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Reinvented Sequoia Boasts Tons of Outdoor Seating

The waterfront standby’s spruced up patio is now open

Photo: Sequoia
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Georgetown fixture Sequoia, which unveiled a fully refurbished interior earlier this spring, has been made whole now that its 550-seat outdoor tiered terrace is again open for business.

The updated patio space features a modified bar that’s been moved closer to the restaurant, new umbrellas and reupholstered outdoor furniture, and a towering sculpture by a famed Burning Man artist.

The cavernous 27,000-square-foot restaurant, which landed in Washington nearly three decades ago and recently signed a lease extension carrying it forward another 15 years, closed last winter for the months-long refresh.

Inside, there’s a 50-foot quartz bar on the ground level, a buffet-ready space downstairs, and a private event space that can accommodate 180 guests.

Photo: Sequoia

Its daily lunch and dinner menu spans from a raw bar to fresh salads to pizzettas. On Saturdays customers are welcome to partake in a “sparkling rosébrunch,” while Sundays are reserved for a more traditional AYCE brunch service.

Renovated by Jeffery Beers International, here are some artistic highlights sprinkled throughout the space:

  • Sequoia’s banquet room features a custom designed Shaw carpet with a pattern loosely inspired by the work of New York artist Jacob Hashimoto
  • A 41-foot sculpture, called “Scarlet Natural Chaos” by Belgian artist Arne Quinze features textured materials and an electric-hued florescent paint
  • Japanese artist Hitoshi Kuriyama's neon and glass vacuum tube light installation hovers above the dining room
  • Artist David Higginbotham’s hand-applied graphite finishes are throughout the restaurant’s dining room walls and event spaces
Photo: Sequoia