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Occidental Grill & Seafood, the steak and seafood restaurant next to the Forbes Travel Guide recommended Willard InterContinental hotel is not particularly romantic on its face, since it’s not filled with candles and flowers. But we like to think romance can bloom anywhere between the right parties. If you like great cuisine, a bustling setting and find being near to the seat of power in the nation romantic and exhilarating, then the Occidental is the place.
Occidental Grill & Seafood, in true to its steakhouse style, gives the feel of a business dinner, with its wood paneling and deep private booths. It’s the kind of place where you might imagine the statesmen who adorn the restaurant's walls would come to hammer out the details of a deal. In fact, a plaque hangs above one booth commemorating just such an event: In that booth in 1962, ABC-TV correspondent John Scali and an unidentified KGB agent held a clandestine meeting that eventually led to the settlement of the Cuban Missile Crisis.