SEI restaurant & lounge
SEI restaurant & lounge

SEI restaurant & lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.seirestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (202) 783-7007
  • 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
173 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (104)special occasion (74)romantic (68)hot spot (53)neighborhood gem (49)good for groups (37)great for lunch (32)vibrant bar scene (23)late-night find (13)notable wine list (9)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • SwitzerlandVIP
    Dined on 11/25/2014
    First of all, many thanks to Brian - even though my wife and I were running late for our reservation and had theatre tickets, he paced our orders superbly, provided impeccable service, and we enjoyed a fabulous dinner without being rushed. The brussel sprouts are quite possibly the best we have ever had, and the Kobe sliders, fish and chips roll, and salmon were all outstanding. Portions are sized perfectly. Thanks for a fabulous dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good sushi spot!
    GinaEats
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    The fish and chips roll is unique and quite delicious. Definitely worth it if you're in the Penn Quarter area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome evening!!!
    Megauooh
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Took my Girlfriend there for her Birthday Dinner... it was the first time any of us had been there,.. Drinks were on point,, Food couldn't have been better... It def set the mood for the rest of the evening!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious food
    DCReviewer2013
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The food was quite tasty and our server was great. The ambiance is really modern and sophisticated. The only thing I'd forewarn is that outside the sushi rolls, the remainder of the menu is small plates. While they are reasonably priced, it can definitely add up price-wise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for sake, cool interior design, music
    OliWm
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    If you're a foodie I wouldn't choose this restaurant as the food is a bit bland and underwhelming, however, if you're not a foodie type I'm sure you'll enjoy the fare. Now if you like ambiance, sake, hip interior design, nice lounge music in the background not too loud, this is a nice spot for a drink, maybe even get the Korean tacos for an appetizer, and the service is pretty good and friendly.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Warning!
    Lee41VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    If you have a theatre curtain, tell the waitstaff immediately and keep on reminding them! We waited more than an hour to get our meals and had to wolf it down and run. [The manager gave us a break on the check.] As we've found on two previous visits, however, the Asian fusion menu is varied and imaginative -- everything we've ordered has been better-than-good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary special!
    EmilyBVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    SEI is a favorite of ours anyway, especially before we head to the theaters nearby. But when we went this past week for our anniversary dinner, (also prior to a show) SEI made a special effort to make us feel special. The service is outstanding! Our waitresses recommendations were delicious - the beef tartare especially. The menu is always changing, offering new favorites to compliment old favorites (the fish & chips roll which we hope never comes off the menu). Thank you again so much for making our middle-of-the-week, not that special 3rd anniversary something truly memorable!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time diner
    KMGeats
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Having heard about SEI for some time I was glad to finally go for a pre-concert dinner. Service was quick and the entire staff was courteous and helpful. I loved the Asian Pear Sangria! My group ordered several menu items and shared. The food and atmosphere are great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • scubadiverVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Kobe beef sliders. Yum! Fish 'n Chips roll. Yum! Extensive sake list makes me wish I liked sake.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noise is deafening
    CeeJ
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    While the food and service remain very good, the noise level is deafening. My dinner companion had to yell (literally) to hear each other because of the overall noise elevated by very loud diners next to us.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent as always
    Tmo2013VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We had great service and the food was truly unbelievable. we had the bass slides, gator ribs, shrimp burger and a whole bunch of tacos. one better than the other. we love this place
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • heilbaum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Great food, great service, great choice for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Multiple Foodgasms!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The service was excellent and the food was outstanding. Loved the alligator ribs, the sushi and brussel sprouts. I recommend this restaurant to all lovers of food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DELICIOUS Sushi!
    Francesca
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Amazing fresh and unique sushi. A fantastic place to eat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Fish tacos and curry seafood chowder were both outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not a complete experience
    AndrewjbVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The Good: The food was excellent. We really enjoyed everything we had. The Bad: Restaurant is VERY VERY loud. The waitress could not hear anything we said. We tried to order drinks three times and she turned her back on us and walked away.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hot Spot
    MichaelR
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Great place to go close to Verizon center. Fresh Sushi awesome entrees and drink specialties. Service was great food was fresh and creative. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good lunch spot
    socialeater
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    This was a great place for a girls lunch on a Friday afternoon. It was quiet, but had a great menu and the food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous Seared Scallops
    cedarVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Our table had the guac and wasabi starter then the Bento Box, steak & cheese and the seared scallops for mains. Everything was very good! Highlights for me were the quac & wasabi and the scallops. Wow, I would never have guessed how a pinch of wasabi elevates guacamole! My scallops were perfectly seared and resting on a bed of flavorful squash puree topped with an herb crust and wonderful mmicrogreens; everything was bursting with flavors and textures.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sei is great Asian fusion.
    Catewin
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Sei is great Asian fusion good. The sushi rolls are interesting, non-traditional combinations of Asian and non-Asian ingredients. The Brussel sprouts were fantastic, and the rice bowls were great too. Also, the pear sangria was fantastic. It was a little loud though. But I would definitely try it out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Observer
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The creativity of the chef is amazing. He succeeds in integrating east with west and north with south. Mexican tacos with japanese tastes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice, but noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Very much enjoyed the cocktails, sushi and service. Had a good vibe, but was too loud for decent conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I love this place!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I love this place...the service is consistent and the staff is very attentive. It was my mom's birthday and they made it very very special for her.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great deal
    Phoebe
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    From 5-7pm enjoy 3 for $25. Choose cocktail, appetizer, sushi, small plate ... mix and enjoy. Great food. I suggest trying fish and chips sushi roll, the sea bass, short rib and Zen Collins.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Sushi
    Jenn1269VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We were visiting Washington, DC with our kids, and the long days of walking museums & monuments needed a boost... SEI restaurant was a great surprise find, with exceptional quality sushi, some fun special rolls, and even an impressive list of Japanese whiskey!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    groth13VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I've been a lunch time regular for a few years now. Consistently the best sushi in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We love this place
    5ofa
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I have to admit this is definitely not our first time here and most certainly not our last. Their sushi is amazing, the S.O.S. and fish and chips rolls have us addicted. Until next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SEI is Sushi and More
    bdaynightVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We had a friend visiting from out of town and had an amazing experience at SEI. Food was delicious and creative, service was amazing and the menu had so many gems on it, we WILL HAVE to go back. Sea Bass Sliders and Short Ribs dish gets 5 Stars!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi Concepts
    SJP1
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The most notable aspect of SEI would be their sushi palate. The combination of ingredients utilized in order to create each roll sounds intriguing on paper and tastes better in practice. The myriad of flavors create the intended result with the utmost skill. There is always something to be said about the unknown depths of high quality sushi that is prepared simply. However, in my opinion, SEI produces and affirms the other side of that argument, which is to uphold the stance that marrying seemingly-unrelated flavors into an entirely new idea has high value as well, if done well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • SEI is fabulous!
    shmophie
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I took my boyfriend here for his birthday and we had an absolutely lovely time. The sushi was fantastic and the menu had a variety of interesting and innovative rolls. The service was superb, we were seated promptly and professionally and our waiter was as attentive as could be. The restaurant is a little on the pricey side, which made it perfect for this special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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