7121 Bethesda Ln.
Bethesda, MD 20814
Neighborhood: Bethesda/Glen Echo
Cuisines: Modern, American
Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 to 2, Saturday noon to 2:30. Open for brunch Sunday 11:30 to 2:30. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday 5:30 to 9:30, Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10, Sunday 5 to 9.
Nearby Metro Stops: Bethesda
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Upscale Casual
Noise Level: Chatty
Dinner appetizers, $8 to $14; main courses, $13 to $46.
Fans of California cuisine often contend that great food is a result not of technical know-how but of the quality of ingredients a chef uses. That notion drives Redwood, which opened last year, but with a chef who failed to execute the concept. In his place since May is Blake Schumpert, who’s serving dishes such as rockfish with summer vegetables and a lemony farro salad with grilled octopus—tasty, no-fuss dishes that showcase good ingredients. The highlight of a recent visit: a juicy steak, cooked medium-rare, with a house-made steak sauce—about as good and simple as it gets.