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Washington, D.C. Restaurants

Occidental Grill

Updated 05/23/2014

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One of the most venerable restaurants in the city is located adjacent to the hotel that once helped coin the phrase "lobbyist" for its lively ground-floor social scene. The kitchen's walls are covered with photos of politicians and other notables who have come here for the food and the attentive service. Toplining the menu are New American standards such as roasted rack of lamb, seared scallops and short ribs done "surf and turf" style, and crab cakes. Brunch is particularly

strong in the pastry department.

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1475 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, District of Columbia, 20004, USA

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Updated 05/23/2014


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By Marc

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Nov 16, 2005

would not go back

I took my wife here for her 30th bday. Our concierge recommended it and promised something special for her. He even gave the restaurant her name, etc. Not only was the waitstaff incompetent but the waiter we had was simply rude. He took the wine glasses away before asking if we wanted wine. He tried hurrying us when we wanted to enjoy our cocktails. Then, served our salads with our dinner. If that was not bad enough, when it came time for our

"special" dessert, he asked" what do you want for dessert?" I pulled him aside and said that we were supposed to have something special. His response was "we can put a candle in anything you buy.." I was shocked and after tipping only 10%, left and vowed never to come back. The food was decent but the service sealed the deal. Luckily we went to the Sofitel for after dinner drinks and had the greatest server ever.

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By Andrew

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Nov 9, 2005

Has the price, but not the quality

Love the city. Love the history. I only wish my food was as good as I expected it to be. Not to say that it was terrible, but for the price I was very disappointed.

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