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“Creative Brunch Burgers” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Occidental Grill

Occidental Grill
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Ranked #101 of 3,189 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $50
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine, Large groups, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
Cross street: 14th
Transit: Metrocenter 13 & F
Description: 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.
Gulf Shores, Alabama
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194 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Creative Brunch Burgers”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2013

Enjoyed the lamb burger very much. Cooked perfectly. Very Rich and filling. Very nice staff. Everyone was super kind.

Visited April 2013
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“The worst service ever!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2013

We decided to sit outside for lunch at the Occidental on a Saturday afternoon. The menu was very expensive but it was the experience and the sights. It did appear to be short staffed, we had to wait 20 minutes to be seated, with many open tables. It took another 12 minutes to be greeted by a waiter, another 10 for drink orders then it took 15 to get the drinks. Most of us ordered bottomless Mimosas which turned out to be 4 small glasses. Our waiter just stopped coming to our table. It took 30 minutes for our food to come out which was good, but not 19.00 a hamburger good. They even forgot to make one friends lunch, which they did comp. good thing we were not on a time schedule . I think the worst part was the nerve to charge a 20% gratuity on the worst service in the city. Thinking back we probably should not have tipped at all, the service was that bad. Save your money and go somewhere else.

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Toms River, New Jersey
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“Great Lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2013 via mobile

Had just finished my 4 hour drive to DC and was staying at the Willard Intercontinental so decided to eat here which is part of the hotel. We had dinner here in October 2011 and it was great. The seared yellowfin tuna salad was great. Yes at $26 a bit proxy but it's worth it. The salad consisted of asparagus and wax beens with some house made ricotta and a Meyer lemon vinaigrette which was all very very good but the star here was the tuna. Service was attentive and excellent and the outdoor setting in Pennsylvania Avenue made for quite the people watching. Definitely recommended.

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Canberra
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“You'd be mad to eat anywhere else”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2013

The service is good, the ambience is pleasant, but the reason you go to the Occidental is the food. If you're in DC and can afford it then you would be mad to eat anywhere else. I've been dreaming about the butter poached lobster for weeks - it is literally the best thing I have ever tasted. The only negative is that from an Australian point of view it's bizarre to have a TV showing sports in an upmarket restaurant - but maybe this is just the way things are done in the US. Thank you to whoever the magician is in the kitchen for one of the greatest meals of my life.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Beaufiful setting/horrible food/mediocre service”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2013 via mobile

Beautiful setting. Mediocre service. Way too overpriced for what it is. My partner ordered the pork and at least 70% was just fat. The food took forever and after talking to the manager they did take the pork off our bill but if you are paying $50 for a steak i would expect a whole lot better from them.

Washington dc has a lot of great restaurants go somehwere else.

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