Most redwoods have been around for hundreds of years, but a new Redwood recently put down roots in Bethesda. Located on the new pedestrian stretch of Bethesda Row, Redwood is as majestic as its namesake—with soaring glass windows that open to the outdoors and expansive dining areas accented with stone, steel, and repurposed redwood.
Start your evening in Redwood's roomy lounge. Unlike most DC-area bars, it is large enough to accommodate a crowd, yet adequately separated from the main dining areas. Redwood features a variety of seasonal, local beers and over 20 wines by the glass housed in its temperature- and humidity-controlled winekeeper. Or sample the bar's signature drink, the Redwood—a mixture of Bulleit Kentucky Bourbon, fresh apple cider, and apricot spirit. (When 'nature' calls, 3 unisex and 2 ladies' restrooms are available.)
Diners have several options—a seat in Redwood's dining room (at single party or communal tables), on its outdoor patio, or at its raised "dining bar." A cozy private room, complete with its own bar and fireplace, also is available for special events.
Redwood's menu features seasonal, mid-Atlantic cuisine made with organic and locally sourced ingredients, naturally-raised meats, and wild or sustainable seafood. Many dishes are prepared in the kitchen's giant rotisserie or wood-burning grill. Our favorites included the chilled bi-color corn soup (made creamy with potato instead of cream) and the local albacore tuna, accompanied by a cucumber-tomato salad and dill crème fraiche. A sampling of local cheeses or a rich gelato or refreshing sorbet (brought in daily from nearby Dolcezza) make for a great ending to a delicious meal. Here's hoping this Redwood will survive and thrive for a good long while.