The group who runs the Sequoia Grill also manages the Sandbar, Seasons in the Park, and Carderos. What do they all have in common? Overpriced, comical food served in beautiful locations. (To be fair, I haven't eaten at the Sandbar or Carderos recently). It is so annoying to be at the bad end of a restaurant (e.g. the customer end) who knows it can keep serving terrible food because the location brings in a steady stream of tourists that may never be in the city again.
The menu items ring of fine dining: frisee greens, braised lambshake with reduction, blah, blah. It is all empty rhetoric. The ingredients were sub-par. My spouse had the lamb, which was dry and grisly. We shared the frisee greens ($13) appetizer which literally consisted of 4 frisee leaves circling a little bite of goat cheese we had to fight over. If you ordered a similar appetizer at Bishop's, for instance, you would get three times the amount of food on your plate. How can they not be laughing in the kitchen? It is like a bunch of people are playing make-believe, a dress-up game they like to call "fine dining restaurant". We are not oblivious.
For my main course, I ordered the lobster special. It was served with green ooze pouring out of its innards and stale butter. What ever happenened to presentation? We were not satisfied with our dish, so the waitress was hostile to us. I mean, who are we to complain? Oh yes, the customers spending a couple hundred dollars.
On the plus side, I drank wine by the glass that night and the selection was amazing. The Sauvignon Blanc was probably the nicest I have ever tried. And the dessert was pretty good, too. So, if you want a place to go for wine and dessert after dinner, I definitely recommend the Sequoia Grill. You can see a beautiful view of the the city from your table.