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Redwood Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.redwoodbethesda.com
  • Phone: (301) 656-5515
  • Hours of Operation: LUNCH: 11:30am - 2:30pm :: Mon - Fri
    DINNER: 5:30pm - 9:00pm :: Mon - Wed
    DINNER: 5:30pm - 10:00pm :: Thurs
    DNNER: 5:30pm - 11:00pm :: Fri
    DINNER: 5:00pm - 11:00pm :: Sat
    DINNER: 5:00pm - 9:00pm :: Sun
    LUNCH: 11:30am - 3:00pm :: Sat
    BRUNCH 10:30am - 3:00pm :: Sun
    LOUNGE: 4:00 pm until Close :: Mon - Sun
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Miguel Pizarosso
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events & Promotions: Oktoberfest Block Party in the Fall

Getting there

  • Public Transit: The Bethesda Metro station is located only three blocks from the heart of Bethesda Row. Take the red line to Bethesda Metro Center.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: A parking garage is located on Bethesda Avenue and Elm Street. $1 an hour and 'Retail Elevator' exists across the street from Redwood

    There are 3 public garages within walking distance of Redwood. Garage parking is free on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Street parking is free on Sundays and holidays only. Copper meters have a one-hour time limit, blue meters have two hours and silver meters have nine or more hours.
A word from Redwood
Our mission is to bring you a seasonal menu, rooted in American tradition that showcases the Mid-Atlantic's ingredients. Our produce is organic or sustainable whenever possible; our meats are naturally-raised; our seafood wild or sustainable. We support local artisanal cheese makers, growers, ranchers, fisherman, and encourage you to do the same by buying local at our farmer's market or grocery.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "the place is huge and the location is a promenade with retail stores on both sides below apartment rentals ideal for outdoor dining. A bit noisy near the bar but a quiet place is found towards the opposite end. food is not the greatest. I ordered mussels in their dinner entree which were small but in great quantity, accompanied by fries that were not the best. Price is reasonable."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "I have been to Redwood a number of times, and it's always been fine, not great. But on this visit, the food was inedible. I ordered a burger with a side salad, and my husband ordered the branzino. Our food arrived about five minutes after we ordered it. We were both stunned, as if the food had just been sitting there ready to take out. The burger was terrible -- the meat had a strange smell, more like lamb than beef. And the side salad was dripping with dressing, and the green were gritty. Mu husband's fish was tasteless. I ate about three bites of my meal. I will not ever return to Redwood. It was truly disgusting."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I arranged lunch for a small group of friends - six in all - and requested a round table, which was provided. The service was excellent and everyone enjoyed what was ordered. I live within walking distance of Redwood; I've been there before and will definitely return."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The food is always good at Redwood and the portions are not over the top. My friend had scallops with Kale and citrus which looked wonderful. I had salmon which was superb on polenta."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We went to Redwood for brunch, for the first time in several years. I'm a bit ambivalent in reviewing. The a la carte brunch menu was limited, particularly for someone trying to stick to whole grains. The buffet was a much better choice in that regard, with quite a variety of options, all very good. But it is expensive, particularly if you really don't want a large meal. So while we enjoyed the food and the outdoor setting, we probably wouldn't go back there for brunch."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "This a a decent fall back position when a nicer restaurant with better food is full. I would never make it my first choice. The menu is limited, which is ok, provided that at least a few items among that which is being served are truly outstanding. Not going to happen until the find an inspired chef. They have good beverages/mixed drinks."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The calamari appetizer was delicious and fresh as was the complementary bread and butter. The wait staff was attentive and charming. But even with two members of the foursome ordering burgers and only getting one appetizer and no dessert, the bill was almost 200 dollars."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We went to Redwood to celebrate our anniversary and had a wonderful time. The food was excellent, and the service was attentive but not obtrusive. We at the 3 course prix fixe menu (One appetizer, one entree, and one dessert) and it was fine option, since it allows choice across the whole menu. This was our first trip to the restaurant and will definitely go back. Highly recommend"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "It's great that Redwood offers organic fare on the menu, but I sure wish there was more of it. The dinner menu is really sparse, and I ended up with a burger by default simply because there really wasn't much else to choose from. Given that there was no one else in the restaurant at the time, I would have thought they could have at least cooked it correctly, but alas. Also, the fries were more or less tasteless. I appreciate the convenience and ambience of Redwood but the food? Meh."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Service was horrible. Slow, brought me the wrong entree and then I Had to wait almost 30 mins. I thought it was overpriced for what it is. The place was almost empty so I can't excuse the service based on that. Our waiter seemed to disappear."