Sequoia

4.4
4764 reviews
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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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Join Sequoia for our All You Care Enjoy Easter Brunch! With the most chef stations in town and endless brunch cocktails, not to mention Easter bunny, face painter, balloon artist and caricaturist, this Easter will sure be one to remember! $89.95 per adult $44.95 per child.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best brunch in DC
We have had brunch nearly everywhere in the city; Sequoia surpasses them all. The price is steep, but worth it. They have more variety on their buffet than any I have ever seen, and the quality is amazing. There is no time limit on how long you can stay and brunch. Our server, Alexis, took excellent care of us. We will be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Be back in 6weeks.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bday celebration

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MF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great place, good food & friendly service. Would be 5 stars across the board but we were pushed to a side dining room due to a wedding in the main dining area. Certainly no one’s fault, just unfortunate timing for us. The main room with huge windows and river views is fantastic. I think the busy event slowed down service a little. But a good experience nonetheless. Sequoia will be a regular stop on our trips to D.C.

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LI
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Sat there for an hour and half with a cocktail and appetizers but my meal never showed up- guests from out of town with me- needless to say- huge disappointment and cannot recommend to anyone!

Got up and left!

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OT
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We don’t know the area well and wanted an upscale restaurant with a view. The experience was a little off, but we still enjoyed ourselves. Granted it was Sunday night, but still you would expect a bit more. Took a while to be greeted, but when we finally were, our server was fantastic. Very friendly and accommodating. Older gentleman. The issues were more with the atmosphere. The music was completely off for about 45 minutes in the first half of our dining experience. Not sure about e drying else, but restaurants feel strange with no background music. They were out of bread, but the charcuterie was fantastic. Would have been awesome if we could have had a combination of meat and cheese, but that was not something they can do. Overall, the food was decent and priced fairly, but certainly nothing memorable. It was a special night, so memorable was what we were looking for. If you’re looking for a casual/moderately upscale restaurant with a large group, this could be a great stop. A date though, I would keep shopping.

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London
20 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food arrived lukewarm (crab cake), Pasta tasted bad.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Service was unprofessional and inattentive: the server forgot us numerous times, leaving us for 20+ minutes even though we were ready to order; didn't bring a bread basket; wasn't diligent about water refills; mistaken about the menu.

Food was mediocre: the portions are small, and the food prepared passably but not well. Definitely not worth the price.

Ambiance is nice, and which has made me a repeat customer, but given the poor experience this time I may cut Sequoia from my rotation now.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Love this place, but they took off the lobster guacamole. Sad day! Service was ya great this time either, hopefully next time it will be good because this is one of my favorite places.

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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

The food is over priced and left feeling hungry after my entree

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m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love It every time I come, the different variety in food and drinks are excellent.

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MR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

I was a bit disappointed in the food at Sequoia this time, but it is hard to beat this spot for a spring afternoon. And to a large extent the brunch buffet makes up in quantity and selection for what individual items may lack. Two or three specifics: the hollandaise is assembly line and came out of a squirt bottle; the egg chef couldn't make an eggs chesapeake even though she had english muffins, crab cakes (at the next station), and the bottle of hollandaise. The biscuits were cold despite being kept in a heated skillet. The sushi was also just so-so. On the plus side the salad bar was outstanding as was the totally excessive dessert station, complete with cotton candy for kids of all ages. And the crab cakes were excellent. I guess you just have to keep trying until you find the offerings that are fresh and well-prepared, but for the price -- which is steep and geared to patrons who plan to belt back a couple of mimosas or bloody marys --- you expect consistency and uniformly high standards. Despite these grumbles, the outdoor deck is still one of my favorite spots and a great place to enjoy a sunday brunch.

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NI
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a good experience love the customer service!!!!

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant!

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SL
London
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Not what I thought but totally loved! Took my boyfriend here for unlimited brunch as birthday treat (because he loves seafood) and whilst it wasn’t as tame/romantic as I expected it was fun, buzzing and very vibrant! Lots of groups for birthdays & events but no-one being excessive.
System for getting food and drinks worked well (only once did we have to get the attention of server for a top up). As a veggie, there was also lots of options for me (eggs a million different ways, salads, home fries, mac & cheese, fruit platters, desserts, cotton candy, cheese boards, waffles etc...) but I definitely think if seafood is your thing it’s a great deal! Please note it’s not hot seafood (excluding the paella) but my boyfriend ate plenty of crab legs, mussels, jumbo shrimps & cerviche as well as sushi. There’s also cavery meat, tacos and a Bloody Mary Bar. For $70 per head with around 8 drinks each it was fantastic value especially for DC... 100 percent returning!

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RM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch and one of the liveliest spots I've dined at.

