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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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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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  • 137
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    Very good
  • 50
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  • 31
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  • 20
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Stopped by just for drinks

We sat at the bar: Amazing service, Great drinks. Dinner food menu looked ok for us. Not very many item to choose and pick from. I went there for brunch once - that was amazing. We sat outside - ohhhh yeahhhh!!!!

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
Barbara C
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New York City, New York
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Private Dining
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Sauk Rapids, Minnesota
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20 reviews 20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Walking around on a beautiful Sunday afternoon and stopped at the Occidental about 2:40. Elected to eat outdoors,as there were several tables available along with wait staff. Told it would be 3pm before we could be seated. Sent another member of our group to the reservations area when another host arrived, and were seated quickly. Appeared to be many wait... More 

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New York City, New York
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22 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We sat at the bar: Amazing service, Great drinks. Dinner food menu looked ok for us. Not very many item to choose and pick from. I went there for brunch once - that was amazing. We sat outside - ohhhh yeahhhh!!!!

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Naples, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I came on a busy Monday after the White House Egg Hunt, they greet it us on the entrance of their Terrace, gave us a table and that was it, no servers, managers or hostess came back. I went and told the Hostess about it, she mentioned that she will inform the Manager, but after a while no one came... More 

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Marietta, Pennsylvania
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41 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I ate here about 8:00 on a Saturday night and was surprised that there were not very many diners in the place. I had a reservation and was seated immediately and my server was very attentive. I ordered the Duck Breast and it was prepared medium rare, just as I requested it. The food came quickly and was excellent. I... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Stopped by the Occidental for late lunch. We were seated immediately, waiter came up and asked about water than left. The water came quickly, probably because we ordered tap. After waiting over 10 minutes, I tried to flag another waiter who told me in a minute than went back to the kitchen without asking if we needed something. (I was... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

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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26 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

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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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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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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