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "A great looking restaurant with average to below-average food and a waitress who was inattentive. Ceasar salad was OK, Calamari included deep fried lemons which confused us, and a fruit and jalopeno cold soup special which was good. Despite the restaurant at 70% occupancy it took 45 min to get our entree after ordering and only 4 of 5 entrees came out. The waitress wasn't around to confirm all was delivered for 5 minutes and another 5 before she got the last entree. The skirt steak was tasty once you could cut through very tough veins of fat. The scallops were over seasoned and it seemed like they were cut in half so it appeared we got 8 in an order when we really got 4. Pork tenderloin was so-so. Will never recommend Redwood for food."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We ate a late dinner at Redwood and were able to sit outside. The ambience was magical with the courtyard being lit by hundreds of tiny lights. We tried two of the specials for the night, melon gazpacho to start and the chipotle barbeque ribs. Both dishes were delicious. The soup was sweet but with a pleasant spicy aftertaste from the jalapeno peppers and the ribs were tender and very flavorful. The ribs came with an excellent mac and cheese and a very good potato salad. The service was very efficient and our waiter, Rob, was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. He made recommendations for drinks that complemented our meals perfectly. The three course menu was a great value at $40 for appetizer, entrée and desert."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Being negative is not my style but being honest is. Our brunch at Redwood was very disappointing. I had Caesar salad with chicken. there was no dressing on the salad and a long wait to get it from waitress. My friends had breakfast. The food was extremely cold, eggs, bacon and the other parties pancakes very cold. We unfortunately had to return these, The new breakfasat dish was hot but the "toast was untoasted" and had to ask for toast which came much later than the breakfast was eaten. The pancake breakfast was not brought until the other party had eaten and was exchanged for tuna nicoise salad. The server was very polite but didn't seem to know much about serving."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I selected Redwood because I had remembered when I had eaten lunch there awhile ago. I wanted a relatively quiet and relaxing place to dine while reconnecting with my guest. We had a tough time deciding between the two lunch menus. The" Pick Two" menu was intriguing. We settled on the regular lunch menu sharing the fried calamari, which was wonderfully crisp. My guest had the salmon entree which she ate heartily. I had the shrimp po' boy which reminded me of a lobster roll in its simplicity of four lightly seasoned large shrimp and lots of lettuce. Only the side of potato chips was underwhelming. What I appreciate about Redwood is its mission to serve organic food. From farm to the table can be tasted. I hope my third time tops this visit."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Had Sunday brunch here, which was fabulous. 3-piece jazz combo playing, attentive service, buffet food was copious and well done, with a nice selection. It was a shade on the pricey side, but I'll be back; i just need to save up for it."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We enjoyed Sunday brunch. We had a table near the window which was very nice- widow was open and it was a beautiful day. The food was good. Our party of 4 was seated comfortably. Three people had the brunch buffet and one ordered from the al la carte menu. The food was good, service was good. We would definitely recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I was at Redwood years ago and went on 6/17 because they gave us a reservation at the last minute, which they did honor. I didn't like it the first time I ate there and don't intend to go again."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Not sure I can finger exactly why -- the very common food with a lack of originality and/or seasoning, the sense that, while helpful, the staff was bored, or the failure to use the space in a way that enhanced the dining experience or maybe the boring -- to the extreme -- brunch buffet, but the place just misses. Too bad. Enjoyed some good meals early in this restaurant's run but after a period away came away this time feeling flat."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Simple but very nice brunch. Open gigantic windows with minimal noise"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner at Redwood. Notwithstanding a bit of a "service-with-a-frown" attitude from an underdressed (skinny jeans; her cohorts wore skirts paired with nice tops) and shockingly unprofessional lead hostess, we had a wonderful time. Our waitress was truly first rate: fun, personable, just attentive enough and well versed in all aspects of the menu. Three of the four of us were very hungry and opted for prix fixe selections, which were fairly reasonably priced. We had the pork loin (truly delicious), the rockfish special (melt in your mouth) and the filet mignon (quite good for that cut of beef). Starters: tuna tartare and calamari. Desserts were excellent as well, particularly the thankfully small-ish sundae."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The food was amazing, and the service was great! My family and I will be back!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Since we had good experiences in the past, we made reservations for a Sunday dinner. We had to wait longer than usual to be seated; after being warned that "we are going to sit this other group first". As is was starting to rain, we asked for inside seating. It took extra ten minutes to get that done. There were not too many customers present, however it took twenty minutes for us to just get water on the table. We gently reminded the host that we were ready to order. Nothing happened. Ten minutes later they started taking orders from the table next to us, where a group had just been seated. When we hit the thirty-minute mark we decided to leave. We received no apologies and the overall attitude was rude and unwelcoming. We wont' be back."