Sequoia

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$31 to $50
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After almost 30 years, we are so proud to be one of DC's extraordinary establishments and the Sequoia you know and love. The newly renovated beloved restaurant is located in the Washington Harbour on the Georgetown Waterfront, right along the banks of the Potomac River in Washington, DC. The vast floor-to-ceiling windows offer magnificent views, and our interior design is just as amazing as our surroundings! The entire restaurant is filled with contemporary art featuring Hitoshi Kuriyama's vast neon glass tube light installation along our ceiling and Arne Quinze's grand colorful sculpture called Scarlet in our garden, as well as several other art installations throughout. We also offer incredible options for Private Events & Catering. So please come back to enjoy yourself again and revel in some of the finest cuisine & cocktails DC has to offer!
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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

There is no place more romantic than Sequoia on Valentine's Day. Join us for our second-to-none atmosphere, artfully designed menu & handcrafted specialty cocktails on the most romantic night of the year! We will be offering a five course prix fixe menu for $89.95 per person.

Friday, February 14, 2020

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OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy the food and service. The wait time was minimum, and my request was granted to dine by the window near the area for food because of my disability.

CK
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We didn't get seated until almost 10 minutes after our reservation, and we were told that brunch ended at 2pm, so we felt like we were rushing to get food and drinks thinking that service for brunch would end at 2pm. After we rushed through it, we were annoyed to see that brunch service did not actually end then, and our brunch party was stressed because of what we thought was a short timeline.

It was also nearly impossible to wave down a waiter, I think I only got a refill twice during the entire brunch. I know you all are busy, but if you're paying a premium for the brunch, it would be nice to have our drinks refilled.

Lastly - the party next to us was LOUD, and I mean REALLY LOUD. It was almost as if their group was a part of our brunch party, and we had to yell over each other to talk. I'll be back if I'm with someone I don't need to have a deep conversation with, because it's nearly impossible to have even the most surface-level conversation if you're screaming at each other.

I'll remember our brunch as stressful and loud. I'll go somewhere else next time.

OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday brunch and it was just as nice as it always is. Never disappointed. It’s pricey but well worth every penny.

H
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the main food, but the dessert options to me were lacking. The dessert options needs to improve, offering: whole slices of cake, pies, cobblers, etc etc

DM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My waiter and waitress were great. I think their names were Jared and Rachel! The fried chicken could have been more seasoned but all the other was great!

PW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was exceptional , food was outstanding . My family and I will definitely be back.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. Sunday brunch was pricey. It’s ok if you don’t plan on going often I guess but that seems a weird business strategy lol.

JC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is really is food for groups for brunch. The price seems high but the amount of food and options and drinks to choose from makes the price well worth it.

J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was my sons 16th birthday brunch. Had a great time and took my kids for the first time, they loved it!! Everyone got their fill but left room for dessert.

LG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sequoia's Sunday Brunch is truly unmatched. I've been twice and each time it has been incredible. Although it is on the pricier side, it is worth every penny. Additionally, the wait staff does not rush you out after a certain time limit. Each time I've gone, we've stayed for a long enough time to get our moneys worth but not so long that we're taking up a table for other guests. It's one of the best brunch experiences out there.

TZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tasted amazing. The waitress and waiter did an outstanding job. I love the brunch. Like always, I had a wonderful time.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daughter 8th birthday brunch with friends

KH
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences I’ve had in a long time. All staff at Sequoia are amazingly professional and impeccable trained. Sequoia sets the bar high for hospitality and five-star service! The food is equally as impressive. Fresh, seasoned to perfection, and cooked with care. In all seriousness, many restaurants in the area could stand to learn something from Sequoia and take a page out of their book.

m
Jacksonville
15 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

hmm. the food was cold and tasteless. the crowd certainly got their money's worth of the free buffet. stay away unless you want to meet lots of people on parole

