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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: Lunch, Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A perfectly prepared piece of Salmon.

I take for granted how Salmon is supposed to taste when cooked to perfection. Most places do not so I have gotten used to the overcooked flavor but this piece was perfect and reminded me why I love it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
Rob D
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Emerald Isle, North Carolina
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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Good food, good service, but I still can't understand why it is so much more expensive than similar restaurants.

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Albany, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Stopped here on a Saturday afternoon for cocktails outside on their patio area. Super comfortable outside bar area with cushioned wicker furniture and plenty of shade. Service was very attentive and the cocktails were delicious. Loved the lavender Aviation. They have a nice food menu outside too if you're hungry. The view of the Washington Monument was a bonus. A... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

My friend and I ate here on a Friday evening. We sat in the outdoor patio area which was nice. For a Friday night, there were only 3 or so other groups eating outside. We both commented about how slow it looked. Anyway, our service was terrible. We waited forever for someone to take a drink order, another long wait... More 

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Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

The Occidental caught our eye when we departed our neighboring hotel. It has a lovely garden patio, shaded by umbrellas and cooled with a few fans. We arrived around 3;30 p.m. after a long day of sightseeing. We weren't certain about where we wanted to have dinner, and so asked if we could be seated for cocktails. Here the delight... More 

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Emerald Isle, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

I take for granted how Salmon is supposed to taste when cooked to perfection. Most places do not so I have gotten used to the overcooked flavor but this piece was perfect and reminded me why I love it.

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DC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

The Occidental continues to provide superior quality food in a classy environment. Chef Rodney Scruggs serves classic American fare, with a flavorful twist. The menu changes seasonally to take advantage of fresh, and local, ingredients. This is a must-visit restaurant in DC. It is perfect for a date or impressing your out-of-town family. There is something for everybody, and the... More 

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Potomac, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This review is for the Occidental Grill outdoor restaurant. If the weather is nice try to have lunch / dinner here. The food and service are excellent and it has the feeling of eating outside in Paris. The restaurant has several shade trees and bushes combined with blue umbrellas, blue chair cushions, blue tinted water glasses and blue tinted candles... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Near the White House, this restaurant has a nice decoration and it's definetly an american typical upscale place. The service was very kind with the big group that attended. The salad was delicious, and the ice tea just perfect. Great for work lunches. Of course it's expensive, so if you are on vacations is probably better to invest in other... More 

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East Lyme, CT
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Ate outside while visiting DC. The service was excellent and the food very good at decent prices. A very attractive place to eat, very close to the White House and other sites in the city.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

When we began planning our recent summer trip and included a five-day stay in Washington, D.C., one of my priorities was to get reservations at five restaurants within easy access to our hotel, the Willard. After evaluating many options, I settled on five. In the end, I came to two conclusions: I made five good choices and Washington, D.C., is... 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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