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AE
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 2

Not worth the price. Average Vegas like buffet for $80 / person.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch is really extensive and fantastic. It's expensive, particularly if your party doesn't take advantage of the free alcoholic drinks (like ours didn't), but the spread is fantastic and the views are great.

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PC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The airy atmosphere and ambiance is the first thing that captures you. I have been to Sequoia several times and always feel special. Our waiter was pleasant, very attentive and informative. In a word his service was OUTSTANDING!! Will be returning for our other special events.

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RO
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, wide selection of different cuisines.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service, excellent food.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the ambience of Sequoia! Our waiter was a little overwhelm we didn't get a chance to order additional items from the menu it seem his attention was on the tables that had a larger party of people, it was just two of us.

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q
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

yes! we went for our 5th wedding anniversary, and got a table with a beautiful view! food was amazing, service was impeccable. we even got complementary champagne toast! loved it.

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AB
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was fantastic. Ambience was nice. Extremely overpriced even for the DC area.

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SL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Restaurant looks good and is very clean. However, we had a Disappointment with the not very nice and intrusive service. Food was ok but not as expected.

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KT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best crab cakes ever! Our waitress Rebekah was wonderful! View onto the river from our table spectacular1

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TK
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food (lunch) has improved in the recent past. But the prices of alcoholic beverages ($18 for a glass of red wine and $14 for a glass of white wine) are on the high side, even for a Georgetown restaurant. Service continues to be excellent.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best brunches in the city!!! My favorite!

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ED
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic brunch. So many options so fresh. Will
Definitely return!

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RA
London
26 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

With a great location, wall of windows, and upbeat atmosphere, Sequoia has been a Washington landmark for many years. The food is mostly tasty, although slightly bland. The concern this visit was the spotty service with our server disappearing for long periods of time. If it wasn’t for the helpful maitre’d, we would’ve waited nearly 40 minutes before ordering even appetizers.

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F
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

I've been going to Sequoia's for 25 years. Not sure why the food was so bland, and the service so poor, but the atmosphere was a great as always.

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MD
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food, good placement & good service. Overall pricing is in alignment for the area but could use adjusting.

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KB
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

I made a reservation for a party of 7 at Sequoia for brunch on Saturday.

It was my first time there and I was looking forward to having a good time with my 6 friends from out of town and enjoying some delicious tapas and mimosas. Everything started out great. We were served delicious mimosas and the food for myself and two others was served almost right away. The food for the rest of my party, however, took over an hour to be served. I found it odd due to the lack of people in the restaurant that day. We were told that the kitchen was running behind, but the restaurant was not overly full.

The manager came over an hour later, apologized and brought out the rest of the food herself, but at this point, I was very embarrassed and my friends were ravenous. I wanted to enjoy the rest of my meal but was unable to as I knew that my friends were super hungry and tired of the wait. On top of that, some of the mimosa glasses had lipstick stains on them when we first arrived.

The food and mimosas were great, but I am hesitant to recommend Sequoia to a friend. I would hate for someone else to have the same experience. I hope this is something the restaurant can work on.

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Family brunch

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QF
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! Our server was fabulous and the atmosphere outside was fantastic. Thanks!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great view! Good was amazing!!!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent server!
Hostess was okay.

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CJ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We found our evening at Sequoia disappointing and underwhelming. While the outdoor bar had a great vibe restaurant is like a ship without a rudder. Definitely seemed like the restaurant was in the middle of an ownership &/or management transition, & customers were paying the price. And yet no manager walking the floor & asking customers how their dinner was going, which means either management is unaware of what a mess they're making of the dining experience, or they just don't care. Too bad, because it's a waste of a great location & venue.

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i
Indiana
17 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an enjoyable dinner with family and colleagues at Sequoia. The drinks were delicious, the food was excellent and our steaks were prepared per our request. This is one of our favorite restaurants and we look forward to coming here every time we are in DC! The ambiance is classy and quiet so we can enjoy conversation. The service is outstanding and desserts are amazing! We highly recommend!

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M
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Reserved a party of 8 a week prior to our brunch. Upon arriving to a nearly empty restaurant we we're attempted to be sat directly adjacent to the service station. If this was a casual meeting that would have been fine, but this was an important business meeting with clients from out of town. I asked the hostess that sat us if we could please have another table since there were numerous tables available. She stated that I would have to go to the hostess stand and request another table from the hostess that we spoke to when we first arrived. My party was then forced to wait another 10 minutes in front of the host stand to be sat at another table while they sat several other parties that arrived after us. The appropriate way to handle the situation would be to either A. Move us to another table immediately, B. State that you would talk to the hostess to provide another table, or C. Make sure that we were sat prior to the other parties considering we were there first, and were already unsatisfied with the service.

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