About Occidental Grill & Seafood
Washington, DC 20004
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.
American, Seafood, Steak
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 11:30am – 10:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am – 10:00pm
Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 7:00pm (Exclusively at the Bar)
Saturday : 11am-2:30pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
Private Dining Space Available.
Call 202-737-4147 for further information or visit http://occidentaldc.com/occidental/index.cfm/meetings-events/.
Valet parking is available at The Willard Hotel for an $8.00 fee.
Metro Center Station located on 13th & F Streets.
Bus stop located on 14th Street near the National Press Building.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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From business functions and graduations, to rehearsals, receptions & personal get togethers Occidental Grill and Seafood is an elegant DC dining icon. Our private dining rooms exemplify the city's classic ambiance while the chef's menus evoke your taste buds with a modern twist on American favorites
Occidental Grill & Seafood Ratings and Reviews
This is a classic DC restaurant, origina ...
This is a classic DC restaurant, originally opened in 1906, which serves classic contemporary American fare. It is equally appropriate for lobbying public officials, or sharing a meal with a friend, spouse, or lover. It doesn't strive to be trendy, and is the better off for it.
This has always been one of my favorite ...
This has always been one of my favorite restaurants in DC. Always great food and beautiful historic atmosphere. This time most of the food was excellent, but one of the steaks was overcooked. One friendly bartender and the other one should get a different job. The waiter was friendly and tried hard. Great place to take people who want to experience the hey days of DC.
Food was excellent. Waiter did a very ...
Food was excellent. Waiter did a very nice job. Friendly and attentive. Topped off our wine glasses when thing took longer than expected. Hope to be back when we return to town.
Desserts were very tasty.
Hope to be back!
I really loved this place. It was around ...
I really loved this place. It was around the corner from the JW Marriott. The service, food and ambiance were perfect for my sister and I. I had the filet with a side of poached lobster. Lobster was delicious. I would definitely go back!
I've always wanted to get to the Occiden ...
I've always wanted to get to the Occidental, and overall, I'm really glad that I finally did. The food was superb, good flavors complimenting the main meat star of the dish-- but ordering one of the family style sides (in this case, the brussels sprouts) was a good call. Ambiance was cool too, definitely that old school dc vibe. With that said, I don't know about the value of the meal, and if it were not for a special occasion with family visiting from out of town, that I would otherwise go there. The Occidental is from another time in DC, before the city's food scene exploded in the last five years.
We have had a family lunch at the Occide ...
We have had a family lunch at the Occidental during the Christmas holidays for the past several years. It has always been a pleasant experience at an historic restaurant highlighted by the thousands of pictures of famous diners since the beginning of the 20th Century. The food is always good; the addition of some short rib entrees were a hit this year. Nice servers. Great location to not only eat by walk to nearby by museums and the National Archives on pleasant winter days.
We went for our 31st anniversary but hon ...
We went for our 31st anniversary but honest-to-GOD the noise level was INSANE. (I know, I know, does anybody really count anniversaries between 25 and 50? Yes, we do!) We even had a 5:30 p.m. reservation (had to get to a 7:30 p.m. show) but by 6:00 p.m. we were shouting at each other to be heard. Happy Anniversary! But the food was delicious, the service was great.
It's perfect on that awkward first date where you don't know what to say because then you can just make a hand signal that means, "I can't hear you." That way you can observe your date. Do they know which fork to use? Argue with the waiter? Talk with their mouth full? Then you can decide if you want to speak with them after you leave.
Also perfect if you're going out with a long-time partner and just had a fight and are not speaking to one another. In that case you can just shrug and everyone will think you mean that you can't hear.
You might be super lucky like we were and have someone at the bar with a braying laugh like a donkey on speed. Every time we heard him we clinked glasses and took a sip of wine. Of COURSE we were drunk before the entree arrived! Hmm, maybe that's why we gave this place such a high rating.
I still say, "Go and find out for yourselves!"
One more thing: Open Table gives "review hints" such as: Avoid story-telling or irrelevant details.
Please. What is better than a good story?
The Occidental is always reliable for go ...
The Occidental is always reliable for good food and exceptional service. On this occasion, our server ensured we were out the door in time for a lecture at the Smithsonian. The amuse bouche of mushroom soup was excellent, as was the rockfish filet over seafood stew.
I took a close friend to Occidental Gril ...
I took a close friend to Occidental Grill & Seafood on December 3rd for a special dinner before our show at The National Theater. We were greeted with warm smiles as soon as we entered the establishment. The wait staff was very attentive and their sommelier assisted me with my champagne selection and he did not disappoint. I ordered the Jumbo Scallops/Pork Chop and my friend had their crab cakes. The scallops were cooked to perfection to the point that my friend wants to return simply to have those! The prices are indicative of their location and service but be prepared that your bottled wine selection could be pricey; albeit, it was well worth it. We spent about 2 hours there but had plenty of time to catch our show and not feel rushed. Looking forward to a return visit soon!!
This was my first time dining at the Occ ...
This was my first time dining at the Occidental Grill and it did not disappoint. We had a show to go to and they met our timing need without sacrificing a bit on the quality of the food, which was excellent! I was so impressed that I plan on having a group event there in the spring.
We had requested a spacious and quite ta ...
We had requested a spacious and quite table for our business meeting. Our table was better than our expectation. It was the best or one of the best tables in the restaurant. The staff were all curious. Timothy, the server was considerate and attentive to our lengthy business lunch meeting.
Overall a great Historic place for Business and Group Lunches.
The Occidental is a lovely piece of Was ...
The Occidental is a lovely piece of Washington history. Lots of photos of past political celebs and fun to entertain. The bartender needs to learn how to make a proper whiskey sour, and the food was good, but not exceptional. Wen went for the ambience.
We dined here to celebrate my boyfriend' ...
We dined here to celebrate my boyfriend's new job and birthday. The hostess, main server, water boy, busboy, and runners were all very accommodating and provided superior service. All of the drinks and food were absolutely delicious. The server also provided a candle on the dessert as well as a card signed by all of the staff. Thank you for making my boyfriend's birthday so special!
Our Meal was good. The restaurant is a ...
Our Meal was good. The restaurant is a little dated, but charming in a well worn way! We had a corner table for the 6 of us. Our server was a little quirky...I think she wanted to go home!! Our food was good, steaks, fish and a pasta special. All very nice but not really note worthy. I would returen..it was comfortable but nothing fancy!
Returned to this old haunt of mine after ...
Returned to this old haunt of mine after ten years. Still has the atmosphere and very good menu that is well prepared. Service is top notch. Longstanding bartender - Michael- is great asset. NOTE. Restaurant is about to undergo significant renovation. We shall see how it turns out.
Great location across from White House. ...
Great location across from White House. Ate outside next to sidewalk so could watch people strolling by ( and DC's god awful traffic ). Great food but pricey. Service was prompt, courteous, and friendly. Would hesitate to go back unless someone else was paying!
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