SEI restaurant & lounge

4.7
2398 reviews
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Asian
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 everyday of the week from 5pm-8pm.
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Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. WE love Sei. Had to move tables though from next to the window as it was really cold and there was a draft or air blowing from the vents above. We got a better table though after a few minutes and dinner was delicious. Especially the Pear Sangria and our favorites the fish and chips sushi and sea bass sliders. yum!

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S
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My cousin was visiting from out of town and loves Sushi...we were coming from a museum and I googled and found the spot. The name looked familiar. I am so glad this came up in my google search. Didn't realize it was a sister resturant to Oya which is a spot I enjoyed a few times for dinner and happy hours. Both very nice spots with a sexy decor, but not too swanky where you feel un-hip. The food was very good. My cocktail was good. The hostess was a sweetheart and we had a lovely server. Friends joined us for dinner, so it was a great spot to show my cousin visiting from San Francisco where good sushi and seafood is everywhere! I will be back soon!

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JH
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Unfortunately our first and last visit. It wasn’t a terrible experience but we did almost walk out to eat somewhere else because we had no one greet us for 15 min and finally when we did the guy just introduced himself and that he would take care of us and then took off for 20 min. We decided to not order any cocktails because just getting water took forever and ordered our food right away. When we got our food it looked like a meal for ants. We left super hungry still and ended up eating somewhere else cheaper and more attentive. We hoped it would have been a great place we could visit again but we won’t be.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Valentine’s date. Food was amazing. The setting was gorgeous. Our server was attentive

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Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall, really good service and great food; however SEI is really expensive and not sure if it's really worth it. The sushi options were very non-traditional and didn't have a lot of your standard rolls that you would expect.

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CW
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great. No complaints. It was a bit noisy but it was also a Friday evening. Highly recommend.

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OT
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I would love to love this place- I did like the food but the deafening noise precluded any conversation and we left early to escape the din. And we even went early to try to avoid this problem.
Maybe an option for lunch? or if you wear earplugs....

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C
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Spent 225$ on cheap quality food, their chefs chocolate dessert was a joke, definitely not worth the money.

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RG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional place to eat love the service and food

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had to wait 30 minutes for our table despite having made a reservation a week in advance, but everything was amazing. The food was incredible, service was great, too 3 sushi in DC metro area.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was good. Lots of vegetables with plenty of taste

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Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I took an out of town guest and he gave the ultimate compliment- he plans to go back while he is here. We had 2 different sushi rolls, kale salad, sea bass, and scallops and enjoyed all. The salad was not as good as usual, but still good since i’m Not crazy about kale.

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CH
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food as always and stellar service. We spent maybe $60 for a meal so large we didn't need to eat the rest of the day and bottomless brunch that was constantly refilled with no need to flag a server.

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C
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Will go again!

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TB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was amazing. It was our first time there, but we will definitely be coming back because of her. She was very welcoming and attentive. The food was delicious.

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JB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great and we were celebrating a friend birthday and they brought her a complimentary dessert and shooter for all of us. Thank you!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff is very friendly, food is amazing!!! Definitely recommend!

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OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic brunch! Great sushi!

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DS
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great service with a spectacular brunch for RAMW

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Houston
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere, delicious food!

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FG
Washington DC
76 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the fish and chips roll and the shrimp tacos

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Ok. It is in fortunate one the best features of a restaurant it’s not it’s food

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a
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful! I rarely go back multiple times to a restaurant in DC unless it is 100% worth it. The staff at SEI is by far the friendliest and most attentive of any restaurant I've been to in the 7 years Ive lived in DC. In addition their restaurant week menu and bottomless mimosas/bloody mary deal is the best in DC. Definitely one of my favorites!

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C
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

Attended during winter 2019 restaurant week. For a place that’s highly reviewed and in the center if a very busy neighborhood, you’d think the service would be top notch. Not only did we need to wait 20 mins to be seated, once we were no one came over to greet us and take our order. I had to stop a waiter that walked by just for us to be served. Since it was a limited, multi-course menu, we put everything in at once. Our first course took almost 35 mins to come out! Not a single manager came over to apologize nor, did we ever meet our actual waiter. Just had a rotation of people we had to keep flagging down ourselves to check on food and order more drinks. The food was great but, the rest of the surrounding experience would make me never dine here again.

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MH
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Novel sushi, all of which was quite good. The fish and chips roll was tasty, but next time I’d probably go for one of they’re more adventurous rolls or stuck with the nigiri (which was very nice). The cocktails were also really good and quite interesting.

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EA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Came here for restaurant week. Very disappointed. Ordered sake, and the cup it came with was dirty, got a replacement that was even dirtier than the last. Then my GF found a bone in her salmon sushi... Pretty sure sushi is not supposed to have bones. Then to top it off a waiter stepped on my jacket (hanging from the chair) and broke my keychain. The food overall was lack luster. I wish I could give 0/5.

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P
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Asian fusion restaurant with innovative and tasty dishes. However, the table are too close and the restaurant can be quite noisy.

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TK
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food. Great service.

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BF
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for restaurant week!! Great meal!!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really nice. We went there for dinner on restaurant week. Portions were well sized (unlike other skimpy, pricey restaurants) and delicious, combining Japanese food with a tiny bit of Mexican food (e.g., guasave guacamole, tuna (Japanese style) tacos). We didn’t like the chocolate pancakes for dessert but the bread pudding was scrumptious! Quiet, elegant and modern. Really nice :)

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MR
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Beautiful chic setting for creative Asian small plates, like Asian tacos and Kobe beef sliders. Food was delicious and service was excellent.

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s
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

The bento boxes are a great value , lots of food for a good price. Creative and tasty drinks. Waiter was attentive and friendly.

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive and friendly staff. Nice atmosphere and great food.

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BF
Memphis
33 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!

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N
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SEI is such a hidden gem. The bibimbap is delicious and well-priced - we've tried all three! Cocktails are great! Came here for a birthday and a date. Love the decor, and staff are helpful - waitress gave great menu recommendations, and they opened the door for us as we left. Really nice time! :)

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Z
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A quick late dinner after a theater reception. Service was fast and the food was wonderful!

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MA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Been here before, and is always the same.. very good!

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KL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food has been consistently good. The decor is modern with a well light but smooth dining experience

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S
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants

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LI
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food was excellent as was the service. We only needed a small meal since we had come from a party, but there were plenty of options for light fare. I love going to SEI!

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