. It was a set meal for new year it was very bad food most looked like it had been prepared during day as none of it seemed fresh service was poor. Really bad experience There was a lot of empty tables strange for new year

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OccidentalGrill, Manager at Occidental Grill, responded to this review

Dear valued guest, I am sorry to hear of your unpleasant New Year's experience with us at the Occidental. The chef strives to deliver updated versions of classical dishes, as well as, creatively preparing dishes utilizing local ingredients that we receive from select farms and mongers so that our guests can enjoy dishes that represent this area of the country.... More 

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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45 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Limited seafood menu although they advertise themselves as a seafood grill (as well as other things). We got shoved to the upper floor which was clearly the "overflow" room. It had little ambience and none of the energy found in the main dining room. The pictures of significant people on the wall were more interesting than the food choices. Modest... More 

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Thank Travelteam69
OccidentalGrill, Manager at Occidental Grill, responded to this review

Dear valued guest, On behalf of the entire staff I would like to thank you for choosing the Occidental Grill. We do appreciate your patronage and all comments so that we may continuously strive towards improving the quality of food and service. I am sincerely sorry that you did not enjoy your dining experience and would like to invite you... More 

Augusta
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276 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

This place has simply some of the best food we had in DC. The dining is fine dinging, so expect to pay for that. However, it is totally worth it. The ambiance is wonderful, and we had a great experience with our wait staff. The food was prepared amazingly, and each dish was nearly perfect. The wine menu was impressive,... More 

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Thank wanderingkale
Fairfax, VA
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43 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

We dined, as we do with some regularity, before going to a show at The National. The convenience of valet parking at The Williard is wonderful--unfortunate that they do not have their dining room anymore. We were a few minutes early for our reservation, and were seated promptly, but then had to wait almost 15 minutes before anyone notice the... More 

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Thank 48stever
OccidentalGrill, Manager at Occidental Grill, responded to this review

Dear valued guest, I would like to thank you for joining us at the Occidental Grill and for your comments which allow us to improve areas of food and service. I am terribly sorry for you and your guests having to wait to be greeted and for the error of service ham to your vegetarian guest which was indeed unacceptable.... More 

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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

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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?