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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.
Washington, DC 20004
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
I've had the pleasure of enjoying many fine restaurants, but this was by far my best dining experience. I was there to celebrate one of my friend's LLM (Masters of Law) graduation. The entire staff at the restaurant was awesome, but Sergio, our waiter, was a star. He was extremely pleasant and efficient. The food was delectable and the ambiance was astonishing. After we finished our meal, Sergio brought over four glasses of champagne in celebration of my friend's great accomplishment. I see many visits to Occidental Grill and Seafood in my future. I highly recommend it! Amazing!
We made a reservation here while visiting DC. At first we weren't sure we'd stay because it was too loud for us, but once we were seated in the dining room we were fine. The food was delicious and our waitress was very efficient. Overall we were glad we came. If you're looking for a lively bar area, this is the place, but if you want a quieter dinner, ask for the dining room.
Have eaten at O upon occasion. This time it was a real disappointment. Bruch menu was not your typical brunch menu: no eggs this or eggs that; unusual combinations of food. I ordered from the "sides" - two poached eggs, sausage, and toast. No spoon for the eggs, no salt and pepper for the table, no butter or jam for the bread, and the sausage were two long "things" of lamb which were so highly seasoned that I barely ate one. The service was slow and disorganized. The waiter brought us our check without even asking if we wanted coffee and/or dessert. We did. The coffee was so strong that even diluting with half of a cup of water did not help. No "thank you" from the waiter. He just disappeared. I expect more when brunch costs $100. Sad.
Huge Disappointment! We took out of town guests to show him one of our "go-to" favorites and we were embarrassed! Due to renovation we were upstairs in a room with no character. The food, usually very good, was--all around the table-- not worth paying for! Bland, undercooked, presentation nothing special. The wait staff seemed poorly trained, interrupting to remove plates, etc. with no attention to the table conversation, etc. There are a lot of fantastic restaurants in DC--maybe the Occidnetal should close for renovation if this is an example of the new norm.
Great place to dine with history surrounding you. This has always been a traditional favorite of mine as well as with other dignitaries, including Presidents.They restaurant was currently under some renovation, so seating was on the upper floor only. We went early, so our food and service were very good. Since they do indicate they are a Grill & Seafood, I would have liked to have seen more seafood on the menu...very limited seafood choices, as I ended up getting the appetizer (soft shell crabs) as a main course. I high recommend this restaurant when in Washington, DC
I really try to like this place, but the chef makes it hard. The setting is attractive and the service excellent. At lunch, you can have a conversation without shouting. But, the food. First, the menu has limited items on it. The prices are fine for DC but you don't get much on the plate with entrees. The sandwiches are large, but has the chef actually tried eating, for example, the swordfish sandwich? It sounded good, but it was so loaded so high with greens and overrun with sauce that even this wide mouth could not accommodate it. Which maybe didn't matter, because the bread fell apart immediately from the excess sauce and it became a fork and knife adventure. The fried green tomatoes on the sandwich, however, were so tough a steak knife was needed to cut them. And the sweet potato fries, while generous in portion, were a soggy mess. The menu sounds really good when you read it, but the result rarely matches the promise. This is not a one time impression but rather a description of most of my experiences there, which average about once a month.
The food was delicious, but the service was a bit slow. It was Easter Brunch so this probably had something to do with it. The crab cakes, French fries, and lemon chess pie are all worth the wait though! Also the ambiance is classic DC and it's not far to the White House (next door is the historic Willard Hotel) if you're looking to be near sites.
Rockfish entree was super, good sized portion.
Fried tomato "BLT" salad was disappointing, couldn't find bacon and I was expecting the tomato to be hot. Rare tuna app was ok.
We requested bread with our cocktails and got wonderful cornbread right from the oven. Service was good.
Horrible experience! Will not go back. They called to confirm reservation which I did. We arrived 15 minutes early. Were seated after a few minutes and then we sat at our table with absolutely no service for over 20 minutes. Assume it was a manager in tie standing right by us entire time. Would not even acknowledge us but he made sure to rush to the table next to us to bring out a dish of water for the dog they had with them. We did not even get water. Left without being served. Told hostess when we were leaving and she said "Oh ok" no apology or attempt to correct!
We happened upon this restaurant and bar after a day of touring. Absolutely fell in love the location, the ambience with all the historical photos, and a very special bartender, Heather. We were so excited after having cocktails that we made immediate lunch reservations for the following Friday. And fortunately Heather wasn't there, three servers to quit that day, leaving a very scattered and hectic crew. Food was not as good as we had hoped for. I have forward to future if management can get their schedule enough staff on the books.
The food was good but not worth the high prices. The ribeye steak special was very chewy. The wait staff was pleasant but the service was extremely slow. We were charged for two bottles of wine after declining the first one because it was not the vintage specified on the wine list. We probably will not return.
This is good for ambiance the patio is nice and on chilly days there are heaters outside. Service is good but the food is nothing to rage about and over priced. $20 for a 10oz burger that shows up about 7oz with 2 strips pf bacon and one lettuce leaf. There is no substitute for fries like a small salad or veggies. I ordered asparagus on the side. All and all overpriced
We had a really disappointing experience at Occidental. We didn't feel our server knew the (limited) menu very well, our steaks were tough and unable to be cut, the drinks were subpar, and we were a small group sat in between 3 very large groups. We hadn't been in about 3 years and were eager to come back, but left disappointed and not satiated.
One of the best meals I've had in a long time! I ordered the jumbo lump crab cakes as an entree. Absolutely delicious. My side of Brussel sprouts was by far the best cooked sprouts I've ever had. And what's an award winning meal without dessert? I ordered the lemon chess pie. A must!
Service was a bit slow but the outdoor seating provided great people watching opportunity.
A solid three star experience for me. The service
was not exceptional, but good. Crab Cakes, Brussels Sprouts, and Lobster Mashed Potatoes were a little too bland. Winners of the night were Baby Spinach Salad and Chocolate Praline Torte. Wonderful atmosphere!
In years past, The Occidental has been my favorite restaurant for dinner when visiting D.C. Unfortunately, this time I was disappointed. I still love the décor and the feel of the place and the service is impeccable, but the food this time did not live up to meals I have had in the past. The scallops we had as an appetizer were the best part of the meal. The entrée (black bass) was uninspired. I would return again, but not any time soon.
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