The Needle: Redwood
Comments () | Published September 24, 2009
Redwood
Address: 7121 Bethesda Ln., Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 301-656-5515
Neighborhood: Bethesda/Glen Echo
Cuisines: Modern, American
Opening Hours: 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
Reservations: Recommended
Price Details: 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.

 

-September 2009 

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