SEI restaurant & lounge

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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 everyday of the week from 5pm-8pm.
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MaeveS
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant had closed down before we arrived. We we’re very disappointed that we weren’t notified.

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vipDcling
Washington DC
91 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food and service are always great. We had two different bento boxes and both were great. Also had the watermelon drink that I could drink a gallon of.

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DavidB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

They were having an "off" night but the wait staff was still very professional and the reservation taker terrific.

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MelissaF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service are excellent! We will be back.

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vipBFunk
Memphis
40 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Sri is our go to place for sushi rolls! They have the best. Unfortunately the owners allowed the liquor license to expire which has turned us away for the last could of months. You are also not allowed to bring your own bottle (wine). The whole vibe of the place is significantly different now. Hopefully everything will be back up to par when we visit again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience3

No Alcohol. Feels like 3 yrs old

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StefanL
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Overpriced and bland, sub par quality food. Waste of money

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Incredibly fresh high quality sushi—which is the only thing that really matters at a sushi restaurant. Hearty miso soup with lots of mushrooms and tofu was a great twist on the more usual higher broth content. Excellent service when engaged, but at times somewhat inattentive to whether something was needed like a drink refill.

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ChristineE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food, service, ambiance and reasonable price!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Small portions for the price

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vipCostis
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

SEI was one of our favorite Pen Quarter restaurants; waiters always super attentive, food expertly prepared and impeccable. Something has happened, and the experience we had was absolutely not memorable. Perhaps because of the holiday, the staffing was not up to par, and the chef was off enjoying Memorial Day elsewhere. But to those who wanted to enjoy the traditionally excellent SEI cuisine, there was disappointment to go around..

I hope this was a one-off hiccup

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YuchenZ
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The menu is a collection of Japanese, Korean, and Mexican food. Fusion but not a lot of innovation. Beef bibimbap was bland.

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vipDcling
Washington DC
91 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner. I had the kale salad (the only place I eat kale, suchi, and sea bass. My friend also had a rice bowl. Everything was great as were the refreshing watermelon and strawberry drinks.

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vipCurrysauce
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I thought it was really loud in the full dining room at lunch. I would prefer better sound absorption and a slightly quieter atmosphere. I thought the service was spectacular though so one might almost be able to disregard the noise level.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

They have lost their liquor license, which was a bit disappointing because they have a great cocktail menu.

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vipTrenya
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and attention to detail with an inventive menu. They were very good with the need for gluten free selections, having a complete gf menu as well as information on whether other items from the full menu could be adapted to be gf.

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vipWorkingGourmet
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

What a surprise to learn, after we were seated, that SEI did not have its liquor license so could not serve alcoholic beverages. Because we had theater tickets, we stayed, not wanting to risk missing dinner. It would have been better customer service if we had been informed before we made our reservation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great, but they didn’t have any liquor the night we came in which was very disappointing.

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RowerJohn
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service and cuisine. The staff went to great lengths to accommodate my specific seating requests. The tables are well spaced, the noise level is perfectly reasonable, the staff are attentive but not intrusive, and the specialty sushi rolls are unforgettable. Spent 2.5 hours over dinner here on a first date and could not have asked for a better place or experience.

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Mary
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

SEI is a great choice for a business lunch. The food is quite good (the Bento box choices at lunch are a nice value) and the service is attentive and prompt. Plus, you can actually carry on a conversation around the table.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

There are a lot of interesting dishes on the menu. We enjoyed sushi, nigiri, and tuna poke, and a chocolate mousse pancake dessert. For some reason the restaurant was not serving alcohol that evening.

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vipJill
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Interesting variations on tradition sushi. Convenient to theater.

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Ronnie
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SEI is a wonderful restaurant and lounge. Our waiter, Alexis, was superb and suggested wine and delectable dishes, and he made the birthday celebration very special. I highly recommend SEI to all my friends.

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vipGaryK
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Read the rest of the comments regarding the noise level. Too loud to have a conversation without a raised voice. Service was mediocre at best. Had to flag down the waiter multiple times to get my water refilled.

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vipAnonymous
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre-theatre dinner. Love the service. Food is gorgeous and delicious! Bonus - gluten free menu and gf soy sauce! Love it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time!

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SWhite
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner before heading to the Shakespeare Langsburgh Theater to see Oslo. We walked in and were seated as I made the reservation and the host was most gracious. Our waiter took the time to ensure we knew the specials for the day and to answer our questions about the menu. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the Penn Quarter area. We were in/out in time to not only have a cocktail in the theater lounge but to be in our seats and ready to go for the 1930 curtain....can't wait to go back again in the future.

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vipAshleyC
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very chic space! Food was great. Went during Happy Hour and they had great selections! Definitely recommend the fish and shrimp tacos.

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vipFood13
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

This restaurant is beautiful but too noisy! I would not go there for any type of meeting. My guest and I were screaming to hear each other. Also, the food was a bit slow coming out.

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vipJohnG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SEI May be the best place for sushi in Dc. Many unique and different choices.
They go above and beyond with service - for instance, we had a party of 6 and paid the bill and the manager tracked us down on the street and told us gratuity was included - so we could remove the extra tip of the check. Not many places would do that.
Highly recommend.

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vipMaggie
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Louder than usual. This is one of my favorite places to dine. I was disappointed with my shrimp burgers which i have been eating for sometime now. It was not good at all. It was rubbery/chewy and not as crispy. The lunch took along time to be served. The waiter was great!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such nicely prepared food and drinks. Delicious and creative, highly recommend!

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ELAINE
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience4

the environment of restaurant is very nice, the washroom is super clean! The waiter / waitress are friendly. But the food is taste normal and the portion are weight too small(I’m a girl) we had to find another restaurant after this however we alrdy spent 130 usd there! And we didn’t order any expensive fish or meat, Norma food expensive price and super small portion. Others are 10 out of 10.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and experience. The only downside would be that the restaurant was quite loud but that shows it was a busy, energetic night. Luckily we had a table on the wall which gave us a bit of privacy as a group of two. I would definitely recommend to others.