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We loved this place and can't wait to come back. Two things that must not go unmentioned. my hubby had the honey panna cotta dessert...it was made in a solo cup! We could tell because the solo logo was on the top of the dessert...a little tacky! I had the smores. It needed more marshmallow. If you did not call it smores- I would have been happy with the choc. dessert but since it was called - smores- I expected marshmallow."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We have eaten at this restaurant a number of times but they may have changed their chef. Most of our food came out either overcooked or undercooked or burnt. We had to send back our entrées twice. I would not recommend it to others"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The food and service were OK, but not outstanding. Great place to spend some time dinner in the outside tables on Bethesda lane."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Love the setting - we had an outside table, which was ideal for being able to enjoy conversation ~ service was fine ~ the only downer was the food. From salads to main course, it was just so-so. But we were in downtown Bethesda and for that reason I would recommend Redwood. Go for drinks and if interested in a good meal, go elsewhere"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Martini left much to be desired. I am not even sure it was a Grey Goose Martini. Son-in-law ordered a Manhattan. Both drinks were extremely skimpy to say the least. Meal was very rushed. You better not put your fork down or your meal will be swooped away. Had to stop the bus boy several times from taking a meal away that was not finished. The food is very good, but you are hardly given a chance to enjoy it. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Really nice! Our table was in a corner, nice and intimate. Cory was an excellent waiter, the food, cocktails and wine were great. Not inexpensive, but would def go again for another special occasion. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Although we live in Virginia, we often come to this part of Bethesda. There are a few really good restaurants and this is certainly one of the best. We have been there a few times and we like to bring company over also. We love the cheeses and charcuterie. It's great to share. Rockfish was really nicely done."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Went for lunch and chose the pick two, which is a great bargain at 16.00 as you get regular portion size. Loved their beet and goat cheese salad, fish tacos, and burger. Also highly recommend their dinner 3-course meals. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We celebrated our 24th wedding Anniversary with a younger couple at Redwood- It's a restaurant that I've wanted to try for it's American fare. We did the Prixe Fixe menu and then forgot that we should leave room for dessert! Our waiter was great, she knew the menu inside out. I had salmon (cooked well not rubbery), my spouse flat iron steak, a beautiful Med. rare. The rest of our party had the filet and burger, both raved how much they enjoyed the food (french fries) and despite the rain we had an enjoyable evening. Coincidentally- my spouse was on the USCGC Redwood when we were married. We'll be back again."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Our waiter was friendly and made good menu recommendations."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Stopped in while in town for a wedding. Easily made reservation for a group of 12 and was able to sit outside. Brunch buffet was varied and good quality. Would definitely come back."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Everything was great about my visit... from the service to the food. The menu is somewhat limited, but everything we ordered we really loved. It's a bit pricey, but worth it for a special occasion or a casual night out. I had the mussels, they were fantastic (although i did have to ask for bread as they came with fries instead.)"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "I don't understand this restaurant. A few months ago, four of us had dinner here and it blew us all away. Every dish - apps, entrees, dessert - fantastic. The drinks were great. This visit - just OK. And that's how it has gone over the years. It is usually just OK and then sometimes, they hit the heights. Which is why we return. Hoping for another one of those amazing meals. It is a beautiful restaurant, particularly in nice weather when the huge windows are open. The service is always good. But the cooking is just inconsistent. You expect this sometimes - chef on vacation, an off-night, whatever. But this place is so variable that you just never know what to expect. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Nice Brunch! Visited on Mother's Day, crowded but buffet line moved, fantastic food selection and Jazz!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Waiter was way too chatty and service was only average. Meal quality was inconsistent."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Went for lunch/brunch following our son's First Communion. The food was excellent and the service was fantastic. It was easy to reserve a table for 6 on relatively short notice. I have walked past Redwood several times over the past couple of years and always thought that it looked interesting - I'm sorry we waited so long to try it. We strongly recommend it."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Highly reccomended by friends. First time here. Good food, very bad service!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Lovely space suitable for meeting friends for a good conversation. The windows were open to the walkway out front which was lovely the noise level was low, so we could hear each other. The food was mixed-- really good hamburger, but rockfish with fiddle heads was so-so. Salads were over dressed. Ice cream was delicious."
    Dined on 5/9/2014