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
168 reviews since June 3, 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 (102)special occasion (67)romantic (57)neighborhood gem (45)hot spot (41)great for lunch (34)good for groups (26)vibrant bar scene (24)late-night find (8)great for brunch (6)notable wine list (6)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Sexy Sushi
    RahpatchVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I am a big foodie and this is hands down one of the best restaurants in DC. If you like sushi, this is your spot. Very loud esp on a weekend night but great service and great food. Also, the inside is just beautiful. I love coming here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food
    Localman355
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    It's a little pricey but very good food. Watch out when they ask if you want still or sparkling water. We said sparkling and it was a $8 bottle (we had recently been to Jaleo where they don't charge). The place is pretty, very noisy ....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Phoebe
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We did the 3 for $25 deal and were happy with our selection. I'd recommend the fish and chips roll any day!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food and service
    FitGirl
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was my first visit at SEI and I was blown away. I have been at their sister restaurant several times so I decided to give SEI a try. Kobe beef roll was amazing as well as the scallops. Service was attentive and the server's recommendations were excellent. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but not strictly sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food was good, but it's not your typical sushi place. A little shi-shi for our tastes, but they did a wonderful job and it was a great spot for an adventurous date night. Not a lot of fish, and most of that was heavily covered in other tastes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SEI Sept 2014
    Headed4gout
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    SEI is a slick, loud, hot-spot with good service and an extensive, asian-inspired menu. Visit for the club-like ambiance, the drinks and the lighter fare. Don't come looking for authenticity and don't bother with more substantial dishes because SEI isn't focused on the foodie crowd. The quinoa/edamame salad was pleasant, but more robust dishes (short-ribs and sea bass) were overcooked and underwhelming. The fish tacos were fishy and overburdened by a dollop of some version of thousand-island dressing. The drinks list however was interesting and included the super daiginjo, Kubota (Asahi) Manjyu. The bar also offers good Japanese single-malts like Yamazaki 18 by Suntory.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good HH
    DinerJ
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great HH deal, pick 3 for $25. That could be 3 drinks or 3 rolls, you decide.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Attention To Detail & Great Service
    mouseandhungVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    A great find for lunch and we'll be back to try the build-your-own hand rolls, only available at dinner. The team approach to service was outstanding and deserves recognition. The food was all well prepared and the sashimi was as fresh, pristine and served in such an artistic manner. The chef obviously knows what he's doing and gets highest marks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for sushi.
    Diagirl
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Cool vibe more up scale. Service was friendly fast and very accommodating. Enjoyed both their rolls and bowl items. Great place for date or special occasions
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • absolutely delicious!
    JfabVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We went in a group of 6 people on a Sunday night. The sushi rolls were to die for! Especially the fish and chips roll. The fish tacos were also a great hit. This was our second time at this restaurant, but certainly not the last!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pretty setting
    Luv2exploreVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    SEI has something to offer everyone. I was in the mood for sushi, but friend wanted cooked dishes and SEI melded our needs perfectly. My friend raved about the lemongrass seafood chowder. We also had hamachi, short ribs, duck leg, fish tacos... All had wonderful flavors! The desserts were beautiful endings to our fine meal. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Easy and fun
    Lunch
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Fun and easy local place. Yummy sushi. Good atmosphere, good service. Easy in and out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • abcd
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Delicious lunch in lovely surroundings. Not too crowded.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Night Out
    LunchnVegasVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great time to meet with Friends from out of town; from the endless restaurants in DC, we picked Sei to share with out of town guests to show off the DC flavor. Good times! Not just your standard Sushi; but each item had it's own Flare... Complements to the Chef et. al. !
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    Kiki
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The menu at SEI is really interesting, and presentation and service are good. The food falls a little short of what I might expect at that price point. We did small plates - the green salad was excellent - good ginger dressing. The scallops were good, but a little tough and two for $13 felt overpriced. The asparagus was good, but the portion was very small - six or eight half stems - of which one or two were woody bases. The chicken salad was excellent - but no trace of the kaffir lime in the description. Dessert was miso bread pudding and although presentation was great, - the pudding itself was glutinous and heavy and no trace at all of any miso flavor. Overall a pleasant enough experience, but I probably won't go back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • terrific menu selections
    HartfordCT
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We ordered small plates to share that were great and the sushi was outstanding. Highly recommend if you are in DC looking for Asian Fusion option.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • private and personal in August
    MutantAsianVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Happy hour in late August...it was quiet and empty. Very attentive service with excellent, personalized suggestions by the waitress.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing service!