SR
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

I’ve been to the buffet at Sequoia many times and had an amazing experience. However, the past weekend we went and it was not at all what we are used to and very disappointing. I made the reservation 2 weeks before for a 21st birthday and they called to confirm the day before. She mentioned we would be seated in a different room, I said that would be fine as long as everything else was the same, she confirmed it would be. We get there and it is nothing like the buffet. You order off a menu, and yes it’s endless plates but it is not the same as a buffet. I asked if I could customize an omelet (the have an omelet bar for the buffet) and was told no. The desserts are no where near the choices you have at the buffet... the cost was the same (at least within a few dollars). Had the woman that called to confirm the reservation been truthful that it would not be the same I would of cancelled the reservation. It was awkward trying to share plates with others at your table and we waited around so the waiter could get us our next request... this does not happen with a buffet. I feel like they were very dishonest about the experience we were getting and should of been upfront especially when your paying a lot of money to have what should be an amazing brunch. HIGHLY DISAPPOINTED.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date nite was great, family friendly environment.

OT
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Service was professional, friendly and flawless. Food was one of the best I’ve had in DC. Cocktails were inventive and delicious. One of the most underrated restaurants in DC. Highly recommend it!

N
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

This will be the last time I come back for NYE! The service tonight was extremely poor. It took over an hour to order drinks to the point that we had to go to the bar directly to get our drinks.

My intro plate was cold and had to be sent back to be hot. Our waitress never check in with us even when the manager came over. I don’t know if they are understaff for this evening but unacceptable when people are coming out paying a prefix price to bring in the new year. Unacceptable!

KR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

I called ahead to make sure they had our reservation and to let them know it was my father's birthday we were celebrating (as well as New Year's Eve). I asked if they do anything special for birthday's and if they could surprise my dad, and they said of course and that they do complimentary dessert with sparklers. When we got there they sat us in a corner next to an outside door, and because of the door or the vents the curtains kept blowing on us an other customers nearby. Many people complained about the curtains blowing everywhere and the draft but nothing was done about it. Then service was terrible. We waited a really long time just to get water, and we had to ask multiple times to get our drinks, to get our next course, and to just get any kind of help. We had to keep asking. Finally I went to management at the front desk to ask about the service and to make sure they were still doing the birthday dessert for my dad. One of the managers apologized and said they would make sure we were helped, but service never really improved, we had to ask for the New Year's Eve party favors that everyone got except us, and my dad never got his birthday surprise dessert. For all the money that was spent and after we asked multiple times for service, I expected better. I would not come back here again.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I love sequoia. It was NYE, so i get it. But the food was okay and service fair.

I’ll go back but for brunch!

MM
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food4service4ambience4

We've been going to the Sequoia to dine and dance on New Year's Eve for many years. This year, the Sequoia hired a Latin band for the dancing. Why?? Previous musical groups have been excellent, and they always included some Latin numbers. This year's group played primarily Latin tunes, and their efforts at playing more conventional numbers was mediocre at best. If Sequoia was going to have a Latin band, then they should have highlighted that in their promotional materials. It was a very disappointing evening....although I should add that the food was the best ever. Mel Goodman

S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

TERRIBLE experience at this place for New Year’s Eve. Really had high hopes since we were paying a very high price for their pre-set menu but SERVICE was not up to the price. We had a guy whom took about 15mins to greet us his excuse ‘sorry I thought you guys were waiting on two more guest’ REALLY sequoia that’s the best you can do on new year eve. I don’t care if I’m there by myself a decent server would of at least come around and introduce himself.. after that everything went downhill, let me make it short to you all he took 15mins to greet imagine how long it took for our 1st order of drinks and food to get to the table. Idk if they were understaff but I even saw people from a table in front of us get up and grab drinks from the bar since it was much faster.. food was just okay nothing special for a VERY special price! Do not see myself coming back here in the future..

SW
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service for NYE

N
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Went for New Years Eve and thought 8pm would be an early seating and the second seating would be the one that goes into midnight. We’ll be got charged for second seating and weren’t expecting it. Our bill was $208 before tip. We left at 9:30. We didn’t get to stay till midnight for that price!
Food was excellent but no bread with dinner and no coffee or tea with desert? Really strange. Don’t go for New Years. Rip off.
Open table did not give times for seatings.

JE
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve

RK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Service from the beginning to the end. The customer service was beyond my expectation.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday for my wife. Ellie was a great waitress!

C
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our time at this place! The food, drinks, ambience, and service are all top-notch. Will definitely be coming back!

M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted warmly upon arrival. Our servers were the dynamic duo of Fong and Pete! The salmon and crab cake entrees were outstanding!
Thank you for a memorable evening on our visit from NYC!

KB
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Took some friends to experience the brunch that I went to on a Sunday. The Saturday brunch is a different menu so I was disappointed with that but the food offered was still excellent! We had a wonderful time and will return!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Christmas brunch

BR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Had never been there, so we were excited to go for the Christmas Dinner buffet on xmas day, with 3pm reservations for 3 ppl. Food was good, but they shut everything down 5-10 mins before 4pm, and couldn't get attention of anyone that worked there for even an empty plate (it was weird). Apparently, they were closing at 4. Didn't know that they closed at 4--would never have made the reservation (online it said until 8pm somewhere). Really disappointing.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food

ST
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Reservations were made for 9 people for a 2:45 reservations on December 25, 2019. We were told that 80% of the party had to be present and they allowed a 15 minutes grace. We arrived ON TIME and was seated at 3:00. Our waiter took our drink order, gave us one of their menus which listed all of the items on the buffet.
We proceeded to get our food and while we was enjoying our first plate, our server told us we had until 3:40 to order drinks and that the kitchen was closing at 4:00 including the desserts. Now why when they told us all the other information when they called that NEVER mentioned the kitchen closing at 4:00.
We rushed to get as much food as we could, we stood in the long line for the dessert and there were hardly anything left. We were told they ran out of milk for the milkshakes, it was horrible. After standing in that long line, by the time we return to our table, our food was cold. We had no idea that we were going to be RUSHED to eat on Christmas Day from a well established restaurant. PLEASE INFORM ALL GUEST IN THE FUTURE, IF YOU MAKE A LATE RESERVATION, YOU HAVE VERY LIMITED TIME.

FT
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience1

We went for Christmas brunch. Staff were very nice and the buffet food selection was very good and most of the food was tasty. However, this is a very noisy venue, with a stone floor and lots of windows, and when packed for Christmas, it’s mayhem. The buffet was up three small levels of stairs which makes it inaccessible for seniors. I’m sure many enjoyed the day, but for us, it was a forgettable, expensive nuisance. No more Christmas buffets for us.

JR
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought a party of 9 to Sequoia for their fabulous Christmas brunch. We had a 1:30 appointment, with three handicapped people, and had asked for a table close to the food. Sequoia gave us a large round table just steps from the buffet and seated us immediately upon entering, rather than making us wait. Soon after being seated, Rachel, our waitress, came around offering us champagne, mimosas and bellinis. She kept our glasses filled throughout our stay. the food was excellent, with many cooked to order stations, such as crab cakes, waffles, etc. The steam table or cold table dishes were replenished frequently so nothing was old and tired. Lots of roasted veggies and fresh salads, a sushi bar, barbecue, roast beef, turkey, ham, and all the usual trimmings, and a raw bar rounded out the offerings. The desserts were delicious and fresh, ranging from fresh fruits to small bites of cake and glazed fruit. Coffee and tea came promptly at the end of the meal. We have vowed to come back next year and do it again!

D
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Christmas dinner. We have gone for 6 years now. The food is fresh, high quality and delicious!

Staff took good care of us as a team so nothing got overlooked.

The dining room is beautiful - best in DC.

FM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Noisy and crowded, but festive on Christmas Day. Lots of servers and they get the job done. The food choices ae remarkable. We go every Christmas Day and love the experience.

EW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went here for Christmas Day brunch. This is my go-to spot for holiday brunches. Sequoia always delivers an excellent product! EVERYTHING about their holiday brunches is amazing.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ellie was the absolute BEST server.