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“Abusive behavior!!”
Review of Occidental Grill

Occidental Grill
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Ranked #112 of 3,237 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations
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.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
1 review
“Abusive behavior!!”
Reviewed February 6, 2014

I stopped in at Occidental for happy hour for a very needed break between Hill pressures. What I wintessed was appalling! The "senior" bartenders treated the bar back like a slave; it was extremely disturbing! The manager on duty was an accomplice and equally abusive. As a single professional woman, the only good service I had was provided was by the bar back; the bartenders were unattentive, dismissive and condescending - really?!?!? Worst service ever - except for the oppressed bar back who worked really hard! Boycott this place - weird hierarchy going on here.

  • Visited February 2014
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great Cheeseburger!”
Reviewed January 14, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We ended up here because The Old Ebbitt Grill was packed for lunch! But I must say it was impressive! I don't think I've ever seen so many portraits of politicians! (Not that i would really want to, that is) We both ordered cheeseburgers, and they were great! But at a little over $25.00 each, you would hope so, hence the 4 stars...Then again we were in DC ;-)

Visited December 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
“Great location, bad food”
Reviewed January 13, 2014

We had a large private event at the restaurant. The environment and ambiance are lovely including the general location of the restaurant. Unfortunately the food was really bad. When you pay $10,000 for a private event you expect your guests to not complain of feeling ill all night long. My meal was poorly cooked and I had to send it back. The taste and quality of the dishes were that of a mediocre chain restaurant. I do not recommend this restaurant for anyone looking for a great meal in Washington DC.

  • Visited December 2013
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new york
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147 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
“Classic Washington Restaurant - Elegant and Pleasant”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

Have been twice for lunch over the past few months and loved it both times. Not touristy at all, good food, attentive service, classic old-world type of restaurant. Highly recommended. Note, the portions are not huge (which is fine, just be aware).

  • Visited December 2013
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New Jersey
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117 reviews
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“Wonderful!”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

We love the traditional and classic atmosphere at the Occidental (the only place these days my kids are impressed by me as I can name so many people in the photographs). The food and service are also as solid as a rock (fine cocktails, too). If you are looking for a dignified ambience and impeccable service you cannot go wrong with this place. Great crab cakes, but all the food is impressive.

  • Visited January 2014
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