SEI restaurant & lounge
SEI restaurant & lounge

SEI restaurant & lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.seirestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2027837007x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Dinner:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday: 5:00pm - 12midnight
    Saturday: 4:00pm - 12 midnight
    Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Contemporary Asian, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Noriyaki Yasutake & Avinesh Rana
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 7th & E
  • Public Transit: Navy Archives Green Line
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available after 5:30pm.
A word from SEI restaurant & lounge
Modern Asian cuisine from award winning Sushi Master Noriaki Yasutake and Chef Avinesh Rana. The intimate space, located next to the Landsburgh Theater, features seating for 70, sushi bar seating 10 and a cozy lounge area. Yasutake & Rana offers their modern spin on traditional sushi, specialty rolls and Asian fare. An extensive half bottle sake list has been specially selected by sommelier, Andrew Stover.
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SEI restaurant & lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
154 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (92)special occasion (67)romantic (54)neighborhood gem (47)hot spot (35)great for lunch (35)vibrant bar scene (25)good for groups (23)late-night find (11)great for brunch (7)notable wine list (6)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Very inventive. The traditional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 2/21/2009
    Very inventive. The traditional Japanese items were standard, but the strange fusion items were *brilliant*! Definitely try the fish and chips roll and the housemade tofu. The pear sangria was a tad sweet, but they adjusted that for us. The restaurant's look will remind you of the sister restaurant, Oya.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place, even for those
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 2/21/2009
    Great place, even for those who don't like raw fish! Try the lobster tempura roll for sushi and the lamb chops as a second course. Wonderful food and beautiful decor. Great service.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food, especially
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/20/2009
    Wonderful food, especially good service - really felt like everyone was taking the time to answer our questions and help us. Gorgeous place. Best japanese restaurant in DC that I've been to. Absolutely no complaints.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous food, amazing sake
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/20/2009
    Fabulous food, amazing sake menu, attentive, but not hovering service. Can't wait for them to offer sake tasting activities.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was really good and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/20/2009
    The food was really good and there were some unusual sushi combos like the ceasar salad roll. The wasabi guacamole is good, but it definitely needed more kick. I had to add wasabi since I couldn't taste any. The lunch entrees weren't that special. The pork buns were also wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very creative menu and the
    MPzDC
    Dined on 2/18/2009
    Very creative menu and the space is very well done. Everything we tried was good. We had a Kobe dish that was outstanding. I'll definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • There is no mistaking that
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2009
    There is no mistaking that SEI is owned by the same folks as OYA. The ambience is wonderful, the food exquisite, and the service superb. The bartender and the drinks are both a delight, and I highly suggest trying the Liquid Wasabi, if not simply one of eah drink on the menu. Don't walk in expecting to drop less than $100 per couple, and you won't walk out disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This place is great! I'm still
    RangeFan
    Dined on 2/15/2009
    This place is great! I'm still dreaming about the Kobe Beef rolls... soooo amazing. The drinks are incredible too! Don't miss out on the Wasabi Guacamole!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was delicious (all
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/13/2009
    The food was delicious (all the rolls we had, with the exception of the sundried tomato), interesting (the fish & chips rool!, and the liquid wasabi cocktail!), and authentic (the house made tofu and the chawan moshi especially). The ambiance is pretty chic, but it also makes it noisy and was a little drafty. The service, however, was oustanding. The maitre d' remembered me from a visit a week prior, and when there was a slight problem with a cocktail the bartender came over to our table personally to apologize, and explain and correct the problem. I am going back again soon!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food at Sei was excellent,
    saraVIP
    Dined on 2/13/2009
    The food at Sei was excellent, especially the sushi rolls including the fish and chips and the eel and avocado ones. The service was overly attentive. Several times, the wait staff tried to take plates and drinks away that were not ready to be cleared. They also tried to push more drinks before we had finished our first ones. If the wait staff learns to be a bit calmer and relaxed, this could be an excellent restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I really hated the decor and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/13/2009
    I really hated the decor and the service was almost too attentive (ie, don't ask my how everything is every few minutes), but the food was quite good. I especially liked the fish and chips roll.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was too agressive.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 2/12/2009
    Service was too agressive. There was nothing relaxing about the frequency of the service. We found the food overall good, with the sushi being very good. We also found the noise level too loud, so much so that I do not think either of us understood most of what the soft spoken waitress said. We liked the decor. Yes we will try it again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Interesting food, classy ambiance.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/10/2009
    Interesting food, classy ambiance. The service when we were there was excellent. We had the fish and chips roll (tasty), the snow white roll (eel, yummy), the california roll (with real crab, but just okay), the caesar salad roll (interesting), the sake braised cod (just okay, sort of plain), the chicken wings (6 wings, I think, for $10? pricey), the miso glazed lamb chops (really nice), the kobe sliders (beware of the spicy tomato jam on them) and the sashimi salad (4 pieces of fish for $10...?). The creme brulee with berries was very tasty; the chocolate fondant cake recommended by the server was just okay, plum dessert sake was very, very nice. $180 with tip, 2 beers, 2 sakes, 11 dishes. EXPENSIVE. Worth it? Maybe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was terrific from
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/7/2009
    Service was terrific from the hostess that greeted you to our waitress. Sushi was delicious. We re already tryingto find time to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was interesting and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/7/2009
    The food was interesting and presented well. The menu was limited to a few pages for food but many many pages dedicated to Saki. The waiter seemed to be pushy on the specials which was annoying to the point where we bought them to stop him from asking. Just get the special and get it over with. The pear sangria was incredible! All in all it was a very nice place and beautiful for a special occasion. The bar scene looked very fun and laid back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The sushi rolls (especially
    Bmb85
    Dined on 2/6/2009
    The sushi rolls (especially the fish and chips one and the kobe beef roll) were outstanding. The cod small plate was bland. Pear sangria was a bit too tangy. Overall, a good experience, will probably go back.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent foods! Every dish
    StarnoodleVIP
    Dined on 2/5/2009
    Excellent foods! Every dish is very unique and delicious. Especially, the sushi there is creative yet very traditional and authentic. Chef Yasutake's love and energy for food is expressed just like an art form. I am so excited that this type of sophisticated sushi restaurant is finally opened in D.C!
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    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent restaurant ruined
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 2/5/2009
    Excellent restaurant ruined by way to noisy environment and thumping music.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I LOVE Oya, so was very excited
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/31/2009
    I LOVE Oya, so was very excited to try sister-restuaran Sei. I thought it looked like a smaller, less-interesting version of Oya. The food was fine, but very expensive once you've had 3-4 little plates. I also think the rolls at Oya are much better than those offered at Sei. For those who like Sake, the list was very impressive, but for wine lovers, the list was very limited. I think this group hit a home-run with Oya, and should have quite while they were ahead.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pros: Good service Quality
    HUBGRYinDCVIP
    Dined on 1/30/2009
    Pros: Good service Quality sushi Tasty appetizer style dishes Good bar scene and drink menu Cons: Limited menu with few sushi roll and sashimi options Overall: More style than substance, but very trendy with a great drink menu/bar
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The service and ambience were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 1/27/2009
    The service and ambience were outstanding. The sushi was really terrific. The "entrees" were fun, but I think I would stick with the sushi next time. It was really terrific. Definitely get the wasabi guacamole and the fish and chips roll!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The dining room was trendy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/24/2009
    The dining room was trendy - white, clean, and modern – similar to their sister restaurant Oya. I was initially disappointed by their signature cocktail, the Silver Samurai, and the Kobe beef appetizer - boring - it tasted like a vodka gimlet and bland tenderloin served at a buffet. Enough with the bad, because the rest of the experience was actually great. The Toro tartar was a hit, the flavors really popped and the wonton wrapper crisp that was served with it was delicious. The Uni sashimi was fresh and decadent; in fact all the sushi was incredibly fresh. The most impressive aspect of the restaurant was the service. The beautiful waitresses were attentive and our sake glasses were never empty. Bonsai! Bonsai! Bonsai!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really sleek mostly white
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/23/2009
    Really sleek mostly white modern/contemporary interior. has kind of cool lounge feel. its fusion-asian tapas style. the fried wonton wrap with tofu/wasabi guacamole was delicious! loved the creative rolls. salad was much larger than i expected. loved to see they featured a tofu steak on the menu but was somewhat disappointed with the sauce it was floating in. sake sorbet on top of chocolate fondant was tasty although i would have preferred the chocolate to be warmed. quality and creativity of the food was very high. service was excellent. didnt have any drinks, but the sake list was extensive. i am vegetarian and was pleased by the diversity of foods available on the short menu.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was excellent and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/20/2009
    The food was excellent and the staff was attentive and knowledgeable. We had a great experience!
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    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This restaurant just opened
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/18/2009
    This restaurant just opened and is truly outstanding. The menu is ambitious and was well-executed; the service was excellent. The food and decor are cutting edge. The presentation of the food was very creative and beautiful, as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceptional service and the
    StuartVIP
    Dined on 1/14/2009
    Exceptional service and the food was definitely a treat. Top notch sushi with an imaginative twist. With over half the menu being their comprehensive sake offerings and great wines by the glass/bottle...I wish it wasn't the weeknight so that I could spend more time "tasting". I'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The sushi here is one of a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/13/2009
    The sushi here is one of a kind. I ordered the fish and chips roll. OMG! Amazing. I had the salmon roll as well and it was really good I didn't have to dip any of my sushi in soy sauce because every bite was so flavorful and moist. I ordered an Asian Pear Snagria that was amazing they also have some wonderful Saki selections. The service was very good. My friends and I were a bit annoyed with the waiter checking in on us what seemed like every 10 seconds. I am assuming it was because this is a new restaurant. Other than that it's a great place to eat and I will be coming again and again. Prices aren't to bad for a group of 3 we ordered 2 rolls a piece (6pieces in a roll), drinks, and dessert and our bill was a little under $100.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate