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SEI restaurant & lounge
SEI restaurant & lounge

SEI restaurant & lounge Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.seirestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (202) 783-7007
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch:
    Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Saturday: 1:00pm - 3:45pm
    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: Asian, Sushi, Contemporary 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "My girlfriend and I recently had lunch at SEI for the first time. We found the food quite delicious, but an element of the service was disconcerting. Our server was what I would call invasively solicitous. If you dropped a piece of food on the table she would swoop in and whisk it away. If done just once you could overlook it. However, my girlfriend, eating fish tacos with ingredients that tend to fall out, had it done so many time she commented that she felt like they were dying to put a bib on her and wipe her mouth for her. This is likely just a quirk of one server rather than a restaurant policy, but it really put my friend off."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Given the menus were dingy and dirty was our first indication this was not going to be the greatest experience. My party of 3 all had stomach issues following the meal and we think it was the wasabi guacamole. Will never return here."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "The Salmon was so delicious we order two plates. The Korean Kalbe Tacos were a little on the dry side (the short rib was dry), and the aligator ribs were yummy."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The Nigiri sushi and rolls were good, but tiny. I got a refill on my coffee after much delay and the refill was cold."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I was disappointed with the miso soup. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good- I've had better at take-out restaurants. The portions (with the exception of the seafood chowder) were tiny. I expected a small plate to have more than two scallops (three would have been OK) and although the chowder was delicious, the potatoes were underdone. The drinks were great. If you do go to this restaurant, order the No. 6."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "First time in DC, was there for wrk convention and stumbled upon this place, we were so hungry after landing and getting checked in we'd prob taken about ANYTHING; however what we got by far exceeded our expectations. My mother is traveling there in a few months and I've told her already to MUST stop in. Beautiful atmosphere, amazing lobster roll and fish Asian fusion fish tacos!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "This was my second time there and the service, food, and drinks were consistent...what more can you ask for?!?!?!?"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Came for sushi with a man who learned to love sushi during his time in Japan, and SEI got his ringing endorsement! The only complaint was the noise level."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "It's spendy. I can't even imagine what it would be without happy hour prices. Out of my pay grade. Felt the happy hour menu was pretty limited, especially since so few sushi options. But, the kimchi quesadillas were delicious. Kobe beef sliders...would have skipped those."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Love coming here especially for happy hour. Everything on the HH menus is great. Try the liquid wasabi- be cautious it does have a little kick to it for a cocktail. Kobe beef sliders and shrimp quesadilla yum!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We are from out of town and our friend suggested we try the restaurant. Our waitress was fantastic, she offered us suggestions and was helpful in making our dinner selections. The food came our within a reasonable amount of time and we did not wait around. We will definitely be going back."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Went for the 4th of July special, app, two small plates, dessert and a glass of wine of cocktail for $25, the food was great, would recommned the Wasabi Guac, the salmon, pork buns, and shrimp."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Delicious Food, great service, and a wonderful ambiance."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The food was very good. However the restaurant was extremely loud. It made conversations very difficult. The menu was full of very good and unique sushi rolls. They also have "tapas", small cooked plates. The scallops was especially good. Restaurant is good for groups. But dinner for two is not recommended if you want conversation."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "After recently moving into the area, I was so pleased to find this gem a block from my apartment. It's no my go-to place when I have friends in town. The food is consistently great - flavorful, yet light. I have yet to have a mediocre dish. Highly recommend! Favorites include the kale salad, Fish and Chips roll, and fish tacos."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Enjoyed pre-dinner cocktails & highly recommend the Pink Lady. Feasted on salad and suchi: Fish & Chips particularly delightful because the 'crunch' balanced the creamy tartare sauce. Surprise mini-birthday cake completed the meal; excellent service at a wonderful restaurant; one of our favorites."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I have been wanting to try SEI for a really long time - too bad it took me so long. I will be back for sure, went there for lunch and would love to try it for dinner. The food was fantastic and service even better. Really not easy to find something like that in a nice environment. Can't wait for next time."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We went with a friend for early dinner, and ordered a mixture of small plates (2) and sushi rolls (3). This fed three people nicely. My husband and I enjoyed our glass of sake, and appreciated the offer of a free taste of a stronger version. Perhaps because we came early, we were not rushed by the wait staff, and the noise level was moderate. We would recommend SEI to anyone who enjoys Japanese food."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "This is the fourth or fifth time we've dined her and the first time on Saturday night. It was very busy and very noisy. We had the misfortune of sitting next to a large table that was occupied with a birthday celebration group when we got there and after they left a big group of nine young women & three men took the table. The food here is excellent but the room is bare walls and glass. It was not easy to hear above the din & we left a bit earlier than we might have othewise. If you like interesting and creative food, you want to eat here. But go on Sunday or an early week night if you want to talk to you dining companions."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "When I need a sushi fix --- I head to SEI. the summer non alcoholic drinks are great too."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "After hearing so much about this great Japanese restaurant Sei, we were surprised to find a hipped up venue and lame attempts to create new Japanese dishes. We thought the quality of some sushi was good--Kobe beef roll, fresh hamachi, and decent crab roll--to rather poor--wet pack scallop, insipid red tuna, and wasabi with no heat. Don't waste your time or appetite on wasabe guacamole, what a scam: very ordinary guacamole with a lump of tasteless wasabi on the side. Their "innovative" take on Brussels sprouts is roasted sprouts with bits of chopped kimchee and bits of peanuts. There are also lots of non-sushi items for those who were shanghaied into coming. At these prices and with this hipster noise level, we won't be back."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The decor is what drew me to SEI, but the service and food brings me back! The Crunchy Shrimp roll is SO delicious!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We are season subscribers to STC & eat in Penn Quarter often. We had walked by Sei many times in the past & just hadn't tried it yet; we are so glad we did this time!! The menu is inventive & wonderful; a nice change from what is usually thought of as a "sushi" restaurant. My husband has a guide dog & they were prepared for our arrival, planning which table would be good with room for Sultan to be with us. We will certainly dine here again."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Alligator ribs is particularly great. So as egg fried rice. Flan and pudding was awesome too. Great service."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • ""Fish and Chips" with an Asian twist tells you a lot about SEI's creative approach to the world of sushi/sashimi. There are a number of intriguing options for discerning diners who already have a passing familiarity with chopsticks, soy sauce, and wasabi, although the do it yourself rolls were a bit disappointing. The wait staff was very helpful in explaining the menu and making recommendations. Like a lot of small plate restaurants, SEI does not overstuff diners--we underestimated how much food would be enough--and the price tag can escalate rapidly if you're not careful. But with a great location for pre- or post-theater dining and quick and friendly service, SEI is a welcome presence in Penn Quarter."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Always bring guests here looking for sushi. Not a huge selection but the quality is excellent, the service is good, the ambiance is cool. All around, a place I rerun to over and over again."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "It may seem expensive but it offers very good value if you choose carefully. I ordered three small plates and they proved more than sufficient. The kale salad was beautifully prepared and enough for two. The waitstaff was attentive and helpful without being intrusive. My only complaint is about the decor. It's a basement space and a little gloomy. Ubiquitous white projects sterility. Chairs and banquettes should be ergonomic but are not. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "I liked the food but I felt like the service was slow... The decor is beautiful however"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "We had the best time at Sei! Great drinks, excellent service, and amazing sushi! "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "As usual my friends and I enjoyed a most pleasant lunch. The wasabi guacamole is a nice twist and the sushi is always fresh. The bento box lunch is a great value."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Amazing service! Our waitress went over the menu and provided se good options for us. Will go back for sure!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The food is always inventive, beautifully present and delicious! I enjoyed entertaining a guest from out town who loved everything! Oh, and the specialty cocktails are outstanding!"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "While all-in-all I had a good experience at SEI last time I was there, I was a little surprised that despite acknowledging our reservation when we arrived at 8pm, it took an additional 40 minutes to actually have my group seated. I tend to approach reservations as a way to ensure that you're NOT going to have to wait when you arrive, clearly SEI does not have the same viewpoint. The good news is they eventually - after we pressed the issue - offered us a round of free drinks, and ensured that message was passed along to our waiter when we were finally seated. The food was also great once we had an opportunity to order and eat. But standing in the bar for 40 minutes waiting for a table was not exactly how I wanted to spend my birthday. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The fusion Sushi was outstanding. We are having Sushi a lot but this was something different and some Sushi creations were really new to us. Very recommendable. Very good cocktails too."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "SEI was a wonderful choice for dinner after a day at the Mall- a block from our hotel, Hotel Monaco- great as well- we walked to dinner. The waiter was attentive, but sensitive to whether we wanted more or less attention- he offered choices for the beverages- wine for me and scotch for my husband- excellent choices and then dinner recommendations. We loved the sushi, but the star of the meal was the shrimp tacos- excellent. There were three loaded tacos- in size and flavor- I wish we had ordered these items first as we would have had another! Next visit, we will be back for more. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I love this place. The food is incredible. I love Chef Nori's sushi!!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The unusual sushi is delicious. The fish and chips roll and the shrimp roll were my favorites, also recommend the fish tacos."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Another small plates concept - and there may be too many of these in Penn Quarter. I had a salad and scallops and a nice wine. My dining partner had the chicken salad, a martini, and a create-your-own sushi rolls that comes out looking like an 'ice cream cone' - you really need to eat it with your hands. Nice concept but who really wants to eat with their hands when you are out on a Saturday night? Ambiance and service were worth the visit. Our server was patient with our conversation - walked us through the somewhat limited menu - the cocktail and wine menu was larger than the food menu. The food we ordered came out at the right temperature and had good flavor. The sauce on my scallops was nice and spicy, not the normal scallops. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Great spot for sushi. I tried the SOS roll which was a little out of my comfort zone (salmon and strawberries)- but it was delicious! Ended up ordering more. The only downside to this restaurant was the noise factor... Be prepared to talk loudly. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Last week I was with a friend who had never tried sushi (I know, weird but true). I wanted to take him to SEI, but I was a little worried because he was not convinced about the experience. However when he finally tried it and I saw his face, I knew that he became a SEI lover, and with a huge smile in his face told me that we would come back for sure ¨this sushi is incredibly delicious¨. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014