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Occidental Grill

Certificate of Excellence
Downtown / Chinatown
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1475 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-1076 (14th)
+1 202-783-1475
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Lyman, South Carolina
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85 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Perhaps because the Occidental had such a big build-up, I expected the food to be better, the service to be over the top, everything to be a notch above. Unfortunately, it was just pretty average. The food was good, but not spectacular. The service was adequate--nothing wrong, but nothing to go "Wow!" about. The atmosphere is old money clubbiness.

Thank Kesig
Germantown Maryland
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371 reviews
345 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We tried to go to Old Ebbitt Grill but the wait was 2 hours so we backtracked and went to the Occidental Grill. We got in there at 4:00 but they said they were not serving dinner yet however they had a small menu in the bar so we said why not. The place is great just to take in... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A great resturant well situated in DC however server never mentioned that a starter offered was charged for without knowing. A pleasant evening was had in the end.

Thank Kevin W
East Setauket, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a fabulous lunch! Service was excellent and so was the food. I had the winter salad with steak ... Steak was cooked perfectly!

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Berkeley, California
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57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been eating at the Occidental for over 20 years and it never disappoints. The crab cakes are a great light lunch. The history of the restaurant is always interesting. The wine and cocktails are first rate.

Thank JCM
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As part of the Intercontinental Willard we expected a high standard of service, good food and of course a higher bill. Yeah, those where our expectation.....the reality.......something else. Usually, we don't eat too much so our order was only for a main course. This has been probably not to much for our waiter... he started to increase the bill with... More 

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Saint John, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Delicious food, the atmosphere is romantic but is also great for business. The wine is phenomenal. They are happy to cater to any dietary restrictions and love to celebrate any occasion.

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Redwood City, California
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2016

Between having the best Moscow Mule ever and sitting in the booth that Agent X (Alexander Fomin) gave ABC reporter John Scali the message that ended the Cuban Missile crisis, we found ourselves in awe of having the experience of eating at the Occidental. We had a late lunch and loved every bite.

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Miami Beach, Florida
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37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016

Walking into this restaurant with my husband and my mother was hilarious. The Presidential portraits on the walls, my mother leading the way pointing at each one, "He was cool, he wasn't, man he was a mess, etc."= Priceless. We sat at a booth in a very warm and cozy atmosphere and were not affected at all by other nearby... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

The traditional interior with its rich woods and walls covered with photos of politicians adds great interest to meal. Food is good to ok. Squash soup was excellent. The lunch steak I Was just ok.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $50
Steakhouse, Seafood, American
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1475 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-1076
  • 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
Occidental Grill & Seafood is a DC dining institution just steps from the White House, with a history dating back more than 110 years. This iconic gathering place combines legendary staying power with a constantly evolving, cutting-edge menu that takes a fresh and current approach to classic American cuisine.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?