    saweber
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This is a very nice, clean and welcoming atmosphere. A very eclectic design that really works for an asian style sushi resturant. The service is absolutely incredible, you never have an empty glass and dirty and used dishes are very promptly taken from the table. There is always an employee stopping to ask if there is anything you need however they do it very discreetly so as not to intrude on the meal or become annoying. The sushi was not great however, not bad by any means but we have much better and where not impressed with the fish quality or preparation. The Korean tacos and the chocolate desert however where excellent. We also had a very nice bottle of Malbec with our meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bike stolen
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Dinner was awesome... Everything was wonderful until we came out and found our bikes stolen right in front of the spot...
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food good service split checks
    Kate0812
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I visited SEI for the first time this week and it was fabulous. They had a special deal where you could get almost any three menu items for $25, including cocktails! Our server, Leah, was wonderful and she even offered to split the check for our group of 11. I got the small plate chilean sea bass, it was to die for. Some fo my friends got the Zen Carlton cocktail. It's like a gin and tonic, but with their house made cucumber soda. I definitely wish I had gotten that myself.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner at Sei
    MeriEatz
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    My husband and I love going to Sei: food excellent; outstanding service and the cocktails are unique
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food
    nastynaz703
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The food and the service was greattt and our server was very cute
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Savory cuisine, loud ambiance
    rudydaleVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    SEI's cuisine is not only savory but quite inventive and unique. I'd never had black rice served in a sushi roll, but it was a marvelous complement to the unusual ingredients inside that roll. The shredded red tuna dish reminded me of specialties offered in the hole-in-the wall restaurants near Tokyo's massive Tsukiji fish market, not very common to find here in the States. Perhaps its the low ceiling at SEI that amplifies the conversations of avid patrons who filled the restaurant to capacity when we visited for a DC Restaurant Week visit for lunch, but the noise level is cacophonous, to the point where you can only have a conversation with the person seated next to you at your table, but not across from you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unimpressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We for Resturant Week 2014-- perhaps it was the menu but I was not impressed. I prefer their sister Resturant Oya
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of my go tos in Penn Quarter
    kco1987
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I really like this place. I have gone for lunch and dinner and have never been disappointed by the food or service. Always get the bread pudding. It is amazing! The restaurant is beautiful. Makes a great date spot too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Everything was almost perfect
    mcmcVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Food was delicious and just a little bit less than the ideal portion size. Service was the nicest around but sometimes it took a minute to get their attention. Ambiance was very nice but I've occasionally seen better. If there was a category for adventurous menu, that would get 5-stars. One of the few places around that does some very unique menu items, and does them very very well. 100% going back there. I went on a Monday, so that might be why it wasn't as good as I think they can be...so close to getting a 5-star raing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great! The food was awesome. try the fish and chips roll.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding, eclectic menu
    goolerloebVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Delicious food! I can't wait to go back and try more dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome restaurant
    feli
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This is a great place for dinner with the girls or a romantic dinner with a date
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great But
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    In many respects our meal was first-rate. The food was interesting and well-prepared, and the service was generally attentive. Prices were reasonable. The one downside is the noise--your rating term "energetic" is a misnomer, it was LOUD and sometimes objectionable. I'm baffled as to why it doesn't have better sound control.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect
    UnforunateVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Everything was perfect. Great food, wonderful staff, nice decor and affordable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner!!
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We honestly came across this restaurant somewhat by chance (searching on Google maps for something near where we happened to be) and were VERY happy that we did! The service was attentive, polite, friendly and yet not intrusive. The food was promptly presented and well-plated, not to mention delicious! The "build-your-own handrolls" were fun and wonderful. And above all the sake collection was impressive. For those looking to spend a little extra, we highly recommend the iceberg sake!! If you are in town and looking for great Asian food / sushi, don't miss SEI!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cool place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Interesting and tasty array of roles, fun cocktails, and friendly, helpful service. Cool ambience. We will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is Lovely!
    Christy
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another great meal yet again
    MartyJVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Average spot.....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The Nigiri sushi and rolls were good, but tiny. I got a refill on my coffee after much delay and the refill was cold.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small Plates are Tiny
    zakHM
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing!!
    misslisa
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This was my second time there and the service, food, and drinks were consistent...what more can you ask for?!?!?!?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic