Sequoia
Sequoia

Sequoia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sequoiadc.com/
  • Phone: 2029444200
  • 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: 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Sequoia reviews from OpenTable diners
361 reviews since April 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
79% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (277)great for outdoor dining (241)special occasion (172)great for brunch (124)good for groups (117)romantic (116)hot spot (62)vibrant bar scene (61)fit for foodies (56)great for lunch (53)neighborhood gem (50)kid-friendly (32)late-night find (22)notable wine list (20)Show More
  • Nice Restaurant with Excellent Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    While visiting Washington DC and Georgetown we were searching for a special place to celebrate our last night in town. We found Sequoia on OpenTable and made reservations. The inside dining room was nearly empty and we were able seated outside on the terrace. Service was excellent and the food was great. We would definitely return - perhaps for brunch (weather permitting)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, $10 cheaper would be perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My fiancee and I came here for a Sunday brunch. It was a wonderful location and the food was great (in terms of quality and obviously quantity). The cost ($45) is due to the bottomless alcohol, but no one is cleaning out the bar.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just ok
    BJYF
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Overpriced, but with a view. Parking is NOT validated....it should be.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great view; Food is mediocre
    HopelessRomantic
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Our waiter was Gustavo (I think that was his name), and he was very attentive. Great service! I know some people had bad experience with service here, but I think it really depends on the waiter you get. I was looking for a scenic setting to celebrate my wife's birthday, and Sequoia served this purpose perfectly. Food, on the other hand, was only mediocre. I know there are numerous reviews on OpenTable about how disappointing the food is here. I'm afraid I would have to agree with that. It certainly is not worth the price you pay for, but then again what you're really paying for is the ambience and the water front setting. If you are a foodie, you might want to look elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent dining choice
    maaniVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    lobster was steamed to perfection and the blueberry mojitos are a must! a bit pricy, but worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Off Night?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The ambience was great. We (3) dinned outside on the patio in the early evening before dark. The restaurant was almost empty at 7PM. The service was average. Rolls were served first after our order. They were round soft rolls that reminded me of the ones you get from Costco. Unfortunately, the rolls were 1-day shy of being stale. The red snapper ($32) was overcooked. The "island mojo" salsa appeared to have been prepared the day before. There was nothing fresh about it. The small dollop of yucca mash was very lumpy. The grilled shrimp salad ($20) arrived with cold shrimp that were also overcooked and had a strong after-taste. The Dayboat scallops ($30)--four--arrived attractively in the center of an otherwise empty-looking plate.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    as usual. nothing impressive. OK for the location.
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  • Not worth the money
    DineAtDC
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Great ambiance but food was very pricey and the taste was below average. Try to find another place to get your money's worth.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Very enjoyable experience. Had friends visiting from Europe; we went to Sequoia and the food, service where great and the views is marvelous; good place to go to show off the vibrant DC scene.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Miami In D.C.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I came here for the Sunday brunch with a few girlfriends. The place looks soooo sexy! Like a little piece of Miami in D.C. It was a gorgeous, sunny day and we ate outside. The buffett was amazing and the mimosas were flowing. I would recommend this place in a heartbeat. It's kind of hard to find but once you do, it's hard to take your eyes off the place. It's beautiful and the brunch deal is worth the $45.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfecto
    candE
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I wanted to take my mom who is a foodie and a cook to a different place on her visit from Ohio and she just raved. Fabulous.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • over hyped
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Over hyped place that thrives on its location and nothing else. Big bar scene with millenium crowd and probably hot spot for events- weddings etc. Service fair, but not great. Food way overpriced- not that good, portions small and unsatisfying. We didn't read our Yelp recommendations closely. Won't return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good crowd.. Good food.
    JBL0214
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    It wa s a good crowd for a friday night. Food was good but nothing special.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A dump with a view
    DCnativeVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Overpriced lousy food and the worst, slowest and rudest service I can recall having anywhere for that punt of money!!!!!!
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Lunch
    Luvtoeat
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The dining experience at Sequoia was wonderful, but the lunch menu is limited and not much variety. I would return but only during dinner hours.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance; not worth the money
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    - great outdoor seating area and location - never seen a mojito served in a plastic cup - smallest $15 ceviche I've ever seen Overall, the dinner in my opinion was probably worth $75, but paid $150. You're MUCH better off at a place like Filomena for a price like that!h
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outdoor dining fun
    Friendsdineout
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Three of us enjoyed the wonderful weather and dined outdoors with a great view of the Potomac. Food was excellent and the servie was stellar. Recommend it highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • overall experience was just ok
    icuspr05
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Visited sequoia for brunch with a group of friends to celebrate my friend's birthday. Made reservations through open table. I was stuck traffic, my friends arrived first. They were told I did not make a reservation. they said they just don't seat walk ins, but they would "try" to find a table to accommodate. Then they said they found my reservation. The food was overall good but the wait for the omelette/waffle stations was insane. I'm a vegetarian and for the price, there really weren't a great deal of options. Our server was kind and even moved an umbrella when we complained about the sun being in our faces. Some sort of manager/supervisor gave him a hard time about it, However never came to speak to us.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful spot/great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We took out of state visitors and they were very impressed by the entire experience. Only criticism of the food was the roast beef was way over done. I think most folks want their beef at least pink (I like mine rare); there was NO pink at all. Desserts left something to be desired--pretty ordinary. All of the other food was excellent. Had not been to Sequoia in several years because most folks criticize it now, but we were very pleased with the experience. Dining outside on a pretty day was spectacular.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite Sunday Brunch!
