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Sequoia
Sequoia

Sequoia Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sequoiadc.com
  • Phone: (202) 944-4200
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:45pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm -10:45pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Fanor Balderrama
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: For over twenty years, Sequoia has been a landmark for fine dining by the Potomac. The floor-to-ceiling windows provide a majestic view of the nearby Kennedy Center, the historic Watergate Hotel and Potomac River. Our three-tier outdoor terrace situated along the Potomac offers a dynamic atmosphere featuring a mesquite wood-fired grill, sensational drinks, and our renowned River Bar. Our eminent chefs create culinary triumphs everyday to ensure your dining experience is unforgettable. *State Room: 100-120 *Main Dining Room: 300-500 *Mezzanine: 50-150 *Patio: 600pl Menu available upon request.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 30th
  • Public Transit: Ten minute walk from the Foggy Bottom Metro Station (Orange/Blue lines)
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Located directly underneath the restaurant, the Colonial parking lot is located at the corner of 30th and K streets. Enter the garage and follow the signs for level P2. Once on the P2 level follow the signs to Sequoia. The elevator has direct access into the restaurant.
A word from Sequoia
The jewel of the Washington Harbour, Sequoia remains a landmark of fine dining by the Potomac. Our culinary team creates innovative, modern American fare. Coupled with panoramic views of the Kennedy Center, the Watergate, Memorial and Key Bridges and the flotilla of boats passing by, Sequoia creates an unforgettable dining experience. Please note all reservations are for inside only. Dining on the patio is seated on a first come first serve basis.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "I'm sure I've left this review before, but this bottomless brunch is top-shelf. The variety of dishes and flavors make it one of the best brunch locations in the area."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Great view! Nicely decorated but the food is below average and overpriced. Food was bland and seemed like it was under heating lights before being served."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "It's a beautiful room and view, and great patio. However, the food was really lacking. The rolls were store bought - tasteless little buns. Avocado salad was fine, but entrees were overcooked, bland and small. My grouper was dry and overdone, and my companion had a cheeseburger which was unremarkable. This place has potential, but the kitchen won't bring you back for more."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Food is good, but can do way better in this amazing city. Views and location is great! Good for a pricey happy hour but just so pretty."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "First time at Sequoia and loved it! Great food, terrific wait staff, fun atmosphere. Pricey but worth it!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Sequoia on the 4th of July. Hostess moved us to a table by the window which we appreciated (as there was a lot going on outside on 7/4...) Wine and food choices were excellent - as was the service. Our waitperson was very friendly; anwered our questions; and provided great "service". Didn't try to rush us. The view was as magnificent as I recalled having dined there many years ago -- and the upstairs bar still unique. The restaurant has been beautifully maintained. A very efficient group on a very busy day at the restaurant."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Sequoia has one of the best boozy brunches in town. It's buffet style, with fresh made-to-order tacos, omelettes, and benedicts. They have roast beef and a large selection of pasta salads, veggies, and salads, as well as a chocolate fountain and fresh ice-cream. The brunch also includes a raw bar with mussels, oysters, and and shrimp. The food is really delicious. As for drinks, it's all you-can-drink bloody marys, peach and strawberry bellinis and mimosas. The wait staff is on-point, consistently making sure your glass is full, and our waitress was super friendly. Sequoia brunch is totally enjoyable and not to be missed."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We had lunch on July 4th and the views were terrific."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "After proceeding through the seating process, we were seated at a delightful table outside. The waiter was enthusiastically helpful, view of the river and activity was excellent. Gin and Tonics were good, cheese board was skimpy. Dinner was good, not gourmet. View of the fireworks was adequate. All and all, a very pleasant evening. Brunch outside on a temperate Sunday would be great."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I was disappointed because of the menu changes and the fact that I requested a view of the water. And there was a wedding. So we were in the back. Nice and quiet but limited selection for foods."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The food came late, cold and with attitude when we pointed it out. Great views of the city, but little else good to say. I will never go back. The food was not up to par. The service was slow and full of attitude. We were neglected for over 30 minutes. When we complained our waiter had excuses and attitude, but no solutions. Avoid unless you just want a leisurely drink with a nice view- that's is all they are good for."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Perfect for our 4th of July family celebration. 5 of us with reservation were seated quickly. The waiter was a gem. Food was very well prepared and presented. Definitely will return again and again!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Beautiful setting. Food was fair. We went for a surf and turf. Ordered the seafood tower and fillet. Good variety of cold seafood however the steak was overlooked and chewy. The service was dissappointing. Waited 20 minutes for drinks after waiting 20 for waiter to arrive. He came back to ask for our order, when I asked where the drinks were he stated that he had a problem with the bar tender. We don't do this all that often so I was disappointed with what I paid against what I got."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Great food, staff and right on the river! What more can you ask for!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Went there to celebrate an engagement. Steak was over cooked. Ordered drinks that never showed up at the table but showed up on the bill. Waiter was unreliable."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "I had my brother and his family in town for a few days and they wanted a nice DC dinner. The Sequoia hit the spot. We got lucky though because the weather was perfect for a late (7:30 PM) start for a dinner for 6 but we got to sit outside and watch the sun set over the Potomac. It was very nice. The food was characteristically GREAT. The service too was very good. All in all, a good place to eat and entertain."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Great location and view- service was horrible- and I'm pretty tolerant. Other reviews noted this- we tried anyway. Dining inside looked like better service."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Wonderful food, staff, and view. The patio bar is a must."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Although the view is spectacular, the food selection is limited (and not consistent with the menu published on open table) and very over priced. Food came out warm, not hot. Waiter was very nice, however."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "This is a great spot to watch the sun go down over the Potomac River. It is scenic and the food is good."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The first time that I came to Sequoia's , I didn't know what to expect but I loved every moment of it. I keep coming back and when I do, I invite my friends and I tell them to invite friends as well. I feel very welcomed when I am there."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Great view, but the service sitting outdoors was pretty bad. The waiter was rather rude and we waited very long for every little thing (bread, placing our order, food, check, you name it)."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great views and people watching on the Potomac. Food is ok, crab cakes were disappointing."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Service was great, food was excellent. Weather was beautiful, so we sat outside. Perfect view of the Potomac River from the Kennedy Center to the Key bridge. Only negative was the price of raw oysters.....$30.00/dozen. OUCH! They were good, but not that good. Have had much better for half the price."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I entertained two friends from out-of-town at Sequoia on a summer evening. The upper outside balcony was a great place to sit, looking over the activity below at Washington Harbor, the boats in the Potomac River, and the scenery of Kennedy Center, the Watergate, the River, Key Bridge and lists of Georgetown. The food and wine were wonderful. Sequoia has a Seafood Tower that was dinner for the three of us. It is better than the description in the menu--two full platters of clams, oysters, snails, mussels, quality crab meat, huge shrimp, huge crayfish, crab legs, lobster and more. The waiter couldn't have been more attentive. When the fairy lights on the trees growing outside the restaurant go on in the evening-it is magical."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "From the beginning not all the wines or champagnes were available, same for some dishes and then the wine that we ordered came only when our plates were emptied, the service was extremely bad. The worst was when the waitress explained us that she didn't have only us to serve, so it's why the wine came 25min after we ordered it."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "As a belated Father's day gift, I made a reservation for my entire family to dine. We drove down from New Jersey to make our 6:15 reservation while we were promptly sat, that was about the only thing that was prompt. We waited 20 minutes for a server to approach our table and 2 hours for our food. Not only did management attempt to place blame with us, they wanted us to pay for food we did not eat. Save yourself the parking fees and dine elsewhere."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Well my first time at Sequoia for brunch was good. the food was good but it could have been better considering it is Sequoia and where it is. Overall my family and I had a good time."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Dining experience provided the same measure of wonderful scenic setting on waterfront but poor service. The latter example of waitress complaining about amount of tip for Sunday Brunch."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We sat outside and enjoyed the incredible view of the potomac and sunset. Unfortunately the service was incredibly slow"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Five of us went to Sequoia's for a special lunch for work to celebrate the wedding of a colleague visiting from an overseas office. The weather was perfect; we sat outside, had a view of the waterfront and the TV screen showing the World Cup. That was the extent of the positive experience. The waiter was affable enough but appeared clueless. It took and entire hour before our drinks arrived; the appetizers were overpriced for the amount of food;($18 for 5 shrimp in the shrimp cocktail); the avocado salad was all avocado, little salad. The entrees were slow to arrive, the waiter served us rose wine in champagne glasses instead of bringing us champagne for the toast; everything was so off we had to apologize to the guest of honor."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Great location and view but service was terrible. Waited over an hour to get food, then there forgot my dates food."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We are outsiders to DC area and spent anniversary dinner with Sequoia and thought it was very good. Little pricey on couple things for amount of food but very tasty. Waiter could have visited little earlier but her was friendly. Good spot."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We sat outside and watched soccer on a huge screen. The view of the Potomac was perfect. The service was outstanding and they even have us a free glass of champagne for being an opentable VIP."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We had a table for 8 next to a window over looking the courtyard and water. The whole dining experience was wonderful. The waiter was very attentive and the food tasty. Our lunch was a celebration of three generations together, a graduation, and a 50th birthday. It was easy to have conversation (no loud obnoxious music in the background) and a very relaxing, special experience. Would definitely recommend Sequoia."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "A fantastic spot to be outdoors or indoors for views of the riverfront. Service is great !! very accomodating. Had lunch with a colleague and very pleasant place to be in DC."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The service was terrible despite empty restaurant. We did not eat until over an hour after we sat down. We ordered cioppino and it was cool (probably had been sitting there a long time). We sent it back, 20 minutes later had no food. The rest of the table had finished eating. Finally, my partner went to the front desk and they found the food. It was awful and (oddly) several pieces of fish were missing. They did comp us for the dish, but so what, our meal was ruined. Waited to pay another 20. As we were leaving our table, the poor busboy dumped a full glass of water all over us and the table. Fitting end."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We had a party of eight people that all enjoyed eating at Sequoia, beautiful view, and good food but pricey."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "It was our 3rd wedding anniversary, it was great night."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I dined at Sequoia for our anniversary dinner and it was great! :) Would go back anytime!!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014