Stately elegance and contemporary polish merge in renovations completed at the iconic Washington restaurant.
Patrons will note Occidental’s new entrance directly facing Pennsylvania Avenue, a new expansive and buzzing power bar, a new semi-private dining space, and a refreshed color palette and textiles to modernize the stately interior.
Design firm Parker Torres as well as architectural firm Jonathan Nehmer + Associates worked closely with Carr Hospitality (manager) to execute a vision that would celebrate the history and lineage of the restaurant, while increasing the restaurant’s capacity to seat 140 guests in the dining room and bar. To rejuvenate the bar area, the historic bar was relocated to merge with a back bar, resulting in a distinct lounge that can seat 48 guests.
Occidental Grill & Seafood’s main entrance now welcomes guests at a more intuitive spot directly on Pennsylvania Avenue, leading guests through the restaurant’s charming patio and into a tiered dining room updated to seat 92 guests.
While historic features remain like Occidental’s ‘Scali table,’ named for a 1962 meeting between ABC correspondent John Scali and Soviet spy Alexander Fomin, easing tensions around the Cuban Missile Crisis, contemporary design upgrades bring new energy to the space.
The new design palette features solid, earthy leather and striking patterns, as well as contemporary exposed-bulb light fixtures. The addition of a curved booth perched above the main dining room may become the new power booth, epitomizing the restaurant’s characterization: “Where Statesmen Dine.”