    Cheers2u
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The food, mimosas, music & view of water make Sequoia our favorite Sunday brunch in DC!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Date
    1stRoundPick
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I took my date to Sequoia and we had really great time. I was introduced to Sequoia when I use to do security there, but had never got a chance to sit down and enjoy the place. Upon my 1st official sit down visit the food was good, service was great. My date fell in love with the place as soon as we stepped in stating and I quote "ohhh I like this, I've never been here before". Certainly a place I would recommend and the waterfront view is simply immaculate.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bait & Switch
    thatvideoguy
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I should have been wary; on Wed, restaurant had no reservations available within 2.5 hours of 6 pm on Sat. On Fri, 6 pm dining was readily available, and on Sat, the restaurant was only half full. Why? Well, they had a big wedding in the main dining room, so at 4 pm, I received a message saying that dinner would be in the State Dining Room. This was too late for me to make alternate plans, but obviously, many other potential diners who must have been notified earlier, cancelled their reservations. The absolutely best thing about Sequoia is the beautiful dining room and mezzanine bar, which afford a spectacular view of the river and the Kennedy Center. By waiting until shortly before the reservation time, this smacked of a bait and switch.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Manager request we move tables due to dictornaties and secret service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect new menu for our reunion
    jrockVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    6 of us booked a lunch for a reunion for friends who hadn't seen each other in 35 years- beautiful view- lovely new colors and decor- new menu- our server was relaxed and even the kids age 7 enjoyed everything! Our server was so kind he even bought the table dessert !! All thought it couldn't have been better! Thank you sequoia!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • birthday party
    scene
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Waiter was spectacular, along with the views & the weather could not have been better. Service was a little slack and food is not the reason to go; and it's pricey. Great early-evening atmosphere, though for our small birthday party.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Horrible
    Dineallthetime
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The waiter was unfamiliar with the menu, unaware that there was a wine list and unbelievably slow. What a waste of a prime setting
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • crazyforfood
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Best brunch ever! Hands down! From seafood to soul food to chocolate dipped whatever you want! Taco and omelet stands. Good grief!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun, Pricey, Understaffed Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Sequoia's brunch is a very impressive array of food served in a beautiful setting. It's also more than $40 and, while the restaurant lists the brunch and alcohol portions of the pricing separately, there is no way to not pay for alcohol. I learned this when I was charged $8 for booze I did not order or drink. Turns out I got a poor value by not plowing through alcoholic drinks. But that's not the brunch I wanted that morning. We also received poor service. Our server came by rarely and forgot things. I understand it's a buffet, but when you charge $40+ for it and direct people on the receipt to tip 20%, you would expect the service to be great. It wasn't. Bottom line, this is a great option if you have tons of money and patience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really Good!
    luv2dine
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food and service were great! Made reservations for 8:45 and there was at least an hour wait for outdoor seating so we chose to sit inside and we were seated immediately. Very busy place, make reservations to at least confirm indoor seating or get there early to sit outside. We had the mussels as an appetizer - the broth was very good! The scallop dish was amazing with the lobster sauce. Best scallops I’ve had!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor Service and Seating
    NoSequoia
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Made a reservation for 8:30 and didn't get seated until 9:15. Took another 25 minutes to get our drink orders. I asked if they were understaffed and they said no.
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  • Listen to previous reviews
    Kimmy81VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My experience at this restaurant was not good. I should have listened to the comments made by other Open Table diners about the service and mediocre food. Despite having a reservation, my partner and I were seated and then left unattended for 15 minutes before a waiter clumsily apologized and "offered to take care of us" as if he was doing us a favor. He seemed confused or overwhelmed or both and it just appeared he was saving face. Other tables around seemed to be experiencing similar wait times. While waiting, we noticed other servers doing side work as opposed to serving their customers. The food wasn't bad, but it was not worth the price tag. Too bad, since the location is incredible.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The menu on line did not match the menu at the restaraunt. They need to update their website.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pre-theater dinner
    girlsluncherVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Perfect. A breezy pleasant early evening, on the patio. Such a view! Delicious food, quickly carefully served. Plenty of time then to get just around the corner to the Kennedy Center. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sequoia is a great restaurant
    HealthyFoodie
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We had a business lunch and it worked out ver well. I had the avocado salad which was superb. I plan to go back to Sequoia with friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Night!
    foodnfun
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Had a fabulous time at Sequoia...great view and a great meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent food terrible service
    stan
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Recommend it for brunch as long as you are on top of your waiter
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    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • go for view
    Cookiemonster
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    on georgetown waterfront with excellent view of potomac & kennedy center. from a pure 'foodie' standpoint, menu is not inventive, but dishes were executed well. I think it is still the best restaurant of the ones overlooking the potomac.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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  • Good food but pricey
    dinnner
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I liked the food but was a little turned off that the waitress wouldn't let us substitute mashed potatoes for French fries. The watermelon cocktail also had too much pulp. The ny strip was very good
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best setting and very good food
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great place to eat before or after the Kennedy Center - nice walk along the river if the weather is good and if you can sit out to eat it is a fabulous view of the river as well. Because it is a big place a little hard to meet folks as the check in at different points at the restaurant don't seem to be coordinated.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Different
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The menu was unique but the food was delicious. Great location, it was very scenic
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet