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Sequoia Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sequoiadc.com
  • Email: sequoiadc@arkrestaurants.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 WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "I've gone there for a business dinner, and for a date. Both experiences were great. The menu is majority seafood based (obviously, look at it's location). It's lovely inside, and the view overlooking the Potomac River is splendid."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Our party of 4 was looking forward to a nice evening out and chose this restaurant thinking we would have an elegant dinner celebration. The 1st time the waiter came to the table he said "I'll take your order now". Who does that? If you want to be treated on the fly - by a waiter who doesn't even have time to stop moving as he delivers your glass of wine or doesn't deliver until being asked for bread, steak knives, water or drink refills then this is the restaurant for you. I went to the front desk and spoke with the manager on duty who just gave me lip service and nodded his head repeating my complaints. We did not leave a tip. That is something that I have never done before but felt it was justified. I would not recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Had a great brunch on the Potomac. Bottomless champagne and buffet. Service was outstanding. Will return next month."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Sunday brunch is outstanding! There is something for everyone."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I went to Sequoia to celebrate a friends birthday last Saturday. It took us almost an hour just to find parking. Thankfully the host was very understanding and allowed us to push back our reservation time. The restaurant is beautiful, and it sits right on the water. I wasn't impressed by our server Nicole. We had to look for her multiple times, or send another staff member to find her when we needed something. She didn't even come back to check on us after we received our meals to make sure everything was ok. I didn't like that we had to go up three flights of stairs to get to the bathroom. Not ideal for ladies wearing heels. Despite those few things we still enjoyed our evening, and look forward to returning soon."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We were kind of disappointed that, even though I put in the Open Table reservation notes that we wanted to be seated outside, the maitre'd told us that they could seat us inside. We were seated by the window, which was nice, but we saw dozens of empty tables on the extensive terraces. It appears that they may not have had sufficient wait staff working outside, Our waiter, while professional and helpful, seemed overly rushed as well - - working many tables. My brunch dish was tasty (smoked salmon BLT), but my 2 dining companions weren't very happy with theirs (Monte Cristo sandwich, and Traditional Breakfast). After brunch we bought drinks at the terrace bar, where there was ample seating and the matchless view of the Potomac."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Great service and the view is unbeatable. My friends and I went for lunch and had a great time!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Went there for Thanksgiving Dinner in 2013. All of the food was excellent! Carving stations with beef and Ham. Pasta and Crab Cake Station. Fresh lamb. The view from my table was wonderful, overlooking the skating rink. The huge picture windows had view of The Kennedy Center and the Harbour. Excellent!"
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Great location great service interesting menu and choices but the quality of the food, especially the main courses, was uneven seafood undercooked, pasta and meat overcooked."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I was taking my fiancé out to dinner for his birthday and was very excited to try this restaurant. We showed up on time for our reservation, and I had requested a nice table so I wasn't bothered by a short wait at the host stand. I was not pleased with the women's bathroom at all. It was a mess and pretty gross. Once we sat down at our table, and before any server arrived at our table to take our drink order, that the power to the entire building went out! We sat there for about 20 minutes hoping it would come back on, but it never did so we left. I was disappointed that we weren't able to eat at sequoia that night, and that this was my first impression of a restaurant i had wanted to try for a long time.."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Greatfood, serviceand scenery. The portions were just right, the food was delicios, andtheservicewas fast. Staff was very helpful, attentive andfriendly. All in all, a great dining experience! Sequoia is now one of my favorite restaurants!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Service was friendly, perhaps overly cloying, in an attempt to appear professional. However, they didn't really pay attention to us personally or read the situation, and kept interrupting at awkward times at the table. Felt rushed. Charcuterie appetizer was fine if not mind-blowing. One entree, duck, was very overcooked, dry, and tasteless. Waiter said it was served medium, I asked for it rare, and he said they could do medium-rare. This was nothing if not well-done. Seabass was good, but nothing out of the ordinary. Priced way over its level of service and quality of its kitchen. Plus, the lights went out and never came back on; that said, it was actually a lot nicer by candlelight, when it was not so over-lit as it normally is."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "You know a restaurant has problems, when you overhear a waitress tell the floor manager that she is embarrassed to serve the desserts and he agrees they need to find a new pastry chef. But there is more, when the same floor manager tells you that the blackened swordfish will always be dried out and flavorless due to being blackened (which is the only preparation on the menu). Could there be more, sadly yes, when the waiter tells you he is a crabcake snob and Sequoia's crabcakes are not very good (he's right, but my mother from Minnesota wanted them anyway, but is now sorry she did.) Is there more bad news, sadly yes although we learned on our own, the octopus was badly overcooked."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "It was good but there was a wedding going on so it was pretty loud. Not for kids, although there were a few there. Food was good but nothing spectacular."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "this restaurant provide me and my big group an amazing Sunday brunch. There was $8 parking located across the street from the restaurant as well as street parking. The ambience was lovely with nice blue and white accents. the food area was presented well without wait times to hassle. We were constantly serviced with Endless mismosas, water, coffe, etc. The staff treated us very well with manager ensuring we were satified throughout the meal. The menu ranged from fav lunch to breakfast items with an omelet stop and eggs benidict station as well. The raw bar was endless and and the food all together prepared and presented very well. This is a great spot for formal or casual brunch lovers!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We did the Sunday brunch which amazing so reasonable for what you get. Selection was amazing and food quality great! Ambience superb especially with the view"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I was very happy with the service and food. It was super easy to make a group reservation online. We had great seating and the server did a great job for such a big group."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Overall a good experience, but a little pricey considering other alternatives in the area. Service was not exceptional given the higher-end type of restaurant they are holding themselves out as."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "The dozen big meaty oysters were perfectly split and served on a mound of crushed ice with cocktail sauce, a vinegar dip, horseradish, a tiny bottle of tabasco sauce, lemon and lime wedges. Each oyster was a perfect treat. The French Onion soup had a rich dark brown broth under a delicious layer of broiled cheese. A Caesar salad was equally enjoyed. The arrival of the 2 1/2 pound crab stuffed lobster made me laugh - it was huge! The lobster was beautifully served with a small piece of corn on the cob, asparagus, and fingerling potatoes, and was more food than even a man with a hearty appetite could finish. The sea bass with coconut milk was also delicious. When we dine at the Sequoia and are not disappointed!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Our party of 3 was seated promptly at a window table. The service was efficient and personal. We enjoyed our evening there."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Beautiful dining area overlooking the river. Very special place."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "From the time we walked in the service was great. The orders came out quickly and the server was well informed with oerfect recommendations. The view was very impressive."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Great dinner. Food was excellent as well as the service"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I arrived at Sequoia with my entire party and after being seated at the worse possible table at the restaurant (which was basically in the hallway due to a wedding) we left the restaurant. We asked to be seated at a different table because there were 8 empty tables and the host refused."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The ambience, brightness and spaciousness of this restaurant sitting on the shores of the Potomac is delightful. The food however was good but only average and somewhat overpriced. The wine was also overpriced and we seemed to be pushed by the waiter to order more bottles. Don't go here for the food per se but if you like dining along the river within walking distance of the Kennedy Center, this is the place and bring your checkbook."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We booked an early reservation on a Saturday night. It turns out that there was a wedding that night that took up most of the restaurant so only a small curtained off section of the restaurant was used as the main dining room. The server said that 50 weeks out of the year they had weddings on Saturday nights. They had a band that was so loud we couldn't even carry on a conversation at the table! The food was creative and flavorful. On top of the noise the servcer did not pay much attention to us and we were glad to leave when the meal was over."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My daughter chose Sequoia for her birthday celebration. Among the things we liked best were the scenic view and the ambience, We were seated as soon as we arrived and our waiter was very pleasant. The only down side was that he appeared to be somewhat distracted, rushing from one table to another and occasionally had to be reminded to bring what we asked for. The food was delicious and the presentation was outstanding, They even brought a special treat for my daughter when they learned about her birthday. Overall, it was a very enjoyable evening and we will definitely return in the future."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Sequoia used to be a decent restaurant. Today the only thing positive is the location on the Potomac in Georgetown. Unfortunate."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I hadn't been back to Sequoia for years, and plan to get back more frequently. Great table, terrific food and drink and attentive but not overbearing table serviice."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Celebrated my daughter's birthday with the family here. Initially booked a table for 6, called to change it to 8 and ultimately 10. They were gracious and accommodated all my changes. We got a large table with a commanding view of the Potomac. Service was great; the bottomless mimosas were a hit. The food selection was a very nice spread of breakfast staples, lunch dishes, carving station, taco station and raw bar. I will be back again - hungry..."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We were moved to (2) tables due to chairs with broken arm rest and (1), a broken back. Embarrassing, as we had an out of town guest who commented. Server showed her disdain with slow service subsequent to my asking that my soup, which was brought out with the salad, be taken back so that it wouldn't get cold."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We don't get to Georgetown often, but when we do we always include the Sequoia. Had drinks outside in the afternoon and then back for a romantic dinner at 7:30. Wonderful in every way. Great waiter. Beautiful experience."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Service was great. Food was okay - nothing too special for the price. I thought it was going to be more of a hot spot but I imagine it is more lively in the warmer months as it is right on the water."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The food was fantastic and the staff was very accommodating of food sensitivities. The views from the dining room overlooking the Potomac were amazing. There weren't many people there when we got there for an early dinner. I think that it could get a little loud of it were full, but it was wonderful while we were there."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I don't think there is a better place for a brunch buffet and mimosas! We took a friend who was in town and had never been to the area so it was a great view for her. We can't wait to go back! Tons of items on the buffet so there was something for everyone. It's a must go for brunch!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Our group of 9 for evening dinner enjoyed every minute of our meal. The service and food quality were outstanding. Great view, too!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Service was pretty good, though I was told I was ordering a stuffed lobster tail with claws on the side of the plate (when I inquired about a "stuffed lobster" special), and got a huge, whole lobster and bowl with nutcracker on the side. They took it back and cracked it for me, but it was chewy and the crabmeat stuffing was just fishy tasting - not good at all. My companion enjoyed his short ribs. Beautiful location, but I expected better food."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I have been to Sequoia's patio several times and always had a wonderful experience. This last visit was wonderful as well, except for the obnoxiously pretentious host at the front desk. We arrived about fifteen minutes early and asked if we could be seated, as the building was less than half full, and he rudely told us that no we do not seat before the reservation time and that we would have to wait until 8pm...oh I totally thought you meant 8am. It was less about what he said than how he said it. Other than that great restaurant!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Love this restaurant, but on the stormy night we met our friends so few staff were available we felt as though the place had closed without telling us. Didn't bring cocktails, didn't pay attention to entre orders, didn't offer bread service, or really any service. Weird."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Sequoia is one of our favorites when in the DC area. The views and menu make this a really nice experience, and we were really delighted to see the patio open on maybe the first nice day of the year. There was a large wedding party that took over about four-fifths of the restaurant, making it seem crowded and a little under-staffed. It still was a nice experience and we will go back again."
    Dined on 3/8/2014