SEI restaurant & lounge

4.7
2301 reviews
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$30 and under
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Asian
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  • Good for a Date
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Modern Asian small plate cuisine from award winning Sushi Master Noriaki Yasutake. The intimate space, located next to the Landsburgh Theater, features seating for 70, sushi bar seating 10 and a cozy lounge area. Yasutake offers his modern spin on traditional sushi, specialty rolls and Asian fare. SEI offers an outstanding Happy Hour with crafted cocktail & sushi specials Monday through Friday.
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Delivery or takeout
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Asian, Sushi, Contemporary Asian
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Hours of operation
Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Brunch:Saturday 11am - 2:30pmSunday 11am - 3pmDinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday: 3:00pm - 11pm
Saturday: 3pm - 11pm
Sunday: 3pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(202) 783-7007
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Noriyaki Yasutake
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Catering
Creative Sushi Platters
Bento Boxes
Kobe & Salmon Slider Platters
Bibimbap, Salmon, Tofu Rice Bowls
Drop Off Lunches
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
7th & E
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Street Parking
Parking Lots
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Navy Archives Green Line
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Special events & promotions
We offer small bar/lounge area perfect for corporate cocktail receptions or social get togethers. The restaurant can also accommodate up to 65 ppl sit down or 100 for reception. Please email reserve@seirestaurant.com for more info.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2301 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.3
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J
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience here on a Saturday night. We made a reservation for three, and we were promptly seated shortly after our reservation time. Drinks and food are fantastic! Sushi is very fresh; in fact, you see the chefs making it at the bar. Sake is obviously a must! Highly recommend.

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p
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate at SEI in 2016 and had a wonderful experience. We were traveling to DC again from Fort Lauderdale and wanted to sample some dishes we hadn't tried the first time.
Often when I have a great first experience at a restaurant and return a year or more later it can be a let down. SEI wasn't. It was as good as I remembered and the 6 of us had great food, great drink, great service and a good time.
When I got the bill I didn't have my glasses but the price looked about right and I gave a little over 20% tip which was about $70.
After our waiter took away the signed bill he came up to me a short time later and privately explained that
the tip had been included and if I wanted to redo the tab accordingly. I did and still left an extra $20 because of the great service and the honesty of our waiter.

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GR
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this restaurant was great. We stopped in for a late bite and didn't order much yet all the staff was warm, friendly and professional. We ordered 2 sushi dishes which were original, fresh and delicious. Can't wait to return!

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AD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I had a really delicious cocktail, the shiso mojito. I’d go back just for that and the tater tots. Otherwise, food was so so. Ambiance was interesting in a good way. We thought we saw Victoria Beckham, or a wannabe, so definitely fun for people watching. Not all bad, but will not become a routine destination point.

PS noise level too high.

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j
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always. Great food and service. Would definitely recommend to try!

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PL
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Essentially an Asian tapas restaurant. The food was delicious and the cocktails/beer very good. We had Kobe sliders which were excellent but the garlic skirt steak with guachuchang was unbelievable. Two diners had scallops with black rice and loved it (the black rice with wasabi peas was spectacular). Also had the crispy duck and Brussel Sprouts and loved them. Fabulous meal. Great find.

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JG
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant and try and stop by every time I visit DC. The fish and chips rolls are the best you’ll find anywhere.

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FF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SEI never disappoints. Absolutely incredible food! The Fish and Chips and SOS signature rolls were delicious, and paired well with the cocktails we had. Their service was impeccable too. Never an empty glass or used plate sitting on the table for more than a few seconds before being refilled or cleared. I'd definitely go back.

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F
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mohammed was our server and he was excellent. We ate the lamb chops, steak tartare and nagi sushi which were all delicious. I actually dined a few days prior and really enjoyed the lamb chops, beef, sushi (w/beets), all sushi, saki, etc. which is why I went back again.

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k
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Highlights include the fish and chips sushi roll with potato crisps, the brussels sprouts and the Chilean sea bass. Our server was especially gracious and remembered me after I hadn't been to SEI for a year! If it's good enough for Michelle Obama it's good enough for me!

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JG
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Five stars all around! This is quickly becoming my "Go To" restaurant. A great stop off before or after the Wooly Mammoth, Shakespeare or a Caps game. The staff are very welcoming, they make you feel like old friends. The lunch and dinner specials are a great price with good size portions. Make sure you enjoy the beef ribs which melt in your mouth. The prices are in line with other restaurants, perhaps even little lower. When I finish any meal at SEI, I am full. The staff is quick to assist you with your meal to ensure you enjoy the experience. The bar offers new specialty drinks, with friendly bartenders. Yes, I will be returning and bringing more friends.

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E
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SEI’s menu is full of amazingly delicious, modern dishes. The decor is beautiful and calming, and the waiters are all very professional. This is the perfect spot for a special dinner out!

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DC
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Many sake choices. Food was good and service was nice. Great sea bass sliders and salad options. I wish there was a slightly larger selection of sushi rolls but not a deal breaker. Definitely returning again.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and excellent service.

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P
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Came for summer restaurant week - the sushi appetizer and poke bowl were both delicious, wish we could’ve had more! The chocolate pancake dessert was a little bit of a let down. Not very flavorful or chocolatey. Noise in the restaurant was very high because the space lacks acoustic panels or any soft surfaces to absorb the sound. Service was a little slow. Another customer at a neighboring table was not served even water for at least 15 minutes after being seated. We were not served for at least 10 minutes after being seated.

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JD
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

The place had great Japanese curry! That was the best part of our meal.

Interesting drinks and sushi was ok. Japanese curry was really good.

More night life vibe than serious foodie......

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AG
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My second time to this neighborhood restaurant -- great food, service, and ambiance. Very definitely worth the visit.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! Incredible quality and best sushi ever ! Service was amazing and definitely a 5 stars restaurant overall

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a
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best value for brunch Ive had in DC, especially during restaurant week. Absolutely wonderful service by Diane our waitress who refilled our mimosas and bloody marys very quickly and was very friendly. Food was great and atmosphere was amazing!

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London
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful evening.

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ST
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Second visit, it was our 26th wedding anniversary, great meal and service, dessert topped off a great meal!

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WH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food, Good Atmosphere, Great Service. We came for restaurant week and found a gem. Definitely will be back.

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SN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing quality sashimi and sushi. Beautiful, trendy ambiance and decor. Went for restaurant week and their fix-prixe menu was incredible--Loved the spicy shrimp sushi, sashimi, blackened tuna tacos, and you have to get the Miso bread pudding for dessert--that was the best part! Light yet satisfying and flavorful food. Attentive, excellent service. Our waiter let us try wine before we ordered a bottle-very considerate got the 10 sisters white and it paired extremely well.

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a
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I tried SEI for the first time for lunch with coworkers. We went during restaurant week, and everyone was very happy with their selections!

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DC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Nice go-to place for sushi

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch. Good value, wonderful food and lovely restaurant. Our servers were attentive and we felt very taken care of. Bottomless deal is a great value and the food was well worth it.

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n
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very enjoyable dinner at SEI early in the evening. The decor is very nice, the service great and the food wonderful. Our waiter was very helpful in making suggestions for dishes to try. Everything was great!

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OT
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cool decor and great food!

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F
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent. Very attentive and friendly eventhough it was busy. The food...some of our selections were really fantastic. The spicy tuna was kind of sweet but the fish and chips are amazing!! I'd definitely go back.

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DL
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sushi menu was varied and creative. The fish was very fresh and delicious. The bottomless mimosas and bloody marys were a deal. The servers were pleasant and attentive Overall a great experience.

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f
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant ! Consistently well prepared and delicious dishes and amazing cocktails. One of our favorites

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FT
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Expert service. Well presented.

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KK
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Love the sashimi pizza and great rolls. Highly recommend

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Came for the birthday dinner. Food was good but running a bit slow. We ordered desert but Surprisingly they didn’t do anything about the birthday not even a candle.

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L
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food literally melts in your mouth, the presentation was perfect, and the waiter (Sai I believe) was the most friendly and upbeat woman I've ever met. The service and food exceeded my expectations and I definitely plan on coming to SEI again for any special events.

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OT
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had some awesome cocktails and mocktails, small plates, sushi and Korean BBQ tacos, oh and fantastic dessert. Great service. Staff is very attentive, conversational and polite.

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D
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fun Friday night. Kudos to our server May, who read our vibe perfectly and contributed to a delightfully tasteful evening.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So I decided to treat myself to a nice dinner and this was certainly a treat! The staff was very attentive and helpful. The food was outstanding. Overall, I had a glorious time!

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OT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the ambiance and great service!

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w
New England
47 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chose the Fish and Chips sushi based on the name alone and it was outstanding! Toro sashimi and crispy duck leg were equally memorable.

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