About Occidental Grill & Seafood
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 & Sunday : 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/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, 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
Don't believe the hype of this place. Th ...
Don't believe the hype of this place. The food just didn't do it for me. I'm not sure if it was because it was D.C. Restaurant Week or because it was a busy Friday night - we were just not impressed. The small portions combined with the red wine that immediately gave me a headache made me think twice about ever visiting this place again. I had the bass and my date had the steak. My bass was overcooked and his steak was definitely undercooked.
The service was also below what I expect at a high end restaurant. We had multiple servers, so it was difficult to know who to ask for when we needed something. I asked one of the servers where the bathroom was located and he just pointed in a direction with no verbal indication of where the bathroom actually was located.
I didn't have a pleasant experience at all and will not be going back. I just think there are better places in that area that are well worth the cost and time.
Celebrated our 20th Wedding Anniversary ...
Celebrated our 20th Wedding Anniversary at the Occidental Grill. It was an amazing evening, friendly, energetic bartender made great drinks, service throughout the night was top notch. 3 course dinner was delicious and lots of friendly folks from hostesses to waiters to bar backs made this a memorable and relaxing night. Plus it was Restaurant Week in DC so the price was definitely right.
The service was great. We liked all of t ...
The service was great. We liked all of the three appetizers we ordered, as well as all the desserts. However, the main dishes we got: sirloin and cod, both were disappointing. Way over cooked. Even our kids would not eat it. Left with mixed feelings.
This is a classic DC watering hole, orig ...
This is a classic DC watering hole, originally opened in 1906, and reopened 80 years later, after the 18-year closure of The Willard, albeit at understandably higher prices. It's equally good for a business lunch, lunch with a close friend (as in my case), or a date.
Always awesome! The Occidental never dis ...
Always awesome! The Occidental never disappoints. Whether it is dinner for two or cocktails and dinner for 50, the Occidental delivers. Tasty seasonal treats appear on the menu as specials, and there is enough breadth on the menu for the unadventurous. The cocktail menu varies as well. One of my go to places.
I dined at the Occidental on three separ ...
I dined at the Occidental on three separate occasions, all of which were holiday parties with a set menu exclusively for our party. While notably enjoyable on all three occasions the atmosphere was quite different and it was more of a party with dinner served as opposed to just dinner with friends. I suggested the Occidental to my date. We prefer dining at upscale restaurants with hopes of eating wonderful food. This was not the case Saturday evening. The appetizers were fine but the main course which was the special was not so good. It was sea bass with seafood risotto. The fish was overcooked and didn't really taste like any sea bass I'd ever tasted unless there is a difference in Chilean sea bass and regular sea bass? Im not sure. I even went so far as to question myself if it really was sea bass at all. The risotto contained small scallops that were gritty and there were small pools of oil (maybe butter) that had accumulated around the edges. Dessert was so so. It was the chocolate cake with plums. The coffee was black as mud and extremely bitter. I couldn't drink it. I would not return nor recommend.
We had an early and leisurely dinner. Th ...
We had an early and leisurely dinner. The food was lovely and the portions perfect (from a UK perspective at least) - highlights were the still sizzling cornbread and peach soup. Our server was efficient, helpful and knowledgeable, including about the photographs on the walls. We looked up Buffalo Bill on the way out.
Disaster!!! Server took our order but se ...
Server took our order but seemed really disengaged. Thought he was 'high'.
40 mins passed server never came back to our table.
Spoke to several servers re finding out about our meal. Eventually told that our ticket got lost!! At this point we cancelled the order and went to the bar where had great service prior to dinner from a young lady called Aubrey.
She didn't disappoint and took care of us at the bar. Meantime the manager and the missing server were at the end of the bar. Aubrey explained to the manager the problem and after 30 mins he sidled up to me and mumbled something like did you want to see me. I explained what had happened and he was less than interested.
Terrible experience but it won't happen again as I won't be back and I'll make sure I spread the word on social media.
I had higher hopes for this place. I th ...
I had higher hopes for this place. I thought it was going to be more high end old school Washington. The food was average and service fair. I waited at the bar while my table was readied --it was pretty chaotic with waiters rushing to pickup drinks for the tables, etc. After I was seated at my table I ordered a martini which was shaken, overly iced and diluted. I commented to the waiter I would have ordered it stirred if I had known it was going to be so icy. At first she offered to have it "strained" of the ice--she ultimately took it back and they brought another one. Their steaks are not prime which you would expect from a restaurant at this price point. All in all it missed the mark for a high end restaurant.
We went for the first time during the fo ...
We went for the first time during the fourth of July activities without knowing the exact location of the place. The location announced that they were located near the national mall (which is true) and that it will be a great place to watch the fireworks.
Although the fireworks were very close, there was no way to see them because they were behind the trees. The food was very expensive and with nothing special. I would expect a much better food for the price. Honestly, it was not pleasant to pay so much for an overpriced food and a bad location to see the fireworks.
I have eaten there numerable times but ...
I have eaten there numerable times but this time I
Was very disappointed. Service was horrible- food
was not good at all- sole to the manager who did nothing about it.
It has slipped from my favorite of places to go in DC.
Definitely a must do experience whether ...
Definitely a must do experience whether you are visiting or native to DC. We dined early (1700) to make a 1900 event on our anniversary. Quiet time despite the holiday weekend. The food was well timed, and deliciously prepared. We dined on contemporary takes on classics- filet mignon and bouillabaisse - which were ample in portion and cooked to perfection. The Barrel- aged Manhattan was simply superb, with a smooth and broad range of flavors. The Occidental definitely shows the stately side of Washington.
The menu was limited with only 9 appetiz ...
The menu was limited with only 9 appetizers and 7 main courses. Prices are high. Appetizers over $20 ! The service staff was young and inexperienced. They were very friendly and tried hard to please. However, they did not seem to be well versed on fine dining.
That much said, we loved our dinner at Occidental! The history of this place is amazing and the awesome photos lining the walls provided a walk through history!
If you love history, you're going to love Occidental.
I love the Occidental but Monday was not ...
I love the Occidental but Monday was not a good night. Our server was very attentive when we arrived but after the 4th time of him coming by and us not being ready, he disappeared for almost 45 minutes. When he came back to get our order, I asked if I could change my cheese on my salad and he said it might be a problem ("the chef doesn't like to make changes"). When we asked the server's shadow for some bread, it seemed like it was an odd request even though I'm sure I've been served bread before. The meal itself was very good, as always, and the server was very nice but I'm not sure if he was just frustrated with my friend and I catching up for so long or what.
The service was perfect. The food was de ...
The service was perfect. The food was delicious. The atmosphere was outstanding. I've dined here before with friends, but took my family for Father's Day. Lobster Quiche and the Vanilla Waffles were the best items on the brunch menu. We loved the granola bars in the bread basket. The place was surprisingly empty. Appreciated the check-in call at 11:30 for a 2pm reservation. Awesome place. Will come again.
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