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“The "Sardi's" of politics”

Occidental Grill & Seafood
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Ranked #241 of 3,535 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 25 - USD 50
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighbourhood: 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.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Just as NYC's Sardi's is well known for its collection of autographed pictures of theater celebs, this restaurant displays hundreds of signed photos of political and military notables that make for an interesting decor. Our hotel concierge recommended the Occidental for dinner and we were pleased. Located near the White House and next door to the historic Willard Hotel, when making your reservation ask for the front corner booth for a nice view of the Washington Monument beyond the park across the street. Our service was attentive and our food well prepared and tasty. I ordered their house specialty crab cakes and they were excellent with little or no filler. All in all a very pleasant evening. We would return.

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Thank Gary W
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OccidentalGrill, Manager at Occidental Grill & Seafood, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2018

Thank you for choosing to dine at Occidental Grill & Seafood and for such a wonderful review! Nothing pleases us more than to hear that our guests thoroughly enjoyed their dining experience. We have been at the center of Washington for over 110 years now and enjoy being able to share Occidental's history with guests such as yourselves! Our Jumbo Lump Crab Cake has been a signature dish since inception and we are proud to report that we use zero filler. Thank you once again! We hope to welcome you back on your next visit to our nation's capital.

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Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

We had a group of about thirty in a private room. Service was exceptionally good. There were two dinner choices - a filet or what was described as sea bass. The filet was excellent. It was beautiful prepared and very tasty. I say with some people who got the fish. Universally, they didn't think that it was sea bass as indicated. It really looked more like trout. The taste was described as"just okay." I'll stay with my rating, because that represents my view of my experience.

Thank Neil T
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Reviewed 27 March 2018

This establishment is located next to The Willard and has more history on the walls with past patrons than most can see or read in a single visit. Good for family and kids as well.

Thank richardwU3990HB
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Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

I would really like to make this a 3.5. Food was outstanding and the place was blessedly not loud but service people were unengaged and sloppy. Heck, they did not even give me a pen with which to sign my credit card bill! That was just a microcosm of the service experience, which included getting the meal incorrect and not refilling glasses in a timely way. A very nice spot to be sure. I would try it again but not for a special dinner just yet.

Thank oibboy
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Travis G, General Manager at Occidental Grill & Seafood, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2018

Dear valued guest,

It is disheartening to hear of your unpleasant experience at the Occidental. We are committed to giving quality service to all our guests, and in this instance we indeed failed to execute that to the standards we wish you and all our guests to experience. On behalf of the entire management team I would like to extend a sincere apology for your experience. We do value all of our guests and know that the options are limitless in this city, and we do not take our guests patronage for granted. Your feedback will be a valuable teaching tool for our staff as we will strive to make our guest experience the very best it can be. We hope that you will visit us again and that we can redeem your faith in the Occidental Grill.

Sincerely,

Travis Gray
General Manager

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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

What a beautiful restaurant with all the presidents pictures and more. Scott our server was AMAZING!! The food was delicious and one of a kind!! Hats off to the chef ! Will be back!

Thank dutchgirlbarb
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