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
Wine list was extensive with affordable options. Our pan-seared scallop appetizer was delicious. I had seared sushi-grade tuna cooked rare, it was the best tuna I've had! My partner had the special (char) and was very pleased with it. The service was fantastic from the reservation reminder to coat checker. Our server was fantastic; the perfect amount of attention and great recommendation on wine paired with the food (the bottle we ordered was under $50!). I noted "birthday" when I made the reservation and we were surprised with a complimentary glass of champagne with the appetizers in addition to a complementary piece of chocolate cake. The atmosphere, service, and food were outstanding. I will recommend Occidental to all my contacts coming to DC!
First and foremost, the food was great and it was Valentine's day. My biggest gripe, we (my boyfriend (Asian) and I (African-American) were placed by the door, near the bar area in a very lit booth. We could hear the happy hour crowd. And for one hour I watched "other" couples (all of the same race) seated in the romantic area behind us with candle-lights and nice tables. Actually what I would expect for a special date. I repeat, we were in the first booth by the bar and front door (down the first steps). No one sat near us, just passed us by for one hour. Until another couple came in, he (Caucasian) and she (Asian) sat near us. I asked our waitress if I was supposed to request to be seated in that area, she said no. I asked, then whey are we seated here I made reservations at least two weeks ago, she said, not sure. I am not saying they did this on purpose, but they didn't make our evening feel special at all. I am an event planner for very high officials and I know when something is a little fishy. But, at least I had my very kind, sweet, loving boyfriend to make the night awesome!
The Occidental has great ambiance and good service. However they have a very limited dinner menu. Our reservation was at 730. By the time we placed our order, two of the listed entrees were no longer available as they had run out. This is the second time it has happened at the Occidental. I doubt I will be returning
We tried this restaurant during restaurant week. It was gourmet food portions. The plating was beautiful, but had I not had the appetizer and dessert I would have left hungry. He chicken was amazing, but the prime rib my boyfriend got although it was juicy and tender it didn't have any flavor. The pumpkin ravioli was the most amazing dish we had followed by the scallop risotto. We said we would be willing to come back because we loved the ambiance, but probably just for dessert and not dinner.
This is a restored DC classic, but living more on old tradition than on current realities. I come here essentially because it's my best friend's favorite restaurant, but would not dine here alone or bring a date here on my own initiative. I find the food and drink overpriced, and do not believe The Occidental provides good value.
I come here when I can if I am in DC. It might seem pricey for some, but I am never disappointed with the food and to me I would rather pay a little extra and know that I will get great service and a great meal. I was here for the Women's March and it was very crowded, but they did a wonderful job serving as fast as they could.
Very disappointed. Went to Occidental because other nearby quality restaurants were already booked and I can see why they had room. Our table had not been cleared before we were brought to it; the service was slow, the portions were small, and not all of our order was brought to the table. Our total bill for 2 (before tip) came to $140. Will not return.
Went there for lunch on Inauguration Day January 20 2017. Cocktails - I recommend the Commiserator. Lobster & corn bisque and baby spinach salad. Both very tasty. Love the history of this 110 year old hotel/restaurant. We sat at the table that has historical signifigance in 1962. John Scali, an ABCTV correspondent, met with an unknown Russian at the time (now we know it was KGB Colonel Aleksandr Fomin (Alexander Feklisov). Fromin passed a message to Scali offering to withdraw missiles from Cuba and Scali passed it along to U.S. government officials. Eventually this meeting at that table at the Occidental ended the Cuban Missile Crisis. I wonder how many other meetings took place here?
Decor is "old boy elite". I guess the lawyers and lobbyists love this place - especially on expense accounts. Service was impeccable. Crab cakes were the best ever. Grilled tuna not so good. Scallops appetizer was juts OK. Overpriced for what you get, although I guess one needs to pay for the "old-boy elite"charm and the dozens of attentive waiters.
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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
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