Sequoia

4.5
4773 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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Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

It was loud inside and outside. We chose inside because it was on the cool side. I found the food salty and not enough vegetarian options. The drinks were sour - too much lemon. The Kingbird at the Watergate was outstanding!

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and excellent service

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IM
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Muy decepcionante, era un lugar de una excelente comida y atención impecable, se nota el cambio de administración y del Chef, ahora es un lugar de comida rápida donde todo mundo va en fachas y el servicio es pésimo!!!!

Que tristeza, era uno de los lugares más finos de Washington y ahora es uno más

Pedí una mesa junto a la ventana, y me la dieron, pero enfrente había un par de columnas así que no se veía nada del Río Potomac que es un lujo en ese restaurante

Nos dejaron esperando por el postre por más de 15 minutos y no era lo que habíamos pedido

IVA a festejar mi aniversario y no hubo ninguna atención extra ni cortesía como antes lo hacían

RESERVE CON UNA SEMANA DE ANTICIPACIÓN MI MESA

es un Chillis cualquiera o un restaurante de comida rápida, ya perdió todo su encanto

ADEMÁS ME INTOXIQUE CON LA SOPA QUE ME DIERON!!!

Una completa decepción

La nueva administración no tiene ni idea de lo que es un restaurante de especialidades ni cómo atender a un cliente

PÉSIMO TODO!!!

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MT
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've attended Sunday brunch here but this is the first time for Saturday brunch. I must say for the price I wasn't all that moved. I get the tapas concept but the selection was just okay. The taste of the food was amazing as always. I thoroughly enjoyed the shrimp & grits (though the portion size was tiny) and crab & corn omelette (though it could've used some type of cheese to bring it together). The initial offerings in the back were extremely fresh and the variety was on point. The chicken & waffles were good as well. In my opinion the price point should be a bit lower for Saturday brunch. Maybe $40 for the same offerings since it's not a buffet. I paid $181 with tax for 3 people. I can understand paying that on Sunday but not Saturday. But the price likely won't keep me from going back. The food and Sangria (white) was just too good! Likely won't do it often though. Sunday is the day for me.

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Over all the food is good. I normally come for brunch and the only con is that every time I come the brunch menu changes. So it wasn't what I was expecting. I remember there being many food options before and now it's been cut down a lot. Still good but not as good as it use to be.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We went for Saturday brunch. They’ve changed their formula from a buffet-style brunch to and order from the menu style. It was still a pleasant experience. Our waiter was very nice and quick with his service.

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AB
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Decided to take my family and friends for a Pre-Easter Celebration due to the great experience of the tapas style brunch prior to this reservation. The restaurant decided to change their menu during the holiday weekend and the menu though expanded (added a pastry bar and cold salads) there was a major decrease in quality without decreasing the price. Fancy nachos,REALLY, a pre-breaded chicken strip cut into 3 pieces, and placed atop a heat and serve mini waffle was a major disappointment! The presentation and food choices were not even close to the prior menu selections, and if the Sequoia plans to change it's menu, it should immediately update its website. My party was told that there was a new chef and even the servers were surprised (totally unfamiliar with menu) too when they arrived. VERY BAD CALL to change during a major holiday weekend, and not consider lowering the price! This was my favorite place to dine for Saturday & Sunday Brunch but can get a far better selection for HALF THE PRICE at some of the other local spots. Immediately started posting and contacting colleagues of the changes and major disappointment only a few weeks after having a GREAT EXPERIENCE there. Was majorly embarrassed after boasting to family and friends about the menu and the experience. Many were very limited to what we ate-French toast and chicken strips could have easily went to Denny's and gotten MORE for LESS!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

So-so service. Red wine wasn’t good.

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DL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Splendid location and the food was good and service excellent. A bit pricey but I suppose you’re paying for the view

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Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
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 on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Be back in 6weeks.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bday celebration

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MF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
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 on April 13, 2019
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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Z
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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AT
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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n
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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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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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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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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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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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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